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Steenbrugge Dubbel Bruin - Brouwerij Palm NV

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BA SCORE
78
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84 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Absumaster on 07-13-2008

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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by PapaEugene:
Photo of PapaEugene
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle at Drankhandel Verheyen in Poppel. Poored it into my Achel glass.

A: Great ruby/brown color. Cream colored head that leaves a nice lacing throughout the drinking.

S: Smell is impressive. Strawberries, banana roasted malts. Some spice that's hard for me to pin down.

T: Malts, red fruits, sweet banana again that spice. Light bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation, a light body.

D: I was a little sceptic about this one. Low alcohol for a dubbel. But it made quiet an impression on me. Will surely drink this again. I expected similarities with Jopen Koyt because of the herbs added, but didn't find it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
2.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown bottle with a best before freshness date.

Typically great tan head with great retention, dark mahogany color with a good clarity. Faint husky malt, dried fruit and a hint of yeast ... not much there in the nose. Dry and smooth with a lighter body. Fruity, spicy with a quick kick of light estery alcohol. Quick note of phenolics ... bubble gum and herbs. Bone dry finish with not much lingering about.

Sinamar? Or does the sugar have coloring in it as the color does not match the flavor for the most part. Decent, not all that exciting for a Dubbel IMO.

Photo of HalfFull
2.49/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap in a Steenbrugge Abbey glass. Pours a clear amber with a half inch of head. Offers decent retention and some lacing initially.

Smell is of light caramel malts, thin and light. No yeast or hop presence noted.

Tastes like the nose and easily confused with an amber/vienna lager.

Average feel and carbonation though not what I was expecting. Good drinkability, reminds me of Dos Equis Amber, thus surely a wannabe Dubbel.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a snifter from the big corked bottle, this fine dubbel pours a light brownish tinged red, almost a cloudy copper, with a decent tan head and very nice lacing. Nose of brown sugars, dark fruits, and musty yeasty goodness. Flavors of brown sugar candy malts to the front and sides, light notes of tart pie cherries on the back and light sweet biscuit. Dry finish, and light mouth feel. A solid dubbel.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, stamp on bottom of bottle says best before 17/09/12. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice but a bit light, it smells like dark fruit (raisins, plums), toffee, bready malt, and some nuts. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some cinnamon, candy sugar, and some herbs. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it seems a bit thin for the style. But it is smooth with good carbonation. I think it's an OK dubbel. Not great, but not bad either. $8.99 a bottle.

Photo of psulovesbeer
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip
Copper dark apperance little or head
Smells malty sweet almost musty
Taste is sweet malty with a nice yeast flavor
It feels full in the mounand is fairly balanced a nice dub and worthy of a try if you in an area that has it especially on draft

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This cask version is a special brew for the 2012 Wetherspoons Beer Festival and is 0.5% less in ABV, so only 6.0%.

Hand-pulled pint in the Wetherspoons pub, Bridgnorth, Shropshire on 26th Oct 2012.

Interesting slant on a Belgian Brown and not really like the bottled one I had years ago.

This beer had a dull, murky brown body, on top a creamy foam head.

The nose was both yeasty and malty: with an off-ish, musty, moldy hint (not as off putting as it sounds).

The taste was malty and slightly yeasty but not sour or spicy. It was OK but not great, a bit thin and watery for what I was expecting.

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TND...
Appears a dark brown with a crimson hue when held to the light. A 2 finger, tan head slowly fades into a fluffy cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, caramel, ripe fruit, black plums, caramel, and a touch of vanilla.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a touch of spicing.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, balanced between sweet and some bitter leaning towards brown sugar. A bit thin on the finish but perhaps it's a touch of dryness too.

Photo of beerpirates
1.83/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

too light, watery & thin, some malt, metalic flavor , dark fruits and a hint of spices & herbal at the end, too thinly stretched, almost watered down, boring , i don't understand why people make these kind of beers , it's just not good enough , o well ...

Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, brown beer with a nice 1 inch head.

Smell is roasted with chocolate notes and ripe red fruit. Some notes of metal too.

Taste is mildly roasted with a nice malty profile. The yeast provides a ripe fruit taste of apples and cherries. Low bitterness and a sweet mouthfeel. The metallic smell is not found in the taste, although the beer has minor traces of undefined musty tastes.

Photo of jwc215
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml foil-wrapped cage-corked bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours ruby to brown with a creamy tan head that slowly thins and stays. Trailing lace slides down the glass with some stickage.

