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Bornem Dubbel | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Bornem DubbelBornem Dubbel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Hanglow
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Czequershuus
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
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 +17.6%
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 Dzu
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into goblet.
L: Dark amber color with a massive creamy foam head.
S: Dark fruits, caramel, sweets.
T: Raisin and dark fruits.
F: Medium body, hight carbonation.
O: Taste is too ordinary but anyway it's a very good beer.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark chestnut brown with 2 finger beige head (Delirium tulip), average retention. Smell - candy sugar, dried fruits. Flavour - dark fruits, toffee, licorice. Disappointing dubbel however.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful drink. The head was perfect and thick, and sat on top the drink like a fat, smooth cookie. The smell and taste were a perfect combination of raisin, caramel, and chocolate. I can't believe the low ratings it got in here. Delicious. I could have one or two every night.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Have had this since early October, so, considering it's an import and had been for sale for a while, I imagine it's well over a year old by now. Kept it stored in a fairly cool, dark place, so I believe it's aged like it was supposed to.

Pours an interesting dull brownish yellow. Appearance in glass, however, is a fairly opaque, and burnt orange to dark sienna depending on what angle viewed from in glass. Noticed some miniscule flecks as I neared the bottom of my goblet. Medium retention, fluffy, light tannish head. Smells of caramel, alcohol, and spice, all fainter than expected. But then, distinctly vinegar, hardly expected at all. Caramel as well as spicy and metallic phenols throughout in the taste, with tartness and dark fruits here and there as it lingers. Balsamic vinegar even, toward the end. Alcohol doesn't play too huge of a role here beyond slight warming of the gums, throat, and breath after each swallow. Clean, crisp finish for what it is — a very flavorful, relatively high ABV, Belgian brew — though still bready and even slightly bitter, but that could be phenolic more than from any hops. Fuller end of medium-bodied. High level of very prickly, but fine carbonation, mellowing out to softer, gulpable suds.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-nice thick and fluffy foam with great cup lacing
-mellow and not unpleasant but apart from very mellow fennel and yeast i don't get much
-starts with a bitter bite, mellows out to with some sweet yeast to slight coffee aftertaste
-higher on the carbonation side and medium bodied
- overall a good dubbel but nothing that really sets it apart from a few of its more complex however smoother counterparts

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium brown producing 2+ finger of fluffy, tan, moderately lasting head that leaves a nice coating of rings & webby lace. Aroma is dark bready malt, light roast, molasses, caramel & sour dark fruits. Taste is roast, dark malt, some Belgian yeast with subdued fruity esters, fig & prune, brown sugar & thin hints of chocolate. Slight hop presence detectable in the finish & aftertaste. Some burned coffee notes in the aftertaste also. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, wet, juicy, little slick & very prickly. Pleasant enough dubbel but a little lacking in complexity & roundness found in the better examples.

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Photo of drmeto
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-upfront very grassy with a slight metallic note
-sweet caramel and toffee
-slight hints of plums,raisins and cherries
-well carbonated
-alcohol very well hidden
-toffee on the finish with substantial toastiness

Solid, but there's plenty of better Dubbels

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Photo of LXIXME
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sized light brown head slow dies above a clearish dark burnt dark reddish colored beer. Full aroma with a variety of elements with remind me most of roasted dates or prunes with a nice compliment of barley maltishness. A full taste follows but doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but still a pretty tasty half hour enjoying this import. States that it's 8% but I'll be jiggered if I can detect any of that in the taste.

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Photo of Xristos
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this in a gift pack of Belgian Ales at World Market around Christmas time. Very good example of the Dubbel Ale style. Abv of 8% but drinks very smoothly. Would definitely recommend and drink again.

