Grimbergen Double (or Grimbergen Dubbel) is a dark top fermentation beer. It has a dark red, almost burgundy color and a dense foamy white head. It has a sweet and bitter flavor with hints of chocolate. It has an alcohol content of 6.5%.
Serving temperature: 8-10°C
The Abbey of Grimbergen was founded in 1128 in a village in the centre of Belgium. The Norbertine monks who resided there, started brewing a dark top fermentation beer to drink themselves, but also to serve to the many pilgrims who passed by the abbey. That beer was the basis for what we know now as Grimbergen Double, or ‘Grimbergen Dubbel’ in Flemish. During the French Revolution, both the abbey and the brewery were abolished.
The abbey was later re-instated, but the brewing tradition remained dead until in 1958, brewery Alken-Maes contacted the monks and agreed with them to brew their beers under license and with respect of the ancient traditions and recipes. Besides Grimbergen Double, this deal also involved the abbey’s two other beers at the time: Grimbergen Blonde and Grimbergen Triple.