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Bornem Dubbel | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Bornem DubbelBornem Dubbel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sixpack595 on 05-23-2002

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Photo of bbarrows
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to 5 oz taster glass
A: Clear light brown with 1" white head, good lacing
S: Raisins and vanilla
T: Raisins, toffee, dark fruit. All flavors are light.
M: Middle of the road. Not dry, not sweet.
D: This was light for a dubbel, very easy to drink. I'll take one more.

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Photo of JMforman
2.69/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this one with my housemates last night. I had high hopes. Big mistake.

A- Nice deep-amber body with a good head and great retention.

S- Not much here. Banana, alcohol, fruity yeast. All pretty weak.

T- Bready malt, alcohol, faint cherry, burnt sugar, dishsoap, and a bitter finish.

M- VERY peppery, too much so. I know that lots of carbonation is important for the style, but this was distractingly carbonated.

D- Ehh... I'd choose most other dubbels over this one.

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

A - dark amber, little bit hazy, very nice firm and stable head
S - great and amazing - cranberries, honey, dried plums, grapes, raisins, cola, butter
T - nice tasty malt with dried plums, dark fruits
M - medium body with medium carbonation
D - very drinkable, kind of easy and fresh

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Photo of impending
2.54/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

750ml into a tulip. Opens with an explosive pop. Pours a velvety dark copper, back lite it is a gorgeous rich garnet. Massive towering cream colored head exceeds the glass like a mushroom cloud. Crazy clumpy froth lags behind as it recedes.

Aroma is sweets and yeast, lots of yeast, dark fruits and soy sauce lie quietly underneath.

Taste unfortunately disappoints compared to the gorgeous looks and sweet scent. Low in sweetness, low in bitter, low in flavor. Aftertaste nearly non existent. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Seriously lacking in complexity.

Would be fine paired with a food for which you didn't want your brew to compliment nor interfere.

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

Appearance: Poured with a thumb of head that retained exceptionally and made some adequate lacing. The body is a deep and cloudy brown.

Smell: I'm certainly getting a bit of an alcohol smell to a backing of grapes, figs, and some melted brown sugar. Warming helped it's case but it is a tad tame.

Taste: Starts with a bit of a brown sugar and toast taste. The sweetness dies down a bit and the fruitier aspects of the yeast take over and almost bring enough potency to mask the alcohol entirely. Nice pear, fig and a mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. It then ends with a tangy citrus end which I would assume are from a light dose of citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, and the citrus ends cleanses the pallet quite well leaving only a touch of dry malt aftertaste. The start of the beer has an odd almost crystalline grit to it, which thankfully disappears quick.

Drinkability: A little bit heavier then I thought it would be, that and the carbonation is a little high. Still it went down well enough and the creaminess really serves it well.

Final Thoughts: All in all an above average Dubbel. Not quite as good as the trappist offering I've had but given the right price I could enjoy this in their stead. Give it a shot.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky copper color with a medium sized head that leaves some lacing.

S- Brown sugar, malt, yeast, and some spice in the nose.

T- Sweet initially with some caramel and burnt sugar flavors. Some dark fruits are apparent as well (currants, raisins, figs) and the alcohol leaves a bit of warmth in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D- A solid Dubbel that I would pick up again.

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

Giant head on this one, drank some head to keep it from flowing out of the top of the mug. Stiff, off white head of foam. Great heavy lace that does not move. Color is a 25 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell; there is grape, apple, light blueberry, lime, malt, and molasses. Taste offers flavors of white grapes, lime, apple/pear, caramel, molasses, nutmeg, and malt. Moderate feel and creaminess as it flows past my tongue. Maybe a little sweet to drink more than two together, but good flavor, maybe with apple or cherry pie.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-very dark brown, slightly transparent, a lot of tan head that stays with a lot of lacing

S-smells like cinnamon bubble gum, a lot of belgian sugars. there's a good strength. smells like a sweet desert

T-goes in and out with a medium strength of sweet belgian sugars. there's a slight tanginess to it as well toward the end.

M-soft carbonation with a watery finish

D-actually a really good, smooth dubbel. the ABV, i would've guessed to be half of what it is. i'd like to have more of this!

