Grimbergen Dubbel | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Grimbergen DubbelGrimbergen Dubbel

Brewed by:
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 praufs01
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown with a fluffy tan head.

Aroma - Plumbs and dark cherries dominate the nose.

Mouthfeel - Smooth full bodied ale.

Taste - Ripe purple plumbs and sweet dark cherries with a hint of rum and apple.

Overall - Outstanding ale! Complex and satisfying from start to finish.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my recently acquired Duvel Glass -- which is the only beer glass I have available here.

The Dubbel pours a rusty brown/ruby. A creamy colored head only amounts to ~1 finger's worth, dissipating quickly. Lacing does a nice job of dotting its way down the glass.

The smell is underwhelming. An indecipherable mess of sweet light fruit, disappointingly no spicy tones. Malt and weak alcohol are present.

The taste is slightly better, but again no spice or yeast taste. This almost tastes like a wine more than a beer, with its fruity sweetness and alcoholic undertones.

Mouthfeel is unimpressive. Even with this glass stimulating more carbonation, the bubbly feel is too weak. It is fairly light in terms of body, but swills and plays about freely in the mouth. Since I've never had a dubbel before, I'll give this a 3 as a relatively unimpressive benchmark.

Drinkability and Notes: I mean, its an easy beer to drink. Is it enjoyable?....well again, it doesn't taste bad, but it's nothing really special. If you're looking for a middle-of-the-road benchmark, here you go.

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Photo of haddon
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark cola in appearance with a decent off white head that dissipates quickly. nice lacing all the way down

S- super sweet brown sugar. malty aromas in there as well. really cant pick much up beyond that

T- sweet on the front. mostly cherry notes. there is something strange on the aftertaste...almost a flat metallic flavor. very different, hard to describe.

M- little thin and watery.

D- good but not great. little too watery and flat for me. lot of belgians out there with a better flavor profile.

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Photo of Amalak
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had out of a short, stubby, 11.3 oz. bottle.
A- Brownish, red color, dark. Bubbly with a tan head and excellent lacing.
S- Malty scent to it. Decent spice.
T- Rich taste. Kind of spicy with a hint of chocolate to it. Malty, almost too bold for my likes. It's quality, but there's just too much going on with this beer.

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Photo of KenOnBass
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A: Nice foamy head but it doesn't really stick to the glass. Very dark brown color that matches the bottle it was poured from. A pretty decent looking beer.

S: Super sweet malty smell. Nothing else really stands out aside from that.

T: Wow sweetness. Super sweetness. A little too sweet for my likings. Malty lager sort of taste.

M: Full still pretty good and fizzy even after about halfway through.

D: Way too sweet for my liking to be honest. Appearance is good and everything else. But the taste not as balanced as I would prefer.

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

How does this stack jp to say Westmalle Dubbel...

Similar colour but no sediment whatsoever and the smell is dominated by sweet cherry there is also malt but not quite as good as the competition.

It doesnt make such a big difference for drin kability though and mouthfeel is pretty good so yes i d have it again

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Grimbergen chalice. (It's nice when a bbeer comes with free glasswear, especially when said beer was also free.) The beer pours a nice dark mahogany. Its big, fluffy head dies down to a nice mocha layer of bubbles.

The nose smells of wine, fruit, alcohol and a little yeast.

The taste is good, though little like the smell. Fruit comes out with some random funk and alcohol. There is more here I can't place, as Belgians aren't my usual beer. Good, though.

It feels full and slightly thin in the mouth. Yes, slightly contradictory, but it works. The carbonation is nice.

Not a bad beer by any means. Would be a nice introduction into Belgians, though doesn't seem as deep as others I've had. Good, though.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with red highlights, producing only a very light ring for a head and leaving little lacing.

Aroma not very prevalent but does showcase light hints of molasses, yeast, brown sugar and spice.

Taste is similar to the smell with sweet notes of candied sugar, molasses and yeast along with some sweet fruity notes in the finish. Again not a very strong taste but there's nothing really off about it either.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall this just isn't one of the most appealing dubbels out there. Decent to try but there are better options that are more complex and not as much of that cloying sweetness in the finish.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a big red wine glass. The hue is a beautiful burgundy color with a nice frothy white head that leaves bubbled lacing as it moves down the glass.

The aroma contains some candied fruits, cherry and a small bit of medium roasted malt. The taste is sweet and sugary, mixed with some fruity and nutty notes. A decent malt body, but not as thick as some. Overall, the mouthfeel is very smooth, and carbonation is about perfect. The drinkability is quite good with this beer, the only thing that would hold me back from drinking more is the sweetness, which is present in most beers of this style.

In summary, I would definitely drink this beer again. However, I think there are other options that have a bit more flavor or characteristics that set them apart. This beer is well done, but doesn't really stand out.

