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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 20
Gots: 59 | 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 BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Pours a dark, redish brown with a light tan colored head that leaves great lacing behind as I drink.

s: Slight sour notes, toffee, raisins, maybe cherry.

t: Robust flavor very similar to the nose. Candy like sweetness similar to cola, very faint bitterness and a small bite from the carbonation.

m: Dry, clean finish. Smooth texture.

d: Very drinkable for a dubbel. Not too malty or sweet. Not too pricey, a good, easily accessible belgian.

Photo of Flyer
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks beautiful in the glass, with rich crystalline red color and a nice head. Not much aroma. A good amount of nice dried fruit notes, with more of a brandy-ish quality coming through as I got further into the glass. More dried fruit in the finish, particularly some cherry and prune notes. I would've guessed this had more alcohol. Surprisingly clean finish for such a sweet beer, but still a little cloying by the end of the glass. Still, overall an above-average dubbel.

Photo of demcorhip
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay chalice. Almost as dark as a porter, very deep burgundy bordering on black coloured ale. Pale one finger tight tan head with good retention, even with the somewhat subtle, fine carbonation. Left nice lacing, thin sheets broke down to intricate webs.

Toffee was the most pronounced aroma, but all in all the nose on this brew was somewhat subtle or subdued. Vinous aromas followed, hints of cherry, and a slight earthy hop aroma also came through.

More subtleties revealed themselves upon tasting. Once again toffee was the main flavour, hints of creamy nuts and chocolate also revealed their presence. Cherry and red grape much like in the nose, followed by a very mild, earthy, leafy hop touch.

Medium bodied, lightly and finely carbonated. Rich malts showcased and offset with a subtle nuance of slightly musty, earthy hops.

A tasty beer, with a fair bit going on, all be it in an almost behind the scenes way. Some residual sweetness, assuming its from dark candi sugar, but very well attenuated, almost managing a dry finish, making for a very drinkable ale, it would be no chore to knock a few of these back. Would serve as a good, approachable Belgian/Dubbel. Thanks to my wife Nicci for picking this up for me.

Photo of Hibernator
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grimbergen Dubbel
11.2 oz brown bottle
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

* Game 4 ALCS - Boston vs. Cleveland *

Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice head on top leaving great trails of sticky lacings.

A sweet and malty backbone provide the foundation. Hints of dark fruits, possibly prunes. Touch of banana flavor with a rum raisin bite. Sugary and quite sweet overall.

An enjoyable Belgian double.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep ruby colour. Very good clarity. The head is light tan, moderately large and creamy. Not very persistent. Beautiful lacing.
Aroma: complex aroma. Mixture of sweet malts, caramel, a little bit of wine and some fruits.
Taste: confirms the smell. Finish with a nice port feeling.
Mouthfeel: creamy, average carbonation, nice alcoholic strength and a medium to full body.
Finish: medium length, turning dry and bitter after awhile.

Overall: in my opinion the best Grimbergen in the market. Very nice body and perfect level of sweetness. Looking forward for another one.

Photo of BDIMike
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, settled appearance. Little to no head.

Not much of a smell at all. Almost smells like raisins or some sort of grape smell, like a wine.

Good taste. Starts of with a light, malty taste. THen the taste moves to a fruitier taste at the end.

Lighter feel in the mouth, but a significant enough thickness.

Drinkibility is much greater than most Belgian dubbels. I could drink three to four of these, where normally I would limit it to one or two.

Photo of eberkman
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a dense light tan head that lasts a few minutes. Smells of prunes, dates, raisins, cherries and other assorted dried fruit, with some alcohol notes as well. Not a strong aroma but definitely has some presence. Tastes of candied sugar, dark, ripe fruit, toffee and I may have even detected a hint of maple. Nice sweet maltiness to it, balanced out by just a bit of sourness in the middle and a bitter twinge at the end. Feels fullbodied yet brisk. Definitely an easy drinker.

I think this is an underrated dubbel, especially for its price. I found very little to criticize to tell the truth. Not world class, but a very solid representation of a Belgian that is highly enjoyable -- and very accessible to friends who you may be trying to turn onto beers that they may otherwise find daunting. I'll be getting this again.

Photo of cypressbob
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served slightly chilled in a Straffe Hendrik goblet

Pours with a rich burgandy body with shimmering maroon highlights. Slightly hazy with a dense light tan head. Solid retention plus lots of patchy lacing up and down the glass

Smell, rich sticky molasses tinged dried fruits. Prunes and figs, some spicy alcoholic vapour however pretty slight. Brown bread and a few sugary esters which become almost phenolic. Dry yeast character also

Taste, crisp and thick biscuity malt. Some sweet fresh rye bread, slightly estery once again. Some dried fruit character along with the dry malt. Lasting yeasty dryness on the palette, an almost rice like adjunct dryness.

Solid but ultimately underwhelming. A clean tasting dubbel but just a little bit low on flavour and overall character

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit dark, not too sweet. Pomegrant juice. A bit of head on darkish brown. Malty yeasty aroma. Balanced bit nothing too special. A bit raisin wine sourish and bitter amidst yeast. Drinkable brew but So-so for a Belg. Carmel and a touch of toastiness.

Photo of Romulus141
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a steep wine glass (to approximate a chalice).

Appearance: Pours a deep amber brown. Hints of red are visible when held up to the light. This ale has a white, fluffy head with good retention. Lacing sticks to all sides of the glass.

Smell: I notice a sweet, almost raisin-like scent upon my first sniff. I also detect hints of chocolate, and some hints of citrus. This smell is complex, and reveals that this is a complex brew.

Taste: A blast of sweetness is the initial impression, followed by hints of chocolate and toffee. The finish is also quite intense, and like the bottle suggests, is like that of a fine brandy. Quite complex in character, but refreshing on the palate. I cannot detect the alcohol in this at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a crisp background of carbonation. It is well balanced, and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability: These are quite rich, so it would be difficult to session with these. However the two or three that I could have would go down effortlessly.

A very good brew, and one of the first Dubbel's I've tried. I enjoy this style, and will look for more.

Photo of Alchemist00
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice medium brown color with a decent sized head that fades into a nice thin layer on top of the brew. The smell as the head retreats is a nice fruity blend of raisin, apple, and a hint of caramel. The taste is fairly sweet but nowhere near overwhelming, with a slightly bitter undertone that tames the fruit. Flows smoothly through the mouth, leaving a clean and film-less feeling. Very tasty but a little on the sweet side to have too many in one sitting. A great beer.

Photo of geexploitation
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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'.

Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of beerphan
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jswigart
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

Photo of Stephen63
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of drseamus
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of aquatonex
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
86 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.