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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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown body, 2 finger head, fine lacing in chalice.

S: roasted nuts, bananas, plums, mild coffee, spices.

T: roasted nuts, fruit, firm malt, goes down rather smoothly.

M: Medium body, solid carbonation.

D: Delicious, not world class, but quite good. Worth trying. I could have a few of these.

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Photo of jonb5
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle, poured into Leffe Chalice. Half a finger head, dark ruby colour, cloudy. Yeasty smell. Tasted hint of rasberry and a bit of
Smoke. Very smooth mouthfull. It has the feel of cough mixture. Its a bit sticky so I wouldn't want too many, but overall a decent double.

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Photo of orz
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Impressive almost black color. Against the light one can see it's deep red. Beige, coffee-like head is rather thin and collapses quickly.

S: Pepper, coffee, nuts and bananas, thus complex, not balanced though, somewhat unpleasant.

T: Coffee, bananas, caramel, malts. Sweet. Better balanced than the smell.

M: Too watery for me. I had an impression that I was drinking cold caramel coffee diluted with water.

D: Despite its drawbacks, goes down nicely.

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Photo of kickert
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a top notch beer, and my favorite 6-pack to bring home on a regular basis. It is thick but not overwhelming. It something you can enjoy on a regular basis without having to be in the mood for it.

It pours with a high viscosity and a nice light brown head. The color is dark with a hint of a redding hue. The smell reveals some malty sweetness.

On the palate, you get a a lot of deep rich malt notes that trend towards chocolate and perhaps a slight raisin note. The yeast flavors are evident, but not overwhelming. It has a thick mouthfeel with a lingering finish.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A very deep mahogany color with hints of ruby when held to light. Some foamy lace and 1/2 a finger of frothy white head.

S: Strong notes of Belgian yeast with hints of sweet fruit - some berry and apple.

T: Very yeasty with notes of fruity sweetness and a little caramel.

M: On the lighter side of medium and perhaps just a little too thin.

D: A decent dubbel, but nothing to get too excited about.

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Photo of benfons
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish brown nice big thick head

S: grapefruit,malts, apple, blackberry, chocolate

T: caramel and chocolate up front, apple and other fruits in the middle, hops and malts in the end, and al through you get some spices

M/D Feels very smooth good carbonation and abv, pretty drinkable

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

On tap at the Yard House in Denver, CO. Served in a goblet.

A: Deep garnet with nice clarity. A small and rocky tan head slowly falls to a thin film. Leaves bits of lace.

S: The dried fruits in the form of raisins, cherries and prunes really stuck out. A light dose of pepper kept the sweetness in check.

T: Very vinous. The generous dark fruits give this beer a red wine quality. Sweet bitter balance leans toward the sweet side of the scale. The mild pepper bitterness is helps balance, but this is still a fairly sweet overall experience. I liked it. Finishes with lingering dark fruits flavors.

M: The rather light body is appropriate for a dubbel. The carbonation is spot on.

D: This is a very nice sipping beer and nice example of the style.

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Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a-deep red. pours with a thick head that runs away fast to become a thin lace

S-heavy on the belgian yeast with a bit of sweetness, with a hint of berry

T-starts with a chocolate nose and then tastes of brittle through the middle...finishes really sweet. I had to drop the score here because it gets worse if u let it sit and open up

m-a bit syrupy, but carbonation was good

D-a bit too sweet, but still good, may try again as a desert beer

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Photo of JeffBob
4.69/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours into a glass dark brown with a slight red haze to it, yielding one finger of foam. Smells of blackberry at the same time its dark and musty yet airy like an old castle.
Tastes of semi sweet black berry's turning toffieish with a hint of coffee then setting after taste of berry's once more.
it has a nice carbonation that doesnt sting but just tickles the tip and back of the tongue with a light to medium thickness.
drinkability is awesome I could drink this all night it does not fill you up but is so complex with flavor it is now one of my new favorites and this bottle is going on my wall of greatness.

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Photo of sfprint
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown/red cola appearance. Quickly dissipating uneven head. Micro carbonation rising to the top.

