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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 20
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of froghop
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, a large beige head, and good lacing.

smell is faint, malt, earth, and apricot.

taste is watery, some sour malt, barley, sweet fruit, and some hops.

overall not that great for a abbey dubble, i like this style but this one just doesn't hit the mark.

froghop, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a 1 finger light tan head realy good retention. Beer is a very dark, deep amber; can barely see through it. A splotchy wall of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits and malts.

Tastes of malts a wheat. raisins,caramel and yeast. Pretty good!

Mouthfeel is fairly light, medium carbonation, clean drink, finishes fairly sticky on the tongue.

Drinks easy, fairly sessionable.

ThePeskyDingo, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An old stand-by when I in Germany, could get it at the class six at Ramstein & near by hyper markets in France..

Pours a ruby tinged brown with a pinky of tan head. Very good head & above average lacing

S: Vinous, oaky & some phenols hanging on the edges

T: Dryness, oakyness & granny smith apples up front. Slight phenolic/bubble gum edge to this as it warms, plus a touch of oakyness. Finishes dry, yeasty & with nice warming sensations, & a bit of juicy fruit. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Overgassed up front, medium bodied, if you like em dry & warming, this one is your huckleberry...

Drinks really easy for the style, but lacks some complexity which I need to satisfy my expectations. Not a bad training wheels dubbel

russpowell, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of lehkost
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer calls itself a dubbel, but at 6.5% and with such light body, I wouldn't call it that.

This beer is a wonderful abbey-style brown ale, light bodied, very drinkable, with fruity notes and a dry finish, but nothing over the top.

While I would generally consider something like this an unexceptional beer, that the balance its flavors strike and the immense drinkability grant it a huge thumbs up from me.

lehkost, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of deanhead
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark ruby color with a lace head which reduced to just a few bubbles around the perimeter of the glass.

Aroma is bubblegum and hay.
Carmel, toffee and hay taste. Slight grassy taste just short of barnyard.

Hint of tartness in the finish. Beer is light bodied bordering thin. It's drinkable but not something I would seek out again.

deanhead, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: medium carbonation with a huge head, clear leather brown

Smell: fruity, apples and raisins

Taste: I get a big taste of pear, some green apple and a touch of alcohol

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, light body, and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I would have another couple of these. This beer has the most pronounced pear taste I think I have ever had. Good and smooth--but not excellent.

tigg924, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of giblet
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured nice with about 1 inch of head. the head settled quickly to a film. decent lacing down the glass. nice reddish brown color. smells of carmel and apple. taste was decent but a little flat on the palate. i have four more so i will update this if i feel differently.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Dark copper and clear. ~1/2 finger of tan head, which dissipates rapidly to a thin cap. Sporadic streaks of lacing noted.

S: Sweet and fruity on the pour, with apple and raisins. The expected Belgian yeast notes round out the aroma.

T: Moderately sweet raisin and green apple fruitiness. Slight hint of Belgian/yeasty sourness. Alcohol is well concealed.

M: Carbonation is fine, moderately high, and lively on the tongue, making for a nice crisp and refreshing feel. Goes down smoothly.

D: Good. Moderate ABV, and solid but not over-powering flavors make this an easy drinker.

Future outlook: Not the most complex Belgian beer I've sampled, but still tasty and refreshing. Would actually be quite sessionable. I'd be happy to have this again.

DoctorDog, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having just recently enjoyed this on tap for the first time I was happy to try the bottled version thanks to neighbor Tom. A clear but dark carmel color with a fair light tan colored head and very generous lacing. The aroma is tart malt and clove, smooth and grainy, nice. The flavor brings that slightly bubblegummy mix with caramel malt sweetness. Very fine carbonation but it delivers a stiff bite while holding the root beer licorice character. Refreshing and crisp, a bit aqueous, a reasonable drinker. It has a clean grape flavored overtone. Pretty enjoyable stuff.

Durge, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of brc
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from 25cl bottle, labeled "Cuvée Ambrée" here in France, but I'm certain it's the dubbel. Poured into trappist goblet.

Clear mahogany liquid, small light tan head. It quickly settles to a light skim, with a bit of lacing left behind.

The aroma is deep and complex: Mostly a caramel, burnt sugar aroma, but there's also something else in there, maybe bacon, maybe raspberries.

