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Bornem Dubbel - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Bornem DubbelBornem Dubbel

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481 Ratings

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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sixpack595 on 05-23-2002)
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Photo of BeerBuilder


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 14:12:58 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of lackenhauser


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 21:56:40 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Dubbel poured a dirty cloudy brown color with a slight head. As the head subsided, a very strong carbonation became present as bubbles were exploding on the liquid surface. Not sure if this was normal. The aroma was sweet and yeasty, with some floral tones. The flavor was like other Belgian Dubbles, with a sweet maltiness and slight yeast flavors. The difference was this was much crisper and more bubbly in the mouth. The alcohol level of 8% was not as noticeable. The higher carbonation levels dropped the mouthfeel and drinkability categories to a notch below good.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 23:41:09 | More by Gavage
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3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber with a full tan head and a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly wheaty, but with some fruits underneath and also some malts are present. It has a medium fullness for body. The taste is a little sweet and there are just enough spices to make it interesting. Taste has a caramel flavor to it and the carbonation stays present in the taste as well. Not a bad beer, but flavor didn't meet my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 12:47:51 | More by clvand0
Photo of Todd


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown stubby ... no freshness date.

Cloudy brown beer with ruby hues and a slightly tan lace that drop to a ringed lace fast. Fruity aroma, some caramel. Medium, firm body. Smooth, slick and sweet ... strong notes of caramel, burnt sugar, sweet dark grapes (lots of grape juice flavours), and hints of cherries and raisins. Bitterness is quick, a bit like watery lime juice, and it helps balance the dominating malt profile. Hops have a cheesy finish to them. Alcohol lends much warmth, some spice and prickle to the palate. Alcohol spice blends with touches of phenols. Yeast flavours become pronounced in the finish, with bready flavours as the beer warms.

A fairly decent dubbel. Simple with good drinkability and warming effect.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2003 17:53:40 | More by Todd
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North Carolina

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

330 ml bottle..

Pours out the raisiny brown one would expect from a dubbel. Had an enormous head (Must have poured too quickly) that I had to wait quite a while. Smell was sweet bread-like, a malty overtone dominant. Taste was suprisingly uncomplex, something was a bit missing. Overall, a well done beer but the lack of pop in the taste left me wanting for more...

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 22:21:53 | More by euskera
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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color, medium head. Aroma is malty, sweet and somewhat nutty. Malts are sweet, its hoppy and slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is very smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. No alcohol bite, despite 8% alcohol. Nice drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2003 02:06:58 | More by beerguy101
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3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle.

Pours a nice amber brown. Great head retention and nice lacing. It smells of strong wheat grass and a milder hay. Also some lemon tang.

A very balanced ale. A very tangy lemon taste. This ale is very mild. No bite but a nice body. It also has a vibrant wheat qaulity to the flavor. A very dry aftertaste that does not linger.

It has a carbonated mouthfeel with a strong grassy wheat feel. It's drinkability is okay. Very well made it just did not stand out for me. I am sure people who seek out this ale will rate it much higher than I did.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 08:29:52 | More by Rumrunner
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2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Originally sampled on 13 November 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. This pours a brown color with a good sized head. The flavor has a nice roastiness to it, but it was nothing spectacular. There are better abbey ales to be found, this was just OK

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 21:05:14 | More by jcalabre
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4.83/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep dark crimson color with a nice creamy head. The smell was subtle yet powerful, with scents of carmel malt, spices, and alcohol. The taste was smooth and delightful. Initial taste was a nectar-like sweetness with a hint of orange and spice. Alcohol and fruit flavors became apparent in the middle, and the finish was silky smooth perfection that left no harsh aftertaste. A dangerous beer because I could easily drink several of these without realizing it. Another great one from the Van Steenberge family.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 19:16:50 | More by jaz
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United Kingdom (England)

