Grimbergen Dubbel | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Belgium
maes.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2001

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1,078
pDev:
12.34%
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Reviews by NeroFiddled:
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4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grimbergen Dubbel pours a clear, very dark chesnut brown body beneath a thick head of creamy tan foam. The head holds well, very slowly dwindling down to a wide creamy collar and thin, but solid, surface covering. More impressive are the sheets of tiny spotted lace left behind. At times they look like volcanic eruptions of lava, and at times they form what looks like a wall of churning water bearing down on you on the beach. Quite attractive! That must be some nice, sticky malt.

The aroma welcomes you with a hint of sweet dark fruit, some soft dark caramel, and a mild touch of yeast phenolics.

In the mouth it's creamy and smooth with a medium-full dextrinous body, and a moderate, seemingly natural, very-fine-bubbled carbonation. Supple!

The flavor is malty, but not distinctly malt-flavored... it's more like liquid sugar than grain. It's dark, but it only hints at caramel. And it's fruity, but delicately so. There's a lot of apple in the mouth, but most of its raisin and plum notes appear in the lingering finish, along with some gently spicy, and mildly phenolic yeast notes.

Mildly bitter, and almost to the point of being sweet but never quite getting there, it's very easy to drink. It's rich in the mouth and velvety soft. The alcohol never shows. It's fairly flavorful, yet it somehow lacks character. It's subdued, not bold, and none of it components really stand out on their own. So in a way, it's good, yes, as it's perfectly rounded and balanced. But in another way that leaves it lacking because there's nothing really going on.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a reasonably dense, initially three-finger thick, dirty tan colored head that sits atop a clear, dark, brownish amber colored beer. The aroma is quite sweet and fruity with the trio of prunes, figs and raisins being quite prominent. As I work my way through this beer it leaves a layered lacing pattern on the sides of my tulip glass. Underneath this is touch of caramelized, yet quite toasted malt. Despite the sweet fruity nose the beer smells quite light and airy, I would expect it to smell a bit "thicker", if that makes sense. The aroma certainly could use a bit more complexity, some more yeasty spiciness would definitely be welcome.

The beer is definitely quite sweet in the flavor department as well. There is a certain heft to the body that starts to coat the mouth a bit. The sweetness certainly plays up, and almost seems derived from, an intermingling of concentrated dark fruit notes. Sweet figs and raisins mix with caramelized malt sugars, a solid brown sugar note. This is really quite drinkable, for some reason I can't quite help myself from thinking of fruit juice. The alcohol is hidden pretty well, but that is because of the fruity sweet notes that dominate the flavor profile. This is certainly not objectionable, but could certainly gain from some complexity in the flavor department. This beer would be a good way to end a meal, sweet enough that it seems like desert, yet not so rich as to be a chore to finish after a good meal.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man I remember this beer from back in the day when I thought BevMo was the most badass beer retailer around (i.e. the late 90s). Pours out a dark red and brown color, 1/3" off white head. Aroma of sweet oktoberfest like malts, marzeny and shit then a wave of mild dark, not overripe fruits.

Taste is relatively easy going, like an amber ale with a mild belgian yeast. Pretty approachable really. Has a bitterness that isn't from the hops but from that yeast that keeps dropping dark fruit references around your mouth. There is even some brown malt like dry chocolate in the mouth feel at the tail end.

I guess this one is balanced, the yeast isn't too pungent, the sweetness and dark fruit bitterness notes temper one another. Decent stuff, although its usually more than $10 a six pack.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty nice dubbel that I had on tap. It looks very nice and undeniably Belgian. The nose is very yeasty with some doughy alcohol and spices. The flavor is a bit thin and very sweet. It is light-medium bodied with a lingering sweetness. Fairly drinkable though I feel like it could be more substantive, less sweet, and a little heftier. Didn't change my life, worth a shot if you've never had it and like Belgians.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Pours clear brown with low off white head Aromas of caramel, dark bread, spices Taste has sweet caramel, burned caramel, dark bread, black malts.

