Bornem Dubbel | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Bornem DubbelBornem Dubbel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sixpack595 on 05-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
588
Reviews:
399
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
12.16%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
54
For Trade:
0
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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells sweet and fruity. Dark brown murky body with several fingers thick head that dissipates slowly leaving a fair bit of lacing. Fruit (raisin?) dominates the flavor. Also seems slightly earthy to me... Very sweet. Alcohol is almost not apparent. Surprisingly drinkable. Fairly light bodied for the syle. Very pleasant.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, raisiny brown with a big bubbled head featuring loudly-collapsing bubbles. The head falls to a 2 centimeter thick, much denser covering of bubbles that never leaves. Beautiful aroma of malted chocolate, grape bubblegum, slight vanilla, and candi sugar, with hints of a slight tartness. That tartness is the first thing to appear on the palate, then a nice, smooth and not-too-intense sweetness at the mid palate. Toward the end, those grape flavors come back, along with a bit of sourness, like a much milder version of a Flemish red. Mouthfeel is medium, with juicy carbonation and a pleasing, demi-sec finish. Overall, this is not your usual dubbel, mostly due to those sour fruit aromas and tastes, but that uniqueness is pretty cool. It's not normal, but still very good, with lots of interesting flavors and food pairing possibilities.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy murky chocolate brown color with a full beige/light brown head and very active carbonation. Prune-ish fruit aroma and flavors dominate. Slight oxidation present which distracts somewhat. LIght bodied and airy due to possible overcarbonation.

One I would like to try again if I knew it were fresh.

Per BVS website: 16° Plato

(330 ml / 11.2 oz short squat fat brown bottle)

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Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice brown with a brownish head. The second I uncaged this beer the cork shot out of the bottle like nothing I have ever seen before. It almost took my finger with it...and it hurt like a firecracker went off in my hand. The aroma smelled like molasses, and sweet malt, and then it slowly started to smell peppery with some alcohol.

The flavor of this was not at all what I had expected. This tasted like a Rodenbach creation. There was a nice well balanced beer with a lot of molasses presence but it was super lactic. There was a slight spice of pepper with some heat. It was very good but I don't know if this is what it is supposed to taste like. Even when it is bad it is good.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty drinkable beer for something with that much lactic acid presence.

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Photo of dgallina
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fluid ounce stubby brown bottle with no freshness dating.

Pours opaque medium-brown with ridiculously large and firm creamy brown head. Smells largely yeasty and fruity; caramel, cherries, some green apples. Flavor dominated by tart apples, touches of lactic sourness. A bit of toasted malt in the center and a medium-sweet and sour finish. Barely carbonated creamy medium thick body.

Somewhat unusual for the labeled style. Tastes like a hybrid dubbel and flemish brown ale.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty decent dubbel here. Nice creamy head, sweet fruity, almost lemony taste to it. Nice bite as well. Great lacing down the glass. Very drinkable, it just smells very whiskeyish, which was the only offensive part of the beer. I will definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Most head I've ever seen, and I was even pouring carefully. The head is silky and slightly tan, which slowly melts away, leaving nice lacing and a small laced head on the top of the beer. The beer itself is a dark brownish-amber which is very slighty hazy.

Smell - Very fruit aroma, with a stronger than normal (with the typical dubbel anyway) bready malt aroma. The malt smell is very warming and smooth. In the background there are traces of medium-crispness hops, a bit of spiciness, and a very faint alcohol aroma.

Taste - Wow, lots of excellent malt flavor in this beer. Up front it is quite fruity, flavors of dark ripe fruits and a touch of spice. The maltiness of this beer is very pronounced. It is bready, thick, smooth, velvety, and rich. The malt flavor of this beer is most impressive. This beer does feel like it's missing something in the middle, though, and I can't put my finger on it. A bit more character perhaps, not sure.

Mouthfeel - This is a very thick and almost chewy beer. It almost feels like I'm drinking a stout. It's smooth and velvety. The carbonation is pretty strong in this brew, and the beer bites your tongue good and it enters your mouth. I wish it were a bit lighter in the carbonation department and this would have a very nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability - If you don't mind high carbonation, this is an good beer to sit and sip all night.

Overall, a malt-lovers beer for sure. Has pretty high carbonation, thick mouthfeel, and a fruity/malty taste. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BlackAngus
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, turbid brown, with a light-brown head. Head on this thing was insane...took me almost 20 minutes to pour it, the head was so huge.

S - Dark fruit, malt, some alcohol noticeable.

T - Sweetness, fruitiness, maltiness, light aftertaste.

M - Medium-bodied, nice carbing.

D - Drinkable, definitely. Not the best dubbel I've had, but not a bad one by any stretch.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy apple cider brown. Generous, meringue-y jiggling head that retains well.

