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Grimbergen Dubbel | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Brewed by:
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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2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark reddish brown color that looks almost purple. Frothy layer of off-white head on top.

S - Mild aroma of alcohol and dark fruit. Not a lot to note here.

T - Tastes of baking chocolate, some breadiness, finish is a bit bitter and unsatisfying.

M - Light mouthfeel with some carbonation

O - I'm not saying this is a bad beer, but I was definitely not satisfied with it either. I really like the Blonde, so I really thought this would be on par with it. There just didn't seem to be a much here to talk about. It was okay to try, but I doubt I'll be trying it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of jmdrpi
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served from the tap in a 10 oz chalice.

appears a clear chesnutt brown color with some amber highlights. thin cream colored head of fine bubbles. nice sweet aroma of malt, brown sugar. taste is fairly standard for the Dubbel style, dominated by malts, with some notes of dark fruits. very smooth mouthfeel, it goes down super easy.

overall - first time I had heard of this Belgian brewery, and I was very impressed.

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3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, nice deep amber color with garnet highlights and a 3 finger light cream colored head. Decent retention and mild lacing.

The nose is not overly pronounced. Lots of cherry notes, a little brown sugar and spiced apples, very little yeastiness to speak of.

Taste follows the nose fairly well, with the sweetness coming out a little more. The dark fruits are there, mostly the cherry, but also some raisin sneaking in. Some caramel malt as well.

Fairly medium body and not too carbonated, which was surprising given the way it gushed when I opened it. The sweetness gets a little boring. Just a touch of alcohol dryness on the finish.

Overall not bad, it just seems to be lacking in complexity. Nothing here to drive me to want more.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I started off with an easy pour and ended up ramping it up through moderate to aggressive. Got a half finger of sandy colored head. Body is a rich brown with orange accents. Head leaves a little bit on top with good lacing noted clinging to the sides.

Malt, apples and sour mixed berries right off the bat. Not getting the chocolate aroma noted on the bottle but there is sweet toffee in there.

The first flavors that this beer brings forth are fruity. Sour apple with hints of berry. Yeast is also strong in there, and a little toffee, but this is rather subdued. Mild hop bitterness in transition to the berry brandy finish. I am a fan of the Belgian Dubbel style, and comparing this to those I've had in the past, I find the flavor disappointing as it seems to lack the joie de vivre of Westmalle's or Chimay's dubbel.

I found it to be medium bodied. Carbonation is on par, and the doesn't coat the tongue very much. The mild hops near the end leave a bitter finish.

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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown color, with red edges. Beautiful foam hat, compact and creamy, cream colored.
Malty, sugary smell, red fruit, caramel, berry fruit. Not horrible, but definitely too sweet.
The taste is sugary and fruity too, berry fruit.
Too sweet and unbalanced, you can barely feel the maltiness under the sugar. Also quite flat.
Not interesting.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served unto a chalice.

Appearance: A dark amber, almost maroon. Head is a light tan about 1/10"

Smell: Very light maple, and slight hops.

Taste: Tastes like a "bock", slightly sweet but not like a soda sweet. It is more on the side where it makes it easy to drink.

Mouth: Medium to light carbonation. Even blend that just goes down that easy.

Overall: This is a pretty well put together beer. It is somewhat light for a full flavor beer but it is a beer which improves with the time you take to drink it. Hope you all enjoy and drink with pride.

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Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,062 ratings
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