Caramel flavor, toasted bread, but also a hop bitterness that continues to be noticeable in the finish. Spicy hops. A touch of green apple tartness. As I get to the bottom of the glass a raisin and alcohol taste take over.

Mouthfeel is okay, a bit light for a dubbel.

Good beer, drinkable. The flavor isn't as rich as some dubbels, but everything there is well balanced.

brc, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of weazal
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Heavy and rich, but not the most powerful. Dark, sweet fruit - plums, raisins. There's some grape juice there as well as roasted notes.

T: Tastes like very sweet plums. Just halfway through it starts to feel watered down and has a flat finish. There is a fun sour apple-ness midway through which is different.

The aroma was there, the flavor was there, just neither in the degree that would make me really seek it out again. I wouldn't turn it away by any means, but there are others out there that are deeper.

weazal, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 40 degrees

Pours a dark ruby color with hints of amber and brown. One-finger head of tan foam. Very good retention. Lacing is fairly solid and pretty sticky.

Big nose of red fruits. Cherries and cranberries hit me hardest. Some raspberries and grapes behind that. These bring a slight tartness to the nose.
Slight hints of caramel malts and of belgian yeast notes come through.
This is a much more mild nose than expected, though.

Now the red berries are joined by tart green apples. Big fruity yeast presence. Slight notes of caramel malts.
This is leaning more towards a geuze than a dubbel.

This one is pretty thin for the style. Especially for a belgian brewer. Probably the most waterey belgian that I've ever had.

As far as the style goes, I'd have to say that this is not a highly drinkable brew. If you're not put-off by the fact that it's not very dubbel-like, it's actually pretty good.

coldmeat23, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a Grimbergen chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium 1+ finger off white head that dissipates to a thin film and leaves immediate lacing. Colour is brown with a hint of deep dark red, like burnt umber, and is relatively clear. Medium carbonation evident. A thin film remains until the end and leaves some decent lacing.

SMELL: A strong scent right off the bat. Sweet caramel malt and very fruity on the nose; mostly red fruits like berries, though some raisins are evident as well. A good dose of Belgian yeast rounds the nose out nicely.

TASTE: Like the nose, but unfortunately much weaker and less impressive, though still pleasant. Sweet malt initially with some dark and red fruit, mostly berries and raisins. A slight bit of spicy alcohol as well, especially in the mild, short-lived malty aftertaste. Pretty clean finish and alcohol is well hidden.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, higher end carbonation and relatively light on the palate. Goes down easy and finishes on the dryer side of the spectrum. I'd like it to have a little more weight. No bite at all and disappears like it was never there.

OVERALL: An enjoyable beer I'd definitely have again. The palate could be improved, which would improve the overall taste and drinkability of the beer. However, this was definitely an enjoyable brew I'll be re-visiting again.

Jeffo, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of erratic
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured one of my "spoils of ...vacation" from Belgium in to an oversized wine glass. color is clear, deep, dark, reddish brown. An almost fizzy tan head dissipates quickly.

Smell has an almost minty cooling sensation. yeast is noticeable. hint of alcohol. ripe bananas. roasted malts.

taste follows as expected from the smell. Sweet first, then lingering bitterness. not terribly complex, but solid.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery for the style. carbonation is ever-present.

Drinkability is decent.

erratic, Mar 15, 2009
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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany with amber highlights and a billowy pillow like tan head. Nice webbing but there isn't much else to this brew.

Smell is subtle with a sweet malty nose. A little on the weak side and hard to get a whole lot out of it.

Taste is more watered down then any other Belgian I've had. It's mostly malt with a touch of fruity yeast. Thin but balanced, most of the flavors are subtle but work well together.

The finish is sweet and slightly candied. I do like the rings on the side of the glass left behind by the head. All in all not a bad beer but not a fantastic one.

jbphoto88, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of davexisxrabid
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Johnny's in Highland Park.

Nice orange-red cloudy color with a thin white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Could tell that it was well-carbonated just by eyeballing it. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Good spicy aroma, clove, and a hint of apple.

Taste almost like a green apple! A bit of sweet clove and green apple hit your mouth with a slight bitter finish.

Medium-full mouthfeel, due to carbonation. Flavor stayed on the palate for a bit between each sip.

