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Bornem Dubbel | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sixpack595 on 05-23-2002

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Photo of thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plummy-dark brown. Glass-coating foam. Absolutely insane lacing. 4.5

Apple, plum, pear, grape, and some assorted berry aromas coming through. Rather fruity, but grain-heavy, as well. Light fusel and big yeast component. 3.5

Fruity and malty. Thinly sweet with veiled flavors of fresh plum, pear, apple, and candi sugar. Slight roast and caramelization going in. 4.0

Thin for the style. Feels mildly medium with soft carb. 4.0

Quality dubbel that I order on draft from time to time. 4.0

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Photo of Guden
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A mid brown/orange color with lots of clarity and little carbonation bubbles. The head is beige, thick, lasts forever leaving thick lacing. Really looks the part.

S- A mix of biscuit and banana that I've only found in true belgians, a bit one noted though. Lacking in malty sweetness.

T- A bit more complex than the nose with some definite light roast, dark fruit character, woodiness, biscuit and a bit of alcohol on the tail end that lingers and mingles with the biscuit and banana of the nose.

M- Medium to high in body and medium in carbonation seems like it should be right but something about it makes it more of an easy drinker and less of a mouthfiller than it should be.

D- An easy drinker at 8% abv this one doesn't match up to the best dubbels out there but it's a decent beer in and of itself.

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Photo of substanceD
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I just wanted to point out that this is now 8.0% ABV...
perhaps they changed it, i'm not sure but my Bornem Dubble (blue label) says 8.0 ABV not 7%

Besides that, great head retention, nothing else particularly special, not a spectacular beer, but it is tasty

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dubbel is muddy brown with a big, light mocha head. While the head is a fine foam, it leaves no lacing.

The Bornem challis presents a sweet malty or dry white wine aroma. Tart apples, light spiciness and a lingering floral sensation follow.

This one has a strong, spicy, sharp tartness followed by a long acidic profile. There is apple juice in the middle with a lingering, tart finish.

A light body with tons of carbonation exploding off the tongue. Alcohol is present but minimal and the finish is dry.

Bornem’s Dubbel is enjoyable and refreshing. Could easily be substituted where champagne would otherwise be consumed. This one would be great with creamy cheese.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured a cloudy reddish-brown with a medium off white head that has pretty good retention.
The beer has a strong aroma of raisins, dark fruits and sweet malts.
Medium sweetness very malty and fruity. More raisin flavors and phenols and a little bit of smokiness and small hops bitterness. Yeasty and dry. A little warming effect from the alcohol.
Full bodied and thick on the palate. Slightly more bitter in the finish.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Boasts a massive aroma that starts tapping at your nose while the beer is still a good foot away. Malty, sugary fruit esters are easily discernible, bringing in not-so-subtle hints of banana, pear, and apple cider/apple juice, along with caramels and maple syrups.

On the tongue, the fruitiness of the nose takes a seat in the sidecar, and darker sugars take the handlebars, with thick maple syrups especially present, as well as caramelized brown sugar and hints of pure vanilla. None of these flavors are what you'd call "subtle," but they are fairly well balanced, and the malts work in great syncopy. Hops are light, and almost nonexistent but for a light buzz on the soft palate. There is, however, a noticeable alcohol whang, especially in the aftertaste. Carbonation is medium to medium-heavy, and mouthfeel is slightly viscous, landing just north of water.

Overall, this is a good, solid dubbel, and has obviously been crafted by brewers with years of experience.

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Photo of Kooz
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the last of the six-pack I treated myself to. So far, I think all the beers were pretty good to very good. Nice. Poured into a standard pint glass.

This pours to a nice dark brown. There is a thick dark tan head that looks creamy, leaves thick lacing, and sticks around. Looks enticing.

Smells a bit nutty, very nice.

Tastes nice, almost a warm aftertaste. I can sense the alcohol content, but not taste it. It has an almost sour taste. It's very nice.

It's lightly carbonated, has a lot of body, and a very good mouthfeel.

This is a very good beer. Like the others from this brewery, attention to every detail is paid to this beer. It may not be your taste, but it certainly won't disappoint.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was part of a sampler pack that I got for this brewery, and this is one of three beers that were in it that weren't regularly available here. Let's give it a shot and see what it has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear dark brown color that has a large 1"+ head of slightly off white bubbles that is creamy looking and full, and maintained by lots of bubbles rising. There is already some lacing left on the glass just from swirling and all. After drinking some of the beer, there is a pretty solid amount of lace on the glass, and ten minutes afterward, there is still about 1/4" of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma: I initially got a good bit of fruitiness, with raisins and plums being the most noticeable, but only a couple minutes later it is more malty with some Belgian yeast character. There is a dark caramel note coming out as the beer sits.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty well in that it is pretty malty with some yeast and a good bit of caramel. The body is medium with ample to high carbonation, so it makes the beer pretty easy to drink as long as you don't overload on the carbonation. There is a little bit of caramel sweetness left on the back of the throat after sipping, and this has a subtle mix with the acidity from the dark malts and the dryness from the alcohol so that the feeling you have to linger is very dry, but not harsh at all.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer overall. It seems that I am actually liking their lower gravity beers more than their bigger ones. Gulden Draak is good, but not my favorite, but ranks higher than this beer. I would say that this brewery definitely knows how to make a quality beer as long as you can get a fresh example, which I obviously have with this variety pack. I may prefer other examples of this style if they were all at the same arm's reach, but this is a solid offering and one that I wouldn't hesitate to try again.

