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Bornem Dubbel - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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479 Ratings

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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Sixpack595 on 05-23-2002)
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Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: poured a dark opaque chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Large tan cap reduces to a 1cm cap that stays...good lacing....good aroma like bananas with treacle and a light musty note. Substantial malts but medium-light , spritzy-slick body.... slight sour twang up front reminiscent of a Flemish sour red... then a flood fruit taste blanketed in burnt brown sugar...wet finish with some sour drying. A very drinkable abby dubbel

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 23:10:25 | More by pootz
Photo of ypsifly


4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2005 03:55:34 | More by ypsifly
Photo of bucko


2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a golden brown color with a large off-white head. I purposely attempted to pour this with a minimal head and still got an inch that later subsided to about 1/2 to 1/4 inch. The smell is interesting, not unlike a black-cherry soda. The taste is a bit sour, and reminds me of sparkling grape juice. Definitely not what I had expected, but I think this could grow on me. Definitely a puzzling brew in my book,

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2005 03:16:08 | More by bucko
Photo of paterlodie


2.3/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 19:40:56 | More by paterlodie
Photo of baiser


3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull, orange brown colour with ruby highlights. Thick, bubbly off white head, great retention. Aroma of malt, caramel, toffee, yeast, and some dark fruit. Taste was sweet, malty and fruity. Not much bitterness. Pretty drinkable. Mouthfeel was excellent. Creamy, smooth, moderate body. OK for a dubbel, but not the best.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 00:40:55 | More by baiser
Photo of Andreji


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one wasn't all that dissimilar to the Tripel, but it lacked something to it.

The pour is dark brown, with a lasting but light tan head that is quite fizzy. Smellwise, rather soft with some sourness to it, a perception of the alcohol (very slight), and perhaps some dry barley

The taste was a bit cola-ish, with black cherry and a blueberry tangyness to it, and considerably bitter. Rather soft on the sweet side, which also made it considerably dry. this went ok with the mouthfeel, full bodied and considerably carbonated, very accordingly to the style. All in all a good beer, but i'd stick to the tripel. I like sweet stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 01:10:22 | More by Andreji
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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat clear, brown is the base hue but there are significant influences of gold and amber. There is pretty good color depth but it still seems thin to me, I’d like to see it a little darker. The head was beige in color, at the apex the foam was two fingers in height and then it quickly faded to a half finger, foamy cap. This cap had good staying power, it lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was spotty and it clung poorly. The nose is pleasant in aroma but weak in presentation. Ripe fruits are the strongest aroma, dates, figs, and plums. Spicy brown sugar notes follow, they seem to springboard from the malt base. There is a slight band-aid aroma, some cloves too, with a generic medicinal aroma. Raisins. Cola. Caramel. Overall the potency is moderate but the strongest aromas easily overpower the subtleties. A casual sniff only renders the dark fruit. Simplistic. It is inviting but I have some reluctance. The palate is tasty but unimpressive. The bouquet was simplistic but not as unsophisticated as the taste. There isn’t much complexity here, sure I like what I taste but there is nothing to sink my teeth into. There is no body here, where is the malt backbone? I get plenty of dark fruits (rains, dates, figs) and they taste lovely. They really do. Sprinkles of caramel and there is even a dusting of band-aids and clove. The alcohol is very perceptible. Hops do offer some bitterness and a biting twang with an herbal note. As you see this beer has flavor but the proportions don’t seem right. More malt is needed. Badly. The finish is a bit too clean; more yeast residue is needed. Ordinary. Its not flawed, just boring. Medium-light in body, the carbonation is big and lively, the mouthfeel is too thin and too effervescent. I thought this beer was merely okay. This is a very average Dubbel. I can’t foresee another purchase of this beer. Maybe this would be a good introduction to Belgian beers for the timid. Purchased as part of a sampler-pack in Ames, IA.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2005 03:42:35 | More by bditty187
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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark, amber brown body with a huge, booming head. The head drops slowly until it's a chunky spread of foam over the beer. The aroma is rich, lots of lemon, browning bananas, caramel and cream. The flavor is sweet and hides the alcohol well. There's kidn of a candi sugar flavor in there as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 00:46:08 | More by aracauna
Photo of tomthumbsblues


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer produced a huge 3-finger frothy tan head. The color was dark brown and garnet colored. No light was seen through the beer. Hardly any lacing going down. The smell was hoppy, floral with hints of dark cherry. The taste had a slight sourness and was fruity with good malting and slight sweetness like strawberries. The mouthfeel put me off a bit because of too much carbonation and it wasn't as smooth as I would've liked. This was an ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 03:47:08 | More by tomthumbsblues
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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle from a Belgian sampler pack purchased from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" tan head over the murky, effervescent reddish brown brew. Head lasts a long time, and laces well, with bits of foam. Aroma is spicy Belgian notes, with a hearty malt base apparent. Taste is somewhat neutral, with light malt flavors, and a tad of the spicing that the nose hinted at. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and the drinkability good as well. Almost seems dumbed down a bit here, but on the upside, perhaps this makes it more approachable for the newer Belgian aficianado.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 01:39:07 | More by ppoitras
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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Rather plain labeled monk, bird and steeple motif.

