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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

Grimbergen DubbelGrimbergen Dubbel

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very good

764 Ratings
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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%

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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Photo of tkelley


3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Someone kindly left a sixer of this in my fridge after a murder mystery party. Poured a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A -- Murky brownish body with lots of stuff floating in it. Tan head that pours into a couple fingers but recedes to a thin layer with unevenly sized bubbles on top. Good lacing.

N -- Yeasts. Some bubblegummy kind of smells. A little fruity.

T -- Good. Not overly strong or complex, but tasty and representative of the style. Has almost a sour cherry taste at points.

M -- Spicy on the lips and smooth on the palate.

O -- A good dubble.


Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 23:40:36 | More by tkelley


2.38/5  rDev -37%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 17:54:06 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and drank at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear dark walnut brown. 3/4 inch head, with small dots of lacing.

Smells include dark fruit, candi sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and molasses.

The taste follows similarly- with an additional component of toasted malt. Lots of brown sugar here, very sweet, but not cloying.

Low carbonation, medium to light bodied, crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

A simple but tasty dubbel, glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 04:37:57 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of damndirtyape


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Date stamp was 2301 V L023 <1>

Appearance: Dark ruby red with a 1/8" persistent light tan head. Lots and lots of lacing all over the glass. Nice looking beer!

Smell: Metallic caramel would be a good way to describe this beer with its main smell. Definitely some sweetness, but something metallic as well. With a swirl some mild dark fruit notes come out, but the aroma is a tad weak here.

Taste: Some of that metallic caramel up front, some toffee, some roasted bitter malt, mild bitter finish some lingering tart fruit flavor; goes between black cherry and dark fruits for me.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation - somewhere between fizzy and airy. Some stickiness underneath, but otherwise a bit too carbonated. Better by the end of the glass but still a bit much.

Overall / Drinkability: Great looking beer! I think though, this needs to be paired with a meal. The Mrs. loved it by itself with the sips she had, but I kept wanting to some food to have with it, so not a beer to stand alone and therefore not very drinkable for me in the absence of food. But definitely a very interesting beer overall to pick out all the flavors. Plus from what I read, this one is very close to style, so I have to give it good marks for that.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 23:52:05 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of KYGunner


3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An absolutely gorgeous ale with a filtered clarity into a burgundy hue. The head was thick and frothy with thick lacing foam.

Aromatic dried fruit such as plum and prune are at the forefront. Dry caramel malt dampers the sweetness with a barley like grain scent. Bits of clove and peppery spice hold the end of a very fulfilling aroma.

Touches of dry dried fruit with an almost licorice like sweetness hold the taste first. Prune, raisin and grape must mix with a hop flower and bubblegum finish. Slightly phenolic near the end its not detracting but actually kind of pleasant.

The feel is carbonated harshness with a slight alcohol warmth. It's also a bit thin but otherwise I highly recommend this Double Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 21:47:16 | More by KYGunner
Photo of hopsputin


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: dark dark ruby red - almost purple. 2 finger rocky beige head

s: belgian yeast, freshly baked bread, plums, raisins, figs, vanilla, dark caramel, syrup. smells nice and thick

t: sweet malt, slightly spicy belgian yeast. dark fruits follow the nose - plums, raisin, fig. huge bready dough component in the flavor. tons of sweet malt, brown sugar, some slight caramel. slight butter taste.

