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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Reviews: 501 | Ratings: 1,044
Photo of Mdez
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at a tavern while on vacation in Greece recently. I remembered that I thought it was fantastic, but that might have been because I had been forced to drink many truly pedestrian pilsners and lagers on the trip; it seems that at least 95% of establishments there only have Amstel, Heineken and a few other local beers; almost nobody makes an effort to get good beers into the country. This looked, smelled, tasted and felt great and yet somewhat lighter that I would have thought. Still, I was so thankful when I stumbled upon the bar that had it and a few other imports (Blue Moons as well) on tap. A nice drink!

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Photo of Roser
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- clear chocolaty brown with a slight amber tint. Nice big tan foamy head that dissipates slowly. Excellent lacing.

S- biscuity, clean, spicy. Very up front Belgian yeast.

T- a good bit going on in here. Nice complexities. Caramel, malt, and some sour (fruit) notes on the end. What hits me up front, oddly, is what seems like a cola taste. Interesting.

M- silky, smooth, and very creamy from the first sip all the way through to the end. Light to medium. Lightly carbonated. Outstanding!

O- very good. Excellent example of a quality Belgian Dubbel that's reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend and purchase again.


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Photo of Intrinsic
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark red colour with a very creamy looking head - which unfortunately disappears rather quickly. Smells like cherries, licorise and malt - very nice. Even while only 6.5%, it has a strong taste of alcohol. The malts are very well balanced by the hop bitterness - just enough to make it neither too sweet nor too bitter. Warm caramel flavours mingle with the malts. It has a very smooth mouthfeel, not at all dry. Just a hint more carbonation would do some good. Overall this beer is definitely worth a try and I'll be buying it again for sure.

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Photo of LarryV
2.66/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Paid almost $15 for a six pack, that's the last time I buy it. pours with a lacy tan head and looks nice in the glass giving off a glowing mahogany color. Taste is too sweet for my liking and has an overwhelming note of sour apples. I've had much better Dubbels in the past, this one just doesn't live up to expectations. It was a chore to polish off all six bottles since I didn't find it very enjoyable at all.

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Photo of tkelley
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Someone kindly left a sixer of this in my fridge after a murder mystery party. Poured a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A -- Murky brownish body with lots of stuff floating in it. Tan head that pours into a couple fingers but recedes to a thin layer with unevenly sized bubbles on top. Good lacing.

N -- Yeasts. Some bubblegummy kind of smells. A little fruity.

T -- Good. Not overly strong or complex, but tasty and representative of the style. Has almost a sour cherry taste at points.

M -- Spicy on the lips and smooth on the palate.

O -- A good dubble.


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2.36/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. Grimbergen Goblet glass. Deep ruby color, red lights. Tan, creamy foam remains as a thin layer on top. Toasted, sugary & red currant aromas with syrup hues. Sweet & sparkling upfront. Medium to light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Hints of grape, spicy & herbal bitterness. Bitter finish & sugary aftertaste. Artificial & cloying.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at T.J. Finley's, Bay Shore NY. A good deep brown with head and lacing very ample. It has a wonderfully tart fruity sugar and spice smell, which carries through in the flavor. The brown sugar and raisin taste is balanced by the hops, which evenly accentuate the drinking experience without dominating. The feel is lighter than some others, but that only helps make this a highly drinkable beer. I've had Grimbergen in the bottle as well - either way, solidly recommendable.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and drank at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear dark walnut brown. 3/4 inch head, with small dots of lacing.

Smells include dark fruit, candi sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and molasses.

The taste follows similarly- with an additional component of toasted malt. Lots of brown sugar here, very sweet, but not cloying.

Low carbonation, medium to light bodied, crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

A simple but tasty dubbel, glad to have tried it.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Date stamp was 2301 V L023 <1>

Appearance: Dark ruby red with a 1/8" persistent light tan head. Lots and lots of lacing all over the glass. Nice looking beer!

Smell: Metallic caramel would be a good way to describe this beer with its main smell. Definitely some sweetness, but something metallic as well. With a swirl some mild dark fruit notes come out, but the aroma is a tad weak here.

