Grimbergen Cuvée de l'Ermitage - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-24-2002

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Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Grimbergen goblet at the Old Corner Cafe, Naugatuck.

A: Poured a medium coffee color with little to no head. It might have either been the pour or the tap, but this brew didn't look too impressive.

S: There was virtually no smell, aside from the malt presence and some sweet fruit.

T: The taste was sweet at first, as advertised by a friend, but the taste mellowed after the first sip, sweetening into a typical Belgian ale, though the strength couldn't be determined.

M: Mouthfeel was thin and drinkable. There's probably not a soul who hasn't tried a Belgian ale who couldn't hack this one. Very nice.

D: I wouldn't want to down more than a 500-750 mL bottle of this in one night, thought it is quite tasty. I'd reserve it for a nice fall sampler that you pull a sleeper bottle on.

Overall, a nice Belgian Abbey Ale, despite its strength being unadvertised. It was a solid Belgian brew that I'd recommend to a foreigner of the style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33 cl slender brown bottle with a consumer before date on the back label. A dedicated and determined monk scribes in a tome on the front label.

Appearance: Nearly sparkling clear deep rich amber colour with undertones of brown, thick fluffy head forms a cake like head then drops to a patch thin lace.

Smell: Earthy, woody and mildly tart wrapped up in one. Suggestions of faded lemon rind, caramel and honey on the nose.

Taste: Sturdy medium body with a crisp flowing carbonation that holds its own, smooth and slick mouth feel helps with the drinkability. Woody, earthy and almost metallic flavour protrudes from the palate. Fruity with hints of ripe mango and blood orange, maltiness brings some caramel and bread crust to the flavour profile. On the sweet side with a rounded maltiness all the way through. Hops are fresh but restrained, alcohol is very noticeable with both an abundance of fruity esters and a handful of medicinal phenolic flavour of clove-like connotations. Phenols seem to take over the finish with herbal and medicinal as well as a light metallic touch.

Notes: Quite a complex abbey style dubbel, heavy on the phenols with enough malt to bring a balance to the brew. Certainly a treat and sweet enough to be a dessert beer to pair with caramel or light chocolate indulgences.

Photo of rastaman
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Belgian yeast character is obvious. Spicy, toffee, orange/citrus/apples, some alcohol warmth at the end. Quite sticky, with nothing too much in the finish to balance this. A bit dissapointing. A bit too sweet and sticky, which seems to be the way with Grimbergen beers.

Photo of JohnW
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured medium dark, though not entirely clear, with not a great deal of head, which also vanished fairly quickly. Overall aroma is one of sweetness and burnt sugars, and licorice I thought. This is confirmed by the taste. Initially sweet, with a caramel, malt and licorice hints. Reasonable body, though other than the sweetness not a great deal of character. Not unpleasant by any means (unless you do not enjoy sweet beers!) though no depth of flavour to make it really good. Enjoyed it, but not one of the best examples of this style of Belgium beer.

John W
B'ham UK Feb 2006

Photo of sfprint
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crimson red/orange, half finger head, little rising carbonation. beautiful color but very unanimated.
S: Subtle but sweet. Not very fragrant, Cherry/fruity? What i do get doesnt smell so much like beer. Could almost be a soda. But nice.
T: Overall moderate sweetness with a funny tart/bitter backend that i havent experienced before. Lemon rind but more dominated by a fruity malt. tad syrupy. hints of spice. sort of ciderish (but not as in the alcoholic ciders). good but not my style.
M: Medium body, very mild but pleasant carbonation.
O: A good beer, nice for the winter, but not particularly appealing in the summer.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in France. Three 40cl glasses

Dark amber with a foamy head on it that laced the glass throughout.

Smelled of raisins and sweet malts.

Tasted sweet but not overly sweet. It didn't detract from the fine malt flavor and vanilla hints. It was a beautiful beer that had a nice flavor and delivered a great taste.

It was creamy and very soft and smooth on the palate. The carbonation was enough to give it life but not bite your tongue.

Fantastic beer. I loved it. I could drink this all night long

Photo of Bierschenker
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark misty amber colour. The small egg shell coloured head is small and compact, It disappears almost instantly.
The odour is lovely. Rich malt, milk chocolate, slightly burned grains, alcohol, sweet-bitter citrus, candy.
Tastes bitter-sweet. Milk chocolate, malt, some alcohol in the back. Oxidising taste. Yeast and caramel. Slight carbonation.
Malt rules the aftertaste, sticky, sugary feeling in the back of the mouth. Caramel on the tongue.

A lovely winter afternoon beer. As I’m looking out my window and see the grey sky and rain dripping on my window, this beer gives me a nice warm feeling.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudless deep amber to copper color, the head cyclopean in size, spumous in texture, the color a light tan, and as it fritters away, it leaves a fine covering of lace upon the glass. The aroma of over ripe plums, malt, yeast, and a bit vinous, crisp and quite pleasant to sniff, with the start malt and lightly sweet, the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is stingingly acidic, tart, delicately hopped, and the aftertaste quite dry, a decent drinking beer and one well worth the sample.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cl bottle with a green label. Best before 25th Jan 2006. I only bought it in September this year, bloody cheek, I obtained it from a shop in Middlekirk, Belgium. I didn't think to look at the date.