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Photo of Luiz0930
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A sweet, yet soft and spicy taste served in a tulip glass doing a rather straight pour.
4 finger head and rapidly vanished.
The taste is fruity (raspberry, strawberry with a hint of cherry). another side of its taste is rather bready and not malty, more of a sweet flavor bread.
The 8%ABV in this beer is not apparent what so ever. Easily drinkable and very enjoyable brew.
Like most ales, this could also be served by tilting the glass and avoiding carbonation to be released. in that case this beer might taste stronger. this review was based on a strong pour and not much carbonation left in the beer (a preferable pour based on this style of Dubbels to my opinion).

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Photo of Vixie
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a large tan head. The head sticks around for a bit, and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is brown sugar, toffee, raisins, and maybe fig or plum.

Fruity up front, dried fruit like raisin and dried plum. I can also taste Belgian candy sugar, and just a hint of bitterness at the finish.

Feel is a little on the thin side, with a bit of tingling from high carbonation.

Overall a good double, but not a great one. It has good flavor, but just seems a bit weak, feels a bit watered down. Compared the the best of this style, where the competition is very stiff, it can't quite stand up to the big boys.

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Photo of Samp01
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy brown with a medium beige head. Aroma and taste is of sweet caramel, some mild toasted notes, Belgian yeast, some mild dark dried fruits, raisins and dark plums and moderate hops bitterness. Palate is a medium, slightly thick body, smooth mouth feel with good carbonation. Finishes with sweet caramel malt, dark fruit flavors of raisins and some dried plums tartness, Belgian yeast with a lingering moderate hops and caramel malt, dark fruit ending. Aroma seemed a bit light. Overall a well balanced and flavorful brew.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark chocolaty brown that only lets a shade of light through. Reserved amount of foam, a shade less than a finger but I poured it very easy. The foam receded within a minute and proceeded to leave a sticky dotted mess on the side of the glass.

S: Creamy and chocolaty. Milk. Vanilla. Smells great, but more one sided here.

T: Sweet chocolate and malt starts off with a rich milky creaminess. Mild coffee notes, but more sweet. Some mineral with steel and graphite. Very slight raiseny taste. Cool juiciness. Slight bittering locks down the roasted grain aggressively leaving a mild dryness with notes of seasoned wood and dry leaves. Rich sandy earthiness. Finishes slightly salty. Really good developed roasty flavors but still easy and refreshing.

M: Smooth and creamy. Nice and really easy drinking. Slightly dry finish and salty, but only a little.

O: Really great tasting dubbel. If anything it's a little too straight shooting with out a huge depth. Regardless I really like this for the smooth mellow drinkability.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a from bottle into a tulip glass - ruby/cloudy, with a off white head of about 3 fingers of soapy fine bubbles with good retention and lacing.

S: carmel, mild yeast, dried Fruit (fig/plum)

T: Malty, dried fruit forward (almost sharp), a little syrupy but adequate carbonation to help cleanse the palate

M: Good mouthfeel, not too carbonated, but sufficient so as to not be syrupy

O: A very malty/fruit forward dubbel, and paired well with a sharp cheese. I would purchase again, excellent price point for a very good beer

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of hopsputin
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: a mixture of dark ruby red and murky brown. holding it up to the light reveals some burnt copper notes as well. impressive 3 finger tan head thats pretty solid up top and hangs around for a while

s: dates, figs, raisins, light brown sugar, some juicy generic berries, and a hint of diacetyl butter

t: its pretty on par with the nose, and quite 'juicy' for a dubbel. figs, raisins, and dates pop right away. that fades to a really solid caramel malt backbone with some brown sugar. in the background a nice roasted nutty flavor helps to cut some of the sweetness. there is some dactyl in here though

m: lighter side of medium. high amount of carbonation - maybe why the dark fruits pop so much. not really a syrup-like mouthfeel like i'd expect (not a bad thing)

o: i've passed this by so many times before actually trying it, and its a shame i did. this is a really solid dubbel. it has a lot more going on than i would have expected, and all the flavors are pronounced, yet balanced well and play off each other nicely. definitely pick this up and give it a go. the one thing i do notice that brings it down some is that buttery taste in here. its just a hint too much - but not extremely overboard

