Bornem Double
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #133
Ranked #31,704
3.75 | pDev: 12%
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Bornem DoubleBornem Double
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Photo of Bitterbill
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

No dating on the corked and caged 750ml bottle.

Not a gusher. Pours a clear mahogany, with a finger of off white foam. Some good sticky lacing.

Smell has a ton of caramel malt and toffee, dark pitted fruits, a really delightful nose.

Caramel malt with an abundant flavour of dark pitted fruits that add a light fruity tartness. Toffee is there along with a mild oxidation. The abv is a non factor.

I'd call it on the lower end of medium bodied. Carbonation is fine.

Delicious and not bad on the wallet at ~US$11.00

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- Pours deep chestnut brown, clear (rest + pour slowly, it's bottle conditioned), and generous fine cream coloured head that's holding very well.
S- First thing I notice is spice, coriander.
T- Coriander again, opening into a deep toasty malty toastiness. I'm glad I served this chilled, as it has a sweet side that's building as it warms a touch.
F- Quite pungent, likely one that would work better for me in winter than late spring.
O- It's a bit to the sweeter side for me, but the flavour/smell etc otherwise work well for me. [OT and not reflected in my rating; my wife who doesn't favour hoppy-bitterness and can handle somewhat 'sweeter' likes it].
330ml bottle. BB: 21/11/2020. The lable states 'Bornem Dubbel/Double' Alc. 7.2% Vol.', rather than the 8.0% listed in the description. Oh and the lable has changed too, it's now primarily dark metallic blue, with gold and white text and detailing.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled, are these bottle conditioned?
Pours brown sugar body with nice off white foaming head
aroma is molasses and candy pear
caramel and cream with biter hints

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, slightly reddish orange with a two finger light khaki head with great retention and thick lacing. A bit of oxidation on opening, aroma is dry caramel and biscuit malt, dates, dried apricot, a hint of clove, oxidized cardboard. Flavor is lightly caramel malt, figs, dates, raisins, light stone fruit and a little clove and wet cardboard. Medium bodied with light to medium creaminess. A bit dark and malty for a dubbel, but has the right fruit character. I'm not sure about the age of this bottle; it has two date codes and one appears to be 2016, the other unreadable. I'm guessing from the aroma and taste that this has some age on it. The base dubbel is nice, but unlike an aged barleywine, the oxidation notes here do not add good character. A satisfactory dubbel, but one I may have to try again to get the fresh taste.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely deep red lightly hazed body with moderate caramel foaming head.

Aroma is nice, ripe fruits, a light sweetness, really appealing.

Taste is pretty solid, but doesn't blow me away. Not much of the ripe fruits I was expecting from the aroma, but more of a bitter maltiness.

Feel is not so smooth, and has a touch of harshness carried through from the bitter taste.

Overall a reasonably good beer, but better available in the Belgian Dubbel class.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 330mL bottle into a wide-mouthed goblet-style glass. The beer is a rusty brown color, hazy with a finger of off-white head with little retention.

S: Sweet brown sugar in there, yeast, some vanilla, wood, caramel, tobacco, medicine. More complex than I expected.

T: Raisins, vanilla, wood, light caramel. Finishes with a smooth and fruity kick with a light balancing malt character and a bit of booze.

F: Cola-like carbonation and a bit thin.

Overall: This was a good change of pace. A lot of unexpected notes in there. However the body was a bit light and a bit unbalanced. Worth a try, but not sure I'll get it again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found this in the mix 6 pack from Van Steenberge. Into a tulip

Deep cherrywood brown with good haze and a bouquet of carbonation even with a light pour gave me a full inch plus of mocha tinted foam. Smell is full of plums and apricots mild toffee and some figs. Taste is pretty balanced has a bit of dry yeast and a bit of hop bitterness I didn't expect. Much drier than American counterparts kind of wet cardboard covered in syrup. Mouthfeel in on par bubby smooth drink slowly hides the ABV well.

Overall a more traditional Belgium Dubbel but a bit too dry and not sweet for me to enjoy a few. Interesting to say the least.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.91/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Murky brown look with smells of raisins and figs. As for taste I get chocolate, figs, run soaked raisins, toffee pudding, buterscotch, and caramel. The best Christmas Eve treat all day and perfect for a winter's day.

