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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 929
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 Stimack
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew poured to a brown color, with some orange and red highlights. Nice sized tan head that has pretty good retention and leaves a nice amount of lacing. The aromas show off a nice sweet malt smell mixed with fruit, mostly cherry along with a grape like scent that seem to lend itself to a slight sour property. The flavor is nice, similar to the aroma but the fruit comes out much more. Noticeable (not dominant in any way) grape like taste mixed with raisin and a slight tart cherry flavor. Brew seems to be all over the place but still has an interesting flavor. Slightly more alcohol flavors come out as it warms. Pretty good brew, not sure if I would run out and get this one again but still it is not bad.

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

pours a dark amber with hints of bright ruby and a very large four finger beige head that settles to a rocky frothy two fingers leaving a light lace and chunks of froth on the glass. aromas of sweet sugar with a hint of spice. very sweet taste, with rock candy or dark brown sugar and sweet caramel and hint of raisin. medium bodied with a slightly slick mouthfeel and carbonation is very good. a little to sweet for a session beer but as a dessert beer its very good.

Photo of Tilley4
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark and sweet, the Grimbergen Dubbel is a pretty good representative of the style.

I'm not a huge fan of the Belgian styles but this was actually pretty good. Now, it's not on the level of of the Rochefort 10 or the Chimay Blue or the De Dolle Stille Nicht but it's a good beer nonetheless.

Wonderful reddish brown pour with a good head.

Smells very dark and fruity. Lots of raisin influence and brown sugar on the aroma as well as the taste. Finishes nice and sweet.

A nice beer. I'm not sure how many I could drink due to the sweetness but it's a good beer nonetheless.

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

A- A clear dark amber with minimal half finger of cream colored head

S- Sweet malty almond, lots of raisin, lots.

T- Malt and fruit, brown sugar, spice, a slight tartness, and very little hop presence.

M- Smooth and somewhat thick. Quite a bit of carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink. Have had more complex dubbels, but would definitely buy again.

Photo of therica
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I carried a bottle back from Belgium but didn't get to review it. I've just ordered a case here in the US and am reviewing from that stock.

Since Samuel Adams seems to want to restrict their holiday Old Fezziwig Ale to such small quantity and for such short duration, I would recommend this wonderful Grimbergen Dubel as a good seasonal alternative. I was able to order it easily through our local Wooden Keg in Hagerstown Maryland, and I had a case of it in 2 days.

A= glassy red-brown (something like a flat Dr Pepper), slightly yellowed big-bubbled foamy sculptured head.

S= prune-raisin, more of a holiday beer than I'd remembered.

T= very nicely raisin up-front. As it sets for a few minutes, I agree on the previous reviewer's noting tastes of dark chocolate and cherries. It's a bit like chocolate-covered cherries for a few moments. The taste does seem to vary as it sets. A bit of a slightly hops-bitter cherry-soda fizz at the finish, quite interesting.

M= a great beer for just beer-drinking, and yet also somewhat like its own dessert treat.

D= very drinkable, so long as you are enjoying this particular style.

Photo of IdentityAles
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass (sorry) @ ~40 F

Nose: Plums, spices (all spice), yeasty, slight alcohol aroma

Flavor: Dark chocolate, dark fruits... currants and cherries, a little bit of clove

Appearance: Dark brownish red, clear, lasting off white, pillow like head.

Mouthfeel: Thin on the body with high carbonation.

Overall: A nice drinkable dubble. Malt and Yeast aroma and flavors spot on. I thought the mouthfeel was a little thin and it was too aggressive on the carbonation. It also lacked the "wow" factor, but none the less it was nice to drink.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded ruby brown with minimal tan head. Nose is sugary, cherry, with a touch of wood. Flavor is smooth with a touch of wood somewhere in there and a slight bit of caramelized sugar. Feel is great. Nice effervescence and bubbly on the tongue. Drinkable, yes. Quite good and worth going to...maybe worth going to again.

Photo of Lukie
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 30/08/06. Has been ageing for over a year now.
Poured very dark ruby with lively carbonation that quickly disappeared to little flecks. The colour looks amazing for a dubble, while the head was... well... average.

Sweet caramel and dark chocolate, and only a hint really. There isn't much nose at all.

Smooth as liquid gold. The malty sweetness is great. Hints of caramel and chocolate. There is a bready quality from the yeast, a hint of chocolate bread.

Smooth, smooth, smooth. Like drinking liquified chocolate, without the over powering sweet sugar. Mouthfeel is moderate, with carbonation nearly non-existent. I need a fresher bottle tomorrow to test against this one.