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Photo of rapidsequence
2.51/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'd never seen this before-- a nice looking little 11.2 bottle.

Appearance: Looks really good. Clear ruby-amber with a big thick puffy head with great retention. Nice sticky lace.

Smell: Not a lot of complexity, but whats there is pretty inviting. A little spicy yeast, some mild fruitiness, and roasty toasty malt.

Taste: Very disappointing. I can barely taste any of the good things I smelled until after I swallow, because the palate is dominated by unwanted sourness. Its also a little bitter. Maybe this is a bad bottle. Maybe this stuff is just bad. The finish loses the sourness, and the aftertaste is actually alright.

Mouthfeel: Its very thin and watery despite the continued excellent head and visible carbonation.

Drinkability: Looked great and smelled decent, but it just doesnt taste good-- at all. I would say I want to wash my mouth out, but like I said, the aftertaste is ok. I wont get this again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown color where a little light shines through (appears clear). Chunky and rocky head; leaves significant

Strong brown sugar/molasses aroma. After the head settles a little, there's a metallic smell.

Nice blend of sweet (malt sugar) and bitter (hop). Surprisingly thin for this style of beer. Bitter finish with that pesky metal taste showing up in the aftertaste.

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Photo of cpone
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks great after the pour - dark mahogany with an good off white head that quickly recedes to a thin covering. Smell dried dark fruit - cherries, plums. Taste is fairly sweet, no hops and a pretty linear malt sweetness throughout with a balanced sweet and slightly bitter finish. Decent mouthfeel, a little thin but good carbonation. Very drinkable beer.

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

My wife bought this for me.... along with 5 or 6 others for me to try... yep....she's a keeper...

Poured this into a chalice to produce a big, rocky 1-1/2" head of off white foam. The beer itself was clear and a nice dark amber color.... the head held on for a good long while and produced nice lacing on the glass.

Nose was very fruity, malty, and nice. Dried fruit.... like cherries.... and maybe peaches... a little spice.

The taste was that and more... mirrored the smell perfectly... and had a nice malt background...

MF: Right on style for a Belgian Dubbel.... quite rich...

Drinkbility: Very nice beer... not too high in abv... refreshing and robust at the same time... I'll seek this one out again....

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Photo of sonicstylee
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a dark chocolate amber with a light beige head. decent aroma of prunes, raisins, and light fruitiness. taste is similar to smell, but lacks definition in flavors like other dubbels i've had. decent mouthfeel if a little watery. medium to ok beer

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Photo of motleybrew
1.95/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I was expecting a LOT more from a beer with an $11/6pack price tag. I poured it a little warmer than the instructions as is my preference, and maybe that was the base for the problem...The color is a nice clean amber and the slightly tan head has reasonable durability, with lacing. But the look to me was all that was good.

The smell is like wet cardboard. Yeasty, perhaps, but not a clean scent...more like raw beer in a primary. This has a mouth feel not much different than water. A little fizz on the tongue but not 'bubbling'. Nice initial malt in the mouth, but quickly dissipates flatly into sucked wool. Ever sucked wool? At the end there is a little warm plum and sherry rounding, but it isn't strong enough to rescue the lack of character. Ultimately it culminates in a cheap metallic flavor that I'd normally get from something in an unlined aluminum can.

On the label it says chocolaty and toffee flavors from double fermentation...I get no chocolate. None. Toffee, maybe, but that is muted at best. It is smooth enough to drink, as who doesn't like water, but frankly given the choice between this and Molson XXX, I'd be all over the triple X.

I am terribly disappointed and will never drink this by choice again. The only thing worse than a cheap beer that pretends to be more robust is a beer that pretends to be classy that blows chunks and tastes cheap.

Not worth it for half the price.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single of this for around $2. Pours a deep red/ruby color with ton of head to it and lots of lacing. Smell is of some dark fruits (get some raisin, plum, dates in there), taste is very smooth upfront. The dark fruit taste kind of disappears but I was amazed at the smoothness of this beer. Pretty good mouthfeel, but I feel it's lacking a bit on overall flavor. Looks good and is smooth, but when you swallow you don't get that "ahh that tastes delicious" feeling. I'm not the biggest fan of Belgians but this one was solid.. no more no less.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brown color with ruby hues. The head is a billowy cloud of off white foam. It recedes very slowly into chunky lacing. The aroma is of dates, plums figs, and hints of anise. It is rather strong too. The taste is full of Belgian malt, dates, plums, but without the nice anise notes of the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with appropriate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really nice dubbel, and at a great price ($1.89 for a 11.2oz bottle). I wouldn't hesitate to drink this beer again.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark garnet mahogany brown with bright orange highlights. excellent ivory head with huge spit bubbles of lace, shrinks slowly to a blob floating in belgian fun.

