Bornem Double
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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3.75 | pDev: 12%
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Todd from California

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown stubby ... no freshness date.

Cloudy brown beer with ruby hues and a slightly tan lace that drop to a ringed lace fast. Fruity aroma, some caramel. Medium, firm body. Smooth, slick and sweet ... strong notes of caramel, burnt sugar, sweet dark grapes (lots of grape juice flavours), and hints of cherries and raisins. Bitterness is quick, a bit like watery lime juice, and it helps balance the dominating malt profile. Hops have a cheesy finish to them. Alcohol lends much warmth, some spice and prickle to the palate. Alcohol spice blends with touches of phenols. Yeast flavours become pronounced in the finish, with bready flavours as the beer warms.

A fairly decent dubbel. Simple with good drinkability and warming effect.

Aug 13, 2003
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl stubby brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Awesome head retention, I wait for a beer to come across with a head so perfect it makes me cry knowing I have to drink it. This is Brussels Lace. The vibrant brownish brick red colour embers in the light.

Smell: Sweet ripe figs, faint lemon and lots of other dark fruitiness. Some malt, phenol and alcohol in the aroma but it is mostly fruitiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with a viscous mouth feel. The palate switches back and forth from a dry maltiness to herbal phenols. Cheesy hop? Ripe dark fruit have a dry tone to them with a mild tartness to boot. Touch of earthiness from the yeast

Notes: A bit brash on the palate for my liking, enjoyable but not something I’d hunt for again. It did very well up against the sharp cheddar I paired it with.

Apr 01, 2003
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John_M from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I ran a google search on this beer, and apparently it is a completely new beer (not to be confused with the Bornem dubbel). The site I found indicated that it is a double Abbey Ale, noting that it can be aged like wine.

On tap at Max's last night.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this is just a thing of beauty, as I get considerable milk chocolate, vanilla and brown sugar, with considerable underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet, tasty beer, except I also pick up some malt balls and milk dud flavor as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, chocolate and spice filled finish. Alcohol is beautifully integrated into the flavor profile, and there's not even a hint of heat on the finish.

This is absolutely deliciuos.... hope to see it again sometime.

Jul 09, 2012
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gmcfarre from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at John's Grocery in Iowa City. Poured into a "Chimay" Chalice.

A - Pours a dark, dense brown with a thick head (even when poured slowly). Started with about a two-finger head and had great head retention. Head was dense as was the lace, but lace dropped quickly (probably because of the density).

S - Malty, but didn't smell much alcohol for an 8% beer. Hints of dark fruits and caramel.

T - Similar to the smell. Smooth at first but then becomes sharp and crisp after a second. Aftertaste remains sharp.

M - Pretty decent carbonation, which you can feel throughout your mouth. Carbonation comes through right when taste becomes crisp.

D - Alcohol not a huge presence, but noticed more so later in the drink.

Good, but not a great Dubbel.

Sep 21, 2005
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Amp from Oklahoma

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 11, 2015
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biegaman from Canada

3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with an advised best before date of 15/02/08. Purposely and properly cellared and defiantly enjoyed in 05/06/08.

There appears to be a layer of tapioca pudding over the top of my beer. Sporadic lacing. Clay coloured highlights burn under a Turkish date coloured body. It is muddied but not all that dark in complexion.

A divine smell. The aroma is lavishing smells of jams, spreads, and jellies; abounding especially of figs and dates as well as soft notes of prunes and plums that all combine to make one lovely bouquet. But it would be the unmistakable note of chocolate covered raisins that made me cave in and take a premature, almost instant sip.

The alcohol is magically absent. The carbonation unleashes a harsh stinging on the tongue when the beer isn't swallowed immediately. A darn shame too, because these are flavours that otherwise could be well savoured. These bubbles ought to be disciplined. They're getting in the way of all these toffee-ish, spicy flavours.

The taste, like the aroma, is a blend of plums, dates, prunes, and figs. First and foremost thought: liquid raisins. Something like a fruit cake. A hint of burnt toffee accompanies toasted, caramel malts. Dry, earthy notes with the suggestion of molasses and brown sugar. It's exactly the flavours I signed up for when I popped the crown.

