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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 859
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 barefootbrewer
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown color with a large head. Nice lacing. The smell was light and not very noticeable . The taste was sour and alcoholic, also slightly malty and sweet. The mouthfeel was full with a carbonation kick. This beer feels very bright and explosive in your mouth. I'd say this is a delicious beer that I'd love to hae on any number of occasions.

barefootbrewer, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of jkanavel
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this in a 33cl bottle.

Appearance- Kind of red...kind of not. It has dark brown hues with red coming through when you hold it up to the light. Has a really nice head that laces the top of the beer and stays there for the whole ride.

Smell- What a great smell. Alcohol, plenty of esters, traces of red wine and citrus fruit.

Taste- almost as great as the smell. Lots of malt, doughy, but mostly fruity. There is little hop in it, it almost tastes like a tangy port. Not nearly as sweet as port though. The alcohol is quite pronounced as well.
This beer has many wonderful flavors that are more or less completely foreign to most popular beers, even craft beers in the USA. Generally speaking of course.

Mouthfeel- This has a very average mouthfeel. Its not very smooth or anything, it doesn't coat your mouth that well, it just passes through your lips, and down your throat. Not terrible notable.

Drinkability- this is the kind of beer that you sit and contemplate. I don't usually eat with it, I never smoke with it. Its just very complex and easy to appreciate.

I usually order this at my favourite Belgian restaurant.

jkanavel, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger off white creamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet caramel aroma with hints of spiced fruit,

The taste also consisted of a sweet caramel malt and sweet spiced fruit. There were hints of chocolate as well.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a nice dubbel. Not an everyday drinker, but recommended nonetheless.

plaid75, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a reasonably dense, initially three-finger thick, dirty tan colored head that sits atop a clear, dark, brownish amber colored beer. The aroma is quite sweet and fruity with the trio of prunes, figs and raisins being quite prominent. As I work my way through this beer it leaves a layered lacing pattern on the sides of my tulip glass. Underneath this is touch of caramelized, yet quite toasted malt. Despite the sweet fruity nose the beer smells quite light and airy, I would expect it to smell a bit "thicker", if that makes sense. The aroma certainly could use a bit more complexity, some more yeasty spiciness would definitely be welcome.

The beer is definitely quite sweet in the flavor department as well. There is a certain heft to the body that starts to coat the mouth a bit. The sweetness certainly plays up, and almost seems derived from, an intermingling of concentrated dark fruit notes. Sweet figs and raisins mix with caramelized malt sugars, a solid brown sugar note. This is really quite drinkable, for some reason I can't quite help myself from thinking of fruit juice. The alcohol is hidden pretty well, but that is because of the fruity sweet notes that dominate the flavor profile. This is certainly not objectionable, but could certainly gain from some complexity in the flavor department. This beer would be a good way to end a meal, sweet enough that it seems like desert, yet not so rich as to be a chore to finish after a good meal.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of SudNut
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a dark red plum color with a finger thick head and lots of lacing. Even smells like a malty plum mmm. The darn puff bar my wife likes served it to cold so I let it warm a bit while she worked on the martini. Mouth feel was light I thought it could use a bit more carbonation but it may have been do to the serving temperature. Taste of malt with a hint of fruity undertones plum and granny smith apple very drinkable, wish I didn't have to drive home or I would have had another.

SudNut, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep ruby red with a finger and a half of resilent head that leaves rings of lacing behind.

S - Bing cherries lead the aroma with dates and red grapes as well. A mild grassiness and . . . well, it also smells a little like wheat. Just a hint of alcohol when it is warmer.

T - A slightly bittersweet malt flavor in the foretaste with a substantive cherry flavor and a smooth mildly grassy bitter finish with a touch of lingering cherries..

M - Medium bodied with a bit of a stinging from high carbonation, but that only lasts through the early sips. Quite refreshing.

D - A great dubbel. I really enjoy this style (much more than the tripel), I wish more American breweries would pick it up. It is pleasant enough and cheap enough to drink regularly. A tad strong to session, but I would do it! A versatile flavor for food. This is a great beer.

