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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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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 jenbys2001
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark color, could be mistaken for a root beer. There was a constant stream of bubbles in the glass, similar to champagne. Yet there was almost no froth at the head. The scent is sweet and fruity with a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel is creamy with layered fruit, bread and spicy flavors. The finish is sweet and the aftertaste is rather grassy and a bit oily. Highly drinkable.

jenbys2001, May 05, 2008
Photo of DmanGTR
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a gentle pour into a tulip chalice yielded a prominent off-white 2" head. The body was dark amber brown/ruby. Beautiful lacing as expected from a Belgian Dubbel.

S - malts and hops are in good balance, also has a tangy berry/raisin/fig overtone. A touch of citrus follows. Complex and invigorating

T - well balanced maltiness and hoppiness, like the aroma. It has a twist: fruits and sourdough bread is noticed. Kick of alcohol in the finish. Very satisfying, very clean.

M - medium body with light carbonation. Light chewiness

D - very drinkable, an excellent session beer.

Overall - Goes well with a meaty dinner, perhaps a light red wine substitute. A good intro to Belgian Abbey style ales for the beginner. The fruitiness may not be loved by all, but I thought this was a worthy buy. A great fruity flavor with a kick!

DmanGTR, May 04, 2008
Photo of OldYoda
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An 11.2oz bottle into a tulip. A slow pour produced no head and no apparent lacing. A dark plum color with no evident carbonation.

Smell is sweet and dark - hints of grape and plum. Hops totally absent.

Taste follows the smell, sweet and grapy with a lingering plum. Not cloying or overpowering but the sweetness dominates.

Mouthfeel is smooth and enjoyable.

Drinkability is good, not sure I would want more than one at a sitting but I really enjoyed trying this beer. I would definitely revisit this one.

OldYoda, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of batty
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bought in spain April 2008.

pours a beautiful dark brown-amber with huge head. Head diminishes fairly quickly but leaves the last quarter inch, looking so dense and almost crusty. leaves a ton of very thick lace down the glass.

smells a bit of plum and medium malts, a little banana and maybe a bit of clove/spice.

taste follows- spicy smooth fruits gliding into a nice malt flavor. no hops to speak of.

medium carbonation, very thick nice mouthfeel, leaves mouth tasting very pleasant and ready for the next mouthfull.

batty, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-In snifter: Pours a dark ruby amber with off-white light-beige head. Very nice lacing, and decent retention.
S-Toasted malt on the sweeter side with faint fig, light spice, and a hint of mineral and flint.
T-A soft, smooth texture of lightly toasted malt, light fig and raisin, and spice. Finish brings out caramel, which lingers on the back of the tongue, but not in a pleasant way. I'm not sure if it's diacetyl, or just the candy-sugar effects.
M-Medium body with bold carbonation that gives it some backbone, but falls near the higher limits of where it probably should be.
D-I used to drink this in France along with some other varieties from this Abbey, and it's nice to finally rate it. I don't recall so much buttery caramel in the finish. Overall, it's a good double, but not a favorite, and it's sweetness approaches the point of being cloying.

BoitSansSoif, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.08/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl Bottle, drank 6 months before its death date. Poured into my Westmalle challice.

It obviously looked fine, everything does in a Westmalle challice (even water). Clean and clear body, Ruby Red in colour with a swiftly fading biege head, pity about the head leaving, I like them to stay through the drink.

Sickly molasses in the nose, nothing else could get passed them.

Sweet, too sweet, malts/molasses/treacle/toffee, not good.

The worst Dubbel I've had? Most likely. I've had this beer on tap many times and it has been OK, or at least I thought it was. Sat in the sun on holiday everything seems good and enjoyable, sadly this beer doesn't remind me of those balmy days of summers gone by.

BlackHaddock, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of Kraken
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First Grimbergen I've sampled hopefully not the last . . Pours a nice clear dark brown . Not cloudy, no evidence of yeast in bottle. Nice white head , one finger with a vigerous pour. Robust smell of malt and slight fruit. Taste was nice and malty the way a dubble should be, minimal hops, nutty , sweet , but not cloyingly so. Very smooth dry finish very very drinkable. Price was a bit steep at 10 bucks a sixer but throughly enjoyable.

