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Steenbrugge Dubbel Bruin - Brouwerij De Gouden Boom

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Steenbrugge Dubbel BruinSteenbrugge Dubbel Bruin

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BA SCORE
86
very good

15 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Gouden Boom visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by freed:
Photo of freed
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I was out of the store, but this lovely label caught my attention. The brown, gold, and orange mix with the canonized saint give it a very elegant and ornate facade. I hate to go on about the labeling, but it really has amazing detail.

Once poured (into a glass much like the one suggested on the back of the label..), it rested neatly in the glass. The dull, thick brown body is framed by rich orange-ruby colors. There's even a slight, diluted cola look to it. The foam on top settles to 2-3 mm thick for the entire session. It isn't completely even. There are small islands of dense bubbles that look quite creamy.

The aroma is somewhat mellow. A fairly typical funk & malt combination greets the nose, but nothing outstanding.

The body is somewhat thin - surprising for a fairly strong ale. The taste is dominated by roasted malts - nutty almost to the point of being smokey, even with a slight bitterness. The adds a mild orchard flavor, but its still quite nice, and even my wife enjoys it. The creamy foam - almost like a nitro pint - adds nicely to the experience.

For a grey Saturday afternoon, its excellent.

freed, Sep 18, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Slender 11.2 oz brown bottle with a best enjoyed before date on the back label.

Appearance: A obvious brown colour similar to black coffee, decent lace leaves a few rings on the glass.

Smell: Carob or unsweetened chocolate and coffee in the aroma with a heavy hand of green apples in the nose also.

Taste: Crisp smooth malty palate holding a medium body, straight to the point carbonation and mouth feel. Hops are light and merely balance though leave a trail of flavour throughout, lots of malt and grain on the taste buds. Mild prune and green apple like fruitiness and faded twang from the yeast. Alcohol hints towards sweet and spicy. Semi dry to the mouth though still very malty, carob and a light toffee flavour in the middle. Hints of black pepper and earthy yeast mingle with the slightly grainy finish.

Notes: Highly drinkable, a prize dubbel and very palatable. A good lazy weekend lunch time brew. Could pair well with a dark rye and smoked ham sandwich.

Jason, Feb 19, 2001
Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Colorful labels adorn this 11.2 ounce, semi-opaque, brown bottle. Pours a dark, clear, garnet mahogany body. One finger of beige head lingers for several minutes, finally dropping to collar and film lace. Patches of lace adorn the goblet all the way down.

Aroma is subdued. Chocolate/Caramel and Fig/Raisin are up front, with some spicy clove and coriander in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with tingly carbonation and a vinous alcohol note.

Very strange taste for this style, with chocolate covered prunes in the leadoff. Rum soaked raisins quickly take over. Very biscuity in character. Finish is dry, with a vinous alcohol note.

I didn't particularly enjoy this one. Very odd flavors for the style, and the alcohol presence seems much stronger than it actually is.

merlin48, May 22, 2004
Photo of Elemental
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: served in a colorful 11.2 bottle. Pours nice brown color with a medium amount of head that stays.

Smell: Nice a fruity with some raison/prune aromas. Sweet smelling with a bit of roastiness. A thick aroma that complements the taste very well.

Taste: Heavy bodied with a good amount of residual sweetness. Well balanced taste that begins somewhat fruity with a nice mellow fruitiness at the end.

Overall: A damn fine beer

Elemental, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of marc77
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy crimson laced chestnut hue. Covered by a thick, stiff, seemingly static light beige head that leaves attractively dense lace. Tart, green apple acetaldehyde upfront in aroma is ceded by sweeter notes of ripe fig and sugared star anise. Fruitiness becomes briefly lightly tropical, with ripe kiwi and rosey perfume surfacing and offset by mellow, molasses laced dark candi sugar. Subdued clove phenols add additional herbal character in aroma. Uniquely fragrant, but a notch shy of complex aromawise. Phenol is more pronounced in flavor, with rubber laced clove darting across the palate intially. Phenol is quickly offset by lightly cidery sweetness and raisiny fruitness. Mild bubblegum esters emerge mid palate and combine with the mildly medicinal presence, lending a brief suggestion of dentist's flouride treatment. Understated chocolate and prune notes surface late, welcomely contrasting and partially quelling phenols. Lightly bodied, and passably dextrinous, but a touch thin perhaps from the prodigious use of sucrose. Finishes herbally sweet, with lingering, slight astringent phenol. Although flavorful, Steenbrugge Dubbel seemed a bit rough. Akin to Chimay Rouge, albeit with a harsh edge. Enjoyable, but not an outstanding example. This was a 12 ounce bottle-- Is a 750 ml available? Perhaps a subpar bottle. Best before 12/2004.

marc77, May 04, 2003
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a ovely red-colored ale with a rather large head that took several minutes to subside enough for me to drink it.

The smell was of rich malt and some fruitiness, but there was a bit of a metallic aroma as well that threw me off a little.

It definitely came through on the taste, however. No metallic taste there. It was rich, malty, nutty, hints of raisins and figs, and only slightly sweet. It wasn't bitter, and it did have a warming effect that was quite pleasant.

Not sure if I would want to drink several of these in one sitting, but it sure was a nice one.

connecticutpoet, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of saltydog
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Taverne Curiosa in Brugge. Appearance: Red-brown, clear, pale, good head retention. Aroma: Malty-sweet. Some roastiness, some chocolate. Flavor: Malty, roast/chocolate flavors, caramel malt. Mouthfeel: rich, decent body. Finish: Some fruitiness, complex malt background. Drinkablity is quite good.

saltydog, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of horndecker
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful deep red with a profound head which lingered through most of the glass. An interesting aroma, at first dominated by cabbage, which I enjoyed, then fruit and woodiness. Much anticipation....