Nose is a slightly old white wine from the refrigerator, right when the vinegaryness starts to set in. Maybe Riesling? The nose betrays the appearance.

On the palate is a Sprite soda like citrus character that melds well with an overall sourness to the whole palate. Finish is short and not very appetizing. Where's the finish? I can't taste the finish!?!

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Photo of freed
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picket up a bottle of this because it was cheap and I needed a small Belgian bottle for bottling some of my own. Slightly different label on the product I bought though. Black and blue with an egret on it.

Pours a murky shallow brown with a tumultuous crufty head. Mild carbonation and excellent head retention. Little bits of skin-like protein floating in the beer.

Aroma is a frumpy sour fruit and bread with raisins. Nice.

Taste is unique among dubels; Sweet like fruitcake and somewhat spicy, but dull enough that it drinks easily and with a nice satisfyingly toaty aftertaste.

Nothing spectacular, but good.

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Photo of supercolter
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is fantastic....my whole glass fills with head as I begin to pour. Wonderful lacing, beautiful dark brown with amber hue in color
Smell and taste are of sweet malt, with a bit of alcohol, and in the taste there was some raisin flavoring
Mouthfeel was good. Not too thick or thin but most of the carbonation was gone.
Drinkability was the same as taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml stubby bottle, bought in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Pours with an enormous and lasting creamy greyish light tan head, underneath the head a reddish brown beer very slowly appears. Pleasant and quite strong fruity and yeasty aroma, notes of bakery, spices and ensilage too. Flavour is sweet and fruity, notes of caramel malts and mild spices too, slightly acidic finish. Good beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You might want to let this decant a bit before pouring. Forms a continental size head that has no intent to fade at all. Tan and monstrous it leaves chunky lacing. A work of art to look at for sure. A ruddy brown body and tons of fine carbonation.

Lots of dark fruit type aroma and taste, figs, raisin, touch of plumb. Some metallic twinges here and there, not enough to throw off the whole deal but frustrating none the less. Not much in the way of balance, this is decidedly malt driven. Alcohol is well hidden and not much of a factor.

Notes: A beer on the sweet side thats done very well. The smell is destroyed by the metallic mcgillicutty. Belgian yeast saves the day.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is incredibly well carbonated, it forms a dense, rocky, three-finger thick tan colored head. The beer is a deep, opaque purplish, dark amber color. The aroma is most notably sweet and fruity, with notes of dark fruit like prunes, raisins and figs. Touches of sour fruit notes are also here, with tart plums being most noticeable.

The taste is not quite as sweet as the aroma would suggest, but it has a definite fruity sweetness to it. Notes of raisins and sweet plums combine with a rum-like mix of alcohol and sweet caramelized grain. The beer is quite light on the palate, a large part of this is the ample carbonation, which causes the beer to dance across the tongue. As it loses a bit of the carbonation it smoothes out a bit and picks up a bit of body. This is a pretty simple beer, yet the fruitiness is pretty nice, makes for a very quaffable brew.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz fattie. The beer looks good due to its big poofy head. There was so much carbonation in the bottle that it exploded when I opened it, and kept foaming out the bottle after I filled a small hotel glass. Murky brown color with yeast floaties.

The smell is chocolaty and sour, but the flavor isn't on par with the aroma. Tastes a little chocolaty, especially in the after-taste. A little sweet, but not close to as sweet as dubbels usually seem.

Not bad I guess, but not the best.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok...at $1.50 I had to give this a try.
Pours a deep dark tea colored amber with a nice single finger head that melts to very thick lacing.
Aroma is dark fruits and alcohol with a touch of carmel and burnt sugar.
Taste is sweet dark fruits and burnt sugar with a little too rough alcohol edge.
Mouthfeel is thin for style but full of tiny carbonation.
Aftertaste just a lighter version of swallowing taste...dark fruits, burnt sugar, carmel, alcohol.
Not world class...but not bad.

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Photo of Foxman
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a mocha brown, amber at the lighter edges. A fistful of pithy light brown head explodes and remains just short of forever. Talons of lacing claw the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, there's a light grain sweetness with the merest hint of caramel and a slightly sour yeastiness. Crisp green apple and airy alcohol mingle with a homey general spiciness.

Upon tasting, there begins an exceedingly rapid progression from grain caramel sweetness to a very dry, mellow bitter finish. In between are cursory flashes of sour apple, yeast, alcohol, and vague spices. The problem is it happens so fast that it's very easy to miss any or all of them.

A bit more than light bodied, the flow across the palate is as quick as the mad dash of the flavor.

Simply, the aroma writes a check that the flavor just cannot cash. Very little of what I could smell found its way to my palate, at least not in a way that I could definitively note. The ABV goes along with these limitations to make drinkability a debatable issue. Apparently, not everything in Belgium needs to make its way westward.