This dubbel seems to be missing something, although I'm not sure what. It has the flavour, the smell ... but it lacks satisfaction. This seems to be the case with most all the Van Steenberge beers - they are fair, often good, but never great examples of the style. I enjoyed this, but to be sure I kept wondering why I wasn't enjoying it just a touch more...

Jun 06, 2008
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russwbeck from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown pour with wisps of red. Huge, fluffy white head with nice retention and beautiful lacing.

S: Dark fruits, candied sugar, and Belgian yeast. Really sweet smell.

T: Follows the smell nearly perfectly. Belgian yeasts up front, followed by the fruit, plum perhaps.

MF: Pretty light actually, good carbonation. Can't get a lot of alcohol and only a slight dryness.

D: Goes down really smoothly, alcohol isn't noticeable, but it's a little too sweet.

Mar 13, 2011
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

2.63/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, nuts, spices, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front but there's a metallic bite to it. There are flavors of caramel, dark fruit and Belgian yeast once the metallic flavor fades. There's a mild hops presence, but not much in terms of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, I really didn't like this beer very much and would not want to drink it again.

May 01, 2008
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Jul 08, 2013
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1fastz28 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

last of the 6 belgians from my mix a six, sad to see them go, they were all great...

this might be one of the best looking out of them, just has a great deep amber/ruby color to it and a nice foamy head.

smell is good, has a spicy yeast aroma to it like a good belgian should, alcohol is present but not bad, just a good tasting beer all around

drinkability is good, just a shame i'll probably never have it again

Dec 24, 2008
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A touch hazy and reddish in color with a generous fizzy, off white head.

S - Slightly boozy with a hint of spice and raisins

T - Much like the nose with an upfront boozy characteristic and raisins or plums actually now that I taste it a bit more. Some spice coming through as well. Finishes with a touch of sourness, but not much.

M - Highly carbonated and a little bitter in the aftertaste.

D - Meh. Not a bad beer by any measure, but certainly not my first choice.

Dec 13, 2010
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Dewey0603 from Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy apple cider looking color with a very large foamy head. This beer has a ton of carbonation and the head is huge,thu it doesn't leave any lacing. The smell has a real "bisquity" aroma to it along with sweet candy sugar and carmel, dark fruits,and malt. The taste has sweet tart apples, alcohol, citrus flavors,and hops. Not bad,but it is very tart. This tastes more like a hard cider tyhan a double. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing Ok,but the tart fruit flavor really overpowers this beer. Not bad,but i'd look elseware for other Belgians.

Mar 24, 2007
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BBP from Canada

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once again, I open up a beer from Brewery Van Steenberge, this time from a fridge where it had been sitting still for days, and as soon as I got the cap off it spewed head out. With the carbonation in their beers, I don't think I'm going to open any of them anymore in my room. My carpet has had 3 of their beers overflow onto it. I'll need to make a scale with Lost Abbey on one end, and Brewery Van Steenberge on the other, in terms of carbonation.

A- Loaded with carbonation. Think baking soda and vinegar. Pours a chestnut brown, and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S- Dark fruits (plum especially) with notes of yeast.

T- While there is a ton of fruit flavor, there isn't an overwhelming amount of fruit sweetness. Hops balance it quite well. The dark fruit is very elaborate, and fresh too. The yeast is probably one of my preferred kinds of yeast. It blends in with some of the buttery notes, and almost fits perfectly in its shadow.

M- Quite smooth and creamy, and feels pretty good. Medium full body, and a dry, slightly sticky finish.

D- A good example of the Dubbel style which didn't blow me away, but earned my respect. I would be happy to drink it again, but would also be fine living without it. I'd recommend giving it a try at least once. Also the 7% is pretty hard to pick up on. This is an easy drinker.

Nov 09, 2010
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crwills from Canada

2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I guess I just can't get the hang of dubbels. I have yet to find one I really enjoy.