2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mine says 11%ABV. Nice creamy lasting head. Aroma is quite yeasty. I got a bit of yeast, some apple juice and some Ribena in the flavour. Relatively dry in the end, texture is quite soft and a bit thin for such a strong beer. A bit average i reckon. Not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 03:32:19 | More by rastaman
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4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy chocolate-brown body gently streams with tiny bubbles beneath a full and foamy light-tan head. The retention is excellent and it very slowly drops to a creamy collar and shallow surface covering. With each sip you take it leaves sheets of lace. Unfortunately, the lacing seems to be unable to stick to the glass and slowly slides back into the beer. The bouquet displays a combination of malt and fruit that includes cocoa and caramel (similar to Ovaltine) splashed by gentle, mildly-tart raisins and plums. The body is thin and crisp on the tongue with a very fine and effervescent carbonation that warms in the mouth to become nicely creamy. The flavor initially displays the cocoa and caramel found in the nose, but quickly thins with a lightly acidic and fruity (cherry-like) character. The more yeast that's allowed to enter the glass, the sharper the fruitiness is. As it warms, however, it softens to become more chocolatey and raisin-like. A note of alcohol becomes apparent at the swallow, and it finishes dry with a lingering note of soft, fruity chocolate (similar to chocolate covered raisins). Quite nice! Rich and fairly complex with a good deal of malt and fruit, yet light in the mouth. Very drinkable, and well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2003 17:57:47 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of cokes


3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque muddy brown with orange highlights. Puffy and bloated tan head.
Loud nose of molasses, plums, honey, cloves and olives.
Molasses comes to bat first, followed by figs, and dusty chocolate. A one-two-three inning. Three swinging K's by the opposing dark rum hurler. The lack of depth and substance in the lineup is a galring weakness. Cloves were in the on-deck circle, and their appearance was almost felt, but the camera focuses on Clove laying down his bat, grabbing a glove and trotting out to the field. Comercial break.

Lacking the pop associated with 8%. Diluted syrup-like texture gets no run-support from the near absence of carbonation. Being sticky and watery won't win you any games.
Not bad, but not Major League caliber.

As a side note, it gets my vote for scariest bottle. That grotesque Monk is absolutely hideous. WTF is with those eyes? Make it go away...

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 00:15:46 | More by cokes
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West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once again I fell in love with this beer on draft this past summer while quaffing beers at the Yardhouse in Costa Mesa, CA. This is like a friend revisited, this beer pours ruby musky brown slightly hazed with a cream tan head with weak head retention. This is one malty treat wrapped in raisins and a load of perfectly ripened succulent fruit (mainly pears and apples). Flavor profile brings on a vinous grape tone with hints of mildly alcoholic plum brandy. Wonderful underlying richness of fruit tones. God, I love this beer is topped with a candied apple finish. What a smooth mouthfeel the creaminess that this beer produces to the palate is dream like. Wow, high abv but this beer is amazingly balanced in every way, I know I could put more than one down.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2003 10:21:14 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reading the reviews of this before I drank it was interesting, especially the number of different flavors associated with the aroma, and then the comments regarding lack of complexity.

Anyway, "boy bottle". Fruity, malty aroma with deep cherry, some caramel/toffee aspects, shot of phenol holding some cloves. Big full head that settles to a medium to small one. Dark red with mahogany to brown color. Little less complexity to the flavor with the malt presense rich and foremost. Has a biting quality to the front then moves to richness and malt in middle and back. After the malt the clove type spiciness is most notable. Not as much fruity tastes as I would wish. Not quite as satisfying as I would hope with the mouthfeel full from carbonation but thinner feel overall. Only slight warming from alcohol despite the high content.

I guess the reviews were correct. Chalk up another one for BA's!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 18:43:17 | More by garymuchow
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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Be careful when pourning, lots of tight, light brown foam along with a hazy brick brown color. The smell of toffee/caramel and malt/hop's fill the nose. The taste was of a toasty toffe with layer of malt and hops. A decent beer without being heavy. Well-balanced and nicely put together! But, not on the top of my list!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 16:31:40 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of Jason


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl stubby brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Awesome head retention, I wait for a beer to come across with a head so perfect it makes me cry knowing I have to drink it. This is Brussels Lace. The vibrant brownish brick red colour embers in the light.

