Duinen Dubbel | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 09-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of jdhilt
4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another excellent Belgium.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best Dubbels I've ever had. Wonderful deep maple pour with a light frothy head. Sweet but not too sweet... perfect texture without jumping over the "chewy" line. There are hints of rasins, port and brown sugar here. If you can find it, definately give it a try. You may need to do a bit of seaching though, it took me ages to find it. But, it was well worth the search!

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Photo of Lupin
4.82/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my.. Where to begin?

About 2 weeks ago I finally decided to grab a bottle of this one and was surprised, after wiping the dust off the bottle, to see the date 2002 on the cork. I had it mid-session on a thursday night before a friend left for Ireland, and refused to finish it until he arrived to play some Nintendo Wii. This surprised me somewhat, as my previous experiences with aged brews (the Schneider Aventinus reserve, among others) had been rather unremarkable.

Upon returning to the store the following evening, I purchased (regretfully, only) two additional bottles of the dubel. Both 2002 corks.

Poured into a Rochefort goblet. Just under 2cm of head settles down to a sandy, rather resilient 4mm or so. The view from beneath into a standard filament light bulb is beautiful. Decent clarity and even further evidence of the heads' thickness. Aromas are banana, freshly-bitten green apple, and maybe raisins.

Taste is relaxed, not unlike Chimay Blue. There are a lot of nuances going on, comprising an undefinably earthy flavor of fleshy fruit and moist grain. Finish is thick, slightly tart and warming. Somehow managed to work with a stuffed broccoli/cheese bread that arrived late in the session.

I hope no one knows where I live because I am going to buy the rest of the bottles in stock tomorrow. This is why I drink too much beer.


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Photo of putnam
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice color (reddish brown). The aromas came bursting out of the bottle as soon as I poured it. Notes of baked pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, allspice and candied fruit are the first to appear. Later comes gingerbread, chicory, alcohol and rich summer blooms.The texture is velvet and supports a steady crescendo of cinnamon stick, orange peel, redwood, and toffee flavors. Dry from start to finish with a body that suggests there are plenty of carbohydrates unfermented. What a pristine balancing act! Never sweet, yet it smells and tastes like dessert. Compare this to a great cognac.

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Photo of pio
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i had an amazing beer experience with this beer. i went to re-review it when i disagreed with my initial review after drinking a number of bottles this last month. i poured a hazy ruby and brown liquid with a pretty sad spotty blanket and halo of head, this is when i looked for activity in the body and i saw columns of bubbles comming up to push each other out of the way up top. they were dime-sized little sites of activity and i watched the head form itself. it was amazing! the head went from that spotty thin thing to a covering blanket, i had things to do after a while but was rapt as i witnessed this. blew my frikin mind. it was even bigger after the first swirl and left banners of lace that eventually slid back down to the halo portion of the head.
also amazing about this beer is the complex scents. sugar candy, a tickeling floral and candied fruit represented what i call the higher notes of the scent. there is a ripe fruit apple hint abiding with this is a dark carmelized sugar. also lending a compliment are the spice notes, cinnamon, touch of clove and ginger and perhaps a sweet basil tone. the 'lower' end of the scent has an understated bready fruitcake and some nuts.
ripe fruitiness begins the flavor revelation with a bannana bread character. some woody and bitter notes followed, there is a big load of nuts throughout, i'd say walnut, a tad of almond perhaps. a peaty bitter and slender herbal finish dry up things on the palate.
the mouthfeel. very effervescant not unlike champange. the body is not so heavy or chewy on the palate, clean for the style in my opinion. it had a slight bite to it too.
i just keep getting these because it is so good to me for the drinking. i try to make sure i have enough $ for it when i go to the store.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is an opaque garnet color producing no head, but a thin layer of foam on top of beer. Smell is vinous, chocolate and banana, and what I can only describe as "Milk Duds." Taste was again vinous, chocolatey with a slight sourness which put me off a bit. Mouthfeel was good and had a chocolate smoothness about it. The sourness prevented this beer for being perfect for me.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

