Bornem Dubbel | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Bornem DubbelBornem Dubbel
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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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Added by Sixpack595 on 05-23-2002

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Photo of bobsy
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned and courtesy of the local LCBO as part of a Belgian beer gift-pack. Appearance-wise we have a rocky white head and dark brown body. Very ripe fruity scent, is pleasing. Smoke and coffee in the flavour, along with spices. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 oz short, fat, bottle copped in a six-pack gift set entitled "6 Living Beers of the World" from Gary's in Madison, this double abbey ale with a beautiful appearance pours a dark red, coca-cola-like brownish appearance with an immense frothy head that had some serious staying power... smell was about average for the style, nothing above and beyond, but the taste was great... figs, prunes, and dark-cherry like flavor with serious maltiness and a nice alcoholic glow... somewhat nutty, fruity flavor with a great mouthfeel and easy drinkability for an 8% ABV... can't taste the alcohol behind a wonderful cornucopia of flavors... never heard of this brewery or beer before, but loved the taste... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
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 ManWithHat
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A – Pours a deep orange-brown hue with amazingly foamy meringue-like head. A gorgeous looking beer.

S – Smells of apples, raisins with hints of yeast and alcohol.

T – The taste is very similar to the scent. Raisiny malt sweetness which mingles with spices and alcohol. The finish is tart and slightly sour.

M – A very thin body with a sharp carbonation.

D – A good beer but not typical of the style. Lacks balance and sweetness.

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Photo of Stimack
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap the other night. The brew poured to a darker brown color with some red highlights shining through. Nice sized head that left a fair amount of lacing along the sides of the glass. The aromas are nice, raisin/prune, slight chocolate and caramel, tart cherries that give it a slight sour smell. The taste is quite smooth and follows in line with the aromas but the sour aspect of it seems to come out a little more. To be truthful, I was surprised that this is a double as it did not seem to come across that way. Muted spice and alcohol feel with a noticeable tart/sourness. Though it say this, I must also state that I really liked this brew. Very easy drinking and if at 8%, a brew that could get you in trouble.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has so much head its almost disturbing, and I thought Duvel was a foamy monster. I have to gulp down some of the foam so it doesn't rise over the glass. Great big gobs of lacing hold firm on the inside goblet. Looking at the ruby colored beer you can see millions of bubbles rushing to the top.

Smells a bit more like a brown ale (IMO). Notes of fruits, toasted malt, nuts and a shy hidden alcohol.

Tastes of sweet malt, toffee, lots of dark fruits and spices. I wish this beer was as good as it looked, still a good brew none the less.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Kasteel chalice. Body is a dark brown color with ruby highlights, topped by a thick, spectacularly huge, off-white head that lingers for a long time, forming some pretty peaks and valleys as it dissipates. Aroma of dark malt and a bit of spicy Belgian yeast, but really not a whole lot going on aromatically.
Palate is mildly sweet dark malt up front, with some earthy undertones. Notes of molasses and brown sugar are evident before the swallow, while a mild bitterness from the hops comes through on the finish. Body is a bit thin and highly carbonated, which may not be completely true to style. Still, the mouthfeel is nice and pleasant. The considerable alcohol in this brew is well-hidden, yielding a highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of rec
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A great body, but with a completely lack-lustre head and retention.

Dark, sweet fruit dominates the aroma.

The taste revolves around that dark sweet fruit aroma, with some chocolate and sourness.

Overcarbonated in my opinion, far too much for the thick nature of this brew. It just doesn't deliver the warmth I'm after and was expecting for this beer. It does add a certain spice and zest to it however, but one that I can't really appreciate.

Definately not a session beer, but one to try. Grab one and experience it for yourself!

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Photo of wardough
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this in a pint glass (yeah, yeah, not a goblet) at 55 degrees F.

Appearance - A murky brown, beautiful in my book

Smell - The smell is great, smells like raisins and figs. Very clean and sweet.

Taste - A dominant taste of raisins and figs. Not really well balanced, as far as a dubbel. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel - This drink is very well carbonated, with a big head. The carbonation makes it very creamy.

Drinkability - I would definitely have another. Great taste. I liken it to Abt 12.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A giant four finger plus head rises over a cloudy russet brew. The head is as rocky as as Stalone and forms massive pits and craters as it slowly shrinks....and I mean very slowly. This beautiful light brown head sticks around forever! An enormous amount of sticky Belgian lace is left on the glass, and swirling serves to build the rocky one finger head back up to two and a half fingers. The brew itself shows deep purple hues in the light, and looks a little crimson from certain angles too. Tons of chunky yeast bits float around in my glass. This is stunning in appearance!

