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Bornem Dubbel - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
83
good

484 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sixpack595 on 05-23-2002)
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nunzo

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +35.9%

12-04-2011 04:23:23 | More by nunzo
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jaz

Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +31.3%

Poured a deep dark crimson color with a nice creamy head. The smell was subtle yet powerful, with scents of carmel malt, spices, and alcohol. The taste was smooth and delightful. Initial taste was a nectar-like sweetness with a hint of orange and spice. Alcohol and fruit flavors became apparent in the middle, and the finish was silky smooth perfection that left no harsh aftertaste. A dangerous beer because I could easily drink several of these without realizing it. Another great one from the Van Steenberge family.

06-13-2003 19:16:50 | More by jaz
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J_Dub

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

04-25-2013 16:47:26 | More by J_Dub
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putnam

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +27.7%

A hollow head quickly reveals a suface which bulges in the middle with a swarm of short-lived bubbles. Dark brown. Not clear.
The aromas are beautifully balanced and somehow delicately shaded with sweet red apples, pear, cherry cola and buttery shortbread. Rich but not pushy. Extremely inviting.
On the palate there is a chocolate milk heaviness decorated by tree fruits, cumin and Italian nougat.
It's dry, and while medium to full-bodied, it displays a concise, angular texture and finishes on the quick side with a mild tartness.
This is a beautiful dubbel. Not as ragingly spicy as Duinen. Not as saturated with maple syrup notes as Ommegang. Dryer than those, it melts in your mouth. Perfectly balanced and a joy to drink.

11-05-2002 05:27:55 | More by putnam
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jackndan

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%

Bornem Double: Deep rich copper beer, with a huge head. Unfortunately the head dissipated in a few minutes, but left a light Belgian Lace. Malt aroma, with a hint of something metallic. Fantastic sweet malt taste, with a hint of sourness toward the end. Perfect for an after dinner drink. Very nice rich beer.

05-23-2002 19:47:02 | More by jackndan
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%

Poured from an undated 11.2oz into a goblet.

Dark brown with a huge light tan head. Nice retention, sticky...beautiful.

Smells of belgian yeast, slightly spicy, with a note of pears and a nice depth from the malts. There's some floral hops in the end.

Rich maltiness upfront with a slight acidic twinge. Turns rather dry with a slightly tart finish. No alcohol registers on the nose or in the taste.

Smooth velvet like mouthfeel. I could have several of these in one sitting.

Examples like this are why dubbles are starting to become my favorite style.

05-06-2005 03:55:34 | More by ypsifly
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Gottesverachter

Russian Federation

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

05-26-2014 12:56:16 | More by Gottesverachter
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DeanCHS1980

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

02-22-2014 20:34:39 | More by DeanCHS1980
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thkrb99

California

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

06-13-2014 22:59:56 | More by thkrb99
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nandika

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

02-08-2012 14:09:42 | More by nandika
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

01-28-2012 23:35:47 | More by AndrewMichael
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athomasPSU

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

09-18-2013 16:48:51 | More by athomasPSU
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ccrida

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%

33cl stubby (new, blue label) poured into my white and blue lettered Bornem chalice. First couple pours were 90% foam, even being careful. Head is very rocky and dense, annoyingly slow to settle, khaki colored. Beer is brown. The foaminess is annoying, but the density of the head is awesome, with an incredible meringue like texture.

Smell is softer, figs, gaining in a sweet, grape like intensity as it warms, with a slight touch of cider vinegar.

Taste is great - I forgot how much I enjoy this beer. A nice caramel sweetness without being to sugary, light spices and phenols, almost in BSDA territory, which I love. Really not a lot to break down, this is just a delicious abbey ale.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with a crackly finish and a medium light body.

Drinkability is great, one of my favorite dubbels of all time. Full of flavor, not to strong, readily available and reasonably prices, I'm not sure what one could ask for from a dark Belgian. I really wish I had another of these on deck, because one wasn't enough. Plus, it brings lots of nostalgia for me. There was a bar in college that had these for a dollar each (on tuesdays I think), it was my first real intro to Belgian beer, and for that reason, still holds a place in my heart. Plus, Van Steenberge is basically the house brewery for the Sharp Edge, which was my first beer bar. I've probably had 40-50 of theses, yet none in the last few years, which was a bad call!

