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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 19
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Hophead101
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tasted at Yards in Las Vegas on 4/9/08.

Beer poured a nice thick and foamy head. it is dark brown with nice red tints. there is fantastic lacing to go along with it.

there is not much of an initial smell to this beer. slight lambic smell.

taste is definitely a bit fruity. the taste spreads throughout the entire mouth, the taste goes away pretty quickly. there is some roasted malts. at the end the taste goes a bit flat (if that makes sense).

Hophead101, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of gfreed
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Iced-tea colored with a light tan head that sticks around for a while. Very fruity aroma with some toastiness evident before even tasting the beer. Peaches and plenty of malt in the taste, even a bit sugary but not so much that it's a turn-off. I'd prefer a bit more carbonation. This was a chance purchase from the Pioneer Market in Manhattan, and worth another try.

gfreed, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky tawny port color with a huge, rocky head that holds together and leaves plenty Brussels lace

Smell: Caramel with a touch of rum soaked raisin and green apple

Taste: Opens with a herb-influenced caramel and rum raisin flavor that grows spicy in a green apple direction by mid-palate; the sweeter flavors take control after the swallow, however, with a hint of wood on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, almost creamy, with low carbonation despite an eruption when I opened the bottle

Drinkability: Not the best dubbel but certainly has its charms

brentk56, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of chaz410
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a very unique but very nice brew. Poured a dark red brown body color with a nice one finger tan head. Smell is malty with a fair amount of sweet notes. IT has a smooth mouthfeel and very malty but crisp and sweet taste. I greatly enjoyed this beer and it had nearly no strong after taste whatsoever. It is very drinkable but it is rather strong so not completely appealing to everyone's tongue

chaz410, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of kinger
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice dark amber brown color with a good thick tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma is medium with hints of dark fruits, chocolate, and some roasted sweetness. Mouthfeel is decent, but the flavor is a little off. Sweet and somewhat fruity it's nice at first but there is a strange metallic like aftertaste that really puts this one off. Decent but I'm not very impressed.

kinger, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of alexskovan
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep redish brown, very clear, with a sturdy tan head that left medium lacing. Smell is sharp and pungent, sour rasin and bitter orange with a liquer-like power. Taste is surprisingly smooth, chewy in the mouth, mince-pie with touch of dark chocolate. Substantial.

alexskovan, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of BWH3
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at World Cafe in Philly. Perhaps served a bit too cool and in a pint glass.

A: Solid reddish brown with thin tan head that quickly fades to dollop of foam in the center. I liked the color of this beer but the absence of a head and minimal carbonation were huge liabilities.

S: Aroma more of a porter with notes of toffee, chocolate, and roasted nuts. A slight fruity esters of a belgian yeast come through and minimal notes of Special B.

T: Tastes a bit like a sweet porter or brown ale including a fair amount of roast malt bitterness to clean the palate. Raisin flavor is more pronounced than the aroma let on, but still major toffee and chocolate components to the taste. Ends with a bit of roast grain that barely compensates for the sweet palate.

M: Very flat, very sticky, pretty heavy. Not what I expect from a dubbel nor was it remarkable enough for me to over look these faults.

D: I have had worse dubbels, but most of them have been American micro attempts. I would not pick this one again.

BWH3, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of naterock
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish brown, nicely colored and with a head that concentrates toward the center of the glass.
Smells of toffee, slight chocolate, and a belgian yeast.
T: sweet fairly absent solidity of flavor. The Maltiness is actually bitter, weird.
Mouth is medium and crisp, for a belgian I don't feel that this is a "double" ale, I've had dubbels that have ten times more flavor and balance. then again I also drank a Rochefort 10 this evening, might be skewed a bit, just a bit

naterock, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of SLeffler27
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My chalice fills with the clear, ruby-plum brew while a thin, creamy-cappuccino head settles to a fine, sticky layer of lace.

A lively aroma filled with a cherries jubilee tartness followed by apple cider and ginger.

The palate appreciates a lightly acidic, sour apple and light barn mustiness. However, it is much less complex than was anticipated from the aroma. Fortunately, the aroma profiles become more apparent on the palate as this one warms.

A fizzy texture compliments the medium body and dry finish.

The complexity of this beer develops dramatically as it warms and is worth the wait.

SLeffler27, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of Andreji
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought and tried in Brussels.

This is a very pleasant encounter from Alken-Maes, the second one in this vacation trip. Grimbergen dubbel pours a dark brownish tone with a tan head emanating a very decent fruity smell.

Taste-wise, the profound cherry caramel taste blends well with an alcohol taste. medium to full bodied and well carbonated.

Andreji, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay Goblet

A-Pours a nice amber color with only about a 1 finger head and a decent sticky lace as u drink it.
S-Not alot going on here honestly Some malt, alcohol as well as some sweet fruit maybe a berry actually.
T&M-This was the strange part for me the 1st one i had was slightly warmer than the 2nd and this brew is 2 totally difrrent tastes, warmer is very wine like, the alcohol flavor as well as even a very defined grape flavor, golder i prefer very nice and smooth hints of citrus and the sweeter grape flavor, nice smooth mouthfeel and full body weather warm or cold.
D-Not my favorite Belgium but one i would have again im sure

SpecialK088, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz. Shorty into a goblet. Dark amber with a bit of head.

