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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Photo of ccrida
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl stubby (new, blue label) poured into my white and blue lettered Bornem chalice. First couple pours were 90% foam, even being careful. Head is very rocky and dense, annoyingly slow to settle, khaki colored. Beer is brown. The foaminess is annoying, but the density of the head is awesome, with an incredible meringue like texture.

Smell is softer, figs, gaining in a sweet, grape like intensity as it warms, with a slight touch of cider vinegar.

Taste is great - I forgot how much I enjoy this beer. A nice caramel sweetness without being to sugary, light spices and phenols, almost in BSDA territory, which I love. Really not a lot to break down, this is just a delicious abbey ale.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with a crackly finish and a medium light body.

Drinkability is great, one of my favorite dubbels of all time. Full of flavor, not to strong, readily available and reasonably prices, I'm not sure what one could ask for from a dark Belgian. I really wish I had another of these on deck, because one wasn't enough. Plus, it brings lots of nostalgia for me. There was a bar in college that had these for a dollar each (on tuesdays I think), it was my first real intro to Belgian beer, and for that reason, still holds a place in my heart. Plus, Van Steenberge is basically the house brewery for the Sharp Edge, which was my first beer bar. I've probably had 40-50 of theses, yet none in the last few years, which was a bad call!

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Photo of cpn920
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in a six pack of beers from Belgium. Served in a 11.2oz bottle. Everything about this beer in relation to Begians was average to me. There was virtually no lacing although it poured an impressive head. Smell was malty and somewhat boring. Taste was good with a really nice mouthfeel. I could have two of these but that would be about it.

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Photo of EPseja
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 33cl shorty bottle at just under cellar temperature in a Chimay chalice.

A - Aside from the half-inch sandy-colored head, one might believe that a Coca Cola has just been poured. Lacing is very sparse and head retention is marginal.

S - Toasty and not as sweet smelling at other Dubbels I've had. Some roasted coffee notes in the nose that are unusual for this style. Molasses and brown sugar.

T - Lightly toasted malt sweetness with a very faint soy and molasses undertone. Some fig and raisin, but not much. Alcohol is noticeable but not offputting. Lightly tart in the back with some quick hop dryness in the finish. Understated and unfortunately less interesting than the nose.

M - Puffy carbonation that borders on the edge of overcarbonation. Tingly in the mouth with a gassy swallow.

D - A fairly well done Dubbel, but not a masterpiece by any means. At this ABV in this style, there are better options.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle served in a tulip glass. The beer was an amber color with a thick tan head that resembled whipped cream. A very appealing beer. The aroma was malt, some sweet fruit, and a little spice. Taste was similar, althought the taste of pear was the predominate flavor. The malt was there, though, and that nice yeasty taste you get with Belgians. A little bit filling.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle in a snifter glass.

A - Very dark brown with a thick light tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Sweet and malty. Spices.

T - Ginger and cinnamon are the most prevalent spices. Good malt flavor but the spices definitely overpower the taste.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer.

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Photo of sevopie
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark caramel color with decent size cream-colored head that dissipated quickly, but retained outstandingly well. I had a solid ring of foam on one half of the glass all the way down.

Smell - Pears. Ginger. Cinnamon. Raisins.

Taste - Pears again dominate the initial taste. A little yeast flavor in there, as well figs and brown sugar. The absolute cacophony of flavors are why I love Belgians.

Mouthfeel - This one has a healthy body for a Belgian, but is slightly over-carbonated for one. The finish of the beer is dominated by it.

Drinkability - This is incredibly refreshing for a Dubbel, only reason it doesn't get a 5 for drinkability is the insane amount of burping I do from the carbonation (lol.) I am enjoying this one though.

