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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 21
Gots: 80 | 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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Ratings: 937 | Reviews: 495
Photo of bort11
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Record Bar while my friend's band was playing. Good times!

Served in a Grimbergen goblet. It was a nice solid pour well above the line. Frothy white head that recedes at a medium pace. Leaves a thin filmy cap on the surface. Quality lacing left on the glass. Color is a bright ruby red, quite pretty to look at.

Smell is sweet like red fruits and berries with a bit of sourness like white grapes. Taste also has a white grape sourness and has a bit of a pucker, but the sweetness balances it out nicely. There are additional spices and honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a light/medium body and a bit sticky in the palate. There is a distinct after taste that is not unpleasant, but does stay there.

I had two for the evening. Sadly the second one was served in a standard pint glass. It looked like they were out of clean goblets, so it wasn't worth making a scene.

Photo of atrus138
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in a Grimbergen chalice. Deep ruby read color with a chunky two-finger white head that left a great deal of lacing. Most impressive. Smell is a bit faint, but very inviting. A nice mixture of dark fruits like figs, raisins, plums, and black cherries on top of sweet bread. Taste is much more robust. Very sweet, indeed. A bit spicy too. Very pleasant. Mouthfeel is creamy, but thin. Not bad at all. Oddly enough, it paired extremely well with the sushi I was eating.

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

Poured a pretty burgandy color with an average-sized head that held up decently throughout. It had a slight spice in the smell along with a touch of sweetness, perhaps a fruit-like aroma mixed in?

Flavor was dominated by a maltiness along with a little touch of warm apples, maybe apple pie? Very good flavor overall. No hops to speak of though.... this beer is of the sweeter variety!

Mouthfeel was quite bubbly and active but never overpowering. I enjoyed the consistent mouthfeel of this beer. Very easy to drink and I will be getting this again when I hit my local shop again. Recommended for those that like this style and prefer a beer to be on the sweeter side of the flavor spectrum.

Photo of cartdan
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a opaque brown with a thick creamy tan head. The aroma is very familiar, not sure exactly what I'm smelling. I get a maltiness, with a strange mint aroma. Actually the smell that I'm familiar with is grape, kind of a sweet grape like Welch's grape juice. Strange.

The taste is sweet and malty, with a little bit of sourness. No hops to speak of, and nothing of an aftertaste either. The alcohol is more prominent in this than in most of the other dubbels I've tasted, which is again strange at only 6.5%

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Not a great example of the style IMO, but an interesting beer to try nonetheless.

Photo of stevecee2003
2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It looked good coming out of the bottle! I had eagerly taken home a 6-pack from my local beer haven, hoping for an exciting new experience. Aaah well.

The best that can be said is thats it's "OK". But when you're expecting a new ale on the horizon, well this is a bit disappointing.

Fresh into the glass it has promise. Deep reds. Rusty and rich looking. A nice frothy foam on top. But that soon goes away, as does the rest of this test.

The smell had SOME of the malts and some of the fruitiness. But that died too.

Then the taste. I read one reviewer who had it spot on.. "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". That says it! Perfectly.

Don't expect much, and you wont be disappointed.

Photo of MisterClean
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 from Manderes in Folsom, CA.

A - Caramel-brown pour with little head that dissipated quickly.

S - Figs, brown sugar, malts, and sweet apples.

T - Figs, brown sugar, and tart apples.

M - Carbonated, but very smooth on the palate, finishes sweet, but light-moderate body.

D - Couldn't drink many, but would enjoy with dessert. 11.2 is the perfect serving of this beer.

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

I tried this while out for dinner with my wife, and these are some of the notes I took.

A= Served up dark reddish brown with a one finger tan head.

S= Sweet smell of caramel and raisins.

T= Tasted sweet and syrupy, slight hint of spice.

M= Medium bodied, not as much carbonation as I thought there would be.

D= Not a bad drinking beer, I had one before dinner and another with dinner. It wasn't a perfect match with the Schnitzel ala Holstein.

Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried Grimbergen Blonde and really liked it... had high hopes for there Dubbel... Copped a single botle from Gary's in Madison... Appearance very much fits the Dubbel compositon... dark, ruby-red, brown, with impressive foamy head that lingered for a bit... smell is full of figs and slight alcohol, which is also detected in the taste although the 6.5% ABV isn't that high... taste was full of prune, figs, and rum flavors... candied, with brown sugar notes bursting through... very thick and rich flavor with an equally powerful mouthfeel... drinkable was good due to the rich but not overbearing or cloying flavor and the relatively low alcohol percentage... a top-notch brew for sure... great depiction of the style and definitely recommended...

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...

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