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

Very cool bottle 11.2oz with a stained glass eagle on the label. This is a very fine beligan dubbel with a nice price tag. I paid $1.59 each for these and it was well worth it. A raison colored body with very thin head. The taste is wrapped together with sweet and coffee-like finish. The semi-low ABV suits this beer well. This would be an excellent beer for new BAs looking to tap into the Begium brews.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Auburn, smooth flow into the glass produced a small beige cap.

Spicy aroma with a hint of plum, molassas, and caramel. Alcohol is present but not overpowering.

Raisin and caramel malt. The alcohol came next which warmed the belly and soul. Balanced but not very well.

Thin but velvety mouthfeel, left room for more.

Drinkable per session but more than two wouldn't work.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Uncertain murky ruddy-chestnut brown color with a small beige head thats compact and fluffy, minimal lacing coats the glass. Aroma is sultry and cheesy with a yeasty, nearly barnyard, wet old mop-like smell over a largely sweet malt base of darker fruits, toffee, red licorice, and molasses. Quite a interesting nose. That extra little yeasty funk is intrigueing and likeable. Flavors stay malty sweet and tangy with a darker tone of fruity stuff with raisin, prune, and plum, bits of dried chewy apricot and starfruit. Yeasty play of dull spices also adding a bit of wood, mushroom musk, and cheese. Interesting flavor play but it also seemed a bit plain, even with the little nuances being picked up, nothing really stands out. Miraculously subtle, but was missing the fruity snap and character I like to see in a dubble. Something seems off or unbalanced but what is implies an undiscernable impression. Feel is quite smooth, full and creamy, frothy textured, malty with a bit of spice and some slight dullish-like drying. I'd have this again, no doubt, the numbers don't show how much I actually liked it. A bit different and slightly off for what I've come to know as a good dubble for my tastes, but wait...I thought it was good, so I guess it is.

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Photo of Gusler
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer as it sets in the glass a dark amber to brown color with a modest and somewhat creamy head that is light tan in color, the resultant lace a thick and clinging sheet. Nose is caramel, yeasty and sweet, fresh and clean to the senses with the start sweet and loaded with malt, top is moderate in its feel. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops delectable in their spines, quite dry after taste and a great drinking beer, Grimbergen ranks high on my list of Belgian Breweries.

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Photo of ADR
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark burnt siena color, chill hazed but hard to see if its heavily sedimented. Darker yellowish head of 1/2 an inch for about 40 seconds. Good lace, attractive and crystalline. Aroma has notes of dark fruit, figs, dried apricots, slightly cognac-like. Carbonation is full but understated in a soft sense of small bubbles. Body about shy of medium overall. Flavor shows a slight sense of overdone alcohol, emerges as a slug of yellow raisins and the least bit of semi-sweet chocolate. Better hopped than some Dubbels, relatively bitter in the close for style. The fruity maltiness doesn't have an evolving emerging sense in this one like many of the other Dubbels that I tend to like more.

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

A brown hue with hints of red, a creamy head that is slightly persistent with low carbonation.

Sweet light caramel and a touch of light leafiness are initial apparent, with sweet toffee, fruits and malt coming through over time.

Palate is rather sweet and far outweighs the bitterness, leaving the usually pleasant bitter/sweet element of stronger Belgian beers behind, instead opting for a much sweeter palate. Flavours include spices such as anise and nutmeg, with sweet malt dominating otherwise. Not complex, but still pleasing enough to give a decent score. Warming.

Is it worth the money? Perhaps, perhaps may be better suited with food that matched it, perhaps some dark desserts or bitter chocolates to counter the sweetness.

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Photo of cokes
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sterling scarlet brown under a large canopy of tan.
Nose is distant and vaguely fruity. Grapes and plums and grain. Mostly, it smells humid.
While chilled, this is nearly absent of flavor. I let this warm all the way, and it rewarded me slightly. Fully breathed and acclimated, this begins with a chocolate-dipped prune essence, that fades more and more towards milk chocolate as it pours down the throat. Traces of apples and pears (which, after the Blonde, seems to be Grimbergen's hallmark). Intermissions of clove and pepper and raw, lightly astrigent grain. The end is sugary, and ripe with red grapes.
Sub-medium bodied. A bit lifeless, hollow and underwhelming in dubbel terms, but this is recued with a relatively high score for mindless drinkability.

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Photo of maxpower
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy brown color with a huge light brown head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Fruity sweet and spicy aromas, sugary plum and grape flavors, medium bodied with a crisp almost soda like mouthfeel, finishes with a strange sweetness, not my favorite.

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Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a brown color with a huge head (stop the foam!) and left some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was very fruity and there is a subtle hint of alcohol. The flavor was much the same - fruity and peppery with a malty character. This was a pretty good beer. Drinks easily and is very much enjoyed.

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Photo of marburg
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle's been slightly aged; I've had it hanging around in the back of my beer closet, all but forgotten until now. This was probably the first dubbel I ever had, so it's nice to revisit the past a bit -- especially when it's so good.

