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 Golden2wenty1
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at some place on Oakland across from the Miramar in Milwaukee. My bottle was round and stubby compared to the one pictured.

Poured a dark garnet with a few fingers of off-white head. Nose is sweet and fruity with some yeasty mustiness. Taste is sugary sweet, candied fruit and some caramel malt. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for my liking. Overall a tasty dubbel, very drinkable and very sweet. Probably not for everyone, but worth a try.

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Photo of budsboy
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, deep reddish brown with a thick tan head and lots of lacing.

Fruity, vinous aroma. Some spice thrown in on top it seems. But mostly grape juice and alcohol. Eh.

Odd. Didn't expect the rich raspberry flavor. Little roasted malt flavor and toffee, a touch of metal, but mostly that lambic-like raspberry. Hmm.

Somewhat thin, maybe too much carbonation. Not much for me in the mouthfeel department.

Almost a dessert beer. Very sweet, nearly cloying, and fruity. Not as juicy as a lambic, but brings that to mind. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of texashammer
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brownish red in color with dark tan head. Smell is chocolate, caramel, yeast, bananas, very fruity. Smells good! Taste is more of the same, on the sweet side, earthy and with plenty of fruit. Mouthfeel is medium-full and creamy and fluffy. Quite pleasant and drinkable. One of the better dubbels I've had recently.

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

Color is an interesting crimson, topped with a decent amount of foamy tan head. Nose is fruity-sweet and somewhat caramely, but not particularly assertive. Taste was nice up front--gentle malts that impart a light chocolaty taste. But this one suffered from a too-watery mouthfeel and metallic aftertastes. Not a bad beer, mind you, but there are better examples of the style out there.

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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 ommegangpbr
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I believe the little stamp on the back of the bottle indicates that this should be consumed by september 14, 2005 (seeing as how it reads 14-09-05)
11.2 ounce bottle poured into a goblet.
Nothing going on here that's too exciting for the style. Smells sweet and fruity, looks like a dubbel should, tastes alright but nothing striking here.
For the most part I found this to be pretty drinkable because it's not very bold and is pretty well balanced, but there's a mild... chalkiness in the finish... something that might come along with coffee. The mouthfeel starts out smooth but there's something in that finish that makes me want to swirl water around my mouth for a bit before having another.
Worth a shot if you like darker, sweeter beers.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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 BeerNutta
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was recommended by my local liquor merchant.

Poured a very dark brown with a light tan head. Had a very odd aroma. Smelt like wet laundry at first then a fruitty aroma.

The taste is very sweet. Honey, raisons, banana... Almost too sweet. After a while you get overwhelmed by the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied with little carbonation.

Good beer, just not a great dubbel. A bit pricey.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with a neat looking griffin on it.
Pours a hazy reddish brown with a nice, well formed, and encompasing light tan head. Lacing is nice as is retention.
Smell is a little strage. Smells a little soured. Fruits are still present (figs, dates, cherries, raisins), but are kind of overshadowed by the spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, and a little bit of clove). There is a definite maltiness to the aroma as well.
Taste is very fruity (same as above). Cinnamon dominates the spiciness of this one by a lot, a slight malt and hop character are also present.
Mouthfeel is very good, and this still remains a very easy to drink dubble. It's not an every day beer but for special occasions or just when I'm in the mood for something different this is a pretty good choice.

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Photo of palma
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber body with a big fluffy tan head that lasts. Leaves a decent lace throughout the session.
Big sweet malty aroma with phenolic notes.
A sweet candy-like maltiness. Some honey flavor. Very lightly hopped. Bready aftertaste. This brew is much sweeter than it is bitter. Sweetness becomes a little cloying after a while.
Nice carbonation. A noticable creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of kingjames1
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured light brown appearance with a decent white head.

Smell is unique. I can't quite pinpoint it, but I kinda like it.

Taste is also interesting. Raisins, honey, and spice, with a definite sweetness. Of course it has that distinctive belgium yeast present - makes me think of liquid bread, baked with small bits of rum-drunk raisins and brown sugar. A little medicinal as well. I'd rank the taste higher if it weren't for the unbalanced sweetness (though not sticky sweet - it is surprisingly thin).

Good carbonation, possibly over carbonated.

Definitely a drinkable belgium double, and unique. Not sure how crazy I am about it though. If you're new to the dubbel style, you'd probably be wise to start elsewhere.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This bier pours a nice cloudy brownish color and it came violently out of it's bottle an into my glass, probably from health fermentation in the bottle. It has a nice white head that leaves tons of lace and it lasts until the glass is empty. It has a nice fruity, estery, yeasty aroma that is quite complex. The flavor is sweet and the alcohol is very noticeable and it sometimes overpowers the experience. It certainly is drinkable and I was not expecting much from a non Trappist Dubbel so on one hand I am surprised and on the other I ask myself if it is worth the price I had to pay for a six pack...$13... I say not when there are far superior Dubbels to choose from, but if you want something that comes close and will get you drunk faster than a 40 of something bad and there is nothing else better to be had then this beer will do ok.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably the worst Dubbel I can remember having. This showed up in my local beer store this week, so I grabbed a single to try. I really didn't expect much, and I was right. Thin, watery, with a strange aftertaste. I had it with dinner, but didn't finish it. I've certainly had worse beers, but there are too many great examples of this style to settle for this one. If you can find the Loterbol, you can see what a great dubbel should taste like (or, of course, the Westy or Westmalle).

