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Grimbergen Dubbel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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86
very good

828 Ratings
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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 16
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2001)
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cjgator3

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a dark amber with a half finger head. Aroma is of malt, plum and caramel. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy with good carbonation. Taste is much the same of the aroma with plenty of dark fruits and malt. Overall a tasty beer but it just seems like something is missing in this brew.

05-25-2006 03:11:22 | More by cjgator3
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custardcb

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

A nice frothy head built up upon pooring into my pint glass. The head dies down to small trace and gives off a good bit of lacing all the way down. A rich ruby color greets the eye as the light passes through the beer.

The nose is a little alcoholic with some rich malty tones. The taste is more of the same. I'm having trouble picking out anything really distinctive on this though. The same flaovrs of raisins and a nutty sweetness are here but it doesnt really jump out.

Overall this goes down pretty smoothe and is a great beer. Considering I got the sixer for six bucks this was a great buy. I'll give it another shot real soon.

05-21-2006 04:19:22 | More by custardcb
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beals

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured into a chalice. Dense tan 1" head, very good lacing. After a few minutes, the head died away, leaving a thin coating of bubbles over a deep-red/brown hued ale. It's got a great subdued crimson color to it -- if it were a wood, it would be somewhere between cherry and oak.

It's got that alcoholic aroma of a dubbel, but something about the aroma seems a little off. Damn -- this is what I get for buying dusty bottles at Blanchard's (or any package store, for that matter). It almost smells lager-y, but I know this is an ale. Odd. I'll let it warm up and re-smell. (Update: upon warming up, off-smell lessens.)

Mouthfeel seems like it would be very smooth, but the high level of carbonation gives it a bit of a bite. Roused the beer to clear some C02, and it became much smoother.

Tastes far better than it smells, predominantly caramel but with a strong presence of fruity esters. Notes of berries and faint hops.

A good solid beer, but could be a much more drinkable one if the carbonation level were lowered.

05-16-2006 00:12:30 | More by beals
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

A - this beer is a dark crimson color, with a thin tan head that laces quickly, moderate carbonation is visible

S - smells like darker fruit, reminiscient of a barleywine, vanilla aroma is very evident

T - a dark raisiny taste, thickly sweet, slightly hoppy, very well balanced and easy down

M - smooth and very well balance

D - moderate to high, a great beer, easy down

05-09-2006 21:56:10 | More by sinstaineddemon
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danielharper

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN.

A: Jumped out of the fucking glass when I started pouring it! Amazingly thick, viscous, foamy off-white head on this sucker. Body is clear, brown, a touch of amber at the bottom of the glass. Quite nice.

S: Nutty, slightly alcoholic aroma with a decent amount of astringency. Not getting a whole lot of complexity, but what's there is nice.

T: Nutty, funky Belgian flavor, perhaps a bit of... walnut? Interesting, but a bit astringent on the backwash.

M: Fairly thick, viscous. Moderate carbonation. Tickles the tongue.

D: A decent Dubbel, but I've had better. Could be a bit more invigorating.

05-07-2006 01:07:34 | More by danielharper
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dfried

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Belgian beers always have some of the best appearances, so I can be pretty critical about them even if they are better than a lot of other beers. This poured nicely and formed a decent head that just kind of fizzled away instead of breaking apart in nice bubbles. The smell was average for a dubble. It had very carmel malt-like flavor the finished with a semi-sweet apple flavor that was balanced between sweet and dry. There was a slight metalic flavor I was not too fond of. The drinkablity was just OK. All in all there was not much that stood out about this beer. I wouldn't discourage it, but you can find better.

05-01-2006 17:46:28 | More by dfried
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benmiliron

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

Paid only 1.35 euro for a bottle. Pours a dark mahogany wood stain color. Very clear. Good head that dissipates fast. Smells fantastic, candied fruit and malt. The smell seems to drift in the air, you notice this one from a distance. Taste is good - again candied fruits and malt with a bit of maple syrup and some astringent/sugary taste lingering behind. Mouthfeel is ok - heavy foam bubble but not too sharp. Drinkability is good - good taste good price.

04-30-2006 11:34:20 | More by benmiliron
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DogFood11

California

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

First time I've seen this in the area, being an equal opportunity drinker that I am, this was instantly placed in the cart. It forms a nice head living up to your expecations in appearance, tan, frothy, lots of sticky lacing, a bit looser than most but inviting indeed.

