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Bornem Dubbel - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Bornem DubbelBornem Dubbel

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504 Ratings

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

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 CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. I have seen this beer many times but never pulled the trigger. Pours out a dark reddish-brown color with a big fluffy white head. The smell is once again sweet and sour. I love this sour note as it is in one of my favorite beers Guldendraak. Same yeast strain?

The taste is very smooth but lacking a big body and also mouth feel. Sweet with hints of citrus and much malt. A bit "grassy". Aftertaste hides the alcohol completely. A solid dubbel.

Photo of RocketWidget
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Well, first of all, open this beer over a big ass chalice! When I opened this bottle it practically exploded out of the bottle, and it took me 5 minutes to contain all that beer and head in one glass. I don’t think I shook the bottle, so I’m not sure if this is typical behavior for this brew…

Pours a dirty, dark and deep brown. Head is quite incredible, typical for the style, fluffy and heavy, but also reducing itself quickly. Smells sour and fruity, like grapes, almost wine-like. Taste is initially bland, interestingly enough the aftertaste is far more powerful! The aftertaste is strong and sour, and powerfully sweet. Not very drinkable. I wouldn’t point to this beer an a typical example of the style, but it is interesting to try.

Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a refreshing dark malt scent that is light and fruity. The taste is good. It has a good malty flavor and a refreshing Belgian yeast finish. It goes down easy and has decent mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good beer; a fine Belgian. The mouthfeel is just a bit much.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown, cloudy beer (lots of yeast particles) with a large tan-off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, with fresh floral notes. Cinnimon and nutmeg in there too? Aroma includes a small Belgian yeast component, much more subtle than some I've had. Flavor- bready, and a bit sweeter than the Corsendonk Pater that we were comparing it to. Nicely balanced between sweet, maltiness, breadiness, spices, and a small bite of hops at the end. Creamy and a nice malty feeling at the back of the throat.

Generally a very drinkable brew- not as complex as some, but makes it easier to just sit back and enjoy. I liked it!

Photo of Tballz420
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a dark brown, cloudy bodied brew, with a large, light brown colored head. Loads of lace. Scent is of sweet malts. The taste is of smooth malts, sugared candy, some fruit flavors-plum, slight alcohol spice. Mouth is medium bodied, lots of carbonation. Not a bad brew.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Yard House in Pasadena. Had a ruddy brick-red hue and a smallish vanilla-colored head which left some webby lace.
The nose had elements of caramel, vanilla, plums, earthy grains, and cherries which made for a sweet, slightly tart smell. The taste was a syrupy, almost cloyingly sweet mix of dark fruits, caramel, soft malts, and tart cherries. There was a moderate level of herbal hops in the finish but not enough to adequately balance the viscous, sugary nature of this beer. The feel was medium-bodied, almost chewy and rich.
Overall, an enjoyable brew but not one I'd seek out again in the future.

Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark Brown Ale, looks good.

Smells of simple Malt, Spice and Wood, with Banana and Vanilla thrown in. Has tart smells to like cherries.

Taste lots of brown sugar and spice. Lots of plume and grape taste. There are better versions of this.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK.

Photo of Crosling
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky hazelnut dark reddish brown with a large frothy head that leaves a descent little lace on my goblet.

Nose is of cardboard, caramel, a stack of paper, plums, herbs and is pretty yeasty. Blah.

Tastes pretty good though. Full in the mouth. Slighty herbal with loads of dark fruits especially plums and grapes. This is ok.

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

Good looking beer. Handsome, ruddy chesnut red with a good head and good retention. Good lace, too.

Fruity on the nose, a bit of alcohol. Malty, sweet with just a slight bite of sourness. Cherry-like aftertaste along with alcohol warming. Soft and fizzy.

Decent, but without being really impressive.

Photo of mschofield
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark cherry-red with a huge tan rocky head, well carbonated.
Bready aroma, not highly scented, I'd prefer a more robust aroma, some cinammon?
Some dark fruits in the taste, on top of what is mosty a malty flavor, plum, cherry, and some apricot. Very fruity, probably from the yeast.
Medium feel, brought to the light side due to carbonation, a little grainy. Nothing great here, doesn't standup to the top brews in this style, or even the average beers.

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

One of the largest heads I've seen on a beer, and nearly bothersome. I could barely pour the thing without an inch of foam rising rapidly to the surface upon each tiny addition. Aromas hint of malt and milk chocolate with some mild fruitiness as well. The mouthfeel is soft, very simple, and delicate. Flavors are typical and include gentle malt flavors, raisin, cocoa, and some nuttiness.
A nice warming brew that serves its purpose here on 12-11-03 in the Windy City. Nothing to rush out and stock up on, but a pleasant trial included in a variety pack offering.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap (I was in need of some warming up, as I had been driving and my car has no heat. Despite popular belief, it does get cold down here on occasion!). Anyways, appearance typical for the style, nice head and retention. Quite sweet, and somewhat limited in flavor. Not the usual hop profile of the best examples of the style. Smooth and creamy, but relatively flat and narrow in scope. It did warm me up for the ride home, and not a bad beer. There are just too many others that blow it away.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep muddy brown with a Duvel-like 4 finger head with awesome head retention. There is lots and lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of sweet malt with chocolate, plums, and dates. Very full aroma. The taste is fairly sweet, a little tart at first with caramel, raisins, and a little nuttiness. A little tart/bitter mix on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth, and it really has a good drinkability for being 8%. Not a bad Dubbel!

