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 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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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A hazy cider brown liquid filled my glass with copious amounts of head.

Smell - A very fruit aroma raisins, figs, prunes, and some granny smith apples. Lastly you have the strong bready malt and some spices.

Taste - Malts are the backbone here with the dark ripe fruits and the apples. The spice is nice but somehow this feels lacking something.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and velvety and full of carbonation. The carbonation is a bit overpowering.

Drinkability - A nice beer but the high carbonation is tough on the tongue and distracts from what could be a better brew.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Resembles a chocolaty raisin puree, lots of haze to it. Head is tall and rocky like sand colored mashed potatoes.

S: Plums, cinnamon, fresh yeast, toast and brown sugar.

T: Begins earthy with spicy yeast and a woody personality. Good sweetness of the likes of maple and brown sugar blend well with the strong bready malts. Dark fruits come next in the equation with strong esters following suite. Finishes with reduced brown sugar, vinous grapes and a lick of powdered cocoa.

M: Medium body with an explosive carbonation when it cross the palate. A few swirls in the glass took care of it though.

D: Good dubbel. Fits the style well with good balance. This isn’t the most complex dubbel you will find but ist represents the style very well.

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

Appearance-Brown-red body with tan head

Smell- caramel and toffee with a lot of malt and hops mixed in

Taste-Malt and toffee in the beginning but leaves a smooth caramel aftertaste

Mouthfeel-medium carbonation, on the medium to thick side, and smooth

Drinkability- It was very enjoyable and not hard to drink

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Photo of theopholis
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The last time I reviewed this beer, it was part of a variety pack. This time, it was a single bottle, and it's much better.

Appearence- Pours a murkey, dark amber/brown; like dark pancake syrup or molassass. A impressive head with some great head retention with no lacing lacing. The head ends very 3-diminsional to. Hard to believe this is the same beer as last time.

Aroma- Fairly fruity (dark fruits, not sweet fruits). Lots of caramel. Little natural malt sweetness, no hops.

Taste- Nice, failry complex melange of dark fruits and malt sweetness. Some plum, raisen, etc. in there.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Fairly good carbonation level. Maybe a tad over-carbonated.

Drinkability- Not bad. Don't know how representative it is of Belgians, but it ain't half bad.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with rapidly expanding carbonation into a snifter a dark burgundy color with merlot highlights. Nice head. Aroma of nuts and dark fruit. Creamy. Tastes like cherries, toffee, dates. All malt, no hops to notice. Slightly grainy texture in the finish but that’s it. Nice carbonation, light on the palate, drinkable but not exciting.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just a slight easy pour sent the head to the top of my glass. I've seen this with alot of Belgium beers. Extreme head like 3 inches thick . Looks like a milkshake with tons of thick thick lacing left as it slowly dissolves. I have to pour a bit then wait and pour then wait because the head is about 80% of the glass. It's actually over-carbonated which makes it hard to drink. Has a strange aroma that's hard to place. Roasted malts with a metallic aroma maybe. Extremely well-crafted to yield this much head. Aroma kind of smells like tomatoes. If I can get the head to reduce I can actually taste this and finish this review. Extreme carbonation reduces the quality of the mouthfeel and finish. It leaves it real fizzy like seltzer water. It expands in you mouth like foam. That will reduce the drinkability for me also. Very dry bitter finish with hints of roasted malts and grains. Dark amber in color. Body is a bit watery from the monster head I presume. The ABV is well-hidden. Overall this beer is good but the carbonation is just too much.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 smcolw
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
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 Gmann
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very deep brown color with a massive tan head that took its time dissipating. Left some nice lacing. The smell is metallic and a bit spicy, nothing too distinct. Taste is of grape juice and chocalate malt, some spice. The ale is well bodied and fizzy, finishes a bit dry. Its a decent dubbel but short of good. Nothing I would seek out but nothing I would turn down.

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Photo of jhicks12
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a amber, molasses brown with a creamy, white/tan head.

Smell: smell of sweet malt, little citrus, little alcohol

Taste: Nice balanced taste with citrus and alcohol hitting you.

Mouthfeel: Bubbley carbonation and maybe to me a little thin

Drinkabitlity: Not bad fairly balanced gets better as it warms

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Photo of Osiris9588
2.52/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle, no date. Pours a murky brown, almost opaque except for a small ruddy glow near the bottom when held to the light. The head is explosive, Duvel like. It bubbles up with the color and consistency that of Root Beer Float foam. It stiffens into a creamy peak, showing great retention and leaving fluffy whisps of off-white lacing.

