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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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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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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of mattcrill


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

On-tap at the Winking Lizard.

Aroma: Spicy phenolics, Belgian yeast funk, grape jam, and light bubblegum notes...seems a little weird for the style but I'm assuming it's yeast-driven.

Appearance: Brilliant chocolate middle with ruby edging. A thick, sticky, sudsy off-white cap that retains in typical Belgian fashion.

Flavor: More grape jam, carmel notes, peppery and spicy phenolics. Seems a tad one-dimensional and tipped toward the spicy end of things.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Prickly on the palate with a dry finish.

Overall impression: A dry, spicy, well-knit Abbey ale. Nothing off but nothing "wow" either. A solid offering.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2007 15:04:12 | More by mattcrill
Photo of Minkybut


1.85/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured this beer from bottle to a 50 degree tumbler. The beer had a nice mahogany color with a big fat tan head that smelled a little like caramel. bready but like sour dough bread that went SOUR. The word yuk comes to mind and I poured this beer out. If you like sour beer go for it. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 23:11:06 | More by Minkybut
Photo of wingman14


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

Pours a dark burgandy with a frothy white head with heavy lacing. The smell is sweet with some yeast and fruit notes. The taste was sweet with the yeast, fruit, and a toffee flavor showing through. This one has a medium body with good carbonation. It has a smooth finish, and is easy to enjoy. This is a good belgian with unique flavors and characteristics that are definitely worth checking out if you are looking for something a little bit different. Enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2007 05:08:02 | More by wingman14
Photo of jwc215


2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours crimson with ruby hues. A thin, off-white head is well-retained and leaves lace on the glass.

The smell is of roasted dark grains, dark fruits, a touch of spiciness. Not too bad - quite restrained and un-dubbel-like.

Metalllic upfront. It subsides, but annoyingly hangs around. Sweet, but restrained. Some subtle perfumy notes come through. Sweet spiciness mixed in with sour. A touch of raw, fusel-like alcohol comes through a touch too much. A touch of wateriny thinness in the middle, followed by caramel sweetness.

The feel is light, fairly creamy and coating.

Not what I would expect from Belgium. The tinny characteristic, while mild, is annoying. The caramel aspect isn't bad, but seems too little, too late to really help, and it's rather one-dimensional to boot. The spiciness that I expect were muted. While it's true that it is at a fair price for a six-pack, I'll be skipping this one and splurge for something with more character.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 19:36:31 | More by jwc215
Photo of wagenvolks


4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cola colored ale with a thin, beige head that dissipates quickly to leave a ring around the chalice. Aroma is rife with fruity grape and plum notes. Something reminds me of graham crackers, perhaps the hint of cinnamon? Anyway, it smells great.

Taste is not exactly what most people look for in a Dubbel, but I stand by my judgement; it's amazingly good. Notes of creamy malts, cola, apricot, persimmon, citrus, and grape. A hoppy finish balances it all out. It's my second time trying this beer, first time reviewing, and it has withstood my developing tastes. Mouthfeel is juicy and crisp, with a perfect carbonation level. The aftertase, while not immense, is definately present. Overall, it's a decently complex, great beer (perhaps lacking the depth of most dubbels, though). In my opinion, however, Grimbergen's Dubbel is better tasting than most "certified" Belgian Abbey ales. Don't sleep on this one!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 05:27:02 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of cabsandking


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

Pours a dark reddish brown with a firm beige cap displaying some nice stick. Aromas of earthy malts, toasted hops and slight acidic alcohol esters. Dominant malt profile is nutty, toasted, burnt caramel, and dates. Yeast is earthy and mild and the hops has virtually faded with just hints of a light herbal spice remaining in the middle. Brown sugar, maple syrup sweetness throughout. The end of the swill displays some heavier dark fruit character and then moves into the finish. Mouthfeel is between a light airiness and creamy. Alcohol and metallic tones are noticeable but not degrading.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 00:40:36 | More by cabsandking
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

AP: A rightous pour unvails a beautiful deep, dark violet color with ruby red hues, very lively and bubbly which created a off-white frothy head that dissipated to a scattered and thin foamy cover. There is some small lacing left on the glass.

Nose: Extremely sweet molasses scented malt with a whiff of spicey yeast, ripe red grapes and a pleasant leafy and sour tinged hop scent.

Taste: "toasted marshmellow's" (to quote my girlfriend).burnt toffee and caramel flavored malt, very clean overall. The complexity hits you later with undercurrents of chocolate and sweet, ripe dark berries. There is a pleasant and mildly sour yeast with a simple herbal and grassy hop finish. The balance is good and the overall effect is too.

MF: medium bodied, thick, syruppy,smooth full-bodied feel with a decent bite that is decieving. super-clean and fresh feel.