m: full, with tons of carbonation

o: a solid dubble. nothing more, nothing less. if you like sweet beers, give this a shot. it's a pleasant drinker, with nothing offensive about it. still, average dubble. it may not be great, but its enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 06:05:05 | More by hopsputin
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. A particularly difficult beer to pin down, origins-wise. I assume that this beer, brewed at Alken Maes, is owned by Kronenbourg, as that is what this bottle says. And oh, the same 'glucose syrup' that invades their Blanc 'witbier' is present here. Yay.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy beige head, which leaves a seriously random array of grotesquely layered, sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of tame Belgian yeast, a bit of bittersweet chocolate, faintly roasted caramel malt, an ethereal nuttiness, a touch of weak clove, and a mostly dry earthy hoppiness. The taste is fairly sweet caramel malt, lightly stewed raisins, a still subtle oily nut essence, Zeller's brand figs, a hint of generic sugary red grape juice, and a soft earth yeastiness. I was ready to wank on further, but this beer just sort of stopped, and thus, so did I.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, the body mostly medium in weight, and smooth, I suppose, a certain hard to pin down astringency rising and falling. It finishes on the sweet side, as a NutraSweet kind of sugary character finally bursts forth, among the lingering veritable caramel malt, yeast-enabled dark fruitiness, and very timid earthy, more than noble hops.

A 'dubbel', sure, but in a rather newbie, weakly pandering manner. Complexity seems lost on this one, and the adjunct ingredients, while not overly apparent, still add little to the mix, if at all. Easy enough to drink, but hardly up to the measure of almost any other true Belgian offering of the sort.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 02:31:41 | More by biboergosum
Photo of mttaylor1066


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This variation on the dubbel style is classic, IMO. If you want to have a double dubbel, this is the single Belgian for you.

Poured into a crystal water glass. Dark cola in appearance with a nicely formed mousse that lingers and laces the glass.

The nose is Belgian yeast and lightly roasted malt.

The taste is not nearly as dark as the color. A sweet malt base with enough hop bitterness to keep it light on the palate. Perhaps it is the color, but I taste old-fashioned cola nut. This is not a very difficult beer to understand or enjoy.

Mouthfeel is like a fizzy American-style ale. It's not as languid as the other Belgians. Enjoyable.

One of my standby ales, if I don't know what I want in the liquor store I know that I'll be pleased with a six pack of this in the refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 21:29:09 | More by mttaylor1066
Photo of Blindpigbiz


3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Style/abv: dubbel/6.5%

Smell: cacao, water, malts and a spit of caramel

Taste: tart green grapes, slightly effervescent water, slight hints of toffee and celery alongside bitter malts, raw almonds, and a pinch of caramel syrup

All-in-all, this beer was slightly disappointing to me due to the flavors within the beer counter acting each others positive qualities. However, the latter is just my opinion and I encourage everyone to try something at least twice: once for curiosity and twice for the hell of it

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 20:52:27 | More by Blindpigbiz
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent reddish brown with a foamy white head.

The smell is cloves and yeast.

The taste is sweet and malty. Pretty one dimensional but fairly tasty.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a fairly nice if unremarkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 04:07:09 | More by Dave1999
Photo of HabiMendes

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer brings a dark-amber body, and the almost-white neck is not as well-retained as expected, given the style. The aroma has strong caramel notes, with toasty and cherry-like ideas in the background. The alcohol is (too) perceptible. The finish is short and smooth, leaving a subtle hop presence. It's a good beer, but not fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 03:17:31 | More by HabiMendes
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grimbergen Double has a very thick, beige, pillowy head and a fairly clear, reddish-brown, bubbly appearance, with lots of heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is very fruity, spiced, sweet, and bready. The flavor is of sugary, spiced, bread crust, with a subdued bitterness in the background. The mouthfeel is between light and medium, and Grimbergen Dubbel finishes semi-dry, mellow, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer, and I rate it most excellent.


Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 21:27:48 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of StaveHooks


3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2fl oz
Served in a Chimay goblet

A - Pours very dark brown with a nice beige head that leaves long horizontal lines of lacing.

S - Semi sour fruity, plums, cherries, prunes, candy sweet, smells alot like rum and cherry coke, sweet malts underneath.

T - Dark candi sugar, rum soaked fruits, plums, semi-tart cherries, lots of red figs, Brown sugar sweet malts, nutmeg spice. The finish is wet, sweet, and open ended, leaving me wanting a more of a closing finish.

