Grimbergen Double-Ambree | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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3.72/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Belgium
maes.be

Style: Belgian 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:
#27,663
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
156
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
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6
Gots:
57
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Photo of Hanhwaeaglesv2
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
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 bottmfeedr
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brutalist
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Dentist666
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of igl
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerDreadz
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Alexc11
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +5.1%
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 zmeik
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wer34truh
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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 +11.3%
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 Tcsox
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -23.4%
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 +7.5%
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 mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hugh37
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jg24rules
4.61/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Curt3
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Grimbergen Double-Ambree from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 156 ratings