DA: I was shocked to find this at my local convienence store here in NH along with the blonde...this belgian ale is highly drinkable and might be the first authentic belgian "Abbey ale" i've ever seen in a local market here in southern NH. I will continue to enjoy this stuff for a long time to come.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 19:47:09 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of Byeast


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque and ruddy dark brown. Head was small and tan. Taken to the nose , aromas are dark fruits like grape and plum , yeast , some chocolate , and a bit of bready malt. Taste is is nice mix of sweet malt , chocolate , some more fruitiness on the dark/red side , tinge of metallic flavor near the finish. There is some noble hop bitterness and a light spice in the finish and the aftertaste is of fruit, yeast, and slight steel. Mouthfeel is quite light Overall a nice drinking Dubbel. Didn't wow me but it was definatly well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 01:58:24 | More by Byeast
Photo of bonbright7


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

I was at a Mardi Gras party last night, which partly turned into a Dubbel style tasting with a mixed case of great beer, including this one. As I was given a goblet and a 3 oz pour, I had to pay attention, and this one was poured after the hop laden Allagash Dubbel.

I liked the semi-sweet malty taste that came from the dark orange and brown ale that I was grasping for some keyword to exploit in its name. The best I could do was simply say it was "lazy" and slightly sour.

I wold love to find this on tap to reveal it's malty nature.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 17:34:51 | More by bonbright7
Photo of dstc


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

Dark burgundy color with light tan head that disappears quickly however it leaves a nice lace behind.

Smells sweet and a little malty but not too strong, maybe a little weak.

Nice flavor, somewhat full to mild. Sweet start with bitter finish.

Feels a little watery to me. Tingly on the tongue, fair carbonation.

Not a bad beer at all. Seems to be a decent Dubbel that I wouldn't mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 20:14:12 | More by dstc
Photo of vancurly


3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on tap at the Bended Elbow, Ballarat, Victoria, AUS.
A mahogany/brown in colour. Not much head, but a nice lace.
Aromas of roasted grains, some banana. Reasonably sweet.
Tastes of candy, yeasty phenolics, spicy/herbal hops.
Served a bit cold on tap in Australia.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2007 02:23:18 | More by vancurly
Photo of ctdfalconer


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

Having had nearly all the Trappist dubbels colors my notion of what a dubbel is supposed to be. This is a good beer, but lacks the amazing depth of character that I look for in an abbey ale. For starters the Grimbergen product is lower in strength than most abbey dubbels and appeas to not be bottle-conditioned and probably filtered. Even so, this beer has wonderfully rich malty sweetness and full body and satsfying grainy-toasty notes. I would happily serve this alongside a roast leg of lamb or a braised beef dish. I'm glad I have a few left from the sixer I got. I have some cooking to do.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 05:09:57 | More by ctdfalconer
Photo of qcitydarkstar

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice garnet color with about a finger of head--quite carbonated even though I poured this reasonably slow into the glass. I find it rather dicciult to detect much on the nose outside of a grassy smell, along wtih a slight scent of malt. The flavor is rather sweet, with a strong taste of treacle and a limited alcoholic presence, which makes sense considering its relatively low (for this style) ABV of 6.5%.

Strongly reminiscent of Tilburg's, but arguably more balanced. A good quaffer, but nothing to rave about--you can always find something better to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 05:52:52 | More by qcitydarkstar
Photo of Shaw


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

A deep brown in color with an off-white foamy head that reduces to a dollop of foam in my tulip glass.

It has that lovely earthy Belgian beer aroma. There are also notes of sweetness and a bit of a tart note.

The taste is also nicely earthy with a lovely, fruity sweetness and a bit of dryness at the end. This is perfectly Belgian.

The body is light, almost too light for me, but then I've been used to drinking heavier styles than Dubbels. So I won't ding this beer for that!

It's got very good drinkability, especially with its just-above-normal ABV.

Overall this is a fine Belgian Dubbel and it's quite reasonably priced.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 08:18:06 | More by Shaw
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear brown in color with a one finger head that lingers a bit. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: bread and yeast are most prevelent. Some candy sweetness is soft and a bit hidden.

Taste: nice malt profile, bread, yeast, hint of nuttiness, and a mild bitterness. An overall soft toasted tone lingers around the flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. The aftertaste is brief for the style.

Drinkability: Overall a pleasant beer worth having.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2006 12:54:53 | More by Gavage
Photo of Vancer


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A best before 19/10/07 brew – whoops! Just a tad old. The 6.5% may hold it for awhile.

Just some subtle notes of malt and Belgium yeast in this dark amber brew. Good and solid sheet lacing. Taste had a malty, sour fruit finish to it. Not a bad lil brew, but I’ve had better dubbels. Still a very good performing brew.

Thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam, I was sent this for the unique chance to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 21:09:54 | More by Vancer
Photo of descartes


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came in bottle with no drink by date.

