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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Ratings:
1,054
Reviews:
503
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit dark, not too sweet. Pomegrant juice. A bit of head on darkish brown. Malty yeasty aroma. Balanced bit nothing too special. A bit raisin wine sourish and bitter amidst yeast. Drinkable brew but So-so for a Belg. Carmel and a touch of toastiness.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, spice, and some dark fruit aromas. Taste is of malt, dark fruit, and some more mild brown sugar and spice flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice set or aromas and flavors. Quite tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a massive half liter chalice, much to my surprise. looks glorious in its rightful glassware, very dark red t brown in color with a half inch of bone white lace on top. the glass is heavy and cold, and the beer inside of it is just delicious. the nose is dark fruits, molassas, and just enough alcohol. the taste is far more interesting, with the fruits and some candy sugar striking a nice note in the foregroud. spice and robust belgian yeast take the middle, while the residual sugar and cherry wine notes round out the finish. it has a really nice flow in that way. it does however lack some of the more subtle complexities of the best beers of this style, but that is not to its discredit. i find this a much more approachable and drinkable dubbel than many, as evidenced by how easily this half liter slid down. a little thin on the body for me, but that works fine with the gentle carbonation. its got a sliky smooth texture that i adore, and to me this is the best of the grimbergen beers. well worth it, espeicaly on tap.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single of this for around $2. Pours a deep red/ruby color with ton of head to it and lots of lacing. Smell is of some dark fruits (get some raisin, plum, dates in there), taste is very smooth upfront. The dark fruit taste kind of disappears but I was amazed at the smoothness of this beer. Pretty good mouthfeel, but I feel it's lacking a bit on overall flavor. Looks good and is smooth, but when you swallow you don't get that "ahh that tastes delicious" feeling. I'm not the biggest fan of Belgians but this one was solid.. no more no less.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured very dark amber with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A light level of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of bready malts in the nose, along with notes of dark fruits and toffee.
T: As the beer warms up, there is some sweetness in the overall taste, which has flavors that are very similar to the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and smooth, but a bit thin.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink but it doesn't have quite enough of a complex taste to leave me wanting to drink another.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really good stuff. I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this before. It's much better on tap than from the bottle. Fruity and tart in the aromas. Lots of malt, raspberries, dates, figs, and a tad of chocolate. Looks moderately thick and well carbonated. A lightly tanned head accompanied the beer to the bottom of the glass. Tastes much like it smells, with emphasis on dark berry sweetness and tartness. Sweet and spicy notes decorate the heavy malt structure. Feels full and rich without being thick or cloying. Finishes strong and sweet. Maybe a little tacky and dry from the alcohol. Worth drinking from time to time.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. A particularly difficult beer to pin down, origins-wise. I assume that this beer, brewed at Alken Maes, is owned by Kronenbourg, as that is what this bottle says. And oh, the same 'glucose syrup' that invades their Blanc 'witbier' is present here. Yay.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy beige head, which leaves a seriously random array of grotesquely layered, sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of tame Belgian yeast, a bit of bittersweet chocolate, faintly roasted caramel malt, an ethereal nuttiness, a touch of weak clove, and a mostly dry earthy hoppiness. The taste is fairly sweet caramel malt, lightly stewed raisins, a still subtle oily nut essence, Zeller's brand figs, a hint of generic sugary red grape juice, and a soft earth yeastiness. I was ready to wank on further, but this beer just sort of stopped, and thus, so did I.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, the body mostly medium in weight, and smooth, I suppose, a certain hard to pin down astringency rising and falling. It finishes on the sweet side, as a NutraSweet kind of sugary character finally bursts forth, among the lingering veritable caramel malt, yeast-enabled dark fruitiness, and very timid earthy, more than noble hops.

A 'dubbel', sure, but in a rather newbie, weakly pandering manner. Complexity seems lost on this one, and the adjunct ingredients, while not overly apparent, still add little to the mix, if at all. Easy enough to drink, but hardly up to the measure of almost any other true Belgian offering of the sort.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Guinness pint glass in San Antonio, Ibiza, Spain. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a dark amber colour, nontransparent, with a five finger head of nice thickness and cream. Excellent retention. Appealing. The head is impressive for the beer's high ABV.