The aroma is rather weak: faint notes of caramel malt and cola. The flavor--is not good. Yeast and malt with no weight or complexity, followed by a cherry-metallic, not very pleasnt finish.

The mouth is quite light, with extreme carbonation--I think a little less might supply this brew some much needed depth. It's not complex, and not drinkable due to a lack in character. I consider dumping it, but the Van Steenberge mixed six pack was nearly $18, so I'll consume it fast for the 8% alcohol.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked and without freshness indication. Opens with a lot of oomph and pours murky, cloudy dark chocolaty amber, with very active bubbles rising to the top. This Belgian raises a huge medium bubble head, show top notch retention, meringue, and slowly settles to a one inch froth and leaves the expected and hoped for scattered, thick splotchy lacing. Rich soapy nose, with figs and rum infused raisins. Nice!
Things go only slightly down hill from here, notes of more rum, raisins, soft spice, dark candi sugars and bready, sweet Belgian style goodness. Perhaps a bit thin flavorwise and nothing really special mouthful wise. All in all, a real worthy and heady Belgian Dubbel…….

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Photo of beernaked
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Short stubby bottle out of the Van Steenberge variety pack. This was the last one i drank out of the pack and definitely not as good as the others.

A: Great head retention with decent lacing. Even with a careful poor i ended up with a huge, tan rocky head. This beer looks a whole lot better than it tastes with a bit cloudy, dark ruddy brown color, and that big aforementioned head.

S: It has a dark fruitiness aroma with a little of the alcohol coming through.

T: "Now class, can you say "well carbonated"" After the palette recovers from all dem bubbles a typical Belgian dry maltiness and dark ripe fruit comes through with the yeast providing the taste of mother earth.

M: One word, carbonation.

D: Matching up against other Belgians id have to say it was only average or slightly better. But hey, they cant all be Draak's. Im glad i tried, but its not one my wish list.

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Photo of bacabuck
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Chimay belgian ale glass. Deep ruby in color with a thick off-white head that keeps on growing. So much carbonation that I can't get the entire 11.2 oz into the glass.

The scent is of cherries and yeast. Nothing special.

Taste is typical of a dubbel. Good strong flavors of chocolate, tobacco, and a hint of sourness. The alcohol really comes through.

Too much carbonation for my liking. Takes a while for the beer to settle down and become more drinkable.

Not something that I would seek out again, but I certainly wouldn't turn another one down.

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Photo of bhitt
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: nice, reddish-brown with some haze and fairly large, off-white head. Large bubbles fall to light lace.

Nose: First impression is a pleasantly tart aroma not unlike wild yeast though this is a dubbel. Sour grapes or not-yet-ripe fruit.

Taste: Kind of disappointing. Too much carbonation for my liking. Phenols are a bit overwhelming and neither tartness or malt flavors never establish themselves.

Overall, this beer is not what I expect from a dubbel.

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Photo of bubrewer
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Tried pouring this 11.2oz bottle into a 20oz tulip very gently, but still couldn't get it all in. This beer is effervescent to a point just below crawling out of the bottle or lifting the sediment.

Looks opaque under normal light; color of cranberry juice in front of a bright light. White head leaves great lace all the way down.

Aroma is dark fruit with vinegar. Expecting a very tart flavor....

...but not finding it. Aroma is so much like a Flanders red that I am shocked it is not really sour at all.

Flavor is hard to pick up fully because of all the carbonation. It dances in my mouth and refuses to sit still long enought for a proper taste. What I do get is thin raisin/currants with a bit of a medicinal phenol at the tail.

I'll finish this glass, but not sure I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of eberkman
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep brown with a coppery-red shimmer when held up to the light. An aggressive pour prodces a towering, billowing cloudlike brown head that slowly settles into a soft, frothy surface covering. I couldn't pick up a very strong scent until I inhaled very deeply, where I picked up mostly malty and citrusy notes. The taste is of sour fruits with a harsher finish than I usually expect from a decent Belgian. Not a hoppy bitterness -- more of a medicinal harshness. Decent mouthfeel -- some nice carbonation and it feels substantial as well. Not the most drinkable for aforementioned harshness.