S: Souring cola/dr pepper. Weird and complex. Rotting apples, sweet syrup, alcohol.

T: Easy going down. Slightly tart, sodaish, yet only a tad sweet. Good but somewhat bland.

M: Medium body, but nearly zero carbonation. Heavy water.

D: Decent beer.

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Photo of fourplayed
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Clear Reddish Amber, poured a thin lite tan head.

smells of sweet toffe, caramel, chocolates.

taste is smooth malts first, breads, mild toffe and chocolate, some spices and bitter hop notes with medium to mild alcohol presense.

Medium body and carbonation, dry hops and bready finish with medium alcohol warmth.

Drinks well with nice sweet and mild toffe and chocolate notes, some hop dryness and some bread...a better than o.k. brew.

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

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of beige head. It is copper colored. The aroma is sweet and spicy with plenty of caramel malt. The taste is sweet caramel and toffee malt with some mild spiciness. The mouthfeel has some moderate viscosity. A low amount of carbonation makes this a remarkably easy drinking beer.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

brown and nice looking, good head with a nice amount of lacing and bubbles.

smell is fairly boring, a little olivey, a bit of alcohol and some dark fruit, but all very light, and mixed with some skunky notes.

taste is really nice, brown sugar, a little spice and some raisin like flavours...

good but not great

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle pours a clear, brownish-red color with a creamy tan foam. Retention is average but lacing is pretty awesome, leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Code of 3004TL12058 on the back, which I wish I could interpret since I bought this at a store notorious for hanging onto old beer.

Nose is fruity and bready with cranberries and black bread coming to mind. Mildly sweet and chocolaty malts are there as well.

Taste is fruity with an odd Smartees candy and Sour-Skittles sweetness that seems a bit out of place. Gives the mouthfeel the impression of being thin with the lack of a dense, caramel malt backbone that usually accompanies a dubbel. For me, this needs more malt, less fruit and a thicker body. I'll pass on this one next time.

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Photo of JoshJ
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Belgian Verboden Vrucht glass.

If I was trying to introduce someone to expanding their beer palatte, then this is the dubbel of choice.

It's a beautiful dubbel! The rich dark chocolate colour is also trumped by the full bubbly head that finishes as you pour that lingers in a glass right till the end.

The taste is as finished as it looks in the glass. There is a nice level of Malty layers with just a hint of fruit like finish.

By far and away, one beer I will continue to buy. For those in Australia, Dan Murphys has started importing this, and it is very reasonably priced!

If you are thinking of trying it.. Don't hesitate.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a somewhat dark mahogany with a bit of an off white head and some pretty good lacing on the way down. Nose brings out some dark fruits, brown sugar, and toffee. Taste is some hints of fruit as well as a bit of sweet malt. Some Belgian yeast characteristics. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly creamy. Decent enough beer, but doesn't have the complexity of the better versions of this style.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.49/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

50cl can purchased in the Netherlands. Yes, this beer comes in pounders, at least in Europe. I'll send you a photo if you don't believe me. Best by May, 2011.

Pours an attractive and deep reddish brown with a thick, off-white head. Pretty good lacing, and, overall, a stellar appearance.

However, appearance isn't everything.

Slightly caramel-malty aroma with unexpected acidic notes of grapes and other fruit.

Flavor is surprisingly tart, with a very fruity, almost saccharin, artificial sweetness. Behind this flavor there's a touch of toasted caramel malt, but it really can't shine through: tart-sweetness just dominates and makes this a very weird Dubbel. I mean, the style is supposed to be a bit fruity, but not tart or sour. This beer is almost in Flemish Oud Bruin territory, and even then it's not a great example of the style. Mouthfeel lacks body, but at least it wasn't over-carbonated.

This beer has flavor and it really isn't an "Avoid." It's just not a very good Dubbel.

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Photo of xylophonica
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip.

A - Super dark, very little light will penetrate this liquid. Small dark head with some immediate lacing.

S - Earthy & woody, with some bread and caramel. Plenty of malt & spices coming through as well.