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into goblet
Odor of malt, somewhat like manure
Head average (3 cm), off white, creamy with rocks, rapidly diminishing to broken layer 1 -2 mm thick
Lacing poor - few islands of small bubbles
Body dark brown, muddy
Flavor slightly bitter, some date/fig overtones, no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl; basically pretty underwhelming
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Meh. A passable Belgium, but not something I’ll seek out.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a brownish mahogany color with a two finger foamy head of a tan color. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is a heaviest of a darker fruit smell with raisin and plum the most pronounced. Along with these smells are some roasted malt aromas as well as some light grainy aromas. Other aromas of yeast and a light spice are there as well mixing with a tiny bit of bubblegum to round out the aroma nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt and lighter dark fruit flavor with raisin and cherry both there. A bit of yeast and some spice of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove come to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste being joined by a bit of caramel and some toast. The fruit and caramel flavors really sweeten the flavor profile at the middle of the taste, but then fade some as the taste moves on to the end. Some lighter grassy flavors and a bit of hay later on join the flavor profile. A coffee flavor really comes to fruition at the end of the taste, mixing with the rest to leave, for a dubbel style brew, a very roasty and darker flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. For the mix of Belgian dubbel and more roasty flavors of the brew the moderateness of both the carbonation and body is rather nice.

Overall – A “darker” dubbel with more roasted flavors then I was anticipating especially at the end. A odd, but nice take on a dubbel.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the lace. Aromas of big raisin, fig, pear, apple, grape, molasses, toffee, candi sugar, toast, light chocolate, herbal, floral, clove, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt/candi sugar and fruit/spicy yeast notes with good strength. A bit musty. Taste of raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, molasses, caramel, toffee, candi sugar, toast, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toffee, candi sugar, toast, light chocolate, herbal, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of malt/candi sugar and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a very nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately slick, smooth, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good dubbel style. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt sweetness and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.79/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 330ml standard pressure-cap bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger light brown head with mediocre retention. Mahogany color with low clarity.

S- Alcoholic with Belgian yeasts and roasty malts.

T- Boozy and rich, roasty flavor. Pretty plain actually.

M- Syrupy and thick.

O- Not a big fan of this beer. Pretty bland.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 05/06/2014

Appearance: Wow, even the gentlest of pours manages to produce a massive, glass filling head - I am guessing this one is going to be over carbonated! The head is beige in colour and displays phenomenal (to the point of annoyance) retention and leaves a few big patches of lace as it recedes. The body appears a medium brown in the glass, with a back light revealing a beautiful deep red colour with golden-amber edges.

Smell: Mmmm, this actually smells quite nice - the initial nose offers a surprising hint of chocolate (reminiscent of chocolate pronutro), along side toasted malt, plum and banana. As the beer begins to warm, the fruity characters increase, with raisins, cherries and prunes becoming apparent, as well as a light dusting of clove and pepper.

Taste: The flavour follows the nose quite well, however it somehow seems a little bland. Notes include: Toasted malt, a little chocolate, cherries, plums, a little raisin, banana and a dash of spices. There is absolutely no trace of the 8% noted.

Mouthfeel: As expected, the carbonation is of an extremely high level, but thankfully it is just smooth enough to be passable. The body is light-medium, but seems to come across as a little watery for the Abv.

Overall: Bornem Dubble is not the best example of the style out there, but it is still a solid beer, especially for something available locally. Given the price and the availability, I will probably buy this again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bornem Dubbel has a thin, cream-colored, creamy head and a very bubbly, hazy, golden-brown appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet, bready, caramel, and even yeasty. Taste is sweet, syrupy, brown bread, dates, and a touch of hop bitterness. Alcohol is not so present with this 8% beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Bornem Dubbel finishes semi-dry, sweet, and fairly drinkable. Overall, this is a really good beer that grows on one as it is drank down. Get some!


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