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 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 Murrhey
2.79/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 330ml standard pressure-cap bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger light brown head with mediocre retention. Mahogany color with low clarity.

S- Alcoholic with Belgian yeasts and roasty malts.

T- Boozy and rich, roasty flavor. Pretty plain actually.

M- Syrupy and thick.

O- Not a big fan of this beer. Pretty bland.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 05/06/2014

Appearance: Wow, even the gentlest of pours manages to produce a massive, glass filling head - I am guessing this one is going to be over carbonated! The head is beige in colour and displays phenomenal (to the point of annoyance) retention and leaves a few big patches of lace as it recedes. The body appears a medium brown in the glass, with a back light revealing a beautiful deep red colour with golden-amber edges.

Smell: Mmmm, this actually smells quite nice - the initial nose offers a surprising hint of chocolate (reminiscent of chocolate pronutro), along side toasted malt, plum and banana. As the beer begins to warm, the fruity characters increase, with raisins, cherries and prunes becoming apparent, as well as a light dusting of clove and pepper.

Taste: The flavour follows the nose quite well, however it somehow seems a little bland. Notes include: Toasted malt, a little chocolate, cherries, plums, a little raisin, banana and a dash of spices. There is absolutely no trace of the 8% noted.

Mouthfeel: As expected, the carbonation is of an extremely high level, but thankfully it is just smooth enough to be passable. The body is light-medium, but seems to come across as a little watery for the Abv.

Overall: Bornem Dubble is not the best example of the style out there, but it is still a solid beer, especially for something available locally. Given the price and the availability, I will probably buy this again.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bornem Dubbel has a thin, cream-colored, creamy head and a very bubbly, hazy, golden-brown appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet, bready, caramel, and even yeasty. Taste is sweet, syrupy, brown bread, dates, and a touch of hop bitterness. Alcohol is not so present with this 8% beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Bornem Dubbel finishes semi-dry, sweet, and fairly drinkable. Overall, this is a really good beer that grows on one as it is drank down. Get some!


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Photo of jonb5
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, poured into Leffe chalice. Colour was dark auburn, almost opaque, small tanned head which soon faded, had a small amount of lacing. Aroma was yeast, a hint of cranberry and some liquorice. Tasted cranberry, carrot, berries and yeast. Finish starts bitter and ends up biscuity. Booze well hidden. Well carbonated, slightly thick body, smooth. Overall a beer to accompany a heavy meal.

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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 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 thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plummy-dark brown. Glass-coating foam. Absolutely insane lacing. 4.5

Apple, plum, pear, grape, and some assorted berry aromas coming through. Rather fruity, but grain-heavy, as well. Light fusel and big yeast component. 3.5

Fruity and malty. Thinly sweet with veiled flavors of fresh plum, pear, apple, and candi sugar. Slight roast and caramelization going in. 4.0

Thin for the style. Feels mildly medium with soft carb. 4.0

Quality dubbel that I order on draft from time to time. 4.0

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Photo of Guden
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A mid brown/orange color with lots of clarity and little carbonation bubbles. The head is beige, thick, lasts forever leaving thick lacing. Really looks the part.

S- A mix of biscuit and banana that I've only found in true belgians, a bit one noted though. Lacking in malty sweetness.

T- A bit more complex than the nose with some definite light roast, dark fruit character, woodiness, biscuit and a bit of alcohol on the tail end that lingers and mingles with the biscuit and banana of the nose.

M- Medium to high in body and medium in carbonation seems like it should be right but something about it makes it more of an easy drinker and less of a mouthfiller than it should be.

D- An easy drinker at 8% abv this one doesn't match up to the best dubbels out there but it's a decent beer in and of itself.

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Photo of substanceD
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I just wanted to point out that this is now 8.0% ABV...
perhaps they changed it, i'm not sure but my Bornem Dubble (blue label) says 8.0 ABV not 7%

Besides that, great head retention, nothing else particularly special, not a spectacular beer, but it is tasty

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dubbel is muddy brown with a big, light mocha head. While the head is a fine foam, it leaves no lacing.

The Bornem challis presents a sweet malty or dry white wine aroma. Tart apples, light spiciness and a lingering floral sensation follow.

