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Bornem Dubbel - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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 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.

Photo of Crosling
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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
2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
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
3.7/5  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
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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