rings (54) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jbtallguy (143) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Van de tap. Mooi donker bier met een stevige schuimkop. Fijn afgestemde smaak met een licht bittertje. Erg goed Door drinkbaar.
Cluniac (59) - - JAN 24, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A lower end double. I like their tripel, but this beer is avg at best. Aroma is very weak, hint of caramel. Color is a deep amber, nothing special. Taste is very mild, with a bit if caramel, malts. Palate is a bit spicy abd watery. Mildy bitter, medium dryness. Overall its drinkable, but below average.
Salmaneser (7) - BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2015 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75 cl bottle at home. Weak aroma, hard to smell anything. Caramel taste, very mild finish.
Milter (58) - Nyborg, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
It is quite better and tasty than te blonde one. Anyway, it is not a outstanding beer neither.
MatthijsE (879) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Dark brown body and a large offwhite creamy lasting head. Aroma of roasted malt, fruits, raisins, plums. The taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter. Sticky texture.
TheFoamhead (124) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Some hoppy notes mix with hints of roasted coffee beans and a very present caramel sweetness. Besides this you’ll get some spicy notes and a long dry hop finish.
This is what I would call an average mass produced special beer. Not bad, but certainly not special either…
DavidWoodruff (409) - Windsor, California, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beautiful brown color with a medium brown head. Dark dried fruit aroma with a hint of marzipan. Malty with notes of toffee, dark fruits and nuts. Mild sweetness. Moderate to low carbonation. Medium bodied. Long sweet malty finish. Very pleasant quaffing beer.
TUNNY1010 (1) - Nuneaton, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2015 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried in bottle in Brussels. Tasty beer with good colour and flavour but not the top Belgian dark beer
JefVerstraete (1656) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown, beige head. Medium carbonation. Malty body. Sweet nose of toffee and caramel. Light bitter finish. Ok beer.
didierlewallon (162) - ponferrada, SPAIN - JAN 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cerveza de color rojizo-marron con una cabeza de color beige.
Aroma a fruta y dulce.
Sabor suave y muy dulce, notas de frutas y de levaduras. Bastante bueno.