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

Above average appearance.Soapy off-white head that reduced quickly leaving a thin head to maintain.Aroma was strange and smelled of V8 juice or tomatoes.Alcohol was well hidden at 8%.Malty aroma with a full-bodied texture.Bottle left sediment at the bottom.Color is a dark brownish.Good crisp creamy mouthfeel that was easy on the throat.Aroma was alot better than the actual taste.Left a slight bitternes in the throat.Very complex and well-crafted.Leaves a warming sensation in the stomach.Left legs around my glass like a nice Single malt Scotch.Definately worth a try.

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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 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 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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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 BeerResearcher
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inside the corked white bottle you'll find; Dull mahogany color and rich, earthy barley malt body. Sweet hop, alcohol and dry fruit aroma. Complex hops of lemony citrus, tea, and to a lesser extent, metallic cut through the malt, as does the strong alcohol. Mildly astringent with a trace of camphor and cloves sneaking through. A hint of apples and figs flavor the sweet candy sugar. The beige/tannish head fades quickly but never totally vanishes. In summation, Dry, sweet, malt, yeasty, fruity, alcoholic, flavorful and robust.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 jdhilt
4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another excellent Belgium.

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