Grimbergen Double-Ambree | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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BA SCORE
3.71/5
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132 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Belgium
maes.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark coloured ale with the bittersweet flavours of caramel and dried plums, made from double-fermented hops and malts.

Added by Jerseyislandbeer on 05-11-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,422
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
132
pDev:
12.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
55
Trade:
0
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Photo of emincems
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BobbyOlson
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giggy
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of entenduintransit
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Act25
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Vaulmas
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
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 ih8rt
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Minlen
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SpaceBeagle
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TerryW
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
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 Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of I3eer
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SpaethJam
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wattoclone
4.89/5  rDev +31.8%
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 BelgianBeerChef
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mishi_d
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djura
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
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 +8.9%
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 AleSan
2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of MinerBob
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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 rjd722
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Grimbergen Double-Ambree from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 132 ratings