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 SleepyMonk
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle poured into a chalice glass.

Dark colored body that reveals a very striking ruby red hue when held up to the light. Head is a solid 2 fingers with tight long lasting retention.

The aromatic profile is rather shallow with only mild elements of malt in combination with caramelized brown sugar present. The aroma is however rather fresh which is reassuring.

Like the nose the palate also favors the malt notes, however taste also introduces yeast flavors which are drawn in with mild dry fruits and nuts to build a fresh bread loaf profile.

Mouthfeel is rather smooth and fresh, whilst carbonation is kept to a fraction below the moderate level.

A good beer but a little lack-luster in terms of having dominant features for the nose and taste. I will most likely pick up another, from a different batch perhaps, some time in the future as a test.

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

Dubbels are one of my favorite styles, lets see how this one stacks up to some of my top picks.

A: Dull brown, with slight ruby highlights when held to light. Nice head retention and carbonation level.

S: Lots of toffee/caramel aroma. Not much fruit in the nose, or esters from the yeast. Some biscuit or bread notes from the malt are also present.

T: Lots of caramel, some slight fruit flavor, maybe some raisins, and a little bit of candy sweetness. The flavor profile is a little bit one-dimensional, with the heavy toffee flavors overpowering. I'd like maybe a little bit more from the yeast.

M: Nice thickness to this, without being cloying, it is soft on the tongue.

D: Despite the heavy flavors it is still pretty drinkable, although I would prefer maybe a slightly drier or hoppier finish to balance all of that toffee out. this would be a good beer to drink with apple pie or cake, or some sweet dessert.

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

Pours a deep dark ruby brown with about a cm of creamy tan head that isn't going anywhere in a hurry. Smells of yeast, malt, some banana. The taste is actually very clean for a dubbel. There's a lot of malty sweetness and very little bitterness, but it finishes fairly cleanly. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, very nice. Overall, one of the more drinkable dubbels I've had.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

0.33l bottle poured in a its own chalice

A: Beautiful dark amber color with a nice creamy beige head which dissipates quickly leaving some nice lacings
S: Sweet. Toffee and caramel malts dominates. But also a dark fruits, spices and Belgium yeasts
T: Again caramel malts and spices. Sweet as a Belgium Dubbel should be with a light bitter end.
M: Creamy and dense with a medium carbonation
D: Good. I personally like the Belgium Dubbel style and Grimbergen represents it very well. I really recommend it

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured very dark amber with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A light level of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of bready malts in the nose, along with notes of dark fruits and toffee.
T: As the beer warms up, there is some sweetness in the overall taste, which has flavors that are very similar to the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and smooth, but a bit thin.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink but it doesn't have quite enough of a complex taste to leave me wanting to drink another.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into my Allagash tulip. The color is a dark burgundy. Two fingers of a slightly tanned head developed and dissipated to a billowy cap, then a ring around the outside.

Smell: Very sweet, fruity aroma, which was so sharp I misinterpreted it as alcohol on the first whiff. Banana, apple cider, and grapes. The grapes remind me of communion wine. Belgian yeast presents itself as the beer warms.

Taste: Follows the smell, but is not as sweet; the apple cider and grapes let the banana and yeast dominate. Caramel malts balance it perfectly. The mouthfeel is bread-like and chewy.

Drinkability: Superb. This is one of those "I'm going to give myself a present" brews. Very tasty stuff.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at J Barleycorn in Nashville TN. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Grimbergen Double is a clear, ruby-amber color with a huge, thick creamy off-white head that leaves lots of chunky, sticky lacing. Must not be bottle conditioned as there is no apparent yeast to be found either in suspension or on the bottom of the bottle. The nose is very malt forward, toffee and caramel, a touch of dark fruitiness and yeasty phenols. The flavor echoes the nose with the fruitiness dominating more than I expected, some toffee, mild chocolate, anise and hints of alcohol. The mouthfeel is thinner than I had expected and with a beer as sweet as it is, I was surprised by the very dry finish. Overall, a drinkable beer, seems a little off-style but still very good.

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

Dulled, malty sweetness. Light spicy phenol and a touch of alcohol. The rich fruits expected aren't really here.

Nice, mahogany colour with a big, fluffy, light tan head. Good head retention and lacing

Big malty backbone with notes of toffee. The fruitiness is stone fruit with some darker, dried fig. Not too much spice and no noticeable alcohol. Just a touch of cardboard like oxidation.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Suitable. Quite smooth.

Actually pretty good. Not as good as many Trappist examples of the style but for a beer from a European macro brewery they have done a good job.

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

12oz bottle into a snifter...added as an extra in a recent trade.

A: Pours a deep mahogany amber with a big white/tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: The nose is mostly malty/biscuity/bready aromas.

T: The taste is of sweet fermented grapes, belgian yeast, and a slight metalic taste on the finish.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied.

