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Bornem Dubbel - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
83
good

488 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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 Sammy
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sammy, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, dark fruit, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice brown color with a nice off white head. The nose brings some bread, caramel, dark fruits, and a bit of booze. The taste combines the elements quite well with some dark fruits and a good amount of lighter Belgian yeast characteristics. Medium, creamy mouthfeel. Not fantastic, but a pretty good representation of the style.

Thorpe429, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured cloudy brown in cloudy brown in color into a goblet with a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A light to medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits and sweetness in the nose.
T: The overall taste is mildly sweet and isn't that complex with some notes of butter, caramel, cherries and grapes. A hint of bitterness is present in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation..
D: It isn't that difficult to drink this beer because the alcohol is completely masked and the amount of sweetness is subdued.

metter98, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky ice tea brown with a fluffy head that leaves modest lacing

Smell: Funky yeast aroma with a hint of candi sugar

Taste: Starts out a bit cidery with building candi sugar and sour cherry flavors; after the swallow, the tartness builds considerably

Mouthfeel: Medium body with heavy carbonation

Drinkability: Not a great dubbel but has an interesting flavor profile that makes this worth seeking out - a bit different with its tart cidery aspect

brentk56, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant blood orange fading to tangerine at the margins. The initial flurry of bubbles has slowed to multiple steady streams that continue to maintain a soft, impressively airy cap of golden ecru that looks like a snow drift sculpted by a ferocious wind. More and stickier lace would have been great.

The centerpiece of the nose is tart, musky fruit (bruised apples, overripe peaches and figs) with a complementary amount of spicy yeast. There are no surprises, but then good dubbels aren't especially flashy. I expect a solid version on the palate.

Bornem Dubbel is exactly that. There's nothing about the flavor profile that wows me, yet there's nothing that is disappointing either. Sure, a little more depth and complexity would be nice. Having said that, it manages to hit all the notes demanded of the style... even if it isn't a symphonic masterpiece that will make me forget my favorites.

Lightly spiced fruit is still the order of the day. Sweetish tobacco and mild cocoa are present as well. Toasted malt and earthy hops play off one another nicely, giving the beer a balanced feel from start to finish. This is a workmanlike offering that impresses with competence and adherence to style more than bells and whistles. In fact, it would be perfect to demonstrate the Belgian dubbel basics to newcomers.

The mouthfeel is right on the money and easily holds up its end of the bargain. It's light without being too light, and it's well-carbonated without being too well-carbonated. No drop-off here.

I liked Bornem Tripel quite a bit and I think just as highly of Bornem Dubbel. Since I don't drink beer of this style very often, I'm unlikely to pick this one up again. There are too many other dubbels that score higher on the ol' excitement meter. That doesn't mean, however, that I didn't enjoy each and every drop.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color beer with a thick off-white foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of candi sugar is pretty dominant with some distinctive Belgian yeast. Taste of sweet malt with candi sugar is dominating and a bit – too one-dimensional for my own taste. Body is also a bit thin but alcohol is well hidden.

Phyl21ca, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short squatty bottle unleashed a wealth of carbonation and aromas. The nose reveals strong fruity and tartness. Brownish-red to copper colors, slightly off from clear later reveals good head retention and classic belgium lace. Flavors reconfirm cidery fruitiness and lambic-like tartness. Alcohol pronounces itself early and follows through to the finish. Although impressive in its boquet and zestiness, it lacks a bit of the sweetness and body that I have come to expect in Belium Dubbels

BEERchitect, May 21, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with an impressive, sizable, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Toasty, roasty (though considerably less) malts with scant hints of caramel and cocoa. Background notes of fermented fruits and spice.

Taste: Toasted malts seasoned with a pinch of powdered chocolate and caramel. Mild fruit flavors of brown sugar-coated bananas and faintly tart raspberries. Touch of anise. Tiny tough of lingering graininess beyond the drying, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high, though airy carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent dubbel that failed to knock my socks off. A note to future dubbels -- socks: remain! Though it did pair well with the song "Roscoe" by Midlake.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours out like a pretty typical Belgian Dubbel. The color is a muddy looking brown color with a tan head. The smell of earth and some darker fruits are picked up in the aroma. Has a bit of funk too. The taste is surprisingly different than some Dubbel's out there. I kept picking up some type of sourness in the flavor. Almost like it was aged in oak or something. Not the standard flavor for most Dubbels. I can see how some may enjoy this but I wasn't really digging it.

