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Bornem Dubbel - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
83
good

490 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of BeTheBall
1.83/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured froma bottle in to a goblet; small head and little lacing. Smelled fruity. Taste was cloyingly sour, with some fruit presence. Since when is a Dubbel sour? Not sure if this bottle was bad, or the beer is just bad. Mouthfeel was average. Drinkability was very poor, as the flavor was a complete turnoff for me. Drain pour half way throught he glass, a rarity.

BeTheBall, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
1.93/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big fluffy 2 finger medium off-white head that quickly fades unevenly to a thin film and leaves immediate chunky thin lacing. Colour is auburn brown with some reddish burnt umber hues. No carbonation evident. Some film remains and leaves some thin lacing.

SMELL: Sweet caramel malt and some red fruit, like raspberries, and perhaps a bit of toffee. Decent, though a little weak and overly sweet in the nose.

TASTE: Very sweet-sour for the style. A touch of toasted malts, but dominated buy sweet-sour red fruits, raspberries in particular. A sweet-sour aftertaste is a little too strong and lingers too long. Slightly offensive, though I could finish the glass.

PALATE: Thin body, light on the palate, and very high carbonation for the style. Goes down fine but is a little overly sticky and cloying on the palate. Not a top notch effort here.

OVERALL: This one was tough to finish. It was a little too sweet, making me cringe slightly after every sip, and the palate was just too light, thin and underwhelming to make me want to try a second one. Not very drinkable, and one I won't be picking up again.

Jeffo, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of goodbyeohio
2/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

this is a new stubby, new label...

hazed brown and ruby pour. head is a pillowy finger of off-white silk. lacing is foamy and sporadic. looks enough like a dubbel to fool me.

this beer smells like i poured hot popcorn butter into my garbage can full of rotting vegetables and sweetened grapefruit shells.

and it tastes like a dubbel.. initially. then it opens up the palate to a world of sour debauchery.. taste thievery. flavor robbery and broccoli piracy. the yeast plays a powerful trump card here, starting each sip off with a flavor-inhibiting kick. not too dry but zesty with carbonation, this beer evolves into the ultimate butter grease finish. its so smooth and lardy, i almost don't want to swallow for fear of excessive lubrication in my digestive tract. i see i reviewed this beer before, and i'm hoping i had an equally abysmal view. this is a beer to be avoided at all costs. i could homebrew something better in my flaking non-stick saucepot.

goodbyeohio, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of kvnstfrd
2/5  rDev -45.8%

kvnstfrd, May 23, 2013
Photo of Overlord
2.17/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I just no longer have time in my life for beers like this. Not particularly cheap, not particularly good, I'm trying to limit my intake to a beer or two a day, and to waste one on this ... *sigh*

Pours ... eh ... brown. Off-white foam.

Smells strangely like sour fruit. I notice this in other reviews, so I don't think it went bad. Some sem-sweet chocolate malt in the aroma.

Taste is sour-y dark fruit, some burnt chocolate ... I don't know, some random sweetness.

Forgettable. Not too good. Too thin.

Overlord, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of paterlodie
2.3/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best before 29-07-06. Poored this one in and it gave me a good presentation having a big head with big bubbles that stayed quiet well. Next to that a good darkbrown beer.
No is carramellic, litle sour and malty. Taste is even more sour, unbalanced and probably infected. This sourness affects mouthfeel and drinkabillity negativ and makes it for me a poor out! Will try it again to see if this was an incident.

paterlodie, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of bradford
2.35/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 330mL bottle.
Looked very dark for a dubbel, almost black
Smelled very much like a burnt roast flavor
Taste was not very good. More like a porter than a dubbel
Mouthfeel was watery but I had to battle the burnt taste going down
Drinkability was horrid. A drainpour for me

bradford, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of Mitchster
2.38/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this as part of a mixed 6'er from the brewery for $16. Pours out to a clear deep brown, forming a modest light tan head with poor retention and adequate lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate, quite a bit lighter than any Belgian dubbel I've had. Thin layer of firmly concreted sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is nice enough...at first it's cola like, then I get some spicy phenols, dates and carob. Swirling gives a strong whiff of alcohol. The mouthfeel is cola-like with a very light body...much lighter than most dubbels...sickly finish. The taste is very mild for the style...not much complexity or depth or character in this one. This is a very pedestrian brew. Thankfully, there are very few fusels like the Bornem triple that I had to throw down the sink. The bitterness is very mild, sitting against a cola like sweetness that really doesn't even taste like malt. Buttery diacetyl finish, which is completely inappropriate for this style.

