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RATINGS: 1585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Double has undergone two fermentations, which gives this ale a chocolatey, toffee taste with a warming brandy-like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayOfBeer (673) - El Cerrito, California, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Poured out of bottle dark reddish brown with a small, light tan foam head that didn’t stay long. Aromas of yeast and caramel. The taste starts sweet with caramel and toffee, leading to a yeasty dough flavor and ending in a slight soy sauce like spiciness. The only bitterness seems to come from the yeast, no hop presences detected. The overall feel of this beer is smooth all the way through with a mild mouth and throat warming from the alcohol. Nice beer all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
janubio (563) - SPAIN - DEC 15, 2007
Served in its own Grimbergen glass, it pours a red to brown colour, brown head that doesn’t hold for too long, and leaves some lace. Aroma of caramel, fruits, plums and some chocolate, not too complex. Lighter body than one can expect, and taste of cherries, plums and fruit. Another average Grimbergen made for the masses and far from the best beers of the style. Or for that matter, of any style Grimbergen makes.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2007
On draft at Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge, MA. Chocolate brown pour with a thick head. Strong lacing that clung to the glass. Aroma was very weak. I got some malty notes, a bit of fruit, but not much else. Somewhat disappointing. Flavor was much better - light roasted flavor with some sweet maltiness balanced in. Good brew, but I had higher expectations.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TrefwoordPunk (850) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a dark amber with a small tannish head. Smell is mainly citrus, not heavily sweet like your average dubbel. Taste is sweet, lots of caramel, candy sugar, coffee (with milk and sugar) and banana. Finish is a bit plane and not that longlasting. I know better dubbels

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2007
33 cl. bottle. Poured hard into a chalice dark brown with a minimal head. Aroma of coffee malts, raisin, apple and spices. Sweet dark bready and toffee malt flavor with a mild spiciness in the back and an underlying fruitiness. Lively carbonation, though seems a bit too thin bodied. Not bad, but like the blonde, this seems like a streamlined recipe designed for mass global bottling and export, rather than an authentically complex abbey style Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nejhleader (1392) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2007
has a bit of a sweet taste initially, okay body, has a stronger finish, there is better brews for your money.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperT (1) - USA - DEC 4, 2007 does not count
Beer: Grimbergen Style: Belgian Double Label Info: 6.5% ABV. Rich, dark burgundy ale with a white head. Serve between 45-55* in a chalice glass. Brewery: Alken-Maes; Jumet, Belgium ------- dark brown, coffee/strong tea color. Off-white head that dissipates quickly. Nose has hints of malt, dates and dough (un-baked bread). Molasses, malty with faint hints of spice in the background. Might have been some hints of toffee in there, but I didn’t notice the chocolate that they claim on the label. Has an almost Port-like, fortified wine type finish. This is a bargain Belgian beer and it (to me) shows. Slightly watery, not as robust as I would like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Poured into a trappist with a dark ruby brown colour and small creamy tan head. Nose is muted with only some dark fruits & sugars. Initial taste of candy grape, sweet malts that are then blanketed by toffee. Palate of toffee, cocoa and mild bitterness.Good Lacing of the glass and some head retention. Medium body and perfect carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
timfoolery (1125) - California, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Poured dark red with rich, frothy head. Smelled of pure malt and sugars, almost like cake. Tasted like most Scottish ales, but with a refined taste and no aftertaste. One of my favorite of the genre. Excellent ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm1 (132) - Andorra la Vella, ANDORRA - NOV 25, 2007
On tap @ Bristol Blue Free House in Barcelona. Dark ruby clear body with a fluffy beige head. Spices, caramel and toffee nose. Sweet malts, clove and ripe grapes in mouth with a champagne-like sour finish (rather than brandy). Medium carbonation makes it a good beer for all ocasions. A good abbey dubbel.

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