Appearance: Mahogany with a reddish tint, good inch of head. However this included rather large air bubbles, I am not sure if this is due to my pouring or the beer itself. I have never encountered this in other beers.
Smell: Very strong nut aroma with a hint of spice and honey, not very strong.
Taste: A very quick first taste which quickly turns to a strong taste of nuts, malty. Chocolate after taste.
Mouthfeel: Rather thin for my taste, I am not sure if this is typical of the style, I recall a similar reaction toward the Chimay.
Drinkability: Good beer that has been worth drinking. I won't be coming back to it though, too thin and too nutty but a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 22:38:25 | More by descartes
Photo of torchedpunk

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a quick grab because it was a cold day and I was dying to get a dubbel and start a fire outside with the guys.

Appearance- Lighter then most dubbels, not the appearance of a Chimay, but more of a light doppelbock of sorts. Pours a beige head, saying alot about its yeasty goodness.

Smell- Nothing but balanced, slightly malty, little big of a roastyness, even blend.

Taste- this was the most impressive part of this beer, the beer part was smooth, the malt was sweet and very pleasing. The best part of all was the taste of what appeared to be pure, natural, top quality water. It was delicious, it wasn't watery at all, but just had the accent of a great tasting glass of beer with crisp water used to make it.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, not too heavy, crisp, and very easy to drink. small taste of alcohol, but blends well with the rest.

Drinkability- I enjoyed this beer very much. I was impressed by it because it was just a quick pick and then head home to BA it. Its a good berr for when you want to take it easy from the Optimator and Stone IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 21:36:44 | More by torchedpunk
Photo of JasonA


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

12oz from Corridor Wine and Spirits in Laurel, MD.

Please note that my bottle is labled "Double Ale" unlike the picture. Though it does have "Dubbel" on the side. Pretty sure its one in the same.

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper, almost martzen-esque. Heavy on the head with lots and lots of lacing down the Chimay chalace.

Smell is light. I can tell there is a lot there, but I can barely smell it no matter how hard I try.

Initial carbonation, into something smooth and pale. Light, creamy, and smooth. No hops. Slight malt, but not typical malt. Is that something citrus-e?

Drinkability is nice. No real alcohol bite at all which is surprising for even its ABV. I could drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 01:56:45 | More by JasonA
Photo of jmbranum


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1/4" lingering tan head on a clear dark amber-brown brew.

Better flavor when slightly warmed up. Nice enchanting rich aroma.

Too much alcoholic warmth to me. Just a little out of balance.

Nice slightly fruity maltiness.

Nice pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall, a good beer but not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 05:24:30 | More by jmbranum
Photo of Budlum


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring this ale produces two fingers of whispy, tan head that slowly leaves nice lacing on the glass. The body is a beautiful ruby red displaying excellent clarity.

The aromas are relatively straight forward with caramelized sugars and a raisin smell in the background.

A sugary, sweet flavor gives way to a prune and watermelon fruit sweetness. A faint hop presence is notable throughout. Some spice flavors are represented by cloves and black pepper. The finish is relatively short and clean with a few red wine flavors. Some milk chocolate and cream flavors are added to the finish as it warms.

The mouth presence is quite spicy, medium in carbonation and very clean.

Drinkability is very good. The flavor balance is good and this goes down easy enough to enjoy more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 02:52:55 | More by Budlum
Photo of jubnat


3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Double Ale. Pours ruby-brown with a nice white-tan head that last pretty much through the entire beer. Has sort of a grainy smell. Nice sweet dark taste, with no real hint of alcohol. Feels very thick in the mouth, almost chewable, then the aftertaste kind of dries it up. Decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 03:47:08 | More by jubnat
Photo of McStagger


3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a dark amber/garnet color with one half inch tan head. Good retention of head.

Nose: Hops, dark roasted coffee and a tinge of alcohol.

Taste: Sweeter than the nose or appearance led me to believe. Beer had an almost candied taste at the onset. This evolved into coffee notes with tinges of toffee and caramel that further changed into a slight minerality at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Decent balance. I was a little offset by the carbonation display across my palate. Not as sleek or as smooth as one would expect. Almost had the texture of a pilsner or a light lager to me.

Drinkability: Easy drinking for the darkness of the beer and the boldness of the hops. However, the edge of minerality and carbonation on the palate slightly diminish what could have easily been a wonderful brew.

All in all, still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 09:32:02 | More by McStagger
Photo of whynot44


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown color with a decent ivory head that retains well and leaves lots of fluffy lace.
The aroma is figs, raisins, molasses or brown sugar, with a musty, yeasty malt base.

The taste starts out sweet and fruity like raisins and molasses, hints of figs and dates. A bready maltand hints of chocolate sneaks in with a somewhat sour finish. Winey, with only hints of hops and noticeable alcohol taste and warmth.

Medium/heavy bodied, definitely a sipping beer, maybe with a sweet chocolate desert, otherwise something for after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 04:52:55 | More by whynot44
Photo of peabody


3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a nice reddish black with two fingers of slightly off-white suds that really cling to the side of the glass.
Lacing out the yang here.
Dark cherry and caramel with a hint of yeast are the aromas that hit you first. Something sweet and dark like coffee and chocolate are hiding way in the back.
Once you taste it though you know that there are way better doubles out there.
Thumbs down here for just the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 03:03:10 | More by peabody
Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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