Kraken, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark with little head. It smelled very good, like a sweet bouquet of earthy fruits, with grapes sticking out a lot. It tasted similar to its smell, again with a sweet taste and grapes sticking out to me. The taste was a little weaker than some of the other dubbel's I have tried, however this was a very good beer. For its price, I will definitely buy without hesitation again.

birchstick, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a Grimbergen Blonde last week back home in WI, and enjoyed it for a number of reasons, including the fact that it was on-special for $3! The double was not so cheap, but was pleasantly surprising.

The beer was served far too cold and in a strange glass choice (a pint glass, which may have come from a fridge) when I tried it at The Bulldog in New Orleans. Still, you could tell it had a bright copper color and abundant head. Due to its 33 degree serving temperature (which while sub-optimal for reviewing, was kind of nice given how hot and humid it was outside), I got very little aroma off of this beer. Flavor was quite nice though; with a substantial malty backbone (substantial without being cereal-y) complemented by a lot of fruit notes that were cherry and raisin-like. Mouthfeel was unremarkable, but what I'd expect from the style.

Pretty good. I'd recommend.

I had this on-draft at The Bulldog in New Orleans.

BeerBelcher, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of AChamberlain
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle bought from Park Slope Food Coop. Poured a dark ruby color with a thin off white head. Smell? Malt? Maybe. Taste like a duble, strong alcohol flavor. Smooth, a bit fizzzy, mouthfeel. Average drinkability. I've had it on tap and enjoyed it much better.

AChamberlain, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely one of my go to dubbels on draught or by the bottle.

A- Amber brown, nice off white head that hangs around for a while.

S- Caramel, toasted chocolate malts, dates, figs, subtle cherry and licorice.

T- Coffee, chocolate, toasted barley, licorice with a semi-sweet finish

M- I love it, heavy, lingering, but not intrusive, very drinkable, as far as dubbels are concerned.

ATPete, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of shadow1961
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grimbergen Double pours a stiff couple of fingers of rocky foam over
a coffee-colored brew. There's not a lot of carbonation here, and the
nose is your typical fruity/clove combination, though not as intense
as I'm used to. the flavor is pleasant and spicy- slightly sweet with a
tiny bit of hop for balance. Mouthfeel is a touch light for the style, but
not in a bad way, and smooth. It's a bit light on alcohol, too, coming in
at an almost sessionable 6.5%. This one won't blow you away, but it's
pleasant and easy drinking.

shadow1961, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked a 6 pack up, as my local retailer just started carrying this. In advance let me say this : If you see it, buy it.

Unlike the picture above, the bottle(s) mine came in were smaller, short bottles, ranking in at 11.2 fl.oz. Bottle design is cool, Pours a gorgeous clean ruby red. Head isn't much, fairly thin, but went the distance and lasted to the last drop.

Smell is nice, a bit sweet, nutty, tiny hint of malt.

Taste is amazing! Sweet and a tad fruity, the malt was there but only a tiny bit, like the scent. Very complex..made me stop and think..

Mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation is about perfect for me. Feels nice in your mouth, I daresay this beer has a perfect weight.

Drinkability is high. I could session this or mix it with any number of foods, definately something to get more of.

LumpyGuitar, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a score. Picked this up for about $1.99 at Total Wine.

A- A dark chocolate cherry mahogony color with a bubbly cream colored head. No lace but is surely a beauty to look at in my chalice.

S- Smell was yeasty and fruity. There was also a sourlike quality to the nose, although it was not that strong.

T- Wow! There was an elegant and complex champagney quality to this beer. There were oak and raison hints, and possibly other assorted berries. I cannot understate the wine quality to this beer- very classy.

M- Carbonated as all hell, but in a good way. Tingly on the lips and tongue. Rich and hearty going down.

D- This was definitely an awesome beer. I would love to enjoy this with a nice steak. Could easily drink a few of these as the ABV is managable.

DavidSeanNJ, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of turdburglar
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very dark reddish brown into my Chimay chalice. Small pillowy head with very good retention. Lacing is also good. Aroma is very malty with dark fruit. Taste is also very malty and sweet... dark chocolate, raisins, toffee, and brown sugar. Very lightly hopped. Mouthfeel is velvety and creamy. Slightly less carbonated than a typical Belgian dubbel. Drinkability is outstanding.

