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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 917
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 20
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2001

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Photo of rtepiak
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

liked it on tap, quite drinkable and wanted to share it with a friend so got a six pack.

pours dark like a cola with small head and lace. smell is quick fruity and nice malt sweetness. beligan sugar release come complex qualities. taste is first rust. then it opens up a bit to some sugars but not as interesting as the odor. not hoppy but metalic nature takes from the malty fruity. not too creamy. some nice texture but nothing to substancial. had it on tap... and i don't usually seems to think so but much much better.

Photo of theboozecruise
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one from the bottle into a chimay goblet.

A dark amberish color, with a nice creamy head. The smell is nice, but not too strong. Hints of fruit, smells a little sweet.

The taste is a bit metallic. Muted as well, just not as strong as I expected... too watery.

I wonder if I just got a bad bottle or something... but this just isn't a good beer on the initial pour.

Photo of TucsonPIRAAT
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this Beer from a bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Purchased from Plaza (the best place to purchase great beers in Tucson)

A: A fine burgundy in the light of my studio, although I believe in better lighting a dark amber, which illuminates in the light. A nice white head with a persistent lace which lasts throughout the drink.
S: Esters and Alcohol on first sniff, maybe its just my imagination but I get the slight image of berries, wine and wood when I sniff this beer, although the alcohol and fruity esters clearly pervades.
T: awww the spiced and yeasty taste of a belgian brew. The sugary taste first hits the tip of your tongue, and the spice really taps into the peripherals.
M: Medium bodied, the spice dances on the palate for a moment than is gone.
D: Finishes with an aftertaste of spiced malts. Behind the spiced aftertaste is a rather pedestrian coating of subpar drink. Others have noted that there is far too much carbonation, but I believe once this beer (at least from bottle) runs flat, there is a noticeable decline in the overall drink. The taste is good, but the aftertaste is boring, average, and tiresome.

There be Piraats after that beer

Photo of slinhans
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours to a dark amber (yet very clear) the head quickly fades to a lace. CO2 can be seen making its way from the bottom on out of the beer.

S: Lots of floral and fruit aroma

T: Flavor is somewhat spicey which might be carried over from the nose. Lots of caramel flavors and what I might describe as raisin or a slight dark or burnt toffee. Although the beer is quite dry the flavor lingers a decent while after swallowed.

M: Very carbonated and dry which makes it seem a little thin. I get a little tingle on my tongue from the carbonation. I have had this on draft and its a little less carbonated which I think serves the beer better.

D: I could definitely sit down and have a couple of these. I wish the carbonation was pulled back just a tad. All in all, a pretty good dubble out of the bottle but if you can get it on tap its much better.

Photo of ericlawton007
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very little head when poured, and light brown in color. Second bottle was poured more vigorously and the head that developed was lost quickly. Smelled faintly sweet, with no one scent striking me right away. After a couple sips some fruits were picked up like figs and courants. Seemed a little too carbonated and would have been more drinkable if it went down smoother. Very decent but does not stand out like other Belgian dubbels that I have tried.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark cranberry-amber with a foamy 1 finger khaki colored head that pitted in the middle leaving a light spotted lacing.

S: surprisingly soft and neutral with light caramel and fruit but was hard to distinguish.

T: The flavor was much the same as the aroma, neutral and lacking in complexity and layering. Some light dark caramel and raisins but that was pretty much it. Overall good though only moderately exciting. Some light alcohol and raisins on the finish.

M: light, oily with a slight sour maltiness.

D: A moderately good, clean double though lacked in character and flavor. Not bad, just nothing that really distinguish itself or warrants calling it good. Average.

Photo of adamette
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Der Braumeister in Cleveland, Ohio in the correct glass with "Grimbergen" writen on the side.

A Dark Body, Fairly thick head.

S Minimal, sweet smell, malty.

T Smooth, matly, sweet, pleasing.

M Full for sure. This is a very hardy beer.

D Very good. In fact, this beer is pretty much ideal for drinkability due to its Smooothness.

Photo of spointon
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a pint shaker glass.

A= This ale poured a deep amber brown color with a 2" loose, pillowy off-white head. The head soon dropped to a skim and left very little lacing.

S= I aromas of sweet maltiness, treacle, candy sugar, and some yeastiness.

T= This ale tasted of sweet malts, and syrupy treacle. Faint yeast flavors too, but overall very few of the complex flavors I expect from a Belgian dubbel. Not much in the way of alcohol spiciness either.

MF= I found the body to be a bit thin. Carbonation was moderate only.

D= My first truly disappointing ale in this style from Belgium. Not terrible, but nothing to write home about either. I could take it or leave it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a light off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of candi sugar with some deep Belgian sweet malt. Taste is a well balance mix between some candi sugar and some semi-sweet Belgian malt. Body is quite full for the style with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This one may be lacking some complexity (dry fruits for example) but still a very good and solid example for the style.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown in color. Decent amount of pillowy head. Decent carbonation. I'm usually not a big fan of Dubbels, but this had more flavors that I do like. There was a definite toffee flavor, as well as a very nice dark fruit appearing as well. Which I didn't mind at all. Good beer.

Photo of NatetheGreat
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a great experience and a delicious beer.

A: mahagony with an amber glow. large white head.

S: cinnamon-raisen spice, toffee, fruity with some apple notes.

T: superb flavors of green apple and caramel, much like a caramel apple, with touches of cinnamon and other spicy and fruity esters. Flavors meld well, are complex and deliciou.

M: smooth with moderate carbonation, holds its own and had depth of mouthfeel.

D: not too high on the alcohol but it definately is strong, yet I think quite drinkable.

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).

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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