Picture perfect pour -- dark, amber-red beer viewed through sunglasses with a lingering, off-white head. Sweet fruits, ripe to the point of spontaneously juicing. Mild medicinal quality surrounded by richness, oak, alcohol, and sugary fruits.

As one might guess, it begins somewhat sweet. Surprisingly, perhaps, it's quite smooth, almost satin-like. Begins with a prune and grape juice kick laced with spices. Alcohol is obvious but well-integrated and not harsh. Soft chestnuts. Finishes with a thick yeasty flavor and the tiniest hop presence.

A remarkably easy dubble despite its complexities. Less dry than, say, Duinen or Westmalle. I bet lovers of fruitier red wines would consider this a conversion drink.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 mickeymac
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an 11.16 oz bottle (where'd the other .04 oz go), it pours a deep copper with a very aggressive tan head that leaves lace down the side of the glass and continues to float at about 1/8" on top of the beer until the end. The smell has the ripe fruit (raisin and cherry) expected but the alcohol smell is surprisingly strong for a 6.5% beer. A fairly strong metallic flavor is immediately noticeable. The nice fruit flavor works hard to come to the forefront but manages only to lurk in the background, a bit frustratingly. Everything is so close to being right, but it's not quite there.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown amber. Nice tan head went away quick.
Aroma sweet raisin and toffee.
Taste sweet toffee malt and raisiny with a strong taste of alcohol mixed in. Too much for only a 6.5% beer IMHO
Mouthfeel actually a bit watery.
Drinkability. Well the taste was nice. A little too sweet. There are better choices, but I could have a couple in one sitting.

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Photo of diablo14
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

good but not great belgian ale. grimbergen is a satisfying beer that isnt as complex as one expects from the style, but is a suprisingly drinkable brew that wont tip you over the edge like a lot of other potent belgian ales will.

lovely deep reddish brown color with a creamy white head which is subdued but sticks. nice fruity nose with a firm malt presence that has aspects of caramel and raisins. flavor is alot like a toffee apple. quite sweet and fruity, but the sweetness is backed by a dry finish and solid bitterness. reminiscent of a fine brandy. certainly leaves a mark as it goes down. only drawback is that alcohol rears its head for a brief moment on the back palate which disturbs the overall smooth feel of the beer. not as complex as youd hope, but tasty enuff to satisfy, and the AV doesnt hit you too hard which means you could go a bit longer with this.

ive had plenty better, but hey, if you can get a real belgian ale on tap that can do the job as adequately as grimberger, its hard to complain. always worth consideration when youre out and about, as any reputable euro beer lounge will have this on the go. and considering the alternative if leffe, well i know where id rather be.

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

One of the easier to find Belgians in Germany.

Color was a rich brown with black and red hues--really pretty color. Head was mountainous, long-lasting, and extremely fragrant. Notes of figs, plums (yea I noticed them too), molasses, and a coffee/chocolate/caramel combo overwhelm the taste buds. All flavors are very individual but blend together nicely. At 6.8 you know your drinking a strong beer but it doesn't knock you on your butt like some other brews (especially if your drinking it at .3 liter incriments). Good beer.

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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 beerguy101
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color. Medium head. Aroma is molasses and caramel. A medium bodied Belgian double. Slightly sweet malts, choclately and coffeeish. Other flavors are plums, wood and apricots. Slightly spicy. Very drinkable, Slightly warming. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of granger10
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color and forms a large darker than tan head. Has a very sweet aroma of raisins/plums. Taste is dominated by the raisiny/plum mixture. Roasted barley/wood come into play next. Finishes with a dextrin sweetness combined with some sour notes that I couldn't distinguish. This has a thin to medium body. Pretty complex but not balanced enough.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful reddish colour, good head. Surprisingly weak initial aroma, improves as the beer warms up - toffee, caramel and oak. Malty caramel flavour with some cloves, a tad too sweet for my taste. Needs some more hops to balance the sweetness. Malty, rounded aftertaste.

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Photo of stoutman
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium bodied Belgian double. Slightly sweet malts, chocolately and coffeeish. Other flavors are plums, wood and apricots. Slightly spicy. Very drinkable, Slightly warming. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Nice.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grimbergen Dubbel carries a deep brown body with hints of red in the light. The head poured thick, but it dissipated rather quickly. The aroma contains hints of nuts, and a complex fruity nose along with mocha and barley. In the taste detected flavors of anis, and a roasted barley on the palate. Overall it leaves a nice bitterness, but in my opinion something is unbalanced in the flavor. It is enjoybable, but it feels that something is lacking to make it's flavors work better together.

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

A solid dubbel. Dark amber, adequate tan head. Dark ripe fruity and nutty aroma. Smooth and rich...coats the throat nicely. Raisin/prune and over ripened apricot flavor. Carbonation level and full mouthfeel are spot on. Alcohol pokes around the palette casually. A nice find.

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Photo of rastaman
1.86/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottled. Horrifically sweet toffee apple flavour. Very cloying. The sweetest and worst Dubbel i've ever had. Too much toffee and sweetness, no other flavours that stick out. Not a good example of the style in my opinion. Iverly sweet, flat and syruppy, very bad, worst dubbel i've had.

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