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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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86
very good

912 Ratings
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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 20
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of rastaman
1.85/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottled. Horrifically sweet toffee apple flavour. Very cloying. The sweetest and worst Dubbel i've ever had. Too much toffee and sweetness, no other flavours that stick out. Not a good example of the style in my opinion. Iverly sweet, flat and syruppy, very bad, worst dubbel i've had.

Photo of Minkybut
1.85/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured this beer from bottle to a 50 degree tumbler. The beer had a nice mahogany color with a big fat tan head that smelled a little like caramel. bready but like sour dough bread that went SOUR. The word yuk comes to mind and I poured this beer out. If you like sour beer go for it. I will not buy again.

Photo of motleybrew
1.95/5  rDev -48.7%
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.

Photo of kvnstfrd
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of zweird
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of Brent
2.05/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well carbonated and hopped, but finish had an artificial sweetener character. Seemed mass produced and not well executed.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.08/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl Bottle, drank 6 months before its death date. Poured into my Westmalle challice.

It obviously looked fine, everything does in a Westmalle challice (even water). Clean and clear body, Ruby Red in colour with a swiftly fading biege head, pity about the head leaving, I like them to stay through the drink.

Sickly molasses in the nose, nothing else could get passed them.

Sweet, too sweet, malts/molasses/treacle/toffee, not good.

The worst Dubbel I've had? Most likely. I've had this beer on tap many times and it has been OK, or at least I thought it was. Sat in the sun on holiday everything seems good and enjoyable, sadly this beer doesn't remind me of those balmy days of summers gone by.

Photo of 1759Girl
2.2/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance> Clear, dark, warm brown. Vanilla head that is rich and foamy. Lacy. Though, not too lively.

Smell> Dark malt, slightly metallic

Taste> Very syrupy, like cough medicine. Goes almost immediately into the hang which is terribly metallic, and well, terrible. I can't find a redeeming quality about this beer, sadly.

Mouf> easy, a bit sudsy.

Drinkability> Can't get over the hang.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.38/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. Grimbergen Goblet glass. Deep ruby color, red lights. Tan, creamy foam remains as a thin layer on top. Toasted, sugary & red currant aromas with syrup hues. Sweet & sparkling upfront. Medium to light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Hints of grape, spicy & herbal bitterness. Bitter finish & sugary aftertaste. Artificial & cloying.

Photo of dasenebler
2.42/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

50cl can purchased in the Netherlands. Yes, this beer comes in pounders, at least in Europe. I'll send you a photo if you don't believe me. Best by May, 2011.

Pours an attractive and deep reddish brown with a thick, off-white head. Pretty good lacing, and, overall, a stellar appearance.

However, appearance isn't everything.

Slightly caramel-malty aroma with unexpected acidic notes of grapes and other fruit.

Flavor is surprisingly tart, with a very fruity, almost saccharin, artificial sweetness. Behind this flavor there's a touch of toasted caramel malt, but it really can't shine through: tart-sweetness just dominates and makes this a very weird Dubbel. I mean, the style is supposed to be a bit fruity, but not tart or sour. This beer is almost in Flemish Oud Bruin territory, and even then it's not a great example of the style. Mouthfeel lacks body, but at least it wasn't over-carbonated.

This beer has flavor and it really isn't an "Avoid." It's just not a very good Dubbel.

Photo of rapidsequence
2.45/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'd never seen this before-- a nice looking little 11.2 bottle.

Appearance: Looks really good. Clear ruby-amber with a big thick puffy head with great retention. Nice sticky lace.

Smell: Not a lot of complexity, but whats there is pretty inviting. A little spicy yeast, some mild fruitiness, and roasty toasty malt.

Taste: Very disappointing. I can barely taste any of the good things I smelled until after I swallow, because the palate is dominated by unwanted sourness. Its also a little bitter. Maybe this is a bad bottle. Maybe this stuff is just bad. The finish loses the sourness, and the aftertaste is actually alright.

Mouthfeel: Its very thin and watery despite the continued excellent head and visible carbonation.

Drinkability: Looked great and smelled decent, but it just doesnt taste good-- at all. I would say I want to wash my mouth out, but like I said, the aftertaste is ok. I wont get this again.

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of jmryan8
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of Kahlerbock
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of stcules
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown color, with red edges. Beautiful foam hat, compact and creamy, cream colored.
Malty, sugary smell, red fruit, caramel, berry fruit. Not horrible, but definitely too sweet.
The taste is sugary and fruity too, berry fruit.
Too sweet and unbalanced, you can barely feel the maltiness under the sugar. Also quite flat.
Not interesting.

Photo of killcore
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of TheBrewo
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

We pour a near black brew. It holds a two finger head of light brown bubbles. This shows okay retention, leaving microspecks and bands of lacing around the glass. Carbonation appears average, and no sediment is noted. The aroma is sweet, with synthetic cherry fruitiness. The malts are rich with caramel and copper. They also hold a thick breadiness, along with baker’s yeast. With warmth the sweetness is enhanced by booze and a lemony freshness. Our first impression is that the beer is wildly sweet. As we sip, the flavoring opens with cloying sugar and that same synthetic fruit from the nose. The sweetness is puckering, washing out most of the grain here, which is metallic and borderline adjuncty. The sweetness remains to the peak, where tea leaves and raspberry sugars take over, bringing us to an equally as sugary finish. The end also shows some burnt caramel malts and some fusel alcohols. The aftertaste breathes with tin, yeast, mineral water, and sweet cherries. The body is medium to thicker, and the carbonation is higher. There is big foam with each sip, building as you swirl the beer around your mouth. This also affords decent slurp and pop with each swallow. The mouth is initially coated with that same foam, but it quickly dries, leaving an astringent streak down the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks slowly on account of the sugariness.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the rich coloring. It initially appeared jet black, but as it warmed and when held to light, more maroon hues began to shine through. Otherwise, the tasting was overly sweet. With this style the sugars should come from the malts themselves and have a deeper, more serious cooked caramel flavoring. Here, the sweetness came from additive fruitiness which was overdone and overpowering.

Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Guinness pint glass in San Antonio, Ibiza, Spain. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a dark amber colour, nontransparent, with a five finger head of nice thickness and cream. Excellent retention. Appealing. The head is impressive for the beer's high ABV.

Sm: Yeast! Hops, barley, the usual suspects. A bit musty, and of light strength.

T: Hoppy body: mainly nuts. Yeast comes through on the climax. Dark and biscuity flavour. Finish doesn't hide the alcohol as well as it needs to, leaving this part of the beer far less balanced against the first two thirds. No cream comes through on the open, but that wouldn't suit the style anyway. Slight wheat, but not to the extent you'd expect. Built a bit under par for a dubbel; it's rather disappointing if your expectations are high. In fairness, one ought to be skeptical of any abbey bier available in Ibiza.

Mf: Too light for a dubbel, and certainly far too smooth. Doesn't bring out the flavours of the body. Coarseness would suit it to this end, but then it'd also be class if the beer had more complex flavouring to begin with.

Dr: All in all, it's poorly priced by Ibiza standards, but I do suspect it's very fairly priced elsewhere, especially in Belgium. It doesn't hide its ABV well, but it's the best beer I've had on Ibiza so far (unless you count Guinness). Skip this one unless you're really into generic abbey beers that try to steal trappist marketing.

Photo of Crosling
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This dark brown colored ale pours with a very large light tan foam that lasts well in the glass. Unfortunately, this Belgian ale is not bottle conditioned. Very light notes of hop and dark fruit are present in the nose. Flavors are very muddled and muted, not helped by the watery texture due to the lack of natural carbonation. Not an awful beer.

Photo of LarryV
2.64/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Paid almost $15 for a six pack, that's the last time I buy it. pours with a lacy tan head and looks nice in the glass giving off a glowing mahogany color. Taste is too sweet for my liking and has an overwhelming note of sour apples. I've had much better Dubbels in the past, this one just doesn't live up to expectations. It was a chore to polish off all six bottles since I didn't find it very enjoyable at all.

Photo of Vitellus
2.64/5  rDev -30.5%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Photo of bditty187
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Largely clear, dark ruby in hue with some brown highlights; I like the color. The beige head was rocky and rather tall, the foam was three fingers tall at its maximum. The bubbles quickly faded to a fizzy cap. The subsequent lacing started immediately, the lacing was very widespread and thick. I am very impressed! A small cap lasted the entire consumption. This is an attractive beer.

The nose is clean and not very Dubbel-like. I detect hints of cola, faint Christmas cookie spice, rum, and a whiff of coca. The potency is low; this beer is just not saying enough. I need more depth, I need more chatter. I need much more malt depth. I can’t call the nose inviting. Yawn.

The palate is dull. Flat RC Cola is basically all I taste. Yawn. In the background are hints of veggies, spiced rum minus the alcohol heat, some veggies, and not much else. Oh wait… I taste plums too and maybe some cocoa. No matter, this is one of the worst Dubbels I have had. I would drink Chimay Red over this! Yikes! What a boring, flavorless beer. Sweet, sloppy finish… tacky and clunky; I am not impressed.

Medium-light in body, low carbonation with only a flash of bite, the mouthfeel is okay but at this point this beer is a lost cause. It is a bit thin but not watery… the mouthfeel is ho-hum.

Not drinkable because it is just not likable. For a Dubbel this beer is thin and lacking flavor. Even if I set aside the style this beer is not tasty. If I had a 750ml I would dump most of it. Thankfully all I have is an 11.2oz bottle. I will finish it but I will not revisit this beer again. For a Dubbel this beer is lousy... as a “beer,” this beer is lousy too. I never heard of this beer before I seen a few bottles in Lawrence, KS. So I bought one… you can skip it though.

Photo of jwc215
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours crimson with ruby hues. A thin, off-white head is well-retained and leaves lace on the glass.

The smell is of roasted dark grains, dark fruits, a touch of spiciness. Not too bad - quite restrained and un-dubbel-like.

Metalllic upfront. It subsides, but annoyingly hangs around. Sweet, but restrained. Some subtle perfumy notes come through. Sweet spiciness mixed in with sour. A touch of raw, fusel-like alcohol comes through a touch too much. A touch of wateriny thinness in the middle, followed by caramel sweetness.

The feel is light, fairly creamy and coating.

Not what I would expect from Belgium. The tinny characteristic, while mild, is annoying. The caramel aspect isn't bad, but seems too little, too late to really help, and it's rather one-dimensional to boot. The spiciness that I expect were muted. While it's true that it is at a fair price for a six-pack, I'll be skipping this one and splurge for something with more character.

Photo of stevecee2003
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It looked good coming out of the bottle! I had eagerly taken home a 6-pack from my local beer haven, hoping for an exciting new experience. Aaah well.

The best that can be said is thats it's "OK". But when you're expecting a new ale on the horizon, well this is a bit disappointing.

Fresh into the glass it has promise. Deep reds. Rusty and rich looking. A nice frothy foam on top. But that soon goes away, as does the rest of this test.

The smell had SOME of the malts and some of the fruitiness. But that died too.

Then the taste. I read one reviewer who had it spot on.. "mouthfeel has almost nothing in common with most Belgian ales in existence. It isn't bad, though. There are plenty of bubbles, but oddly enough, they aren't volumizing the beer very well". That says it! Perfectly.

Don't expect much, and you wont be disappointed.

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Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
86 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.