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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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852 Ratings
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Ratings: 852
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2001)
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Photo of geexploitation
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours dark brown with some nice, clear ruby highlights and a pale tan head that fades to a ring. Nicely balanced aroma of dark fruits, baked apples and an earthy hint that reminds me of cigar tobacco. Some nice doughy/yeasty notes in there, too. On the palate, things are a tad too sweet, but still dry overall. Light raisins and rum coexist with some band-aid elements and baked apple spices. Licorice on the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty light for a dubbel and quite well carbonated for the style, but not over the top. Overall, this is a nice little dubbel, especially for the price. Quite decent.

geexploitation, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

On tap...
Appears a dark chestnut brown with a fluffy, two finger head of foam that slowly fades into a marshmellow-like floating cap. Tons of lacing sticks to the edges of the glass like peanut butter.
Smell is of plum, grapes, brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla.
Taste is of the aromas with raisins & prunes coming through moreso in the flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, along with yeasty, doughy goodness. Raisins and caramel duke it out to the finish.

weeare138, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%

Rusted orange rind mixed with brick red and caramel brown. I loved the head on Grimbergen Blonde and I... almost... love the head on Grimbergen Dubbel. It's a fetching shade of golden ecru and has lumpy, bumpy, sticky, rocky character to burn. Small splotches of sea foam lace decorate the upper reaches of the glass.

What the hell happened to the nose? I would never have guessed dubbel in a million years. All I can appreciate is a whiff of well-toasted malt and an indistinct fruitiness. Where are all the olfactory goodies that are supposed to be coming from the yeast? Warming helps the nose reach average, if only because I can now smell something; earthy brown malt primarily.

Grimbergen Double Ale (as my label reads) is a decent version, but that's as far as it goes. My immediate impression is that I've had any number of American-brewed dubbels that put this one to shame. I wonder if a higher ABV would have helped? More malt, a better yeast strain, more depth and more complexity sure would have.

The flavor profile is acceptably broad, but is nowhere near deep. Let's see... dark caramel extract, fig jelly (not jam), tobacco juice, maybe a little grape... that's about it. A little yeasty spiciness would go a long way. The beer is sweet(ish) with a countering bitterness never far below the surface. I'm struggling to come up with positives for what is probably one of the simplest dubbels I've ever had. Uh... it's unchallenging to drink?

The 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.

I'm tempted to bump the flavor score because the beer really does nothing wrong. Trouble is, it does almost nothing right. Not all Belgian beer is special, even for a converted Belgianophile like me. Grimbergen Dubbel is exhibit 'A'.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours a four finger light tan, rocky head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice deep, clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel/plum nose. Flavor is sweet-balanced nutty caramel, clean finish. Better than on tap in Belgium! $1.50 for a 330ml bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of beerphan
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Stubby brown bottle -> goblet
no date, but there is a code on the back that starts with 2001?

Pours a dark brown with some nice red highlights in the light. A creamy slightly tanned head has some staying power. Thin sheets of lace. Carbonation appears tiny and rapid.

Nose: Rich caramel, light fruit tones, touch of alcohol

Full creamy mouth that finishes clean. A malt dominated brew, caramel and some chalky chocolate. Mild bitterness that hangs out in the background.

Tasty brew, i don't drink many dubbels but that may change soon.

beerphan, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev +5%

On Tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia.
This beer is everything I expect in a Belgian Double.

Appearance: Served a dark opaque brown color with a small beige head and plenty of lacing.

Smell: Fruity with a thick malty almost dough like aroma, Belgian yeast a spices with a suggestion of caramel as well.

Taste: Starts sweet and malty with dark fruits, caramel, toffee and raisins and yeasty flavors. Smooth and balanced it finishes with spices and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It is rich and thick but smooth.

Drinkability: It is a bit heavy to consider sessionable but it is tasty and enjoyable if you are sipping one glass.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

A - Pours a clear rich dark amber with a huge billowy light tan head.
S - light malts swirling with a pleasant belgian yeast.
T - similar to the aroma with a hint of caramel and hop spice to round out the flavor
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated with a dry finish.
D - nicely approachable, a touch of alcohol warmth around the edges.