Anyway I poured it into one of my Leffe glasses and it came out looking like this: A slightly hazy amber toffee colour with a fine thick creamty head which was an off white biege colour.

Yet again I fail to find the esters others claim, toffee apples and malted barley is all I got.

Not really sweet, but that toffee feeling is in there along with some caramel. There is a bite to the taste though, this is not a smooth Dubbel like Westmalle for instance, this is more robust, or of course it might be going off because it is so old?

There is a lingering of flavours and the alcohol is there throughout the drink, it is however fairly thin for a true Dubbel and lacks the richness normally found.

Although it isn't a great Dubbel it is still a very nice beer and I would have no problem having another (in date if possible), it is more than 'drinkable'.

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle. Grimbergen Chalice glass. Amber color, reddish to the light. Off-white froth & close crown showing good retention. Belgian yeast, caramel malts & hues of spices & grapefruit to the nose. Sugary upfront followed by sour touch. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Watery texture. Hints of fruit & candies in the middle & warm alcohol. Sweet/bitter finish. Slight acidic aftertaste.

Photo of Poser
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber color with good head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Aroma is strong florals, a little acidic and woodsy in the background. Medium bodied mouth with fruity flavors. The alcohol is noticeable but balanced with the sweet flavors. The hop presence is hiding behind the alcohol flavors but is noticable. A bit of an earthy texture.

Complex and spicy, but a little too spicy for my tastes. Certainly top-notch, but it's too much after one.

Photo of cudmud
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a deep amber color, a thick head, and major lace. In short, a beautiful beer that should appear on a billboard.

The aroma is sweet and floral with a hint of alcohol.

This beer is very malty and is a delight to have in your mouth. The taste is a complex mix of malt, hops, alcohol, and fruit. A true delight to drink.

The mouthfeel and drinkability leave me speechless. I love this beer.

Thank you weissbierdrinker for a killer trade.

Photo of mdagnew
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a deep coppery amber colour. Light tan head poured very frothy with very big bubbles then faded quickly to messy, patchy covering... barely any carbonation... some decent sticky lacing...

Aroma - Peppery / spicy Belgian yeastiness, sweet toasted caramel / toffee malts - maybe a little sickly ? Very bready, slightly burnt buttery notes, cookie dough, nutty sweetness, some nutmeg and cinnamon spiciness, peppery, some traces of wet rotting grass..

Taste - Again lots of peppery / spicy Belgian yeastiness, slightly watered down toasted caramel / toffee maltiness, bready, some saltiness, nutty sweetness, slight traces of sour vinegar, metallic notes...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... light bodied... at 7.5% at bit strong to be very drinkable (and a bit dull).

Overall - A very average dubbel - there are so many better examples out there i can't see me buying this again.. maybe worth a try once...

Photo of Beeryce
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge off-white creamy head has decent retention, consequentially generating decent lacing. The beer is clear and amber, but light amber with clouds of yeast/sediment visible when held to light.

The nose is a complex mixture of alcohol, fruit and cloves with a little maltiness in the background. The taste is also complex and dynamic; beginning with a fruity banana like flavor then becoming peppery with hints of clove. The middle is an intricate mix of bitter alcoholic, almost sour, tastes within the maltiness. Finishing bitter with strong clove flavor and faint bitter hop hints. The mouthfeel is only slightly viscous and finishes a little dry.

A good beer, but not my favorite Abby Dubbel. Very nice bottle and artwork on label. I am guessing the term Cuvée is used to refer to the fact that it is a special beer.

Photo of dbalsock
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a medium copper with an offwhite, orange hued head. The foam diminishes quite quickly, but it's nice while it lasts.

Smell: Boozey for sure with overripe cherries and pecan pie on the nose.

Taste: Lots of biscuit come though and it's pretty one dimensional. Fruity malt taste like others, but a little less interesting and much less complex.

Mouthfeel: Boozy and sharp after a thick almost cloying body. There's little carbonation as well making this boring on the palate.

DA: I wouldn't try it again. There are many other dubbels in the world that I'd rather try.

Photo of Andreji
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We bought a 4-pack of this to consume on the Thalys on our way to Paris from Brussels because I insisted on it. in the end, I was a little let down.

I was expecting a stronger tasting offering. the beer was certainly Ok, the pour was very interesting and the smell with that malty alcohol belgian feel. but then the flavour was too soft and the alcohol was poorly hidden and ran too far up my nose (perhaps I served it a bit too warm or something). nice tastes, nonetheless. malty and fruity, a bit of a lacteous feel (is that even a word? i'm speaking in freakin spanish here).

A worthy try, just not as good as I expected. same let down as with Leffe Vieille Cuvee

Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium dark amber color with an off white head that leaves very little lacing around the glass.

Smells of citrus and orange and has a slight malt hint to it.

Taste is similar to how it smells, starts out with a orange flavor that changes to a lemon peel like after taste with some peppery notes. No real flavor of malts more hops than anything. Alcohol has a nice feel on the palate. Finish is smooth with a medium carbonation feel.

