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 kikobcn
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Red caramel, no top,

Smell: Fruit and very malty and sweet

Taste: A mix of caramel with A little bit sweet. It's great with strong cheese

Drinkability: Quite alchoolic but at the same time very easy to drink it seems lighter

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that started it all for me - Summer 2008 at Cafe D'alsace on the upper eastside of NYC. I bought a six-pack this past week to rekindle, and see where it stacks to my now further developed pallet.

A: Reddish caramel, but lacking the foam top that I would have expected. No real lace, almost looks like a coke without the fizz.

S: Dark Fruit and very malty

T: A mix of caramel with hints of raisin and perhaps plum. A little bit sweet. Goes great with a strong blue cheese with excellent balance. Just doesn't have the punch of a great dubbel, but overall pretty darn good.

D: Very easy to drink, needs a touch more alcohol.

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Photo of tronester
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear reddish brown with a small light brown head. Smell is of stale rusty malt, bad. Taste is better, dry caramel malt up front, with a pleasant grainy middle. Finish though is a touch sour and wierdly salty. Mouthfeel is watery, good carbonation though. Drinkability is good though, light and refreshing. The filtered aspect of this beer hurts it though, bottle conditioned for dubbles is best, IMO. Decent beer, but not that great of a dubbel overall.

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Photo of 1759Girl
2.26/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance> Clear, dark, warm brown. Vanilla head that is rich and foamy. Lacy. Though, not too lively.

Smell> Dark malt, slightly metallic

Taste> Very syrupy, like cough medicine. Goes almost immediately into the hang which is terribly metallic, and well, terrible. I can't find a redeeming quality about this beer, sadly.

Mouf> easy, a bit sudsy.

Drinkability> Can't get over the hang.

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Photo of number1bum
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish mahogany color with about a finger and a half of beige head. Settles to only a thin lace and doesn't leave much of any stick.

Smell consists of some caramel and dark fruit, like some raisins and maybe figs. It's pretty simple; not a lot going on.

Taste is a bit thin but consists of some caramel malt, dark fruits and raisins. Really no yeast character to speak of. Pretty straightforward and not all that flavorful frankly, but it's smooth and does have some decent flavor.

Mouthfeel is where this beer suffers the most, as it's quite thin, verging on watery. It's somewhat bland. Carbonation is very crisp and the finish is pretty clean.

This is a pretty pedestrian dubbel in my opinion. Just not very interesting, and on the watery side. I'm not a huge fan of dubbels to begin with, but this is not one I'd be likely to seek out again.

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Photo of Berthold
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark brown (SRM30) with ruby highlights. A 1" tan head was supported by moderate carbonation. Lacing was moderate and persistent. Aroma is sweet malt and brown sugar with a low level of banana. Flavor was sweet malt (brown sugar) low bitterness and low banana. Full mouth feel with a slightly cloying finish.

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Photo of Offa
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good dubbel.

Very dark, but bright red, it has a big tan head slowly shrinking to a thin, foamy top, a bbit rocky. It leaves a little weak lace.

The aroma is very malty with fermented fruit (prune, plum, apple, fig), hint of fermented whole wheat bread and grian, leather, and iron.

The taste ts somewhat similar and richly malty, dryish, but tending slightly to the sweet side with faint hints of bitterness and tartness. It has fermented fruit (apple, plums) along lightly sweet, sour and tart fruit (plums and cherries). There is a vague, generally dark, caramelised grain-burnt-sugar maltiness with the fruit, along with some iron and leafy hop. It starts off heading to the sweet side but, just before it truly becomes sweet, it finishes dry with light fruity tartness and light leafy bitterness just barely balanacing out the sweetness. It's fairly complex, quite enjoyable, and satisfying, if threatening to be too sweet. The feel is excellent, light and lively but with a hint of oiliness.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grimbergen Dubbel pours a clear, very dark chesnut brown body beneath a thick head of creamy tan foam. The head holds well, very slowly dwindling down to a wide creamy collar and thin, but solid, surface covering. More impressive are the sheets of tiny spotted lace left behind. At times they look like volcanic eruptions of lava, and at times they form what looks like a wall of churning water bearing down on you on the beach. Quite attractive! That must be some nice, sticky malt.