Sm: Yeast! Hops, barley, the usual suspects. A bit musty, and of light strength.

T: Hoppy body: mainly nuts. Yeast comes through on the climax. Dark and biscuity flavour. Finish doesn't hide the alcohol as well as it needs to, leaving this part of the beer far less balanced against the first two thirds. No cream comes through on the open, but that wouldn't suit the style anyway. Slight wheat, but not to the extent you'd expect. Built a bit under par for a dubbel; it's rather disappointing if your expectations are high. In fairness, one ought to be skeptical of any abbey bier available in Ibiza.

Mf: Too light for a dubbel, and certainly far too smooth. Doesn't bring out the flavours of the body. Coarseness would suit it to this end, but then it'd also be class if the beer had more complex flavouring to begin with.

Dr: All in all, it's poorly priced by Ibiza standards, but I do suspect it's very fairly priced elsewhere, especially in Belgium. It doesn't hide its ABV well, but it's the best beer I've had on Ibiza so far (unless you count Guinness). Skip this one unless you're really into generic abbey beers that try to steal trappist marketing.

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky tawny port color with a huge, rocky head that holds together and leaves plenty Brussels lace

Smell: Caramel with a touch of rum soaked raisin and green apple

Taste: Opens with a herb-influenced caramel and rum raisin flavor that grows spicy in a green apple direction by mid-palate; the sweeter flavors take control after the swallow, however, with a hint of wood on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, almost creamy, with low carbonation despite an eruption when I opened the bottle

Drinkability: Not the best dubbel but certainly has its charms

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Photo of oline73
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap while eating lunch on the main square in Brussels. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany color with a finger of creamy off white head that leaves a nice layer on top of the pour.

Smell: A slight malt sweetness with some Belgian spice and dark fruit. I'm also getting a touch of caramel from the malt.

Taste: Bolder than the smell. Sweet spice with dark fruit and cherry notes. There is a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with thick and creamy carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This was a nice beer to have with my lunch. Easy to drink and enjoyable. I would have another.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served in a chalice at a restaraunt. Drark brown color with a creamy/tan head.

S - Alcohol smell is very noticeable. Also, a caramel aroma.

T - It has a sweet taste of caramel malt. There is also a fruit flavor to it.

M - It is medium bodied and very soft.

D - It is quite drinkable but not too many at one sitting because it is fairly heavy.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a light off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of candi sugar with some deep Belgian sweet malt. Taste is a well balance mix between some candi sugar and some semi-sweet Belgian malt. Body is quite full for the style with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This one may be lacking some complexity (dry fruits for example) but still a very good and solid example for the style.

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark, brownish-amber - good clarity when held up to the light. A gentle pour provided a spotty head, but retention is decent.

Smell - Earthy; a bit of chocolate and dried fruit, slight spicy hops.

Taste - Nice mix of roasted, nutty notes, coacoa and dried figs. Slight metallic/mineral flavors come out as the beer gets closer to room temperature. Good bitterness in the finish; hoppier than most dubbels.

Notes - I wasn't expecting much from this, but it's surprisingly decent and characterful.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into La Chouffe Tulip

Color is a deep brown mahogany. I can barely see through this clear beer. Pours a 2 finger tan head that surrenders to the edge of the glass. Slight splattered lace.

Aroma is of dried fruits (grapes and cranberries), bready yeast. Very sweet aroma.

Taste is of dried dark fruits, same as the smell. Very tarty. Bready/yeasty. Matches the smell very well. I don't drink a lot of wine, but this reminds me of it.

Mouthfeel is tarty and smooth. Medium bodied. Ends with a slight sticky aftertaste.

Overall, a definite enjoyment. No presence of alcohol makes this beer very easy to drink. I can definitely enjoy a few of these in a night.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,054 ratings.
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