Grimbergen Double-Ambree
Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #132
Ranked #30,549
3.75 | pDev: 12%
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Grimbergen Double-AmbreeGrimbergen Double-Ambree
Notes: Dark coloured ale with the bittersweet flavours of caramel and dried plums, made from double-fermented hops and malts.
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Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just finished a six-pack and found this a versatile beer; good by itself, but better with medley, stewy foods.
I'm not finding this rendition too much different from my memory and review of Grimbergen's Dubbel; but then it has been a few years and perhaps a few thousand beers have passed through to dull the memory.

But like its Dubbel ancestor, Double-Ambree is a good table beer for the darker half of the year.
While average in its Looks and only fruity Smells, the Taste is most notably balanced; not leaning too much on the brewers sugar and an occasional penetration of dryness from the hops... and then the fruit returns. Enough bubbles to cleanse the palate and take another bite.

I just went on Maes' website and... no English button ! And since relying on my French or Dutch is a recipe for inaccuracy, I did look at some impressive albeit limited photos. Maes appears on the commercial side; doesn't say much to offend. But at least they have the Grimbergen label to be reminded of what the world increasingly wants.

10/19/19 Had again in a taste-off against one of my favorite dubbels, Maudite. No contest. I had Maudite with dinner and sweet Grimbergen's rendition with dessert; pecan pie to be specific. The meal turned out well.

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Photo of wize
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice color... dark brown. Should have more body but ok. The biggest problem of this beer is that it's too sweet, more than what you expect in a beer (at least me). Smells lots of caramel and some dark fruits. Ok to have a bottle, no more.

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Photo of jkblr
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle Best before end 09.19 poured into a chalice at fridge temp 6.5% ABV. The beer pours bright dark amber/light brown with ruby highlights and mocha colored head. The head builds slowly on a hard pour and settles to a thin ring and some islands. Moderate lacing. The aroma is candi sugar and dark fruits with some sweet bread mixed in. The taste is subtle semisweet malt with bits of cherry, raisin and sweet bread before the low to moderate finishing bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with just above average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, good. This beer is pleasant and exhibits no flaws, yet doesn't have a single great feature to raise it to a must have or repeat purchase status.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Etiquetada como double ambree. De Carrefour. En su copa. Jugando a Thimbleweed Park. Bastante mejorada respecto a la anterior gama de grimbergen, con un rico dulzor acaramelado, algo azucarado pero sin excederse y buen feel

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Photo of Cie
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Although it's alcohol volume is a bit high, you can easily get the sweet fruit taste. I don't personally enjoy it that much but it was still tasty. Would recommend if you are in to fruit flavors.

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Photo of Mugman8
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six at Total Wine. Pours to a big puffy head that dissipates a bit too quickly but leaves great lacing. Flavor is almost sweet - fruits, caramel malts and raisins. Pleasant dark brown hue and ample carbonation. Like this one a lot and will be buying again! i

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark reddish orange with a thin white head that dissipates to thick patches with light lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt, raisins, plums and a hint of orange. Flavor is caramel malt, Belgian yeast, cherry, raisins, plums and a little clove. Finishes with a slight bitterness and residual dried fruit. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The aroma is spot on for a dubbel and the flavor has pleasant fresh and dried fruit flavors. A bit drier with a mild hop character in the finish. A nice dubbel with a little lighter, drier flavor than some of the classics.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Label caught my eye, picked up a single. Pours a dark yet clear cola color brown with an thick tan cap that falls away quickly but leaves great lacing. Aroma is dark fruit and caramel malt. Flavor is sweet ripe raisins and plums, rich caramel malts. Feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a very nice beer that I will look for again.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A lot going on with this one. Rich, thick cream coloured lace that keeps (enticing reminiscent of the 'creme' on espresso which is delightful). It's accompanied with a deep, copper-amber color making for a lovely contrast. Malt, dried fruit, and caramel dominate the aromas. More carbonated than bitter or hoppy. I'd say more of a combination of some carbonation and hop overtones with a surprisingly smooth and sweet taste. Some nice caramel/fruit (banana? prunes? Along those lines) tastes to go with it. I'm touch and go with strong beer noted for their bitterness and I bought this by mistake and was too lazy to return it for the blonde (a style I tend to prefer). Very good and enjoyable. Nice buzz after too. Tee-hee! as Richie Rich used to say.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Quite clear amber color, two finger tan colored head, messy lacing, good carbonation. Looks like coca-cola, basically.

