Bornem Dubbel | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sixpack595 on 05-23-2002

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of jaz
4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep dark crimson color with a nice creamy head. The smell was subtle yet powerful, with scents of carmel malt, spices, and alcohol. The taste was smooth and delightful. Initial taste was a nectar-like sweetness with a hint of orange and spice. Alcohol and fruit flavors became apparent in the middle, and the finish was silky smooth perfection that left no harsh aftertaste. A dangerous beer because I could easily drink several of these without realizing it. Another great one from the Van Steenberge family.

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Photo of J_Dub
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of putnam
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A hollow head quickly reveals a suface which bulges in the middle with a swarm of short-lived bubbles. Dark brown. Not clear.
The aromas are beautifully balanced and somehow delicately shaded with sweet red apples, pear, cherry cola and buttery shortbread. Rich but not pushy. Extremely inviting.
On the palate there is a chocolate milk heaviness decorated by tree fruits, cumin and Italian nougat.
It's dry, and while medium to full-bodied, it displays a concise, angular texture and finishes on the quick side with a mild tartness.
This is a beautiful dubbel. Not as ragingly spicy as Duinen. Not as saturated with maple syrup notes as Ommegang. Dryer than those, it melts in your mouth. Perfectly balanced and a joy to drink.

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Photo of Co365030
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer tastes delicious but looks beautiful from the moment of pour. Clovey taste with an eloquent balance!!

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4.53/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of ypsifly
4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an undated 11.2oz into a goblet.

Dark brown with a huge light tan head. Nice retention, sticky...beautiful.

Smells of belgian yeast, slightly spicy, with a note of pears and a nice depth from the malts. There's some floral hops in the end.

Rich maltiness upfront with a slight acidic twinge. Turns rather dry with a slightly tart finish. No alcohol registers on the nose or in the taste.

Smooth velvet like mouthfeel. I could have several of these in one sitting.

Examples like this are why dubbles are starting to become my favorite style.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of whoischrishays
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full bodied and flavored dubbel with a nice tartness and old ale sweetness.

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Photo of igl
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
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 athomasPSU
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of jackndan
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bornem Double: Deep rich copper beer, with a huge head. Unfortunately the head dissipated in a few minutes, but left a light Belgian Lace. Malt aroma, with a hint of something metallic. Fantastic sweet malt taste, with a hint of sourness toward the end. Perfect for an after dinner drink. Very nice rich beer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
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 WVbeergeek
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once again I fell in love with this beer on draft this past summer while quaffing beers at the Yardhouse in Costa Mesa, CA. This is like a friend revisited, this beer pours ruby musky brown slightly hazed with a cream tan head with weak head retention. This is one malty treat wrapped in raisins and a load of perfectly ripened succulent fruit (mainly pears and apples). Flavor profile brings on a vinous grape tone with hints of mildly alcoholic plum brandy. Wonderful underlying richness of fruit tones. God, I love this beer is topped with a candied apple finish. What a smooth mouthfeel the creaminess that this beer produces to the palate is dream like. Wow, high abv but this beer is amazingly balanced in every way, I know I could put more than one down.

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Photo of ccrida
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl stubby (new, blue label) poured into my white and blue lettered Bornem chalice. First couple pours were 90% foam, even being careful. Head is very rocky and dense, annoyingly slow to settle, khaki colored. Beer is brown. The foaminess is annoying, but the density of the head is awesome, with an incredible meringue like texture.

Smell is softer, figs, gaining in a sweet, grape like intensity as it warms, with a slight touch of cider vinegar.

Taste is great - I forgot how much I enjoy this beer. A nice caramel sweetness without being to sugary, light spices and phenols, almost in BSDA territory, which I love. Really not a lot to break down, this is just a delicious abbey ale.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with a crackly finish and a medium light body.

Drinkability is great, one of my favorite dubbels of all time. Full of flavor, not to strong, readily available and reasonably prices, I'm not sure what one could ask for from a dark Belgian. I really wish I had another of these on deck, because one wasn't enough. Plus, it brings lots of nostalgia for me. There was a bar in college that had these for a dollar each (on tuesdays I think), it was my first real intro to Belgian beer, and for that reason, still holds a place in my heart. Plus, Van Steenberge is basically the house brewery for the Sharp Edge, which was my first beer bar. I've probably had 40-50 of theses, yet none in the last few years, which was a bad call!

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Photo of JamisonM
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Stone Imperial Russian Stout glass ( love this glass )

A: the darkest reddish brown I have ever seen in a beer, super dark with a huge tan rocky head.

S: sweet dark fruit like blueberry and plum it also has this background smell of vinegar or that of a sour ale no alcohol in the smell at all pretty good at 8% but this bottle was dusty and I think was on the self for a long time!

T: starts sweet with blueberry plums and raisins turns slightly sour then finishes sweet again best tasting double I have ever had, by far the most complex too!

M: carbonation keeps this beer with a light mouth feel and the bubbles feel prickly on the tongue.

D: ya this is drinkable I could have at least 2 perhaps 3 in a row

overall: overall the best double I have ever drank I have had 6 or 7 before this one including the Trappist ones and this is less sweet more complex and still gives out the wonderful fruit notes in taste and smell.

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4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle says this is an 8% beer now.

Poured into a chalice. Pours hazy toffee brown with a tall, biege head. Tiny bubbles can be seen rising from the side of the glass. The head dissipates slowly on this dubbel, leaving around plenty of head during consumption. Plenty of lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. The beer smells of bready malts and yeast, dark candi sugar, raisins, prunes, apples, and other fruits. The aroma of this dubbel is actually quite fruity. The taste follows the nose here. There is a bready malt backbone that gives way to the fruity flavors detected in the aroma. There's a bit of citrus tang in this beer as well. The alcohol is well hidden. The malt profile of this beer is very solid. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The body is actually ligher than most dubbels, which makes this higher ABV beer highly drinkable. This is an excellent beer.

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4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy chocolate-brown body gently streams with tiny bubbles beneath a full and foamy light-tan head. The retention is excellent and it very slowly drops to a creamy collar and shallow surface covering. With each sip you take it leaves sheets of lace. Unfortunately, the lacing seems to be unable to stick to the glass and slowly slides back into the beer. The bouquet displays a combination of malt and fruit that includes cocoa and caramel (similar to Ovaltine) splashed by gentle, mildly-tart raisins and plums. The body is thin and crisp on the tongue with a very fine and effervescent carbonation that warms in the mouth to become nicely creamy. The flavor initially displays the cocoa and caramel found in the nose, but quickly thins with a lightly acidic and fruity (cherry-like) character. The more yeast that's allowed to enter the glass, the sharper the fruitiness is. As it warms, however, it softens to become more chocolatey and raisin-like. A note of alcohol becomes apparent at the swallow, and it finishes dry with a lingering note of soft, fruity chocolate (similar to chocolate covered raisins). Quite nice! Rich and fairly complex with a good deal of malt and fruit, yet light in the mouth. Very drinkable, and well worth trying.

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Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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