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 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 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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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 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 ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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 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 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 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 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 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 rodbeermunch
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man I remember this beer from back in the day when I thought BevMo was the most badass beer retailer around (i.e. the late 90s). Pours out a dark red and brown color, 1/3" off white head. Aroma of sweet oktoberfest like malts, marzeny and shit then a wave of mild dark, not overripe fruits.

Taste is relatively easy going, like an amber ale with a mild belgian yeast. Pretty approachable really. Has a bitterness that isn't from the hops but from that yeast that keeps dropping dark fruit references around your mouth. There is even some brown malt like dry chocolate in the mouth feel at the tail end.

I guess this one is balanced, the yeast isn't too pungent, the sweetness and dark fruit bitterness notes temper one another. Decent stuff, although its usually more than $10 a six pack.

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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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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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 beernads
4/5  rDev +5%

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

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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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