Poured from one of those cool stubby bottles into an oversized wine glass. An earthy, dull, muddy-looking brown with a huge (1/3 glass), fluffy light-mocha head.

Smell reminds me of coca-cola, with some elements of ripe fruit and sugarcane or brown sugar.

Taste is WAY too sweet for me. Cloying, candied fruit and artificial sweetner flavours. A slightly sour rotten fruit aftertaste. Not my kind of beer at all.

Feb 19, 2006
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Sachsenfreude from Germany

2.97/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance; Tawny color with a tan head and not much retention or lacing.

smell; Mostly caramel malts and sweetness.

taste; Very rich and malty flavor, with some fig sweetness mixed in with the alcohol. Very warm and yeasty in the aftertaste. True to the style but simple and less complex than others.

mouthfeel; Pretty complex, somewhat chewy with a rich body. Sticky on the palate with a rich finish. Very gentle with some alcohol warmth.

drinkability; a little toned down for the style making this a not too bad session beer. The alcohol could be better hidden.

Dec 13, 2010
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Erdinger2003 from Iowa

4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz Belgian short bottle with a new blue label.

Pours a beautiful thick head that slowly dissapatesLeaving a good strong lacing. The color is a crisp black color.

Smell is very enjoyable, it has some slight coffee undertones coupled with the sweetness of a Belgian. Nutmeg and pepper smells as well.

Taste has coffee tones, very rich dark fruit flavors that seem to be deterioating, malty rich tones couple these flavors. Also has a watered down fig flavor that is distant. Has a pepper flavor that has a bite to it.

Mouthfeel is excellent, very smooth and silky, that coupled with the complex flavors makes it very nice.

I definetly would have one of these a month, very good.

Mar 16, 2006
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Greywulfken from New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown body produced fruity aromas of plum and prune with earthy and herbal elements. On the tongue, a medium-bodied ale with additional suggestions of clove, spice, fig, and banana, Little bit of tack and stick on the finish. Moderate carbonation.

Jun 07, 2014
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mwalters from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snarfed a bottle, different label than the one pictured "blue". I was darker than I expected but was a nice onyx color. Nice subtle smell, light malty aroma. The taste was typical belgium duble, with a slight lean on the roasted malty side. Chestnuts. The mouthfeel was quite full and a little foamy. It was very nice to drink but did not stick out above to make itself a famous beer . However m if I ordered this while in Belgium, I would be quite pleased.

Nov 29, 2006
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Dufraine from New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Dec 17, 2012
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle served in a tulip glass. The beer was an amber color with a thick tan head that resembled whipped cream. A very appealing beer. The aroma was malt, some sweet fruit, and a little spice. Taste was similar, althought the taste of pear was the predominate flavor. The malt was there, though, and that nice yeasty taste you get with Belgians. A little bit filling.

Aug 13, 2008
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speak72 from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Jan 15, 2013
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Booza from Australia

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Dec 23, 2012
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javahead71 from District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -20%

Feb 26, 2012
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Freshie from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Blanchard's Liquors in Brockton

Must have had a very turbulent ride back in my car because it fizzed when I opened it, then poured a monster head. Dark brown, and cloudy color, with tan head. Laces extremely well, maybe too well in my case, haha.

Smell is very raisin-ish or fig-like. with subtle malt character.

Taste reflects the smell, with bitter hop finish.

The alcohol burn is not as warming as in other Belgian ales I have tried, and is somewhat overpowering at times. Maybe I am just a pansy?


Mar 28, 2006
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NEdward from Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: head is thick but light, a faint dirty grey ("winter white"), lacing seems to become more lasting as the beer settles down (and by that time it's considerable).

S: fructose sweetness, berries, floral scotch.

T: not much happening here; medicinal sweets, raisins, sour aftertaste.

M: syrupy yet distinctly watery.

O: not bad, didn't like it as much as the triple Bornem puts out but from my experience with Belgium beers I suspect that has to do more with the style than anything else.

Jan 11, 2014
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