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
Photo of neonbrown82
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If only I could bottle up the fragrance of this beer and sell it as a perfume. When I first dipped my nose into the chalice, I exclaimed aloud, "God damn!" This beer had quite large shoes to fill in the aroma dept. as well, as I had had a beef roast slowly cooking in the crockpot for the past 8 hours soaked in a Chimay marinade filling my home with succulent aromas.

The beer pours to a plum color, showing through in ruby/amber when held to the light. A perfect pillowy foam cap loiters atop the beautiful looking liquid for quite a long duration.

I've already mentioned how awesome the smell is. I will list specific aromas that I can pick out in the nose, but none of my description could do the bouqet of this beer any justice. It smells of plums and raisins, possibly even apples and berries. Also lurking behind the fruity smells are the sweet smells of belgian candi sugar and malts. Like I said, there's no way my words could give justice to the aroma of this beer.

The taste started off quite delicious, but after a while, it began to be quite sweet and tartish. Has a bit of a cranberry, apple, raisin/plum, red wine sourness that can cause you to pucker up. The sweetness is also apparent up front, but quickly fades to sour and bitter. The hop bitterness in the finish is actually quite pleasently surprising. Also had a huge oak taste in the finish, especially when warmed.

The body seems to be kind of light, but the high alcohol content still remains fairly well hidden inside. Not too highly drinkable because of the pucker factor as well as the high alcohol content, not to mention price. I'll probably try the trippel as well, but I don't think I will buy this again (although the smell is quite tempting, I know of a few beers I like quite a bit better with just as awesome of a bouqet). Worth a try.

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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 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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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 Troyone
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One pint 9.4 oz. bottle, poured a copper red brown color and hazy with a two and a half inch head also has lots of carbonation action.
Has a nice aroma, of molasses combined with banana esters and a yeasty cookie dough; including hints of bubblegum all with a roasted malt background.
Taste has a sweet acidic combination of; molasses, roasted malt, and vanilla licorice.
Mouthfeel is border line syrupy, medium, with a crisp soft carbonation that results in a similar aftertaste that dissipates in minutes.
This is not a session beer but is a refreshing beverage.

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

This poured to a warm and dark shade of brown with a huge head. It shrank but never went away, and left a good amount of lace behind.

The smell and taste are both very decent. Both are strong without being overpowering, and the overall effect is very pleasant. Mild esters come out in the smell in the form of banana, on top of malt and sugars. The taste contains the same flavors, coming out in a fairly smooth fashion.

Alcohol is barely apparent throughout. The drinkability is very good for the style.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 BeerManDan
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White color on the outside of an amber bottle. The color of this duppel was a dark amber color with loads of light tan foam when poured. The smell of spices and fruits filled the nose with a medium pleasant aroma. The taste of bananas and spices was a pleasant suprise. Overall this Dubbel also had caramel with layers of malts.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great aroma with ripe bannanas, dark fruit and a bit of spice.Clear ruby red body and thin cap of head kept alive by a steady stream of carbonation. Tart beginning with a tangy bitter finish. Very complex, so many flavors all wraped up in a fairly drinkable beer. ABV is quite well hidden, but I found the flavor grew tedious near the end of the 750.

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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 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 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 cerevisiaephilus
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought this beer had a really nice color. An excellent color. A deep deep red. I'm thinking mahogony, but I'm not sure exactly what color that...but I'm thinking like a deep deep wood varnish color...really nice. Great head too.

The taste is a little on the light side for me, but bigger than say Corsendonk. Some nice dark candy sugar notes with just a barely perceptible Belgian funkiness maybe sharpness/sourness? that works well with the the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin for me, but I'm not super familiar with this style, maybe it is supposed to be.

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Photo of euskera
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330cl white bottle..
Drinking this as I speak. Pours out a murky auburn brown. Head dissipated pretty quickly. Smell reminiscent of figs and caramel with malty overtones. Taste is a bit tart, with bread pudding in there somewhere, with a black cherry soda effect at the end. Quite interesting and layered. A unique brew that I would drink again easily.

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

Swampish color with a fairly vigorous carbonation. A borderline butterscotch-ish yeasty aroma and slightly muddled carmelized brown sugar and pecan smell floats around. Spicy with some phenolic flavors -- a little clove-ish -- with some cooked dessert-like fruits. Much drier than one might expect for the style. Not tremendously sweet by any stretch.

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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 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 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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