D: This is pretty good but I'm not sure if I'd buy it on a regular basis.

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Photo of bump8628
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful deep garnet color with a half inch of light tan head that recedes quickly.

Grimbergen Dubbel has a definite grape note along with other dark fruits like plum and currants. The Belgian yeast has a pretty light profile compared to others in this style only giving off a soft fruitiness. Finish is fairly sweet almost giving off the impression of an alcoholic version of Welch's grape juice.

A solid beer, though I feel it would be much better out of the bottle with more carbonation to cut the sweetish finish.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a caramel colored liquid that is deep in color inside the glass. The head is tan and bubbly as it fizzles away slowly.

S-the nose is bready and sweet. Toasted bread has a strong presence up front. An underlying caramel malt sits somewhere in the middle acting as a transition to sweet dark cherries and plums

T-the taste follows the nose. The bready malt is lighter in the taste but present right up front. Caramel holds this together as the sweetness takes over towards the back. Slightly tart cherries and ripe plums with just a touch of herbal hop bitterness at the finish

M-this is relatively smooth and rather creamy. The carbonation is not too high, it is actually quite nice giving it a very crisp and clean finish. It is medium in body and coats the mouth. Slick on the back of the throat.

D-this is a great beer, a wonderful melding of malty goodness with an ever so light hop bitterning at the finish.

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Photo of Briken
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This dubbel pours a dark umber with a medium tan head. It's vaguely cola like as it pours, perhaps due to the high carbonation. It has a very pleasant fruity aroma with a hint if oak. It tastes of cherry, wheat, and a hint of chocolate. The best is the smooth cognac finish. Unfortunately, the cherry and wheat are somewhat overpowering but it's a good flavor so I don't really mind. Mouthfeel is smooth but lacking in any real oomph, for lack of a technical term.

While this is not the best, at $2 a bottle it is certainly an inexpensive dubbel fix if you're strapped for cash. I'll be sure to get another the next time I see one.

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Photo of beerfairy
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Reddish brown with a light caramel head. Head slowly dicipates and has decent lasting lacing.

S: Fruity, slightly malty and sweet.

T: Sweet, caramel, fruity.

M: Drank it so fast I didn't notice, so it couldn't have been bad.

D: Dangerously drinkable as a session beer

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz

A: Pours a deep rich mahogany color with a large tan head that leaves a lot of lacing behind as it fades into a thin layer. It is completely devoid of visible sediment or yeast.

S: Sweet malty aromas are quickly followed by a coppery metallic scent. Also mild notes of spices

T Nice mild fruity taste. Tastes of apples and spices. A tastes of yeast is also present, and adds the flavor and complexity of the beer. Sweet malty tastes of toffee. The copper taste is not as apparent in flavor as in aroma, but it is still present.

M: Very smooth mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation, but the carbonation does not sting my mouth or throat.

D: The mouthfeel of this beer is incredibly smooth and there is almost no hint of alcohol. Add to that the fact that this is a very complex beer, and it scores high on drinkablity.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Trappistes Rochefort chalice.

Liquid is a mix of burgandy, burnt umber, copper, and dark brown. Good clarity, small active off-white head leaves behind decent soapy lacing. Small rivulets of legs cut through the micro-bubbles on the side of the glass.

Fruity aromatics suggesting cherries, orange, cleaning liquid, bubble gum, and a bit of toffee and stale coffee.

Fruit-forward on the palate, but with a delicate complexity suggesting plums, figs, citrus, and brandy. Yeast and malts support the sweetness and add a bit of caramel and faint tartness which leads into the estery alcohol in the finish. Something suggests brief barrel maturation which helps keep this from straying into cloying territory.

Medium bodied, round, and sufficiently carbonated.

All in all, not a bad example of the style at all - I was hoping for a bit more flavor, as I've even had some domestic expressions that were superior...

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grimbergen Dubbel. 33 cl. bottle.

Pours a deep burgundy with reddish-amber highlights. about 1.5" of thick, billowing white head slowly deflates to about half an inch. Thick lacing coats the side of the glass.

Very fruity, and cloyingly sweet in the nose. Sour apple dominates, while dark fruit takes a back seat.

Again, almost cloyingly sweet taste, dominated by tangy green apple flavors. A little caramel and a slightly metallic finish. The taste itself isn't bad (though there's 0 hop presence), but it's unbalanced and ungainly, which makes it hard to enjoy in more than sips.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Thick, viscous mouthfeel in the beginning gives way to a decidedly thinner body. Not very drinkable due to the intense sweetness and lack of carbonation and hop balance.

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

Pours a deep ruby red with about an inch of off white head. Spots of lacing.

Smells of cherry, banana, vanilla, and spice. Sweet and inviting.

Taste like a fruit roll up, cherry leading the way with a dark caramel sweetness. Sweet with just enough tart. As it warms you get more of its funk.

