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

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, dark fruit, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours out like a pretty typical Belgian Dubbel. The color is a muddy looking brown color with a tan head. The smell of earth and some darker fruits are picked up in the aroma. Has a bit of funk too. The taste is surprisingly different than some Dubbel's out there. I kept picking up some type of sourness in the flavor. Almost like it was aged in oak or something. Not the standard flavor for most Dubbels. I can see how some may enjoy this but I wasn't really digging it.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured cloudy brown in cloudy brown in color into a goblet with a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A light to medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits and sweetness in the nose.
T: The overall taste is mildly sweet and isn't that complex with some notes of butter, caramel, cherries and grapes. A hint of bitterness is present in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation..
D: It isn't that difficult to drink this beer because the alcohol is completely masked and the amount of sweetness is subdued.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short squatty bottle unleashed a wealth of carbonation and aromas. The nose reveals strong fruity and tartness. Brownish-red to copper colors, slightly off from clear later reveals good head retention and classic belgium lace. Flavors reconfirm cidery fruitiness and lambic-like tartness. Alcohol pronounces itself early and follows through to the finish. Although impressive in its boquet and zestiness, it lacks a bit of the sweetness and body that I have come to expect in Belium Dubbels

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml squat, bulbous Belgian bottle.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly ecru head, which settles slowly, eventually rendering some attractive hanging curtains of lace around the glass.

It smells of strongly bready caramel malt, random dark orchard fruit, gritty brown sugar, further Mesopotamian fruit - figs and dates and all that - edgy yeast, and some mildly acrid booze. The taste is warm caramel malt, stale dark worldly fruit, a little musty tobacco leaf, baking sugar, and equally tame yeast and simmering alcohol.

The carbonation is there, but rather on the low side of your typical frothiness, the body a steady medium weight, perhaps a tad astringent, but smooth enough. It finishes on a drying trend, the malt obviously still in play, but the booze and yeast fronting strongly.

A decent dubbel, maybe a little on the dry side, which is a-ok with me, as nothing is out of balance on the whole. Not overly complex, but drinkable enough for this doubting Thomas acolyte.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky ice tea brown with a fluffy head that leaves modest lacing

Smell: Funky yeast aroma with a hint of candi sugar

Taste: Starts out a bit cidery with building candi sugar and sour cherry flavors; after the swallow, the tartness builds considerably

Mouthfeel: Medium body with heavy carbonation

Drinkability: Not a great dubbel but has an interesting flavor profile that makes this worth seeking out - a bit different with its tart cidery aspect

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color beer with a thick off-white foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of candi sugar is pretty dominant with some distinctive Belgian yeast. Taste of sweet malt with candi sugar is dominating and a bit – too one-dimensional for my own taste. Body is also a bit thin but alcohol is well hidden.

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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 zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, murky brown color with a thick, bubbly, khaki-colored, large head of foam. It left some rings of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, cherry, malt and some boozy alcohol aromas.

T - It taste very sweet with some tart dried fruit flavors, mostly dried cherry.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a pretty decent dubbel. I've had better but its worth a try.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice brown color with a nice off white head. The nose brings some bread, caramel, dark fruits, and a bit of booze. The taste combines the elements quite well with some dark fruits and a good amount of lighter Belgian yeast characteristics. Medium, creamy mouthfeel. Not fantastic, but a pretty good representation of the style.

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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 jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this interesting looking Belgian 12oz grenade like bottle dusty on a shelf at Hickeys Liquors in Milford, MA. NO date.

A: AN immediate eruption tells me that this beer may be contaminated, or past its prime. A ridiculous head on the erupting beer takes up 3/4s of the glass, and I have to wait a minute to drink. The fluffy head slowly fades. It's a semi hazy dark molasses/caramel brown color with billions of bubbles rising to the top from the bottom of my Corsendonk Tulip.

N: Nose is good, not contaminated. Some dark malts, a little sweetness, some brown sugar, little nuttiness and winter spice and raisin, a slight caramel sweetness, and touch of a boozy aroma. Some dark dried fruit aromas come out a bit as it warms.

T: Starts with a definite Belgian sweet malt flavor. More Belgian candi sugar and caramel sweetness, some raisin and juicy sweet fruit flavors, even some peach. Little malty porter like flavor. Touch of boozy spice. The raisin and fruit flavor really just bombard the taste. The Belgian malts, candi sugar, and sweetness seem to completely disappear once the juicy fruits take over.

M: Medium but juicy body with lots of carbonation.

F: A lingering juicy fruit taste. It dries off some, so not so sweet, but still has a slight lingering brown sugar sweetness. Lingering peach and apple flavors, apples comes out on the finish a lot more. Some syrupy stickiness and brown sugar roasted raisin. It's a tasty beer but has its flaws.

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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 chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from a Belgian sampler 6-pack. Different label than BA photo. Towering head meant more than one pour was needed to empty the bottle into my oversized glass.