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Photo of janubio
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red colur, big head that fades to a thin layer, good lace.
Aroma is (strangely) very hoppy at first, then comes the malt, caramel, bread, nuts, dried fruits.
Medium body, vreay texture, good carbonation.
Taste of hops, too, cinnamon, dried fruits, nuts, lactose, Good, but a bit plain.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information available.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, dark, copper color with one and a half inch foamy light tan head. Very good retention and lacing.
S: Aromas of apple, caramel, mocha, and Irish whiskey.
T: Sweet up front with caramel, plum, and milk chocolate flavors; maybe a hint of tutti fruity at times. Light bitterness doesn't overwhelm the other flavors.
M: Light to medium bodied and smooth. Solid and persistent carbonation. Almost, but not quite, creamy
O: Has most of the flavor characteristic of a Dubbel. Could see this going with many cuisines or desert and by itself. Would drink/serve/gift.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a goblet

A: Pours a rich amber red with an off white head, no retention, no lacing and a good amount of carbonation.

A: Belgian yeast, spice, caramel, toffee, malt, slight banana, subtle aromas, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Not as complex as the nose, slight notes of dark fruits up front, raisins, figs, plums, Belgian notes in the finish, caramel, toffee, slight spice and banana as well, finish has lingering notes of yeast, malt, and spice.

M: Light bodied, very thin, semi-dry finish.

O: Nice aroma but it's subtle, I expected the flavor to equal the aroma, it doesn't, very thin as well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

while this lacks the complexity of some of the very best examples of the style, i liked the beer quite a lot. it pours a murky pale brown color but has a tall and creamy beige head thats nice and airy and lasting. aroma here is toasted malts, a spot of cocoa, and a strong raisin and tobacco quality, not smoked tobacco, wet like an unlit but chewed on cigar. there is some brown sugar and honey sweetness in the flavor, kind of neatly floral with the yeast, and with a mild warming wintery spice complexion from the yeast as well, nutmeg or something, very attractive and not at all in your face. the beer seems mellow to me in both flavor and feel, its casual, dressed down, and i kind of like that. its slightly oxidized too, tastes a little old, but that adds to its mellow relaxed nature. the carbonation isnt as bright as a lot of these imported belgian beers, but it doesnt need to be, as the body is a little lighter and its certainly not as sugary in the finish as i am used to in the style. i had never seen this before i had a bottle at berkeley untapped in the highlands, didnt even know it was distributed here at all. good find! i could have several of these in a sitting pretty happily!

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Photo of Zet
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown haze and a modest and very steady head of foam. Smell of malt, yeast, caramel and some pear. The taste is a tad sweet, with malt, dark fruits, caramel and a hint of autumn leaves. Body is medium to full, taste lingers quite well. A dubbel that ticks all the boxes, without being a stunner. So, last dubbel (or quad, or winter warmer, or export/RIS) for me, change of seasons: let the sunshine in, bring out the maybocks, tripels and IPA's!

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Photo of flyingpig
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle:
Quite a disappointing offering on the whole despite starting quite well thanks to the nice combination of caramel & toffee flavours plus the biscuit malts at the start. The problem with this one was that it seemed to fade far too quickly & come the middle there wasn't really much of anything going on save for some subtle fruits & a hint of sugar. Quite a bland & uninspiring offering that seemed a little plain & definitely wasn't as good as some of the better Belgian dubbels I've tried in the past; this is probably one to avoid I' afraid.

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Photo of LAp
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent amber with a half-finger off-white head. Nose is malt-dominant: brown sugar, molasses and caramel. The palate takes a similar tack, occupying itself primarily with the same toasted-sugar pursuits: molasses, caramel, and brown sugar return, alongside toffee and Belgian spices (which are almost an afterthought). The mouthfeel is medium, with mild carbonation.

