Formerly brewed at Brasserie de l’Union - Alken-Maes (Heineken)
Style: Belgian Ale
Jumet, Belgium


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
A special edition from the Alken-Maes brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
emdejes (23) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2016
75 cl Bottle - Expired august 2003 Despite being 12,5 years past its prime, I very much liked the taste of this beer. With aromas of citrus, orange and some caramel it tasted a lot like lemonade. But in a good way. Carbonation was flat, no foam left on this beer, but that’s very easy to understand after all these years. It tasted very good, no remarks. Overall a very drinkable beer, if you ever come across an old bottle (as it’s no longer produced) don’t hesitate and try..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
kraddel (6367) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2016
Vintage bottle, best before 2003. Whales ! Pours unclear amber, not much head. Smell is Dusty and oxidized. Taste is mildly sweet , Sharp oxidation. Some maderization. Not too bad to be honest. Bit thin , Woody aftertaste due to the age

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2014
Tasted about twelve years ago when this was quite popular for a while. An amber coloured rendition of the Grimbergen brand, with loose, off-white head and sweetish character of caramelly and slightly nutty malts, apple and some spiciness, mild bitterish finish, but artificial and a bit bland like the other Grimbergen beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (25462) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2012
Bottled (1999 vintage)@Belgobaren, Stockholm (old backlog from about 2010). Rubyish amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is bready, mild toasted and ripe fruity notes along with some slight yeasty notes. Flavour is yeast, mild spices, ripe fruits and some slight sweet maltyness. Mild notes of alcohol pushing through as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (4455) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle at restaurant in Brussels. Hazy orange with a beige head. Aroma moderate malty (caramel, fruit), a sour note, moderate hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet and bitter. Light body despite the strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Dark reddish color and a really nice aroma. I think all Grimbergens have a nice aroma. This is not nearly as good as the double or triple. But a drinkable beer. Malty flavor, maybe hints of caramel. Drinkable, but there are better beers in this category for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2006
Dark redish amber colour, average off-white head. Fruity and malty aroma, little sweet (some caramell). Full body, light carbonation, with some sweeter hints.. Finish is spicy and fruity ending a little dry. OVerall not bad. I like this one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Limpid boring beer with little to recomend it. Flavor of wet paper and diacetyl very poor brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorqui (2196) - Brescia, ITALY - FEB 13, 2005
Draught at By-Kall pub (Rovato, Brescia). Cremosa and compact foam. Discreet persistence. Red color diamond much elegant and attractive. Delicate and much rich scent. Notes of red fruit and alcohol. Indeed a lot yielded. Determined taste but not strongly. Medium fizzy. Optimal persistence to the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skortila (5336) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2004
I had this one quite often when it was still available at our local supermarket. Aroma of malt (caramel) and fruits. Amber coloured with a medium, lasting head. Taste is sweet, caramel-malty and a bit fruity. Not really special.

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