Note: I was a little worried that this was old since it had 2001 printed on the bottle (I might have misread the code though). It certainly tasted as if it still had several more years left in it.

mrasskicktastic, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found it odd (and fortunate) to find this Abbaye offering at an Australian themed pub in Siena, Italy. I believe they had a Sean Paul record playing ... somehow the atmosphere and the beer didn't quite seem to fit right to me. Nothing seemed to add up but all the same...
Draught. Tapioca coloured head that persist. Great lacing. Body is opaque but not quite black. Aroma a little meak at best. Some passive spice, noticeable only off a hard sniff. Flavour offers far more, explosive. Seems all the character was reserved for the mouth! Some aftertaste. No guess as to the alcohol content. Detectable is dried fruit, combination of spices, an overall well rounded flavour. I doubt this would be as good in the bottle. Quenching and just the right idea for a dubbel. A great finish with nutty, malty notes. Figs and pepper maybe too. Greatly enjoyed.

biegaman, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of Pooba001
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into snifterish Val Dieu glass. Appearance is very dark, with a finger of head that diminishes to a third of its original size while I watch it. Even for a Abbey Dubbel this seems dark. Smell is pungent, I get a good whiff over a foot away. Plum, apricot, yeast, caramel, and green apple are all present.

Taste is malty with dark fruit, pear, yeasty spice, slightly sweet with a little bit of hop bitter.

Mouthfeel is dry, but quite good. Drinkability is also nice, but not outstanding for a Dubbel.

Pooba001, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Chimay goblet. Served at 53 degrees.

A: Deep, dark ruby red. Off-white head with a hint of pink. Not much retention, but there's plenty of lacing and copious sticky trails.

S: Malty sweet, with hints of dried fruit (plums, figs, dry red wine grapes).

T/M: Malt at first, which is sweet, like caramel and the dried fruit mentioned above. Hint of cherry in there, too. Bit of dry breadiness. There's a spiciness in there, like mulling spices, only not as cinnamon-y. Finish is warming and has just a hint of alcohol.

D: This is really, really nice. It's not my favorite Dubbel (Hi, Westmalle! Hi, Chimay!), but this is still a pretty excellent beer. I would absolutely drink this again. Fruity, malty, sweet, comforting.

rarevos, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear red/garnet color with a half inch of off white foam made of small mousy bubbles. There are lots of bubbles rising to maintain the head, and there is quite a bit of lacing left on the glass after the head falls.

Aroma: There is a deep rich malty aroma with a tad of fruit mixed in. There is a mild bubble gum aromatic there also. As the beer warms a bit, there is a floral presence becoming more noticeable. The malty aroma is starting to become more like a dark caramel.

Taste: The flavor is definitely malt driven. There is quite a bit of body to this beer though it is easily drinkable. The dark caramel leads the malt balance complimented by some fruit. The flavor only has a mild hop contribution, and ends up finishing pretty dry. It has enough body and mouthfeel to come across as having a significant amount of wheat. The finish is pretty refreshing and leaves you with a subtle caramel sweetness to linger for some time. The alcohol is not really noticeable except that there is a subtle pepper note that is noticeable late in the finish.

Opinion: This is a really good beer. I am a little more used to a Dubbel being heavier with more syrupiness, but I am enjoying the light balance that I am getting from this beer. It is dangerously drinkable, and I could easily put away quite a few of these. I would definitely drink this beer again.

SkeeterHawk, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured it showed a medium dark brown with a fine layer of tan foam with a form of lace on the side of my glass. Also I got a since of toasty toffee and caramel with layer of soft malts and hops, also a hint of spices. A big beer without being heavy. Very well balanced.

BeerManDan, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a glass chalice.

Appearance - Pours with a two and a half finger off-white and foamy head. This quickly dissipates to a thin cap of silky tan head that remains for the whole drink. Good lacing is left all the way down. The beer is perfectly clear and is a deep burgundy/amber color. It is quite dark and hard to make out its actual color without holding it up to a light source.

Smell - Fruity hops with notes of fig on the nose. A base of biscuity malt that is rich and full. Some small notes of spice, although difficult to pick out exactly what...not quite clove, though. A moderate alcohol burn is present.