The aroma welcomes you with a hint of sweet dark fruit, some soft dark caramel, and a mild touch of yeast phenolics.

In the mouth it's creamy and smooth with a medium-full dextrinous body, and a moderate, seemingly natural, very-fine-bubbled carbonation. Supple!

The flavor is malty, but not distinctly malt-flavored... it's more like liquid sugar than grain. It's dark, but it only hints at caramel. And it's fruity, but delicately so. There's a lot of apple in the mouth, but most of its raisin and plum notes appear in the lingering finish, along with some gently spicy, and mildly phenolic yeast notes.

Mildly bitter, and almost to the point of being sweet but never quite getting there, it's very easy to drink. It's rich in the mouth and velvety soft. The alcohol never shows. It's fairly flavorful, yet it somehow lacks character. It's subdued, not bold, and none of it components really stand out on their own. So in a way, it's good, yes, as it's perfectly rounded and balanced. But in another way that leaves it lacking because there's nothing really going on.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full brown colour with a little head, but good lacing.

Smell is bready, like a triple/pale ale. Both taste and smell gives fruitiness and bittersweet. Dark fruit, but also plain (burned) sugar candy molasses. Hops are of strong nature.
Also the drink has a spicy bite.
Mouthfeel has some alcohol too it.
Overall it's a decent brew. Very middle of the road, you can't go too far wrong with it, but the scenery isn't spectacular either.

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Photo of Buebie
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle into an oversized snifter.

A semi rigerous pour produces very little head, maybe a half inch of of white cola like head. No lace is left behind.
The color is a bit dark with deep red hues coming off it when held to light.

Aroma, rich and delicious with much dark fruit, its wine like. Candied apples, toffee and roasted grain aroma.

Mouthfeel is slick and carbonated with some bite.
Taste is sweet and decadent. Dark fruit again, mostly reflecting aroma into taste. It actually a bit too sweet for me and begins to nag on the pallet.

Overal a decent brew, aside from the overly sweet flavors it is good in all other aspects.

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Photo of Namako
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a 6-pack of this brew on my last trip to Brussels. Unlike the photograph, mine was labeled "Cuvee Ambree" Dubbel, but still coming in at 6.5%; certainly the same brew.

A: Poured a dark mahogany with ruby overtones. About 1/2 finger head that disappeared after about 3-5 minutes. Left a light lacing on the side of the glass.

S: The nose is primarily toasted malt with a slight fruity scent.

T: A bit like a brandy, but only slightly warming. A sweet, caramel malty flavor that melts into a dark fruitiness, followed by a slight sweet breadiness. Finishes silky smooth and very clean.

M: Stayed carbonated throughout, with a nice rich body and a smooth texture. Slides down quit easily.

D: Overall, this was another very nice brew from Grimbergen. It's aroma and flavors worked very well together, and it seemed to be missing some of the typical Belgian spicy character, which I'm not particularly fond of when overdone. This is certainly a beer that I would have again.

Serving type: 25 cl. brown glass bottle

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed at the cabin during the scouting trip the weekend before duck openner.

A-Gray-tan head, frothy off the pour. Bubbles receded relatively quickly to a thin, chunky layer, but these remnants retained nicely. Dark copper-brown brew, clear.

S-Fruity, bready, toffee.

T-Fruity-spice characteristic of brown abbey alees, with an almost chocolatey, mostly toffee, maltiness to it. Slight berry character mixes with the big malty sweetness. Bitterness is almost absent. Finishes surprisingly semi-dry, with some residual toffee and choco-toastiness.

M-Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I'm used to for dubbel-style brews, but this doesn't dtract too much from the feel. Carbonation is medium-high.

D-It's pretty tasty, though maybe not as full in flavor and feel as many dubbles.

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Photo of praufs01
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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 -17.1%
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 -0.3%
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 -18.4%
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 -23.1%
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 +4.2%
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 -4.2%
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 -8.9%
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 +1.3%
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 -34.1%
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 -6.6%
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 +0.5%
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 +10.2%
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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