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.
Maracuja05 (936) - Mainz, GERMANY - JAN 15, 2017
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
05-01-17 // bottle. Pours a dark amber coloured beer, small head. Nose is sweet caramel. Taste is sweet, some caramel and toffee, malty. Nah not my beer.
MAGICuenca91 (18) - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, SPAIN - JAN 10, 2017
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muy buena cerveza. La mejor de la marca Grimbergen. Un aroma y sabor a caramelo/toffe indiscutible.
alkolas510 (1268) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2017
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brun/röd med litet skum. Doftar och karamellmalt och lite torkad frukt. Söt med lite beska
abirres (95) - Salamanca, SPAIN - DEC 29, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Marrón-cobrizo profundo con rojizos matices rubí, espuma color ocre de baja retención. En nariz se nota maltosa, caramelo quemado, regaliz, notas especiadas y a hierbas. En boca, dulce a caramelo, maltas tostadas y notas especiadas. Carbónico y cuerpo medio.
MasDen (205) - Mahilyow, BELARUS - DEC 24, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: bread, sweetness.
Appearance: dark ruby, clear, small head.
Taste: sweetness, malt, bread.
Palate: middle body, middle carbonation.
Villyzzz (228) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is mild dried fruits, malts and apple. Taste is roasted malts, some dried fruits and hints of apple and booze. Bit watery for the style. Okay.
sumo234 (70) - Postojna, SLOVENIA - DEC 20, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color with low beige head. Aroma is light chocholate. Light toffee taste with a nice brandy aftertaste.
hauxe (514) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - DEC 13, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark amber from the bottle. The head is thick and sudsy, but soon fades to a thin layer of creamy lacing. Aroma is prune, raisin, cherry, milk chocolate. Nice start. Taste is sweet, with noticeable brown sugar and caramel. Stays sweet into the lightly warming finish, where a light chocolate note arises. Decent enough, although this eventually feels to some extent like going through the motions. Despite being overall medium bodied, the beer has a watery note to it at times, really more in the taste than the palate. It can be overlooked, but the flavors that do come through seem to collide more than complement each other. Not bad, but there are better Dubbels out there.
vlada94 (27) - Nis, SERBIA - DEC 13, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
no foam, light brown colour , clear, aroma of caramel , light sweetness. nice beer.
Ritzn (757) - Bavaria, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown/ruby with almost no head. Aroma is cedar wood, clove, phenols, slight smoke and some dark fruit. Heavy. Taste is slight bitterness with phenolic sweetness, smokey and heavy. Rather oily mouthfeel, little spicyness, not much carbonation. Heavy without an easy going counterpart, no real character, apart from that ok.