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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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BA SCORE
85
very good

811 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 13
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2001)
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-22-2011 00:26:58 | More by JSkone09
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Florida

5/5  rDev +31.9%

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Maryland

5/5  rDev +31.9%

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Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +31.9%

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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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RBorsato

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown, mahogany with a nice brown head and good carbonation. Raisiny aroma and smells like a liquor-based cake. Going with M.J. on this one: toasty grain, cherries, and chocolate with a hint of butterscotch. Medium-full bodied with a spicy finish.

By far, my favorite of the Dubbels I tasted during a taste test.

Label states "Belgian Special Dark Abbey Ale" & "Anno 1128"

(11.16 oz. / 330 ml)

(old - aged a few years)

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 15:44:57 | More by RBorsato
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scottwestphall

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this on tap at the Firkin in Libertyville IL.

Served in Grimbergen branded goblet. About two inch head on the beer. Dark ruby color (though it dark in the bar so I maybe off). Sticky lacing.

The smell was fruity as was the flavor. I was actually shocked on how fruity and sweet the beer was at first, but after a few sips it really proved to be an easy drinking brew. Overall I think that while it was sweet, it was balanced out well and never felt overpowering or heavy.

I do think I have found a new favorite dubbel.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 11:54:46 | More by scottwestphall
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kickert

Kentucky

4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a top notch beer, and my favorite 6-pack to bring home on a regular basis. It is thick but not overwhelming. It something you can enjoy on a regular basis without having to be in the mood for it.

It pours with a high viscosity and a nice light brown head. The color is dark with a hint of a redding hue. The smell reveals some malty sweetness.

On the palate, you get a a lot of deep rich malt notes that trend towards chocolate and perhaps a slight raisin note. The yeast flavors are evident, but not overwhelming. It has a thick mouthfeel with a lingering finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 01:30:05 | More by kickert
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dgthompson

New York

4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Randomly tasted this beer a few months ago and immediately loved it. I have had it on several more occasions and love it even more.

Very flavorful, each time I drink it I feel like I can taste something else in there. Not too sweet though, just a hint of the flavor - raisens, chocolate... A dark Belgian Ale, it is actually somewhat light tasting (in a good way depending on your mood).

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2009 12:08:25 | More by dgthompson
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West Virginia

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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turdburglar

New York

4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very dark reddish brown into my Chimay chalice. Small pillowy head with very good retention. Lacing is also good. Aroma is very malty with dark fruit. Taste is also very malty and sweet... dark chocolate, raisins, toffee, and brown sugar. Very lightly hopped. Mouthfeel is velvety and creamy. Slightly less carbonated than a typical Belgian dubbel. Drinkability is outstanding.

I love this beer. Take it out of the fridge and let it sit for 20 minutes before drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 18:00:08 | More by turdburglar
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JeffBob

California

4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours into a glass dark brown with a slight red haze to it, yielding one finger of foam. Smells of blackberry at the same time its dark and musty yet airy like an old castle.
Tastes of semi sweet black berry's turning toffieish with a hint of coffee then setting after taste of berry's once more.
it has a nice carbonation that doesnt sting but just tickles the tip and back of the tongue with a light to medium thickness.
drinkability is awesome I could drink this all night it does not fill you up but is so complex with flavor it is now one of my new favorites and this bottle is going on my wall of greatness.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 00:47:27 | More by JeffBob
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erok

New York

4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap last night and didn't take notes:

It poured a reddish brown with a thin head.

The smell was very inviting: malty and fruity with the obvious Belgian yeast profile.

Taste: I loved this beer, probably one of my favorite doubles ever, had a lot of the fruity malty flavors that you expect from a good strong dark ale - i.e. the overall flavor was more balanced between malt sweetness, esthers, and hop bitterness than other dubbels that I've been fond of (e.g., Westmalle, Ommegang, Meredsous 8).

Mouthfeel: the most difficult aspect for me to recall, but I don't remember any unpleasant characterisitics.

Drinkability: Went down great with my burger. I couldn't stop sipping this one after every bite.

Overall, if I could find this bottled for less than the standard going rate of Belgian imports I'd buy it regularly. One of my favorites, especially for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2008 21:05:08 | More by erok
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Kylecrudd


4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great classic beligan dubbed.
Dark mahogany color.with slight amber hue onrim.

Potent nose of fig, caramel, molasses, vanilla, white pepper, slight
Complex palat.
Great beer to pair with any smoked dish or red meat.
Would pair well withgood ribs alwo.
fruity note as well.
Very soft mouthfeel. Nice abv.

Overall awesome beer

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 22:33:51 | More by Kylecrudd
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Bierschenker

Belgium

4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Almost the last I hadn’t reviewed in the great Grimbergen series.

Eggshell coloured head. It doesn’t last long but some nice lacing is visible.
The beer has a remarkable colour. Just looking at it as it stands on the table, it reminds me of stout. A thick dark beer with a thin head. But when held against the light a wonderful reddish brown copper emerges.
In contrast to what I expected, the scent was rather mellow. I was thinking about strong burnt grains, chocolate, caramel, etc. But what was served was a sharp but modest pure cacao malt, a bit peppered and some spices.
The aroma is respectful and moderate. It opens with a slight (but not disturbing) metallic malt and alcohol element. Followed by pepper, thyme and parsley for herbs. Some bitter sweet malt and hop. Towards the aftertaste burnt grains do pop up with the alcohol.
The mouthfeel is coffee like, with a moderate portion of sugar.
As the aftertaste lingers, I have a peppery bitter taste in my mouth. In front of the mouth are more sweet tones to be found: calorie free sugar taste. The throat feels dry.

Grimbergen is a quality beer. Very enjoyable at any time of the day and with or without food to pair it with.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 22:16:48 | More by Bierschenker
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Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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