Duinen Dubbel | Brouwerij Huyghe

Duinen DubbelDuinen Dubbel
74 Ratings
Duinen DubbelDuinen Dubbel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 09-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Nice, dare I say it, 'lighter-style' Dubbel. I'd expect a more complex flavor profile; and possibly some more body. Nice aroma (slight cork), great ZESTY head, deep copper-brown color. Flavor is as expected, but the yeast doesn't offer a whole hell of alot more. Balanced well. Enjoyable. Very nice overall.

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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 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 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 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 Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked and hooded bottle, cork says 2002 vintage.

Pours a clear and dark red brown brew.

Smell is brown sugar, pecans and preserved plums and apples.

Taste is a little sweet with a brown sugar, pecans and spice flavor. Fruit flavor is subdued but apple and prune flavors come through and it ends with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Certainly drinkable, not the best of its kind but I sure will finish this bottle, no problem.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Plum-tilted cherrywood with a thick beige noggin.
Nose is sweet- full of brown sugar, red beets, raisins, brandy- and dry, with pepper and gravel.
Begins bready, pumpernickel loaf, or probably moreso of fruit cake, full of almonds, raisins and dates, drizzled with caramel. Cinnamon spiciness, and peppercorns. Mellow green grape tartness. A flourish of clove late, then that gravelly granite that the nose promised. A modest alcohol fume at the close.
Medium in body, well carbonated. Nicely structured. Not necessarily the most dynamic of dubbels, but absolutely a solid version.

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Photo of Todd
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this to be a rather good dubbel, overall. Some nice chocolate/caramel qualities going on, however a bit more tart going on than anything else. Guess I was looking for a bit more depth in the malt, some balance. Aroma was average for the style. Wasn't too impressed with the head, it was rather still but I'm guessing that's from its acidity.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle with green glass but covered completely with a white coating.

Appearance: Nice amber color with light tan, thick, rich foam. The color darkens a bit when the yeast sediment is poured.

Smell: The aroma is rather mild, with the smell of malt coming through.

Taste: Sweet, malty, with some fruitiness, but with some hop tartness also.

Mouthfeel: Good, crisp, sweetness and tartness are well balanced.

Drinkabilty: Good, not too sweet.

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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 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 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 Crosling
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Took out of the fridge about an hour ago. Poured it about 30 minutes ago. Head is still complete intact! Beautiful color and quite dark for the style. A dark ruby brown in color. Looks magnificent!

Deep aroma. Caramel, dark fruits and sugar.

This tastes good but seems to be missing some body. Some nice dark fruit flavors in this but they seems to be more subtle not sharp like I like. Grapes,spices, some tartness and plums all around the palate. Seems to just coat your entire mouth with flavor. I found myself licking the inside of my mouth just trying to get more and more. Very Very smooth and drinkable but not heavy in the mouth and the alcohol is very evident especially on the finish. It seems to overlap other flavors that would be put forth.

A pretty good dubbel.

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