S: Belgian yeast.

T: Sweet, Belgian yeast. Nice! Much much better than I expected.

F: Extremely light bodied, smooth and drinkable.

O: Pleasantly surprised by this one. Not bad at all and super cheap!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Deep red-orange color. Creamy kahki head leaves small dots of lacing behind and retains at a quarter inch.

S: Smells like heavily-spiced fruitcake. Sweet-smelling nose of sticky molasses' pinch of cocoa, brown bread, toffee, brandy, stewed plums and dates. Cloves and allspice.

T: Thick malt dominance up front, with some burnt crust, cocoa, brown bread and molasses. Very nutty. Deep fruity notes of fruitcake, stewed prunes, and currant. Moderate acidic tang. Brandy. Cinnamon and faint allspice. Herbal/earthy hops. Fruity/spicy fruitcake finish.

M: Medium bodied. Some sense of stickiness. Sharp carbonation.

O: Not as refined, elegant, or balanced as the best of the style. It's a more straightforward brew that leads with braun rather than finesse. Still an enjoyable and fairly ubiquitous drink.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark ruby red color,medium body with a bit of a high level of carbonation. Aroma was malt forward followed by plum,dried fruit,and a sweet candy smell.
Taste is sweet with a bitterness that shows up in the middle and lingers in the aftertaste. The plum really made the taste in this beer

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, the appearance was a deep ruby red color with a modest transparency about it. Carbonation bubbles seemed very delicate and rising at a fairly slow pace. Slim cap of a little white foamy head that slid off fairly quick, barely any lace.
The aroma had some red delicious apples, dried plums, Belgian sweet breadiness, touch of Belgian spices - somewhat like allspice, but dried and the more I sniffed, the more it wasn't allspice after all, just some earthy spice overall. Light dose of sweet nuts on the back end.
The flavor was mostly sweet through a blend of those apples, dried plums, Belgian breadiness and a touch of sweetness of Maraschino cherries. Some caramel malts enter in slyly. Light aftertaste of the Belgian breadiness, apples, dried plums and caramel malts.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied. That normal "throaty" grab from what I believe were those Belgian spices did it's magic of keeping this as a sipper. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Finish was semi-spicy with the apples, plums and cherries keeping a sly sticky non-cloying course felt along my tongue.
Overall, as a Dubbel, I'd say this was well done and well worthy of coming back to preferably in the Autumn or perhaps early Spring.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought from a drink shop in Ankara, Turkey. BB: May-2019
L - Very dark ruby/chestnut. Think cola. Another reviewer suggested it's bottle-conditioned but I got zero sediment either in the pour or drained bottle. Head = a few MM, clearing to lacing and a ring. Some rising carbonation.
S - Malty fruits with some spicing, puddingy [as in traditional British Christmas pudding, not the US 'pudding'].
T - Puddingy, rich, quite a little sweeter than I'm used to, into decent hopping with a brief note of alcohol prominence.
F - Good carbonation in the mouth.
O - I think there's rich beer, but then also the occasional almost sugary sweet beer. To me this is the latter, the sweetness is too prominent for me even versus the dryness of a 6.5%. Sweeter than Coca Cola, and I don't look for that in a beer.

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Photo of Lucular
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid example of a Belgian Dubbel. Dark notes predominate - raisin, prune, and fig. I am going to assume that "double-fermented hops and malts" means bottle-conditioned, because there isn't any funky or unusual flavor/aroma going on that would indicate something more exotic. Overall this gets a B/B+.

