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RATINGS: 1661   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rings (54) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2011
I recently had the chance to enjoy a Grimbergen Double Abbey, a lovely treat from the Flemish town of the same name, just north of Brussels. Its history dates back to 1128 at the abbey that Saint Norbert of Xanten (I’ve even been to Xanten—a tourist trap of “Roman” ruins if there ever was one) built for Premostratensian Communists of the day—a communal society in the area, which became famous for their hospitality. Now owned by the Alken Maes group (and unfortunately no longer brewed at the abbey), they churn out a half dozen traditional brews of ascending color and strength. The Double—or Dubbel—is their brown ale, checking in at 6.5 percent ABV. It pours deep brown with low carbonation and a soft body. The nose opens with a maple sweetness and hints of a young yeast, which is rather surprising considering the travel time. The glass nonetheless laces wonderfully on the way down as the soft, white head keeps count to the final sip. This one is better than most, particulary as an import.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maakun (3934) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2016
Bottle at Filmhuis. Dark brown with fizzy short lasting dark beige head. Raisins, sweet malts, light dried figs, caramel, dark sugar, dried red fruits and some alcohol. There’s a weird chemical burnt bitterness towards the finish. Medium sweet. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and slight watery feel. Better than I expected but still not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ROSE1962 (250) - POLAND - SEP 22, 2016
Dark brown colored, ruby hue, medium beige creamy head, good lacing and lasting. Aroma is of green apples, fruity, some caramel, brown sugar, light metal also. Taste is medium+ sweet brown sugar and caramel, fruity candy, apples and some iron, light chocolate. Medium- bodied, soft+ carbonation, watery.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
schavuitje (105) - APELDOORN, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2016
de mout toontjes worden overstemd door de fenolen, proeft teveel kunstmatig opgepompt slechte stook

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maersk (156) - MOLDOVA - SEP 11, 2016
Dark amber, no head. Sweet malty aroma, dark fruit, wine, caramel and some metal. Medium body, sweets, alcohol. Rough finish. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PivopijaPivopija (107) - - SEP 10, 2016
Nice dark brown colour, quite clear, beige foamy head that leaves a nice lacing. Caramel malts, brown sugar, some dried fruits, clove. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mishnok (98) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2016
From 330ml bottle. Pours dark ruby brown with a good off white head. Yeasty, a bit metallic aroma. Taste of caramel, toffee, a little yeasty. Good body, a little bitter tinge in the aftertaste. Interesting palate of flavours. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Taboada (923) - Compostela (Galiza), - AUG 31, 2016
330 mml bottle tasted on the 30/08/2016. Brown colour with a dense head. Aroma of caramel, malts and honey. Taste is lots of caramel and some raisins. Next one please!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (1751) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2016
Deep brown body with a small, beige head that laces the glass well. Moderate aroma of caramel, dark dried fruits and metal. Moderate flavour that follows the aroma. Light to moderate sweet taste with a light to moderate bitter and slightly metallic finish. Mid-bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation. An ok dubbel.
[75 cl bottle shared with Svensenga smak & behag]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nephirem (248) - CROATIA - AUG 27, 2016
Pours hazy, deep amber body with small, short lasting, slightly off-white head. Smell is malty and herbal, lots of caramel, slightly grassy. Medium body, high carbonation. Texture is smooth and slightly oily. Bittersweet taste. Aroma of malts, caramel, syrup, sugar, herbs, slight hops. Nutty and grassy. A bit of alcohol burn in the mouthfeel. Finish is long and a bit dry. Overall, nice brew. Nothing exceptional, but still good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TjerkR (1) - - AUG 16, 2016 does not count
33 cL bottle. Very weak caramel aroma. Reddish brown color with a minimal, tan head that disappears very quickly. Taste: medium sweetness, hints of caramel and dried fruit. Not very pronounced, but quite nice nonetheless. Full body, strong carbonation. Nothing too special but definitely a nice dubbel.

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