Grimbergen Dubbel | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Grimbergen DubbelGrimbergen Dubbel

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Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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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Photo of RBorsato
4.88/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown, mahogany with a nice brown head and good carbonation. Raisiny aroma and smells like a liquor-based cake. Going with M.J. on this one: toasty grain, cherries, and chocolate with a hint of butterscotch. Medium-full bodied with a spicy finish.

By far, my favorite of the Dubbels I tasted during a taste test.

Label states "Belgian Special Dark Abbey Ale" & "Anno 1128"

(11.16 oz. / 330 ml)

(old - aged a few years)

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Photo of scottwestphall
4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this on tap at the Firkin in Libertyville IL.

Served in Grimbergen branded goblet. About two inch head on the beer. Dark ruby color (though it dark in the bar so I maybe off). Sticky lacing.

The smell was fruity as was the flavor. I was actually shocked on how fruity and sweet the beer was at first, but after a few sips it really proved to be an easy drinking brew. Overall I think that while it was sweet, it was balanced out well and never felt overpowering or heavy.

I do think I have found a new favorite dubbel.

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Photo of dgthompson
4.82/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Randomly tasted this beer a few months ago and immediately loved it. I have had it on several more occasions and love it even more.

Very flavorful, each time I drink it I feel like I can taste something else in there. Not too sweet though, just a hint of the flavor - raisens, chocolate... A dark Belgian Ale, it is actually somewhat light tasting (in a good way depending on your mood).

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Photo of kickert
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a top notch beer, and my favorite 6-pack to bring home on a regular basis. It is thick but not overwhelming. It something you can enjoy on a regular basis without having to be in the mood for it.

It pours with a high viscosity and a nice light brown head. The color is dark with a hint of a redding hue. The smell reveals some malty sweetness.

On the palate, you get a a lot of deep rich malt notes that trend towards chocolate and perhaps a slight raisin note. The yeast flavors are evident, but not overwhelming. It has a thick mouthfeel with a lingering finish.

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Photo of JeffBob
4.69/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours into a glass dark brown with a slight red haze to it, yielding one finger of foam. Smells of blackberry at the same time its dark and musty yet airy like an old castle.
Tastes of semi sweet black berry's turning toffieish with a hint of coffee then setting after taste of berry's once more.
it has a nice carbonation that doesnt sting but just tickles the tip and back of the tongue with a light to medium thickness.
drinkability is awesome I could drink this all night it does not fill you up but is so complex with flavor it is now one of my new favorites and this bottle is going on my wall of greatness.

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Photo of erok
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap last night and didn't take notes:

It poured a reddish brown with a thin head.

The smell was very inviting: malty and fruity with the obvious Belgian yeast profile.

Taste: I loved this beer, probably one of my favorite doubles ever, had a lot of the fruity malty flavors that you expect from a good strong dark ale - i.e. the overall flavor was more balanced between malt sweetness, esthers, and hop bitterness than other dubbels that I've been fond of (e.g., Westmalle, Ommegang, Meredsous 8).

Mouthfeel: the most difficult aspect for me to recall, but I don't remember any unpleasant characterisitics.

Drinkability: Went down great with my burger. I couldn't stop sipping this one after every bite.

Overall, if I could find this bottled for less than the standard going rate of Belgian imports I'd buy it regularly. One of my favorites, especially for the style.

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Photo of Kylecrudd
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great classic beligan dubbed.
Dark mahogany color.with slight amber hue onrim.

Potent nose of fig, caramel, molasses, vanilla, white pepper, slight
Complex palat.
Great beer to pair with any smoked dish or red meat.
Would pair well withgood ribs alwo.
fruity note as well.
Very soft mouthfeel. Nice abv.

Overall awesome beer

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Photo of turdburglar
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very dark reddish brown into my Chimay chalice. Small pillowy head with very good retention. Lacing is also good. Aroma is very malty with dark fruit. Taste is also very malty and sweet... dark chocolate, raisins, toffee, and brown sugar. Very lightly hopped. Mouthfeel is velvety and creamy. Slightly less carbonated than a typical Belgian dubbel. Drinkability is outstanding.

