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Grimbergen Optimo Bruno - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2003)
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best by: 19-10-07, nice. Inviting looking pour of a clear whiskey brown, topped by a ivory head that the 10% quickly killed off.

First brew I’ve had with this much spices in the aroma, even black pepper sneaks in there. Backbone a solid malt bomb.

Quaff was that unique blend of winter spices and some faint smoke, along for the ride with Mr Belgium yeast and Ms. Sugar Cane. Very sharp and dry, even with all the malts in it. It took ½ bottle to adjust to the new flavor, then it turned into an excellent by the fireplace sipper.

A freebie for me, thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam - I was sent this for the unique chance to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 16:05:25 | More by Vancer
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

02-08-2013 20:07:01 | More by AMCPhD
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4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favourite beer brands.
This bottle poured out a dark amber-red beer which (like all Grimbergens) wasn’t 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 wasn’t 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.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 13:00:01 | More by Bierschenker
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at the local Carrefour in Puerto. Was definitely worth a try and I liked it better than some of the pricier ones available (Chimay Blue). Grimbergen does a good job with their portfolio of strong ales and this one did not disappoint; pours a dark rich lacing head that takes a while to settle down. Smells like a fruit basket and is sweet with malt, belgian yeast, and beet sugar. I could drink at least two of these in a session and will definitely go back for more. At about $2.00 each, why not?!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 00:21:22 | More by jhtipton
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - creamy swathy yeast beige head. Dark leathery brown color.

S - sweet complex dark stone fruits. Cinnamon apple fig. With a bit of pimento. Mild oaky hickory hop smells.

T - sweet malty. Although not as complex as the smells it is yummy. Spicy but no fusil. Aftertaste is tomato toast

M - you feel the 10% in your eyes and heart but not on your tounge. It's surprisingly smooth.

D - about 1 € in Belgium. What a wonderful bargain. Great for so many reasons.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 06:49:21 | More by jeranbrews

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4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a snifter

pours a two finger white head, slowly dissipates with considerable lacing. beer pours a deep copper/amber color

aroma of cherries, prunes, dates, as well as some malts and spices

taste of same dark fruits of aroma, but heavier malt presence, as well as a good amount of sweetness at the end. alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. a nice chewy texture

overall, very enjoyable, the aroma and taste of dark fruits i really enjoyed, although a little sweet for my taste

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 21:40:30 | More by RodneyFarva
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4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 33cl brown bottle with a label a bit different from the one pictured. Has a "date stamp" of sorts on the side of the label which "11" and "09" are chosen. I am not sure what that means. Purchased through BelgianBeerShop.com by mail order.

A 2 inch light brown head over a nice dark ruby brown body which is translucent and has pleasing little streams of bubbles rising up from the bottom.

S Sweet malt but a suprising hint of bitterness to the nose as well. I certainly smell the belgian yeast and alcohol too.

T Sweet caramel malt with distant hops. Nice rounded malt sweetness very appropriate to the style. I can taste that familiar Belgian yeast as well.

M Not overly thick, thin to moderate to the feel which was a bit suprising for the style. I did not detect too much of a syrupy aftertaste which I had anticipated.

D Really good. I wish that this was easier to find because it really is quite drinkable. Also, I cannot taste the alcohol too much at all.

Notes: A real treat to try this beer which was listed on the site as being somewhat rare.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 02:48:45 | More by adamette
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great colour! Red and brown and orange and yellow, a melange of strokes. Iced over cloudy appearence. Not much head but some, pockets. Bubbles stick and a different shade from the top to the bottom. Neat! Great explosive aroma, quit a mess to figure out. Spices are plentifull, as well as pepper, dried fruit, nuts, lots of everything! Bold and plentifull. Not 'hot' in the mouthfeel, but still explosive as well. Coarse and minerally. Alcohol noticeable but not overpowering or distracting. Nice flavour. Tons of back thought. Gritty but satisfying. Balance between carbonation and the texture seems off, but all in all this was more than impressive.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 16:02:53 | More by biegaman
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4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*sigh* here in Brussels, it's just great beer after good beer after great beer after.... I'm learning to deal with it. This very good beer pours with a very nice foamy frothy textured head similar to an ice cream soda, that lasts a long time and lots of lace. The beautiful clear color is mmm, a dark amber. The aroma is a simple caramel, toffee, malt. The flavor gets more complex with adding dark ripe fruits and an ever so slight hint of banana. Body is fairly smooth and carbonation is good. Finish is good but you know you're drinking strong beer. Very good overall; but not a session.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 19:50:40 | More by drpimento
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a dark brown body, tan head with good retention, some nice thick lacing on the glass on the way down

Smell, thick estery dried fruit, plums, raisins, dates, prunes. Some burnt brown sugar and molasses, little bit of malt in the background

Taste, thick heavy spiced malt, sweet and bitter dried fruit soaked in rum or some other heavy liquor. Slight sweetness, bready malt, little hop bitterness, slight warming alcohol but only slight

A tasty belgian ale, the 10% is very well hidden

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 01:40:14 | More by cypressbob
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4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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?

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 19:59:04 | More by benmiliron
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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 15:49:50 | More by davidchollar
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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Grimbergen Optimo Bruno from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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