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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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very good

806 Ratings
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Ratings: 806
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2001)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came in bottle with no drink by date.

Appearance: Mahogany with a reddish tint, good inch of head. However this included rather large air bubbles, I am not sure if this is due to my pouring or the beer itself. I have never encountered this in other beers.
Smell: Very strong nut aroma with a hint of spice and honey, not very strong.
Taste: A very quick first taste which quickly turns to a strong taste of nuts, malty. Chocolate after taste.
Mouthfeel: Rather thin for my taste, I am not sure if this is typical of the style, I recall a similar reaction toward the Chimay.
Drinkability: Good beer that has been worth drinking. I won't be coming back to it though, too thin and too nutty but a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 22:38:25 | More by descartes
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S: Fruity, with a hint of caramel and a trace of sour. "Farmhouse Ale" was the first thing that came to mind.

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