Not an elegant beer. Somewhere between a scotch ale and a stout, and with a little too much cloying maltiness for my taste. Drinkable. Not bad. But nothing I'd pick up on its own.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a blind tasting I would have guessed this was a Scotch ale. The color and lack of head/head retention certainly suggests so, as does the heavy maltiness and peaty-ness of the aroma and flavor. Dubbels are not a style I particularly enjoy but this one is pretty good, perhaps because it doesn't remind me of one!

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Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer. I got a Van Steenberge sample six pack for Christmas from some friends, I've had a few belgian style ales but this was a very nice surprise indeed, I kept thinking I would drink the shit out of this if I had access to it. Very Nice style of beer and nice change from the IPA's and Stouts I drink all the time.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, Lidl, Bristol - Very feisty pour, clear amber with a very large white foamy head. Strong/medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - bready/yeasty front, ripened orchard fruits. Taste - very sweet front, ripe fruits, caramel, malty, yeasty, light bitter finish. Very drinkable Belgian ale.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a moderately dark amber with a small head, slowly reducing to a thin layer. A bit of fruit and sugar in the nose. The mouth enjoys the slightly sweet candies sugar flavor. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This bottle is 7.2%

Pours a lovely mahogany. crystal clear, nice head that dissipates to a small layer

Sweet phenolic belgianyness, some alcohol on the nose.

Sweet toffee notes, more belgian yeast spice notes, some burnt bitterness. Drying finish. Nice mellow carbonation.


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Photo of Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", reviews it as "garnet-colored with hints of apple, cinnamon and coffee." I agree with the color, but I missed those flavours.

My review is not as succinct .
Lucious foam and malty aromas of dark, dried fruit followed by a bunch of spices I cannot decipher. The low-carbonation with a healthy dose of brewer's sugar lets this sit nicely in my mouth... albeit slightly thin for the respectable ABV.

There Compared to MJ.... How did I do ? (That's a rhetorical question.)

I like Van Steenberge and its marketing is exceptional. I probably have had twice as many ales from them as any other Belgian Brewer (excluding Ommegang and Unibroue.) Having had Bornem's Double a few times, I am glad to have finally reviewed it.

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Photo of beergoot
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, coppery hued body; thick, foamy head. Sweet, fruity, malty nose; plum. Fruity flavor; plum and berry; mild brown sugar flavor; sweet. Medium body with an airy quality; dry and acidic.

Relatively light with a sweet, boozy quality. I can't say whether this is supposed to be a dubbel or a Belgian strong ale, but it is tasty and potent. A good, solid offering from Belgium...

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque cherry wood color with very large head. The aromas of overripe bananas, bubblegum, dates, raisins,and plums immediately rise off the beer. The flavor presents rich chocolate, prunes, dates, clove, and a hint of wood smoke. The mouthfeel is semi-rich with a dry finish. Overall this is a lovely decadent beer without too much sweetness. Perfect for a cold winter day.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Happy New Year's Eve 2015-'16 everybody! I am less & less inclined to venture out on NYE as more & more body parts ache and I really get freaked out by crowds. Instead, I revel in one of my local bottle shops who got a buncha mixed Belgian boxes in & had them sit until they had to be marked down to have them move. Okay by me! This one came with a cool bottle opener. Aged on the shelf, in the box? For me? Perfect!

I Pop!pedthe cap and began a most gentle of pours. Who knows how long it had sat? It brought forth a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head with moderate retention before becoming a skim of wisps. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose smelled of chocolate & bananas & your father smelt of elderberries! Mouthfeel was medium, but I immediately realized that it was too cold. Warming, it became even more intense in terms of its chocolate-covered banana flavor! Leave it to the Belgians. It was like a melding between a Hefewizen & a Chocolate Bock. Whee! There was no indication that it was 8% ABV & as such, it was going down easily. Ooh, my. I am unable to comprehend what led others to dun this, but I found it a bargain.

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Photo of stephens101
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours with a fluffy dirty white head that breaks apart slowly. Scattered lace is left just above the darnk brown brew. A few crimson hues poke through. Smells of caramel, plum, black grapes, toffee and fait vinegar. Thin on the palate with subdued dark fruits and grain. Not much in the way of body to speak of and overall flavorless. Quite promising up into the important stuff.

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Bornem Double from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 684 ratings