Photo of Sammy
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a 75cl brown wine bottle, with champagne style cork. The label features a white flamingo flanked by a monk and a church steeple. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 11/3/06, I opened it on 11/22/03.

Pours a beautiful deep orange brown that is surprisingly clear. The head is big, puffy, tan, and slow to settle. The lace is good, but not great. The nose is very fruity - plums, grapes and cherries - with some malt. The mouth is very prickly and medium bodied. There is lots of sour fruit in the opening taste - basically cherries and cranberries. The fruit is followed by a nice hop and alcohol kick. The aftertaste is mainly bitter, with some of the fruit remaining. This would be a good dessert beer, but not a good session prospect.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coppery brown with a minimally slight yeasty haze to it. Thick tan head in the goblet. Soury malt notes and a decent amount of hop presence, for it's style. Big malt sweetness, mixed with a subtle sourness not unlike the skin from a dark plum. Mostly sweet; then sour. Interesting blend of flavor, though. Silky mouthfeel. I've enjoyed this on draft for a while, but I think I've underestimated the bottle version of this beer a bit.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a head that is equal, or more, to it's beer. A nice translucent brown color, with an off white head. Smells of spices and apples. Tastes of alcohol and a little bit of hops and spice. Mouthfeel is a little thick and slippery, but very satisfying. A good all-around beer.

Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark color with a tremendous head. Dark fruit color plum or fig.
Taste is fruitier than I expected. I thought this would be malty. There is malt there. Citrus and plum. What a combo. A little sour. Lots of tingling on the tongue. Leaves mouth feeling smooth and rich.

I like this beer. It is always available.

Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

End of the line for the reviews of Van Steenberge brews, I like to finish with a malty Dubbel...stubby bottle...

Dark burnt sienna color, mult-sizes to the bubbles of the head and a good 1/2 inch of bottle conditioned suds. A lot of apple and peach to the aroma, fruity. In contrast the malt flavor seems to feature a husky nut-like characteristic, dominant and lasting throughout the taste. Yeast and plum components are in here as well, however this beer seems "tight" for a Dubbel, a style that can show combinations of chocolate and multiple fruit profiles. Not a killer in complexity, it seems like the bigger Gulden Draake and Piraat have the most challenging interest in the Van Steenberge line -- but they do seem to produce a lot more beers than I've had opportunity to get my hands on.

Photo of Shiloh
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice offering. Arrived a very deep tea like colour with a cloudy existance, also a very lively carbonation.
Crown was two fingers high on presentation, tighly wrapped and tan in colour.
Body is full.
Aroma light of blackberries.
Mouthfeel exceptional in that it tickles the tonque in a very big way.
Taste is short and sweet to begin but finishes lightly to the hops with no after taste.
Smooth going down....this one will sneak up on you and put you to sleep due to the ABV which is not evident anywhere in this product except the end resultzzz.

Photo of Sixpack595
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep garnet, very dark with huge long lasting head. Head lasts forever, but leaves little lace. Sweet, fruity aroma with a slightly off note to it. Sweet and malty with cherry and raisin flavors. Slightly tart and clean in the finish. Moderate body with good carbonation. Good, but not great

Photo of QXSTER1
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the cleanest, freshest tasting dubbels I've ever had. Differed quite a bit from the other Belgian Dubbels due to it's lack of your typical horse blanket, earthiness yeast flavors. I enjoy those complexities and was surprised that the Bornem was so different. The beer poured a reddish brown with a thick but quickly dissipating head, and exploded with fruit in the nose. My first impression was of sour cherries and grapes. This ale reminded me of a Flemish Sour Ale, more than a dubbel. Refermented in the bottle this may be a much different beer, I've always contended that Belgians on tap tend to be less complex and cleaner than their bottled cousins.

Photo of RoyalT
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very dark and fruity looking, like someone puréed a bunch of figs and dates. The head came up a little but went down rather quickly.

Smell – The aroma is just how it looks: dark, ripe fruit. My hunch about dates and figs was right on. This ale reeks of mashed dates and figs. I can also pick up some cherry sweetness and maybe some tobacco along with a faint whiff of alcohol.

Taste – Guess what this ale tastes like? That’s right, date and figs. Actually, the toasted malts come out on the tongue, which gives it a nice balance (you don’t feel like you’re sucking down fruit juice). The bready flavor isn’t big but it’s significant. The alcohol is more present as well.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium to full in the body. The alcohol sensation in the mouth is significant.

Drinkability – Not a tame dubbel by any means, this one is rough around the edges but exciting to drink. I wouldn’t introduce a novice to the style using this Bornem offering, but I enjoyed the experience.

Update – I first reviewed this shortly after joining the site in 2003 now here it is almost four years later so I thought I’d take another look at this fella.

The head is markedly better than my first review. It is full, came up easy, and showed awesome retention. The carbonation was a little better as well, so I’m changing some scores around that will move it up from an overall 3.6 to 3.9.

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

Pours deep brown with ruby highlights. It forms a thick chunky head, with good lacing. It has an herbal, fruity aroma like that of dates and raisins. The flavor is medicinal with a light taste of dark fruits. It is light bodied for its strength but easy drinking. Not too bad, but I would not search this one out again.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a muddy brown color with a huge head that quickly receeded leaving about 1/4" top.Aroma of malt with some yeast notes.Somewhat bready and earthy.A slight caramel taste in the flavor-as well as a malty sweetness.Slight hop bitterness.Nice full mouthfeel-the 8% alchohol comes thru just a bit.Overall a nice double.Worth a try.

Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.