2004 Vintage

Poured into a tulip a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice huge creamy tan head, lots and lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slight yeast, big on figs, plums, raisins, nice touch of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty/yeasty, figs, plums/raisins, nice little touch of tangyness, and some caramel tones. Full/Medium body, well-rounded/complex brew. The alcohol is hidden pretty well. The finish is slightly dry. Very drinkable, this is an awesome Dubbel, highly recommended. Thanks Bill for sending one my way.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a beautiful dark mahogany brown, but the cocoa-y colored head disappeared too fast. Nose is deep, heady, lush with dark fruits, plums, grapes,nuts, and chocolate, delicious, delightful, delirious, sweet, luscious, ...and do I detect a hint of lilacs?
Palate is ristling with hops, rich, full, and chewy, gargantuan malt. With each sip, hops again tantalize the tongue, and swiftly the mouth is flooded with texture and malty flavor.
Finish is everlasting, sweet, seductive,..never lets you forget that it's there. Great carbonation.
One of my favorite styles of beer, and a perfect representative.
Who ever needs wine, when this is twice as fine?

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful translucent dark ruby red with a creamy head that is impressive in size, the lace fine sticky sheets to coat the glass. Nose is malt, sweet bubble gum and ripe banana also light hits of caramel, one fine smelling beer to please the senses. Front is ambrosial with a skimpy top and a tart finish that is also bitingly acidic, the hop presence pronounced. The beer is a pleasure to drink, and a bit of a “Winter Warmer” for sure as the high ABV, will “Warm” the “Tummy.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from caged and corked 750ml(dated 2 04) a cloudy orange-brown with a huge head of foam that slowly shrank until there was just a fine layer but there's plenty of lacing.

The smell is of sweet caramel and has notes of fruit(plum) and something else sweet...maybe cinnamon.

The taste...first thing I notice is the plum I mentioned in the smell. That's followed by some caramel sweetness and a bit of molasses with a touch of sourness close to and through the finish. There's other fruitiness in there as well, mainly orange but a wee bit of banana. As for the 8%abv, it doesn't show up in the taste at all.

Dang. I'm liking this dubbel and I had a fresher bottle a couple of years ago that didn't please my palate the way this +2 year old sample is. Good. There's at least 6 more bottles of this waiting for me in the store. ;^)

Bottom line: I like this Dubbel. A lot. I recommend it.

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Photo of mynie
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool cork bottle. Pours a very pretty dark red, almost black. What a fantastic head! Bubbles cascade upward. Nice.

Smells very complex. A blend of fruity hops, rich fruits like berries. Not citrus. Toasted malt and yeast odors also present.

Tastes fruity upfront grapes and bananas, almost electric. Zippy flavor. Strong feel of alcohol on the back. Feel of alcohol, not taste of alcohol. Grainy, sweet aftertaste. Not all that complex, but very good.

The mouthfeel is very bubbly, almost like champange. This is a beer that you have to drink slowly.

To me, this is the epitome of a great Dubble: almost candy sweet and filled with more types of tart fruit than I can name.

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very much looking forward to testing the waters with this brew, which I've read so much about. It certainly didn't disappoint. The body exuded a deep brown/slight ruby color with a huge, solid, tannish head. The smell is a delight, plum/raisin/clove notes. The taste is divine. It has a wholesome mouthfeel that you can almost chew. The characteristics include an overall raisin presence but also a underlying tone of baked brown bread. The balance is great and the bitter kick in the finish ties up the flavor nicely. Such a quenching beer and extremely tasty. High recommendation.

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz clear bottle with a bone white plastic coating and a maroon foil top. No freshness date but being a Dubbel it should sit just fine.

Appearance: Deep reddish brown with the customary attractive lace adorned by this kind of brew.