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy, shadowy brownish rust color. The head is a thick, creamy tan foam. I really appreciated this aroma: sugar and malt, slight ethanol, fruit (plums), and an intense, meaty (literally) yeastiness. The taste has a lingering sweetness and a round fruitiness that fit the beer well. Nice malt flavor as well. Peppery finish. Moderate carbonation. This is a very estery and yeasty beer. My wife didn’t like it for those reasons, but I thought that it hit the spot!

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle coded L531. Pours a nice muddied burgundy shade with a fluffy greyish-beige head. Dark roasted candi sugars and Belgian Special B malts with some fruity esters similar to candied cherries, and a distinct woody sourness present in the nose. Malty and sugary sweet with a lightly hoppy and sour finish. Light tea-like astringency and faint Flemish red sourness is quite unique and a nice change of pace for a dubbel. Fruity esters abound. It's been a while since I had one of these and I'm glad I decided to grab one when I saw it. Very drinkable and easy to enjoy. Now if I could only find their tripel...

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep plummy brown color, with bright crimson highlights streaming through...nice, though brief and slight, layer of fizz floating above.
Aroma: plum, raisin, date, maple syrup, dark fruits, deep cherries, grapes, ...intriquing, but not exceptional....
Taste: More of those same flavors from the nose here in the flavor, dark fruits aplenty, deep and plentiful, this is a nice double, but not in the realm of the transcendent. Nutty, fruity, dark, and just a little yummy. Full-bodied, with a long, fruity finish. A nice drinker, easy going, I'd recommend it, but not over any other dubbel...plenty of other tasty beers out there. I'd urge you to acquaint you with them, and not to worry about this one. I've tried it, time to move on to the next....

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Photo of swamiswamu
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich brownish amber with a monsterous head and lacing. The aroma is dominated by a warming brown sugar presence with a malt hint. Flavor is a pretty standard for a dubbel, hints of toffee and raisin. Overall not spectacular, but a great example of a dubbel.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This arrived in a fairly warm shade of brown with a medium head. The head faded a bit, but still left some lace.

The flavors involved were very average. Fruits do come out in the fairly sweet smell. The taste was mostly of malts with some degree of fruit. The mouthfeel was a touch too thin, although the drinkability was good.

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

Poured from 11.2 oz squat bottle labeled 08-01-05. Pours a clear deep dark burgundy, with a dense frothy ecru head that leaves sticky lace on the chalice. Yeast and fruits in the nose. Taste is plum fruits, less of malts and sweet grape.. Sweeter as it warmed. Moderate mouthfeel, light carbonation. Easy drinking.

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

This brew pours a dark reddish-brown color with a thick beige head that disappeared pretty fast. Decent lacing. The aroma is malty and sweet but there is a hint of sour fruit at times as well. Medium-bodied with a vinous character. Malt, hops and a touch of alcohol don’t seem to mesh well for some reason. The flavor is decent but unbalanced somehow. The finish is fruity and sweet. Overall a decent Dubbel but I feel it could be much better.

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Photo of aracauna
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Attractive mahogany brown body with a sandy foam head that fades into a grainy satelite photo of a hurricane, eye and all. The aroma and flavor start off slight, with mostly a bit of yeast and toffee, but near the end of the glass, you start picking up a bit of artificial grape candy and at the very end, that grape candy starts to pick up a bit of vinegar. Not bad, but not great either.

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

11.2oz dark brown bottle. Dated 08-01-05
It pours a dense ruby-hued amber with a fizzy beige head and some sticky and sliding lace.
The initial smell is reminiscent of a sour ale. Cut wet hay, citrusy hops and faint earthy smells lasts awhile.
Fruity flavors of pears, sour apples and pineapple are upfront. A light candy sugar sweetness mingles with a dry malty taste. Cloves, coriander and herbal spices are noticed throughout.
After several hard roof of the mouth smacks (I'm alone in the room) a way-back off taste of Lemon Kool-Aid comes to mind.
A good wet Dubbel!

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Photo of beerceller99
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl. bottle with " 08 -01 -05 " printed on bottle.
Pours a clear reddish brown. Has an off white head which leaves a beautiful lace. Mild aroma of black pepper, spices, and caramel. Light to medium bodied, it has a chalky, dry mouthfeel. A malty caramel sweetness dominates the flavor. A nice, easy drinking brew .

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Photo of marc77
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep russet with a slight haze. Ample, pitted, stiff light tan head leaves dense, coating lace. Aroma dominated by notes of underripe red grape and phenolic red pepper. Secondary hints of baker's chocolate and must. Prosaic aromawise. Prevalent in flavor is a stately plum tartness, complete with astringent tones from the skin. Sweetness, which offers adequate contrast, takes on a soft apple cider nature when combined with the acetaldehyde undertone. As the beer warms, bittersweet dark chocolate tones augment, but remain understated. Rather clean for phenolics, with only trace clove perceived. Lightly bodied and dry, but rather thirst quenching as a result. Finishes with fleeting hints of bread crust and granny smith apple. A rather simple dubbel that grew on me. It's clean in regards to esters and phenols and sits softly on the palate. Middling in flavor, yet highly drinkable.

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Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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