09-22-2008 03:10:11 | More by ccrida
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +20.9%

Once again I fell in love with this beer on draft this past summer while quaffing beers at the Yardhouse in Costa Mesa, CA. This is like a friend revisited, this beer pours ruby musky brown slightly hazed with a cream tan head with weak head retention. This is one malty treat wrapped in raisins and a load of perfectly ripened succulent fruit (mainly pears and apples). Flavor profile brings on a vinous grape tone with hints of mildly alcoholic plum brandy. Wonderful underlying richness of fruit tones. God, I love this beer is topped with a candied apple finish. What a smooth mouthfeel the creaminess that this beer produces to the palate is dream like. Wow, high abv but this beer is amazingly balanced in every way, I know I could put more than one down.

05-02-2003 10:21:14 | More by WVbeergeek
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JamisonM

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +20.9%

Poured into Stone Imperial Russian Stout glass ( love this glass )

A: the darkest reddish brown I have ever seen in a beer, super dark with a huge tan rocky head.

S: sweet dark fruit like blueberry and plum it also has this background smell of vinegar or that of a sour ale no alcohol in the smell at all pretty good at 8% but this bottle was dusty and I think was on the self for a long time!

T: starts sweet with blueberry plums and raisins turns slightly sour then finishes sweet again best tasting double I have ever had, by far the most complex too!

M: carbonation keeps this beer with a light mouth feel and the bubbles feel prickly on the tongue.

D: ya this is drinkable I could have at least 2 perhaps 3 in a row

overall: overall the best double I have ever drank I have had 6 or 7 before this one including the Trappist ones and this is less sweet more complex and still gives out the wonderful fruit notes in taste and smell.

04-11-2010 02:09:09 | More by JamisonM
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +20.9%

The bottle says this is an 8% beer now.

Poured into a chalice. Pours hazy toffee brown with a tall, biege head. Tiny bubbles can be seen rising from the side of the glass. The head dissipates slowly on this dubbel, leaving around plenty of head during consumption. Plenty of lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. The beer smells of bready malts and yeast, dark candi sugar, raisins, prunes, apples, and other fruits. The aroma of this dubbel is actually quite fruity. The taste follows the nose here. There is a bready malt backbone that gives way to the fruity flavors detected in the aroma. There's a bit of citrus tang in this beer as well. The alcohol is well hidden. The malt profile of this beer is very solid. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The body is actually ligher than most dubbels, which makes this higher ABV beer highly drinkable. This is an excellent beer.

07-28-2012 22:25:18 | More by acevenom
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%

A hazy chocolate-brown body gently streams with tiny bubbles beneath a full and foamy light-tan head. The retention is excellent and it very slowly drops to a creamy collar and shallow surface covering. With each sip you take it leaves sheets of lace. Unfortunately, the lacing seems to be unable to stick to the glass and slowly slides back into the beer. The bouquet displays a combination of malt and fruit that includes cocoa and caramel (similar to Ovaltine) splashed by gentle, mildly-tart raisins and plums. The body is thin and crisp on the tongue with a very fine and effervescent carbonation that warms in the mouth to become nicely creamy. The flavor initially displays the cocoa and caramel found in the nose, but quickly thins with a lightly acidic and fruity (cherry-like) character. The more yeast that's allowed to enter the glass, the sharper the fruitiness is. As it warms, however, it softens to become more chocolatey and raisin-like. A note of alcohol becomes apparent at the swallow, and it finishes dry with a lingering note of soft, fruity chocolate (similar to chocolate covered raisins). Quite nice! Rich and fairly complex with a good deal of malt and fruit, yet light in the mouth. Very drinkable, and well worth trying.

05-29-2003 17:57:47 | More by NeroFiddled
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%

330 ml bottle. Pours out dark brown with a huge light brown head. Big malty aroma with toffee and dark fruit. Reminds me of the aroma of a strong dopplebock. Malty flavor, but not as malty as I expected from the aroma. It starts off with a blast of malt, but it disappears in the mouth with the bubbly carbonation. Some nice chocolate flavors. The finish is spicy and just a little tangy. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is noticable. I really enjoyed the complexities of this beer, but at $4 for a small bottle it's not something I'll drink too often.