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz snubby Duvel style bottle into a snifter. Darker than expected, this is a dark one even for a dubbel. Head just keeps climbing and climbing. I've poured entire 22 oz chugs into this snifter and this dubbel surged almost all the way to the top. Traditional hops and Belgian pils malt and caramel malt and smoked malt come through much more than the yeast, which I find to be the dominant flavor in many dubbels. Still quite a good funkiness from the yeast though. It's surprisingly light and spritzy on the tongue. It's also quite sweet, I would say a little under-balanced on the hop side, but still a very enjoyable beer. Does it compete with any of the Trappist dubbels? Not quite, but you won't be sorry you tried one or two either.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black, with tan and red traces. Very carbinated with a white head that died rather fast

Smell - Malts, spices, yeast, prunes,grapes, dark bold fruitness

Taste - Has a bold dark fruit flavor, much like grapes and prunes. Bold and dark for a dubbel. Not alot of sweet spices, heavy on tartness. Has a champagne feeling with all the carbination

Mouthfeel - Coats mouth with some bitter sour fruits, leaves tounge bitter and mouth dry. The carbination tingles in your mouth, and alcohol warms throat up a little.

Drinkabilty - Kind of a odd flavor for a dubbel. Its not what i expect but overall its decent. Has enough alcohol to were 1 or 2 is good. I prefer spice and malt heavy dubbels over this. I would drink again but wouldnt seek out.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark rusty brown color with khaki head.

Aromas of burnt currant, stewed dark fruit, wet dough, paper, and slightly turning low fat milk.

An off-dry, yeasty, and mild stewed fruit taste. There is a lurking tartness or sourness on the finish, but not upfront.

medium body, maybe a little bit more. Not bad, but sometimes a bit weird or off, yet not in a very bad way. Interesting. Curious, but not fascinating.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance; Tawny color with a tan head and not much retention or lacing.

smell; Mostly caramel malts and sweetness.

taste; Very rich and malty flavor, with some fig sweetness mixed in with the alcohol. Very warm and yeasty in the aftertaste. True to the style but simple and less complex than others.

mouthfeel; Pretty complex, somewhat chewy with a rich body. Sticky on the palate with a rich finish. Very gentle with some alcohol warmth.

drinkability; a little toned down for the style making this a not too bad session beer. The alcohol could be better hidden.

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Photo of gopens44
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A touch hazy and reddish in color with a generous fizzy, off white head.

S - Slightly boozy with a hint of spice and raisins

T - Much like the nose with an upfront boozy characteristic and raisins or plums actually now that I taste it a bit more. Some spice coming through as well. Finishes with a touch of sourness, but not much.

M - Highly carbonated and a little bitter in the aftertaste.

D - Meh. Not a bad beer by any measure, but certainly not my first choice.

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Photo of thebhoy
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chestnut brown from 33cl bottle into tulip glass. Two finger head with almost chunky lacing.

Nose is typical, if a bit restrained for the style. Dark, fruity notes with some alcohol present but not prominent.

Taste is exactly as nose, if not more restrained, definitely a watery quality to this brew, which perhaps explains the aggressive carbonation level.

Compared to their Gulden Draak, this beer was quite disappointing, with its flavour fading as quick as its memory. An almost too-easy drinker (barring the carbonation level), the 8% abv is well disguised.

An underwhelming brew.

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

A: The head is fluffy and like a lightly browned marshmallow. The head is a finger high and the body is a very dark brown.

S: slightly yeasty and bready. A tiny bit of cherry dark fruit aroma. The aroma is not that strong.

T: the flavor is slightly tangy with a dark fruit flavor and hints of bitterness.

M: the carbonation is a little lower than I expected. The body is medium.

D: It is honestly too drinkable for the beer style. I expected it to be something I can relax with and sip slowly.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown with lot's of carbonation. Bright. Two finger fluffy off white head and great lacing.

S - Yeast and dark fruits dominate but they're both quite faint.

T - The dark fruits and yeast appear again and are well balanced. Nice stuff.

M - Some carbonation, not enough though. Short finish. Not something that seems to be good to keep in the mouth for a lengthy amount of time.

D - Good but not great. An average example of a Dubbel.

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Photo of MattyV
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut brown with ruby highlights, 1.5 finger thick beige head that leaves a small amount of lacing around the top of the glass.

