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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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878 Ratings
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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 20
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website

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 bonbright7
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of dstc
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark burgundy color with light tan head that disappears quickly however it leaves a nice lace behind.

Smells sweet and a little malty but not too strong, maybe a little weak.

Nice flavor, somewhat full to mild. Sweet start with bitter finish.

Feels a little watery to me. Tingly on the tongue, fair carbonation.

Not a bad beer at all. Seems to be a decent Dubbel that I wouldn't mind having again.

dstc, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of vancurly
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on tap at the Bended Elbow, Ballarat, Victoria, AUS.
A mahogany/brown in colour. Not much head, but a nice lace.
Aromas of roasted grains, some banana. Reasonably sweet.
Tastes of candy, yeasty phenolics, spicy/herbal hops.
Served a bit cold on tap in Australia.

vancurly, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of ctdfalconer
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having had nearly all the Trappist dubbels colors my notion of what a dubbel is supposed to be. This is a good beer, but lacks the amazing depth of character that I look for in an abbey ale. For starters the Grimbergen product is lower in strength than most abbey dubbels and appeas to not be bottle-conditioned and probably filtered. Even so, this beer has wonderfully rich malty sweetness and full body and satsfying grainy-toasty notes. I would happily serve this alongside a roast leg of lamb or a braised beef dish. I'm glad I have a few left from the sixer I got. I have some cooking to do.

ctdfalconer, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of qcitydarkstar
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice garnet color with about a finger of head--quite carbonated even though I poured this reasonably slow into the glass. I find it rather dicciult to detect much on the nose outside of a grassy smell, along wtih a slight scent of malt. The flavor is rather sweet, with a strong taste of treacle and a limited alcoholic presence, which makes sense considering its relatively low (for this style) ABV of 6.5%.

Strongly reminiscent of Tilburg's, but arguably more balanced. A good quaffer, but nothing to rave about--you can always find something better to drink.

qcitydarkstar, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown in color with an off-white foamy head that reduces to a dollop of foam in my tulip glass.

It has that lovely earthy Belgian beer aroma. There are also notes of sweetness and a bit of a tart note.

The taste is also nicely earthy with a lovely, fruity sweetness and a bit of dryness at the end. This is perfectly Belgian.

The body is light, almost too light for me, but then I've been used to drinking heavier styles than Dubbels. So I won't ding this beer for that!

It's got very good drinkability, especially with its just-above-normal ABV.

Overall this is a fine Belgian Dubbel and it's quite reasonably priced.

Shaw, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear brown in color with a one finger head that lingers a bit. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: bread and yeast are most prevelent. Some candy sweetness is soft and a bit hidden.

Taste: nice malt profile, bread, yeast, hint of nuttiness, and a mild bitterness. An overall soft toasted tone lingers around the flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. The aftertaste is brief for the style.

Drinkability: Overall a pleasant beer worth having.

Gavage, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A best before 19/10/07 brew – whoops! Just a tad old. The 6.5% may hold it for awhile.

Just some subtle notes of malt and Belgium yeast in this dark amber brew. Good and solid sheet lacing. Taste had a malty, sour fruit finish to it. Not a bad lil brew, but I’ve had better dubbels. Still a very good performing brew.

Thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam, I was sent this for the unique chance to enjoy.

Vancer, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of descartes
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came in bottle with no drink by date.

Appearance: Mahogany with a reddish tint, good inch of head. However this included rather large air bubbles, I am not sure if this is due to my pouring or the beer itself. I have never encountered this in other beers.
Smell: Very strong nut aroma with a hint of spice and honey, not very strong.
Taste: A very quick first taste which quickly turns to a strong taste of nuts, malty. Chocolate after taste.
Mouthfeel: Rather thin for my taste, I am not sure if this is typical of the style, I recall a similar reaction toward the Chimay.
Drinkability: Good beer that has been worth drinking. I won't be coming back to it though, too thin and too nutty but a good example of the style.

descartes, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of torchedpunk
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a quick grab because it was a cold day and I was dying to get a dubbel and start a fire outside with the guys.

Appearance- Lighter then most dubbels, not the appearance of a Chimay, but more of a light doppelbock of sorts. Pours a beige head, saying alot about its yeasty goodness.

Smell- Nothing but balanced, slightly malty, little big of a roastyness, even blend.

Taste- this was the most impressive part of this beer, the beer part was smooth, the malt was sweet and very pleasing. The best part of all was the taste of what appeared to be pure, natural, top quality water. It was delicious, it wasn't watery at all, but just had the accent of a great tasting glass of beer with crisp water used to make it.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, not too heavy, crisp, and very easy to drink. small taste of alcohol, but blends well with the rest.

Drinkability- I enjoyed this beer very much. I was impressed by it because it was just a quick pick and then head home to BA it. Its a good berr for when you want to take it easy from the Optimator and Stone IPA.

torchedpunk, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of JasonA
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from Corridor Wine and Spirits in Laurel, MD.