Excellent drinkability; not too high in alcohol and flavor aren't cloying. I could drink this one all night.

davexisxrabid, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of seanbhudson
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper color with a huge rocky off-white head that dissipates slowly. Lots of foamy lacing.
Cherry, raisins and a touch of vinegar. Also a little malty caramel and molasses.
Toffee, raisins and malt. Slight sour vinegar finish. This reminds me a bit of a Red-Flanders Ale.
Medium body with a slightly syrupy texture. Soft carbonation.
Goes down easy. Though I wouldn't drink too much due to the sweetness and vinegar flavor.
NOTES: BBCSD-0901-Sean

seanbhudson, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jan 31, 2009
Dark reddish color, huge head. Smell is pretty subtle, of sweet malts. Taste, sweet, and little metallic for the frist 3 sips..but went away, as it warms it definitely gets better. Not too bad, has that favor in the finish that is in pranqster, and i dont know what it is, but its nice...i could drink 2, probably not more though., and dont really think i would want to....

webbcreative, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25 cl bottle, smaller than shown, courtesy of fellow B-A khiasmus, whose sister purchased it in France and brought it home to the states.

Moderate pour into a 40 cl goblet yields a nice two-finger light tan head over a dark mahogany-ruby body. Head fades slowly to a thin lid, and leaves ample lacing.

Smell is spectacular. Richest aroma of any Dubbel I've ever had, by a large margin. You can smell this thang from three feet away. Raisins, dates, dark cherries, dark chocolate, pineapple! WOWOWOW! Mild roasted malt underneath, and a hint of floral hops. I'd give this a 5.5 for smell if I could.

Taste is like the smell, only not as strong. A nice cord of sour yeast binds all of the fruitiness in a neat package. Really good.

Mouthfeel is smooth and expansive, but not cloying. Great soft carbonation.

Very drinkable.

I can't believe this rates only a B+. If this were readily available around here, I'd go into debt drinking it.

Thanks, khiasmus, for this big gem in a little bottle.

ColoradoBobs, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grimbergen Dubbel
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Style: Dubbel
ABV: 6.50 %

Reviewed 1/5/09 @ home, bottle>chalice glass
A 3.5 Dark red malty red brick/roasted amber color, 1 finger head, mediocre retention and lacing
S 3.5 Semi sweet aroma, raison/toffee/dark fruit notes
T 4.0 Malty, deep candy sugar notes, similar to smell, dark fruit and malt notes
MF 3.5 - semi syrupy, medium body for a dubbel, medium+ carbonation
D 4.0 - very drinkable dubbel ale, less intense fruity notes than some others, not to rich like some, less complex than other dubbels. A sweeter sugary dubbel for sure.

unclejimbay, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of Crosling
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This dark brown colored ale pours with a very large light tan foam that lasts well in the glass. Unfortunately, this Belgian ale is not bottle conditioned. Very light notes of hop and dark fruit are present in the nose. Flavors are very muddled and muted, not helped by the watery texture due to the lack of natural carbonation. Not an awful beer.

Crosling, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of tlinner
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe this one only averages a B+! The nose and taste are of plum, grape, apple and brandy. Mouthfeel isn't great, but who cares? I'm really impressed with this beer. It's so fruity and sweet. So what if it's "simple"? It's accessible and delicious to both the well-experienced and uninitiated alike.

tlinner, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of sabalon
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sat down with a cup of beef turkey chili with this at the Cafe Hollander.

It poured a Burgundy color,with a defined head that held quite well.

though reviews i have commented on a raisiny aroma, alas i didn't catch that.;I did though pick up oranges and cinnamon. It finished quite well, and held its own with the hearty chili.

definately will have again when i get the chance.

sabalon, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Floydster
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Eddie's Liquor right down the street from my house along with the Blonde, hard to believe this is lower in alcohol than the blonde but that was more of a tripel anyways, consumed both on 2/4/08, reviewed from notes, poured into my Grimbergen goblet, color is a mix between a dark red and medium brown, thin 1/2 inch creamy beige head, decent retention, not much lacing, smell had toffee, milk chocolate, light bubble gum, brandy, Belgian yeast, and berries, taste starts off with some toffee, more malt in the middle, mostly caramel, finish is slightly dry but has a chocolate bite, gets more sweet as time goes on and it warms, mouthfeel is both sweet and chewy but pretty weak, moderate level of carbonation, medium bodied, taste does not last, could drink a few of these, could get heavy and sweet after some time, better than the Blonde from this brewery but still not great, worth trying

Floydster, Feb 13, 2009
Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
84 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.