Pleasant fizz on the tongue. Lots of fruit and sweetness. But the sweetness. doesn't yield to anything more complex. Something sharp and tangy in the finish, like root beer, maybe not so pleasant. Overall a little lacking in body for my taste.

After it warms up the root beer thing makes it's way into the nose.

I'm being very demanding here...I actually did enjoy this dubbel, and would drink it again, but I would not seek it out.

horndecker, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 08 April 06, best by 12/08/08, 33 cl bottle with very nice labelling purchased in Brugge.

Poured into a Westmalle chalice, a hazy mahogany colour with ruby tinge when held to the light. Decent bit of yeast sediment. Whitish head was very bubbly.
Smelled kind of sour, touch of clove, burned malt.
Tasted quite good; fresh with some zing to it, not very complex but a very nice tasting dubbel.
Quite a fizzy mouthfeel. I would imagine that this is a very fresh bottle, would like to try an older one. Guess I'll have to return to Brugge then, oh well!

JohnfromDublin, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of dogfooddog
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice 30% head in a caracole glass. bbd 12/08/08.

aroma is somewhat sharp and malty. rather one-dimensional.

taste is very malty, with slight hints of smoke but not much burnt character. The malts dominate and I don't find much else going on here, unsurprisingly, the aftertaste is malty as well.

this is pleasant enough but as with the taste it is rather one-dimensional in depth. If you are looking for a belgian malty beer, this is probably a good candidate to try.

dogfooddog, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of Cwrw
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From De Gouden Boom in beautiful Brugge comes this little Abbey beer. The label, very saintly, relates on the back that the 56th Abbot of St Peter's Abbey, Steenbruge is a direct descendant of St Arnold himself, the patron saint of brewers. You will understand if I open this beer with high expectation then...

The Dubbel Bruin poured into a chalice glass like a holy beer should: slowly streaming down the glass it formed a great pillowy beige head, one that slowly churned and formed the look of thick tapioca or cream of wheat. The dusty-brown ultra-creaminess refuses to leave the sides clear either, as thick and viscous lace sticks tenaciously. The head is very consistent. Leaving the last cm of beer in the glass as recommended on the brewery's website, the beer is a very clear claret colour, somewhere between brown and red. A heavenly sight to a thirsty man. The aroma is big wafts of strong barley, akin to some barley wines or old ales. Horehound, root beer, black licorice, and leather, with a strong emphasis on the licorice. As it warms a sweet note of brown sugar with some cream and raisins. Faint cinammon above the rim too. Allspice, and moderate roastiness from the malts. The aroma is all malt, but complex nonetheless. The leathery strong barley is the first taste on the tongue, dry in its own right; licorice root and wood tastes in the middle, along with a little liqueur-like alcohol or brandy. The finish leaves a soft dryness but very little bitterness, and lingers with nutty malt and brown grainy bread. There are small traces of some malt sourness in the middle too. The malt can be a little salty at times. The brown sugar is subdued in the taste, and the overall taste is balanced: not too sweet and not too dry. The taste like the aroma is all about the strong malt. Body is medium-full, quite firm in carbonation, tingling on the tongue, yet silky as well, sliding down creamily. Almost no trace of the alcohol makes this a real easy tankard-tosser as well. The malt might get a bit strong for some folks after two of these though. Conclusion? A very tasty bruin, and a treat for malt-lovers.

Cwrw, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a dark opaque brown with deep ruby highlights and a thick lustrous off-white head about an inch high which settles softly to a thick covering and some drippy spotty lace. Smell doesn't have much to it, some strange rotten or turned fruityness and sweet smokey-like malts but is pretty faint. Taste doesn't have much either, nothing really sticking out here. Some faint unripe fruit, very underdeveloped taste with underlying lightly roasted sweet malts and flowery hops. Transluscent flavors of some light cocoa and clove find their way in but in trace amounts. Null and void, boring and plain. Feel is solid mediumness with a light carbonated texture thats a bit over the top and overall not creamy enough for full enjoyment. Bad bottle I suppose, hard to say really. Perhaps if I see it again I'll splurge for another and compare. Til then....

tavernjef, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The deep burgandy hued brew throws a very lovely creamy light brown head that retains very nicely. A nice musty and earthy aroma is laced with some spice notes. The dark frfuits and berry like complexities give this brew a nicely layered effect. This is a very complex and tasty Belgian brew. Better than some of the Trappist ales I've had. There's a deep cedar-like wood presence as well as a subdued smoke character. The nice fruity sweetness is balanced a bit by the hop bitterness, which is truly in the background. The body of this highly drinkable dubbel is about medium-full. A tasty brew to be sure.

Bighuge, Aug 12, 2002
Photo of TheDM
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong malty aroma mixed with a floral aroma. It poured a very small head of medium bubbles and quickly dies out leaving a light creamy lacing. Its body is a near opaque dark cloudy brown. Its flavor is a mixture of tastes. It tastes like a slightly heavy brew with a mild aftertaste of cinnamon or spice. There is a slight sparkling flavor all around the mouth as it goes down. It was definitely different from other beers. Not a bad brew, but not a particularly exciting one either

TheDM, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep, dark, chestnut brown, with a firm 3'4" earth-toned head.
Aroma: ripe and rich with nuts, cocoa, soft spices, and a strong brandyish feel.
Big fruit on the palate: raisins, figs, plums, port wine. Fierce and delicious hop attack on the tongue, full-bodied, big malt, nice balance. Very commanding, with rewarding flavors throughout.
Long, lasting, warm, rummy finish.
I'll be back for more, you can be sure!

feloniousmonk, May 11, 2003
Steenbrugge Dubbel Bruin from Brouwerij De Gouden Boom
86 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.