Fruit profile is complex and really makes up the jist of this brew. A little darker fruits make up the smell, some blackberries, coriander. Later the beer gets lighter and relies more on some strawberry/cherry concoction. Caramel creeps into the picture only to be cleaned out at the end with just a tiny bit of a lemony finish. As it warmed it started to lean towards a bubble gummy taste.
Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated in the middle and comes across light overall, although it tends to be sticky on the gums. All in all a solid performance. I'm glad I sample by the six pack as this is a welcomed addition.

notes: Nice price for an imported belgian style brew. I consider this pretty average compared to other dubbels, meaning its damn tasty, heavily towards the sweet, malted, and of course that distinct belgian smell that I get from a distinct yeast. dissapointing? nahhhh, Great? nahhhh....damn fine brew...Yupp.

04-21-2006 02:57:14 | More by DogFood11
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Clear and dark. Amber red at the bottom of the glass, and darkens to purple oak brown as the glass widens. Creamy dense white, slightly tan head to the top of the glass. Patchy bits of lace are left behind along with a nice layer atop the beer. Aroma of juicy plum, a bit of apple, and toffee. Toasty malts, caramel and yeast. Taste is juicy with the above flavors. Taste goes back and forth between the tart fruit and spiced toasted malts. Nice mouthfeel, dry and lingering, slightly bitter and sweet in the finish. Very easy to drink.

A good Belgian, just what I was looking for right now.

04-12-2006 23:29:01 | More by tastybeer
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GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04/12/06- Purchased at Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle. Bottling date or some code on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep dark cherry wood coloring. Perfect off white inch high creamy head. Large coating of lacing on the entire inside of the glass. Model appearance for the style.

Smell- Large caramel and brown sugar scent. Figs, raisins and other dark fruits as well. A slight perfumy note is picked up as well.

Taste- Mostly a pleasant sweet caramel flavor. Seems as though there is a sour note on the back of the tongue on the swallow. Mixture of dark fruits come through pretty handily.

Mouthfeel- Silky smooth with a nice creamy and velvety feel. Medium to lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Very drinkable dubbel. More so because of the incrdeible mouthfeel though. Flavor is above average, if not on the better dubbels I've had, but overall it's a real nice package deal.

04-12-2006 21:57:58 | More by GClarkage
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karst

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a ruddy mahogany with tan lace falling in 1-2 minutes

Aroma of sweet bananna and faint clove

Taste starts sweet and makes a seamless transition to a mild clove/hop bite and finishes mildly astringent drying the entire mouth. A Medium soft body and acceptable mouthfeel. Find beading provide a constant cap and ring around the 0.4 L rastal sniffer.

I find a mild barnyard aroma and taste not a bad candidate for someone crossing over to Belgium style.

Very drinkable and would pair with many things due to it mildness.

04-07-2006 16:55:12 | More by karst
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Zorro

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a clear chestnut brown colored ale with a small tan head. Red highlights are in this when held up to a strong light to check the clarity.

Smell is sweet and tart with a strong fruity scent of plums, apples and cherries. Scent of pepper rides on the alcohol fumes. Fainter aromas of leather and tobacco and flowers.

Taste is slightly sweet with a slight flavor of banana bread in my mouth. Banana, nuts, and vague spices chocolate and vanilla hit me next, none of them very strong. After a bit I can taste brown sugar in this, again not very strongly. Not bad but I want more flavor than this delivers.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is not bad but I do know of many better versions. A mild tasting example of the beer style I guess there are some that would seek this out.

03-29-2006 03:54:47 | More by Zorro
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours out amber-brown and sits deep, ruby-brown in the glass with a large tan head. Fades to a thick skimming on the surface and thick lacings up and down the glass. Take notes kiddies.

Smells of deep leafy hops and light caramel and toffee. Yeast tones are similar to that of some German breweries, Spaten's house yeast comes to mind very quickly. Mild nuttiness beneath.

Tastes rich and malty up front, boatloads of caramel and light toffee. Doughy yeast character followed by solid hits of spicy and peppery hops. Soggy pears and dates mixed in. Finishes with a warming alcoholic glow, hints of white pepper and lingering caramel malts.

Big full-medium body with solid, hard-hitting carbonation in medium bubbles. Quite smooth beneath, definately mouth-worthy.

As dubbels go, this is definately in range. Not outstanding, nor exceedingly complex, but quite good all-around. Seems a bit big in the mouth, a tad too sugary, but nonetheless, a solid beer.

03-24-2006 04:42:26 | More by Skidz
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Redteketed

Netherlands

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

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!

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

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

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 ...

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

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

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

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

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

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

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

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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

Nebraska

2.73/5  rDev -28.2%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

12-10-2005 23:28:14 | More by horndecker
Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
86 out of 100 based on 828 ratings.