Overall I'm very impressed with this beer, it has a nice flavor that sits well and has a good finish but I'm not going to get bored drinking it. A good buy.

Photo of paterlodie
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BB 15-04-06. Some head and clear and amberbrown beercollor. Nose is lots of sweet oxidated malts and cardboard with some caramel and very pale overall. Taste is also quiet oxidated but has some maltyness that shows caramel but overall quiet dry and pale. Medium bitterness that also isn't clean. Dry hanging mouthfeel follows afterwards and really a pitty to see this beer downgrade so fast as it once was a belgium pride. Drinkable? maybe for most but not to me anymore as it 's just so sad to taste what has become from this.

Photo of jhtipton
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the local Carrefour. Brown 33 cl bottle with label a little different from picture posted here. Apparently the Monk scribe either retired or asked for more of a royalty so now there is a golden eagle on label. Pours a luscious dark amber/brown into my chalice. Not too much head but has some mild lacing. Smell is fruity almost like fruit cake. Tast is like rum raisins ans honey with some taste of belgian beet sugar and yeast. Mouyth feel is medium bodied but not too heavy. Drinkability is fine and dandy-don't really notice the 7.5 ABV. I'd buy more of this- like Optimo Bruno's little brother.

Photo of dbek
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is an exceptional beer! Its color is pretty dark brown/red. If you serve it in a tulip or oversized wine glass and bring it close to your nose you will be attacked by a very strong and full aroma. Its taste, although strong, is not overwhelming and it will offer you the same pleasure until you empty your glass. Yet, I wouldn't drink too many of this one. It is a thick beer that will make you feel full after the second of third. It is intended for slower drinkers. It is excellent with meat and heavier sweets (dark chocolate).

Photo of VWBuggirl
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For the purposes of this review, this bottle has been aged for two and a half years.

A: This beer poured a nice copper-colored brown, that was fairly dark and hints of red. It had a small creamy, almost caramel colored head that subsided after a few minute, leaving a small hint of lacing.

S: The aroma begins strongly with lots of caramel, and hints of expresso. It definitely has a strong malt scent to it and finishes with a hint of alcohol. The alcohol is definitely present, but doesn't seem overpowering due to the prevailing sweetness.

T: This is sweet, but what I would expect from the style. I get hints of prunes and cherries.I don't taste the caramel and expresso that I initially smelled.

M: I think this could use a hint more carbonation to match the malty sweetness, but it isn't cloying or completely unbalanced.

O: This is an interesting drink and I would partake again if offered, though I don't believe I would buy this again. I prefer others in this style more and they are more readily available. Don't get me wrong, it is a tasty brew, just not as good as others.

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Bier Tempel in Brussels. Beer description is in German, Italian, and Dutch - none of which I can understand. 330ml bottle with a best before date of 11/10/07, so I'd suspect this has a little age under it.

Bubbles fell as quickly as they rose, all head sizzled out almost instantly (although topping up the glass on a second pour managed to stir up a small layer of pearly white head). A nice appearance. Ruby on its top half, pumpkin orange beneath, with tawny highlights that nearly glow. There's just enough clarity to see my finger on the other side.

A very sweet scent in some ways reminiscent of brandy. A very sweet malt profile like you'd find in an old, English barleywine. Notes of chocolate and vanilla. I'd suggest oak too, although I'm fairly sure it was not used. Short lived note of spice. As it warmed, the alcohol began to quietly blend in and the aroma became dominated by the smell of dried fruits, peach nectar foremost.

The carbonation is low, the texture is little but the quaffability is good. A delicious barleywine complex with a heavy malt bill. The alcohol is soft spoken and never strong enough to be considered a presence. With this malt bill and only 7.5% this reminds me of many UK barleywines.

A strong flavour profile - spice, pumpkin (like pumpkin pie), saturated malts, dried apples, apple turnovers. More and more the flavour seems to be one part pumpkin, one part apple with a spice bridging the two. Not too heavy but with some complexity, alcohol presence, and a good bout of flavour. I would love to have this around Thanksgiving time! Not the best of Belgian offerings, but enjoyable all the same.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Poured a brown-amber with a small whitish head that doesn’t last too long.
Smell: Roasted malts, caramel, honey raisins and some spicy, almost tart yeast.
Taste: Sweet up front (candy sugar, honey, orange, raisins, caramel, roasted malts), a bit herbal metallic finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body. Beer is quite balanced.
Overall: Bit too sweet for the style and my pellet.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2004.

Appearance : beautiful ruby color, with a tan foamy head.
Smell : coffee and fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : good bitterness with hints of Madeira
Drinkability: good beer in the style dubbel

Review translated from french 5-24-2008.

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a nice reddish brown color with some decent clarity. The head was tan and fluffy looking. The retention was pretty good but the lacing was minimal. The smell of the beer was earthy with some soft Belgian yeast aromas and dark malts on the nose. The taste of the beer was also earthy and had a good amount of malt on the taste buds. The beer wasn't too bitter at all. The mouthfeel was a little like wine to me... Overall this beer was promising, I would probably drink it again sometime.

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Grimbergen Cuvée de l'Ermitage from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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