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 benclimbs
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -24.9%
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 +15%
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 -1.6%
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 -34.6%
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 +10.8%
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 +6.6%
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 -3.4%
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 -2.6%
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 +5%
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 -12.6%
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 -21.8%
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 -11.5%
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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Photo of jmarvin4189
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - very dark brown almost black with an off white head that leaves lacing down the side of your cup

Smell - very settle aroma with a hint of spices but not very powerful

Taste - a different flavor that i can't put my finger on. its a much more settle taste than to normal Belgian dubbel style beers. but still a pretty decent taste.

Mouthfeel - very smooth but doesn't have that thick feel that most dubbels have. You can put one of these down much easier than a normal belgian dubbel

Drinkability - very drinkable, i'll give it another try

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown ale with great lacing. Aroma was sweet, honey and molasses.

Taste was a mix of banana, clove, caramel, toffee. No hops, pretty much true to style. Don't go knockin' on Belgium's door lookin' for hops or bitterness. More alcohol than I would have preferred to taste. Finishes thin and hot. Not for hopheads.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
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 +0.3%
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 -0.8%
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 +4.5%
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 -2.1%
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 +10.2%
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 -3.9%
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 -4.7%
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 -11.8%
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 -11.3%
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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