You can tell that the brewers dumped a ton of caramelized sugar in this. It's gross. Avoid it.

Mitchster, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of impending
2.45/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

750ml into a tulip. Opens with an explosive pop. Pours a velvety dark copper, back lite it is a gorgeous rich garnet. Massive towering cream colored head exceeds the glass like a mushroom cloud. Crazy clumpy froth lags behind as it recedes.

Aroma is sweets and yeast, lots of yeast, dark fruits and soy sauce lie quietly underneath.

Taste unfortunately disappoints compared to the gorgeous looks and sweet scent. Low in sweetness, low in bitter, low in flavor. Aftertaste nearly non existent. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Seriously lacking in complexity.

Would be fine paired with a food for which you didn't want your brew to compliment nor interfere.
cheers
jd

impending, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
2.45/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: A cloudy brown body with red tints. A creamy light tan head that massive at first and slowly diminishes to a pin stripe around the edge of the glass. Good lacing.

S: Kind of a close nose to me. I get some mild malt aromas, candy sugar, fruit and a little bit of some sour funk.

T: A below average flavor. I can pick up some malts, but it's a weak toasted toffee and coffee flavor. Other taste on the palate is dark fruits, caramel, some bitterness, and some spices.

M: Thin texture, medium body and carbonation.

D: Would not reccomend this to someone to try for their first Dubbel. There are better examples out there. I don't see myself drinking this again. Kind of a waste.

BrewCrew2010, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.45/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - A bold sienna with an enormous foamy head. Leaves thick rings of lace on the glass.

S - Smells strongly of caramel barley malt. Noticable, but less intense, odors of dried cherries, dates and plums. It has a very strong phenolic odor that I can't place with anything in particular. Overall, a decent odor.

T - It is slightly sweet. Cherries and dates flavor under a deep malt character. A bitterness is there, but it is more of a chemical foulness and not the typical pleasant bitter. It has a stong seltzer and a bit of a metallic (tin) flavor. The chemical aftertaste lingers for a long time and only gets worse.

M - It is a little frothy. The chemical bitterness leave the palate in an unpleasant state. Although the foretaste is refreshing, the aftertaste is dessicating.

D - It isn't a chore to finish, but it's not exactly anything I'll want to seek out in the future. It isn't awful, but the market is ripe with better options for a dubbel, and this brewery has done other styles with more success. If the chemical aftertaste wasn't there, or even if it lingered only briefly, this would be a much better beer.

mrasskicktastic, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of Osiris9588
2.48/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle, no date. Pours a murky brown, almost opaque except for a small ruddy glow near the bottom when held to the light. The head is explosive, Duvel like. It bubbles up with the color and consistency that of Root Beer Float foam. It stiffens into a creamy peak, showing great retention and leaving fluffy whisps of off-white lacing.

The aroma is rather weak: faint notes of caramel malt and cola. The flavor--is not good. Yeast and malt with no weight or complexity, followed by a cherry-metallic, not very pleasnt finish.

The mouth is quite light, with extreme carbonation--I think a little less might supply this brew some much needed depth. It's not complex, and not drinkable due to a lack in character. I consider dumping it, but the Van Steenberge mixed six pack was nearly $18, so I'll consume it fast for the 8% alcohol.

Osiris9588, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.6/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, nuts, spices, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front but there's a metallic bite to it. There are flavors of caramel, dark fruit and Belgian yeast once the metallic flavor fades. There's a mild hops presence, but not much in terms of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, I really didn't like this beer very much and would not want to drink it again.

TheManiacalOne, May 01, 2008
Photo of JMforman
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this one with my housemates last night. I had high hopes. Big mistake.

A- Nice deep-amber body with a good head and great retention.

S- Not much here. Banana, alcohol, fruity yeast. All pretty weak.

T- Bready malt, alcohol, faint cherry, burnt sugar, dishsoap, and a bitter finish.

M- VERY peppery, too much so. I know that lots of carbonation is important for the style, but this was distractingly carbonated.

D- Ehh... I'd choose most other dubbels over this one.

JMforman, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Noelito76, May 26, 2014
Photo of Murrhey
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 330ml standard pressure-cap bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger light brown head with mediocre retention. Mahogany color with low clarity.

S- Alcoholic with Belgian yeasts and roasty malts.

T- Boozy and rich, roasty flavor. Pretty plain actually.

M- Syrupy and thick.

O- Not a big fan of this beer. Pretty bland.