Glad to have tried this as I work through various examples of belgian brews.

barleywinebrewer, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

A- Dark brown body with thin white head that quickly fades and leaves behind some lacing.

S- dark fruits, caramel, maltiness

T- Pleasantly complex. Dark fruits take the forefront with some belgian sugar. Slight sugary tartness follows and a caramel aftertaste lingers.

M- syrupy body and light carbonation. slightly watery.

D- Decent, drinkable dubbel. Will probably get this one again.

PittBeerGirl, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -6%

Properly deep brown color, some lighter streaks with a decent bubbly fizz. Recedes quickly, leaving only a little foam.

Dark fruits and sugar in the aroma, notably a syrupy presence. Not great for a dubbel.

Yeasty and full, plenty of dark sugary malt and minimal hop balance. Nutty and pleasant, but nothing to write home about. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it, without the stigma of the dubbel it's an okay Belgian dark.

BretSikkink, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%

Poured into a Grimbergen chalice a nice dark brown and a light tan tan that left a good lacing on the glass. Very small aromas of sweet coffee. It had a good sweet taste with hints of caramel, coffee, and slight dark fruit. It is a tasty beverage that is very non offending.

OWSLEY069, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of jswigart
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

I like the color and appearance of this beer. The nose (smell) isn't that pronounced - there's nothing bad, but its just not particularly strong, either - kind of bland in the smell department. The taste is good, though a bit sweeter than the typical dubbel if you ask me. Mouthfeel is good. I dinged it a bit on drinkability, because of the sweetness - the sweetness makes it hard to have several of them...

jswigart, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of Stephen63
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

A - Really dark body and decent enough head.

S - Powerful aromas of citrus and a lot of sweetness like toffee/caramel.

T - Very malty flavour, quite sharp but rich. Hint of coffee. Bit of a sweet aftertaste noted.

M - Bit too lively on the fizz front.

D - Enjoyed this well enough but it does not scream out for a second one.

Aroma from the beer was definitely the highlight. A fairly decent dubbel but there are definitely better around.

Stephen63, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

This pours a dark ruby color with a decent off-white head. It is a bit light for a dubbel There was a rich sweet malty aroma full of dark fruits. The flavor is equally rich with good malt and the same dark fruits. The after taste has some sweet toffee in it. This beer has fairly high carbonation so it accentuates the flavors and tickles my tongue. It has a medium body which is perfect for a dubbel. The drinkability is really good on this. This might become a standard for me.

drseamus, May 12, 2007
Photo of aquatonex
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a deep translucent mahogany, almost cola but redder in color. Short, creamy head tuirns into consistent lacing throughout. Whiffs of yeastiness and fermented fruits abound. Taste is very subtle, I was expecting more intense flavors from this, but still was enjoyable. Heavy yeasts are well balanced with strong malts and a slight sweetness is present from the fermented fruits. Towards the end of the glass, though, the flavors start to falter in balance and the alcohols and rotting fruit flavors are more prevalent. Altogether, a pretty drinkable dubbel, I'd say almost a session dubbel.

aquatonex, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of ericj551
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

Grinbergen Dubbel pours a clear deep ruby red, almost brown. The head is thick and sticky and follows my sips on the way down the glass. Aroma is caramel malts, yeast and some darks fruits. Flavor is rich sweet raisiny malts, dark fruits and a nice rounded yeastiness. Very little alcohol flavor, but just a bit in the finish.

ericj551, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%

Appearance: Ruby red/brown with a tall foamy head. There was a fine lacing on the glass when finished.

Smell: Grainy with an apple like sweetness.

Taste: Malt and grains. There’s a bitter dry after taste left on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with crispness from the carbonation. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: This one has a lot of complex flavors but just didn’t seem to balance well (all over the place). This was a good but not great beer.

rohrbachsfan, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of mattcrill
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

mattcrill, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
1.85/5  rDev -51.4%

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.

Minkybut, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of wingman14
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

wingman14, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of jwc215
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%

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.

jwc215, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%

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!

wagenvolks, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
4/5  rDev +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.

cabsandking, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of Byeast
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Byeast, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of bonbright7
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

bonbright7, Feb 18, 2007
Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
86 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.