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Bornem Dubbel - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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520 Ratings
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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sixpack595 on 05-23-2002

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours burgandy with ruby highlights and, even though I poured carefully a monstrous cream colored head.

Smell is sweet dark fruits, roasted malt, caramel, and a bit of an alcohol sting.

Taste is very similiar to the smell but now I am also noticing a strong peppery character in the dry finish that lingers on the tongue. Strong roasted malt flavor gives this brew a nice balance. If only there wasn't so much carbonation as a distraction, I could really appreciate the flavor.

Mouthfeel very soft. Far too much carbonation for my taste.

I found this brew to be decent and easy to drink. I enjoyed the complexity and balance.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. Pours out dark brown with a huge light brown head. Big malty aroma with toffee and dark fruit. Reminds me of the aroma of a strong dopplebock. Malty flavor, but not as malty as I expected from the aroma. It starts off with a blast of malt, but it disappears in the mouth with the bubbly carbonation. Some nice chocolate flavors. The finish is spicy and just a little tangy. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is noticable. I really enjoyed the complexities of this beer, but at $4 for a small bottle it's not something I'll drink too often.

Photo of maxpower
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a cloudy reddish brown with a huge light brown head that seems to last forever, leaves a beautiful sticky lacing in my glass. Fruit, spicy aromas, flavors of plums, chocolate, caramel and cloves. Medium bodied with a nicely carbonated crisp mouthfeel, finishes a bit dry.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

Photo of imblane
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with no freshness date. Poured a deep cloudy brown in my chalice with a nice 2 finger head that lingered throughout the beer. Beautiful appearance! Taste was very average which was disappointing for such a good looking beer. I waited for it to warm up hoping it's character would appear, but nothing doing. Worth trying once, but there are much better dubbels out there.

Photo of mdagnew
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle bought from Grape Expectations, Ballyclare..

Poured a dark red / brown colour... Slightly off white / tan head poured quite big and foamy. Head lasted quite a long time...

Aroma - Dark fruits, earthy, nuttiness, malty, vanilla hints...

Taste – Fruity, lemony, raisins, chocolate, only very slight maltinesss...

Feel - Quite light, not as heavy as it looks... Slight sharpness..

Overall - On OK dubbel... worth a try once, but there are better ones out there...

Photo of gmcfarre
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at John's Grocery in Iowa City. Poured into a "Chimay" Chalice.

A - Pours a dark, dense brown with a thick head (even when poured slowly). Started with about a two-finger head and had great head retention. Head was dense as was the lace, but lace dropped quickly (probably because of the density).

S - Malty, but didn't smell much alcohol for an 8% beer. Hints of dark fruits and caramel.

T - Similar to the smell. Smooth at first but then becomes sharp and crisp after a second. Aftertaste remains sharp.

M - Pretty decent carbonation, which you can feel throughout your mouth. Carbonation comes through right when taste becomes crisp.

D - Alcohol not a huge presence, but noticed more so later in the drink.

Good, but not a great Dubbel.

Photo of KingSlender
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a sixer sampler from Bev Mo. 11.2 oz stubby.

Glassware - zig-zag tulip

Pours a very clear deep amber. A light tan head forms quickly and rises out of control within seconds. The yeast still seems mighty lively here.

I smell some dark fruits here, maybe cherries and plums.

The taste is big up front with a nice malt backbone. After a few swirls the sweetness is brought out a bit more and the heavy yeast presence gives it a nice creamy finish.

Another decent dubbel.

Photo of Citadel82
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a sampler picked up at Half-Time.This beer produced a huge frothy tan head. The color was cloudy dark brown and with garnet colored highlights. Hardly any lacing left as beer was consumed. The smell was hoppy, floral with hints of dark ripe fruit -cherries?? The taste had a slight sourness and was fruity with good sweet malts and slight sweetness like ripe berries. The mouthfeel was little thin and and the sour notes and sediment made it seem almost chalky. Abundant carbonation . This was a decent dubbel. will have to try again..

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear deep amber to about 1/2 the glass and then it erupted into an off white/tan and frothy head which rose like a banshee to erupt over the edge and fell slowly to coat the glass. Let's just call the head ambitious.

