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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 20
Gots: 77 | 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 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
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
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
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
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
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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.

Photo of thequeen711
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Photo of timbro81
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of botham
4.37/5  rDev +15%
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!

Photo of donteatpoop
3.99/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of stephens101
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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.

Photo of srandycarter
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
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

Photo of biggmike
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of umtox
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of jenbys2001
4.37/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

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.

Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
86 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.