This one has a strong, spicy, sharp tartness followed by a long acidic profile. There is apple juice in the middle with a lingering, tart finish.

A light body with tons of carbonation exploding off the tongue. Alcohol is present but minimal and the finish is dry.

Bornem’s Dubbel is enjoyable and refreshing. Could easily be substituted where champagne would otherwise be consumed. This one would be great with creamy cheese.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured a cloudy reddish-brown with a medium off white head that has pretty good retention.
The beer has a strong aroma of raisins, dark fruits and sweet malts.
Medium sweetness very malty and fruity. More raisin flavors and phenols and a little bit of smokiness and small hops bitterness. Yeasty and dry. A little warming effect from the alcohol.
Full bodied and thick on the palate. Slightly more bitter in the finish.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Boasts a massive aroma that starts tapping at your nose while the beer is still a good foot away. Malty, sugary fruit esters are easily discernible, bringing in not-so-subtle hints of banana, pear, and apple cider/apple juice, along with caramels and maple syrups.

On the tongue, the fruitiness of the nose takes a seat in the sidecar, and darker sugars take the handlebars, with thick maple syrups especially present, as well as caramelized brown sugar and hints of pure vanilla. None of these flavors are what you'd call "subtle," but they are fairly well balanced, and the malts work in great syncopy. Hops are light, and almost nonexistent but for a light buzz on the soft palate. There is, however, a noticeable alcohol whang, especially in the aftertaste. Carbonation is medium to medium-heavy, and mouthfeel is slightly viscous, landing just north of water.

Overall, this is a good, solid dubbel, and has obviously been crafted by brewers with years of experience.

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Photo of Kooz
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the last of the six-pack I treated myself to. So far, I think all the beers were pretty good to very good. Nice. Poured into a standard pint glass.

This pours to a nice dark brown. There is a thick dark tan head that looks creamy, leaves thick lacing, and sticks around. Looks enticing.

Smells a bit nutty, very nice.

Tastes nice, almost a warm aftertaste. I can sense the alcohol content, but not taste it. It has an almost sour taste. It's very nice.

It's lightly carbonated, has a lot of body, and a very good mouthfeel.

This is a very good beer. Like the others from this brewery, attention to every detail is paid to this beer. It may not be your taste, but it certainly won't disappoint.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was part of a sampler pack that I got for this brewery, and this is one of three beers that were in it that weren't regularly available here. Let's give it a shot and see what it has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear dark brown color that has a large 1"+ head of slightly off white bubbles that is creamy looking and full, and maintained by lots of bubbles rising. There is already some lacing left on the glass just from swirling and all. After drinking some of the beer, there is a pretty solid amount of lace on the glass, and ten minutes afterward, there is still about 1/4" of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma: I initially got a good bit of fruitiness, with raisins and plums being the most noticeable, but only a couple minutes later it is more malty with some Belgian yeast character. There is a dark caramel note coming out as the beer sits.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty well in that it is pretty malty with some yeast and a good bit of caramel. The body is medium with ample to high carbonation, so it makes the beer pretty easy to drink as long as you don't overload on the carbonation. There is a little bit of caramel sweetness left on the back of the throat after sipping, and this has a subtle mix with the acidity from the dark malts and the dryness from the alcohol so that the feeling you have to linger is very dry, but not harsh at all.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer overall. It seems that I am actually liking their lower gravity beers more than their bigger ones. Gulden Draak is good, but not my favorite, but ranks higher than this beer. I would say that this brewery definitely knows how to make a quality beer as long as you can get a fresh example, which I obviously have with this variety pack. I may prefer other examples of this style if they were all at the same arm's reach, but this is a solid offering and one that I wouldn't hesitate to try again.

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

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a chalice.

A: Medium dark reddish brown. Pours about a half finger, foamy, frown-wthie head. Settles pretty slowly, leaving some sticky residue around the rim as it does. Plenty o' blanket lacing remains.

S: Roasted malt, with notes of molasses, raisin, and licorice. Sweet tea.

T: Woody, roasted malt flavor, but a little cardboard-y. Slightly sweet.

M: Not heavy. Woody and twangy sweet aftertaste remain.