S - Big time milk chocolate with some creamy dairy notes too. A tiny bit of hops are detectable and provide a bit of structure to the sweet candy bar aroma. For a dubbel, this really isn't very complex or assertive.

T - Again, big time milk chocolate with some sour cream lactic acid yogurt flavors and some sweet dark fruit (mainly raisins). Some Raisinette chocolate coated raisin flavors predominate with some very sour yeast and a bit of grassy wet-hay hops showing up in the finish.

M - Medium bodied, quite carbonated, and a little slick with a moderately dry finish. After swallowing, I can fell residual sugars coating my mouth. Despite the 8% ABV, there isn't really any alcohol warmth. I like my big Belgians to give me a cozy warming feeling, and this doesn't quite deliver. This does have a really nice zingy and zesty carbonation that seems a bit out of place fo the style, but helps keep this beer refreshing instead of cloying.

D - Slightly disappointing. It's definitely not a bad beer, but I hold Abbey style beers (especially ones that are actually from Belgium) up to a slightly higher standard and this is pretty mediocre. It looks stunning, but falls short in the complexity department.

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Photo of Jessefive
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at Zot restaurant in Philadelphia.

Standard dark color, chunky head. My first impression was of the surprisingly thin body. I was expecting something thicker given the visual impression. The taste was actually a little tart. Combined with the thin body, it came across as rather un-dubbel-like. As it warmed up however, some of the more classic dubbel characteristics came through. Raisin, molasses, plum/prune, grape. (I know I shouldn't consider other reviews to influence my opinion, but "grape bubblegum" noted below is a perfect descriptor)

A good drinker. I wonder if the first impression was merely due to temperature. I would suggest letting this warm up a little. But I would drink it again.

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Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ortino's Northside...
Appears a dark mahogany with a 2 finger, velvet, tan head that slowly fades into a fluffy cap. Lots of scattered lacing sticks around the glass.
Smell is of tart cherries, cranberries, cocoa, caramel, raisins, and prune juice.
Taste mimics the aroma with a fruity, grape bubble gum, tartness that is slightly odd and draws from the goodness hidden in the beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, vinuous, sweet and tart up front to a semi dry finish. Some complexity in this beer keeps it afloat.

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Photo of grub
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, best before 15/02/08.

pours hazy pale brown with a huge fluffy tan head. the head drops very slowly and leaves lots of lace. a bit light.

aroma is ok. lots of spice. clove and a bit of banana. alcohol. bit of yeast. bit of earthy character. more spice and less dark fruit than i'd expect from a dubbel, smells more like a hefe.

taste is nice. yeast. spice is much lighter than the aroma, with only a touch of clove and nearly no banana. cracker and bread malts. bit of alcohol. low bitterness level. tiny bit of date.

mouthfeel is ok. medium-high carbonation level with a bit of sting. medium-light body.

drinkability is ok. fairly balanced. too much carbonation and closer to a belgian pale than a dubbel. still, fairly enjoyable, especially once much of the carbonation has escaped.

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Photo of bradford
2.38/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 330mL bottle.
Looked very dark for a dubbel, almost black
Smelled very much like a burnt roast flavor
Taste was not very good. More like a porter than a dubbel
Mouthfeel was watery but I had to battle the burnt taste going down
Drinkability was horrid. A drainpour for me

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby brown color -- quite clear too. Great medium-tan (slightly brown) head that is somewhere between rocky and foamy. Laces the glass a bit too.

Smell: Yeast, sugar, spices, and a hint of alcohol at the back. Seems to lack a bit of definition.

Taste: Initially strikes me as being a bit candy-like, but neither too sugary or decadent. A bit of figs and yeast, with an ever-so-slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is noticable a bit at the finish and in the early aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but feels a bit light for this type of beer, at least for my preferences.

Drinkability: Good alcohol level vs. presence in taste.

I wish that the smell and taste here were a bit more complex. This beer has a lot of good things going for it (especially the look), but unfortunately it comes out seeming mediocre. My biggest quip is that is feels practically light-bodied.