M - Thick feel, fuller bodied(not heavy) medium carbonation,

This Dubbel starts off with great poise. Lot of sugary fruit, sweet malts, yeast presence, but the finish just doesn't close the deal. It has a pure fruit tart character but the finish falls flat. That doesn't mean this isn't a solidly flavored Dubbel. I would buy a sixer of this for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:36:23 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of argock


3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice. No decipherable bottling date. Received as part of a beer exchange with friends.

A: Tawny brown with huge 2-finger clumpy, chunky big-bubbled oatmeal colored head with good retention and crusty lacing.

S: THe aroma unfortunately is big step backward from the appearance. There is a soft dark and slightly sweet maltiness, herbal hopping, but an absent yeast character.

T: THe flavor is nearly the next score up, but is held back by an unpleasant finish. The soft sweeter-than-expected malt component has a fig and raisin character. The hopping is light and earthy. The yeast character is much stronger than in the aroma, but there are qualities of the fermentation that are undesirable. There are some bready qualities from the yeast, but the bubble gum flavor is too strong and there is a metallic aftertaste that really hurts this beer.

M: The mouthfeel is way too light and carbonated for the style in my eyes -- I want something with a more vinous feel with more heft and a lighter carbonation profile.

O: Certainly not a confidence-builder for Grimbergen.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 03:33:08 | More by argock
Photo of DannyHartman

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I pour a 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a thick 3" head appears atop a clear amber reddish/brown brew that has lively bubbles rising throughout the drink.... This brew has great retention, and leaves tons of thick foamy lacing.

I take a whiff and get mostly dark fruit like that of raisin, fig, prune, and grape.... There's also a spiciness like that of cinnamon or nutmeg with a bit of sweet Belgian yeast.

The taste also has lots of dark fruit like tart cherry, raisin, plum, and fig.... There's also some sweet caramel malts with just a bit of spice.

I'd say this is a medium-bodied brew that is highly carbonated.... It has a slick and creamy feel with a crispness that leaves a tingly, tart aftertaste.

Overall, I think it's a great beer.... On Belgium standards; however, it's not up to par.... I love Belgian's, and this is one of my least favorite out of the Mecca.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 19:39:27 | More by DannyHartman
Photo of mschind


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle dated 2010

A- Poured into a tulip and needed some altitude to produce a nice fluffy off white head which faded to a thin persistent cap wih good lacing.

S- Belgian yeast, fruity esters, raisins and spice with some alcohol in back.

T- Malty sweet up front and fruity. Finish is slightly tart wit cider notes.

M- Well carbonated, medium bodied and not at all heavy. Not a big alcohol kick for a Dubbel.

O- Not in the same league as some of the better known Trappist and Abbey ales but was a pleasant accompaniment to a wood fired pork chop with grilled peaches and greens.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 02:29:20 | More by mschind
Photo of RyanLigeia

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark, redish/brown color. 1in offwhite head with decent retention that fades to a thin film that floats at the top. Leaves nice lacing.
Smells of berries and other dark fruits. Slightly yeasty, sweet and malty. I can sort of detect the alcohol in it and the bit that i detect isnt blended very well. Almost like a cheap vodka, way underneath everything.
Taste is similar to the smells. That slight cheap alcohol is still there underneath. Berries, candied cherries, red grapes. A little too sweet and artificial tasting for me.
Mouthfeel is very bubbly compared to what I'm used to with the belgian dubbels. I wouldnt say the body is heavy but it still somehow seems a bit sticky.
Overall not a bad beer but definitely not one of my favorite dubbels.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 00:08:04 | More by RyanLigeia
Photo of psuKinger


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into one of my Bruery Tulips.

A: Pours a murky, moderately-dark shade of brown, with a big thick off-white head on top.

S: Sweet smelling, malted barleys and candied sugars.

T: There's a great tart sourness here that I found no trace of in the nose. Candied sugars and a touch of dates are expertly balanced with a grape-like sourness that works well here. It gives this beer some character, and helps it avoid falling into the common trap of being "overly sweet and yeasty".