D: Goes down without too much resistance. Definitely a sipping brew.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice brown-red body with a foamy head and lots of lacing. Nose is woody, malty, with hints of sweetness. Almost a shallow malty flavor, with sweet and woody notes. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of BricksandPorter
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured refrigerator cold into a crystal tulip after inverting to get the sediment moving.

Pour - thick two finger milk shake topper that kind of sits. Gets rocky after a minute but miniscule bubbles replenish throughout. Color is a full, bold red. Purples and browns are there but its a great ruby red.

Nose - sweet nose. Hints of spice. Nothing remarkable.

Taste - a combination of chocolate and licorice to start. Dulls out to a stale fruit ending with brown sugar notes. Not much in the way of spice or hops (outside of the anise). Kind of simple.

Mouthfeel - perfect for a dubbel. Nice carbonation, not too overpowering. Gravity makes it stick in the back of the throat and the character is full yet balanced. Actually the mouthfeel is the most compelling part of this beer.

Drinkability - Actually could be a nice session beer, which isn't my normal perception of a dubbel. Has a good balance of booze, malt and flavors.


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Photo of MAB
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice brew, although slightly sour, I felt.

Looks nice in my chalice. Dark amber with a small amount of tan head.
Aroma is mostly yeast and some fruity notes.
The taste I first thought of was sour cherry. This beer would pair well with German Black Forest Cake.
Mouthfeel was great. Not too fizzy.
Overall I had to knock it down a half point. This category used to be drinkability and 3.5 would fit perfectly for that.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

569th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet

Bevmo Belgium Pack

App- A lighter brown with some red mixed in. Could be the eyes after four beers. Nice puffy two finger head and some nice cling.

Smell- A soft dubbel. It does pop with yeast or dark fruits. They are there just lighter.

Taste- Follows the nose but more subdued this is a relaxing dubbel meant to enjoy rather than pound for ABV. Has a nice ripe fruit/yeast flavor.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Not as soft as some dubbels but nice.

Drink- Was a welcome suprise in the dubbel style. A new beer and was easy to drink.

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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 Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours mahogany with a gushing off-white head, thick lace, but I don't like the gushers.

S: Brown sugar, and classic dark fruit - prune heavy, with a hint of raisins.

T: Lots of dark malt and fermented brown sugar. Not as fruity as it appeared on the nose, but there is a delightful estery quality. Good overall flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, soft feel, a bit over carbonated for my taste.

O: A solid dubbel. Dubbel is a category I tend to grade very strongly, and this is one of the better efforts I've had. Weird to think I haven't had this in about 5 years. Well worth the revisit.

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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 DaveBlack
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep rich brown with hints of red, especially towards the edges. Maybe 1/2 finger's worth of off-white head that has pretty decent retention and leaves a splotchy layer on the surface of the beer and a fair amount of lacing. Bubbles rise constantly from the edges of the glass, feeding the film of head.

S: Pretty heavy on the malts with caramel sweetness. Behind that is the smell of dark fruits and a hint of Belgian yeast.

T: Not as malty as the aroma suggests. Candied fruits hits the taste buds first, followed by a hint of malts and yeast, then alcohol. A nicely balanced dubbel.

M: medium bodied, medium-heavy on the carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: This is a pretty good beer. Got it in a sampler pack, and this is one of the first that didn't wholly disappoint. Well rounded, good flavors supported by a slight hint of alcohol. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ml bottle from a Belgian sampler pack.
A - copper with a rich foamy head that lingers.
S - sweet and spicy fragrances
T - a little woody with enough sweet and a tad bit of sour.
M - tingly carbonation balanced with a medium body and lingering slight bitterness.
D - very good but the alcohol will catch up with you fast.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a tulip

appearance - reddish brown color with a huge frothy tan head that lingers forever

smell - really fragrant, cocoa is really prominent in the nose, picking up slight black licorice, malt, nutmeg, yeast, pumpernickel

taste - cocoa, malt, figs, plums, oak character as well

mouthfeel - medium bodied, ample carbonation, good flavor on the finish that lingers, not overly sweet, woodsy finish as well

overall - this was a beer that surpassed my expecation as frankly wasn't expecting much, but this is a good entrant into the category, one that I would gladly revisit

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Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.7 out of 5 based on 586 ratings.
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