Grimbergen Dubbel | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

Grimbergen DubbelGrimbergen Dubbel
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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 Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded ruby brown with minimal tan head. Nose is sugary, cherry, with a touch of wood. Flavor is smooth with a touch of wood somewhere in there and a slight bit of caramelized sugar. Feel is great. Nice effervescence and bubbly on the tongue. Drinkable, yes. Quite good and worth going to...maybe worth going to again.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwc215
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours crimson with ruby hues. A thin, off-white head is well-retained and leaves lace on the glass.

The smell is of roasted dark grains, dark fruits, a touch of spiciness. Not too bad - quite restrained and un-dubbel-like.

Metalllic upfront. It subsides, but annoyingly hangs around. Sweet, but restrained. Some subtle perfumy notes come through. Sweet spiciness mixed in with sour. A touch of raw, fusel-like alcohol comes through a touch too much. A touch of wateriny thinness in the middle, followed by caramel sweetness.

The feel is light, fairly creamy and coating.

Not what I would expect from Belgium. The tinny characteristic, while mild, is annoying. The caramel aspect isn't bad, but seems too little, too late to really help, and it's rather one-dimensional to boot. The spiciness that I expect were muted. While it's true that it is at a fair price for a six-pack, I'll be skipping this one and splurge for something with more character.

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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hop, slight yeast, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of a Dubbel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight yeast, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance and aroma, but body is a little weak, and the feel is too carbonated.

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

Deep plummy brown color, with bright crimson highlights streaming through...nice, though brief and slight, layer of fizz floating above.
Aroma: plum, raisin, date, maple syrup, dark fruits, deep cherries, grapes, ...intriquing, but not exceptional....
Taste: More of those same flavors from the nose here in the flavor, dark fruits aplenty, deep and plentiful, this is a nice double, but not in the realm of the transcendent. Nutty, fruity, dark, and just a little yummy. Full-bodied, with a long, fruity finish. A nice drinker, easy going, I'd recommend it, but not over any other dubbel...plenty of other tasty beers out there. I'd urge you to acquaint you with them, and not to worry about this one. I've tried it, time to move on to the next....

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Photo of GClarkage
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

04/12/06- Purchased at Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle. Bottling date or some code on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep dark cherry wood coloring. Perfect off white inch high creamy head. Large coating of lacing on the entire inside of the glass. Model appearance for the style.

Smell- Large caramel and brown sugar scent. Figs, raisins and other dark fruits as well. A slight perfumy note is picked up as well.

Taste- Mostly a pleasant sweet caramel flavor. Seems as though there is a sour note on the back of the tongue on the swallow. Mixture of dark fruits come through pretty handily.

Mouthfeel- Silky smooth with a nice creamy and velvety feel. Medium to lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Very drinkable dubbel. More so because of the incrdeible mouthfeel though. Flavor is above average, if not on the better dubbels I've had, but overall it's a real nice package deal.

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

Appearance: clear brown in color with a one finger head that lingers a bit. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: bread and yeast are most prevelent. Some candy sweetness is soft and a bit hidden.

Taste: nice malt profile, bread, yeast, hint of nuttiness, and a mild bitterness. An overall soft toasted tone lingers around the flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. The aftertaste is brief for the style.

Drinkability: Overall a pleasant beer worth having.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of stevoj
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Alcohol burn and sourness are right up front in the taste and aroma. Some dried fruit is also evident in both the taste and smell. Good but not great dubbel….

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Photo of tempest
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pous a nice dark amber body with good head and very nice lacing. Smell is a bit weak. Aroma of spicey fruit. Taste would be good if it wasn't for a strong and unexpected grape character. The grape really throws the beer as without it, it'd a respectable dubbel. And while it has nice mouthfeel, the grape permeates the aftertaste and really takes the fun out of drinking it.

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Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger off white creamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet caramel aroma with hints of spiced fruit,

The taste also consisted of a sweet caramel malt and sweet spiced fruit. There were hints of chocolate as well.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a nice dubbel. Not an everyday drinker, but recommended nonetheless.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the YardHouse, on to the beer:

After my sample of Maredsous 10, I was surprised that this beer tasted quite "light", if only because i was expecting something heavy. Highly drinkable and full of dark fruity flavors. Too bad it's served in smaller goblets : (

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of dar482
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's a good middle for a dubbel.

The taste has some malt, sweet dark fruits, a good carbonation. It has a foamy lacing. It is really drinkable. It's not a bad thing, but I think it should have more bitter, sweet, and complexity.

Compared to Chimay Rouge, it's lacking, but decent and quite accessible.

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Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz. Shorty into a goblet. Dark amber with a bit of head.

S. Sweet malt which borders on being fruity.

T. Follows the nose to a sweet caramel apple and mysterious fruit. A bit of hops balance it but are barely noticable.

M. Alittle chewey and full bodied.

D. Extremely drinkable and well worth a try.

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Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Grimbergen Dubbel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Beer rating: 64% out of 100 with 1,056 ratings
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