11-09-2005 03:52:11 | More by beveragecaptain
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%

this is one delicious Dubbel. It pours a hazy cherry mahogany with an awesome billowy egg shell colored head. It lasts the entire glass and coats it with a thick foamy layer of lace. The aroma is of dark beery fruits, spices and a nice doughy malt. The flavor is tasty and refreshing. It bursts with citrusy notes (hops? yeast? orange peels? all of these?) and nice caramelly candy sugar, berries, floral hops are also present. The finish is at once tart, sweet, fruity, bitter and spicy, really incredible. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This is one hell of a Dubbel. I tie with Maudite for my favorite of the style.

11-03-2004 03:34:14 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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mwalters

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%

Snarfed a bottle, different label than the one pictured "blue". I was darker than I expected but was a nice onyx color. Nice subtle smell, light malty aroma. The taste was typical belgium duble, with a slight lean on the roasted malty side. Chestnuts. The mouthfeel was quite full and a little foamy. It was very nice to drink but did not stick out above to make itself a famous beer . However m if I ordered this while in Belgium, I would be quite pleased.

11-29-2006 02:55:42 | More by mwalters
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%

It pours a dark brown hue, with a fluffy white head that goes down pretty quick. It has a sweet aroma, and a fruity taste. Kind of like a white grape. As it warms up the fruit taste starts to disapate, but light on the palate, so it usually does not get that warm.

05-28-2007 00:27:15 | More by OWSLEY069
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%

Scores reflect the review of the Bornem Dubbel with a black label. Review of yellow labeled bottle below. New label, new review. Why not? Right?

Pours a crystal clear though very dark ruby. Nose is slight in character. Smooth hop presence with that typical sweet tone in it's own way. Flavor is excellent really. Slightly nutty edge with a sweet tone. You almost get that cherry kind of edge to it as well. Feel is extremely balanced with the carbonation just being right and hitting your mouth like silk. Drinkability is massively high. I'd go on this all night, and then some.

Is this the same beer I reviewed a month ago?? Totally different in all ways. What the hell is going on? I bought this during a trip to San Francisco, not realizing I had tried it before under a different label design. But no way, no way, is this the same beer I tried a month and a half ago. When I looked at the review and saw the picture of the bottle, I said to myself: "Oh. I remember that one. It was....eh." This one was totally different.

The yellow label review (scored 3.55) Looks murky brown with a large head of course that takes a long time to calm down. On the nose it seemed like very sweet grape skins. The taste has a very slight bitter edge with a mild and somewhat citrus tone. It seems to be a bit lighter than what I would expect from a dubbel as I would expect some more flavor. In the future, I would most likely not go for this one again as I feel there are better examples out there.

12-30-2007 04:32:42 | More by RblWthACoz
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +19%

Hit of our recent beer tasting. Was very sippable by us. Tasted like a fine wine, with sour fruit on the tongue. Would definately have again with firneds to gauge their reaction. Not smooth but quite unique.. Very nice before dinner despite high alcohol.

12-01-2003 14:13:30 | More by Sammy
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rmcnealy

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +19%

Black label. From Belgium 6-pack picked up at Binny's in River Grove, IL.

Pours dark brown with a frothy white head. Smell is only good, not exceptional by any means. Mouthfeel is good. Has feel like a sparkling wine. Very active. Tastes are strikingly tart but thin out to a fruity taste. Apples and spices. Great drinkability! 8% alcohol is not detected! This is an excellent beer. One of the better I've had lately. Probably won't see it again since it was in a holiday pack. Try it!

01-15-2008 02:53:32 | More by rmcnealy
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sevopie

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +19%

Appearance - Dark caramel color with decent size cream-colored head that dissipated quickly, but retained outstandingly well. I had a solid ring of foam on one half of the glass all the way down.

Smell - Pears. Ginger. Cinnamon. Raisins.

Taste - Pears again dominate the initial taste. A little yeast flavor in there, as well figs and brown sugar. The absolute cacophony of flavors are why I love Belgians.

Mouthfeel - This one has a healthy body for a Belgian, but is slightly over-carbonated for one. The finish of the beer is dominated by it.

Drinkability - This is incredibly refreshing for a Dubbel, only reason it doesn't get a 5 for drinkability is the insane amount of burping I do from the carbonation (lol.) I am enjoying this one though.

Note: This was part of the "Global Beer Network 6 Living Flanders Ales" 6-pack. Expensive, but an awesome opportunity. More brewers should do this.

07-10-2008 05:16:55 | More by sevopie
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Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.