Dark clear mahogany pour with tan cake head. Tight settled cap with excellent head retention. Tight carbonation bubbles manage to rise.

Nutty spiced Belian Yeast.

First Swigs: Spicey nutmeg dough Belgian. Frothy brown sugars, some plain yogurt and a well built clean aftertaste. A taste of detectable Awl-kee-hawl on the back tongue.

Medium bodied with plenty of frothy sudsy carbonation.

Last Swigs: Sudsy middled yeast meets zest. Cross betwixt dubel and Belgian Strong dark.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 05:11:19 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of neil


4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large corked bottle.

Appearance - HUGE head. Very carbonated, but has an excellent head retention. Very much a topper-upper of a beer. Lovely dark brown coloured beer.

Smell - Very fruity, smells of raisans and other dried fruits. Hints of red wine in this too.

Taste - The initial taste isn't as powerful as the smell. But it comes on afterwards, this isn't a beer to drink quick. The taste of fruits comes on a while after sipping, as well as a scotch like warmth too. May be too subtile for some. Leaves a very clean and refreshing aftertaste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel - very smooth for an 8% beer. Improves as it gets closer to room temperature. Feels very clean and clear on the mouth, the large carbonation that generates the huge head isn't noticible in the mouth.

Drinkability - A very nice sipping beer. Perfect for a winters day. Isn't packed full of taste, but is very pleasent and makes for an enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 23:47:11 | More by neil
Photo of chunkylover53

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head on this sucker was huge, indestructible, and noisy. YEs, noisy. This is easily the loudest beer I've ever tried.

It's a beautiful dark brown and smelled of caramel and fruits. (Figs, maybe?)
The taste was also dark and fruity with a rather sour aftertaste. Interestingly, the sourness went away as it warmed. Or perhaps I just got used to it. Either way, it definitely improved as I got closer to the bottom of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 23:45:45 | More by chunkylover53
Photo of ChrisBowers


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome head retention on this on this one. Poured into a chalice glass. Aroma is creamy, sweet, slightly chocolatey? Taste is smooth, ripe figs, brown sugar, phenols, with a nice crisp slightly fruity finish. Pleasent mouthfeel, full, but perhaps slightly overcarbonated. A nice dubbel, not the best I've had but definitely worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 02:23:52 | More by ChrisBowers
Photo of rdrummer

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The Bornem Dubbel was one of my first purchase of a Belgian. It poured a really thick, tannish head that has great retention. The lacing is pronounced.

My first sniff gave me a presence of fruit and coffee. The roasted malt base threatened to overpower all other flavors but there was a slight fruitiness and a hit of toffee or caramel.

The roasted malt is present in the initial taste of the beer with a wonderful sweetness that is not cloying. There seems to be hints of dates and figs with a pleasant hint of the hops in the finish.

The beer has a very thick feel in the mouth, and is almost creamy. The only qualm I had was that it is a little sweet and heavy so one in a session was enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 20:52:48 | More by rdrummer
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy reddish brown with an inch thick, frothy, tan head. Quickly dissipates to nothing though. No lace. Smells fruity and yeasty, spiced apples and a wispy sweet maltiness.

Taste is very fruity. Sour apple and plum or peach. Tangy and sweet. Lightly metallic. Spicy, like nutmeg and mace. Mouth is crisp and a bit over-carbonated for my liking. Not big at all but smooth with a sweetly sour aftertaste. Very good and very drinkable. Nothing too complex but a tasty dubbel. not a big fan of the style but this would have to be one of my favorites so far.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 02:50:33 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian beer night at my flat is quickly becoming Belgian beer week, so let's see what tonight has to offer. Bornem Dubbel pours a dark mahogany with an incredible yellowish head that is laces like there is no tomorrow. Aroma of yeast and fruits, and almost doughy smell (I'm starving, it worked for the monks, maybe it'll work for me). Taste was a subdued tangy fruitiness with a bit of malt and a great creamy finish. Very smooth and the ABV is hardly noticeable. This is a very easy-drinking Dubbel, and I am starting to wonder if this is my favourite style.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 00:05:38 | More by tatterdash
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 03:34:14 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm just starting to get into Belgian brews, and this offering did not disappoint. It is a sold above avergae brew. Appearance is that or port wine, witha pillowy, ice cream float type head. Smell reminds me of port wine...inviting. Taste initially was a bit disappointing, however, as it warmed improvement was there. Again, wine-like in taste, but very mellow and rounded. Mouthfeel was very, very dry....I like it. The alcohol is there, so drinkability is very good for sipping.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2004 00:09:26 | More by edchicma
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A monster 750ml brown glass Belgium flask complete with the archetypal dimpled base. Simple banner-like white label on the long slender neck that has a double red line border with the words “Abdij van Bornem” set inside and astride the Bornem Stork shield. The main dark yellow label lists the beer as Alc. 8% by Vol. and pictures a hooded Monk which hints at its Abbey status. Cork and restrained with a silver colored wire cage and cap.