There's a spiciness on the back end that reminds me a bit of ginger or maybe pepper. It stays within bounds and doesn't overwhelm at any point.

M: Good mouthfeel here. Light, lively, good carbonation, creams up nicely in the mouth, finishes dry. Everything I'd look for.

D/O: This is good. I liked it, and would have it again. That said, 20 Liters is a lot... and I'm not sure if I would enjoy an entire keg of it. As I worked through the glass, the sweetness began to overwhelm the sourness, and what little bitterness exists on the back end is woefully inadequate to stand up to the other flavors here. In summary: Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 21:46:19 | More by psuKinger
Photo of Brubaker


4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber. Smooth carbonation. A three finger head with great retention. Clear.

S- Deep floral malts with no alcohol. Strong fragrance. Clean.

T- Clean sweet dark malts. Spicy & earthy No alcohol. Some bitter to the finish. Strong flavors.

M- Medium body. Light texture. Good carbonation.

O- A well made enjoyable heavy malt beer. Though light enough to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 04:06:07 | More by Brubaker
Photo of TheBrewo


2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 20:47:04 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Sunnanek


3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours deep burgundy whit a enormous off-white head that's both creamy and still compact. Dissipation takes quite some time, and leaves rich lacings behind.

S: Surprisingly mild for both this style as well as this brewery. Dark dried fruits. Sweet dark malts. Some yeast and spices. Honey.

T: Dark dried fruits, almost syrupy sweet. Vineous. Malty, caramell. Yeast and dark sugar.

M: Short aftertaste, sour and somewhat bitter. Body is rather full while carbonation is mild.

O: Rather dissapointing; all the flavours are there but too faint. Sorry.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 18:16:36 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of doktorhops


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another Belgian abbey brew, well I want to taste them all after reviewing Chimay Blue and Orval - two of the best beers out there. And who doesn't love Belgian beers? These guys break all the rules (unlike the strict Germans and their Reinheitsgebot), the Belgians use additives like Candi sugar and Lambic (wild) yeasts, truly the masters of beer... and Brussels sprouts.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a beer chalice.

A: Presents with a deep ruby body and a 1cm tan head. A little darker than other Dubbels I've had.

S: Aroma is faint, can detect macerated figs, honey and a hint of nutmeg/cinnamon/coriander spice. Hope the taste is all that and more.

T: Sweet! No really it is quite sweet. This brew takes on a mead-like dimension with the flavour; honeyed figs, vinous grapes and a hit of black currants at the end. It doesn't really have any typical beer flavours and as such it is an interesting diversion from the million other beers out there. The sugar does cloy a bit however, and is evidently hiding the alcohol.

M: Mid to heavy body, sticky and with a light carbonation.

D: Bit of a dessert beer then. I found it quite easy to drink, not harsh or sickly sweet like other cheap Belgian abbey brews. Hits the sweet spot ironically between alcohol content and an overpowering sugar assault. Might have to get this again.

Food match: Desserts of course. And when it comes to desserts it's any man's (or woman's) game, however I think like for like something with macerated figs would go well.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 08:52:23 | More by doktorhops
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, spice, and some dark fruit aromas. Taste is of malt, dark fruit, and some more mild brown sugar and spice flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice set or aromas and flavors. Quite tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 03:31:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of soju6


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a decent off-white head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of dark fruit and spice with a bit of caramel sweetness.

T: taste of dark fruit and spice. There is a malt flavor I didn't expect along with the caramel sweetness. Mild bitterness in the background with a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body and smooth Kind of reminded me of brandy.

O: Good drinker, nice for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 11:19:47 | More by soju6
Photo of MDDMD


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-red brown color with an off-white head and good lacing

S-sweet malty aroma with hints of spice

T-dried fruit and spice with nice malt flavor, slight sour and bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-decent dubbel ale with good flavor,

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 23:25:22 | More by MDDMD
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Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
85 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.