The aroma was malty with a nutty and deep caramel impression. The aroma contained a raisin dark fruit component and a Belgian yeast spice with peppery notes.

The flavor was much less impressive than the aroma with a winey caramel malty note coupled with a DMS (cooked vegetable) flavor. Some spice was present, but it was overpowered by the poor flavor.

The finish was dry with a vegetal flavor and a spice component that lasted too long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation high. I have had this before and it either is great or it is not. I will get another bottle and strive for greatness, but for now it was not great.

11.2 ounce bottle.

Photo of jettjon
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the Belgium sampler pack. Dark coffee color with a huge tan head that slowly fades. Nose is yeasts and strawberry, like sweet pie filling. Taste is sweet and fruity (berry) with a hint of licorice. The alcohol is definitely there, but does not detract. Smooth, evanescent feel on tongue. Quite good overall.

Photo of phisig137
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a funky bottle into my Delirium tulip, and developed a HUGE head, despite how slowly I poured it. Thick head retention, down to the last sip, that leaves an incredible lace that lingers forever. Think of a thicker headed Duvel, if that's possible.

Aroma is pleasant, but fairly non-descript. Old fruit, molasses, and honey seem to dominate the little nose that is there.

The flavor is decidedly sweet to start, but quickly turns sour. Reminds me somewhat of the Duchesse De Bourgogne, without the balsamic vinegar flavor. Tastes heavily of raisons and plums, which turn sour into a lambic, raw kind of feel. Lingers on the palate, and is sip-able.

All in all, a relatively tasty brew. Would I spend $3.29 for another 12 oz's? Probably not. It's a decent belgian, but nothing to write home about IMHO.

Photo of GClarkage
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

06/10/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Colma, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle with no dates. Poured into my Stone Levitation tulip.

Appearance- Dark and cloudy milk chocolate colored. No light getting through this beer. Huge frothy head even when I poured it ultra slow. It just kept growing and growing as it sat there. Nice carbonation streams running up the sides of the glass. Great lacing left as well.

Smell- Ultra dark fruits. A bit of a sweet and sour at the same time scent. Lots of prunes, raisins, dates and fig newton.

Taste- Pretty much figs and dates with some prune aspects. At tad sweet at first which turns to a nice sour-esque taste to it. Approaching a flanders style flavor.

Mouthfeel- Whenever I have a beer from Steenberge, I know what to expect...Ultra carbonation! Just like Duvel and a few other beers from this place. Large bubbles and a bit hard for me to get down. But, if you don't have a problem with high carbonation, go for it!

Drinkability- Tasty sour brew with nice flavors. Bubbly, but good.

Photo of UnionMade
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet.
Muddy water, topped with a gorgeous, full, taupe head. Excellent retention, great lacing. Keeps a solid 1/4 inch of head throughout the entire glass. The head clings to the glass after each sip, shimmering down with the aid of the beaded condensation on the outside of the goblet. Mesmerizing. Very juicy smelling, with a solid chocolatey malt base and plenty of esters and phenols to go around. Mild floral hops in the background, with notes of plum, pear, green apple and white grape. The first sip reveals an immediate sweetness. Sugary chocolate and yeasty malt, drizzled with apple butter. confectioners sugar and plum juice. Some plastic-like phenols and anise in the finish, with a spicy, tangy yeast kick supplementing the floral hops. Some wheat malt sourness? A pleasing tartness counteracts the initial sugary malt. Charged carbonation, medium to full bodied. Terrific.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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

Photo of OatherS
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Short stout 330 mL bottle with white crane on front and monk with steeple.

Appearance: NICE two finger head. Laces very well. Good brown color.

Smell: Fruity/alcohol odor present.

Taste: Winey flavor very evident. Sugary flavor as well. Sweet.

Mouthfeel: Creamy.

Drinkability: A little bit to winey for a dubbel in my opinion. Not quite crisp enough.

Photo of pootz
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Photo of ypsifly
4.53/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Photo of bucko
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
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,

Photo of paterlodie
2.36/5  rDev -36%
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.

Photo of baiser
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Andreji
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of bditty187
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of aracauna
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.