Note: This was part of the "Global Beer Network 6 Living Flanders Ales" 6-pack. Expensive, but an awesome opportunity. More brewers should do this.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: beautiful murky brown w/ purple highlights; incredibly solid off-white head; it lasts and lasts and looks like a clay sculpture; leaves tons of foamy lace

s: warm dark fruits; prunes and plums and raisins; rum; some cinnamon and chocolate

t: chocolate and raisins; some light yeastiness; dry grain; rum and alcohol and artisan chocolate

m: smooth and syrupy with a thick body

d: interesting and flavorful but quite dry; we'll see what happens to this in the cellar
now, the approx 18 month review, excited to taste the changes
a: very murky fox brown with lots of suspended yeast clumps and a beige head that never quite fades

s: very fruity, apple; pear; darker prunes; some light chocolate and abv

t: very yeasty; warm bread; some tartness; prunes, rum/light abv; a little waterier than i remember; not a good sign for the future of this beer; still quite drinkable;

m: very carbed, i'm honestly a little shock at how much so; medium body that is creamy w/ limited cloy

d: overall a good beer but it was never the best to begin with; just an ok belgium and 18 months hasn't changed that ity is just ok

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had some issue that got in my way last night, so Bornem Double, the second beer of six in the Stubby Belgain Invite, will be resumed this morning. The rest of the schedule should go as planned, and I have some catching up to do. On to the beer:

Another foamer from the 330 ml bottle, the beer is amber light brown in color with orange and reddish hues. Good head retentionand lacing in the glass. Monotone dark fruits like prunes, and lit matches are noticed through the nose.

A rather strong carbonation hits the palate with a very bubbly mouthfeel. Light fruity esters are the domst dominant flaovr, with scares of dark fruit and an unsweeteneed chocolate edge. It's almost like drinking boozy juice with a wallop of carbonation; for a minute I thought I was drinking a different beverage. A bit too sweet as well.

Not a bad drink. That's two beers down and four more to go in the Stubby Belgain Invite. Coming tonight will be Bornem's bigger badder Tripel.

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Photo of spointon
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a stubby 12oz brown bottle into a Gulden Draak snifter.

A= This ale poured a reddish mahogany color with little to no head. The skim of head that appeared was tan in color. No significant lacing, and not a lot of carbonation release to speak of.

S= The aromas were very muted, and consisted mainly of roasted malts and fruitiness.

T= The taste was slightly sweet and very malty with hints of esspresso and raisins. Had a decent alcohol warmth.

MF= Moderate to heavy body, with less carbonation than I would have liked.

D= An ok dubbel, but I expected more from the brewery that brought us Piraat, Augustijn, and Gulden Draak...

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Photo of biegaman
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with an advised best before date of 15/02/08. Purposely and properly cellared and defiantly enjoyed in 05/06/08.

There appears to be a layer of tapioca pudding over the top of my beer. Sporadic lacing. Clay coloured highlights burn under a Turkish date coloured body. It is muddied but not all that dark in complexion.

A divine smell. The aroma is lavishing smells of jams, spreads, and jellies; abounding especially of figs and dates as well as soft notes of prunes and plums that all combine to make one lovely bouquet. But it would be the unmistakable note of chocolate covered raisins that made me cave in and take a premature, almost instant sip.

The alcohol is magically absent. The carbonation unleashes a harsh stinging on the tongue when the beer isn't swallowed immediately. A darn shame too, because these are flavours that otherwise could be well savoured. These bubbles ought to be disciplined. They're getting in the way of all these toffee-ish, spicy flavours.

The taste, like the aroma, is a blend of plums, dates, prunes, and figs. First and foremost thought: liquid raisins. Something like a fruit cake. A hint of burnt toffee accompanies toasted, caramel malts. Dry, earthy notes with the suggestion of molasses and brown sugar. It's exactly the flavours I signed up for when I popped the crown.

This dubbel seems to be missing something, although I'm not sure what. It has the flavour, the smell ... but it lacks satisfaction. This seems to be the case with most all the Van Steenberge beers - they are fair, often good, but never great examples of the style. I enjoyed this, but to be sure I kept wondering why I wasn't enjoying it just a touch more...