Smell: Diverse aroma of tart fruit, mild herb, toasted/roasted mix of malt and faded phenols.

Taste: Crisp and effervescent, quite drinkable from the get go. Tart start with a mouthful of grain and hint of lemon, fruitiness and toasted grain meld together. Traces of yeast create an earthy character, even chicory and toffee flavours push their way in. Finish cleans up with a husky tartness that puckers the mouth.

Notes: Drinkable and thirst quenching ... wait a second this is a dark Dubbel? Wow this is really good stuff and quite deceiving to say the least being that this brew is 8.0% abv. I enjoyed ending the night off with this beer. A great addition to the Benchmark Breweries of Merchant Du Vin.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle w/ red foil over the cap, looks quite different than the bottle pictured. I bought it while I was in Brussels over the summer. The red label says "Dubbel" St. Idesbald Reserve Ten Duinen.

Pours a dark reddened brown hue and has a very sudsy tanned crown that stands about 2 inches and fades into a thin foamy layer atop the darkness below. Aroma is rich of dark dried fruits with dark raisin standing the strongest, hints of maple and caramelized dark candi sugars. Sweet chewy raisins and figs, very sharp spicyness, very subtle hint of metallic twang, citric warming closer. Incredible mouthfeel, very peppered carbonation, medium bodied yet somehow crisp and finishes very dry. Wow, this is quite good! Definitely one of the best Dubbels that I have ever enjoyed. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This another fine Belgian! I know that I am new into the Belgian "scene", but I rate this one rather high. The color was a murky brown, which is something that I have noticed rather common with Belgians, with a creamy head. The only bad thing was that the head wasn't as frothy as other Belgians that I have had and got rather thin after a little bit. That would be it's only downfall though. The smell definately had some floral essences to it, mixed with hints of citrus and beef(?). The taste was the same as the smell, but much stronger. I didn't give it a 5, because it wasn't the best that I have tasted, but it wasn't far off from it. Another big problem was the price. A little pricey at $5.50, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nowhere near as malty as i had expected. it actually had a hint of yeast. absolutely the finest dubbel i have had to date. a beautiful copper pour with an aroma that tickles the nose. it is silky and just slides right down. just wonderful in every aspect

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Photo of Fugazme
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/4" tan head of decent stature... fades much more quickly than I was expecting... dark ruby brown... good lacing.

Yeasty and bready on first whiff... aroma is spicy and chocolatey. Some good malt with raisin. As I drank some interesting aromas arose. Blue Cheese. It was awesome. Made it hugely complex in my opinion and extremely enjoyable to drink and smell.

Taste is chocolately and sweet. clove. bannana. it is nice but not great. Roasted flavors. frying oil..

Highly carbonated and bubbly mouthfeel. Some burn.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was a frothy cherry cola, with an very active and bubbly head. The smell was awesome and aggressive, with strong black cherry and cranberry coming through.

In the mouth, sharp bubbles fill the palate and phase into a delectable hop finish. Behind that trip, there's some roasted grain element that hints at coffee or cacao. Black cherry is also present enough to remind me of chocolate-covered maraschino cherries. I almost thought this to be a hard cherry brew of some sort.

The 8% alcohol is certainly well-hidden. It was a little too carbonated for my taste at first, but if drunk slowly, the mouthfeel improves and doesn't fill the stomach so much.

Good stuff, this one.

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Photo of hoffman
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw this one in a cooler and decided to try it. I am glad that I did. Poured from the "white-out" 750 into a snifter. A dark cloudy brown looks like molasses, not the consistancy but the color. Head rises and falls quickly some minor bubble linger into the final stages of the glass. The boquet is really strong, plums cherries and dark fruit dominate with a tinge of alchohol and buttery yeast notes. The taste is great especially as the brew warms nice dark fruit tones again....malty, with some tartness in the middle...followed by a dry hoppy finish. It is nice, has a refreshing quality that some belgians don't have. A cleaner flavor than some. The mouthfeel is a bit watery and slightly over carbonated. I liked this one a lot...pretty drinkable. I enjoyed it....belgians are quickly rising on my list of favorite styles.