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Photo of Act25
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My take see-sawed with how well this unfolded as it warmed to cask temperature. better than most ba's.
If you let it warm, it becomes a 4.
a) pours a black ruby, dark brown, with a finger head, and dotty, oily, leggy lacing.
s) Smell continues wine-like, with abundant plum and dark fruit dominant, and less banana yeast, but more cola, caramel, honey, clove that most.
t) Follows the smell, with complex malt facets, again ruby wine like, with melange of dark fruit, especially prune and plum, with incense, church wood, bee's wax, candle snuff - all in the mix
f) Light, but bright on the tongue, with light silkly, syrupy feel, supported by peppery, light carbonation.
o) starts also-ran but catches up to finish second to the best if you let it warm. Great with rich cheeses!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a very dark brown, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like plums and other dried dark fruits, caramel, honey, coca-cola, and clove.

This is pretty solid, with a nice malt complexity. There's a lot of dark fruit flavors, raisins and plums mainly, with some sweet caramel-drizzled bready flavors.

This is light to medium bodied, with slightly syrupy feel, and a good level of carbonation.

This is a bit unremarkable for the style, but it's well done and certainly tastes good.

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Photo of TerryW
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A fairly simple brew. Looks like a cola without the head, just a partial film. Sweet, slightly boozy nose, dark fruit and burnt caramel. Fruit and caramel to taste, some malt. A bit of sparkle on the tongue. Plain, but drinkable.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.89/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My first experience with Grimbergen was on draft at Arielle's Country Inn in Sellersville PA. It was listed on menu as "Dubbel". Although there are two listings at Beer Advocate as well as other websites for "Dubbel" and "Double-Ambree" or "Cuvee Ambree", this tasted identical to the draft so I suspect there is only one dubbel produced by the brewery. Nonetheless, it is an outstanding Belgian dubbel with perfect balance of flavors from the hops malt and yeast. If you like caramel forward beers like I do, this one is for you. Not overly sweet or bitterness from hops or roasted malt, but an overall balanced flavor with a dark fruit finish.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish amber color with white head, fruity aroma with some malts and caramel, fruity taste with some belgian yeast, lightly bitter/medium sweet, medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of djura
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Found it here in Serbia, bottle 0,33 l

A - Ruby dark with one finger brown foam. Medium carbonation.
S - Dark fruits, caramalt.
T/M - Carbonated, malty, sweet, low bitterness.

O - Average.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with an off-white head of somewhat little retention. The smells is spicy, vinous and intense. On the other hand, the flavors (while matching the nose in their nature) are very mild. This is a much more vinous Dubbel than I'm used to (I like it I must confess). Medium body.

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Photo of MinerBob
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice looking beer. The deep amber color with a slightly tan head looks inviting. A nice smell with a hint of grape. The flavor is nice sweet and smooth. Not overly carbonated with a great swallow. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The reds are brown and the browns are dark brown in this dubbel. Small 1/3" head, off white. Aroma was a mixture of sweet red, syrupy honey.

Taste was so many different things, it had the banana yeast spice rack thing going for it, but it also was offset by a wave of toffee and caramel. Hops and bitterness held to a bare minimum. Despite its hearty color the body and mouthfeel come in on the thinner side, thereby allowing a solid amount of alcohol heat to be noticeable.

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Photo of OlaB
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: gives a deep dark copper color, a small top of head that disolves rapidly leaving just some white islands in the glass.some lacing on the glass.

S: caramel, malt,toffee,candied sugar, dark dried fruits like raisins and plum.

T&F: much like the nose in the flavour. Dark and dried fruits in the start with caramel malts in the background, in the middle it tend to get more sugary flavour and it finishes of with bitterness, a decent sweet aftertaste the minus is I think the flavours tend to get a little watery in the middle and the finish.else the beer is fairly decent balanced

O: a decent and easy drinking dubble, but compared to a lot of others a little bit anonymous in the flavours. Even I probably would not turn this down if I get the chance again

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Grimbergen Double-Ambree from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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