Knapp85, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a St. Bernardus goblet.

I have no idea what Van Morrison's talkin' about in "Domino", but, dammit, that song kicks ass! Anyway, this beer pours a mostly clear ruby brown topped by a finger or so of ecru foam that fades into a surface ring fairly quickly. The nose comprises caramel, molasses, maple syrup, roasted malts, plums, brown sugar, rye bread, red apples, figs, and a hint of tobacco. The taste emphasizes the fruits up front, primarily green apples, pears, plums; a sweeter backbone comes in later, consisting of caramel, rye bread, figs, brown sugar, and cinnamon. All-in-all, flavorwise, I find this to be a bit too fruity, but not by all that much. The body is a firm medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a solid dubbel, but not one that I would necessarily go to regularly.

TMoney2591, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, murky brown color with a thick, bubbly, khaki-colored, large head of foam. It left some rings of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, cherry, malt and some boozy alcohol aromas.

T - It taste very sweet with some tart dried fruit flavors, mostly dried cherry.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a pretty decent dubbel. I've had better but its worth a try.

zeff80, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml squat Belgian bottle.

This beer pours a clear, dark amber hue, with two fingers of thick, creamy ecru head, which settles slowly, eventually rendering some hanging curtains of lace around the glass. It smells of strong caramel malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and some mild booze. The taste is caramel malt, stale dark fruit, a little musty tobacco leaf, and equally tame yeast and alcohol. The carbonation is there, but on the low side, the body medium weight, a tad astringent, but smooth enough. It finishes fairly dry, the malt obviously still in play, but the booze and yeast fronting strongly.

A decent dubbel, a little on the dry side, but nothing out of balance on the whole.

biboergosum, May 15, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

JAHMUR, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

NeroFiddled, May 29, 2003
Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl stubby brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Awesome head retention, I wait for a beer to come across with a head so perfect it makes me cry knowing I have to drink it. This is Brussels Lace. The vibrant brownish brick red colour embers in the light.

Smell: Sweet ripe figs, faint lemon and lots of other dark fruitiness. Some malt, phenol and alcohol in the aroma but it is mostly fruitiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with a viscous mouth feel. The palate switches back and forth from a dry maltiness to herbal phenols. Cheesy hop? Ripe dark fruit have a dry tone to them with a mild tartness to boot. Touch of earthiness from the yeast

Notes: A bit brash on the palate for my liking, enjoyable but not something I’d hunt for again. It did very well up against the sharp cheddar I paired it with.

Jason, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
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 RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

WVbeergeek, May 02, 2003
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with 1 finger of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Nice orchard fruit & cinnamon

T: Green apples, cinnamon & a kiss of brown sugar up front. Earthy yeast, with more green apple as this warms. More green apple, earthy yeast, a touch of booze on the throat & brown sugar in the finish

MF: Light/medium bodied & fairly subtle carbonation

Drinks alright, not a real engaging dubbel might be better with some age on it

russpowell, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color's a dark burgundy, with ruby highlights, and huge, billowy, creamy tan head stands above. My superlatives end there, as I encounter one of the simplest "abbey dubbels" I've yet encountered. Aroma: small suggestions of nuts, cream, dark fruits(cherry, grapes), little hints of toffee, and there may be elargely to a fault, for there's precious little of the deep complexity we find in favorite dubbels, Ommegang, or Maredsous. Malt is king, here, hops are hidden, blasts of carbonation hit the palate now and again. Finish is, "okay", there's a minor grainy grit in the texture, but, alas, this is a rather ordinary brew for the style

feloniousmonk, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is dark brown but clear and forms a decent off white head of medium to small bubbles. Lacing is high and carbonation is moderate and steady.

Aroma is sweet and fruity with a hint of alcohol. Beer looks and smells good.

Flavor is boring and ordinary. Its thin and there isn't much at all. It gets a little sweet, a slight roast, there is decent connectivity and the carbonation in the mouth is nice but overall its just mediocre. Don't bother.

drabmuh, Feb 01, 2010
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Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.