I love this beer. Take it out of the fridge and let it sit for 20 minutes before drinking.

turdburglar, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of wschumac
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 11.2 into a Affligem Chalice at roughly 50 degrees.

A - Nice one finger creamy colored head. Very dark colored reddish/brown or dark caramel, light passes when held to the light.

S - Fruity smell with a hint of sweetness,apples/cherries/carmel...

T - Complex taste very sweet hiding alcohol. fruits and sweetness create great taste.

M - Rich thickness create full palatte of flavors and texture. Excellent going down.

D - Keep them coming, excellent drinking beer

wschumac, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of jamie2dope
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last time I tried this was at a Belgian beer restaurant in downtown Melbourne, Australia. Have seen it around at plenty of places in the states, but just haven't picked it up until now. Great deal by the way at just over ten dollars for a six pack. Pours a rosewood color, with a pillowed white head that lasts. Garnets of a raspberry color are all over the place with this one. Droopy dark fruits dominate the smell. Strawberry, plum, cherry and other berries come to mind. Taste is exceedingly sweet and complex, starting off rather sugary sweet, and then ending on a vinous fruit note. Mouthfeel is ligh to medium. Drinking this one is a breeze, as the alcohol is somewhat low for this style. It more than makes up for it in flavor. All in all I would say that this is a very flamboyant dubbel. Huge on sweetness, with little cuts of complexity here and there. I tend to pair most dubbels with rare red meat, but with this one dessert was the only way to go. The combination of this with a raspberry turnover and vanilla ice cream was delicious. Recommended.

jamie2dope, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of beautifulday
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep red/plum colour with minimal carbonation. A thin head soon dissipates to a patina of lace. The depth of the colour is highly enticing.

S: Definate fruit-smell; cherries & raison. Although this sweetness is countered by a wet, resinous smell.

T: Complex taste, again the succulent dark cherry is noticeable, syrupy & winey taste finishing with caramel & slight alcohol twang.

M: Despite lack of visible carbonation, there is evident fizz against the tongue. The liquid is syrupy yet seems somewhat light on body.

D: Good example of the style; although at 6.5% it is towards the low end of the ABV for this style. No dubbel is excessively drinkable but one or 2 glasses of this dubbel delivers a rich & satiating experience.

beautifulday, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of pittvkyle7
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a-dark brown with ruby coming through. No head, some lacing
s- sweet sugars, candy.
t- just a bit roasted, very syrupy and candy like, hardly any hops bitterness. This brew really needed some hops! Too much malty sweetness for too little hop bitterness.
m- syrup like, I think more carbonation would help this one. (and I never say that)
d- you can't taste the 6.5% so thats good, but over all it was cloying, and I wouldn't have more than one.

pittvkyle7, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of bort11
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Record Bar while my friend's band was playing. Good times!

Served in a Grimbergen goblet. It was a nice solid pour well above the line. Frothy white head that recedes at a medium pace. Leaves a thin filmy cap on the surface. Quality lacing left on the glass. Color is a bright ruby red, quite pretty to look at.

Smell is sweet like red fruits and berries with a bit of sourness like white grapes. Taste also has a white grape sourness and has a bit of a pucker, but the sweetness balances it out nicely. There are additional spices and honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a light/medium body and a bit sticky in the palate. There is a distinct after taste that is not unpleasant, but does stay there.

I had two for the evening. Sadly the second one was served in a standard pint glass. It looked like they were out of clean goblets, so it wasn't worth making a scene.

bort11, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of atrus138
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in a Grimbergen chalice. Deep ruby read color with a chunky two-finger white head that left a great deal of lacing. Most impressive. Smell is a bit faint, but very inviting. A nice mixture of dark fruits like figs, raisins, plums, and black cherries on top of sweet bread. Taste is much more robust. Very sweet, indeed. A bit spicy too. Very pleasant. Mouthfeel is creamy, but thin. Not bad at all. Oddly enough, it paired extremely well with the sushi I was eating.

atrus138, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of RoadLizard
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

RoadLizard, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of cartdan
2.85/5  rDev -25%
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.

cartdan, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of stevecee2003
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

stevecee2003, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

MisterClean, Jan 25, 2008
Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
86 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.