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: 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:
#29,489
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
144
pDev:
12.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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6
Gots:
55
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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

Photo of emincems
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BobbyOlson
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giggy
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of entenduintransit
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Act25
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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 -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Minlen
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SpaceBeagle
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Grimbergen Double-Ambree from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 144 ratings