The smell is grassy/herbal. It is not strong, but not much else is going on behind it, other than a touch of dark cherry and steely caramel. Not an aroma typical of a dubbel, and one that leans too medicinal/herbal.

The taste is herbal/medicinal with a cola-like sweetness. There is a touch of sour. Lacks the malt complexities that are associated with the style, though some roasted, a bit steely, caramel is under the herbs. Finishes somewhat abruptly, and with a tingle.

Light-to-medium bodied, the carbonation is more prickly than effervescent.

Worth trying to see if you like the "gruut" aspect. (According to the label, it is the mysterious medieval herbs added to the beer). It does make it different, I suppose. As for me, I'll pass on buying this again.

Photo of Sigmund
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.5%. Dark reddish brown colour, huge beige head. High level of carbonation. Moderate but nice aroma of candi sugar, malts, caramel and spices. Fizzy mouthfeel. The flavour is malty with notes of brown sugar, dried dark fruits and moderate spices. Not too sweet. The finish has noticeable hops and is slightly woody. OKish.

Photo of atlason
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a brown color with generous head. Leaves very little lacing.

S: Dark raisin, slight roast, foamy yeast. Dried figs. Candied fruit.

T: Dry chocolate, mild belgian yeast, slightly chalky with some dark dried fruit. Hops are fairly subdued except for background bitterness. Has that certain je ne sais quoi yeast character of a proper dubbel. Aftertaste is pretty long lived and consistent.

M: Relatively light sugar fermentation body with medium carbonation. Feels very correct on the tongue.

O: This is a correct dubbel, slightly on the dry side.

Photo of crossovert
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle. Best before date is completely undecipherable.

Pours into my tulip a reddish brown with a big foamy off white head that recedes to no lacing.

The smell is ultra fruity and sugary, with raisins and candi sugar. There is something sort of off to it.

The flavor is rather pedestrian, with some fruity and sugar flavors, not very complex just dark, fruity sugar.

It is merely average.

Photo of bristei
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 750mL bottle into a mug

A: Hazy rich amber color, almost caramel, lasting head, slightly apparent carbonation

S: Hints of molasses and chocolate syrup but not in an overpowering way. Distinct from, say, a chocolate porter but the scent is there nonetheless

T: Earthy, some hint of sweetness but again farrr from in your face about it, slight awareness of the elevated alcohol levels, hard to place my finger on the subtle flavors but I can tell they are there. Not bland.

M: Thin in the mouth, not much of a finish, but you can feel the slightly elevated alcohol

O: This is OK for a Dubbel. Pretty straightfoward, but it didn't seem like the brewer was trying to do much with it though. I would have liked a little fuller mouthfeel and some more distinct flavor profiles. Not bad, but not that great either.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As a favorite style, I was particularly disappointed with this beer.

A: Burgundy/red color with light thin head that dissipates quickly. A little unimpressive, but not bad.

S: Light floral elements, with pear and apple. There is a subtle sourness to it.

T: My biggest concern was the lack of any discernable flavor - this beer was mild and bland for a style that is anything but. Slight undertones of the aforementioned apple/pear, but nothing special.

M/D: Thin, with light carbonation. This has the feel of a mass produced beer, and I know that it isnt.

Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color and a clear texture. Head was two inches, foamy, tan-colored, and fairly long-lasting. Average lacing.

S: An incredibly subdued aroma of malt and a little bit of fruit.

T: Tasted of malt, fruity esters, a nutty quality and some alcohol. This is a pretty thin flavor - at least in terms of the style. There's simply not that much going on.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth and dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer does have a couple of good attributes, but it's ultimately pretty forgettable.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 12/26/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, pear, fig, light banana, caramel, candi sugar, toast, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters and moderate candi sugar//bread/caramel malts; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, pear, fig, apple, light banana, caramel, candi sugar, toast, brown bread, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, fig, apple, light banana, caramel, candi sugar, clove, toast, brown bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast ester and moderate caramel/bready/candi sugar malt flavors; with a solid malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this was a nice Dubbel style. Good complexity of fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors with a fair amount of caramel/bready/candi sugar malts; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. Could have used some more maltiness to balance the yeast fruitiness, but was nicely enjoyable otherwise.