I love this beer. Take it out of the fridge and let it sit for 20 minutes before drinking.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite being bottle conditioned, this brew is a brilliant dark amber, forming a pillowy tan head which lasts till the end, leaving sticky lace with each sip. Mild to moderate carbonation, with small bubbles that seem to take their sluggish time to the top. Aroma is rich and complex...figs, dates, vanilla, subtle phenols, an interesting note of apple cider vinegar, and Kellogg's Honey Smacks. Mmmm..., breakfast.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly cloying, luxuriously smooth, soft and creamy. Rich, thick body. Taste starts with a delicate, mild hop spiciness, followed by a firm amber malt & fruitcake sweetness, a subtle metallic note, then a touch of sweet cloves. Restrained alcohol presence is noted before the finish, which consists of a very mild bittering hop, tons of fig and date sugars, and a semi-astringent roasted bite. This beer is remarkably complex, and the best dubbel I've had. Liquid bread indeed! Infinitely drinkable and highly recommended! My review can't do this beer justice, do try it.

Edit: (updated 4-24-04)-
I acquired some of this in the US and it comes in a differently shaped bottle. There is no yeast in the bottle, and is brilliantly clear deep-ruby, forming a medium-sized tan head with very good retention and solid clumps of lacing. The aroma is predominantly bananas and cloves and missing many of the complexities I noted above. The carbonation is firm. The mouthfeel is gaseous with a medium body and semi-dry woody finish. The taste begins with phenols and an odd cereal sourness, followed by a mild note of alcohol and zinc, some residual grainy caramel maltiness and lingering aluminum. Hops are minimal though there is a wheat malt crispness going on. This is a very different brew than the one I bought in Europe. It's still good, but certainly not amazing like it's overseas cousin.
L=4.5, A=4.0, T=4.0, MF=4.0, D=3.0

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grimbergen Double has a very thick, beige, pillowy head and a fairly clear, reddish-brown, bubbly appearance, with lots of heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is very fruity, spiced, sweet, and bready. The flavor is of sugary, spiced, bread crust, with a subdued bitterness in the background. The mouthfeel is between light and medium, and Grimbergen Dubbel finishes semi-dry, mellow, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer, and I rate it most excellent.


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Photo of Bierschenker
4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Almost the last I hadn’t reviewed in the great Grimbergen series.

Eggshell coloured head. It doesn’t last long but some nice lacing is visible.
The beer has a remarkable colour. Just looking at it as it stands on the table, it reminds me of stout. A thick dark beer with a thin head. But when held against the light a wonderful reddish brown copper emerges.
In contrast to what I expected, the scent was rather mellow. I was thinking about strong burnt grains, chocolate, caramel, etc. But what was served was a sharp but modest pure cacao malt, a bit peppered and some spices.
The aroma is respectful and moderate. It opens with a slight (but not disturbing) metallic malt and alcohol element. Followed by pepper, thyme and parsley for herbs. Some bitter sweet malt and hop. Towards the aftertaste burnt grains do pop up with the alcohol.
The mouthfeel is coffee like, with a moderate portion of sugar.
As the aftertaste lingers, I have a peppery bitter taste in my mouth. In front of the mouth are more sweet tones to be found: calorie free sugar taste. The throat feels dry.

Grimbergen is a quality beer. Very enjoyable at any time of the day and with or without food to pair it with.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Dense tan 1" head, color was a dark burgendy

It has the alcoholic aroma of a dubbel, along with hints of carmel and plum

Mouthfeel was very smooth, but the high level of carbonation gives it a bit of a bite.

Tastes different than it smells, predominantly caramel but with a strong presence of fruity esters. Notes of berries and faint hops.

Overall a great dubbel easy to drink and smooth tasting

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark garnet mahogany brown with bright orange highlights. excellent ivory head with huge spit bubbles of lace, shrinks slowly to a blob floating in belgian fun.

