Struggled to get myself a beer today….Another “abbey-styled” Belgian it is.
Grimbergen Dubbel: 6.5%abv Suggested serving temperature 12-14C 53-57F.
Having started this journey with the Grimbergen Blonde it was just a matter of time getting to one of its brethren. This beer is far different in every aspect from that of the blonde. I also imagine that having done this for over a month now that my writing style as well as my taste for our favorite beverage has changed.
So the Belgian dubbel is usually a beer rich in malt and a bit spicy on the palate, and for this beer this much is true. It is a dark caramel color with only a slight off-white head-very thin. Smells of malt and a mild yeastiness. To me it is not so much the flavors but the texture of the beer that is impressive. A dense carbonation and particular spice float on the tongue-yet leave you refreshed by each sip. Tones of bitter hops and a bit of metallic/tinny flavor from the hops as well-nothing overbearing. Particularly smooth on the way down with a slight sweetness to top off each swig. Nothing outstanding, it is a heavily processed beer and could only benefit from a more rustic approach to its brewing-other than it is another product by the Belgian brewer Alken-Maes.