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Photo of KeefD
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter and a huge amount of tan colored foam appears, becomes quite rocky as it recedes, leaving enormous amounts of lacing down the glass. Smells incredibly malty with hints of apple and spice. Strong alcohol in the nose. Taste is of roasted malts, bruised apple, and dark fruit. Peppery and spicy from the yeast, sweet up front, and dry on the finish. Lots of carbonation, light to medium-bodied, which is a little different for such a dark ale, and is quite drinkable. An all-around excellent brew, leaning towards a BSDA. Nice Dubbel.

I enjoyed this brew. It had a nice roasted-malt stout character, only a little lighter. This has big time alcohol, so sipping is a must. Cheers to the Belgians once again.

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Photo of generallee
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a 330ml or 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: It has a dark cloudy brown color with some deep ruby highlights. The head is huge, thick and has stiff rocky peaks that are light tan in color.

Smell: The aroma has lovely fruity esters and a roasted malty character as well.

Taste/Mouth feel: The body is heavy and full. In it there is a rich malty base with funky yeast and a dark fruity character. Dark cherries and prune are noted and add pleasant sweet and tart flavors to the brew. The finish has a fairly dry hops presence that adds some light bitterness. It is well carbonated and bites on the tongue, cutting through the heavy slick palate and the 8% abv. gives a mellow warming affect.

Notes: It has a decent flavor and kick of alcohol.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark ruby-brown with a 2 finger rocky light tan head.

S: dried fruit (raisins), figs, dark caramelized sugar and some spicy alcohol.

T: The initial flavor started out with some warm apple cidery hints along with warm caramel, oranges and alcohol spiciness. Dried fruit (plums, raisins) as well a toffee sweetness rounds things out. The 8.0% abv is fairly well hidden.

M: rather light per style, with a healthy amount of carbonation and dark ripe fruit.

D: Decent drinkability but is a little thin and light per style.

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Photo of Offa
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an ok dubble, but far from my favourite.

The head is huge and out-of-control, unusually so even for the style, dominating the drink for quite a while so that one must wait actually to see what the rest of the beer looks like. The head is light tan, lasts forever and leaves lasting lace in nice, even rings. The body is dark, sparkly red-brown.

The aroma is mostly vanilla, apple pie, and caramel syrup, with hints of pine and flowers.

The taste is not bad but it does little for me being mostly lightly burnt caramel with a nice acloholic quality, caramelized grain, toast, and wine. It has hints of black pepper, Dr.Pepper, and fruit. It's fairly dry, with little sweetness or bitterness, complemented by light, tangy sourness. All flavours, especially the more interesting ones, seem muted and tend to become more vague.

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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 JBogan
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a murky dark brown with a huge foamy light colored head which surprisingly left minimal lacing.

Smelled a bit sweet and malty

Tasted of malt and some dark fruits, with only a slight presence of alcohol.

Mouthfeel was thinner than the appearance might suggest. Still, it had a nice carbonation bite to it and was smooth going down.

Not a bad dubbel, but there are much better out there. I'll try their trippel next just for comparisons sake.

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Photo of RedBeerHead
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours dark and cloudy amber. Very white three finger head that settles pretty quickly.

very prevalent fruit and yeast smell.
Bitter yeast taste. Certainly refreshing and yet a little overpowering. Tingles on the tongue. Pretty average mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out a very dark brown, hazy colour with a massive head. Had to be careful pouring this into the glass. Head is a bit brown as well. A few shades lighter than chocolate milk. Strocn scent of molasses and rum. Bit of raw sugar, plums and caramel as well. Very sweet tasting. Plenty of rum and warming alcohol. Bit of honey and dark fruits as well. Finishes slighty sour with some apples and warming alcohol. Very thick, heavily carbonated mouthfeel. Mouth smacking, actually. Definitely an above average beer, but nothing pops wow. Worth a try, but no need to stock up.

