Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Reviews: 493
Hads: 971
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 22
Gots: 104 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2001

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with a neat looking griffin on it.
Pours a hazy reddish brown with a nice, well formed, and encompasing light tan head. Lacing is nice as is retention.
Smell is a little strage. Smells a little soured. Fruits are still present (figs, dates, cherries, raisins), but are kind of overshadowed by the spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, and a little bit of clove). There is a definite maltiness to the aroma as well.
Taste is very fruity (same as above). Cinnamon dominates the spiciness of this one by a lot, a slight malt and hop character are also present.
Mouthfeel is very good, and this still remains a very easy to drink dubble. It's not an every day beer but for special occasions or just when I'm in the mood for something different this is a pretty good choice. (776 characters)

Photo of palma
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber body with a big fluffy tan head that lasts. Leaves a decent lace throughout the session.
Big sweet malty aroma with phenolic notes.
A sweet candy-like maltiness. Some honey flavor. Very lightly hopped. Bready aftertaste. This brew is much sweeter than it is bitter. Sweetness becomes a little cloying after a while.
Nice carbonation. A noticable creamy mouthfeel. (380 characters)

Photo of kingjames1
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured light brown appearance with a decent white head.

Smell is unique. I can't quite pinpoint it, but I kinda like it.

Taste is also interesting. Raisins, honey, and spice, with a definite sweetness. Of course it has that distinctive belgium yeast present - makes me think of liquid bread, baked with small bits of rum-drunk raisins and brown sugar. A little medicinal as well. I'd rank the taste higher if it weren't for the unbalanced sweetness (though not sticky sweet - it is surprisingly thin).

Good carbonation, possibly over carbonated.

Definitely a drinkable belgium double, and unique. Not sure how crazy I am about it though. If you're new to the dubbel style, you'd probably be wise to start elsewhere. (729 characters)

Photo of RushLimbmalt
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This bier pours a nice cloudy brownish color and it came violently out of it's bottle an into my glass, probably from health fermentation in the bottle. It has a nice white head that leaves tons of lace and it lasts until the glass is empty. It has a nice fruity, estery, yeasty aroma that is quite complex. The flavor is sweet and the alcohol is very noticeable and it sometimes overpowers the experience. It certainly is drinkable and I was not expecting much from a non Trappist Dubbel so on one hand I am surprised and on the other I ask myself if it is worth the price I had to pay for a six pack...$13... I say not when there are far superior Dubbels to choose from, but if you want something that comes close and will get you drunk faster than a 40 of something bad and there is nothing else better to be had then this beer will do ok. (842 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably the worst Dubbel I can remember having. This showed up in my local beer store this week, so I grabbed a single to try. I really didn't expect much, and I was right. Thin, watery, with a strange aftertaste. I had it with dinner, but didn't finish it. I've certainly had worse beers, but there are too many great examples of this style to settle for this one. If you can find the Loterbol, you can see what a great dubbel should taste like (or, of course, the Westy or Westmalle). (487 characters)

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy, shadowy brownish rust color. The head is a thick, creamy tan foam. I really appreciated this aroma: sugar and malt, slight ethanol, fruit (plums), and an intense, meaty (literally) yeastiness. The taste has a lingering sweetness and a round fruitiness that fit the beer well. Nice malt flavor as well. Peppery finish. Moderate carbonation. This is a very estery and yeasty beer. My wife didn’t like it for those reasons, but I thought that it hit the spot! (483 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle coded L531. Pours a nice muddied burgundy shade with a fluffy greyish-beige head. Dark roasted candi sugars and Belgian Special B malts with some fruity esters similar to candied cherries, and a distinct woody sourness present in the nose. Malty and sugary sweet with a lightly hoppy and sour finish. Light tea-like astringency and faint Flemish red sourness is quite unique and a nice change of pace for a dubbel. Fruity esters abound. It's been a while since I had one of these and I'm glad I decided to grab one when I saw it. Very drinkable and easy to enjoy. Now if I could only find their tripel... (617 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep plummy brown color, with bright crimson highlights streaming through...nice, though brief and slight, layer of fizz floating above.
Aroma: plum, raisin, date, maple syrup, dark fruits, deep cherries, grapes, ...intriquing, but not exceptional....
Taste: More of those same flavors from the nose here in the flavor, dark fruits aplenty, deep and plentiful, this is a nice double, but not in the realm of the transcendent. Nutty, fruity, dark, and just a little yummy. Full-bodied, with a long, fruity finish. A nice drinker, easy going, I'd recommend it, but not over any other dubbel...plenty of other tasty beers out there. I'd urge you to acquaint you with them, and not to worry about this one. I've tried it, time to move on to the next.... (751 characters)