Taste: Some of that metallic caramel up front, some toffee, some roasted bitter malt, mild bitter finish some lingering tart fruit flavor; goes between black cherry and dark fruits for me.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation - somewhere between fizzy and airy. Some stickiness underneath, but otherwise a bit too carbonated. Better by the end of the glass but still a bit much.

Overall / Drinkability: Great looking beer! I think though, this needs to be paired with a meal. The Mrs. loved it by itself with the sips she had, but I kept wanting to some food to have with it, so not a beer to stand alone and therefore not very drinkable for me in the absence of food. But definitely a very interesting beer overall to pick out all the flavors. Plus from what I read, this one is very close to style, so I have to give it good marks for that.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a goblet (in Florence, Italy).

Appearance: A robust, tan head with fine bubbles which was persistent at first then dissipated. Nearly opaque reddish brown.

Aroma: Slight malt and funk. Some hops. Not a strong aroma.

Taste: Roasty candy -- quite sweet (cane sugar sweetness). A hint of deepness but doesn't really deliver on this richness. Only faint hops. Not much malt backbone. There was a hint of bourbon barrel-aged flavor.

Mouthfeel: The beer had a thin, weak body with weak carbonation.

Overall: This looked like an interesting beer, but it didn't deliver. Not bad but not one I'd get again as it is a weak example of this style.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An absolutely gorgeous ale with a filtered clarity into a burgundy hue. The head was thick and frothy with thick lacing foam.

Aromatic dried fruit such as plum and prune are at the forefront. Dry caramel malt dampers the sweetness with a barley like grain scent. Bits of clove and peppery spice hold the end of a very fulfilling aroma.

Touches of dry dried fruit with an almost licorice like sweetness hold the taste first. Prune, raisin and grape must mix with a hop flower and bubblegum finish. Slightly phenolic near the end its not detracting but actually kind of pleasant.

The feel is carbonated harshness with a slight alcohol warmth. It's also a bit thin but otherwise I highly recommend this Double Ale.

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Photo of Auraan
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish brown, with a slight ring of white head. When held to light it was a brilliant ruby red. Very beautiful to the eye. Scents of grape, slight hints of alcohol and dark fruit. A good nose, quite unique, and very fruity. I like it. Flavors of grape, prune, very slight hints of apple, blackberry and Belgian candy sugar sweetness. Very nice, sweet and complex with a good fruity character. As it warms more prune dominates the taste. It's quite nice, a bit sweet, but overall very good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Somewhat standard for a dubbel, maybe a bit low on the carbonation front. Overall it's a very good dubbel, a nice surprise. The fruity flavors are pleasant and it was quite complex in many ways. Worth trying at the very least.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: dark dark ruby red - almost purple. 2 finger rocky beige head

s: belgian yeast, freshly baked bread, plums, raisins, figs, vanilla, dark caramel, syrup. smells nice and thick

t: sweet malt, slightly spicy belgian yeast. dark fruits follow the nose - plums, raisin, fig. huge bready dough component in the flavor. tons of sweet malt, brown sugar, some slight caramel. slight butter taste.

m: full, with tons of carbonation

o: a solid dubble. nothing more, nothing less. if you like sweet beers, give this a shot. it's a pleasant drinker, with nothing offensive about it. still, average dubble. it may not be great, but its enjoyable.

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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 mttaylor1066
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This variation on the dubbel style is classic, IMO. If you want to have a double dubbel, this is the single Belgian for you.

Poured into a crystal water glass. Dark cola in appearance with a nicely formed mousse that lingers and laces the glass.

The nose is Belgian yeast and lightly roasted malt.

The taste is not nearly as dark as the color. A sweet malt base with enough hop bitterness to keep it light on the palate. Perhaps it is the color, but I taste old-fashioned cola nut. This is not a very difficult beer to understand or enjoy.

Mouthfeel is like a fizzy American-style ale. It's not as languid as the other Belgians. Enjoyable.

One of my standby ales, if I don't know what I want in the liquor store I know that I'll be pleased with a six pack of this in the refrigerator.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Style/abv: dubbel/6.5%

Smell: cacao, water, malts and a spit of caramel

Taste: tart green grapes, slightly effervescent water, slight hints of toffee and celery alongside bitter malts, raw almonds, and a pinch of caramel syrup

All-in-all, this beer was slightly disappointing to me due to the flavors within the beer counter acting each others positive qualities. However, the latter is just my opinion and I encourage everyone to try something at least twice: once for curiosity and twice for the hell of it

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Photo of Dave1999
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent reddish brown with a foamy white head.