Taste - Mild, sweet, and a nice dark fruit flavor (again figs stand out). The malty base also really stands out, with bready and oat characteristics. There is a very slight earthiness also, but it is hardly there. The hops are floral but mainly fruity and are of moderate strength. Spice notes make themselves known, and seem to have a peppery property to them. Notes of toffee, caramel, and honey are present as well. Some nice complexities with this brew. There is little alcohol warmth, but it is present.

Mouthfeel - Slight carbonation bite when the liquid first hits your tongue, but not unpleasant. The liquid is medium-bodied and quite smooth.

Drinkability - Overall this is quite easy to drink, there are nice complexities and the flavors are nice and rich. Good drinkability.

Overall, I'm quite impressed with this stuff. It has better than expected complexity, the flavors are rich and strong, and the mouthfeel is very pleasant. Definitely recommended, a solid brew here.

dblinkhorn, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a stubby 11.2oz. brown bottle with some sort of freshness code on the back label (1207NL 1935A) pours a dark mahogany brown with some red hues and a just off-white frothy head of a finger plus. Head stick around for a bit and leaves gobs of sticky Brussels lace. Good clarity with some very fine carbonation bubbles just noticable...a good looking brew indeed.

Smells of dark, red ripe fruit laced with alcohol and a wee bit of yeast. It's got a very boozy smell for an ABV of 6.5%.

A sweet malt, fruit laden flavor, fig, prunes and spice carry through to a floral tang that soon takes a yeasty, too bitter hop of a finish. A very tasty double that is truly a Belgian Ale, through and through.

Hefty body with a fairly smooth mouthfeel, the alcohol let's itself be known...it truly seems like a 9%ABV+, in flavor and in effect. A good drinking strong brew that suits it's style well. Recommended...cheers!

scottoale, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of mjc410
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour into a La Moneuse tulip yields a head that virtually fills the glass, and falls slowly, leaving dense lacing in its wake. Head color is creamed coffee. Beer is dark brown, ruby when backlit. It has that wonderful internal glow.

Smells of raisins, molasses, cocoa, a bit of acid, and dark berries.

Taste is sweet at the start, with a nice berry kick. Moves through a rich cocoa malt phase. Creamed coffee feel, too. Pretty mellow, but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium thick, with good tingly carb.

Overall, this is a great drinking, but not overly complex dubbel. I will certainly reach for more, since I got a sixer at a good price.


mjc410, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of veggiemafia
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

8oz. pour into a balloon wine glass at the Harris Grill.

Caramel colored with ruby hues and a low-moderate off-white, creamy head.

Smell is very fruity, plums, raisins, blackberry, with some booziness that I don't quite like and a grain backbone supporting the beer and keeping it tolerable.

Taste is more of the same with a slight earthy hop character. Not all that interesting, really. Slight metallic twang somewhere in there, as well and a hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Smooth, a little slick, if anything.

Good, but a little too much of something for me to want more than one of at a sitting.

veggiemafia, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark brown with a creamy pale biege head of three fingers. Excellent retention that leaves rings of silky lace. Mild aroma; raisins and plums with some weak belgian phenols. Taste is sweet with crystal and toasted pale malt, a pinch of smoked malt, and mild plum esters. The aftertaste is semi-dry with very mild, indistinct hops. The low carbonation and medium body allow a slickness that gradually becomes more pronounced , which detracts form drinkability. Finishes residual and mildy fruity, this is a decent abbey ale, but a far cry from the better Dubbels that are more widely available.

PBRstreetgang, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of Padron4KM
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Fluffy tan head with thick sticky lacing.

Aroma is fruity (raisin, plums) and bready.

Flavor is sweet, hints of yeast, some caramel and molasses.

Body is a bit too thin for my liking, but otherwise a quality beer.

Padron4KM, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Poured extremely murky, caramel color with a nice two finger head and great lacing on the glass.

Smell - Smells of sweet fermented fruit...more like wine than beer. Picking up honey, figs, toffee, herbs maybe.

Taste - Extremely sweet...probably too sweet, to the point of cloying, Very winey, some toffee, maple syrup. I find it hard to indulge in more than one. Definite dessert beer here.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, velvety, medium to heavy body....moderate to high carbonation.

Drinkability - Like I said, I can't have more than one of these without getting sick of it.