T - Again slightly spicy with a gentle but noticeable feel of carbonation. Softening on the palate, it's not watery, but not as rich in flavour as some other dubbels. The heart of the flavour here seems to be a combination of some dark cacao mixed with some sweeter wine like a port or sherry.

M - The carbonation is quite pleasant although it does overpower some of the more subtle elements. Fairly smooth and consistent throughout though which make is quite agreeable.

D - The tingling carbonation makes it easy to down but the flavour just isn't as complex or intense as many other dubbels.

On a recent trip to France I became quite acquainted with Grimbergen Blonde in the 50cl cans and found it to be a fairly sweet but overall enjoyable beer (sorry for the 5-second review). The dubble is in the same league again - quite nice in it's own way and certainly exuding a distinct personality. All in all a decent beer but overall it's not the best example of this style.

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Photo of impending
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Trappe. The room was dim, all I could tell is that it was dark too.

Sweet dark fruits, a crusty fig newton with toffee in the background.

Medium bodied, coats the mouth nicely. Taste is precisely the aroma, no surprises. The lowest abv dubbel I think I've ever had. Guess there are no session dubbels :)

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Photo of jmerloni
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nutty, orange brown with pretty huge white head.

S - Yeast and spices dominate.

T - Yeasty, some spices. Traditional dubbel flavors are pretty dull and regular. Tastes like a very generic version of the style. Okay but not great.

M - Good mouthfeel. Smooth and beery. Pretty light and pretty dry.

D - Pretty drinkable. Might get this again, although there are cheaper and better alternatives.

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Photo of Brideshead
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap, and a bit too chilled, I believe. As far as Belgian brews go, the smell seemed hardly to reach my nose. The taste, though malty and smooth, suffered from an apparently lower level of complexity. Brown sugar and a decently-heavy maltiness were my predominant impressions. Again, I'm thinking that the over-chilling factor subdued a lot of potential in the flavor department. But big thumbs up on drinkability. I'd love to try it again, if not simply for drinkability, then in hopes of finding a greater complexity the second time around.

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

Picked this up at the Supermercardo in Puerto de Santa Maria for about 1.6 Euros. Worth the drive and poor queuing. Poured into a Coors Banquet beer Pilsner glass and got a rich two inch white head which was surprising due to the tawny red colour of the ale. Nice Dubbel, nice taste, not too malty and worth a session of two or three. Enjoyed it with my stogie on a warm Spanish evening. Adios.

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Photo of JRed
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky, dark amber, almost brown in body topped by large, frothy off white head. Fragrant aroma of alcohol, sweets, caramel, burnt sugar, prunes, dark fruit, slight raisin and kiwi, and some spice. Flavors of prunes, raisins, kiwi, sugars, sweets, slight candied apple towards the finish. Light, medium carb in body with a sour aftertaste. This is a fine beer and the flavors gradually become less irritating as you drink it but it is not one worth purchasing again.

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Photo of thecarster1
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a chimay chalice, nearly two fingers of dense tan head which fade slowly leaving loads of head all over the glass and a covering of lace, dark walnut with hints of ruby.

s- clean, tough of alcohol, dark fruits, malt, not overly yeasty - more sweet smelling.

t- belgian yeast, alcohol is present, some toffee, i read in another review - butter-rum - that is spot on, some raisin, fig, sweet candied dark fruits, a bit of earthy cacao. as it warms the alcohol becomes a bit too much for my liking.

m- a bit then for the style, but still smooth.

d- okay, this isn't a dubbel to write home about, but it's drinkable. belgians aren't my favorite style, and this one is just okay.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours red brown, with a soft off-white head, good retention, low lace for a Belgian.

S: Candied oranges, butterrum, raisins, malt.

T: Muddled dark fruit with some back end sweetness. Nice taste but not too complex.

M: Fairly dry to style, medium-bodied, thins out in the end.

D: An average dubbel, tastes a bit mass produced, for nuance and complexity look elsewhere.

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Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,049 ratings.
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