Smell: Sweet ripe figs, faint lemon and lots of other dark fruitiness. Some malt, phenol and alcohol in the aroma but it is mostly fruitiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with a viscous mouth feel. The palate switches back and forth from a dry maltiness to herbal phenols. Cheesy hop? Ripe dark fruit have a dry tone to them with a mild tartness to boot. Touch of earthiness from the yeast

Notes: A bit brash on the palate for my liking, enjoyable but not something I’d hunt for again. It did very well up against the sharp cheddar I paired it with.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 21:11:59 | More by Jason
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark amber color, with a really big creamy beige head that disappears pretty quickly. Sweet malty vineous aroma. Flavor is sweet, malty, fruity-berries, and sour. Finish is sour and tart and a little bitter.

A pretty decent beer, but it seems to be unusual for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 19:33:22 | More by Darkover
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3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color's a dark burgundy, with ruby highlights, and huge, billowy, creamy tan head stands above. My superlatives end there, as I encounter one of the simplest "abbey dubbels" I've yet encountered. Aroma: small suggestions of nuts, cream, dark fruits(cherry, grapes), little hints of toffee, and there may be elargely to a fault, for there's precious little of the deep complexity we find in favorite dubbels, Ommegang, or Maredsous. Malt is king, here, hops are hidden, blasts of carbonation hit the palate now and again. Finish is, "okay", there's a minor grainy grit in the texture, but, alas, this is a rather ordinary brew for the style

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2003 20:08:26 | More by feloniousmonk
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second in my six pack sampler, was this offering. Agood reddish color, with a good head. A fruity taste, with a good dose of malt. Not overly impressive however, could have used more hops. Not too complex, what I would consider a peasant beer, lucky peasant though.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 08:01:17 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance of murky iced tea or apple squeezins. No real head to speak of. Almost has a coca-cola type of carbonation. Big fizzy bubbles that fade fast. Sweet malty aroma, fruity, with a definite caramel bite. Almost smells like chocolate covered raisins. Forget almost, that's exactly what it smells like. A box of raisinettes soaked in alcohol. Tastes of caramel and raisins too. Tart finish. This beer is a nice winter warmer. Just the right body, but a little overcarbonated IMO. Pretty drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 15:33:11 | More by cretemixer
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4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice reddish amber color and formed an light tan bubbly head that left circular lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, caramel and cherries. A flavor of malt, caramel and raisins. A touch of the alcohol was present in the finish. A rather interesting flavor for a dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 17:57:50 | More by Wildman
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4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, "weird" is the only way I can describe the label. When I read a review saying this beer had an aroma of sour cherries, I figured it would be mild. Whoo! Crack the cap, and tart cherries fill the air. This brew smells wonderful, with a mild hint of alcohol. This also is a most interesting looking beer. It is very cloudy deep brown, and has the appearance of a glass full of melted chocolate ice cream.

Double Bornem has a very fruity flavor (the cherries). Finishes slightly dry with a just a touch of spice and warming alcohol at the end. This is a killer brew. I'm getting more soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 18:23:29 | More by IrishRedRock
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sporting a nose of papaya, pound cake and sour cherries, Bornem pours a well-charged deep amber. Layered sweet malt and tinny hop fight for taste bud supremacy, but are soon overwhelmed by a not so pleasant tang-filled finish riding a wave of alcohol that throws a wrench in the works. Not bad, sturdy and simple.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 18:33:56 | More by inebrius
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4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yard House in Long Beach CA. It's darker than I remembered it being out of the bottle: brown with a hint of orange. The smell of fruit became more pronounced as it warmed a bit. An assortment of fruit flavors swims around nicely, with notes of plum and cherry. It's definitely a sweet one that rounds out an evening nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2002 12:48:01 | More by mickeymac
Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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