Murrhey, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Pithy756
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Pithy756, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of bhitt
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: nice, reddish-brown with some haze and fairly large, off-white head. Large bubbles fall to light lace.

Nose: First impression is a pleasantly tart aroma not unlike wild yeast though this is a dubbel. Sour grapes or not-yet-ripe fruit.

Taste: Kind of disappointing. Too much carbonation for my liking. Phenols are a bit overwhelming and neither tartness or malt flavors never establish themselves.

Overall, this beer is not what I expect from a dubbel.

bhitt, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of LPorter33
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle from the sampler pack.

Appearance = Murky brown with a huge head (I messed up the pour) that took like 10 minutes to go down. Still good 1 finger head lasted. Excellent lacing.

Smell = Strong, sweet malt. Alcohol present. Fruity with cherries dominating the scent. A good scent overall.

Taste = This one is a bit too harsh with a biting alcohol flavor. I can taste the 8% all the way and it's not done in a good way. There is a soothing nature about it that's warming in a way but the aftertaste is coarse and generally not agreeable with my palate.

Overall = An ok sipping beer but not one I care to try again. It's just too unrefined lacking a lot of diverse flavors.

LPorter33, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on 06.27.09 from a 11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: A bold sienna with an enormous foamy head. Leaves thick rings of lace on the glass.

S: Smells strongly of caramel barley malt. Noticable, but less intense, odors of dried cherries, dates and plums. It has a very strong phenolic odor that I can't place with anything in particular. Overall, a decent odor.

T: It is slightly sweet. Cherries and dates flavor under a deep malt character. A bitterness is there, but it is more of a chemical foulness and not the typical pleasant bitter. It has a stong seltzer and a bit of a metallic (tin) flavor. The chemical aftertaste lingers for a long time and only gets worse.

M: It is a little frothy. The chemical bitterness leave the palate in an unpleasant state. Although the foretaste is refreshing, the aftertaste is dessicating.

D: It isn't a chore to finish, but it's not exactly anything I'll want to seek out in the future. It isn't awful, but the market is ripe with better options for a dubbel, and this brewery has done other styles with more success. If the chemical aftertaste wasn't there, or even if it lingered only briefly, this would be a much better beer.

ILikeGoodCider, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of neophilus
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased 750ml from a large stockpile at a supermarket. It poured a ruby brown color with a fluffy white head that quickly fell apart.

The smell had a yeasty spice to it backed up with strong caramel toffee tones. There was a nice balance and interesting intensity to the aroma.

The mouthfeel did not hold up to the aroma however. It felt thin and fizzy to me. The spices from the yeast were nowhere to be found. There was an malty flavor to the beer but it faded away quickly, leaving me with nothing but fizz.

Overall the beer had a good pour and an interesting aroma but the taste and mouthfeel never showed up to the party.

neophilus, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of crwills
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I guess I just can't get the hang of dubbels. I have yet to find one I really enjoy.

Poured from one of those cool stubby bottles into an oversized wine glass. An earthy, dull, muddy-looking brown with a huge (1/3 glass), fluffy light-mocha head.

Smell reminds me of coca-cola, with some elements of ripe fruit and sugarcane or brown sugar.

Taste is WAY too sweet for me. Cloying, candied fruit and artificial sweetner flavours. A slightly sour rotten fruit aftertaste. Not my kind of beer at all.

crwills, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of jbertsch
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. A big head develops easily that lingered. Overall appearance was nice - beer looked like a slightly opaque mahogany.

Interesting aroma. It's musty. I smell something I wasn't expecting...like fig or raisin (banana???) but it's almost as if I'm smelling those things from a time warp to a hundred years ago. When I smell those fruits in other local beers, they smell much different. Here they smelled like antiques. And I couldn't tell whether it was bad or good.

It tastes like it smells - like history. History dunked in alcohol. I even taste a little something unusual...like onion, on top of the dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated than the other abbey ales I've had. Drinkability is probably capped at 2-3pints. Probably just 2 pints because I think the above-average carbonation would probably limit you. Myself - I only had one before I moved onto something else. It's not a bad brew - definitely interesting. I had fun trying to figure out the aroma. Even though I know I'll probably enjoy the 4-pack, I knew I wouldn't buy it again. It needs to be refined.

jbertsch, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of jcalabre
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Originally sampled on 13 November 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. This pours a brown color with a good sized head. The flavor has a nice roastiness to it, but it was nothing spectacular. There are better abbey ales to be found, this was just OK

jcalabre, Jul 11, 2003
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Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.