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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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815 Ratings
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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 13
Gots: 27 | 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 Redteketed


3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good appearance, nice dark colour, good lasting head.
Smell is phenomenal, very fruity, I'm not sure what(prune/peach/fig) candysugar, malty and a little sourness(mayby due to the fruitiness).
Taste is little bitter/little sweet, body is a bit thin for a dubbel.
Mouthfeel, low carbonation and a little malt, little bitter aftertaste.

This beer started good, but couldn't keep it's promise! A pity!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 22:14:05 | More by Redteketed
Photo of Hautacam


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber..clear..foamy head..laces and drops to a collar.
Smells of yeast, malt, prunes and other fruits.
Tastes of sweet dough....slightly cidery with a touch of a sherry finish.
Good lively carbonation...light mouthfeel.
Pretty drinkable....well worth a try....not a huge beer ; but a good one.
I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 01:37:32 | More by Hautacam
Photo of brewQ


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

New to Kansas City ...

A nice draw that looks like a brown ale with a thin collar.
Winelike aroma of pears and plums.

Tastes a bit like brandy and is slightly warming.
Finishes silky smooth and quite cleanly.

The only issue I have with this beer is the $7 for a nice tulip when I can buy New Belgium Abbey for far less here.

Worth an initial taste.

Aside- The Maes family sent their kids to intern in Marketing at the Miller Brewery HQ when I was their in the mid '80's ...

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2006 03:59:52 | More by brewQ
Photo of snilsen13


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am writing this from notes. I have the bottle before me as something of a holy grail in my hunt for the perfect beer at the perfect price. I has bought some at $2 a bottle and thought it was stupendous, because...
... not a huge nose or flavor, but a good flavor, slight malt and fruitiness. Better than average at this price
... good pour and nice looking bottle.
... mouthfeel and drinkability are very connected to me, a good sensation in the mouth is a good sensation in the gullet, and this one left me desparately seeking more.
... amazingly heady!!! In my memory this is more like 7% maybe 7.5%, maybe not, but I do think the easy drinking nature of the brew leads to a quick buzz.

Maybe at the price I paid, this is the holy grail.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 18:15:25 | More by snilsen13
Photo of TurdFurgison


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

I tried this at the Winking Lizard in Columbus because I like dubbels and this one was cheap (< $4.00). It was surprisingly good for the price. Dark colored with nice fig-type fruits in the flavor and sort of classic dubbel aroma.

That said, it can't compare with the top-shelf varieties such as St. Bernardus Prior 8, La Trappe dubbel, or even Maredsous 8. But not bad for middle tier.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 16:07:09 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of tempest


3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pous a nice dark amber body with good head and very nice lacing. Smell is a bit weak. Aroma of spicey fruit. Taste would be good if it wasn't for a strong and unexpected grape character. The grape really throws the beer as without it, it'd a respectable dubbel. And while it has nice mouthfeel, the grape permeates the aftertaste and really takes the fun out of drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 05:30:59 | More by tempest
Photo of jnelson54


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is my favorite pub beer. Recently the local pub I go to lost his distributor and it is really killing me. Deep brown on the pour with an off white head with good lacing. Smells sweet with malt and fruit and taste the same with a neat finish. Not as complex as your high end trappist but the easiest drinking beer I have ever had much better on tap btw.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2006 03:08:05 | More by jnelson54
Photo of BEERchitect


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

Really good stuff. I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this before. It's much better on tap than from the bottle. Fruity and tart in the aromas. Lots of malt, raspberries, dates, figs, and a tad of chocolate. Looks moderately thick and well carbonated. A lightly tanned head accompanied the beer to the bottom of the glass. Tastes much like it smells, with emphasis on dark berry sweetness and tartness. Sweet and spicy notes decorate the heavy malt structure. Feels full and rich without being thick or cloying. Finishes strong and sweet. Maybe a little tacky and dry from the alcohol. Worth drinking from time to time.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2006 17:54:46 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of MaltyGoodness


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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear mahogany brown with a tan head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Sweet and fruity aroma. Smells of dark fruits and sweet malt with a hint of breadiness.

Sweet caramel malty flavor that melts into a dark fruitiness. A slight sweet breadiness follows and then finishes quite clean.

Nice rich body with a smooth texture. Slides down easy.

