Duinen Dubbel | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Duinen DubbelDuinen Dubbel

Brewed by:
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
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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 Padron4KM
2.86/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330 ml white bottle. No freshness date.

Murky reddish brown with a fleeting brown head.

Aroma is slightly vinous, some caramel, some yeast, and over ripe fruit.

Flavor is slightly caramel, slightly sour, dry yeasty finish.

On a good note tho the 8% abv was well hidden

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Photo of Matteox3
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the UGLY OYSTER in Reading, PA. Served from 750ml into snifters.

Appearance was good, however lighting is relatively low in the section we were sitting. Smell was interestingly woody, and the lacing was good.

Taste was also woody and apply, with hints of other fruits. Slightly malty, kind of spicy as well. Very complex.

Drinkibilty was a little low as the woodiness and the fact that we had this bottle after dinner made it a little tough to get through. I would like to try this one again on an emptier stomach.

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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 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 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 skizziks
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork dated 2003

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. A 1/2" cream colored head quickly disappears. The body is very cloudy despite a careful pour. Deep brown with orange highlights.

Aroma is full of caramel and cocoa, slightly vinous with brown sugar and cinnamon. Nothing not to like here.

Flavor starts sweet with more brown sugar, apple cider (but not "cidery") and some mango. Plenty of alcohol in the finish with lingering sweetness.

Medium full body and very low carbonation gives it a sticky syrupy feel. Considering that this is a rather sweet and nearly flat beer, drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, not bad at all, has some nice moments, but not my favorite dubbel either.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy, amber tinged, tan colored head that starts out about three-fingers thick. The beer is a hazy, darkish brown amber color that shows some ruby highlights if held up to the life. The beer is quite fruity smelling with notes dark fruit being prevalent. Notes of sweet concentrated plums, raisins, and notes of figs. An underlying mustiness is in the aroma as well; it is a bit woody, almost a bit moldy. Notes of tart plums and cherry also are found in the aroma after a bit of digging. There are also some spicy notes of ginger, black pepper and tamarind.

Tart up front a bit like a plum and also a bit like tamarind. The beer is lightly sweet, which couples quite nicely with the tartness. The two in combination form a nice complex fruitiness. The finish has a touch of a spicy peppery bite to it that is a combination of fermentation character and carbonation. The finish is also a touch hot with some notes of ginger and some smoother note of higher alcohols. The beer has a certain richness to it though it is not thick; it is easily drinkable yet still satisfyingly rich.

This is a really nice example of a Doubel, it really strikes a nice balance between a yeasty tartness a fruity/malty sweetness and a spicy fermentation character. I would definitely recommend this beer, and now regret passing over this beer for so long.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork says my 750ml bollte was bottled in 2004. Tasted on 8-21-06.

Appearance- A great, thick, bread doughy, two-finger head with 85% sustain throughout an entire glas. The awesome bubbling very slowly diminishes with each sip right along with the foam. The color is a cherry would stain with some mahagonay and plum.

Smell- Very nutty character mixed with some brown sugared apples.

Taste- Good black cherry start with lots of dark candied apples with hints of cinnamon. There was also a pruney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Not dry, not wet, just...right...there.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Dark brown,no head, sediment in the bottem of the bottle.

T-Soy?,Malt taste and beef.

S-Soy and some citrus.


D-One was enough, if you like a salty beverage, try this one.I didnt like it at all.Maybe it was spoiled when I got it.I dont think I'll Have it again.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Paid $8.49 @ Jacks for a 750ml bottle. Attractive design. Pours out to a murky deep dark amber, forming a whipped dark beige head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, not quite as brisk as expected for Belgian bottle-conditioned ales, though I prefer it this way. The aroma is noticed at an arms length...tons of fruit in this one...vinous dark fruits in droves...purple grape juice, freshly pressed apple juice, black cherries, cotton candy, a suggestion of vinegar and dirty socks. The mouthfeel is tartly acidic (quite a bit of lemon) with a leathery astringency in the finish and a medium body. The taste is quite a bit drier than the nose would suggest, with some subtle barnhouse character in the middle. Bitterness is mild, but there is a pronounced tannic/leathery/woody astringency in the finish. Alcohol presence is peppery and noticed at 8.0% ABV. There are faint fusels, but lots of higher alcohols which get aggressive as it warms. Partially oxidized wet newspaper finish. Blah.

The nose on this is incredible, but it doesn't hold up in taste. The alcohols, oxidation, and tannins bother me early into the bottle and severely limit it's drinkability. As a dubble, this fails in every aspect. As a farmhouse belgian dark ale, perhaps it would fly. I'll stick with New Belgium Abbey, which I consider the gold standard for the style. Pass on this one and try their triple which is pretty dang good.

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Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dense dark chestnut with a 2 finger light tan head that slowly fades out into a collar. Tiny streaks of lacing.
Smell is of rich caramel, cocoa, and a prune/raisin mix with dark brown sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a caramel sweetness. Seems like plenty of Special B and Crystal in the mix...maybe. Plenty of doughy Belgian yeast in there too.
Mouthfeel is sweet, perhaps bordering cloying with a brown sugar raisin and dough clinging to the tongue and hanging onto the palate long after the swallow.
Not bad. Better than expected but with so many great Belgian choices out there, this one could get lost in the mix.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish color with medium head. The aroma struck me as being overly musty and gym-sock-like. Granted, it's a pretty light aroma, but still not too great. Luckily things are looking up flavor-wise. Dried fruits combine with malt initially. A mild bitterness enters in mid-palate and into the finish. The flavor profile is mostly easy and fairly delicate, but nice all the same.

