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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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very good

811 Ratings
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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 13
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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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RoadLizard

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pretty burgandy color with an average-sized head that held up decently throughout. It had a slight spice in the smell along with a touch of sweetness, perhaps a fruit-like aroma mixed in?

Flavor was dominated by a maltiness along with a little touch of warm apples, maybe apple pie? Very good flavor overall. No hops to speak of though.... this beer is of the sweeter variety!

Mouthfeel was quite bubbly and active but never overpowering. I enjoyed the consistent mouthfeel of this beer. Very easy to drink and I will be getting this again when I hit my local shop again. Recommended for those that like this style and prefer a beer to be on the sweeter side of the flavor spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 00:47:15 | More by RoadLizard
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cartdan

Alabama

2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a opaque brown with a thick creamy tan head. The aroma is very familiar, not sure exactly what I'm smelling. I get a maltiness, with a strange mint aroma. Actually the smell that I'm familiar with is grape, kind of a sweet grape like Welch's grape juice. Strange.

The taste is sweet and malty, with a little bit of sourness. No hops to speak of, and nothing of an aftertaste either. The alcohol is more prominent in this than in most of the other dubbels I've tasted, which is again strange at only 6.5%

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Not a great example of the style IMO, but an interesting beer to try nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 20:05:51 | More by cartdan
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stevecee2003

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It looked good coming out of the bottle! I had eagerly taken home a 6-pack from my local beer haven, hoping for an exciting new experience. Aaah well.

The best that can be said is thats it's "OK". But when you're expecting a new ale on the horizon, well this is a bit disappointing.

Fresh into the glass it has promise. Deep reds. Rusty and rich looking. A nice frothy foam on top. But that soon goes away, as does the rest of this test.

The smell had SOME of the malts and some of the fruitiness. But that died too.

Then the taste. I read one reviewer who had it spot on.. "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". That says it! Perfectly.

Don't expect much, and you wont be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 03:16:29 | More by stevecee2003
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MisterClean

California

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 from Manderes in Folsom, CA.

A - Caramel-brown pour with little head that dissipated quickly.

S - Figs, brown sugar, malts, and sweet apples.

T - Figs, brown sugar, and tart apples.

M - Carbonated, but very smooth on the palate, finishes sweet, but light-moderate body.

D - Couldn't drink many, but would enjoy with dessert. 11.2 is the perfect serving of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 04:17:31 | More by MisterClean
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thartman

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this while out for dinner with my wife, and these are some of the notes I took.

A= Served up dark reddish brown with a one finger tan head.

S= Sweet smell of caramel and raisins.

T= Tasted sweet and syrupy, slight hint of spice.

M= Medium bodied, not as much carbonation as I thought there would be.

D= Not a bad drinking beer, I had one before dinner and another with dinner. It wasn't a perfect match with the Schnitzel ala Holstein.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2008 12:22:30 | More by thartman
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried Grimbergen Blonde and really liked it... had high hopes for there Dubbel... Copped a single botle from Gary's in Madison... Appearance very much fits the Dubbel compositon... dark, ruby-red, brown, with impressive foamy head that lingered for a bit... smell is full of figs and slight alcohol, which is also detected in the taste although the 6.5% ABV isn't that high... taste was full of prune, figs, and rum flavors... candied, with brown sugar notes bursting through... very thick and rich flavor with an equally powerful mouthfeel... drinkable was good due to the rich but not overbearing or cloying flavor and the relatively low alcohol percentage... a top-notch brew for sure... great depiction of the style and definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 00:19:39 | More by dsa7783
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Stimack

New York

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew poured to a brown color, with some orange and red highlights. Nice sized tan head that has pretty good retention and leaves a nice amount of lacing. The aromas show off a nice sweet malt smell mixed with fruit, mostly cherry along with a grape like scent that seem to lend itself to a slight sour property. The flavor is nice, similar to the aroma but the fruit comes out much more. Noticeable (not dominant in any way) grape like taste mixed with raisin and a slight tart cherry flavor. Brew seems to be all over the place but still has an interesting flavor. Slightly more alcohol flavors come out as it warms. Pretty good brew, not sure if I would run out and get this one again but still it is not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 02:19:17 | More by Stimack
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber with hints of bright ruby and a very large four finger beige head that settles to a rocky frothy two fingers leaving a light lace and chunks of froth on the glass. aromas of sweet sugar with a hint of spice. very sweet taste, with rock candy or dark brown sugar and sweet caramel and hint of raisin. medium bodied with a slightly slick mouthfeel and carbonation is very good. a little to sweet for a session beer but as a dessert beer its very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 19:00:40 | More by billybob
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark and sweet, the Grimbergen Dubbel is a pretty good representative of the style.

