Grimbergen Optimo Bruno - Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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Reviews by davidchollar:
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
this is a pretty clear red-brown. interesting color for a belgian dark, it could be mistaken for tea, until you notice the thick frothy beige head. or until you smell that big malty, sweet belgian beer smell. familiar roasty, bready smells, with just a faint hint of something i can't quite place. big and buttery, it reminds me of full-bodied red wine (perhaps it's the 10% abv?). smells strong.
wow, this does not taste like 10% abv. maybe a little too sweet for me, but certainly not bad. finish is pleasantly bitter. medium carbonation and body with an incredibly smooth and light feel. overall good purchase, great beer, i will get it again.
02-25-2006 15:49:50 | More by davidchollar
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United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2011. Picked up cheap from my local beer specialist.
Poured into a Stella chalice. A dark reddish-brown hue with good carbonation. Forms a huge head of tan-coloured foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Rich fruity aroma with notes of bananas, yeast esters and dried fruits - accompanied by a considerable whiff of alcohol.
The taste has a heavy, fruity sweetness with notes of banana, yeast, bread and dried fruit. Has a slightly sour hint to it. Alcohol lends a warming finish to round it off. Rich and complex. Mouthfeel is smooth and leaves the palate slightly dry. Mild aftertaste of dried fruit with an acidic note.
Very nice, with a rich sweet character reminiscent of wee heavy. Probably best limited to one in a session, as it's quite cloying. A good beer to finish with, and worth sampling if you have the opportunity.
04-17-2011 23:42:04 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.33/5 rDev -10%
Bottle poured into a chalice. A La Mort Subite. Brussels, Belgium. Notes from April 2011.
A: Dark brown ruby red color. Poured with little to no head.
S: Extremely sweet smell with a hint of alcohol.
T: Notes of dark fruit, mainly cherry. Bitter finish with barely any sign of the alcohol.
M: Medium body with average carbonation.
D: Not a bad Belgian strong ale, but there better ones easily available.
07-02-2011 05:15:33 | More by distantmantra
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
Dark deep brown with retaining white head, a tad of the same lace. Malty yeasty aroma. A real foamer on opening. Above average mouthfeel. Mostly sweet malt taste,some raisin anda bit lactose-like, and yeast thickening it up. Drinkable, sweet though not cloying.
01-11-2009 23:24:42 | More by Sammy
4.08/5 rDev +10.3%
Paid 2.09 euro for a bottle.
This is a surprisingly good beer to be found in S. Italy. Color is a gorgeous ruby red brown. Head stays on with nice thick foamy lacing. Smells of belgian candy, licorice, burnt sugar, spice. Lovely. Taste is almost as good - heavy dark malt, high gravity, sticky but not overdone. I almost want to say there is a candy cane in there, but that's not it. Cinnamon? Mouthfeel is just about perfect to compliment the above. Soft bubble, sticky & nice (very nice) roll around the mouth.
There's only one weird thing about this brew: no yeast at the bottom of the bottle. I think maybe it's pasteurized?
08-06-2006 19:59:04 | More by benmiliron
4.4/5 rDev +18.9%
This is one of my favourite beer brands.
This bottle poured out a dark amber-red beer which (like all Grimbergens) wasnt very keen on giving a head. The head had a light brown colour and was quite creamy.
It had a hard sour acidic and malty sent with some chocolate and sweets in it too. It wasnt a very nice smell, but most strong dark beers tend to have a heavy odour.
The taste was very strong and also very rich. Some strong bitter chocolate sneers and dark German bread with a strong malt taste and citric tones. As the beer got warmer the flavour was enriched with the taste of dried prunes.
The aftertaste was a dry and warm malt and chocolate and traces of dried prunes and raisins.
A beer with a good alcohol percentage and a high drinkability. Surely one of my favourite beers.
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05-18-2005 13:00:01 | More by Bierschenker
3.2/5 rDev -13.5%
Pours dark amber/ruby with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows chocolate, port-like notes, sultanas and brown sugar, along with a healthy dose of candi sugar.
Similarly sweet flavours, although it quickly dries out. There's lots more candi sugar and golden syrup along with more sultanas/dried fruit. A bit over the top. The alcohol is pretty noticeable too, almost harsh.
Carbonation is way over the top, but at the same time it's needed to cut through the sweetness.