S- tart, ripe fruit, all types of sour berries, cherry mostly, strawberry, guava, apricot, gooseberry, unripe plum, malt vinegar, then a darker sweeter side of dates and figs, blueberries. slightly woodsy and a little bit of milk chocolate underneath all that lactic funk.

T- mineral water, lightly metallic, with the taste of sweet fruit, grapes, plum, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, dates, banana, twizzlers, grape gum, with almost none of the tartness of the aroma, creating a nice sensation when i sip from sourness in the nose and sweetness on the tongue. fruit flavors fade and on the backside there's toasty caramel malt, whole grain bread, raisin bread, milk chocolate, damp wood, basement, stone, and very mild grassy hop flavor with almost no bitterness. finishes exceptionally clean with just a touch of light toasted grain and fruit skins.

MF- full but not rich, carbonation is a little amped up as expected, very juicy, finishes as clean as the taste, clean as water, with nothing but the fleeting feeling of the lightest tannins and grain husk as a reminder.

D- great brew, much better than the first time i had it about a year ago. i especially didn't remember the lactic aroma. the MF lacks just a little in the sensation but as often times before, this enhances D for me, and the way this baby finishes, so clean and fresh, she's a skyrocket, alright.

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Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into La Chouffe Tulip

Color is a deep brown mahogany. I can barely see through this clear beer. Pours a 2 finger tan head that surrenders to the edge of the glass. Slight splattered lace.

Aroma is of dried fruits (grapes and cranberries), bready yeast. Very sweet aroma.

Taste is of dried dark fruits, same as the smell. Very tarty. Bready/yeasty. Matches the smell very well. I don't drink a lot of wine, but this reminds me of it.

Mouthfeel is tarty and smooth. Medium bodied. Ends with a slight sticky aftertaste.

Overall, a definite enjoyment. No presence of alcohol makes this beer very easy to drink. I can definitely enjoy a few of these in a night.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33 cL bottle poured into a pint glass (sorry, that's all I have currently).

Extremely thick, 4-finger beige head even from a slow, steady pour. Brown beer underneath with reddish tints.

Smells of rich malts and some subtle caramel notes. Also has that fermented smell typical of various Belgian styles (blondes, browns, etc.)

Picking up caramel flavors, and a slight bit of syrupy sultanas or a dark fruitcake--but the fruit is very subtle. Caramel flavors prevails. Gets sweeter further down the glass. Some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel starts off with a pleasant carbonated bite but gets thinner and smoother as I work down the glass. It's amazing how much the mouthfeel changes from start to halfway through to finish.

Very enjoyable and would definitely drink again, but would not want this rich beer to be my regular.

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Photo of froghop
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, a large beige head, and good lacing.

smell is faint, malt, earth, and apricot.

taste is watery, some sour malt, barley, sweet fruit, and some hops.

overall not that great for a abbey dubble, i like this style but this one just doesn't hit the mark.

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Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a 1 finger light tan head realy good retention. Beer is a very dark, deep amber; can barely see through it. A splotchy wall of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits and malts.

Tastes of malts a wheat. raisins,caramel and yeast. Pretty good!

Mouthfeel is fairly light, medium carbonation, clean drink, finishes fairly sticky on the tongue.

Drinks easy, fairly sessionable.

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

An old stand-by when I in Germany, could get it at the class six at Ramstein & near by hyper markets in France..

Pours a ruby tinged brown with a pinky of tan head. Very good head & above average lacing

S: Vinous, oaky & some phenols hanging on the edges

T: Dryness, oakyness & granny smith apples up front. Slight phenolic/bubble gum edge to this as it warms, plus a touch of oakyness. Finishes dry, yeasty & with nice warming sensations, & a bit of juicy fruit. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Overgassed up front, medium bodied, if you like em dry & warming, this one is your huckleberry...

Drinks really easy for the style, but lacks some complexity which I need to satisfy my expectations. Not a bad training wheels dubbel

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Photo of lehkost
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer calls itself a dubbel, but at 6.5% and with such light body, I wouldn't call it that.

This beer is a wonderful abbey-style brown ale, light bodied, very drinkable, with fruity notes and a dry finish, but nothing over the top.

While I would generally consider something like this an unexceptional beer, that the balance its flavors strike and the immense drinkability grant it a huge thumbs up from me.

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Photo of deanhead
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark ruby color with a lace head which reduced to just a few bubbles around the perimeter of the glass.

Aroma is bubblegum and hay.
Carmel, toffee and hay taste. Slight grassy taste just short of barnyard.

Hint of tartness in the finish. Beer is light bodied bordering thin. It's drinkable but not something I would seek out again.

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Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,051 ratings.
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