Easily drinkable, but just an above average Dubbel. It's got all of the necessary ingredients, but just falls short of being among the top tier of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 04:01:33 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of kmpitz2


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled just shy of a pitcher of this beer tonight. It poured a soild dark brown color with nice ruby highlites. A finger of off white head sat atop the beer. Nose was nice and sweet, with notes of brown sugar and maple syrup, with back notes of raisin and fig. Flavor was dominated with sweet notes of brown sugar and maple, most likely from dark candied sugar in harmony with some special B. Flavor follows the nose in being brown sugary and maple sweet with raisin notes hanging in the back. Light alcohol notes find their way in, but not offensively and well melded. Feel was moderate with a full moderate carbonation. Overall, this was a very nice brew. Aroma and flavors worked well together. Seemed to be missing the typical belgian spicey chartacter, but it didn't take away from the brew. A beer I would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2006 03:26:53 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of bditty187


2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Largely clear, dark ruby in hue with some brown highlights; I like the color. The beige head was rocky and rather tall, the foam was three fingers tall at its maximum. The bubbles quickly faded to a fizzy cap. The subsequent lacing started immediately, the lacing was very widespread and thick. I am very impressed! A small cap lasted the entire consumption. This is an attractive beer.

The nose is clean and not very Dubbel-like. I detect hints of cola, faint Christmas cookie spice, rum, and a whiff of coca. The potency is low; this beer is just not saying enough. I need more depth, I need more chatter. I need much more malt depth. I can’t call the nose inviting. Yawn.

The palate is dull. Flat RC Cola is basically all I taste. Yawn. In the background are hints of veggies, spiced rum minus the alcohol heat, some veggies, and not much else. Oh wait… I taste plums too and maybe some cocoa. No matter, this is one of the worst Dubbels I have had. I would drink Chimay Red over this! Yikes! What a boring, flavorless beer. Sweet, sloppy finish… tacky and clunky; I am not impressed.

Medium-light in body, low carbonation with only a flash of bite, the mouthfeel is okay but at this point this beer is a lost cause. It is a bit thin but not watery… the mouthfeel is ho-hum.

Not drinkable because it is just not likable. For a Dubbel this beer is thin and lacking flavor. Even if I set aside the style this beer is not tasty. If I had a 750ml I would dump most of it. Thankfully all I have is an 11.2oz bottle. I will finish it but I will not revisit this beer again. For a Dubbel this beer is lousy... as a “beer,” this beer is lousy too. I never heard of this beer before I seen a few bottles in Lawrence, KS. So I bought one… you can skip it though.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 16:12:14 | More by bditty187
Photo of horndecker

New Jersey

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

Deep walnut hue, beautiful, merengue-like tan head, lots of clumpy bits, lots of lace.

The nose is slightly sour, vegetal hop aroma, bright and citric. Beneath the fruit is a bit of funk.

The taste has a significant hit of fruit, notes of celery and stewed prunes, and dark, simple maltiness. Pretty interesting, a little different.

It has a soft, medium body, lots of foam and fizz. Tealike aftertaste, a little bit of that root beer thing. A modest dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 23:28:14 | More by horndecker
Photo of tgbljb


2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured a deep reddish brown color with massive tannish head. Lacing is absolutely beautiful. Smell is an excellent mixture of malt and dark fruit (plums, prunes. raisins, dates). Excellent mixture. Probably the biggest dissapointment I've had in a beer. After the terrific smell, the taste leaves much to be desired. Its difficult to describe. The fruits are still there, but they taste spoiled. No enjoyment at all. Hops are too strong, and the balance is missing. Not very drinkable at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 01:57:59 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at some place on Oakland across from the Miramar in Milwaukee. My bottle was round and stubby compared to the one pictured.

Poured a dark garnet with a few fingers of off-white head. Nose is sweet and fruity with some yeasty mustiness. Taste is sugary sweet, candied fruit and some caramel malt. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for my liking. Overall a tasty dubbel, very drinkable and very sweet. Probably not for everyone, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 03:59:49 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of budsboy


3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, deep reddish brown with a thick tan head and lots of lacing.

Fruity, vinous aroma. Some spice thrown in on top it seems. But mostly grape juice and alcohol. Eh.

Odd. Didn't expect the rich raspberry flavor. Little roasted malt flavor and toffee, a touch of metal, but mostly that lambic-like raspberry. Hmm.

Somewhat thin, maybe too much carbonation. Not much for me in the mouthfeel department.

Almost a dessert beer. Very sweet, nearly cloying, and fruity. Not as juicy as a lambic, but brings that to mind. Not bad, not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 18:53:38 | More by budsboy
Photo of texashammer


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

Brownish red in color with dark tan head. Smell is chocolate, caramel, yeast, bananas, very fruity. Smells good! Taste is more of the same, on the sweet side, earthy and with plenty of fruit. Mouthfeel is medium-full and creamy and fluffy. Quite pleasant and drinkable. One of the better dubbels I've had recently.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 17:49:26 | More by texashammer
Photo of BitteBier


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

Color is an interesting crimson, topped with a decent amount of foamy tan head. Nose is fruity-sweet and somewhat caramely, but not particularly assertive. Taste was nice up front--gentle malts that impart a light chocolaty taste. But this one suffered from a too-watery mouthfeel and metallic aftertastes. Not a bad beer, mind you, but there are better examples of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 23:07:17 | More by BitteBier
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby red with orange tinges. Good thich creamy head. It's almost the colour of blood orange juice. Very good looking beer.

