Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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Reviews by motleybrew:
1.95/5 rDev -48.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
I was expecting a LOT more from a beer with an $11/6pack price tag. I poured it a little warmer than the instructions as is my preference, and maybe that was the base for the problem...The color is a nice clean amber and the slightly tan head has reasonable durability, with lacing. But the look to me was all that was good.
The smell is like wet cardboard. Yeasty, perhaps, but not a clean scent...more like raw beer in a primary. This has a mouth feel not much different than water. A little fizz on the tongue but not 'bubbling'. Nice initial malt in the mouth, but quickly dissipates flatly into sucked wool. Ever sucked wool? At the end there is a little warm plum and sherry rounding, but it isn't strong enough to rescue the lack of character. Ultimately it culminates in a cheap metallic flavor that I'd normally get from something in an unlined aluminum can.
On the label it says chocolaty and toffee flavors from double fermentation...I get no chocolate. None. Toffee, maybe, but that is muted at best. It is smooth enough to drink, as who doesn't like water, but frankly given the choice between this and Molson XXX, I'd be all over the triple X.
I am terribly disappointed and will never drink this by choice again. The only thing worse than a cheap beer that pretends to be more robust is a beer that pretends to be classy that blows chunks and tastes cheap.
Not worth it for half the price.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2009 23:02:30 | More by motleybrew
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4.01/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Had on tap at T.J. Finley's, Bay Shore NY. A good deep brown with head and lacing very ample. It has a wonderfully tart fruity sugar and spice smell, which carries through in the flavor. The brown sugar and raisin taste is balanced by the hops, which evenly accentuate the drinking experience without dominating. The feel is lighter than some others, but that only helps make this a highly drinkable beer. I've had Grimbergen in the bottle as well - either way, solidly recommendable.
Serving type: on-tap
02-05-2014 23:24:06 | More by angusdegraosta
Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
85 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.