Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Reviews: 493
Hads: 971
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 22
Gots: 104 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2001

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Reviews by motleybrew:
Photo of motleybrew
1.95/5  rDev -47.9%
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. (1,410 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a reasonably dense, initially three-finger thick, dirty tan colored head that sits atop a clear, dark, brownish amber colored beer. The aroma is quite sweet and fruity with the trio of prunes, figs and raisins being quite prominent. As I work my way through this beer it leaves a layered lacing pattern on the sides of my tulip glass. Underneath this is touch of caramelized, yet quite toasted malt. Despite the sweet fruity nose the beer smells quite light and airy, I would expect it to smell a bit "thicker", if that makes sense. The aroma certainly could use a bit more complexity, some more yeasty spiciness would definitely be welcome.

The beer is definitely quite sweet in the flavor department as well. There is a certain heft to the body that starts to coat the mouth a bit. The sweetness certainly plays up, and almost seems derived from, an intermingling of concentrated dark fruit notes. Sweet figs and raisins mix with caramelized malt sugars, a solid brown sugar note. This is really quite drinkable, for some reason I can't quite help myself from thinking of fruit juice. The alcohol is hidden pretty well, but that is because of the fruity sweet notes that dominate the flavor profile. This is certainly not objectionable, but could certainly gain from some complexity in the flavor department. This beer would be a good way to end a meal, sweet enough that it seems like desert, yet not so rich as to be a chore to finish after a good meal.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (1,510 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JasonA
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from Corridor Wine and Spirits in Laurel, MD.

Please note that my bottle is labled "Double Ale" unlike the picture. Though it does have "Dubbel" on the side. Pretty sure its one in the same.

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper, almost martzen-esque. Heavy on the head with lots and lots of lacing down the Chimay chalace.

Smell is light. I can tell there is a lot there, but I can barely smell it no matter how hard I try.

Initial carbonation, into something smooth and pale. Light, creamy, and smooth. No hops. Slight malt, but not typical malt. Is that something citrus-e?

Drinkability is nice. No real alcohol bite at all which is surprising for even its ABV. I could drink a few of these. (710 characters)

Photo of Satyr179
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Poured extremely murky, caramel color with a nice two finger head and great lacing on the glass.

Smell - Smells of sweet fermented fruit...more like wine than beer. Picking up honey, figs, toffee, herbs maybe.

Taste - Extremely sweet...probably too sweet, to the point of cloying, Very winey, some toffee, maple syrup. I find it hard to indulge in more than one. Definite dessert beer here.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, velvety, medium to heavy body....moderate to high carbonation.

Drinkability - Like I said, I can't have more than one of these without getting sick of it. (590 characters)

Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured at cellar temperature into a St Bernardus goblet. Appearance is a beautiful cherry mahogany, with a curious, tan head consisting of many sized and textured bubbles. Head eventually receded into sheet lacing. Aroma was raisins, cloves, and fresh baked French bread. Mouthfeel was full bodied, and typical of an abbey dubbel. Taste was very malt based, even for a Belgian. Plums, cherries, raisinbread, bananabread, and some alcohol presence, all combined well for a nice and smooth sipping experience. Finishes smooth and easy. (548 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small bottle sampled, dating on the label but not sure what it means...oh well, maybe if I spoke Flemish...this one pours dark almond, mahogony fairly clear and supports a dark tan head, which is showing good retention. Leaves some stringy and scattered lacing. Aroma of dark berries, fruit and some rum raisin. Medium bodied Belgian, lots of fruit and smoky raisins and earthy woodyness picked up. Fairly sweet but quite drinkable. Decent, if not spectacular dubbel. Lacks the bold flavors and complexity of the monsters of the style, still worth a try. (554 characters)

Photo of Homebrew35
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: medium carbonation with a huge head, clear leather brown

Smell: fruity, apples and raisins

Taste: I get a big taste of pear, some green apple and a touch of alcohol

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, light body, and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I would have another couple of these. This beer has the most pronounced pear taste I think I have ever had. Good and smooth--but not excellent. (402 characters)

Photo of Byeast
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque and ruddy dark brown. Head was small and tan. Taken to the nose , aromas are dark fruits like grape and plum , yeast , some chocolate , and a bit of bready malt. Taste is is nice mix of sweet malt , chocolate , some more fruitiness on the dark/red side , tinge of metallic flavor near the finish. There is some noble hop bitterness and a light spice in the finish and the aftertaste is of fruit, yeast, and slight steel. Mouthfeel is quite light Overall a nice drinking Dubbel. Didn't wow me but it was definatly well crafted. (543 characters)

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kraken
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First Grimbergen I've sampled hopefully not the last . . Pours a nice clear dark brown . Not cloudy, no evidence of yeast in bottle. Nice white head , one finger with a vigerous pour. Robust smell of malt and slight fruit. Taste was nice and malty the way a dubble should be, minimal hops, nutty , sweet , but not cloyingly so. Very smooth dry finish very very drinkable. Price was a bit steep at 10 bucks a sixer but throughly enjoyable. (438 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant reddish brown under a 2" rocky off white head. Fruit and bread aromas. Fruity palate that finishes sweet with a slight touch of sour. Medium light body and medium high carbonation. (196 characters)

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoshJ
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Belgian Verboden Vrucht glass.

If I was trying to introduce someone to expanding their beer palatte, then this is the dubbel of choice.

It's a beautiful dubbel! The rich dark chocolate colour is also trumped by the full bubbly head that finishes as you pour that lingers in a glass right till the end.

The taste is as finished as it looks in the glass. There is a nice level of Malty layers with just a hint of fruit like finish.

By far and away, one beer I will continue to buy. For those in Australia, Dan Murphys has started importing this, and it is very reasonably priced!

If you are thinking of trying it.. Don't hesitate. (649 characters)

Photo of kingjames1
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured light brown appearance with a decent white head.

Smell is unique. I can't quite pinpoint it, but I kinda like it.

Taste is also interesting. Raisins, honey, and spice, with a definite sweetness. Of course it has that distinctive belgium yeast present - makes me think of liquid bread, baked with small bits of rum-drunk raisins and brown sugar. A little medicinal as well. I'd rank the taste higher if it weren't for the unbalanced sweetness (though not sticky sweet - it is surprisingly thin).

Good carbonation, possibly over carbonated.

Definitely a drinkable belgium double, and unique. Not sure how crazy I am about it though. If you're new to the dubbel style, you'd probably be wise to start elsewhere. (729 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown ale with great lacing. Aroma was sweet, honey and molasses.

Taste was a mix of banana, clove, caramel, toffee. No hops, pretty much true to style. Don't go knockin' on Belgium's door lookin' for hops or bitterness. More alcohol than I would have preferred to taste. Finishes thin and hot. Not for hopheads. (319 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark burnt siena color, chill hazed but hard to see if its heavily sedimented. Darker yellowish head of 1/2 an inch for about 40 seconds. Good lace, attractive and crystalline. Aroma has notes of dark fruit, figs, dried apricots, slightly cognac-like. Carbonation is full but understated in a soft sense of small bubbles. Body about shy of medium overall. Flavor shows a slight sense of overdone alcohol, emerges as a slug of yellow raisins and the least bit of semi-sweet chocolate. Better hopped than some Dubbels, relatively bitter in the close for style. The fruity maltiness doesn't have an evolving emerging sense in this one like many of the other Dubbels that I tend to like more. (688 characters)

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Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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