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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 beerphilosopher
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, now I have had both the tripel and the dubbel ... my impressions of the dubbel - poured a semi-opaque amber color. Head was thick and tan, without considerable retention. Beautiful carbonation. Nose is very sweet, with heavy yeast and stewed fruit notes. Palate is definitely of sweet, dark stewed fruits ... perhaps plums, raisins, and persimmins (spelling?). Slightly spicy and a bit of a candy-like character as well. light-meduim body, with lasting sweetness and a slight alcohol bite. Hmmm ...another impressive offering from this lesser known (at least to me) Belgian brewer. Good stuff. I have to say I prefer their tripel, but I just prefer tripels to dubbels in general. This one is really very sweet and is a unique tatse for a dubbel, I think. You expect the sweet malt and yeast in a dubbel, but this takes it to a new level. A good dubbel from the perspective of a tripel guy!

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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 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 ybnorml
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A chestnut brown beer with ruby highlights. Has a big creamy beige head. The arome of fruit, apples mostly with some carmel sweetness and a hint of vanilla in the background. The flavor has none of the complexity that was hintinted at in the aroma. A watery mouthfeel. Very dry with some trace of apple and just the vaguest hint of tabacco on the finish.
Note: this bottle is printed as being 9% and has been in my cellar for 3 years.

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Photo of tekk9
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had not seen this beer at my local sore before, so I grabbed it. Unlike the picture, I got a 750ml bottle that was white with a cork and no red tinfoil.

The beer poured a beautiful amber that glows orange when held to the light. The thick head dissipated quickly to a thin but lacey one.

Malt and raisons hit me first as I took in a large breath of this beer. A typical Belgian nose.

This beer starts out sweet but that quickly fades and a bitterness, almost sourness but not quite, is left in it’s place. That is it. I wish I could say more about the taste, but it is not as complex as I had hoped.

It is not thin and watery, but quite pleasant, with a slight carbonization.

I enjoyed this dubbel, but I must say it was much better with my steak than on it’s own.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle corked and caged. Painted white like a piraat bottle to keep that nasty light away from the glorious beer.

Lacked the usual dubbel munchy head and lacing but still produced a decent froth. Really fine carbonation.

Smelled glorious caramel, slight chocolate, some citrus.

Caramel is the main flavor, excellent creamy/biting mouthfeel, nice combination. Finishes crispy citrus/acid before mellowing into a chocolate aftertaste.

I could drink a couple of these bad boys as a double night capper, so it will go into the buy again portfolio.

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Photo of beersarang
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown with amber in the light. Tan head has uneven bubbles and dissapates into a thin collar. Beer leaves a syrupy residue on the glass.

Sweet raisin and fruity aroma. A little bit of bread in the background.

At first a sweet bready beginning pairs with a firm bitterness. Hop character is minimal. Fruity alcohol all over the place. Figs raisins and a bit of apple peel in the finish for just a second. Finishes sweet with a lingering slight roastiness on the palate.

Highly carbonated, but the size of the bubbles makes it less than perfect. Medium bodied.

I would buy this again for its complexity and mixed fruit character. A unique and good dubbel to be sure.

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Photo of TPSReports
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the white large bottle with short lived thing head into my Chalice. The color is a rich amber iwth little to no carbonation and no yeasties floating around in the brew.

The smell peculiar -- kinda licorice with old malt.

This is not an overly complex beer. Little carbonation on the tongue -- dome hoppiness in the finish. I don't notice anything striking about the beer other than the finsih on the sides and back of the tongue.

This beer is an easy one to drink, but overall not one of my favorites.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged around 18 months from date of purchase. White ceramic bottle with brown foil around neck and cap.

Pours a deep chocolate color with a substantial brown head that quickly reduces to a 3/4-finger layer of foam. Lots of yeast and other sediment suspended throughout.

Aroma is deep and rich, with layers of yeast, phenols, dark fruit elements (particularly raisins), malts, a touch of caramel, and pungent alcohol.

Slippery on the tongue, with strong alcohol warmth. I'm guessing time has ebbed the brightness of many of the flavors, but this brew is still enjoyable for its rum-like depth of molasses and alcohol It bites your tastebuds, then retreats into warmth and slickness.

Solid all-around.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated, corked 750 into a Val-Dieu chalice.

Mahogany with a light tan head that never fully goes away and sticks to the glass as it goes down.

Nice nose on this one. Raisins, green apples, bannanas, and the belgian mix of spices and yeast we all know and love.

Overall, this one tastes fairly dry compared to other dubbels I've sampled. Towards the finish it gets very tart. So much that it upsets the balance. There's a slight yeast note, but nothing like what's detected in the nose. Some more malt would set things right.

The mouthfeel starts off smooth yet full, but the tart finish makes my tongue feel like its going to shrivel and dry out. As it warms a little, this subsides....or are my tastebuds numbed by the intensity?

Compared to others in this style, not one of the more drinkable versions.

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