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Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a chalice.

A: Medium dark reddish brown. Pours about a half finger, foamy, frown-wthie head. Settles pretty slowly, leaving some sticky residue around the rim as it does. Plenty o' blanket lacing remains.

S: Roasted malt, with notes of molasses, raisin, and licorice. Sweet tea.

T: Woody, roasted malt flavor, but a little cardboard-y. Slightly sweet.

M: Not heavy. Woody and twangy sweet aftertaste remain.

D: Goes down without too much resistance. Definitely a sipping brew.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice brown-red body with a foamy head and lots of lacing. Nose is woody, malty, with hints of sweetness. Almost a shallow malty flavor, with sweet and woody notes. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of BricksandPorter
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured refrigerator cold into a crystal tulip after inverting to get the sediment moving.

Pour - thick two finger milk shake topper that kind of sits. Gets rocky after a minute but miniscule bubbles replenish throughout. Color is a full, bold red. Purples and browns are there but its a great ruby red.

Nose - sweet nose. Hints of spice. Nothing remarkable.

Taste - a combination of chocolate and licorice to start. Dulls out to a stale fruit ending with brown sugar notes. Not much in the way of spice or hops (outside of the anise). Kind of simple.

Mouthfeel - perfect for a dubbel. Nice carbonation, not too overpowering. Gravity makes it stick in the back of the throat and the character is full yet balanced. Actually the mouthfeel is the most compelling part of this beer.

Drinkability - Actually could be a nice session beer, which isn't my normal perception of a dubbel. Has a good balance of booze, malt and flavors.


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Photo of MAB
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice brew, although slightly sour, I felt.

Looks nice in my chalice. Dark amber with a small amount of tan head.
Aroma is mostly yeast and some fruity notes.
The taste I first thought of was sour cherry. This beer would pair well with German Black Forest Cake.
Mouthfeel was great. Not too fizzy.
Overall I had to knock it down a half point. This category used to be drinkability and 3.5 would fit perfectly for that.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

569th Review on BA
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Bevmo Belgium Pack

App- A lighter brown with some red mixed in. Could be the eyes after four beers. Nice puffy two finger head and some nice cling.

Smell- A soft dubbel. It does pop with yeast or dark fruits. They are there just lighter.

Taste- Follows the nose but more subdued this is a relaxing dubbel meant to enjoy rather than pound for ABV. Has a nice ripe fruit/yeast flavor.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Not as soft as some dubbels but nice.

Drink- Was a welcome suprise in the dubbel style. A new beer and was easy to drink.

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from a Belgian sampler 6-pack. Different label than BA photo. Towering head meant more than one pour was needed to empty the bottle into my oversized glass.

A - clear mahogany with a rich sudsy head that lingers and blocks enough light so that the top layer of the beer looks darker.

S - sweet, yeasty, dark dried fruits, toasted malt, tropical and spicy fragrances. A bit earthy.

T - a little sweet, but with a slight bitterness a bit of sour, particularly in the finish. A little bit more clove than I prefer (though nothing like, say, a Leffe); otherwise, well-balanced flavors. Decently complex.

M - good carbonation; medium/light body

O - near or above average for a Belgian dubbel: i.e., very good

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours mahogany with a gushing off-white head, thick lace, but I don't like the gushers.

S: Brown sugar, and classic dark fruit - prune heavy, with a hint of raisins.

T: Lots of dark malt and fermented brown sugar. Not as fruity as it appeared on the nose, but there is a delightful estery quality. Good overall flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, soft feel, a bit over carbonated for my taste.

O: A solid dubbel. Dubbel is a category I tend to grade very strongly, and this is one of the better efforts I've had. Weird to think I haven't had this in about 5 years. Well worth the revisit.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml squat, bulbous Belgian bottle.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which settles slowly, eventually rendering some attractive hanging curtains of lace around the glass.

It smells of strongly bready caramel malt, random dark orchard fruit, gritty brown sugar, further Mesopotamian fruit - figs and dates and all that - edgy yeast, and some mildly acrid booze. The taste is warm caramel malt, stale dark worldly fruit, a little musty tobacco leaf, baking sugar, and equally tame yeast and simmering alcohol.