Appearance: Awesome pour, thick creamy beige colored head forms readily and snap, crackles and pops as it slowly rescinds to a finger thick Axminster carpet covering. Dark brown body looks like percolated coffee yet somehow portrays an awesomely impressive Belgian presentation to the Imbiber. Looks great in the Duvel flask.

Nose: “Fruity” was my initial thought as I slipped the thumbed cork out and got to whiff the essence from this roasty-toasty Dubbel. This one has a malty backbone and some dark toffee chewy caramel set amidst its gentle sweet odors.

Taste: Nice warm Ovaltine feel to start with, it soon pulls in support from dates and figs with a plum-like fruit-cake malty middle that has a light sweetness. Alcohol soaked toffee rings the end of this one. Breadfruit finish with some luscious malty twinges and a dray toasted malt lick.

Mouthfeel: Superb! Quite simply the carbonation is inch-perfect, the body has an above average viscosity yet the feel is silky smooth with a creamy presence. Impressive footprint.

Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoyed draining down the whole 75cl of this one. A clean tasty Dubbel that has all the right mix of sweet-ish malts, toffee, caramel, and dry ending. Begs to be drunk.

Overall: Brewed since the early 1970’s for the St. Bernardus Abbey of Bornem. It is rumored that the Monks could fast on this Beer for 40 days, so Beer really is Food it seems. Cost $7.99, and well worth it. A solid dependant Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2004 06:31:05 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of the stubby 330 ml bottle it's cloudy brown and murky. The head flares but then subsides almost instantly, although a little lace lingers langorously.

The nose is sweet and strange, a touch of a bordeaux past it's prime, plus something spicy which I can't place, and the must and murk bring up the rear. Sorry I can't be more specific, it's a bit confusing.

On the first sip there's prominent alcohol on the tongue, which I don't care for, but this fades as it warms. Tart fruit up front, then a slight tongue-numbing finish, which has a note of coffee bean-ish bitterness and sour fruit. Later a cherry coke accent. Not what I expected.

The mouthfeel is pleasant but doesn't send my tongue into happy mode.

The combination of odd flavors make this a singular experience but also limits the drinkability to the singular as well....

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 01:07:47 | More by horndecker
Photo of merlin48


3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown, stubby bottle served into a St Bernardus goblet. This Dubbel pours a muddy, brown, swamp water appearance with a minimal beige head, and no lacing.

Aroma is fresh, Portobello mushrooms with coriander and a whiff of Swiss cheese(Gruyere). Yes, it's odd.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and somewhat lacking in carbonation.

The taste is unlike any Dubbel, or Belgian ale I've yet had. Lots of roasted malt flavors here. Chocolate malt, and roasted coffee are all over the palate. Almonds, coriander, and allspice are also assertive. This one is very tasty, but so unusual for the style that I'm not certain if I've got a decent bottle here.

This dubbel has left me puzzled. I pondered about trying the Bornem Triple, first, but opted for this one instead. I enjoyed this, with its malty goodness, but it's so atypical for style that I'm wondering if this bottle was heat damaged. Nevertheless, it's tasty enough that I would enjoy another if I had one.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2004 02:14:57 | More by merlin48
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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This S.O.B. gushed like crazy on me and left a big mess on my desk and floor. Has a ruby body and frothy beige head. Prominent nose of bubble gum phenols, esters, dark fruit, honey and a hint of fusel alcohols. Flavor has a slightly sour strawberry quality that I haven’t detected in other dubbels. Also has a nutty chocolate flavor. Velvety mouthfeel. Pretty good beer. I'm a sucker for this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 02:44:04 | More by Doppel07
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4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown amber with a soft tan headskie. Tastes nice and sweetly meaty like a dubbel should. This is one solid brewskie which compaires nicely to other dubbels in this world and also upstages the brewery's own trippel. Sweet, yet malty smooth with feeling. Certainly worth a few gulps, even if you are dead set against enjoying this supurb brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2004 07:14:09 | More by scottum
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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in the $14.99 Belgian Sampler from Steenberge.

No problems with overcarbonation (see below), but kind of a stinging acidity. Fruity bitterness, definitely cherries. Very, very dry - almost chardonnay-ish. Seems more strong ale than dubbel to me.

I have not been very impressed with this brewery so far. Perhaps all of these bottles are too old? No born on date to tell.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 00:08:04 | More by benmiliron
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