Photo of janubio
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in its own Grimbergen glass, it pours a red to brown colour, brown head that doesn't hold for too long, and leaves some lace.
Aroma of caramel, fruits, plums and some chocolate, not too complex.
Lighter body than one can expect, and taste of cherries, plums and fruit.
Another average Grimbergen made for the masses and far from the best beers of the style. Or for that matter, of any style Grimbergen makes.

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

Appearance: Rich brown color, with a substantial creamy head, with good retention and lacing.

Aroma: carmel, maple sugar, and some fruity undertones

Taste and Mouthfeel: Tastes dark and fruity, with plums and raisins. Hops are mild. A smooth, but slightly watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is easy to drink, a nice after dinner beer. It is a very solid Belgian double, however there are quite a few better ones out there.

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

Pours a dark ruby brown color with an average egg shell colored head that left some lacing on the glass. The smell is of Belgian candi sugar and dark cherries, has a musty aroma to it as well. The taste starts of metallic and sweet with a dark cherry or raspberry flavor. The malt is quite neutral in this brew and no real hop presence detected. The feel is much lighter than I expected, not water but light, the carbonation is borders on the soft side and it finishes sweet but not sticky. A lighter dubbel than others and has an odd metallic twang but it is rather easy to drink and no cloying flavors.

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

Appearance - Dark, brownish-amber - good clarity when held up to the light. A gentle pour provided a spotty head, but retention is decent.

Smell - Earthy; a bit of chocolate and dried fruit, slight spicy hops.

Taste - Nice mix of roasted, nutty notes, coacoa and dried figs. Slight metallic/mineral flavors come out as the beer gets closer to room temperature. Good bitterness in the finish; hoppier than most dubbels.

Notes - I wasn't expecting much from this, but it's surprisingly decent and characterful.

Photo of BarryNL
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful clear ruby red with a long lasting head which leaves an attractive lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel and toffee with slight earthy notes.

T: Slightly sweet with a malty flavour. There is an impression of dark malts, perhaps chocolate but more likely something like Special B or biscuit. Little hop flavour and low bittering. Slight sour, almost subtle lambic after-taste.

M: Quite gassy, almost turns to foam if you try to swirl it around your mouth too much.

D: Not had - I'd happily knock back a few of these. It's quite light for its strength (as are most of the Belgian beers which use sugar in their recipes). Not a favourite, but pleasant enough.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Old Corner Cafe, Naugatuck, Conn.

A: Pours a very nice deep, reddish, mahogany brown with a one finger head of tightly packed carbonation. Deep, shining hues flash when held up to the light; very nice.

S: Smells, deep, dark, fruity and estery. The alcohol is a bit noticeable, but it's cloaked in a variety of dark berries and grapes, like a wine.

T: Smooth, velvety fruits and sweet malts. There's a slight hop on the palate for balance, but I taste mostly sweet, fruity malts. There's some sweet sediment left on the tongue after each sip also.

M: Smooth, velvety, and a bit chewy. I recommend letting it warm a bit, and not taking big gulps.

D: It's not to be taken lightly at 6%, but could easily be had again and again. You're best capping off at two, but I wouldn't blame anyone for returning to the well.

A great Dubbel all around. Great to see something that is available on-tap, as well as in bottle form, that tastes great and won;t break the bank like some other imports. Definitely recommended.

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

On-tap at the YardHouse, on to the beer:

After my sample of Maredsous 10, I was surprised that this beer tasted quite "light", if only because i was expecting something heavy. Highly drinkable and full of dark fruity flavors. Too bad it's served in smaller goblets : (

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

Beer bottle (25, 33cl.) ,tasted in 2001.

Appearance: brown-red color, with a tan foam head.
Smell: aromas of coffee and caramel.
Taste and mouthfeel : too sweet, not complex flavors.
Drinkability: an average abbey beer in the style Belgian dubbel

Review translated from french 5-24-2008.

Photo of animal69
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was one my dads favs in the 70's, i don't think it's brewed by the same people, though ; pours a clear, deep reddish-brown w/ a thin off-white head which dissipates quickly, huh, no yeast in the bottom of the bottle, moderate broken lacing ; a sweet, fruity, caramelized aroma, dates maybe, a hint of butter(?) maybe ; a crisp, sweet, brandyish, flavor w/ a slight metallic taste, some fruity undertones, a little watered down tasting, actually, not a really noteworthy Belgian dubbel, definitely not the Grimbergen I remember ; a little on the lighter-bodied side,too, but the co2 helps cover that ; a drinkable one, but i put this one on the bottom of my style list, so far...

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
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
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
86 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.