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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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BA SCORE
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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit dark, not too sweet. Pomegrant juice. A bit of head on darkish brown. Malty yeasty aroma. Balanced bit nothing too special. A bit raisin wine sourish and bitter amidst yeast. Drinkable brew but So-so for a Belg. Carmel and a touch of toastiness.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a somewhat dark mahogany with a bit of an off white head and some pretty good lacing on the way down. Nose brings out some dark fruits, brown sugar, and toffee. Taste is some hints of fruit as well as a bit of sweet malt. Some Belgian yeast characteristics. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly creamy. Decent enough beer, but doesn't have the complexity of the better versions of this style.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured very dark amber with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A light level of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of bready malts in the nose, along with notes of dark fruits and toffee.
T: As the beer warms up, there is some sweetness in the overall taste, which has flavors that are very similar to the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and smooth, but a bit thin.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink but it doesn't have quite enough of a complex taste to leave me wanting to drink another.

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky tawny port color with a huge, rocky head that holds together and leaves plenty Brussels lace

Smell: Caramel with a touch of rum soaked raisin and green apple

Taste: Opens with a herb-influenced caramel and rum raisin flavor that grows spicy in a green apple direction by mid-palate; the sweeter flavors take control after the swallow, however, with a hint of wood on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, almost creamy, with low carbonation despite an eruption when I opened the bottle

Drinkability: Not the best dubbel but certainly has its charms

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really good stuff. I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this before. It's much better on tap than from the bottle. Fruity and tart in the aromas. Lots of malt, raspberries, dates, figs, and a tad of chocolate. Looks moderately thick and well carbonated. A lightly tanned head accompanied the beer to the bottom of the glass. Tastes much like it smells, with emphasis on dark berry sweetness and tartness. Sweet and spicy notes decorate the heavy malt structure. Feels full and rich without being thick or cloying. Finishes strong and sweet. Maybe a little tacky and dry from the alcohol. Worth drinking from time to time.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a light off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of candi sugar with some deep Belgian sweet malt. Taste is a well balance mix between some candi sugar and some semi-sweet Belgian malt. Body is quite full for the style with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This one may be lacking some complexity (dry fruits for example) but still a very good and solid example for the style.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rusted orange rind mixed with brick red and caramel brown. I loved the head on Grimbergen Blonde and I... almost... love the head on Grimbergen Dubbel. It's a fetching shade of golden ecru and has lumpy, bumpy, sticky, rocky character to burn. Small splotches of sea foam lace decorate the upper reaches of the glass.

What the hell happened to the nose? I would never have guessed dubbel in a million years. All I can appreciate is a whiff of well-toasted malt and an indistinct fruitiness. Where are all the olfactory goodies that are supposed to be coming from the yeast? Warming helps the nose reach average, if only because I can now smell something; earthy brown malt primarily.

Grimbergen Double Ale (as my label reads) is a decent version, but that's as far as it goes. My immediate impression is that I've had any number of American-brewed dubbels that put this one to shame. I wonder if a higher ABV would have helped? More malt, a better yeast strain, more depth and more complexity sure would have.

The flavor profile is acceptably broad, but is nowhere near deep. Let's see... dark caramel extract, fig jelly (not jam), tobacco juice, maybe a little grape... that's about it. A little yeasty spiciness would go a long way. The beer is sweet(ish) with a countering bitterness never far below the surface. I'm struggling to come up with positives for what is probably one of the simplest dubbels I've ever had. Uh... it's unchallenging to drink?

The 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.

I'm tempted to bump the flavor score because the beer really does nothing wrong. Trouble is, it does almost nothing right. Not all Belgian beer is special, even for a converted Belgianophile like me. Grimbergen Dubbel is exhibit 'A'.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle - $2.69 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep reddish-brown body flashing garnet when held against the light and capped by a modestly-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Toasted bread crusts given a thick coating of sweet-scented table sugar with very light hints of nutty caramel, chocolate. Heavy spoonful of morningtime jelly given a little spritz of lime juice.

Taste: Sugary chocolate with base malt tastes of caramel and toast. Considerably sweet, actually. Plum wine with a curious background hint of key lime pie sans crust. Pinch of mace. Faded alcohol tones. The dark fruitiness really bursts on the tongue right at the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation provides a bit of tingle.

Overall: Quite sugary, quite fruity. It's OK.

