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): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of jaz
4.8/5  rDev +29.7%
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 putnam
4.72/5  rDev +27.6%
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 ypsifly
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
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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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 jackndan
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
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 +20.8%
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 WVbeergeek
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
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 +20.5%
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 +20.3%
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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Photo of acevenom
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
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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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. Pours out dark brown with a huge light brown head. Big malty aroma with toffee and dark fruit. Reminds me of the aroma of a strong dopplebock. Malty flavor, but not as malty as I expected from the aroma. It starts off with a blast of malt, but it disappears in the mouth with the bubbly carbonation. Some nice chocolate flavors. The finish is spicy and just a little tangy. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is noticable. I really enjoyed the complexities of this beer, but at $4 for a small bottle it's not something I'll drink too often.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is one delicious Dubbel. It pours a hazy cherry mahogany with an awesome billowy egg shell colored head. It lasts the entire glass and coats it with a thick foamy layer of lace. The aroma is of dark beery fruits, spices and a nice doughy malt. The flavor is tasty and refreshing. It bursts with citrusy notes (hops? yeast? orange peels? all of these?) and nice caramelly candy sugar, berries, floral hops are also present. The finish is at once tart, sweet, fruity, bitter and spicy, really incredible. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This is one hell of a Dubbel. I tie with Maudite for my favorite of the style.

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Photo of mwalters
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scores reflect the review of the Bornem Dubbel with a black label. Review of yellow labeled bottle below. New label, new review. Why not? Right?

Pours a crystal clear though very dark ruby. Nose is slight in character. Smooth hop presence with that typical sweet tone in it's own way. Flavor is excellent really. Slightly nutty edge with a sweet tone. You almost get that cherry kind of edge to it as well. Feel is extremely balanced with the carbonation just being right and hitting your mouth like silk. Drinkability is massively high. I'd go on this all night, and then some.

Is this the same beer I reviewed a month ago?? Totally different in all ways. What the hell is going on? I bought this during a trip to San Francisco, not realizing I had tried it before under a different label design. But no way, no way, is this the same beer I tried a month and a half ago. When I looked at the review and saw the picture of the bottle, I said to myself: "Oh. I remember that one. It" This one was totally different.

The yellow label review (scored 3.55) Looks murky brown with a large head of course that takes a long time to calm down. On the nose it seemed like very sweet grape skins. The taste has a very slight bitter edge with a mild and somewhat citrus tone. It seems to be a bit lighter than what I would expect from a dubbel as I would expect some more flavor. In the future, I would most likely not go for this one again as I feel there are better examples out there.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It pours a dark brown hue, with a fluffy white head that goes down pretty quick. It has a sweet aroma, and a fruity taste. Kind of like a white grape. As it warms up the fruit taste starts to disapate, but light on the palate, so it usually does not get that warm.

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Photo of sevopie
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark caramel color with decent size cream-colored head that dissipated quickly, but retained outstandingly well. I had a solid ring of foam on one half of the glass all the way down.

Smell - Pears. Ginger. Cinnamon. Raisins.

Taste - Pears again dominate the initial taste. A little yeast flavor in there, as well figs and brown sugar. The absolute cacophony of flavors are why I love Belgians.

Mouthfeel - This one has a healthy body for a Belgian, but is slightly over-carbonated for one. The finish of the beer is dominated by it.

Drinkability - This is incredibly refreshing for a Dubbel, only reason it doesn't get a 5 for drinkability is the insane amount of burping I do from the carbonation (lol.) I am enjoying this one though.

Note: This was part of the "Global Beer Network 6 Living Flanders Ales" 6-pack. Expensive, but an awesome opportunity. More brewers should do this.

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Photo of Sammy
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hit of our recent beer tasting. Was very sippable by us. Tasted like a fine wine, with sour fruit on the tongue. Would definately have again with firneds to gauge their reaction. Not smooth but quite unique.. Very nice before dinner despite high alcohol.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, raisiny brown with a big bubbled head featuring loudly-collapsing bubbles. The head falls to a 2 centimeter thick, much denser covering of bubbles that never leaves. Beautiful aroma of malted chocolate, grape bubblegum, slight vanilla, and candi sugar, with hints of a slight tartness. That tartness is the first thing to appear on the palate, then a nice, smooth and not-too-intense sweetness at the mid palate. Toward the end, those grape flavors come back, along with a bit of sourness, like a much milder version of a Flemish red. Mouthfeel is medium, with juicy carbonation and a pleasing, demi-sec finish. Overall, this is not your usual dubbel, mostly due to those sour fruit aromas and tastes, but that uniqueness is pretty cool. It's not normal, but still very good, with lots of interesting flavors and food pairing possibilities.

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Photo of rmcnealy
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black label. From Belgium 6-pack picked up at Binny's in River Grove, IL.

Pours dark brown with a frothy white head. Smell is only good, not exceptional by any means. Mouthfeel is good. Has feel like a sparkling wine. Very active. Tastes are strikingly tart but thin out to a fruity taste. Apples and spices. Great drinkability! 8% alcohol is not detected! This is an excellent beer. One of the better I've had lately. Probably won't see it again since it was in a holiday pack. Try it!

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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 rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour release of maple syrup. then a nice earth and brown sugar. molasses bittered and not powerfully sweet. a nice character... no abv evident... and a nice coinciding quality of ester and sweetness. a dry tingle. clean on the tongue and not syrupy. only dubbel i've had that tastes better as it sits... expands... warms.

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Photo of scottum
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown amber with a soft tan headskie. Tastes nice and sweetly meaty like a dubbel should. This is one solid brewskie which compaires nicely to other dubbels in this world and also upstages the brewery's own trippel. Sweet, yet malty smooth with feeling. Certainly worth a few gulps, even if you are dead set against enjoying this supurb brew.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian beer night at my flat is quickly becoming Belgian beer week, so let's see what tonight has to offer. Bornem Dubbel pours a dark mahogany with an incredible yellowish head that is laces like there is no tomorrow. Aroma of yeast and fruits, and almost doughy smell (I'm starving, it worked for the monks, maybe it'll work for me). Taste was a subdued tangy fruitiness with a bit of malt and a great creamy finish. Very smooth and the ABV is hardly noticeable. This is a very easy-drinking Dubbel, and I am starting to wonder if this is my favourite style.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear brown with a huge, thick. off-white head.

S - Aromas has loads of fruit - cherries, lychees, raspberries.

T - Big complex flavour in this one, with lots of fruit and a mild hop touch - barely noticeable. Raspberries seem prominent in this, but there's a good deal of spiciness as well. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Big, creamy, heavy mouthfeel.

D - Delicious.

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Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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