It feels good in the mouth, not to heavy with a nice dose of carbonation, the flavors dance on your tongue as it drys.

Id have no problem throwing back a few of these.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby amber (pure ruby when held to the light) with a thick beige head. I have half of the pint and still have 1/4 inch of foam. getting good lacing and some rings. This might be my first 5 for appearance.

Just finished the dishes and had a moldy sponge -- First sip I smelled some mildew and thought it might be my hands. It's not. There's a definite sour cherry fermented funk to this. The sour cherry - good; the odd funk, not so good.

Taste is interesting -- this is a different dubbel. Initial taste has a light tartness that quickly goes to dry burnt sugar and toasted malt that you'd find in other styles. This one finishes with your mouth dry and cottony, with a light bitter+browned malt flavor. I'm looking for the lingering dark stone fruit soaked in booze element, and it isn't here. Incredibly unique.

Good body to this one, plus just enough carbonation to keep it lively.

Overall, I'm diggin' this. No cloying sweet raisin and rubbing alcohol elements. Lower in alcohol so no real bite. You could put a couple of these down because of that fact alone. The dryness at the finish impedes the drinkability a bit, but not much. Try this -- still worth it.

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Photo of JMD
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich burgandy with small off white head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Sweet aroma of dark ripe fruit, toffee, and some belgian yeast.

T: Big malty sweetness and some light belgian yeast. Ripe cherries and raisins. Some faint chocolate and carmel.

M: Medium to full bodied.

D: This beer is packed with flavor and highly drinkable. I picked this up as a single, but wish I had a few more. I'll definitely grab this one again.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice classic, almost perfunctory, dubbel. Maybe nothing for the ages, but having one like this handy makes the ages go by rather nicely.

Presentation: 33 Cl. bottle. Old seal design around the image of n an eagle over stained glass and the motto of the brew. Sides show different narratives in different languages. Flemish and French note the founding legend, while English, Spanish, and Italian describe briefly the brew. Back notes again in several languages that it "contains barley and wheat", alongside a few perfunctory disclaimers. Shows best by date (09-10-10) Notes Alc. by Vol. (6.5%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown burgundy pour with a accented crimson edges. very generous head with great retention, shrinking down to a persistent surface lump, and a very rich lacing.

S - Rather fruity notes coating a nice Belgium yeast sense. Cherry an some dark dried fruits in the mix.

T - Taste expands the aroma with a sour fruity range, some sweet caramel notes, and an earthy and strange but nice metallic note in the finish.

M - Medium to light body with fine carbonation. A bit too thin in the finish.

D - Rather quaffable for a dubbel all things considered. Goes down well with a solid quality standard and is rather pleasing.

Notes: Overrated maybe because it is so common these days, at least in most common markets around Madrid. And yet it is a large scale Belgium dubbel that remains reliable and pretty solid despite its ubiquity. Again, maybe it´s nothing extraordinary but there are no complaints to having something like this handy next to some of the local swill.

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Photo of Loppuu
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with some clarity. A good amount of head leaving a good amount of froth. Yummy :)
Tasted some caramel maybe some dates or raisins- Some spices too. Smooth, and medium-bodied with some carbonation.
The second glass was better kinda like the more you drink it, the better it taste. Definitely will be visiting again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grimbergen Dubbel pours a very dark amber color, with a moderate head. There didnt appear to be a very strong smell. It tasted rather heavy, not too hoppy and strong falvors, and an almost sweet taste as well. It was rather easy to drink, and there were no really strong aftertastes. Overall Grimbergen Dubbel is a pretty good beer, but not the best in this style.

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Photo of pants678
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from the tap in a standard belgian tulip type glass. It's a deep amber, more toward brown with red edges. The head is white, dense and frothy.

Smell is hard to get in the bar, but the tulip does help. Figs underline spices what seems like caramel.

Pungent and complex it's mostly dark fruit. I'm not picking up the "bubble-gum" that's oft mentioned, but it seems like all malts here with maple, banana and that slight edge of cherry and brown sugar.

The problem is carbonation which is lacking. It's tough to glean everything, interpret on the palate without bubbles breaking it up. It's not too heavy, but it's mix of flavors is rather muddled.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a ruby red/brown with some bubbly off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing
S - Caramel and toffee with pungent spices
T - Candied sugar, caramel malts, toffee, subtle dark fruits, and delicate spices cut through it all. Little bit of booziness but its really enjoyable in this ale. Complexities abound but the flavors (other than the candy) are subtle.
M - Smooth, sticky, and medium-bodied with very slight carbonation
O - A solid dubbel that's more drinkable and less cloying than most

After having it a few times, this is becoming one of my favs that I know I'll keep going back to.

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

Drank this beer on tap in the original glass. This is a very drinkable beer, not very special but just a good neutral beer. There is a slight spicey taste but not very noticable.

Drank it during my dinner which was a good companion with the food. Enjoyed it!!

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Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,047 ratings.
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