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 codfeast
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to tulip.

A: a dark amber, with a thin off white head.

S: Dark fruits (plum, raison, fig, cherry) spicy yeast, and alcohol.

T: It went sweet, dry, sweet again. Dark fruits sweet to start then a little alcohol drying and a long sweet finish.

M: Pretty big and creamy, medium-high carbination.

O: Found it quite appealing, esay to drink, nice flavors, and mouthfeel. A good dubbel at a good price.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

651st Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
@Riverwalk Bar, Edgewater, Laughlin, NV

App- The color of a dark wood stain with only about a 1/4" of head. I am attributing this to a pint glass not being proper. No cling or lace either.

Smell- Subdued toffee and caramel notes with a nice touch of sweetness. A little bit of yeast as well.

Taste- Taste follows the nose and was a bit better than average but not by any means mind blowing. A nice run of the mill import Dubbel. Nice toffee notes with that caramel sweet.

Mouth- Medium bodied and Medium carbonated. A bit of sweet yeasty notes remained.

Drink- A pretty decent import to have at the pool in Laughlin. Needed a better glass. May have to have this one again.

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Photo of leansean88
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - While it pours a nice clear amber, the head leaves everything to be desired.

S - I'm not sure why, but something about the smell is troubling. It has a very bitter, dirty aroma. I hope it's just the glass I'm drinking from...

T - Despite it's smell, it tastes rather nice. Cool malt flavors and citrus blend nicely on the tongue. Nothing too impressive, but drinkable.

M - Carbonation does not get in the way of taste on the palette. The malty feeling is pleasant, but unremarkable.

O - It was pretty good. I usually make a judgement call on the first smell, so my expectations dropped when I got a whiff. If anything, the beer is full of surprises, both good and bad.

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

A - dark and creamy, with a deep caramel color and a very large lasting head with plenty of lacing.

S - Sweet malts, even a hint of banana and citrus

T - Sweet caramel malts dominate the taste buds, with some hints of raisin and a lingering sweet taste is left on the tounge resembling chocolate.

M - Rich and creamy, a solid mouth feel.

O - A pleasant treat. The moscato of beer, something you can probably serve to a non-beer fan and they'd probably enjoy it.

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Photo of kevo237
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Chimay goblet. Huge head developed that settled to a small, but respectable one. Looked great as it was reddish brown, and resembled a Coca-Cola.

Smell was the weakest point of this beer. It was typical steel barrel and that was it. Nothing else. Taste was very good. Spicy and bready while having a subtle cinnamon and banana taste. Mouthfeel was decent, but nothing special. Having never heard of this beer, I was pleasantly surprised after trying it at a local bar. I would definitely recommend this one.

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

300ml draught
6.5% ABV
I tried this beer on tap on March 24, 2011 at "The Town Crier" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent reddish-brown with a huge tan coloured head. The aroma was yeast, caramel malt, nuts, and fruit. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was sweet malt, yeast, and spices.

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

pours a dark brown with ruby red highlights. 1 1/2 fingers of tan head that lingers like sea foam.

initially there is the smell of yeast and malt. Some caramel and bread. A slight mixture of ginger or sassafras. Kind of like a rootbeer. And on the very back there is a small hint of coffee/chocolate.

sweet caramel and dark fruit flavor. hints of smoke and spice. a malty yeast with a hint of alcohol. a bit of chocolate on the finish. Almost gives a hint of mint like a wintergreen that kind of tingles the nose as you breath in after drinking it.

feels foamy and thick in my mouth. Good body to it. Maybe a bit high on the carbonation. Very fun to drink and had alot of fun breaking this one down. Another great Belgian that I highly recommend.

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Photo of Crowls
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: dark caramel brown, poured half an inch of head and kept retention lacing down the glass

Smell: sweet malts of caramel

Taste: crisp bitter hops and yeast start out finished by extreme sweetness of caramel, little hint of alcohol

Mouthfeel: silky and thick like a good ale should be

Overall: excellent craft brew to be enjoyed with a hearty meal. Good to drink casually but not for speed. Good taste and good beer.

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

This pours a dark brown with a generous beige head.

I get Maltesers on the nose. Some maltiness and spicey yeastiness.