I'm not a huge fan of the Belgian styles but this was actually pretty good. Now, it's not on the level of of the Rochefort 10 or the Chimay Blue or the De Dolle Stille Nicht but it's a good beer nonetheless.

Wonderful reddish brown pour with a good head.

Smells very dark and fruity. Lots of raisin influence and brown sugar on the aroma as well as the taste. Finishes nice and sweet.

A nice beer. I'm not sure how many I could drink due to the sweetness but it's a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 16:06:47 | More by Tilley4
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iasanlee

Nebraska

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A clear dark amber with minimal half finger of cream colored head

S- Sweet malty almond, lots of raisin, lots.

T- Malt and fruit, brown sugar, spice, a slight tartness, and very little hop presence.

M- Smooth and somewhat thick. Quite a bit of carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink. Have had more complex dubbels, but would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 07:11:09 | More by iasanlee
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therica

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I carried a bottle back from Belgium but didn't get to review it. I've just ordered a case here in the US and am reviewing from that stock.

Since Samuel Adams seems to want to restrict their holiday Old Fezziwig Ale to such small quantity and for such short duration, I would recommend this wonderful Grimbergen Dubel as a good seasonal alternative. I was able to order it easily through our local Wooden Keg in Hagerstown Maryland, and I had a case of it in 2 days.

A= glassy red-brown (something like a flat Dr Pepper), slightly yellowed big-bubbled foamy sculptured head.

S= prune-raisin, more of a holiday beer than I'd remembered.

T= very nicely raisin up-front. As it sets for a few minutes, I agree on the previous reviewer's noting tastes of dark chocolate and cherries. It's a bit like chocolate-covered cherries for a few moments. The taste does seem to vary as it sets. A bit of a slightly hops-bitter cherry-soda fizz at the finish, quite interesting.

M= a great beer for just beer-drinking, and yet also somewhat like its own dessert treat.

D= very drinkable, so long as you are enjoying this particular style.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 00:20:12 | More by therica
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IdentityAles

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass (sorry) @ ~40 F

Nose: Plums, spices (all spice), yeasty, slight alcohol aroma

Flavor: Dark chocolate, dark fruits... currants and cherries, a little bit of clove

Appearance: Dark brownish red, clear, lasting off white, pillow like head.

Mouthfeel: Thin on the body with high carbonation.

Overall: A nice drinkable dubble. Malt and Yeast aroma and flavors spot on. I thought the mouthfeel was a little thin and it was too aggressive on the carbonation. It also lacked the "wow" factor, but none the less it was nice to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 03:30:34 | More by IdentityAles
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded ruby brown with minimal tan head. Nose is sugary, cherry, with a touch of wood. Flavor is smooth with a touch of wood somewhere in there and a slight bit of caramelized sugar. Feel is great. Nice effervescence and bubbly on the tongue. Drinkable, yes. Quite good and worth going to...maybe worth going to again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 22:06:17 | More by RblWthACoz
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Lukie

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 30/08/06. Has been ageing for over a year now.
Poured very dark ruby with lively carbonation that quickly disappeared to little flecks. The colour looks amazing for a dubble, while the head was... well... average.

Sweet caramel and dark chocolate, and only a hint really. There isn't much nose at all.

Smooth as liquid gold. The malty sweetness is great. Hints of caramel and chocolate. There is a bready quality from the yeast, a hint of chocolate bread.

Smooth, smooth, smooth. Like drinking liquified chocolate, without the over powering sweet sugar. Mouthfeel is moderate, with carbonation nearly non-existent. I need a fresher bottle tomorrow to test against this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 15:01:26 | More by Lukie
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janubio

Spain

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in its own Grimbergen glass, it pours a red to brown colour, brown head that doesn't hold for too long, and leaves some lace.
Aroma of caramel, fruits, plums and some chocolate, not too complex.
Lighter body than one can expect, and taste of cherries, plums and fruit.
Another average Grimbergen made for the masses and far from the best beers of the style. Or for that matter, of any style Grimbergen makes.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 20:33:44 | More by janubio
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Bassetdawg

Maine

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Rich brown color, with a substantial creamy head, with good retention and lacing.