S. Sweet malt which borders on being fruity.

T. Follows the nose to a sweet caramel apple and mysterious fruit. A bit of hops balance it but are barely noticable.

M. Alittle chewey and full bodied.

D. Extremely drinkable and well worth a try.

Stinkypuss, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soon as the top popped this sucker fizzed like crazy!

Pours a decent brown with a big head that quicky goes away.

The smell isnt there at all on this brew! I dont really smell anything. Hmmm.

The taste however, which is the most important, is very nice and refreshing. I like the belgian tastes and how they arent overly done. Its a clean, non-challenging, brew!

Overall, this brew is good. Nothing amazing or mind blowing but still pretty good. Give it a shot!

iconoklaztor, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of amstelcat
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass a dark brick red with a generous head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smell on the nose is of some peach with maple. Very sweet on the tongue and it finishes with more alcohol present than expected with only 6.5 % ABV. Got a nice, thick feel to it in the mouth, though.

Overall a little too sweet for my tastebuds. I've had other dubbels that I like a lot more.

amstelcat, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of atigerlife
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with reddish highlights with a creamy brown head.

Aroma of malts and dark fruits.

Taste is sweet, malty with some alcohol. Dark fruits are present and it has a little smokey flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and lightly cleansing.

Overall, this is a nice dubbel. Great flavor and nicely drinkable. I've had it before, but it seemed even better this time around.

atigerlife, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of thequeen711
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful burgundy colour, no head, in fact the snifter sized glass was filled to the brim!!! Confusing aroma, smelled lots going on. Palatte pleasing coffee overtones was evident. The smooth finish was left with a hint of brandy. Very easy drinkability! This is one of the finest dubbels I have yet tasted and would definitely repeat

thequeen711, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of timbro81
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely brown/ruby color with a soft head that has great staying power, fed by decent carbonation. Smell is kind of tame, standard yeasty, maltiness is all I can muster. Toffee notes mingle with a malty backbone, touch of light noble hops balances things out well. Not too complex in the taste department. Light-medium mouth feel. Aftertaste is of a mild sweet breadiness. Better than good but not fantastic.

timbro81, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of botham
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap poured into a goblet at Cafe Hollander in Milwaukee. pours a dark chocolate brown with prevalent garnet highlights and a single finger of light tan head. moderate retension (about five minutes).

aroma is of caramel malts and dark fruit. very smooth and pleasant in profile. fruit notes of plum, banana, and apple are the most distinct. nicely rich overall with a light sweetness.

taste is of sweet fruit and malt. the brew has a subtle vinous character, imparting a mild sourness to the overall feel. fruit notes include apple and plum, with a distant citrus presence.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sweet profile. finishes malty with residual apple and caramel.

drinkability is great. this is a wonderfully proportioned brew with solid malt and fruit presence and a light sweetness that ties the profile together. cheers!

botham, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber brown color with a good amount of tan head and a nice glass retention.

I couldn;t pick out much other than the caramel malts on the nose.

Excellent taste, caramel malts and some raisins, finishing off once again with the caramel.

Thick and creamy in the mouth, goes down smooth.

donteatpoop, May 31, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one's been calling my name from the shelf for quite a while. Figured it was time to check it out. Pours a dark burgundy into a goblet. A one-fingered bubbly tan head recedes at a decent pace leaving a thick and consistent lacing behind. Aromas of raisins, dates, dark chocolates and malts arise to the nose. Tastes of malts, a bit of yeast, some grape juice, some very slight hop bitterness, some spice, sugary sweetness and a furtive hit of alcohol heat in the end. What we have here is a good medium bodied sipper that should not be overlooked.

stephens101, May 25, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazel brown with a nice head that settles to a nice long lasting lace. The aroma is of blackberry,dark fruits and grapes. The taste is of grapes, raisins,light malts,sour& sweet with subtle alcohol notes. The overall feel is medium carbonation,mild bitterness and a dry finish.

Notes: Something I will try again and a brew almost like a fruit beer. A good beer and worth the try. This is not too complex,but it is a good beer for sessions.

Lexluthor33, May 18, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried this out during a European Trip to France and Spain.

a beautiful cola dark chunky thick head good lace

s smoke mealy bready

t dark bready malt dry end nice good balance

m Nice mouth, medium body and carb

d too many others out there, but it was nice to try

srandycarter, May 15, 2008
Photo of biggmike
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in New Orleans at a bar called BeerFest. Poured a deep brown with ruby highlights. Aroma is of dark fruit and caramel. Flavor is the same with hints also of chocolate and toffee. Mouthfeel is very good. Drinkability is pretty high on this one as well. Good stuff.

biggmike, May 13, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of light brown head supported by a perfectly clear, amber-brown body. Good retention and good lace.

S - Malty and toasty with a bit of caramel and a nice dose of dark, yeasty fruit.

T - Raisiny malt up front with biscuity toasted malt notes, followed by prunes and yeast esters. Dark, burnt caramel dominates the finish, aided by just a hint of hops.

M - Medium to thick body with high carbonation and a nice, dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable and a very nice example of the style. The yeast notes are a bit flat, but the malt profile is excellent and the dry finish makes it easy to put down.

nickfl, May 12, 2008
Photo of umtox
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep dark brown. A one finger creamy.

S: Not too complex. A hint of spice and moderate roasted malt.

T: Crisp increasing maltiness as it rolls on the palate.

M: Wonderful feel on the mouth.

D: Not too complex, but great taste, sits well and I could enjoy multiples.

umtox, May 06, 2008
Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
86 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.