Doomcifer, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of bruachan
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a winking lizard world tour beer that's been incubating in my collection for some time (for whatever reason. i guess i haven't been that excited about it)

poured into my st. bernardus goblet i see a nice creamy head and some dubbel-looking beer below it. dark wine color. the surface of the head looks like snow—not so much in color but in topography; it's a fine head, actually–nice lacing. the aroma is hopful and spicy, though not seemingly style appropriate. very hoppy flavor as well...again, style appropriate?

it's actually more like a tripel with dark malt influences

bruachan, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Grimbergen glass. Deep brown color. Cola looking body with a ruby red base. Topped by a thick tan head with good staying power. The smell is caramely, and toffee-sweet. Barely-noticable alcohol sub-tones. Tastes like Belguim. I got a hint of fruit or berry and a light hop bitterness to balance it out. Still on the sweet side, and alcohol is a bit noticable. Mouthfeel is suprisingly light-bodied. A bit astringent on the swallow, and this hinders drinkability a bit.

DaveFL1976, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served in a chalice at a restaraunt. Drark brown color with a creamy/tan head.

S - Alcohol smell is very noticeable. Also, a caramel aroma.

T - It has a sweet taste of caramel malt. There is also a fruit flavor to it.

M - It is medium bodied and very soft.

D - It is quite drinkable but not too many at one sitting because it is fairly heavy.

zeff80, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of Bierschenker
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Almost the last I hadn’t reviewed in the great Grimbergen series.

Eggshell coloured head. It doesn’t last long but some nice lacing is visible.
The beer has a remarkable colour. Just looking at it as it stands on the table, it reminds me of stout. A thick dark beer with a thin head. But when held against the light a wonderful reddish brown copper emerges.
In contrast to what I expected, the scent was rather mellow. I was thinking about strong burnt grains, chocolate, caramel, etc. But what was served was a sharp but modest pure cacao malt, a bit peppered and some spices.
The aroma is respectful and moderate. It opens with a slight (but not disturbing) metallic malt and alcohol element. Followed by pepper, thyme and parsley for herbs. Some bitter sweet malt and hop. Towards the aftertaste burnt grains do pop up with the alcohol.
The mouthfeel is coffee like, with a moderate portion of sugar.
As the aftertaste lingers, I have a peppery bitter taste in my mouth. In front of the mouth are more sweet tones to be found: calorie free sugar taste. The throat feels dry.

Grimbergen is a quality beer. Very enjoyable at any time of the day and with or without food to pair it with.

Bierschenker, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of KFaulkner
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came in a nice, squat bottle with "Grimbergen" embossed on it.

The beer pours a nice dark color with a perfect head, the kind that sticks all the way around the glass as you drink it.

The beer itself was more carbonated than I expected and a little short on taste, especially for the style. Even the smell was nearly non-existant.

The taste is dark, slightly malty and a little boozy; the alcohol is not as well hidden as in other examples of this style. The fizziness of the carbonation is what hit me the most and lingers after you sip.

Not a bad beer and worth trying.

KFaulkner, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep clear burgundy with a white head that subsides to a thin ring of foam. The aroma is rich and sweet and the esters are very subdued and the aroma is decidedly malt oriented.
The flavor begins in a rush of carbonation and quickly segues into a sweet dark malt that finishes dry but a touch of the sweetness still remains. There is only the slightest touch of spicyness in the flavor and I think that this may be a bit too mild for me to give this high marks.
I think that this is a clean yet very unremarkable double ale. I find that it lacks any kind of real distinction other than it is true to style.

RenoZymurgist, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of Solomon420
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this straight from the tap in Steenbergen Holland. Great beer to sip on and watch the world stroll on by.
A: Mahogany coloured beer, with nice thin lacing on top. Appealing to me cause I happen to like Dubbel style beers
S: Hmm, not too much to the smell other than a tint of alcohol and molasses
T: Easy to drink, smooth taste, no heavy aftertaste what so ever
M: Easy to drink
Overall: Great beer from a really good brewery!
My only regret is I only brought home one 750ml corked/caged bottle when I should have grabbed 2, especially at only 5 Euro each...

Solomon420, Jun 21, 2006
Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
86 out of 100 based on 859 ratings.