Another relatively weak link in the van Steenburge pack -- the Bruegel was nothing spectacular either (though the Augustijn was nice and the Gulden Draak was phenomenal). I meant to sample the Trippel tonight, which I've heard better things about, but pulled out the wrong bottle. Oh well. I wouldn't turn down one of these if offered, but I'm not about to purchase one on its own either.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.02/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

this is a new stubby, new label...

hazed brown and ruby pour. head is a pillowy finger of off-white silk. lacing is foamy and sporadic. looks enough like a dubbel to fool me.

this beer smells like i poured hot popcorn butter into my garbage can full of rotting vegetables and sweetened grapefruit shells.

and it tastes like a dubbel.. initially. then it opens up the palate to a world of sour debauchery.. taste thievery. flavor robbery and broccoli piracy. the yeast plays a powerful trump card here, starting each sip off with a flavor-inhibiting kick. not too dry but zesty with carbonation, this beer evolves into the ultimate butter grease finish. its so smooth and lardy, i almost don't want to swallow for fear of excessive lubrication in my digestive tract. i see i reviewed this beer before, and i'm hoping i had an equally abysmal view. this is a beer to be avoided at all costs. i could homebrew something better in my flaking non-stick saucepot.

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Photo of xav33
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bornem Dubbel
12 oz bottle
Soft pour in a tulip glass
Unknown bottling (FL 30CD 08:55), sanctified 12/06

Poured a hazy ruddy brown with a huge faint brown fully lasting rocky pillowy fluffy head with excellent lacing.

Smelt of strong roasted grain, chocolate pudding skins, light coffee, sour fruit.

Taste was upfront strong sour dark cider and grape juice and dark toasted bread and moderate chocolate followed by more strong sour apple and grapes and moderate grassy hops, peppery, and roasted grain on a long finish. Palate was light to medium bodied, slightly oily, lively carbonated moderately astringent in its sourness and lightly alcoholic.

Overall, this is oddly sour, but not unpleasant. Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of kenito799
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. One of a six-pack of 6 different beers from this brewery. No dates provided.

Giant rocky head filled the glass and slowly receded, leaving lots of lace and chunks of foam stuck to the side of the glass. Dark brown-maroon brew below, almost opaque.

Like its Breugel ale cousin, vinegary odors on the nose. I let it warm up some but this sour backbone was ever-present, almost distracting. Stongly carbonated, lively mouthfeel. Until it sat in the glass 20 minutes, the popping bubbles left a metallic aftertaste which faded away eventually. Caramel malt with some cinammon spicy notes, pronounced roasted character on the finish. The overall impression was a strong bottle-conditioned Belgian dubbel but the various components (sourness, maltiness, carbonation, spice, roasted notes) didn't come together harmoniously and the brew felt disjointed. Towards the end of the glass it hung together better but I wasn't feeling like having another. Maybe this beer will settle down with a year of cellaring? An interesting beer nonetheless, I will happily try it on tap if I come across it to give it another try.

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Photo of funkengruven
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of the Van Steenberge pack I got here, this one poured a medium cloudy brown with a decent head that reduced to a fine layer at the top of the glass. Smell is somewhat malty, with some complex aromas I can't quite make out. Flavor of this brew is quite nice, some prunes and dried fruit aromas standard with a lot of Dubbels, always nice. Nicely carbonated and surprisingly refreshing, not to mention pretty easy to drink as well.

A good solid beer, definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of mwalters
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
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 dherling
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a hazy mahogany color with big rippling off white head, decent lacing. The nsoe was full of brown sugar, sweet and rich Belgian candi, and scents of raisins or plums... a little spicy. The taste offered malt with some hop bitterness, a plum liek flavor, and chocolate in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated, a bit sour, finishing dry and crisp.

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Photo of Alstublieft
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looked amazing when I poured it in the st. bernardus chalice. Thick sticky tan head. Stuck around about a half a finger thick the whole way through. The smell was not that grabbing though I could smell the familiar scent of dubbel flavors. The taste, well it tastes watered down sort of. I agree with the goes down like water feeling among this crowd. But I must keep in mind that this is 8% and that thought the flavors are subtle in discernability, they are there and pleasing. The mouthfeel is very smooth, very watery, but it tastes of dubbel so I am satisfied. Knowing it was 8% forced me to drink it more slowly despite the watered down feeling. The flavors come out more as it warms of course also.

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Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 593 ratings
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