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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

Grimbergen DubbelGrimbergen Dubbel

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BA SCORE
85
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
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

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
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Brubaker

Virginia

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
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at biercraft Cambie in Vancouver.

A: 1/2" tan head with nice lacing over mahogany liquid

S: muted scent of yeast, grassy hops, cherries, figs, grapes and pears.

T: like it smells, yeast, cherries, figs, dark grapes, pears and grassy hops

M: thin viscosity and low carbonation

O: like a cousin to Gouden Carolus classic, this tasty dubbel goes down easy

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 22:42:43 | More by DaftCaskBC
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TheBrewo

Michigan

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
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Sunnanek

Sweden

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
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doktorhops

Australia

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
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VanillaHeat

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This arrived is a small scooner glass that had the Grimbergen logo imprinted on the glass. I had no prior knowledge of this beer and tried it basically because it was $2 off a pint. I was surprised by the fruity taste. I thought blueberry, no blackberry…then realized it was grape. It was a dark beer that had a good feel, but I kept concentrating on the grape taste. Eventually that wore off and I just enjoyed it.

I wouldn’t say it was my favorite, but it wasn’t bad.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 05:15:27 | More by VanillaHeat
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red-caramel brown. Sticky lacing. 4.0

Toasted grain, caramel, dark fruits. Light aroma. A little vinous. 3.5

Very toasty for a dubbel. Caramelly and somewhat attenuated. Some wine-like notes with a woody character. Some noticeable spicy booze. 3.5

Medium-full body with very light carbonation. 3.5

Unspectacular Belgian ale. Has some character and easy drinkability. 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 02:14:04 | More by thecheapies
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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soju6

Missouri

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
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Tschnab

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a brownish red with a nice rim of off white head and lace

S- smell is of dark fruits like fig and raisin, as well as winter spices and citrus. Belgian esthers are present as well.

T- the flavor is fig and raisin, plum, ginger, orange, Belgian yeast and candi sugar, warming alcohol and brown sugar.

O- this is a dubbel but screams winter to me, probably because of the ginger notes I picked up. I really enjoy the unique flavors here not found in every dubbel.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2012 22:40:41 | More by Tschnab
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oline73

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap while eating lunch on the main square in Brussels. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany color with a finger of creamy off white head that leaves a nice layer on top of the pour.

Smell: A slight malt sweetness with some Belgian spice and dark fruit. I'm also getting a touch of caramel from the malt.

Taste: Bolder than the smell. Sweet spice with dark fruit and cherry notes. There is a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with thick and creamy carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This was a nice beer to have with my lunch. Easy to drink and enjoyable. I would have another.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2012 19:08:13 | More by oline73
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

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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acevenom

Louisiana

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear dark toffee brown with a light frothy tan head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacy on the side of the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts, toffee, and dark fruits. It's the typical dubbel smell, but it is a bit faint compared to some others of the style. The taste is a nice blend of the smells. There are flavors of roasted malts and toffee. The dark fruit taste is there as well. It's definitely a bit bready from the malt. The alcohol is not strong in the flavor, but it should not be at only 6.5%. However, it definitely is there. An unfortunate problem with this beer is it a little watery. The body is light to medium and there is moderate carbonation. It's easy to drink. Overall, this is a good beer. It is not the greatest dubbel I've ever had, but it's certainly worth trying. It is a little sweet and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 21:19:52 | More by acevenom
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tony223366

California

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A ruby red base to this brown beer. Really pretty with an impressive off-white head. Good retention and nice lacing. Looks really great. Clarity is also spot on. This is an awesome looking dubbel.

S: Tons of sweetness... caramel and darker fruits. Some booziness too.

T: Taste is surprisingly blah at first. There's some richer, darker maltiness that's hard to put your foot down on. Past that it turns more into your standard caramelly-dark fruit dubbel. After it gets over that first it really is quite tasty. The finish is more of a nice breadiness. That alcohol definitely plays a part though.

M: Thin-medium body and slick. Tight carbonation.

O: Not terrible, but a hard category to be in. There are tons of better dubbels out there but this is definitely a solid entry. It is on the sweet side, but so are many dubbels.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 05:31:26 | More by tony223366
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 18:30:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

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

On tap at Mia's, St Charles Ave.,New Orleans. Had a sample and was sold. A nice night to sit at the outdoor table and chill.

A: chocolate brown with a tan, 2 finger head that eventually settled. Nice lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with a malty partner. Dark fruits dubbeled on in.

T: rich, full bodied; malty with a coriander/yeast finish that spoke fluent Belgian.

M: medium and creamy. Smooth and delicious

O: This was a nice surprise that added to my love of Belgian ales.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 19:32:13 | More by brewskifan55
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gatornation

Minnesota

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

A- pours a mostly clear garnet color with an off white head and collar a touch of lacing

S-spice, dark fruit with sweet candy malts

T-followed the nose with dark fruit and sweetbread malts, some spice

M- sweet malty with medium carbonation

O- an ok Dubbel at a good price liked it on tap an easy drinker, but nothing outstanding

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 16:28:19 | More by gatornation
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rarbring

Sweden

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

The beer is dark brown with hints of ruby red, an off-white head that leaves some curtains - and some lacing.

The smell is sweet, red fruits, eggs and butter.

The taste is more spices, sweet brown candy sugar with read fruits, and bitter orange marmalade.

Low carbonation, soft and sticky, not dry.

A nice dubbel, a bit tired this one though.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 22:11:12 | More by rarbring
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RodneyFarva

Spain

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

330ml bottle poured into a Grimbergen snifter

a: pours a dark brown with hints of ruby red, a two finger head which quickly fades to a thin film. nice lacing.

s: aroma of malts, dark fruits such as plum, some alcohol and sweetness as well.

t: a strong malt flavor, dark fruits, a strong sugary flavor, and a bit of bitterness at the end. carbonation is at a good level for the beer.

o: very enjoyable, once i go for frequently, but like many Grimbergen beers, I find them a bit too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 21:19:27 | More by RodneyFarva
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Served in a shaker pint (as apparently the appropriate glassware was truant), a dark caramel brown color with a nice off-white head that displayed moderate retention and lacing. Nice aroma of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits. Taste of dark sugars, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, rum raisin, a little woody and nutty in the finish. Medium body, smooth, and very drinkable.

I find myself liking dubbels more and more lately, mostly Americans, but it's good to be reminded where they originated, in beers like this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 12:53:23 | More by Rifugium
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scottwestphall

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +28.3%
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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Kylecrudd


4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
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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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a goblet is a dark brown beer with deep red garnet hues around the edges. On top is a thin off white head that does leave a little bit lacing behind.

Aroma: Rasins, figs, dark fruits, prunes, notes of plum. Herbal, phenols, grape skin. Dark bread, minor twinges of molasses.

Taste: Purple grapes, very crisp mouthfeel. Figs herbal notes, Figs, molasses, touches of plum. Solid bready malt sweetness pumpernickel.

Notes: It's bready and nicely hearty. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 03:04:36 | More by horshack7
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Douberd

Netherlands

3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle of 300 ml into a trappist glass.

Amber coloured with a one finger beige head, that goes slowly down, leaving heavy lacing around the glass. Smells lightly of carameland mostly of dark fruits, after trying hard enough I recognized fig,mostly. Taste is quite sweet but unfortunately metallic, although quite unique.Aftertaste is also sweet and the fig taste is even more obvious, along with some oplums maybe.Alcohol is not so traceable. Thin bodied and watery for for a dubbel, leaves some dryness on the palate. Good beer, but not as good as eny other average dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 18:46:03 | More by Douberd
Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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