I'm straining to pick up much of anything from the nose, definitely a bit of yeast, fruitiness, and a touch of alcohol on big whiffs. The taste is dark fruits and belgian yeast character up front, which gives way to a light roastiness in the surprisingly dry finish. A bit too thin and too highly carbonated. This is an easy drinker and hides its ABV quite well, but is not really anything to write home about.

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Photo of mpm180
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml into Duvel tulip. Dark brown with a think cream colored head. Almost looks like root beer.

First smell is Belgian yeast followed by sweet dark fruit

Taste is sweet malt with figs raisins and brown sugar

Medium creamy body with tons of carbonation. Very alive in the mouth

Highly drinkable, I would gladly drink again. Not the best dubbel out there but worth a try.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle from the Taste of Belgium pack. Pours a dark cola brown with hints of plum. Finger of cake like head leaves small islands of lace down the side of the Leffe chalice.

Nose is bready, hint of minerals and plums, very light Belgian yeast esters. Taste is similarly light on what I would call the Belgian yeast profile, more bready and caramel, quite a surprisingly dry finish, almost bordering on chalky in the mouth, light cola sweetness, light phenols, perhaps a touch too much carbonation, borderline too thin mouthfeel. No sight of the ABV, yet everything about this screams average or just above. Easy to drink and I would drink it again but I wouldn't seek it out specifically.

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

Once again, I open up a beer from Brewery Van Steenberge, this time from a fridge where it had been sitting still for days, and as soon as I got the cap off it spewed head out. With the carbonation in their beers, I don't think I'm going to open any of them anymore in my room. My carpet has had 3 of their beers overflow onto it. I'll need to make a scale with Lost Abbey on one end, and Brewery Van Steenberge on the other, in terms of carbonation.

A- Loaded with carbonation. Think baking soda and vinegar. Pours a chestnut brown, and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S- Dark fruits (plum especially) with notes of yeast.

T- While there is a ton of fruit flavor, there isn't an overwhelming amount of fruit sweetness. Hops balance it quite well. The dark fruit is very elaborate, and fresh too. The yeast is probably one of my preferred kinds of yeast. It blends in with some of the buttery notes, and almost fits perfectly in its shadow.

M- Quite smooth and creamy, and feels pretty good. Medium full body, and a dry, slightly sticky finish.

D- A good example of the Dubbel style which didn't blow me away, but earned my respect. I would be happy to drink it again, but would also be fine living without it. I'd recommend giving it a try at least once. Also the 7% is pretty hard to pick up on. This is an easy drinker.

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Photo of scott451
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 1/12/10. Poured into a glass chalice. Clear dark ruby brown. No head or lacing to speak of.

Sweet dark malt smells. Light phenols. Ripe prunes and fig. Fairly mild taste actually.

Very light body. Good carbonation. Overall the flavour level is quite light for a Dubbel. Due to the lightness and the well hidden alcohol the drinkability is quite high. Not to fancy but a solid drinkable Dubbel.

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Photo of kwjd
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as bought of a 6 bottle pack from the Control Board in Ontario. Pours an amber-brown colour with huge pillowly head with some lacing. Smells of dried fruit and caramel. Flavour is pretty mild for the style. Huge carbonation level. Just an ok dubbel, I've preferred the other beers from this pack.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice brown color with a nice off white head. The nose brings some bread, caramel, dark fruits, and a bit of booze. The taste combines the elements quite well with some dark fruits and a good amount of lighter Belgian yeast characteristics. Medium, creamy mouthfeel. Not fantastic, but a pretty good representation of the style.

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Photo of cudmud
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep mahogany color with no head and very little lace.

Smell: Very wine-like, wich is backed by malt and the esters of yeast.

Taste: Very sweet and well balanced with hops.

Mouthfeel: This is the weakest part of this beer as it's on the verge of being over carbonated.

Drinkability: A fine beer.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
2.46/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: A cloudy brown body with red tints. A creamy light tan head that massive at first and slowly diminishes to a pin stripe around the edge of the glass. Good lacing.

S: Kind of a close nose to me. I get some mild malt aromas, candy sugar, fruit and a little bit of some sour funk.

T: A below average flavor. I can pick up some malts, but it's a weak toasted toffee and coffee flavor. Other taste on the palate is dark fruits, caramel, some bitterness, and some spices.

M: Thin texture, medium body and carbonation.

D: Would not reccomend this to someone to try for their first Dubbel. There are better examples out there. I don't see myself drinking this again. Kind of a waste.

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Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.
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