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Photo of Suds
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A generous gift from a friend, this beer is a murky reddish-brown color, topped with a mountainous off-white head. Huge rocky foam and tight, solid lace. The aroma is malty and earthy. There’s caramel, ripe fruit, and some phenolic notes. The beer has a yeasty flavor, combined with a nice malt centerpiece. It’s not really sweet, and the finish is mostly dry. Pretty high carbonation and a medium-full body. As far as Belgian Dubbel’s go, this one’s essentially middle of the road.

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Photo of scottoale
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Un-caged the cork on the 750ml. brown bottle and it almost got away, not quite. The bottle had been in the fridge a couple days and was not aggitated, yet the cork was on a mission (to the Moon). I eased it off with a firm hold, no prob. With an ultra gentle pour into my small tulip glass, got a two-finger creamy tan head, atop a murkish brown with deep burgundy hues of a liquid and some ballistic carbonation replentishing that head. Five minutes later, the head has finally died down too one, fat finger.

Earthy malt, sweet ripe red grapes, dark cherries, a sour tartness that ends on a sweet note. Some yeast and alcohol waivering in the background.

Fairly sweet off the bat, the ripe dark fruity flavors pan out through the bubbly carbonation. The sweetness turns tart then gently fades to a smooth, mild fruity finish, almost Port like. Nice malty aftertaste with some warming of the alcohol as well.

Thick full bodied brew, yet the carbonation keeps the mouthfeel a bit fizzy. Very easy to drink with a plethora of ripe dark fruit flavor, and a complexity that gives way to a nice, clean satisfying finish.

This stuff is what it is, a Dubbel that shout's out Belgium, all the way to the end...very well done!!!

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you're not careful in pouring this one you'll up with a ridiculous 6" head that takes a long time to go down. Once it finally does you'll see a dark red or reddish brown body and off white head. Steady but minimal carbonation. I smelled baked beans and incense. Taste-wise it was caramel with a light fruitiness. Very smooth mouthfeel. Good aftertaste. Very drinkable.

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Photo of oelergud
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep clear ruby body, lots of carbonation. Light tan fluffy head. Great retention and clumping lace.
Sweet mildly spiced and fruity scent. Caramel and sweet malts apparent in the nose as well.
Spiced sugar cane up front, green apple, touch of honey. Aftertaste is subdued hops in a spiked sensation.
Full bodied, little coating and somewhat dry finish.
Very drinkable, mild mannered but far from boring.

-Oelergud

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Photo of BadBadger
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yum, a fine dubble. This pours a monster head out of the bottle. This head is so thick, additional pouring sends brew down the sides of the foamy beast-amazing. The smell is subtle, a nice malty aroma, with additional fruity scents, and a tiny bit of yeast. No alcohol aroma. The taste is some what sweet with just a tiny hint of citrus. The mouthfell is crisp. This is an incredibly drinkable beverage, especially at the ABV. It is hard to imagine that anyone would not enjoy this nice Belgian.

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Photo of Rezzin
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured this thing and had to stop 1/2 way because the head shot to the top! Hazy sediment filled mahogany color but looks appealing.

S - Smells brown sugar sweet and rich with scents of raisins or plums and a little spicy.

T - Toasted malty sweetness with some hop bitterness but overall it's pretty good. Tastes like roasted plums to me even though I've never HAD roasted plums - but I can imagine. Surprising chocolate aftertaste. the 8% ABV is very well hidden.

M - Highly carbonated. Slighty sourness in the mouthfeel but quick;y turns to a crisp dryness. Seems to work well with this beer.

D - This is my first Dubbel and I like it. I definitely plan on trying more.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep garnet color with massive chunky tannish head. Head lasted to the last drop with nice lacing. Smell is dark fruity with some candy caramel hints present. Taste is very enjoyable with many dark fruity notes (cherries, plums) present. At the finish a bit of alcohol comes through, along with the dark fruit as a reminder of what your are drinking. Nice drinkablity

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent dubbel, though quite far from my favorite. Pours to a fairly dark nutty brown with ruby hues. A nice thick effervescent head forms and sticks around at about a cm. Lacing is decent. Careful upon opening, because every bottle I've ever tried has gushed foam until it is poured.

The smell is one of my least favorite parts about this beer. It seems to have an odd sweetness, almost like cinnamon and applesauce. Needless to say, it doesn't seem like a dubbel to me, at least from the nose. Light hops, but mostly just the applesauce. The taste is only slightly better than the smell. A little more complexity in the malt, but not enough to save it from mediocrity. Slight fig and raisin, slight caramel.

The mouthfeel is fairly sharp. The carbonation levels are insane, hence the gushing out. Maybe too much priming sugar? Not one of the more drinkable dubbels I've encountered. I'll pass in the future.

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Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.7 out of 5 based on 588 ratings.
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