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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Ratings: 1,067 |  Reviews: 506
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 3/7/09 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of maple, dark fruit, caramel, a little bit of Belgian yeast and a little bit of hops, but overall it's pretty faint.

T: The taste hits with a pretty strong raisin flavor up front but isn't overly sweet. There are back ground flavors of caramel and Belgian yeast. The malt character is hearty and the hop presence is mild but both are enough to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a nice Belgian beer to drink for a while but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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

A - One and a half fingers of light brown head supported by a perfectly clear, amber-brown body. Good retention and good lace.

S - Malty and toasty with a bit of caramel and a nice dose of dark, yeasty fruit.

T - Raisiny malt up front with biscuity toasted malt notes, followed by prunes and yeast esters. Dark, burnt caramel dominates the finish, aided by just a hint of hops.

M - Medium to thick body with high carbonation and a nice, dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable and a very nice example of the style. The yeast notes are a bit flat, but the malt profile is excellent and the dry finish makes it easy to put down.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Served in a shaker pint (as apparently the appropriate glassware was truant), a dark caramel brown color with a nice off-white head that displayed moderate retention and lacing. Nice aroma of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits. Taste of dark sugars, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, rum raisin, a little woody and nutty in the finish. Medium body, smooth, and very drinkable.

I find myself liking dubbels more and more lately, mostly Americans, but it's good to be reminded where they originated, in beers like this one.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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 REVZEB
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle - $2.69 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep reddish-brown body flashing garnet when held against the light and capped by a modestly-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Toasted bread crusts given a thick coating of sweet-scented table sugar with very light hints of nutty caramel, chocolate. Heavy spoonful of morningtime jelly given a little spritz of lime juice.

Taste: Sugary chocolate with base malt tastes of caramel and toast. Considerably sweet, actually. Plum wine with a curious background hint of key lime pie sans crust. Pinch of mace. Faded alcohol tones. The dark fruitiness really bursts on the tongue right at the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation provides a bit of tingle.

Overall: Quite sugary, quite fruity. It's OK.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rusted orange rind mixed with brick red and caramel brown. I loved the head on Grimbergen Blonde and I... almost... love the head on Grimbergen Dubbel. It's a fetching shade of golden ecru and has lumpy, bumpy, sticky, rocky character to burn. Small splotches of sea foam lace decorate the upper reaches of the glass.

What the hell happened to the nose? I would never have guessed dubbel in a million years. All I can appreciate is a whiff of well-toasted malt and an indistinct fruitiness. Where are all the olfactory goodies that are supposed to be coming from the yeast? Warming helps the nose reach average, if only because I can now smell something; earthy brown malt primarily.

Grimbergen Double Ale (as my label reads) is a decent version, but that's as far as it goes. My immediate impression is that I've had any number of American-brewed dubbels that put this one to shame. I wonder if a higher ABV would have helped? More malt, a better yeast strain, more depth and more complexity sure would have.

The flavor profile is acceptably broad, but is nowhere near deep. Let's see... dark caramel extract, fig jelly (not jam), tobacco juice, maybe a little grape... that's about it. A little yeasty spiciness would go a long way. The beer is sweet(ish) with a countering bitterness never far below the surface. I'm struggling to come up with positives for what is probably one of the simplest dubbels I've ever had. Uh... it's unchallenging to drink?

The mouthfeel has almost nothing in common with most Belgian ales in existence. It isn't bad, though. There are plenty of bubbles, but oddly enough, they aren't volumizing the beer very well.

I'm tempted to bump the flavor score because the beer really does nothing wrong. Trouble is, it does almost nothing right. Not all Belgian beer is special, even for a converted Belgianophile like me. Grimbergen Dubbel is exhibit 'A'.

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Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Grimbergen chalice at The Firkin.

I vaguely remember trying this well over a year ago, back in my NoVa days, but not enough to sate my curious brain. Better to have it possibly again, I always say. It pours a clear sunset russet topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, brown sugar, light molasses, sweet figs, and maple syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, keeping that sweet-leaning course very tightly. Kind of odd that I don't get too much of the usual Belgian-ness on the tongue, but this lack doesn't hurt things very much at all. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a very nice dubbel, one of the sweeter ones I've ever had, but a generally enjoyable drink.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and drank at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear dark walnut brown. 3/4 inch head, with small dots of lacing.

Smells include dark fruit, candi sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and molasses.

The taste follows similarly- with an additional component of toasted malt. Lots of brown sugar here, very sweet, but not cloying.

Low carbonation, medium to light bodied, crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

A simple but tasty dubbel, glad to have tried it.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Small bottle sampled, dating on the label but not sure what it means...oh well, maybe if I spoke Flemish...this one pours dark almond, mahogony fairly clear and supports a dark tan head, which is showing good retention. Leaves some stringy and scattered lacing. Aroma of dark berries, fruit and some rum raisin. Medium bodied Belgian, lots of fruit and smoky raisins and earthy woodyness picked up. Fairly sweet but quite drinkable. Decent, if not spectacular dubbel. Lacks the bold flavors and complexity of the monsters of the style, still worth a try.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grimbergen Dubbel carries a deep brown body with hints of red in the light. The head poured thick, but it dissipated rather quickly. The aroma contains hints of nuts, and a complex fruity nose along with mocha and barley. In the taste detected flavors of anis, and a roasted barley on the palate. Overall it leaves a nice bitterness, but in my opinion something is unbalanced in the flavor. It is enjoybable, but it feels that something is lacking to make it's flavors work better together.

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