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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-11-2001

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Ratings: 1,063 |  Reviews: 505
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of brewyou2
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of TCgoalie
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of atlason
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
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 +8.9%
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 +5%
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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Photo of ZorPrime
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of Mar02x
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A decent beige head on top of a brownish red bright beer. The head is slowly retraction fo fluffy.

S - Light citrus with yeast

T - A dry, slightly bitter beer with citrus hinds, not so spicy. I can remember having better ones, a bit more sweet.

M - Medium carbonation, medium dry and a low bitter after taste.

O - A decent double, one of the best from the supermarket.

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Photo of mariposafan
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mahogany with a sadly thin, beige head that fades to some minor lacing.

There are no off notes in the aroma but there's little enough of it there and none of the Belgian character that I'd expect in a dubbel. What's there is malty and sweet but could just as easily be from a dopplebock. Odd.

The flavor shows a little of that unique Belgian yeast character, but not much - this is probably the Belgian beer for people who don't like Belgian beers. A little sweet with just a hint of spiciness. I don't get any bitterness at all.

The mouthfeel is thin for a dubbel but the creamy carbonation saves it somewhat.

Overall it's OK for a pleasant beer, but seriously lacking as a dubbel. There's nothing unpleasant at all about it but not enough on the plus side to cause me to buy it again.

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Photo of Radome
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Madrid, Spain. Served from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A - Attractive, medium chestnut brown with reddish highlights. Very clear. Head is thin but fluffy and never fades away.

S - Aroma is malty and very nutty. Some plums and dark fruits emerge as it warms. Nice but not very complex.

T - Clean, slightly sweet malt is the largest impression. Some earthy hops and alcohol tastes develop late in the palate.

M - Medium to heavy body. Dry finish, some light alcohol burn.

O - A very clean and pleasant Dubbel, but not as complex and distinctive as the best examples. A good solid Belgian beer. I'm glad I can get it in the beer desert of Spain.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at The Beer Store in South Hampton.
Pours a brilliant brown. Malty nose. I found it refreshing that the typical smell of a Belgian hop strain didn't reach out and smack me in the nose. This one is definitely chock full of caramel, malt, and a tinge of smokiness. Goes down real smooth. Hope to see this again in the future.

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Photo of codfeast
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -10.2%
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 -20.2%
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 +2.9%
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 -0.5%
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 -7.3%
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 +6.8%
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 +11%
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 -4.2%
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 +0.5%
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 -0.3%
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 +13.4%
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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Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,063 ratings
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