On the palate there is the yeastiness, dark sugar, caramel, bready

Medium bodies, high carbonation

This is the sort of dubbel I like

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Dutch supermarket.
Look: poured reddish-brown with fluffy tan head.
Smell: spicy yeast, caramel malts, dark sugar, bit nutty and dark fruits
Taste: spicy yeast, sweet malts, caramel and hints of chocolate. Warming alcohol in finish
Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, medium body.
Overall: Good beer

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

Thanks to the bartender at The Twisted Kilt for the free pour

Pours brown, ruby hints in the light, fluffy white head, slightly sticky with some lace. Smell is dark fruit in alcohol, plum, raisin, cherry, light alc. and yeast. Taste is dark fruit, ripe cherry, yeasty, alc that comes and goes, brown sugar, plum and yeast. Mouthfeel is a little thin, medium carb and medium weight. Overall this isn't bad not stellar but can hold its own. The dark fruit character is quite nice here.

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

Poured this from an 11.2 oz bottle, with ABV on the label, into a DT snifter.
Thin film of a head that stays.
Aroma is high very dark fruits, fruity esters with hints of licorice. It is not very overpowering, just enough to soothe the senses.
Delicious brew, sweetness coats the palate up front with just the right amount of tartness in the finish.
Excellent lacing throughout.
A very good dubbel, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark red, with average head of tan foam. Minimal lace.

Aroma is candied cherries, alcohol, and candy sugar. Interesting.

Taste is amazing -- fruit, toffee, and, at the finish, grape!

A very elegant and complex Belgian ale, and a beer experience worth repeating.

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Photo of ghetto90007
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Todd English PUB in Las Vegas City Center.

Pours a clear, reddish, dark caramel color, light tan head with hints of red. Head is thin, but resilient. Good lacing.

Nose is fruity and boozy with malty undertones.

Fruity sweetness, like berries or cherries. Some have identified a cherry cola quality to it, which I agree with to an extent. It's not overly sweet, though, balanced out with a yeasty backbone and just the right amount of hops.

Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel.

A refreshing and drinkable brew.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from the bottle at least twice, but both were quite a long time ago, this review is from draft at Instant Replay.

A: The beer pours a nice chocolate brown color, that light did not penetrate (though it's a dark bar in here) and a nice quarter inch of head sits on top, slowly forming a faint ring of creamy bubbles.

S: Scents of dried dark fruits soaked in alcohol, and dipped in mild pepper. I pick up cherries, plums, raisins, and prunes.

T: Mirrors nose, but the taste of the dark fruits is more pronounced then the nose. Notes of plums, raisins, light candy sugar and caramel.

M: Light to medium mouth, lightly carbonated, a bit creamy.

O: Good balanced Dubbel, and quite a bit better than the bottle, from what I remember. Not too sweet, good dark fruit character.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Roasted malt nose, with a subtle touch of green gooseberries still brings a bit of acidity, both in the nose or in the body. In the mouth, the body of the dress and the bitterness is balanced by a subtle fruity touch. The finish is bitter, not too exaggerated, with the presence of roasted malt and caramel.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Guinness pint glass in San Antonio, Ibiza, Spain. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a dark amber colour, nontransparent, with a five finger head of nice thickness and cream. Excellent retention. Appealing. The head is impressive for the beer's high ABV.

Sm: Yeast! Hops, barley, the usual suspects. A bit musty, and of light strength.

T: Hoppy body: mainly nuts. Yeast comes through on the climax. Dark and biscuity flavour. Finish doesn't hide the alcohol as well as it needs to, leaving this part of the beer far less balanced against the first two thirds. No cream comes through on the open, but that wouldn't suit the style anyway. Slight wheat, but not to the extent you'd expect. Built a bit under par for a dubbel; it's rather disappointing if your expectations are high. In fairness, one ought to be skeptical of any abbey bier available in Ibiza.

Mf: Too light for a dubbel, and certainly far too smooth. Doesn't bring out the flavours of the body. Coarseness would suit it to this end, but then it'd also be class if the beer had more complex flavouring to begin with.