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Photo of HopDevil
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The pour: mmmm, a pleasure to the senses right from the 750 ml bode white bottle.

The appearance: Chestnut brown, the color of warm sienna or effervescent ice tea. Nice swags of lace drape the sides of my glass. Bubbly, sudsy head that piled up and interestingly stayed peaked in the middle for a time while around the sides it receded rather quickly with the center following swiftly after it. Still there's a lively column of effervescing bubbles rising nicely in my glass, nice carbonation.

The nose: Well...intriguing. It's woodsy, musty, gingery, balsamic, acidic ( aahhh those Belgian yeasties) and compelling with some malt and sour cherries. You expect a beer to taste good when a whiff can make your mouth water.

The taste: Wow is this beer interesting, and tasteee. A sour Abbey Dubbel!! Fruity, sour cherry with aromatic spices. Yeah, sour cherry jam over brown toast. It's not as sour as some that I love but it's crisp, mouth watering and thirst quenching. Satisfying. I'm hooked!!

Mouthfeel: The body/mouth feel is just a tad thinner than other dubbels I've enjoyed. The long draughts I take leave some residual stickiness around the rim (man I can't stop sucking this down, I need to sip this and savor it more).

Finish: The long finish is particularly satisfying, it's warming but I don't detect the alcohol as much as I expected to. It doesn't have quite the malt sweetness (what happened to tall the malt I detected in the nose) to give it that sweet/tart character but that makes it eminently drinkable. I want more barkeep, keep em coming.

Why should you drink this: Personally, I love the sour beers styles so this fits my taste. Like others of the sour style it might not be for everyone. But if you like a session beer that has some unique mouth puckering character, that's lip smacking and thirst quenching, (and you can find it ) drink this!

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caged and corked bottle with "2.003" printed on the cork.

Pours an opaque brown with a thin but persistent mocha colored head. Smells fruity, dark fruit, ripe plum, black currant and raisin. Hints of vanilla, toffee and alcohol.

Tastes of rich caramel and toffee, alcohol and cigar tobacco. Oaky and biscuity. Mouth is lightly sticky and a faint smoky aftertaste. Very tasty and drinkable. I love the tobacco qualities in this beer. Good dubbel.

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Photo of Trentonator
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 750 ml white bottle with foil covered cork is tedious to open, but the reward from inside is well worth it. Appearance is mesmerizing, it's a dark red, almost mahogany, leaves a nice head and incredible lacing. The lacing stuck around the glass well after it's contents were gone. Smell is equally impressive, lots of cherry and floral scents, some light chocolate and plum. Taste is sweet, but not sickeningly so. There is the aforementioned cherry and floral, and the beer goes down easily with a candy like aftertaste. It gets better as it warms, and I prefer this type of beer in a goblet to capture all of the aroma. Soft mouthfeel and good drinkability. Yummy. A great dessert beer to savor after a big dinner.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice malty scent with a fruity Belgian yeast finish. It is a bit sweet and creamy to the nose. The taste is excellent as well. It has a smooth malty flavort that boasts of pale and Belgian crystal malts. It has a creamy fruit finish that is inspired by it's yeast content. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine abbey dubbel. It has awesome aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

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Photo of BitteBier
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, dark reddish brown color with some visible sediment. A moderate amount of head that quickly disappears; minimal lacing. Smell is as strong during the pour as any I recall. Malty sweetness shines through, but tartness (think green apples) is evident as well. A bubbly bite hits the back of the throat quickly, and the finish is smooth and warm. The mix of sweetness and tartness is present in the taste as well. Mouthfeel likewise has an interesting mix of richness and crispness, which contribute to its strong drinkability.

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Duinen Dubbel from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 74 ratings