Photo of swamiswamu
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich brownish amber with a monsterous head and lacing. The aroma is dominated by a warming brown sugar presence with a malt hint. Flavor is a pretty standard for a dubbel, hints of toffee and raisin. Overall not spectacular, but a great example of a dubbel. (265 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This arrived in a fairly warm shade of brown with a medium head. The head faded a bit, but still left some lace.

The flavors involved were very average. Fruits do come out in the fairly sweet smell. The taste was mostly of malts with some degree of fruit. The mouthfeel was a touch too thin, although the drinkability was good. (330 characters)

Photo of babydoc
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz squat bottle labeled 08-01-05. Pours a clear deep dark burgundy, with a dense frothy ecru head that leaves sticky lace on the chalice. Yeast and fruits in the nose. Taste is plum fruits, less of malts and sweet grape.. Sweeter as it warmed. Moderate mouthfeel, light carbonation. Easy drinking. (314 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a cup of really dark iced tea, with a medium brown body, semi-translucent, with a creamy tan head. Smells sticky-sweet, with hints of bubblegum and raisins, and sweet citrus. Taste is rich and malty, with strong raisin and bread flavors that give it a somewhat grainy mouthfeel. Alcohol is present, but not evasive. A very good beer, and a welcome price for a bottle of belgian beer. (394 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark reddish-brown color with a thick beige head that disappeared pretty fast. Decent lacing. The aroma is malty and sweet but there is a hint of sour fruit at times as well. Medium-bodied with a vinous character. Malt, hops and a touch of alcohol don’t seem to mesh well for some reason. The flavor is decent but unbalanced somehow. The finish is fruity and sweet. Overall a decent Dubbel but I feel it could be much better. (444 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Attractive mahogany brown body with a sandy foam head that fades into a grainy satelite photo of a hurricane, eye and all. The aroma and flavor start off slight, with mostly a bit of yeast and toffee, but near the end of the glass, you start picking up a bit of artificial grape candy and at the very end, that grape candy starts to pick up a bit of vinegar. Not bad, but not great either. (389 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz dark brown bottle. Dated 08-01-05
It pours a dense ruby-hued amber with a fizzy beige head and some sticky and sliding lace.
The initial smell is reminiscent of a sour ale. Cut wet hay, citrusy hops and faint earthy smells lasts awhile.
Fruity flavors of pears, sour apples and pineapple are upfront. A light candy sugar sweetness mingles with a dry malty taste. Cloves, coriander and herbal spices are noticed throughout.
After several hard roof of the mouth smacks (I'm alone in the room) a way-back off taste of Lemon Kool-Aid comes to mind.
A good wet Dubbel! (571 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl. bottle with " 08 -01 -05 " printed on bottle.
Pours a clear reddish brown. Has an off white head which leaves a beautiful lace. Mild aroma of black pepper, spices, and caramel. Light to medium bodied, it has a chalky, dry mouthfeel. A malty caramel sweetness dominates the flavor. A nice, easy drinking brew . (317 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep russet with a slight haze. Ample, pitted, stiff light tan head leaves dense, coating lace. Aroma dominated by notes of underripe red grape and phenolic red pepper. Secondary hints of baker's chocolate and must. Prosaic aromawise. Prevalent in flavor is a stately plum tartness, complete with astringent tones from the skin. Sweetness, which offers adequate contrast, takes on a soft apple cider nature when combined with the acetaldehyde undertone. As the beer warms, bittersweet dark chocolate tones augment, but remain understated. Rather clean for phenolics, with only trace clove perceived. Lightly bodied and dry, but rather thirst quenching as a result. Finishes with fleeting hints of bread crust and granny smith apple. A rather simple dubbel that grew on me. It's clean in regards to esters and phenols and sits softly on the palate. Middling in flavor, yet highly drinkable. (889 characters)