Dr: All in all, it's poorly priced by Ibiza standards, but I do suspect it's very fairly priced elsewhere, especially in Belgium. It doesn't hide its ABV well, but it's the best beer I've had on Ibiza so far (unless you count Guinness). Skip this one unless you're really into generic abbey beers that try to steal trappist marketing.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1.5" head of irregular sized bubbles. Clear dark burnt umber brown color. Not much smell coming off it, just a hint of the hops. Flavor has a hint of raisins and caramel but really not a very powerful or complex taste. There's an acidic zing in a moderate finish. Well, it's drinkable, but this is a dubbel? Dubbel what?

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Photo of AdamMY
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful looking chestnut brown with a nice thick and tan head.

While the aroma is slightly muted it comes accross as exceedingly pleasant. The taste is absolutely delicious full of wonderful grain and fruit characteristics, and sweet without too much of the Belgian Funk.

Mouthfeel is sublime.

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

Single from the Village Pump. $2.49

Well fancy that. A filtered dubbel. A beautiful, rich mahogany with a dense, beige head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a pretty attractive beer. The nose is a little disappointing, though. A touch stale and oxidized with some cherry cough syrup-like character. Some toffee, brown sugar and burnt sugar are also present. With time, some spices join the mix

The palate opens with a sharp sweetness with a blend of cherry and cola, along with a healthy dose of sugar. Moderately fruity in the mid-palate, there's some dried figs with a mild nutty bitterness present. The finish is a little disappointing with a fruity, cola-like character before fizzling out. As it warms up, there's some spice as well as a little bit of alcohol noticeable. The spice is kinda like Christmas spices, and a little bit goes a long way. Ultimately, this is decent, and on the sweeter end of the dubbel spectrum

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Photo of CountJustinian
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured rootbeer brown with glistening red and gold. Decent head that didn't linger much. Fruity nose with alcohol evident. Tastes bubbly, yeasty and like dried figs and dates. Good vibrant carbonation, and not as creamy as some other dubbels. Dry finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of emsroth
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

App: Dark brown with red hues. A solid tan cap with decent lace. The lace doesn't last, but while it's around it's quite beautiful.

Smell: Cherries and golden raisins. Backed by some sweet alcohol. Perhaps a touch of herbal hoppiness in there. I would actually prefer a bit more hop character in the nose, hence the 4.5.

Taste: A rather fruity dubbel. A touch of white grape/golden raisin sweetness in the middle and through the finish. Ends sweet with a touch of herbal dryness. A bit overly fruity and not enough balancing hops, but still quite good. The lack of bottle conditioning is definitely evident in the flavor.

Let this beer warm up some. It wasn't until 2/3 of the way through did I realize how good this beer actually is.

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Photo of bayougutter
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured out of 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip. It poured a mohogany garnet color with a one and half finger off white head. moderate carbination. Head quickly settled with moderate lacing.

caramel malts, figs, floral sweetness is what I get. not a big smell, had to really stick my nose in a try to smell. kinda mild smelling

taste is better than smell: caramel/toffee malts at first then a slightly sweet dark fruit taste. aftertaste a little lacking.

mouthfeel was good with mild carbination lasting to the end

overall an ok example, definetly drinkable. Just nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Cresant
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Chimay goblet. No date. The body was a hazy raisin color with a light tan head. The head left significant lacing.

Smell was figgy. Malts. Simple presentation.

Taste was well balanced. There was a fresh fruit tartness and a dried fruit sweetness. Grainy.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied but it was rich and had plenty of carbonation.

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

I recently had the chance to enjoy a Grimbergen Double Abbey, a lovely treat from the Flemish town of the same name, just north of Brussels. Its history dates back to 1128 at the abbey that Saint Norbert of Xanten (I've even been to Xanten--a tourist trap of "Roman" ruins if there ever was one) built for Premostratensian Communists of the day--a communal society in the area, which became famous for their hospitality. Now owned by the Alken Maes group (and unfortunately no longer brewed at the abbey), they churn out a half dozen traditional brews of ascending color and strength.

The Double--or Dubbel--is their brown ale, checking in at 6.5 percent ABV. It pours deep brown with low carbonation and a soft body. The nose opens with a maple sweetness and hints of a young yeast, which is rather surprising considering the travel time. The glass nonetheless laces wonderfully on the way down as the soft, white head keeps count to the final sip.

This one is better than most, particulary as an import.

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Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,050 ratings.
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