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Photo of vancurly
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: Pock-marked beige head.... almost lunar surface, or Swiss cheese. Red-brown murk.

s: Caramel candy, slight cinnamon/allspice.

f: Honey, caramel, spices, fruitcake / dried fruits - glace cherry & raisins, dates.

m: Exploding mouth, which I dislike. Implies an ongoing bottle-secondary which is OK, but this is too much. Fairly light, slightly hot, touch sticky & cloying.

o: Dunno... there are other Dubbels of better pedigree.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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 deeplennon
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz Belgian stubby with the new label not shown here. The appearance is probably the best part of the experience as it's a neat murky brown that I find very interesting looking. Aroma is mildly sweet with some 'oud bruin' like sour cherries but not very pronounced, and some undecipherable funk. Flavor is very light with almost nothing jumping out, including alcohol. Surprisingly low on malt character considering the 8% ABV. Lots of flaked yeast solids in the bottom of the bottle. Gained a bit of the aforementioned oud bruin like sour cherry taste as it warmed, but not enough to make the beer interesting. Drinkable but uninspired.

I much prefer the Tripel.

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Photo of jim102864
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled the latest dubbel from a corked and caged bottle. Poured nicely into my Duvel tulip glass. Nice reddish brown hue with a big and bold head and modest carbonation. Off to a nice start.

The aroma was a mix between mild vanilla, cherries and other berry fruit. I found I really had to swirl it around to discern any pronounced esters.

The taste was a tad too clean for a dubbel. Everything involved with this brew is faint; faint candied sugar, faint berries; faint vanilla. A fairly uninspired experience.

In spite of all this, the mouthfeel was suprisingly chewy, but not quite as luxurious as one would expect. Mildly disappointing, but not a raging catastrophe.

This was a nice, somewhat average dubbel. It doesn't stand out in any particular way. I'd give it another shot on tap if the opportunity ever presents itself.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
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 clickpush
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour: 33cl bottle to tulip glass. Very gentle pour yeilds 3+ fingers of light tan head. It sticks around forever! Three minutes and the size of the head hasn't changed a bit. Dark brown body with ruby hues and lots of bubble trails along side of the glass. Leaves webbing ALL over the glass as it descends; it's so sticky!

Nose: Aroma is fruity and spicy and a touch of alcohol. Caramel, apples, cherries, cinnamon, cola, yeast, maybe a touch of roast malts. Lots of dry fruit, a little chalky. Very nice.

Mouth: Really easy to drink, except for the large solid floaties that I ended up chewing on. Front of beer is, as the aroma indicates, quite fruity, along with some floral notes. Finish is extremely smooth roast flavor that lingers with a bit of charcoal taste. Not extremely complex, there seem to be only two layers: the fruity, spritzy front and the roast malt finish. The mouthfeel is a bit over carbonated and then dies in the back. Flavor is of a nicely done double, nothing too fancy but very easy to drink.

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Photo of rallison
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting - I've had this on tap and found it quite boring. From the bottle is quite a bit livelier.

A: Cloudy slightly dark brown with a massive 3 finger fluffy tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Lots of yeast and spiciness here. Yummy.

T: Again, the yeast plays on your tongue at first, followed by some earthiness and Coriander-like spices. Malt is generally mellow behind this, but has a touch of Candi sugar sweetness. Overall, though, this leans toward the spicy. Bit of apple juice flavor too.

M: Very lively. Lots of carbonation to keep things relatively light.

D: I'd have to give this pretty good marks here - it is easy to drink.

Overall, recommended. Interesting the differences between the draft and bottle pours.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark brown with a huge head – nice lacing. The aroma is spicy, sour and slightly floral. The taste is sour and fruity. It is also somewhat spicy. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied. Overall, this is an interesting beer, but might be a bit to sour and fruity to be highly drinkable.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours a brown with reddish highlights. Big 2 finger fluffy light brown head that lasts forever. Good lacing. Good amount of carbonation seen rising. Nice beer to look at.

Aroma is malts, dark fruits and some grassy/barnyard aroma that I couldn't quite place.

Taste is malts and sweetness. Dark fruits. Definite dryness that surprised me.

Mouthfeel was spritzy and cleasning, but there was a slightly sticky/cloying quality that was not pleasant.

Overall, a good beer to relax by, but there are much better dubbels out there. This one was rather simple, lacking complexity and depth.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy apple cider looking color with a very large foamy head. This beer has a ton of carbonation and the head is huge,thu it doesn't leave any lacing. The smell has a real "bisquity" aroma to it along with sweet candy sugar and carmel, dark fruits,and malt. The taste has sweet tart apples, alcohol, citrus flavors,and hops. Not bad,but it is very tart. This tastes more like a hard cider tyhan a double. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing Ok,but the tart fruit flavor really overpowers this beer. Not bad,but i'd look elseware for other Belgians.

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Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 52.9% out of 100 with 592 ratings
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