Bornem Double | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sixpack595 on 05-23-2002

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Ratings: 667 |  Reviews: 417
Photo of Sammy
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

while this lacks the complexity of some of the very best examples of the style, i liked the beer quite a lot. it pours a murky pale brown color but has a tall and creamy beige head thats nice and airy and lasting. aroma here is toasted malts, a spot of cocoa, and a strong raisin and tobacco quality, not smoked tobacco, wet like an unlit but chewed on cigar. there is some brown sugar and honey sweetness in the flavor, kind of neatly floral with the yeast, and with a mild warming wintery spice complexion from the yeast as well, nutmeg or something, very attractive and not at all in your face. the beer seems mellow to me in both flavor and feel, its casual, dressed down, and i kind of like that. its slightly oxidized too, tastes a little old, but that adds to its mellow relaxed nature. the carbonation isnt as bright as a lot of these imported belgian beers, but it doesnt need to be, as the body is a little lighter and its certainly not as sugary in the finish as i am used to in the style. i had never seen this before i had a bottle at berkeley untapped in the highlands, didnt even know it was distributed here at all. good find! i could have several of these in a sitting pretty happily!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.05/5  rDev -18%
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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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 biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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 zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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 brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -12.1%
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 +8.6%
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 NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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%
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 jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
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 Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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 dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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