Photo of thadkaster
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful light mahogany with an average size frothy, light brown head. Good head retention and lacing. Floral nose that also includes toffee. Initial taste reveals sweetness, toffee, and a nice malty, long finish. At one point I am sure I tasted green table grapes, hmmm. Seems a bit lacking in body for a Dubbel. A bit of well-balanced acidity on the finish. However, it certainly is a drinkable beer and would be a good "starter" for those interested in stepping into the world of Belgian beers(perhaps from the Nut Brown realm). Price is nice. Could this be the the Belgians searching for a beer more favorable to the mass palate in the US? (652 characters)

Photo of edchicma
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a quickly dissipating head that leaves wonderful lacing. Smell is lightly malty with some fruity elements. Taste is similarly lightly fruity with a tart finish that is ok, but not spectacular. Mouthfeel is fairly light with a good deal of carbonation...decent tart finish. Drinkability is ok, and I might have another ... a decent enough offering for the price. (385 characters)

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cool bottle 11.2oz with a stained glass eagle on the label. This is a very fine beligan dubbel with a nice price tag. I paid $1.59 each for these and it was well worth it. A raison colored body with very thin head. The taste is wrapped together with sweet and coffee-like finish. The semi-low ABV suits this beer well. This would be an excellent beer for new BAs looking to tap into the Begium brews. (405 characters)

Photo of Ahhdball
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Auburn, smooth flow into the glass produced a small beige cap.

Spicy aroma with a hint of plum, molassas, and caramel. Alcohol is present but not overpowering.

Raisin and caramel malt. The alcohol came next which warmed the belly and soul. Balanced but not very well.

Thin but velvety mouthfeel, left room for more.

Drinkable per session but more than two wouldn't work. (387 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Uncertain murky ruddy-chestnut brown color with a small beige head thats compact and fluffy, minimal lacing coats the glass. Aroma is sultry and cheesy with a yeasty, nearly barnyard, wet old mop-like smell over a largely sweet malt base of darker fruits, toffee, red licorice, and molasses. Quite a interesting nose. That extra little yeasty funk is intrigueing and likeable. Flavors stay malty sweet and tangy with a darker tone of fruity stuff with raisin, prune, and plum, bits of dried chewy apricot and starfruit. Yeasty play of dull spices also adding a bit of wood, mushroom musk, and cheese. Interesting flavor play but it also seemed a bit plain, even with the little nuances being picked up, nothing really stands out. Miraculously subtle, but was missing the fruity snap and character I like to see in a dubble. Something seems off or unbalanced but what is implies an undiscernable impression. Feel is quite smooth, full and creamy, frothy textured, malty with a bit of spice and some slight dullish-like drying. I'd have this again, no doubt, the numbers don't show how much I actually liked it. A bit different and slightly off for what I've come to know as a good dubble for my tastes, but wait...I thought it was good, so I guess it is. (1,253 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer as it sets in the glass a dark amber to brown color with a modest and somewhat creamy head that is light tan in color, the resultant lace a thick and clinging sheet. Nose is caramel, yeasty and sweet, fresh and clean to the senses with the start sweet and loaded with malt, top is moderate in its feel. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops delectable in their spines, quite dry after taste and a great drinking beer, Grimbergen ranks high on my list of Belgian Breweries. (479 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark burnt siena color, chill hazed but hard to see if its heavily sedimented. Darker yellowish head of 1/2 an inch for about 40 seconds. Good lace, attractive and crystalline. Aroma has notes of dark fruit, figs, dried apricots, slightly cognac-like. Carbonation is full but understated in a soft sense of small bubbles. Body about shy of medium overall. Flavor shows a slight sense of overdone alcohol, emerges as a slug of yellow raisins and the least bit of semi-sweet chocolate. Better hopped than some Dubbels, relatively bitter in the close for style. The fruity maltiness doesn't have an evolving emerging sense in this one like many of the other Dubbels that I tend to like more. (688 characters)

Photo of koolk
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown hue with hints of red, a creamy head that is slightly persistent with low carbonation.

Sweet light caramel and a touch of light leafiness are initial apparent, with sweet toffee, fruits and malt coming through over time.

Palate is rather sweet and far outweighs the bitterness, leaving the usually pleasant bitter/sweet element of stronger Belgian beers behind, instead opting for a much sweeter palate. Flavours include spices such as anise and nutmeg, with sweet malt dominating otherwise. Not complex, but still pleasing enough to give a decent score. Warming.

Is it worth the money? Perhaps, perhaps may be better suited with food that matched it, perhaps some dark desserts or bitter chocolates to counter the sweetness. (745 characters)

Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
84 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.