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 ghetto90007
4/5  rDev +5%
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 -8.1%
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 -10.8%
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 -31%
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 -22.3%
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 +16.3%
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 -11%
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 +10.2%
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 -1%
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 -10.5%
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 -7.3%
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 +1%
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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Photo of obrendano
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

what a Valentine's Day, got this from the lady, who doesn't know much about beer nerdery, she did pretty damn well

A - really nice deep nutty red, creamy offwhite head for days, leaves lacing everywhere and bubbles the whole time

S - good smell, easy to pick out all the toasted tones, and a slight bit of the alcohol and yeast

T - classic brown ale taste, a bit of a yeasty twang, finishes with a dark malt, some underlying dark fruit taste

M - a bit thin, but still a little sticky and tickly from the carbonation, livens it up considerably

D - very glad to have this, will easily do in the 6 pack over the next couple days

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -4.7%
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 -0.8%
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 +26%
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 -8.7%
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 +1.8%
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 +4.2%
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 -16.5%
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 +23.1%
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 -10.8%
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 +1.8%
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 -6%
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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Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,062 ratings
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