The smell is cloves and yeast.

The taste is sweet and malty. Pretty one dimensional but fairly tasty.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a fairly nice if unremarkable beer.

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

The beer brings a dark-amber body, and the almost-white neck is not as well-retained as expected, given the style. The aroma has strong caramel notes, with toasty and cherry-like ideas in the background. The alcohol is (too) perceptible. The finish is short and smooth, leaving a subtle hop presence. It's a good beer, but not fantastic.

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Photo of dar482
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's a good middle for a dubbel.

The taste has some malt, sweet dark fruits, a good carbonation. It has a foamy lacing. It is really drinkable. It's not a bad thing, but I think it should have more bitter, sweet, and complexity.

Compared to Chimay Rouge, it's lacking, but decent and quite accessible.

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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 StaveHooks
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2fl oz
Served in a Chimay goblet

A - Pours very dark brown with a nice beige head that leaves long horizontal lines of lacing.

S - Semi sour fruity, plums, cherries, prunes, candy sweet, smells alot like rum and cherry coke, sweet malts underneath.

T - Dark candi sugar, rum soaked fruits, plums, semi-tart cherries, lots of red figs, Brown sugar sweet malts, nutmeg spice. The finish is wet, sweet, and open ended, leaving me wanting a more of a closing finish.

M - Thick feel, fuller bodied(not heavy) medium carbonation,

This Dubbel starts off with great poise. Lot of sugary fruit, sweet malts, yeast presence, but the finish just doesn't close the deal. It has a pure fruit tart character but the finish falls flat. That doesn't mean this isn't a solidly flavored Dubbel. I would buy a sixer of this for any occasion.

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Photo of argock
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz brown bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice. No decipherable bottling date. Received as part of a beer exchange with friends.

A: Tawny brown with huge 2-finger clumpy, chunky big-bubbled oatmeal colored head with good retention and crusty lacing.

S: THe aroma unfortunately is big step backward from the appearance. There is a soft dark and slightly sweet maltiness, herbal hopping, but an absent yeast character.

T: THe flavor is nearly the next score up, but is held back by an unpleasant finish. The soft sweeter-than-expected malt component has a fig and raisin character. The hopping is light and earthy. The yeast character is much stronger than in the aroma, but there are qualities of the fermentation that are undesirable. There are some bready qualities from the yeast, but the bubble gum flavor is too strong and there is a metallic aftertaste that really hurts this beer.

M: The mouthfeel is way too light and carbonated for the style in my eyes -- I want something with a more vinous feel with more heft and a lighter carbonation profile.

O: Certainly not a confidence-builder for Grimbergen.

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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 DannyHartman
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I pour a 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a thick 3" head appears atop a clear amber reddish/brown brew that has lively bubbles rising throughout the drink.... This brew has great retention, and leaves tons of thick foamy lacing.

I take a whiff and get mostly dark fruit like that of raisin, fig, prune, and grape.... There's also a spiciness like that of cinnamon or nutmeg with a bit of sweet Belgian yeast.

The taste also has lots of dark fruit like tart cherry, raisin, plum, and fig.... There's also some sweet caramel malts with just a bit of spice.

I'd say this is a medium-bodied brew that is highly carbonated.... It has a slick and creamy feel with a crispness that leaves a tingly, tart aftertaste.

Overall, I think it's a great beer.... On Belgium standards; however, it's not up to par.... I love Belgian's, and this is one of my least favorite out of the Mecca.

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Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber to brown color with plenty of foam. Carbonation is strong on this guy and the foam head retains and laces as such.

S - Notes of light malts, spices, and candied fruit. Also has a slight boozy smell that was similar to a rumcacke.

T - Candied sugar and fruit notes, some sweetbread taste from the yeast, and finsihes with a dry malt. Hits all the notes of a good Belgian dubbel, so I'll give it that.

M - Felt slightly thin and a bit too much carbonation for me. But the balance was good and the flavors were blended well enough to make this a decent option.

O - I think I liked the Grimbergen Blonde better. But this is a good option for someone to dabble in when trying Belgian styles. Makes a good transition to the style.

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Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,044 ratings.
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