09-28-2011 08:19:37 | More by CrazyDavros
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
The beer is amber in color, clear too. Nice head that sticks well to the glass. Yeast in the aroma, some bananas and spices. Nice. Light notes of sugar. Taste is well balanced. Caramel Malts and sugary. Warmth feeling, nice. Alcohol is present in the mouth. The finish is slightly dry. This is the more complex beer from this brewery... I'm happy, because I wasn't impress so far. Complex but not difficult to approach. This could be a good starting point for somebody wanting to try some Belgium dark beers. When the beer warms up a bit, it shows some chocolate. Nice! I love it! Cheers.
10-08-2011 18:32:19 | More by ZorPrime
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Strong, sweet, and nutty. I had this on tap at a bar in Brussels. It's definitely a heavy beer so it's NOT one to pound and ask for another. :)
I had this as an after-dinner beverage and quite enjoyed it. Although it is strong, it is still smooth and very drinkable. Just... slowly! If you like dark ales, I highly recommend this one.
10-14-2009 21:36:01 | More by RobeyStreet
3.83/5 rDev +3.5%
I have been a fan of Grimbergen since I sampled my first double so many years ago, and I still seek them out when possible. A pretty cherry red to almost copper as it sets in the glass, the head modest in size, frothy in its consistency, and the color off white, but it does evanesce quite quickly leaving a very thin veil of lace. Nose is a bit vinous, tart and crisp; the malts play a big role. Start is quite tart, lots of malt, the top is middling in feel, with the finish bitingly acidic, and the hops are perky in their spicy bite. Dry long lasting aftertaste and a decent beer, not a great beer, but well worth the sample and the 10% ABV does warm the tummy if not the cockles of your heart.
02-14-2003 16:29:11 | More by Gusler
2.95/5 rDev -20.3%
Pours an extemely clear, amber-coloured brew (rather than brown, wich the name suggests) that produced a small but dense head after a rather hard pour. It dissapeared rather quickly too.
The smell is malty with some fruity notes and some alcohol near the end of the sniff.
the taste starts of spicy and malty but it soon overtaken by a strong acidic taste of alcohol.
The alcohol has a warming effect, wich is nice but the overall mouthfeel is quite poor:
Same goes for the drinkabillity. Although this brew argueably hits less hard than the Grimbergen Triple it's still incredibly heady.
Quite an alcholic brew. It was okay for once but I won't be buying it again.
12-24-2004 19:05:27 | More by Paddez
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
330ml bottle. Grimbergen Chalice glass. Copper brown color, veiled appearance. Close crown, light beige in color, shows fairly good retention & leaves a lasting thin layer on top. Aroma profile includes caramel malts & berries, herbal & citric notes, hints of chocolate & sugar alcohol. Toasted malty & sugary upfront with light tartiness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Silky palate. Hints of sirup, candies & fruits - strawberries & currants-. Tartar touch & warming alcohol & spices linger into a long sweet finish. Slight fruity aftertaste.
03-16-2014 07:24:49 | More by GONZALOYANNA
3.35/5 rDev -9.5%
The heaviest beer of Grimbergen. It pours a burgundy red, brownish color with a small head that fades into a small layer of white foam.
The smell is of dark candisugar, malty and has some light tart notes, together with a typical Belgian, fruity yeast smell.
Taste is sweet and leans strongly on the malt. The candisugar adds a sweet and full taste. It has notes of candisugar, caramalts and dark fruits. There is a certain tartness in the beer that can't be called sour. It's more like the subtle tartness often found in Old Ales. The yeast adds a fruity, but subtle fruit note. The 10% alcohol is well hidden by the big body of the beer.
Mouthfeel is sticky which makes the drinkability lower. All together too sweet and sticky for my liking, although I can imagine that this beer is great at the fireplace.
06-06-2010 16:12:46 | More by Absumaster
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...
Poured a deep rusty brown... creamy tan head poured thick, foamy and meringue like then faded slowly to light layer. No carbonation... light sticky lacing...
Aroma - Tart dark fruits (raisins, prunes, dates), toasted bready malts, some vinegary traces (hints of like Flemish sour ale), treacle, burnt sugar sweetness, peppery / spicy hops, nutty...
Taste Sweet, lightly roasted maltiness, some sourness, winey notes, tart red fruits (red grapes, prunes, plums), brown sugar / molasses sweetness, spicy, bready / yeasty notes, some warming alcohol comes through, peppery hops...
Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy... medium bodied... maybe a little too sickly sweet to drink too many of these...
Overall - A pretty good dark ale... maybe a little unbalanced but well worth a try...
01-15-2007 14:45:55 | More by mdagnew
Grimbergen Optimo Bruno from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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