Syrupy, treacle sweetness. Toffee, brown sugar, golden syrup, with a hint of deep alcohol like scotch whiskey or cognac. Very rich and pleasant.

Rich, sweet and pleasant. Some burnt characteres. Flavours of dark fruit, black grape juice, caramelised figs, dark honey. A flavoursome, rich and deeply enjoyable brew.
Mouthfeel is rich and smooth.

A very drinkable, smooth and delectable beer. Most enjoyable. I'll seek out a few more of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 09:11:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I believe the little stamp on the back of the bottle indicates that this should be consumed by september 14, 2005 (seeing as how it reads 14-09-05)
11.2 ounce bottle poured into a goblet.
Nothing going on here that's too exciting for the style. Smells sweet and fruity, looks like a dubbel should, tastes alright but nothing striking here.
For the most part I found this to be pretty drinkable because it's not very bold and is pretty well balanced, but there's a mild... chalkiness in the finish... something that might come along with coffee. The mouthfeel starts out smooth but there's something in that finish that makes me want to swirl water around my mouth for a bit before having another.
Worth a shot if you like darker, sweeter beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 03:31:42 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of Billolick

New York

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

Small bottle sampled, dating on the label but not sure what it means...oh well, maybe if I spoke Flemish...this one pours dark almond, mahogony fairly clear and supports a dark tan head, which is showing good retention. Leaves some stringy and scattered lacing. Aroma of dark berries, fruit and some rum raisin. Medium bodied Belgian, lots of fruit and smoky raisins and earthy woodyness picked up. Fairly sweet but quite drinkable. Decent, if not spectacular dubbel. Lacks the bold flavors and complexity of the monsters of the style, still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 00:58:47 | More by Billolick
Photo of BeerNutta


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

This one was recommended by my local liquor merchant.

Poured a very dark brown with a light tan head. Had a very odd aroma. Smelt like wet laundry at first then a fruitty aroma.

The taste is very sweet. Honey, raisons, banana... Almost too sweet. After a while you get overwhelmed by the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied with little carbonation.

Good beer, just not a great dubbel. A bit pricey.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 08:50:36 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of LuckySevens82


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

11.2 oz bottle with a neat looking griffin on it.
Pours a hazy reddish brown with a nice, well formed, and encompasing light tan head. Lacing is nice as is retention.
Smell is a little strage. Smells a little soured. Fruits are still present (figs, dates, cherries, raisins), but are kind of overshadowed by the spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, and a little bit of clove). There is a definite maltiness to the aroma as well.
Taste is very fruity (same as above). Cinnamon dominates the spiciness of this one by a lot, a slight malt and hop character are also present.
Mouthfeel is very good, and this still remains a very easy to drink dubble. It's not an every day beer but for special occasions or just when I'm in the mood for something different this is a pretty good choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 00:50:34 | More by LuckySevens82
Photo of palma

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber body with a big fluffy tan head that lasts. Leaves a decent lace throughout the session.
Big sweet malty aroma with phenolic notes.
A sweet candy-like maltiness. Some honey flavor. Very lightly hopped. Bready aftertaste. This brew is much sweeter than it is bitter. Sweetness becomes a little cloying after a while.
Nice carbonation. A noticable creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 05:22:38 | More by palma
Photo of kingjames1

South Carolina

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

Poured light brown appearance with a decent white head.

Smell is unique. I can't quite pinpoint it, but I kinda like it.

Taste is also interesting. Raisins, honey, and spice, with a definite sweetness. Of course it has that distinctive belgium yeast present - makes me think of liquid bread, baked with small bits of rum-drunk raisins and brown sugar. A little medicinal as well. I'd rank the taste higher if it weren't for the unbalanced sweetness (though not sticky sweet - it is surprisingly thin).

Good carbonation, possibly over carbonated.

Definitely a drinkable belgium double, and unique. Not sure how crazy I am about it though. If you're new to the dubbel style, you'd probably be wise to start elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2005 05:43:37 | More by kingjames1
Photo of RushLimbmalt


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This bier pours a nice cloudy brownish color and it came violently out of it's bottle an into my glass, probably from health fermentation in the bottle. It has a nice white head that leaves tons of lace and it lasts until the glass is empty. It has a nice fruity, estery, yeasty aroma that is quite complex. The flavor is sweet and the alcohol is very noticeable and it sometimes overpowers the experience. It certainly is drinkable and I was not expecting much from a non Trappist Dubbel so on one hand I am surprised and on the other I ask myself if it is worth the price I had to pay for a six pack...$13... I say not when there are far superior Dubbels to choose from, but if you want something that comes close and will get you drunk faster than a 40 of something bad and there is nothing else better to be had then this beer will do ok.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 07:25:33 | More by RushLimbmalt
Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
86 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.