S- tart, ripe fruit, all types of sour berries, cherry mostly, strawberry, guava, apricot, gooseberry, unripe plum, malt vinegar, then a darker sweeter side of dates and figs, blueberries. slightly woodsy and a little bit of milk chocolate underneath all that lactic funk.

T- mineral water, lightly metallic, with the taste of sweet fruit, grapes, plum, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, dates, banana, twizzlers, grape gum, with almost none of the tartness of the aroma, creating a nice sensation when i sip from sourness in the nose and sweetness on the tongue. fruit flavors fade and on the backside there's toasty caramel malt, whole grain bread, raisin bread, milk chocolate, damp wood, basement, stone, and very mild grassy hop flavor with almost no bitterness. finishes exceptionally clean with just a touch of light toasted grain and fruit skins.

MF- full but not rich, carbonation is a little amped up as expected, very juicy, finishes as clean as the taste, clean as water, with nothing but the fleeting feeling of the lightest tannins and grain husk as a reminder.

D- great brew, much better than the first time i had it about a year ago. i especially didn't remember the lactic aroma. the MF lacks just a little in the sensation but as often times before, this enhances D for me, and the way this baby finishes, so clean and fresh, she's a skyrocket, alright.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cola colored ale with a thin, beige head that dissipates quickly to leave a ring around the chalice. Aroma is rife with fruity grape and plum notes. Something reminds me of graham crackers, perhaps the hint of cinnamon? Anyway, it smells great.

Taste is not exactly what most people look for in a Dubbel, but I stand by my judgement; it's amazingly good. Notes of creamy malts, cola, apricot, persimmon, citrus, and grape. A hoppy finish balances it all out. It's my second time trying this beer, first time reviewing, and it has withstood my developing tastes. Mouthfeel is juicy and crisp, with a perfect carbonation level. The aftertase, while not immense, is definately present. Overall, it's a decently complex, great beer (perhaps lacking the depth of most dubbels, though). In my opinion, however, Grimbergen's Dubbel is better tasting than most "certified" Belgian Abbey ales. Don't sleep on this one!

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Photo of wschumac
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 11.2 into a Affligem Chalice at roughly 50 degrees.

A - Nice one finger creamy colored head. Very dark colored reddish/brown or dark caramel, light passes when held to the light.

S - Fruity smell with a hint of sweetness,apples/cherries/carmel...

T - Complex taste very sweet hiding alcohol. fruits and sweetness create great taste.

M - Rich thickness create full palatte of flavors and texture. Excellent going down.

D - Keep them coming, excellent drinking beer

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25 cl bottle, smaller than shown, courtesy of fellow B-A khiasmus, whose sister purchased it in France and brought it home to the states.

Moderate pour into a 40 cl goblet yields a nice two-finger light tan head over a dark mahogany-ruby body. Head fades slowly to a thin lid, and leaves ample lacing.

Smell is spectacular. Richest aroma of any Dubbel I've ever had, by a large margin. You can smell this thang from three feet away. Raisins, dates, dark cherries, dark chocolate, pineapple! WOWOWOW! Mild roasted malt underneath, and a hint of floral hops. I'd give this a 5.5 for smell if I could.

Taste is like the smell, only not as strong. A nice cord of sour yeast binds all of the fruitiness in a neat package. Really good.

Mouthfeel is smooth and expansive, but not cloying. Great soft carbonation.

Very drinkable.

I can't believe this rates only a B+. If this were readily available around here, I'd go into debt drinking it.

Thanks, khiasmus, for this big gem in a little bottle.

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Photo of jnelson54
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is my favorite pub beer. Recently the local pub I go to lost his distributor and it is really killing me. Deep brown on the pour with an off white head with good lacing. Smells sweet with malt and fruit and taste the same with a neat finish. Not as complex as your high end trappist but the easiest drinking beer I have ever had much better on tap btw.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby red with orange tinges. Good thich creamy head. It's almost the colour of blood orange juice. Very good looking beer.

Syrupy, treacle sweetness. Toffee, brown sugar, golden syrup, with a hint of deep alcohol like scotch whiskey or cognac. Very rich and pleasant.