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark, brownish-amber - good clarity when held up to the light. A gentle pour provided a spotty head, but retention is decent.

Smell - Earthy; a bit of chocolate and dried fruit, slight spicy hops.

Taste - Nice mix of roasted, nutty notes, coacoa and dried figs. Slight metallic/mineral flavors come out as the beer gets closer to room temperature. Good bitterness in the finish; hoppier than most dubbels.

Notes - I wasn't expecting much from this, but it's surprisingly decent and characterful.

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Grimbergen chalice at The Firkin.

I vaguely remember trying this well over a year ago, back in my NoVa days, but not enough to sate my curious brain. Better to have it possibly again, I always say. It pours a clear sunset russet topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, brown sugar, light molasses, sweet figs, and maple syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, keeping that sweet-leaning course very tightly. Kind of odd that I don't get too much of the usual Belgian-ness on the tongue, but this lack doesn't hurt things very much at all. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a very nice dubbel, one of the sweeter ones I've ever had, but a generally enjoyable drink.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a massive half liter chalice, much to my surprise. looks glorious in its rightful glassware, very dark red t brown in color with a half inch of bone white lace on top. the glass is heavy and cold, and the beer inside of it is just delicious. the nose is dark fruits, molassas, and just enough alcohol. the taste is far more interesting, with the fruits and some candy sugar striking a nice note in the foregroud. spice and robust belgian yeast take the middle, while the residual sugar and cherry wine notes round out the finish. it has a really nice flow in that way. it does however lack some of the more subtle complexities of the best beers of this style, but that is not to its discredit. i find this a much more approachable and drinkable dubbel than many, as evidenced by how easily this half liter slid down. a little thin on the body for me, but that works fine with the gentle carbonation. its got a sliky smooth texture that i adore, and to me this is the best of the grimbergen beers. well worth it, espeicaly on tap.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served in a chalice at a restaraunt. Drark brown color with a creamy/tan head.

S - Alcohol smell is very noticeable. Also, a caramel aroma.

T - It has a sweet taste of caramel malt. There is also a fruit flavor to it.

M - It is medium bodied and very soft.

D - It is quite drinkable but not too many at one sitting because it is fairly heavy.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grimbergen Dubbel pours a clear, very dark chesnut brown body beneath a thick head of creamy tan foam. The head holds well, very slowly dwindling down to a wide creamy collar and thin, but solid, surface covering. More impressive are the sheets of tiny spotted lace left behind. At times they look like volcanic eruptions of lava, and at times they form what looks like a wall of churning water bearing down on you on the beach. Quite attractive! That must be some nice, sticky malt.

The aroma welcomes you with a hint of sweet dark fruit, some soft dark caramel, and a mild touch of yeast phenolics.

In the mouth it's creamy and smooth with a medium-full dextrinous body, and a moderate, seemingly natural, very-fine-bubbled carbonation. Supple!

The flavor is malty, but not distinctly malt-flavored... it's more like liquid sugar than grain. It's dark, but it only hints at caramel. And it's fruity, but delicately so. There's a lot of apple in the mouth, but most of its raisin and plum notes appear in the lingering finish, along with some gently spicy, and mildly phenolic yeast notes.

Mildly bitter, and almost to the point of being sweet but never quite getting there, it's very easy to drink. It's rich in the mouth and velvety soft. The alcohol never shows. It's fairly flavorful, yet it somehow lacks character. It's subdued, not bold, and none of it components really stand out on their own. So in a way, it's good, yes, as it's perfectly rounded and balanced. But in another way that leaves it lacking because there's nothing really going on.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 3/7/09 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of maple, dark fruit, caramel, a little bit of Belgian yeast and a little bit of hops, but overall it's pretty faint.

T: The taste hits with a pretty strong raisin flavor up front but isn't overly sweet. There are back ground flavors of caramel and Belgian yeast. The malt character is hearty and the hop presence is mild but both are enough to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a nice Belgian beer to drink for a while but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grimbergen Dubbel carries a deep brown body with hints of red in the light. The head poured thick, but it dissipated rather quickly. The aroma contains hints of nuts, and a complex fruity nose along with mocha and barley. In the taste detected flavors of anis, and a roasted barley on the palate. Overall it leaves a nice bitterness, but in my opinion something is unbalanced in the flavor. It is enjoybable, but it feels that something is lacking to make it's flavors work better together.

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