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Bornem Dubbel - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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 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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of neil
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of chunkylover53
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of ChrisBowers
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of rdrummer
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of tatterdash
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of horndecker
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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....

Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Doppel07
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of scottum
4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of benmiliron
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

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
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
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
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
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
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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