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Grimbergen Cuvée de l'Ermitage - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Reviews by jhtipton:
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 17:43:24 | More by jhtipton
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3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 07:23:18 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-29-2013 12:57:23 | More by BrewClint
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-29-2013 15:52:04 | More by Cynic-ale
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South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:32:16 | More by VWBuggirl
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

10-09-2012 00:17:41 | More by Scottyboy
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3.7/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 05:45:55 | More by Knapp85
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-28-2011 20:59:35 | More by rekel
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3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 22:19:44 | More by sfprint
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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 14:45:58 | More by rvdoorn
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in its own chalice.

Best Dubbel I've ever had even not being a big fan of the style.

A: Dark amber to brown color. Huge beige head formed when poured. Medium retention. MANY lacings left around
S: Not a smell but a perfume. Complex. Sweet. Honey and dark fruits are a must. Mainly raisins. Traditional smell of Belgian yeasts and flowery hops. Oak and roasted malts
T: Pretty much like the nose. Taste is dominated by roasted and caramel malts. Honey, raisins, oak, Belgian yeasts. Sweet upfront followed by a nice bitterness.
M: A bit watery. Medium to light body. Medium to low carbonation.
D: Good drinkability. You definitely do not feel the 7.5% ABV

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 17:41:44 | More by eduardolinhalis
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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper colour, small head that lingers.

S: lemon peel, coffee, caramel

T: Caramel up front, this is replaced by an earthy feel with a metallic aftertaste, malts, a hint of orange en pineapple

M/D: body is correct as is the carbonation. Alcohol is there but doesn't bother.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 14:35:49 | More by benfons
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4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 19:31:11 | More by cjacobsen
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3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours brown dark copper with a huge head and a ridicuous amount of cappuccino lacing - wow

smell is nice ripe fruit with some very bready malts and a significant yeasty capper.

taste is a bit on the sour side with some bready malty notes, the herbal soapy flavours followed by some weird mineral stuff and a bit of a metallic finish...fairly unimpresssed, but decent.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 10:33:05 | More by benclimbs
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District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nicely balanced offering.

Presentation: 33 Cl. bottle. Old seal design around the image of an eagle over stained glass and the motto of the brew over a green background. Sides show different narratives in several languates. Flemish and French note the founding legend, while English, Spanish, and Italian describe briefly the brew. Back notes add again in several languages that it "contains barley and wheat", alongside a few perfunctory disclaimers. Shows best by date (11-04-11) Notes Alc. by Vol. (7.5%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber pour. very generous head with great retention, shrinking down to a persistent surface lump, and very rich lacing.

S - Soft fruity notes coating a nice Belgium yeast sense.

T - Nicely balanced taste between a fruity sense and soft barley notes.

M - Medium to light body with fine carbonation and a a smooth finish.

D - Very pleasing and tasty note.

Notes: Nice offering from Grimbergen, again maybe not outstanding but certainly a very solid and pleasing brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 02:59:16 | More by Daniellobo
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3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice. Taken from notes.

Aroma: Of medium strength, this beer presents a bold aroma of yeast, caramel and Belgian sugar with an assertive presence of alcohol on the nose and a whiff of flowers. On the back theres some spices, banana and bubblegum. The aroma is definitely what i enjoyed the most about this beer.

Appearance: This beer showcases a beautiful brownish copper color with tan head. Although the head isn't as sizeable as i was expecting it still leaves decent lacing and has good foam persistence. No perceived effervescence or floaties, although it is slightly hazy.

Taste: Sugary, yeasty and spicy is the best way to describe it. On the back there is a nutty and earthy quality to it although there is a glaring absence of a malt backbone. The taste is VERY underwhelming, but not unenjoyable.

Palate: Medium light body, dry, hot, medium low carbonation, medium low bitterness and assertive acidity. The taste dies out relatively quickly.

Drinkability: A bit unbalanced, and plain BORING. Isn't particularly complex, "charismatic" or tasty for that matter. Needed a bigger malt profile or more "fruit" as the wine geeks say. It may also be a bit too dry. Was expecting something greater since im a huge fan of Grimbergen. The Price is great though.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 19:52:19 | More by endovelico
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4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 02:27:00 | More by cudmud
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 16:10:20 | More by weissbierdrinker
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3/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 12:41:41 | More by dbalsock
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
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).

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 07:59:13 | More by dbek
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a tall glass, bought and drank in Spain, May 2008.

bottle is a little different now as well - green label with a eagle on it, short and stout bottle. good looking.

pours a brown-red, lots of head which looks very sticky and thick, good lacing on glass. head doesn't stick around quite the whole time, which marks it down just a little bit.

smell is good but not sensational - pretty simple dubbel it seems -almost seems a bit bock-like. a bit of alcohol on the nose and some fruit.

taste is a little more bland and un-special than i was looking for -maybe just my expectations. still good, again a little bock-y, dark malts and some fruit.

mouthfeel is a little on the light side, but drinkability is very strong.. goes down easy and lovely. done.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 16:34:12 | More by batty
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 13:45:11 | More by mdagnew
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright and light amber colour. The head is lightly tan, moderately low, and foamy with poor retention but a lot of lacing.
Aroma: sweet malts, caramel and alcoholic vinous aroma.
Taste: confirms the aroma. Lightly spiced and toffee-like but not cloying. Adequate bitterness.
Mouthfeel: silky and unctuous, low to medium carbonation, high alcoholic presence and a full body.
Finish: bitter-sweet and slightly alcoholic aftertaste.

Overall: a good and very enjoyable beer. Very well balanced. Hard to find but worthy the trouble.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 11:38:25 | More by AlexLMS
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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 20:13:42 | More by thierrynantes
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3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2007 03:11:19 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Grimbergen Cuvée de l'Ermitage from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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