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Photo of sstackho
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from 2007 Christmas gift pack from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a very dark brown with a billowing white head. Excellent lacing. Medium malty aroma. Flavour is initially a bit sweet and tangy. The light sweetness sticks around as the malt finish arrives. Decent stuff probably, but dubbels aren't really my thing, and this one doesn't prove otherwise.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

330 ml from BevMo

A - First thing I noticed was very carbonated. I mean extremely. Dissipated very slow, very irritating. Dirty brown body, cream colored head.

S - Brown sugar, plums and honey.

T - First inspection earthy with a nice off-setting flavor of caramel, honey, and apples.

M - Nice, reminds me exactly of sparkling apple cider.

D - It's a really good tasting beer, but I really hate waiting for 15 minutes for the head to settle. :(

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Photo of larsee01
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A--Stubby brown bottle poured into thin glass goblet. Burnt Umber color. Head for weeks! Bubbly carbonation.

S--Deep sugary malt. Reminiscent of sugar cane like dark rum. Sweet citrus.

T--In order of, orange zest, metallic (particularly from the lingering head)rich, calm maltiness balanced with minimal hoppiness. Really finishes balanced. Malty, tangy, calmly balanced aftertaste pleasantly lingers

M--Thick and carbonated. Clingy alcohol sticks out.

D--not really a session beer at 8.0 ABV, but drinkable at this level and certainly not disagreeable.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet and received one of the biggest heads I ever had seen, but it eventually died down and left lace patches. Almost a black hue, but more dark brown with rubish tints and good carbonation. The smell is very citrusy/fruity, like oranges or pears or grapes. Not overbearing like a weiss/wheat, but it overpowers the malt. Hints of bread are there too. The taste went back and forth, as there are malts that hit the tongue first but then a sour tartness (sour apples, white grapes, I don't know) takes over. Some of this dryness stems from a 8% ABV that I did not think was hidden very well and the spices they threw in, but it does go down fairly smooth for a highly malted medium-bodied, slight yeasty abbey ale. Not that great of a dubbel and probably my least favorite from the Van Steeneberg sampler, but still decent overall.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i gotta say this is a real nice looking beer. it's a deep brown with cloudy ruby highlights, a a big craggy tan head that sticks around very well.
the nose is filled with earthy fruits, cooked apple, pear, fig, soft banana. i get whiffs of caramel combined with a little doughy yeast. ever so slightly musty. it's also got a unique sort of fresh produce smell to it.
the taste has a spicy yeast character to it, with some musty rum soaked dark fruitiness, fig, plum, raisin. it has a little bit of a tang to it that seems to be linked to an apple flavor. it's got a bit of caramel/molasses, but just a little bit backing up the fruit. i find it's just a little bit hot towards the back.
fuller medium bdoy with active carbonation (must be how it keeps up the impressive head).
good drinkability here. it goes down quite quick for it's 8% abv, and i have to say this was a pleasant surprise, i wasn't expecting too much but it turned out to be a real solid dubbel

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Photo of czfreeman
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz fat little bottle. Came as part of a gift pack it seems many people on here got for christmas. Huge foamy head, literally standing over the rim of the goblet. dark-cola-like color. smells of smokyness,malts,cocoas.Taste is very good, smokieness, dark fruits,figs,a slightly tart finish. The brew has a sweet taste, but is not overly sticky, lighter mouthfeel and the tarter finish are things I appreciate in this.

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Photo of rmcnealy
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black label. From Belgium 6-pack picked up at Binny's in River Grove, IL.

Pours dark brown with a frothy white head. Smell is only good, not exceptional by any means. Mouthfeel is good. Has feel like a sparkling wine. Very active. Tastes are strikingly tart but thin out to a fruity taste. Apples and spices. Great drinkability! 8% alcohol is not detected! This is an excellent beer. One of the better I've had lately. Probably won't see it again since it was in a holiday pack. Try it!

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