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.
Maarten1993 (102) - - DEC 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark beer. Good cárbonation. À bit sweet taste. Little bit watery, niet overwhelming.
markextrae (443) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at a restaurant. poured a dark amber colour with a tan head. grass hops, yeast, cherries and other dark fruits. figs. verry weak mouthfeel and low on carbonation.
Jauneattend (35) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well rounded ambree beer. It leaves a bitter taste at the end with a little of maple/caramel. Don’t drink as cold as it says on the bottle. Let it stand a little
Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Accidental rating - ordered room service in Paris, asked for the beers available, and got the standard run through of the usual suspects. They mentioned Grimbergen, so I went with it - but being France, they never actually tell you which Grimbergen - I was half expecting the wit, but was pleasantly surprised when this arrived with my meal. Poured a deep reddish brown, decent head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, a touch of raisin and plum. Flavor is a match, with a hint of chocolate in the back that sort of richens the toffee notes. Good dark fruit flavors too. Rather liked this one.
Mothroy (25) - - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slight sourness in the aroma but not followed through to the taste. Lovely ruby colour and good lasting head (served in Grimbergen goblet). Never overpowering, the dark malt and fruit (dates, prunes) builds to leave a sweetish aftertaste of malt.
freretoc (188) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bu en bouteille de 33cl, couleur ambrée et une mousse qui a une bonne tenue. Une bière sympa avec un goût de banane assez fort mais bien équilibrée
Juni88 (80) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rather fruity for an double. Not bad, but still nothing special going on. The flavors are definitely out the but far from refined.
UkrainPubCrawler (30) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enticing aroma. Dark amber color. Light foamy head. Very interesting taste that tastes better with each sip. Very delicious. I love the brandy finish!
Rugamu (85) - SPAIN - NOV 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Buena cerveza doble con muy poca espuma y color muy claro para una doble. Tiene variedad de sabores desde el amargo al dulce pasando por un ligero toque agrio al final. Sienta muy bien y no dudaré en repetirla.
trapped (455) - TURKEY - NOV 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drought. Reddish brown with small spongy beige head, slight caramel aroma, fruity caramel taste, low carbonation, longish sweet finish. Enjoyable abbey dubble.