Grimbergen Optimo Bruno | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Belgium
maes.be

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
17.25%
 
 
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1/5  rDev -73%

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1/5  rDev -73%

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2/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of stcules
2.23/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Beautiful color, between cherrywood and brown. Beautiful foam, beige, compact, even if not very longstanding. Not bad.
In the smell malt, light caramel, ligh red fruit (tropical?).
The taste is by far more unbalanced, with a lot of alcohol. Red fruit again, but anyway, far worse than the smell. Malt, again, and a lot of caramel. No. No way.
I remember it (some years ago) much, much better.

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Photo of Stoutsman
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Anatole
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Paddez
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours an extemely clear, amber-coloured brew (rather than brown, wich the name suggests) that produced a small but dense head after a rather hard pour. It dissapeared rather quickly too.
The smell is malty with some fruity notes and some alcohol near the end of the sniff.
the taste starts of spicy and malty but it soon overtaken by a strong acidic taste of alcohol.
The alcohol has a warming effect, wich is nice but the overall mouthfeel is quite poor:
Same goes for the drinkabillity. Although this brew argueably hits less hard than the Grimbergen Triple it's still incredibly heady.

Quite an alcholic brew. It was okay for once but I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of crosenkrantz
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of SVD
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Jungleyors
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Campodog
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18E). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 10:43 <2>. AROMA: sweet malty profile with caramel notes. alcohol notes with a bit of solventy character. some esters but faint. APPEARANCE: deep amber color with ruby highlights. translucent. large tanned head with good retention. alcohol derived viscosity with lacing. TASTE: sweet malty profile with some esters reminiscent of dried grapes. strong alcohol presence almost solventy. some caramel notes. low bitterness and a semi-dry finish. no hop flavours. PALATE: medium body with high carbonation. some alcohol warmth noticeable. OVERALL: a belgian strong ale that lacks complexity.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2001.

Appearance: amber color, with a tan foam head.
Smell: massive fruit aromas and alcohol
Taste and mouthfeel: alcohol dominates all too
Drinkability: an average abbey beer (too strong) in the style Belgian dark ale.

Review translated from french 5-24-2008.

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: deep brown with ruby highlights when put against the light. Good clarity. The head is off-white, moderate in size, creamy with good retention and beautiful lacing.
Aroma: interesting aroma. Combination of sweet malts, chocolate, a hint of toffee and alcohol.
Taste: sweet but not cloying. Alcohol presence, caramel, dark malts. Weak in the hop side.
Mouthfeel: silky and creamy, good carbonation, strong but not overwhelming alcoholic presence (10%) and a firm body.
Finish: sweet alcohol aftertaste.

Overall: A slightly above average abbey beer. Not the best Grimbergen, but very appealing nevertheless.

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Photo of Radome
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served from a 33 cl bottle bought in Spain.

A - Perfectly clear. Deep amber/medium brown but with red highlights and lets lots of light through. Off-white head started out about 1 cm thick, then faded to a thin layer with thick ring at the edge and lots of lacing. Very pretty beer.

S - Aromas are very muted and hard to pick out. Just a little wet malt, a little brown sugar, a faint grassy note that could be hops, and a hint of vinegar that always jumps out at me in Oud Bruin ales. That vinegar note seems to indicate some aging, maybe in wood. Nothing smells bad or off, it just doesn't have enough good aroma to be rated higher.

T - Again I get some hints of an Oud Bruin, but without any depth or complexity. There is very little malt. No hops flavor. There is a lot of caramel/brown sugar flavor, followed by a slight vinegar tang. A hint of alcohol in the moderately sweet finish. No overt oak or wood flavor to go with the "aged" impression.

M - Medium mouthfeel--seems appropriate. Some hops bitterness and a bit of alcohol burn. Light carbonation.

O - A beautiful looking beer that disappoints on the nose and tongue. Some nice flavor hints, but lacking in malt background and depth.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber/ruby with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows chocolate, port-like notes, sultanas and brown sugar, along with a healthy dose of candi sugar.
Similarly sweet flavours, although it quickly dries out. There's lots more candi sugar and golden syrup along with more sultanas/dried fruit. A bit over the top. The alcohol is pretty noticeable too, almost harsh.
Carbonation is way over the top, but at the same time it's needed to cut through the sweetness.

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Photo of pensinck
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of BartMcStout
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of distantmantra
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a chalice. A La Mort Subite. Brussels, Belgium. Notes from April 2011.

A: Dark brown ruby red color. Poured with little to no head.

S: Extremely sweet smell with a hint of alcohol.

T: Notes of dark fruit, mainly cherry. Bitter finish with barely any sign of the alcohol.

M: Medium body with average carbonation.

D: Not a bad Belgian strong ale, but there better ones easily available.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The heaviest beer of Grimbergen. It pours a burgundy red, brownish color with a small head that fades into a small layer of white foam.

The smell is of dark candisugar, malty and has some light tart notes, together with a typical Belgian, fruity yeast smell.

Taste is sweet and leans strongly on the malt. The candisugar adds a sweet and full taste. It has notes of candisugar, caramalts and dark fruits. There is a certain tartness in the beer that can't be called sour. It's more like the subtle tartness often found in Old Ales. The yeast adds a fruity, but subtle fruit note. The 10% alcohol is well hidden by the big body of the beer.
Mouthfeel is sticky which makes the drinkability lower. All together too sweet and sticky for my liking, although I can imagine that this beer is great at the fireplace.

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Photo of janubio
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red brown colour, with a good head that doesn't hold too long. Aroma is sweet, alcoholic, toffee, cherries, dates.
Sweet flavor with a bit of sourness. Mouth of cherries, dates, sherry wine, with some hints of chocolate.Medium to light body. I'm not exactly a fan of Grimbergen but this is one is good enough.

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Photo of drmeto
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear ruby-brown with a medium,foamy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-mold,leather,strawberries,red grapes,sugar,cherries,caramel
T:
-(fake)cherry aroma,sugary,caramel,toffee,syrupy,plums,raisins
F:
-medium carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Decent Quad.

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Photo of Tapioju
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Grimbergen Optimo Bruno from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
3.71 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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