Photo of bruachan
2.57/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

big bottle

great froth to start. well reinforced and well lacey. clear, mostly red mahogany color

honestly, doesn't smell like much. a touch of funky hop

well, flavors are subtle. hops come to tongue first: spicy and herbal. some chalky caramel and faint toast

this is the blandest belgian-made brew i've ever tasted. i'd like to think that this beer is subtle, but i really can't connect with it. some yeast character

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich amber-brown hue with moderate haze and three fingers of rocky light tan foam. Head doesn't have great retention, but it's not too bad.

Smell: light aroma with a mostly fruity character. Starts of with apples and then segues into a more bready aroma with hints of darker, mustier plums and cherries. Not too bad, but as I said, it's pretty light in intensity.

Taste: much like the aroma, the flavor is somewhat light. Very malty with a lot of sweetness and more apples and plums. Aftertaste is more peary. This beer isn't rated terribly high, but I'm finding I rather like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, lighter than I like in the style. Carbonation is pretty intense and well-integrated, though, so creaminess is pretty good. With just a little more body this would just about be perfect.

Drinkability: this beer has a good but light and not overpowering flavor. It has a nice fruitiness and isn't terribly heavy, so it's quite drinkable indeed. Steenbrugge Dubble has turned into a rather nice surprise for me; I'd have this again.

Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: light tan head, dark amber

S: hint of grapes/raisins, not especially exciting

T: very dry on the palate, initially had an interesting raisin, almost wine-like finish, but as it warmed, it did not accumulate any flavor and the dryness dominates, too one-dimensional

M: medium-heavy carbonation masks the lack of flavor

O: slightly above average beer, not my personal taste, at times, the dryness was reminiscent of a rather pedestrian beer

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Georgetown Saloon, West Redding, CT; served in a Steenbrugge Chalice

A slightly murky russet brown body with a tight, tan colored head. Good staying power, little to no lacing.

Smell is of slightly roasted malt, cocoa powder, apples and pears. Malts dominate while the yeast provides a sweet, fruity aroma.

Taste mimics the smell. A little bit of sour fruit and roasted malt. Not as robust as some of the other dubbels out there.

A little thin, however carbonation was pretty good.

Pretty easy to drink. A good beginner's dubbel.

Photo of Jeffo
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at the bottle shop on my street.

Into a chalice

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium-thin off-white head that quickly fizzes away. Color is a sangria red, is partially clear with minimum carbonation. Head quickly fizzes down to a thin bubbly film. Some splotchy patches remain but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Mild nose of dark fruits, raisins and plumbs, caramel malt and some yeasty nose. A touch of brown sugar as well. Average strength but a little less than complex enough.

TASTE: Subdued taste as well; muted. Some dark fruits, caramel malt and brown sugar notes. A hint of spiciness, but the yeast is very muted in this one. A slight bitterness at the end. Mild and short lived aftertaste. A little blah.

PALATE: Thinner body, airy with lots of carbonation, but surprisingly creamy at the same time. A odd combo. It blew up into some creamy balloon in my mouth. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. A bit cloying at the end. This one is airy and give me the burps, but the creaminess and blow-up effect is definitely entertaining. Balance the score out to average.

OVERALL: Odd one. Didn't put me off in any way, but certainly didn't impress either. Unfortunately this one just wasn't bold enough to even get it up to an average score. Not nearly as enjoyable as their tripel. I'd pass on this one.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours brown color with a small light-brown head
Smell: Roasted malts, dark fruits, caramel and yeast. Light nose.
Taste: The taste is not as sweet as the nose suggest. Malts, light caramel, grains, dark fruits, spicy hops and clove. Some spicy hop bitterness in aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body and medium carbonation
Overall: Good beer, will drink this more often

Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.61/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged, clearly dated on bottom, with really nice label

Appearance: Dark burnt orange/copper beer with a fluffy/soapy ivory cap with decent retention.

Smell: A bit disappointing, actually; this is almost macro-lager like; there are very general cereal grains present, it's sweet, sugary, and not much of anything going on...letting this warm doesn't help

Taste: Macro lager-like sweetness, just the barest touch of caramel malts; there is VERY little going on here...medium hop bitterness on the finish...this is quite disappointing

Mouthfeel: Medium-light

Drinkability: I guess it's ok? But why?

Conclusion: I was deeply disappointed with this; I was excited (as a medievalist) to try a beer flavored with gruut (as these are kind of hard to find anymore)...this was just dull, boring, and completely one-dimensional...will not seek this out again, it's like a slightly more flavorful AB Amber Bock.

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Steenbrugge Dubbel Bruin from Brouwerij Palm NV
78 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.