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, lovely chalice pour. Hazey reddish brown with a retentive, tan head.

Smells fruity with some light wisps of bread and chocolate. Bright and lively for the style.

Tastes quite nice, almost everything I look for in a dubbel. Plums and raisins in the front, more fruit and some bready yeast, finishing with refreshing fruit and some dry yeast.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of JasonA
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from Corridor Wine and Spirits in Laurel, MD.

Please note that my bottle is labled "Double Ale" unlike the picture. Though it does have "Dubbel" on the side. Pretty sure its one in the same.

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper, almost martzen-esque. Heavy on the head with lots and lots of lacing down the Chimay chalace.

Smell is light. I can tell there is a lot there, but I can barely smell it no matter how hard I try.

Initial carbonation, into something smooth and pale. Light, creamy, and smooth. No hops. Slight malt, but not typical malt. Is that something citrus-e?

Drinkability is nice. No real alcohol bite at all which is surprising for even its ABV. I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of Satyr179
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of chip26
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Doomcifer
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Poured extremely murky, caramel color with a nice two finger head and great lacing on the glass.

Smell - Smells of sweet fermented fruit...more like wine than beer. Picking up honey, figs, toffee, herbs maybe.

Taste - Extremely sweet...probably too sweet, to the point of cloying, Very winey, some toffee, maple syrup. I find it hard to indulge in more than one. Definite dessert beer here.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, velvety, medium to heavy body....moderate to high carbonation.

Drinkability - Like I said, I can't have more than one of these without getting sick of it.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured at cellar temperature into a St Bernardus goblet. Appearance is a beautiful cherry mahogany, with a curious, tan head consisting of many sized and textured bubbles. Head eventually receded into sheet lacing. Aroma was raisins, cloves, and fresh baked French bread. Mouthfeel was full bodied, and typical of an abbey dubbel. Taste was very malt based, even for a Belgian. Plums, cherries, raisinbread, bananabread, and some alcohol presence, all combined well for a nice and smooth sipping experience. Finishes smooth and easy.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small bottle sampled, dating on the label but not sure what it means...oh well, maybe if I spoke Flemish...this one pours dark almond, mahogony fairly clear and supports a dark tan head, which is showing good retention. Leaves some stringy and scattered lacing. Aroma of dark berries, fruit and some rum raisin. Medium bodied Belgian, lots of fruit and smoky raisins and earthy woodyness picked up. Fairly sweet but quite drinkable. Decent, if not spectacular dubbel. Lacks the bold flavors and complexity of the monsters of the style, still worth a try.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: medium carbonation with a huge head, clear leather brown

Smell: fruity, apples and raisins

Taste: I get a big taste of pear, some green apple and a touch of alcohol

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, light body, and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I would have another couple of these. This beer has the most pronounced pear taste I think I have ever had. Good and smooth--but not excellent.

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Photo of Byeast
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque and ruddy dark brown. Head was small and tan. Taken to the nose , aromas are dark fruits like grape and plum , yeast , some chocolate , and a bit of bready malt. Taste is is nice mix of sweet malt , chocolate , some more fruitiness on the dark/red side , tinge of metallic flavor near the finish. There is some noble hop bitterness and a light spice in the finish and the aftertaste is of fruit, yeast, and slight steel. Mouthfeel is quite light Overall a nice drinking Dubbel. Didn't wow me but it was definatly well crafted.

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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

Photo of Kraken
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First Grimbergen I've sampled hopefully not the last . . Pours a nice clear dark brown . Not cloudy, no evidence of yeast in bottle. Nice white head , one finger with a vigerous pour. Robust smell of malt and slight fruit. Taste was nice and malty the way a dubble should be, minimal hops, nutty , sweet , but not cloyingly so. Very smooth dry finish very very drinkable. Price was a bit steep at 10 bucks a sixer but throughly enjoyable.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant reddish brown under a 2" rocky off white head. Fruit and bread aromas. Fruity palate that finishes sweet with a slight touch of sour. Medium light body and medium high carbonation.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +5%

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