Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
11.2oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Date stamp was 2301 V L023 <1>
Appearance: Dark ruby red with a 1/8" persistent light tan head. Lots and lots of lacing all over the glass. Nice looking beer!
Smell: Metallic caramel would be a good way to describe this beer with its main smell. Definitely some sweetness, but something metallic as well. With a swirl some mild dark fruit notes come out, but the aroma is a tad weak here.
Taste: Some of that metallic caramel up front, some toffee, some roasted bitter malt, mild bitter finish some lingering tart fruit flavor; goes between black cherry and dark fruits for me.
Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation - somewhere between fizzy and airy. Some stickiness underneath, but otherwise a bit too carbonated. Better by the end of the glass but still a bit much.
Overall / Drinkability: Great looking beer! I think though, this needs to be paired with a meal. The Mrs. loved it by itself with the sips she had, but I kept wanting to some food to have with it, so not a beer to stand alone and therefore not very drinkable for me in the absence of food. But definitely a very interesting beer overall to pick out all the flavors. Plus from what I read, this one is very close to style, so I have to give it good marks for that.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2013 23:52:05 | More by damndirtyape
More User Reviews:
3.79/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bottle poured into a goblet.
A: Clear, ruby-red; very pleasing to my eye. Decent head that dissipates pretty quickly.
S: Fruity, with a hint of caramel and a trace of sour. "Farmhouse Ale" was the first thing that came to mind.
T: Very easy to drink; plenty of raisins, dark cherries and a little bit of apple. Good balance of sweet and sour; really no hop bitterness to speak of. For some reason, it tasted like it had a higher ABV than it does.
M: Fairly thin, but not unpleasant. Not a lot of carbonation.
O: I'm fairly new to the style, but I liked this dubbel; it goes down very easily, and while it lacks a powerful character, it does make for a very pleasant experience. I'll definitely be buying more of this one.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2014 19:38:25 | More by OldeSchool
Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
85 out of 100 based on 813 ratings.