The carbonation is there, but rather on the low side of your typical frothiness, the body a steady medium weight, perhaps a tad astringent, but smooth enough. It finishes on a drying trend, the malt obviously still in play, but the booze and yeast fronting strongly.

A decent dubbel, maybe a little on the dry side, which is a-ok with me, as nothing is out of balance on the whole. Not overly complex, but drinkable enough for this doubting Thomas acolyte.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep rich brown with hints of red, especially towards the edges. Maybe 1/2 finger's worth of off-white head that has pretty decent retention and leaves a splotchy layer on the surface of the beer and a fair amount of lacing. Bubbles rise constantly from the edges of the glass, feeding the film of head.

S: Pretty heavy on the malts with caramel sweetness. Behind that is the smell of dark fruits and a hint of Belgian yeast.

T: Not as malty as the aroma suggests. Candied fruits hits the taste buds first, followed by a hint of malts and yeast, then alcohol. A nicely balanced dubbel.

M: medium bodied, medium-heavy on the carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: This is a pretty good beer. Got it in a sampler pack, and this is one of the first that didn't wholly disappoint. Well rounded, good flavors supported by a slight hint of alcohol. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ml bottle from a Belgian sampler pack.
A - copper with a rich foamy head that lingers.
S - sweet and spicy fragrances
T - a little woody with enough sweet and a tad bit of sour.
M - tingly carbonation balanced with a medium body and lingering slight bitterness.
D - very good but the alcohol will catch up with you fast.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a tulip

appearance - reddish brown color with a huge frothy tan head that lingers forever

smell - really fragrant, cocoa is really prominent in the nose, picking up slight black licorice, malt, nutmeg, yeast, pumpernickel

taste - cocoa, malt, figs, plums, oak character as well

mouthfeel - medium bodied, ample carbonation, good flavor on the finish that lingers, not overly sweet, woodsy finish as well

overall - this was a beer that surpassed my expecation as frankly wasn't expecting much, but this is a good entrant into the category, one that I would gladly revisit

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Photo of Knapp85
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a gigantic size frothy and fizzy light brown coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some very good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it started to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, chocolate, vinegar

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and it feels very lively on the tongue. I can taste lots of malts mixed with sweet dark fruits and chocolate. There is also a little bit of a cask wood flavour to it. It finishes with a sweet malty aftertaste.

Overall - It might have just a touch too much carbonation but it is still an above average beer. The alcohol was well hidden and it had a nice taste. Not sure I'd pick it up again, but I'm happy I tried it.

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Photo of neophilus
2.87/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown pour with wisps of red. Huge, fluffy white head with nice retention and beautiful lacing.

S: Dark fruits, candied sugar, and Belgian yeast. Really sweet smell.

T: Follows the smell nearly perfectly. Belgian yeasts up front, followed by the fruit, plum perhaps.

MF: Pretty light actually, good carbonation. Can't get a lot of alcohol and only a slight dryness.

D: Goes down really smoothly, alcohol isn't noticeable, but it's a little too sweet.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle (I believe bottled 8/09/10) poured into a chalice

A: Pours a very dark brown, mostly opaque, with dark ruby red hues when held to light. 1 finger bubbly light brown head that fairly quickly pops away.

S: Plums, Raisins, maybe a bit of tart apple/pear, a little brown sugar, little belgian yeast (slight funk).

T: Fairly heavy does of dark fruits, with a little prune in the background. There seems to be a bit of bitterness in the background, maybe slight floral hops, tastes like bitter prune. I'm not really getting the tart/funk that I got on the nose. Everything seems focused on very dark fruits, almost burnt, with bitter prune in the background, slightly burnt brown sugar (close to molasses), with just a bit of malt. Finish has almost a metallic quality, it's a light bitter finish. Seems to lack depth and complexity.

M: Very high carbonation for the style, more so than even most BSDA, Triples, and Wits. Very light body, it is smooth I suppose, but it really lacks substance. Almost no viscosity and if there is any, the carbonation completely covers it up as it fizzy out all the way to the finish. Not that impressed here.

D: I suppose this could be ranked fairly high due to the light body and high carbonation, but the flavor fall short of the nose/style and the mouthfeel isn't what I enjoy out of great Dubbels. I can't imagine buying this again.

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Photo of xodin
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish mahogany, with a tall, retentive head that will knock your socks off. I poured equal head to beer at a head-reducing angle, and had to wait a while in order to top off my glass. Tastes of ripened fruits, candy, some esters, and a hint of caramel round out this dubbel nicely. Smooth, moderate body, and sweet through the swallow, while wet in the finish. Leaves your tongue 'sweating' for another drink. An experienced craft, well worthy of an evening's enjoyment.

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Photo of bbarrows
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to 5 oz taster glass
A: Clear light brown with 1" white head, good lacing
S: Raisins and vanilla
T: Raisins, toffee, dark fruit. All flavors are light.
M: Middle of the road. Not dry, not sweet.
D: This was light for a dubbel, very easy to drink. I'll take one more.

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