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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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898 Ratings
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Ratings: 898
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 20
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Watching it pour into my goblet it doesn't look very exciting. There is really no head maybe just a dense foamy colar dispiate a rather robust carbonation. It pour a chestnut brown with good clarity.
Aroma is of sweet malts candied sugar ans figs.
Taste is very good and quite drinkable. Similar to the nose there is a good sweet malt bill with plenty of dark fruit. Mouhfeel is about a medium weight and fairly smooth with a tangy bitter or dry finish.
A very good beer thats not overly heavy or sweet. It walks that fine line perfectly. I'd like to see some more of a foamy cap to pump up the appearance.

micromaniac129, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of brewyou2
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad I had the Trappistes Rochefet 10 before writing this review. I will definitely drink this again but it is second to the Rochefet 10 at this point. Lots of fruity aromas but a little too thick and sweet. My favorite part is the chocolate covered cherry flavor. Carbonation was not as crisp as I would like, but it is a good Belgian Dubbel.

brewyou2, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of TCgoalie
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown-red in color with a touch of head on the pour.

Aromas of cherries, yeast, and brown sugar.

Sweet overall balanced with some dark fruits and yeasts.

Smooth with low carbonation in the mouth. The aftertaste is pleasant and bready.

Decent. Not the best, not the worst Dubbel.

TCgoalie, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of atlason
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap into grimbergen chalice.

A: deep red amber, good head with several minute stability, dense lacing

S: strong hops, lime, raisins , sour red berries

T: Belgian yeast character is strong, no toffee or coffee, rather doughy malts with raisin sweetness. Plenty of dark burnt candy syrup.

M: low attenuation and carbonation make this a bit sirupy

O: nice, sweet but not overly subtle or complex

atlason, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of schoolboy
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What's not to love about this? I's thick and aromatic. The taste will cut through anything. It has bitter, sweet and sour all going at the same time.

The only problem with this great brew might be that there is too much going on. None of this is bad, and this is highly recommended, and I will buy it again.

schoolboy, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Finn
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep ruby/brown beer with a modest opaque head on top. It smells of brandy, sherry, molasses and caramel. Dark fruits as well are present in the aroma-mellow but rich. A sip reveals sweet caramel malts, with a hint of that brandy/sherry like aroma coming through in the flavor. It has a pretty clean flavor for a dubbel, but with a tiny amount of sharp sourness, just a hint though. It balances out the sweetness of the malts nicely. It has a full, smooth body with moderate carbonation. Overall quite a pleasant beer, and a bit more straightforward than most dubbels I have tried. The alcohol is barely noticeable, which I consider a plus. Very nice, worth a try.

Finn, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of ZorPrime
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one at Brussels airport on my way back from a trip to Rotterdam in 2011.

Color is brown, all that you can expect from a dubble. Some red color in there too. Light foam on top of this one. Lots of carbonation is observed. The aroma shows notes of sugars and malts. Molasses. Medium intensity aroma, typical yeast presence in the nose.

The taste is roasted malts and belgian yeast. Sweet in the mouth. Delicious. Better in the taste than in the nose. So easy to drink. Almost light bodied.

ZorPrime, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Mar02x
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A decent beige head on top of a brownish red bright beer. The head is slowly retraction fo fluffy.

S - Light citrus with yeast

T - A dry, slightly bitter beer with citrus hinds, not so spicy. I can remember having better ones, a bit more sweet.

M - Medium carbonation, medium dry and a low bitter after taste.

O - A decent double, one of the best from the supermarket.

Mar02x, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of mariposafan
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mahogany with a sadly thin, beige head that fades to some minor lacing.

There are no off notes in the aroma but there's little enough of it there and none of the Belgian character that I'd expect in a dubbel. What's there is malty and sweet but could just as easily be from a dopplebock. Odd.

The flavor shows a little of that unique Belgian yeast character, but not much - this is probably the Belgian beer for people who don't like Belgian beers. A little sweet with just a hint of spiciness. I don't get any bitterness at all.

The mouthfeel is thin for a dubbel but the creamy carbonation saves it somewhat.

Overall it's OK for a pleasant beer, but seriously lacking as a dubbel. There's nothing unpleasant at all about it but not enough on the plus side to cause me to buy it again.

mariposafan, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Radome
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Madrid, Spain. Served from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A - Attractive, medium chestnut brown with reddish highlights. Very clear. Head is thin but fluffy and never fades away.

S - Aroma is malty and very nutty. Some plums and dark fruits emerge as it warms. Nice but not very complex.

T - Clean, slightly sweet malt is the largest impression. Some earthy hops and alcohol tastes develop late in the palate.

M - Medium to heavy body. Dry finish, some light alcohol burn.

O - A very clean and pleasant Dubbel, but not as complex and distinctive as the best examples. A good solid Belgian beer. I'm glad I can get it in the beer desert of Spain.

Radome, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at The Beer Store in South Hampton.
Pours a brilliant brown. Malty nose. I found it refreshing that the typical smell of a Belgian hop strain didn't reach out and smack me in the nose. This one is definitely chock full of caramel, malt, and a tinge of smokiness. Goes down real smooth. Hope to see this again in the future.

Retail1LO, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of codfeast
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to tulip.

A: a dark amber, with a thin off white head.

S: Dark fruits (plum, raison, fig, cherry) spicy yeast, and alcohol.

T: It went sweet, dry, sweet again. Dark fruits sweet to start then a little alcohol drying and a long sweet finish.

M: Pretty big and creamy, medium-high carbination.

O: Found it quite appealing, esay to drink, nice flavors, and mouthfeel. A good dubbel at a good price.

codfeast, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

651st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
@Riverwalk Bar, Edgewater, Laughlin, NV

App- The color of a dark wood stain with only about a 1/4" of head. I am attributing this to a pint glass not being proper. No cling or lace either.

Smell- Subdued toffee and caramel notes with a nice touch of sweetness. A little bit of yeast as well.

Taste- Taste follows the nose and was a bit better than average but not by any means mind blowing. A nice run of the mill import Dubbel. Nice toffee notes with that caramel sweet.

Mouth- Medium bodied and Medium carbonated. A bit of sweet yeasty notes remained.

Drink- A pretty decent import to have at the pool in Laughlin. Needed a better glass. May have to have this one again.

FosterJM, Jul 18, 2011
Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
86 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.