Waterloo Double 8 – Brasserie Du Bocq (Belgium)


Waterloo Double 8 Dark (aka Strong Dark) – Brasserie Du Bocq, 8.5% ABV, 33cl., (Purnode, Belgium)

-bought this the same time as the triple 7 in 2012 (B). Also brewed at John Martin brewery in Genval, Belgium.


on the back label:

“This 100% natural craft beer originated in one of the oldest breweries in Belgium, the ‘Brasserie du Marché’ in Braine-L’Alleud (Waterloo), which was founded in 1456. In 1815, during the battle of Waterloo, the allied troops drank this beer, which was recognised for giving ‘Strength’ and ‘Courage’ …. Waterloo, the Beer of Victory!”


  • Style: (Belgian Strong Ale) Dubbel
  • Taste: Balanced rich chocolate barley malt sweet alcoholic
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W. Vancouver
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 33cl., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes


Visual: (cellared for 3 years) Pours dark beer bottle brown with large suspended sediment, a decent sized foamy head, 2mm layer of creamy retention, lots of tight singular streams.

Nose: brown sugar, molasses, caramel barley malt. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: slick-crisp, creamy-tingly

Mid-palate: background bitter dark chocolate, light sticky (lvl-6-sweetness), chocolate barley malt, hints of dark fruit, light roast

Finish: alcohol zingy, molasses malt exhale, almost woody almost dry.

Summary: A very nice rounded mouthfeel with just enough sweetness and good rich chocolate malty backbone. Drinks very smooth for a 8.5%. The chunky sediment at the bottom of the glass is a bit unsightly however. I prefer this to the tripel 7 blond.