Grimbergen Dubbel | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Grimbergen DubbelGrimbergen Dubbel

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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Grimbergen chalice at The Firkin.

I vaguely remember trying this well over a year ago, back in my NoVa days, but not enough to sate my curious brain. Better to have it possibly again, I always say. It pours a clear sunset russet topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, brown sugar, light molasses, sweet figs, and maple syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, keeping that sweet-leaning course very tightly. Kind of odd that I don't get too much of the usual Belgian-ness on the tongue, but this lack doesn't hurt things very much at all. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a very nice dubbel, one of the sweeter ones I've ever had, but a generally enjoyable drink.

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Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Watching it pour into my goblet it doesn't look very exciting. There is really no head maybe just a dense foamy colar dispiate a rather robust carbonation. It pour a chestnut brown with good clarity.
Aroma is of sweet malts candied sugar ans figs.
Taste is very good and quite drinkable. Similar to the nose there is a good sweet malt bill with plenty of dark fruit. Mouhfeel is about a medium weight and fairly smooth with a tangy bitter or dry finish.
A very good beer thats not overly heavy or sweet. It walks that fine line perfectly. I'd like to see some more of a foamy cap to pump up the appearance.

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3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad I had the Trappistes Rochefet 10 before writing this review. I will definitely drink this again but it is second to the Rochefet 10 at this point. Lots of fruity aromas but a little too thick and sweet. My favorite part is the chocolate covered cherry flavor. Carbonation was not as crisp as I would like, but it is a good Belgian Dubbel.

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3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown-red in color with a touch of head on the pour.

Aromas of cherries, yeast, and brown sugar.

Sweet overall balanced with some dark fruits and yeasts.

Smooth with low carbonation in the mouth. The aftertaste is pleasant and bready.

Decent. Not the best, not the worst Dubbel.

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

On tap into grimbergen chalice.

A: deep red amber, good head with several minute stability, dense lacing

S: strong hops, lime, raisins , sour red berries

T: Belgian yeast character is strong, no toffee or coffee, rather doughy malts with raisin sweetness. Plenty of dark burnt candy syrup.

M: low attenuation and carbonation make this a bit sirupy

O: nice, sweet but not overly subtle or complex

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Photo of schoolboy
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What's not to love about this? I's thick and aromatic. The taste will cut through anything. It has bitter, sweet and sour all going at the same time.

The only problem with this great brew might be that there is too much going on. None of this is bad, and this is highly recommended, and I will buy it again.

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

A deep ruby/brown beer with a modest opaque head on top. It smells of brandy, sherry, molasses and caramel. Dark fruits as well are present in the aroma-mellow but rich. A sip reveals sweet caramel malts, with a hint of that brandy/sherry like aroma coming through in the flavor. It has a pretty clean flavor for a dubbel, but with a tiny amount of sharp sourness, just a hint though. It balances out the sweetness of the malts nicely. It has a full, smooth body with moderate carbonation. Overall quite a pleasant beer, and a bit more straightforward than most dubbels I have tried. The alcohol is barely noticeable, which I consider a plus. Very nice, worth a try.

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

Bought this one at Brussels airport on my way back from a trip to Rotterdam in 2011.

Color is brown, all that you can expect from a dubble. Some red color in there too. Light foam on top of this one. Lots of carbonation is observed. The aroma shows notes of sugars and malts. Molasses. Medium intensity aroma, typical yeast presence in the nose.

The taste is roasted malts and belgian yeast. Sweet in the mouth. Delicious. Better in the taste than in the nose. So easy to drink. Almost light bodied.

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Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,054 ratings.
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