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Bornem Dubbel - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
83
good

523 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sixpack595 on 05-23-2002

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Pours a cloudy dark brown with a large tan head. The head sticks around for a bit, and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is brown sugar, toffee, raisins, and maybe fig or plum.

Fruity up front, dried fruit like raisin and dried plum. I can also taste Belgian candy sugar, and just a hint of bitterness at the finish.

Feel is a little on the thin side, with a bit of tingling from high carbonation.

Overall a good double, but not a great one. It has good flavor, but just seems a bit weak, feels a bit watered down. Compared the the best of this style, where the competition is very stiff, it can't quite stand up to the big boys.

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Pours a dark cloudy brown with a medium beige head. Aroma and taste is of sweet caramel, some mild toasted notes, Belgian yeast, some mild dark dried fruits, raisins and dark plums and moderate hops bitterness. Palate is a medium, slightly thick body, smooth mouth feel with good carbonation. Finishes with sweet caramel malt, dark fruit flavors of raisins and some dried plums tartness, Belgian yeast with a lingering moderate hops and caramel malt, dark fruit ending. Aroma seemed a bit light. Overall a well balanced and flavorful brew.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark chocolaty brown that only lets a shade of light through. Reserved amount of foam, a shade less than a finger but I poured it very easy. The foam receded within a minute and proceeded to leave a sticky dotted mess on the side of the glass.

S: Creamy and chocolaty. Milk. Vanilla. Smells great, but more one sided here.

T: Sweet chocolate and malt starts off with a rich milky creaminess. Mild coffee notes, but more sweet. Some mineral with steel and graphite. Very slight raiseny taste. Cool juiciness. Slight bittering locks down the roasted grain aggressively leaving a mild dryness with notes of seasoned wood and dry leaves. Rich sandy earthiness. Finishes slightly salty. Really good developed roasty flavors but still easy and refreshing.

M: Smooth and creamy. Nice and really easy drinking. Slightly dry finish and salty, but only a little.

O: Really great tasting dubbel. If anything it's a little too straight shooting with out a huge depth. Regardless I really like this for the smooth mellow drinkability.

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A: Poured a from bottle into a tulip glass - ruby/cloudy, with a off white head of about 3 fingers of soapy fine bubbles with good retention and lacing.

S: carmel, mild yeast, dried Fruit (fig/plum)

T: Malty, dried fruit forward (almost sharp), a little syrupy but adequate carbonation to help cleanse the palate

M: Good mouthfeel, not too carbonated, but sufficient so as to not be syrupy

O: A very malty/fruit forward dubbel, and paired well with a sharp cheese. I would purchase again, excellent price point for a very good beer

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: a mixture of dark ruby red and murky brown. holding it up to the light reveals some burnt copper notes as well. impressive 3 finger tan head thats pretty solid up top and hangs around for a while

s: dates, figs, raisins, light brown sugar, some juicy generic berries, and a hint of diacetyl butter

t: its pretty on par with the nose, and quite 'juicy' for a dubbel. figs, raisins, and dates pop right away. that fades to a really solid caramel malt backbone with some brown sugar. in the background a nice roasted nutty flavor helps to cut some of the sweetness. there is some dactyl in here though

m: lighter side of medium. high amount of carbonation - maybe why the dark fruits pop so much. not really a syrup-like mouthfeel like i'd expect (not a bad thing)

o: i've passed this by so many times before actually trying it, and its a shame i did. this is a really solid dubbel. it has a lot more going on than i would have expected, and all the flavors are pronounced, yet balanced well and play off each other nicely. definitely pick this up and give it a go. the one thing i do notice that brings it down some is that buttery taste in here. its just a hint too much - but not extremely overboard

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Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.