Duinen Dubbel | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Duinen DubbelDuinen Dubbel

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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 Beersignal
1.75/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This one was a real dissappointment.

Going in to rate this beer, I had read no reviews so there wasn't some huge expectation on my part as to what I would encounter.

Aside from the appearance, which was average, this brew had no redeeming qualities. Poured a deep reddish brown crystal clear sample into my glass. Struck me as odd as the label said ''bottle conditioned''. I would have expected some haze or particulate matter, but none was to be found. The foam was initially generous and lively but dispersed lightning fast and left without a trace.

The aromas were sweet and fruity, backed by yeastiness and mild spices up front. The finish was maltier with notes of confectionery sugar and... puréed pears from the good folks at Gerber.

From there things pretty much went downhill. Bland brew with a watery texture and flavours of band-aids and a crushing alcohol; bitterness. Very unpleasant. The finish was mercifully short and dry. I poured the remainder in the sink, so $6.00 US down the drain.

I will seek this out again, so it can prove me wrong. No beer is really this awful.

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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 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 clvand0
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a dark red color with a moderate and creamy head. Very nice color. More bright than the normal Belgain beer. The aroma was sweet and fruity with possibly some chocolate thrown in there. Promising aroma. The flavor was pretty thick and fruity with some spices thrown in for good measure. The finish was very dry - unexpected - and the alcohol was apparent in the flavor. I prefer the triple because this one just didn't drink very easily.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

When this particular brew was poured into my glass it had a medium sized tan head with small-medium bubbles. It had a brown-amber body hue. I could definitely, without a doubt, taste the alcohol in this brew. It also had a lingering aftertaste to it.

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Photo of aracauna
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Duinen solves the problem of green glass by painting opaque white. Dark brown with moderate beige head. Aroma carries sting of alcohol. Good pruney fruitiness. Wood and a surprising (slightly unpleasant) bitterness. Perhaps it's the bitterness, but the flavor is a bit thin. Alcoholic warmth in chest. Extrememely faint Sourness lurks under the bitterness.

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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 StevieW
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big 750 ml bottle with the white ceramic like coating. My red foil was much duller than the picture. Hmmm I may have got a relic.

Dark brown body, murky. Supercharged tight foamy beige head. Exploded when it hit the glass. Bottle swirls produced some dark yeasty goo added to the glass. Nice sweet fruity aromas. Plums and figs mostly. Good belgian yeasty taste. Candied malt sweetness, and faint roasted fruits, but all kinda faint. Earthy finish with just a snap of alcohol heat. Some spicyness lingers. Not a real flavorable dubbel.
Easy going down and paired nicely with grilled chicken, but I guess I expected more from this belgian.

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Photo of nomad
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presented in a 750 ml bottle that had been painted over as white

Appears with a dirty type of cloudiness, color is a ruby w/brown hue color. Had moderately paced dissipating lace with a thin bubbly head. Nose was thin and dry, with notes of raisins, glazed honey, underripe cloves. A winery sugar overall, like a port, with a generall wine type nose: thin, dry, smokily fruity. The hops came through as it opened - almost grassy.

Taste is thin, with notes of slight cinammon, raisins, chestnut and cloves. The fruity yeast pointed to a general tartness and a light chalky bitterness up front. Mouthfeel is thin, sour, astringent, but with a long finish. Overall, not as terribly complex, spicy, or thick as most dubbels. This appears more light in all categories and somewhat along the lines of an oud bruin. Fair drinkability. Ain't no Chimay Grande Reserve, but probably isn't trying to be one.

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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 TheDM
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized light brown bubbles with a transparent brown body. It has a mild malty alcohol aroma and starts slightly fizzy then leaves a strong alcohol taste while leaving spiced notes in the aftertaste.

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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 francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A pretty average dubbel beer that falls short of the Delerium line of beers IMO. This beer poured a nice dark iced-tea like colour with a small, white head. The aromas were that of a typical dubbel. The aromas were of fruits, spices, yeast, hops, malts, candy sugar, and more. The taste was sweet with a dry, almost bitter finish. The mouthfeel was a little thin and the drinkability was above average...


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Photo of trancefishy
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml, served at 55. I fought with the cork for 5 minutes, giving it my all, only to get it to budge just barely. It took another couple minutes with channel locks to finally get it free.

pours out dark brown oak, with a little brown head that sits around for a while.

aroma is heavy, heady, old oak aged wine berries. succulent smell. candy sugar and yummy earth.

taste is all about wood. deep oak, some vinous notes, and earth. can taste some blackberries and cherries. rather dry finish.

mouthfeel is a bit too bubbly for me. and if i was pressed, i would say it's leaning on the thin side, but, the taste itself makes it feel a bit thicker, so i think it equals out in the end. drinkability is alright.

this beer is alright, interesting brew. reminds me of la terrible, but, not as good. the aroma is where it's at in this one. this beer begs to be enjoyed with food.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – I had to work the pour to get a decent head, which was strange for an Abbey Dubbel, but once it came up it stayed for quite some time. As it went down it left nice volcanic pits and laced the glass well.

