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Grimbergen Ambrée

Rating: 3.5

This one had me a little confused when I tried to find some information about it online, the bottle said it was a French beer and it was brought back from France as a gift for be but the internet kept telling me it was Belgian. After some further searching it turned out that the beer was originally brewed in Alken, Belgium before a second brewery was opened in France near Strasbourg. For the pruposes of this blog I will list this version under France as apparently there are some differences beyond just the name when comparing it so the Belgian version which is apparently more of a Dubbel than this one that I would probably class as simply an amber beer. I originally had this one labelled and an interesting craft-type beer as well but as it is actually brewed at the Kronenbourg brewery in France and marketed by Carlsberg outside of Belgium; hopefully it tastes better than most of what those two breweries usually churn out.

Grimbergen Ambrée

Appearance (3/5): Quite a dark amber/copper colour with a thin, light brown head that is more of a thin lacing than anything else. The beer looks quite clear and is relatively still as well and the head/lacing doesn’t seem to move much at all over the opening minutes.
Aroma (7/10): Malty with some caramel and darker fruits coming through initially with some prunes and dates in the smell along with a sweetness from the caramel and the malts. I got some spice and very faint alcohol but it was the malts that came out strongest on the nose.
Taste (7/10): Much like I was expecting given the nose, this one starts with a strong malt flavours and has a little spice backing it up. I got some darker fruits that mirrored the nose well but also had some plum in there too. The sweetness seemed more pronounced here than it did on the nose but still doesn’t seem overpowering or sickly.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and light medium bodied with lively carbonation and a very slightly syrupy feel to it that comes across as sticky. The beer is definitely malty and sweet throughout but has a good balance that stops from anything overpowering.

Overall (14/20): A very nice Belgian beer here that didn’t pour great but started to pick up soon after that, it was malty and had some sweetness in there giving it a fairly basic but pleasant taste that was well balanced and went down quite easily. There was a touch of alcohol on the nose but this didn’t seem to follow through to the taste in any significant way, a good beer and one I wouldn’t be against trying again.

Brewed In: Obernai, Strasbourg, France
Brewery:  Brouwerij Alken-Maes
First Brewed: Brewed  commercially since circa. 1958
Also Known As: Grimbergen Dubbel
Type: Amber Ale
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Bottle (250ml)
Purchased: France
Price: Gift

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