Please note that my bottle is labled "Double Ale" unlike the picture. Though it does have "Dubbel" on the side. Pretty sure its one in the same.

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper, almost martzen-esque. Heavy on the head with lots and lots of lacing down the Chimay chalace.

Smell is light. I can tell there is a lot there, but I can barely smell it no matter how hard I try.

Initial carbonation, into something smooth and pale. Light, creamy, and smooth. No hops. Slight malt, but not typical malt. Is that something citrus-e?

Drinkability is nice. No real alcohol bite at all which is surprising for even its ABV. I could drink a few of these.

JasonA, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of jmbranum
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1/4" lingering tan head on a clear dark amber-brown brew.

Better flavor when slightly warmed up. Nice enchanting rich aroma.

Too much alcoholic warmth to me. Just a little out of balance.

Nice slightly fruity maltiness.

Nice pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall, a good beer but not worth the price.

jmbranum, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Budlum
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring this ale produces two fingers of whispy, tan head that slowly leaves nice lacing on the glass. The body is a beautiful ruby red displaying excellent clarity.

The aromas are relatively straight forward with caramelized sugars and a raisin smell in the background.

A sugary, sweet flavor gives way to a prune and watermelon fruit sweetness. A faint hop presence is notable throughout. Some spice flavors are represented by cloves and black pepper. The finish is relatively short and clean with a few red wine flavors. Some milk chocolate and cream flavors are added to the finish as it warms.

The mouth presence is quite spicy, medium in carbonation and very clean.

Drinkability is very good. The flavor balance is good and this goes down easy enough to enjoy more than one at a time.

Budlum, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of jubnat
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Double Ale. Pours ruby-brown with a nice white-tan head that last pretty much through the entire beer. Has sort of a grainy smell. Nice sweet dark taste, with no real hint of alcohol. Feels very thick in the mouth, almost chewable, then the aftertaste kind of dries it up. Decent beer.

jubnat, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of McStagger
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a dark amber/garnet color with one half inch tan head. Good retention of head.

Nose: Hops, dark roasted coffee and a tinge of alcohol.

Taste: Sweeter than the nose or appearance led me to believe. Beer had an almost candied taste at the onset. This evolved into coffee notes with tinges of toffee and caramel that further changed into a slight minerality at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Decent balance. I was a little offset by the carbonation display across my palate. Not as sleek or as smooth as one would expect. Almost had the texture of a pilsner or a light lager to me.

Drinkability: Easy drinking for the darkness of the beer and the boldness of the hops. However, the edge of minerality and carbonation on the palate slightly diminish what could have easily been a wonderful brew.

All in all, still a good beer.

McStagger, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of whynot44
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown color with a decent ivory head that retains well and leaves lots of fluffy lace.
The aroma is figs, raisins, molasses or brown sugar, with a musty, yeasty malt base.

The taste starts out sweet and fruity like raisins and molasses, hints of figs and dates. A bready maltand hints of chocolate sneaks in with a somewhat sour finish. Winey, with only hints of hops and noticeable alcohol taste and warmth.

Medium/heavy bodied, definitely a sipping beer, maybe with a sweet chocolate desert, otherwise something for after dinner.

whynot44, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of peabody
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a nice reddish black with two fingers of slightly off-white suds that really cling to the side of the glass.
Lacing out the yang here.
Dark cherry and caramel with a hint of yeast are the aromas that hit you first. Something sweet and dark like coffee and chocolate are hiding way in the back.
Once you taste it though you know that there are way better doubles out there.
Thumbs down here for just the flavor.

peabody, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of BBM
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap. It pours a beautiful dark red, almost black color with a thin tan head. Excellent lacing. Aromas are sour fruits (plums, grapes) and malt nodes.

The taste is that of grapes, green apples, and malt. Fruit is the main theme here. I couldn't shake the comparison to a red wine. It was that kind of flavor. There was a bitterness to the finish that really blanaced out the drink nicely. Mouthfeel is full and lingering; definitely a sipping beer.

Overall this is a very fine looking and tasting beer. I don't think I'd reccommend drinking several in a row, but if you'd like a nice sipping beer that is almost wine-like, this certainly fits the bill.

BBM, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a shorty 330 mL glass bottle.

A- Dark brown, light carbonation. Thought the head would be lacking a bit, but midway through the pour it livined up and produced almost 2 fingers of fizzy/fluffy tan head.

S- Brown sugar, caramel, cinnamin, figs/rasins, nutty.

T- Sticky sweet and smooth. Very round and soft in taste with lots of sweetness and no hoppiness, or alcohol. Mellow to start with a slight rasin tartness towards the end, but not enough to break it out of it's sweetness overload.

M- More like a sweet porter than a begian dubbel. Very soft and milky.

D- Not too strong for a dubbel. Althought it isn't extremely dubbel-ish it still tastes really great to me. I would drink it anytime.

Rudgers73, Oct 25, 2006
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
Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
86 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.