A - clear mahogany with a rich sudsy head that lingers and blocks enough light so that the top layer of the beer looks darker.

S - sweet, yeasty, dark dried fruits, toasted malt, tropical and spicy fragrances. A bit earthy.

T - a little sweet, but with a slight bitterness a bit of sour, particularly in the finish. A little bit more clove than I prefer (though nothing like, say, a Leffe); otherwise, well-balanced flavors. Decently complex.

M - good carbonation; medium/light body

O - near or above average for a Belgian dubbel: i.e., very good

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with an impressive, sizable, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Toasty, roasty (though considerably less) malts with scant hints of caramel and cocoa. Background notes of fermented fruits and spice.

Taste: Toasted malts seasoned with a pinch of powdered chocolate and caramel. Mild fruit flavors of brown sugar-coated bananas and faintly tart raspberries. Touch of anise. Tiny tough of lingering graininess beyond the drying, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high, though airy carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent dubbel that failed to knock my socks off. A note to future dubbels -- socks: remain! Though it did pair well with the song "Roscoe" by Midlake.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant blood orange fading to tangerine at the margins. The initial flurry of bubbles has slowed to multiple steady streams that continue to maintain a soft, impressively airy cap of golden ecru that looks like a snow drift sculpted by a ferocious wind. More and stickier lace would have been great.

The centerpiece of the nose is tart, musky fruit (bruised apples, overripe peaches and figs) with a complementary amount of spicy yeast. There are no surprises, but then good dubbels aren't especially flashy. I expect a solid version on the palate.

Bornem Dubbel is exactly that. There's nothing about the flavor profile that wows me, yet there's nothing that is disappointing either. Sure, a little more depth and complexity would be nice. Having said that, it manages to hit all the notes demanded of the style... even if it isn't a symphonic masterpiece that will make me forget my favorites.

Lightly spiced fruit is still the order of the day. Sweetish tobacco and mild cocoa are present as well. Toasted malt and earthy hops play off one another nicely, giving the beer a balanced feel from start to finish. This is a workmanlike offering that impresses with competence and adherence to style more than bells and whistles. In fact, it would be perfect to demonstrate the Belgian dubbel basics to newcomers.

The mouthfeel is right on the money and easily holds up its end of the bargain. It's light without being too light, and it's well-carbonated without being too well-carbonated. No drop-off here.

I liked Bornem Tripel quite a bit and I think just as highly of Bornem Dubbel. Since I don't drink beer of this style very often, I'm unlikely to pick this one up again. There are too many other dubbels that score higher on the ol' excitement meter. That doesn't mean, however, that I didn't enjoy each and every drop.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with 1 finger of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Nice orchard fruit & cinnamon

T: Green apples, cinnamon & a kiss of brown sugar up front. Earthy yeast, with more green apple as this warms. More green apple, earthy yeast, a touch of booze on the throat & brown sugar in the finish

MF: Light/medium bodied & fairly subtle carbonation

Drinks alright, not a real engaging dubbel might be better with some age on it

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Photo of smcolw
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

An incredible head that grew over the glass rim while maintaining form--absolutely beautiful. Light brown liquor, almost like a Brown Ale. Clear.

Some light spiciness to the aroma. Unlike the trippel, there is far less sour apple to the smell.

Initial impression is positive from the nice body, proper carbonation, crystal malty notes, and low hop. Sadly, the aftertaste is completely distracting--very strong metalic flavors, sort of like the iron one tastes after splitting a lip.

I cannot recommend this beer as the off-tastes are too pungeant to enjoy.

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Photo of Jason
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a St. Bernardus goblet.

I have no idea what Van Morrison's talkin' about in "Domino", but, dammit, that song kicks ass! Anyway, this beer pours a mostly clear ruby brown topped by a finger or so of ecru foam that fades into a surface ring fairly quickly. The nose comprises caramel, molasses, maple syrup, roasted malts, plums, brown sugar, rye bread, red apples, figs, and a hint of tobacco. The taste emphasizes the fruits up front, primarily green apples, pears, plums; a sweeter backbone comes in later, consisting of caramel, rye bread, figs, brown sugar, and cinnamon. All-in-all, flavorwise, I find this to be a bit too fruity, but not by all that much. The body is a firm medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a solid dubbel, but not one that I would necessarily go to regularly.

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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 stakem
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber brown with a redish hue about it. Creamy head is stained slightly and clinging all over the glass. Nose is full of a dark fruit sweetness, malt, spice and a bit of yeast. Taste is lightly malty with a bit of the dark fruity sweetness character that the nose let on. As it warms the alcohol comes out a bit in the aroma and a bit in the finish. This is one hell of a balanced brew. The suttle hop bitterness, the minorly sweet malt taste, the creamy finish, the linger taste of grain, the slight amount of carb tingle on the tongue, the lace upon the glass that refuses to give is really enjoyable.

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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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Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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