Smell – The nicely toasted malts are laced with huge buttery undertones. There are also some big caramel tones in here as well.

Taste – There’s some crisp toast flavors on the tongue to go with those buttery undertones. The sweetness is a little more understated than it was at the nose, but overall everything went well together. There is also a trace of alcohol if you look for it.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation was measured, and the body was a little lighter than I’m used to from Abbey Trippels. Overall, though, it was very smooth.

Drinkability –The butter was a little over-the-top for my tastes but certainly not off-style. I did enjoy the creamy style to this bottle. Very nice.

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Photo of ADR
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy darkest reddish-brown color with a fine bottle-conditioned head of a full inch of big bubbles. Laces in large irregular patches. Musky malts and a dry grape whaft to the aroma. Sharp flavors up-front, not soft, but tart unripe anjou pear, lots of mace prickle, combining with a caraway pumpernickle sense. Finishes with a rum-raisiny punctuation and slight smokiness. There's a bit more acidity in this one than I like in this style (on of my favorite styles) -- I like a little more softness in the fruit and less strident raw spice. A fine Ale, nonetheless, just not my favorite Dubbel.

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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 RBorsato
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burgundy with a big pillowy light brown head and very active carbonation. Spicy pepper-ish and clove aroma. Smells a bit sweeter than most Dubbels I've had. Prune-like flavors with a clove spiciness. Light-medium bodied but may seem lighter due to high effervesence. Dry finish and alcohol essence.

Not bad but not one I'd likely pick up again considering many better Dubbel choices out there...

Label states: "Bottle Conditioned Belgian Abbey Ale" & "Anno 1107" & "Duinin--Reserve St. Idesbald"

($5.99 / 25.4 oz. / 750 ml white corked bottle with a wire cage)

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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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Photo of marc77
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The ruby hued and lightly hazy brew is topped by an off - white head that settles into a tight layer. Light phenol and dark, mildly cidery lightly caramelized dark candi sugar notes and hint of toffee in aroma. Yeast esters are surprisingly absent, but pleasantly tart green apple acetaldehyde emerges towards the end of the aroma. Although it's sweet overall in flavor, the sweetness isn't one dimensional, and gains complexity from highly caramelized raisin - like crystal malt (perhaps Special - B.) The body of this brew is quite light, perhaps due to the copious use of highly fermentable Candi sugar in the grist. Yeast esters are minimal in flavor and can be overlooked. The finish is clean, a bit caramelly, w/ sugary sweetness lingering on the tip of the tongue. Although Duinen's Dubbel is pretty tasty, it was just a bit too clean overall. A more robust flavor contribution from the yeast strain would've have made this excellent.

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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 horndecker
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A very cool white 330ml bottle poured into a goblet gives us a robust cherrywood liquid with a little tornado of fine carbonation spinning up from the stem. An inch and a half of beautiful tan head subsides glacially to fine lace.
It smells of raisins and prunes, lime and citrus, burnt sugar and caramel. Love that.
Sadly, although it has a wonderful mouth feel, and some nice flavors of malt, bread and fruit, the taste is not balanced to my liking. I'm left with too much of a tart persistant burnt candy flavor, almost root beer, which actually finishes kind of sweet.
Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby color, small head. Malty aroma. Nice tastingDubbel. Light and refreshing, yet lots of flavor, complex and subtle. Typical of Belgians. Complex and subtle flavors: take your pick, fruit, raisins, apples, pears, cloves, candy sugars and ??. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice beer, reasonably priced.

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

Presentation: 330ml (11.2 fl.oz) brown glass bottle that is painted white. With its brown V-shaped foil covering the bottle neck, and it’s brown & yellow label, it has a rather distinctive appearance. Bottled Conditioned. Labeled as “Abdij ter Duinen, Reserve St. Idesbald, Anno 1107”. Presentation is a little bit gimmicky for a Belgium beer for my liking, which has me hesitant about how this beer will turn out.

Appearance: Pours with a lovely clear deep brown body, hints of polished Chestnut wood and hints of dark red when back-lit. A massive crusty white head forms immediately when poured, aided by the high levels of dissolved carbon dioxide inherent in the beer. The head soon collapses to thin collar covering with no lacing at all. Looks pretty good, much better than I expected to be honest.

Nose: Strong Sweet Malts are present in the nose with a hint of vinegar. Has a twang reminiscent of a freshly bitten strong acidic Granny Smith Apple.

Taste: Sweet malts again dominate the chewy introduction in the mouth, as they did in the nose. The middle is smooth and well put together, whilst the finish has a slightly “sour-brown” aspect to it, which is very nice and adds real character to the offering. I missed that it leaves a caramel aspect in the mouth when swallowed.

Mouthfeel: Solid, with a slight warming alcohol presence that is satisfying.

Drinkability: For an 8%ABV dark beer, I would definitely rate this as a ‘4’ without even considering it. Maybe it should be higher.

Overall: It’s a good beer, above average and one of Huyghe’s better beers. Sadly, I think the unique bottle presentation somehow hinders ones perception of this beer. I do not why but I imagined it would be much worse that it was. Don't overlook this one, for it is a very pleasant surprise.

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