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Bornem Dubbel - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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490 Ratings

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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | 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 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.

Globetrotter, Nov 22, 2003
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.

crookedhalo, Nov 19, 2003
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.

TastyTaste, Nov 18, 2003
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.

daledeee, Nov 17, 2003
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.

ADR, Nov 16, 2003
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.

Shiloh, Nov 14, 2003
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

Sixpack595, Nov 12, 2003
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.

QXSTER1, Nov 01, 2003
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.

RoyalT, Oct 17, 2003
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.

BeerBuilder, Oct 15, 2003
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.

lackenhauser, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Gavage, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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.

clvand0, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Todd, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of euskera
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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...

euskera, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

beerguy101, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Rumrunner, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
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

jcalabre, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of jaz
4.83/5  rDev +30.9%
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.

jaz, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of rastaman
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

rastaman, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

NeroFiddled, May 29, 2003
Photo of cokes
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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...

cokes, May 04, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 02, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

garymuchow, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

BeerManDan, Apr 03, 2003
Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.