Aroma: carmel, maple sugar, and some fruity undertones

Taste and Mouthfeel: Tastes dark and fruity, with plums and raisins. Hops are mild. A smooth, but slightly watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is easy to drink, a nice after dinner beer. It is a very solid Belgian double, however there are quite a few better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 02:54:33 | More by Bassetdawg
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Gmann

New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown color with an average egg shell colored head that left some lacing on the glass. The smell is of Belgian candi sugar and dark cherries, has a musty aroma to it as well. The taste starts of metallic and sweet with a dark cherry or raspberry flavor. The malt is quite neutral in this brew and no real hop presence detected. The feel is much lighter than I expected, not water but light, the carbonation is borders on the soft side and it finishes sweet but not sticky. A lighter dubbel than others and has an odd metallic twang but it is rather easy to drink and no cloying flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 06:12:58 | More by Gmann
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largadeer

California

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 01:00:07 | More by largadeer
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BarryNL

Netherlands

3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful clear ruby red with a long lasting head which leaves an attractive lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel and toffee with slight earthy notes.

T: Slightly sweet with a malty flavour. There is an impression of dark malts, perhaps chocolate but more likely something like Special B or biscuit. Little hop flavour and low bittering. Slight sour, almost subtle lambic after-taste.

M: Quite gassy, almost turns to foam if you try to swirl it around your mouth too much.

D: Not had - I'd happily knock back a few of these. It's quite light for its strength (as are most of the Belgian beers which use sugar in their recipes). Not a favourite, but pleasant enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 19:23:46 | More by BarryNL
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Old Corner Cafe, Naugatuck, Conn.

A: Pours a very nice deep, reddish, mahogany brown with a one finger head of tightly packed carbonation. Deep, shining hues flash when held up to the light; very nice.

S: Smells, deep, dark, fruity and estery. The alcohol is a bit noticeable, but it's cloaked in a variety of dark berries and grapes, like a wine.

T: Smooth, velvety fruits and sweet malts. There's a slight hop on the palate for balance, but I taste mostly sweet, fruity malts. There's some sweet sediment left on the tongue after each sip also.

M: Smooth, velvety, and a bit chewy. I recommend letting it warm a bit, and not taking big gulps.

D: It's not to be taken lightly at 6%, but could easily be had again and again. You're best capping off at two, but I wouldn't blame anyone for returning to the well.

A great Dubbel all around. Great to see something that is available on-tap, as well as in bottle form, that tastes great and won;t break the bank like some other imports. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2007 05:16:06 | More by Gambrinus1184
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DoubleJ

California

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the YardHouse, on to the beer:

After my sample of Maredsous 10, I was surprised that this beer tasted quite "light", if only because i was expecting something heavy. Highly drinkable and full of dark fruity flavors. Too bad it's served in smaller goblets : (

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2007 06:48:45 | More by DoubleJ
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thierrynantes

France

3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (25, 33cl.) ,tasted in 2001.

Appearance: brown-red color, with a tan foam head.
Smell: aromas of coffee and caramel.
Taste and mouthfeel : too sweet, not complex flavors.
Drinkability: an average abbey beer in the style Belgian dubbel

Review translated from french 5-24-2008.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 22:31:00 | More by thierrynantes
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animal69

Louisiana

3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was one my dads favs in the 70's, i don't think it's brewed by the same people, though ; pours a clear, deep reddish-brown w/ a thin off-white head which dissipates quickly, huh, no yeast in the bottom of the bottle, moderate broken lacing ; a sweet, fruity, caramelized aroma, dates maybe, a hint of butter(?) maybe ; a crisp, sweet, brandyish, flavor w/ a slight metallic taste, some fruity undertones, a little watered down tasting, actually, not a really noteworthy Belgian dubbel, definitely not the Grimbergen I remember ; a little on the lighter-bodied side,too, but the co2 helps cover that ; a drinkable one, but i put this one on the bottom of my style list, so far...

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 08:55:14 | More by animal69
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Pours a dark, redish brown with a light tan colored head that leaves great lacing behind as I drink.

s: Slight sour notes, toffee, raisins, maybe cherry.

t: Robust flavor very similar to the nose. Candy like sweetness similar to cola, very faint bitterness and a small bite from the carbonation.

m: Dry, clean finish. Smooth texture.

d: Very drinkable for a dubbel. Not too malty or sweet. Not too pricey, a good, easily accessible belgian.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 00:21:15 | More by BradLikesBrew
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Flyer

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks beautiful in the glass, with rich crystalline red color and a nice head. Not much aroma. A good amount of nice dried fruit notes, with more of a brandy-ish quality coming through as I got further into the glass. More dried fruit in the finish, particularly some cherry and prune notes. I would've guessed this had more alcohol. Surprisingly clean finish for such a sweet beer, but still a little cloying by the end of the glass. Still, overall an above-average dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 21:29:51 | More by Flyer
Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
85 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.