Rich, sweet and pleasant. Some burnt characteres. Flavours of dark fruit, black grape juice, caramelised figs, dark honey. A flavoursome, rich and deeply enjoyable brew.
Mouthfeel is rich and smooth.

A very drinkable, smooth and delectable beer. Most enjoyable. I'll seek out a few more of these.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a gentle pour into a tulip chalice yielded a prominent off-white 2" head. The body was dark amber brown/ruby. Beautiful lacing as expected from a Belgian Dubbel.

S - malts and hops are in good balance, also has a tangy berry/raisin/fig overtone. A touch of citrus follows. Complex and invigorating

T - well balanced maltiness and hoppiness, like the aroma. It has a twist: fruits and sourdough bread is noticed. Kick of alcohol in the finish. Very satisfying, very clean.

M - medium body with light carbonation. Light chewiness

D - very drinkable, an excellent session beer.

Overall - Goes well with a meaty dinner, perhaps a light red wine substitute. A good intro to Belgian Abbey style ales for the beginner. The fruitiness may not be loved by all, but I thought this was a worthy buy. A great fruity flavor with a kick!

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a ruby red/brown with some bubbly off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing
S - Caramel and toffee with pungent spices
T - Candied sugar, caramel malts, toffee, subtle dark fruits, and delicate spices cut through it all. Little bit of booziness but its really enjoyable in this ale. Complexities abound but the flavors (other than the candy) are subtle.
M - Smooth, sticky, and medium-bodied with very slight carbonation
O - A solid dubbel that's more drinkable and less cloying than most

After having it a few times, this is becoming one of my favs that I know I'll keep going back to.

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Photo of AdamMY
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful looking chestnut brown with a nice thick and tan head.

While the aroma is slightly muted it comes accross as exceedingly pleasant. The taste is absolutely delicious full of wonderful grain and fruit characteristics, and sweet without too much of the Belgian Funk.

Mouthfeel is sublime.

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Photo of Braggadocio
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Warning: The federal government has declared this beer dangerous to hop-heads. Proceed with caution.


If you love the traditional Belgium Dubbel, you will certainly love this. It smells of maltiness and dry fruit. Entry is sweet, followed by a bouque of sour apple, pear, and sweet grain. Finish is complex, with some sweet and dry notes of the fruit and malt tingling the tongue. I could drink a six-pack of this tonight... in fact, I might....

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Photo of JoshJ
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Belgian Verboden Vrucht glass.

If I was trying to introduce someone to expanding their beer palatte, then this is the dubbel of choice.

It's a beautiful dubbel! The rich dark chocolate colour is also trumped by the full bubbly head that finishes as you pour that lingers in a glass right till the end.

The taste is as finished as it looks in the glass. There is a nice level of Malty layers with just a hint of fruit like finish.

By far and away, one beer I will continue to buy. For those in Australia, Dan Murphys has started importing this, and it is very reasonably priced!

If you are thinking of trying it.. Don't hesitate.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a score. Picked this up for about $1.99 at Total Wine.

A- A dark chocolate cherry mahogony color with a bubbly cream colored head. No lace but is surely a beauty to look at in my chalice.

S- Smell was yeasty and fruity. There was also a sourlike quality to the nose, although it was not that strong.

T- Wow! There was an elegant and complex champagney quality to this beer. There were oak and raison hints, and possibly other assorted berries. I cannot understate the wine quality to this beer- very classy.

M- Carbonated as all hell, but in a good way. Tingly on the lips and tongue. Rich and hearty going down.

D- This was definitely an awesome beer. I would love to enjoy this with a nice steak. Could easily drink a few of these as the ABV is managable.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a cup of really dark iced tea, with a medium brown body, semi-translucent, with a creamy tan head. Smells sticky-sweet, with hints of bubblegum and raisins, and sweet citrus. Taste is rich and malty, with strong raisin and bread flavors that give it a somewhat grainy mouthfeel. Alcohol is present, but not evasive. A very good beer, and a welcome price for a bottle of belgian beer.

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