Bornem Dubbel | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Bornem DubbelBornem Dubbel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a gigantic size frothy and fizzy light brown coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some very good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it started to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, chocolate, vinegar

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and it feels very lively on the tongue. I can taste lots of malts mixed with sweet dark fruits and chocolate. There is also a little bit of a cask wood flavour to it. It finishes with a sweet malty aftertaste.

Overall - It might have just a touch too much carbonation but it is still an above average beer. The alcohol was well hidden and it had a nice taste. Not sure I'd pick it up again, but I'm happy I tried it.

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Photo of neophilus
2.87/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased 750ml from a large stockpile at a supermarket. It poured a ruby brown color with a fluffy white head that quickly fell apart.

The smell had a yeasty spice to it backed up with strong caramel toffee tones. There was a nice balance and interesting intensity to the aroma.

The mouthfeel did not hold up to the aroma however. It felt thin and fizzy to me. The spices from the yeast were nowhere to be found. There was an malty flavor to the beer but it faded away quickly, leaving me with nothing but fizz.

Overall the beer had a good pour and an interesting aroma but the taste and mouthfeel never showed up to the party.

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

A: Brown pour with wisps of red. Huge, fluffy white head with nice retention and beautiful lacing.

S: Dark fruits, candied sugar, and Belgian yeast. Really sweet smell.

T: Follows the smell nearly perfectly. Belgian yeasts up front, followed by the fruit, plum perhaps.

MF: Pretty light actually, good carbonation. Can't get a lot of alcohol and only a slight dryness.

D: Goes down really smoothly, alcohol isn't noticeable, but it's a little too sweet.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle (I believe bottled 8/09/10) poured into a chalice

A: Pours a very dark brown, mostly opaque, with dark ruby red hues when held to light. 1 finger bubbly light brown head that fairly quickly pops away.

S: Plums, Raisins, maybe a bit of tart apple/pear, a little brown sugar, little belgian yeast (slight funk).

T: Fairly heavy does of dark fruits, with a little prune in the background. There seems to be a bit of bitterness in the background, maybe slight floral hops, tastes like bitter prune. I'm not really getting the tart/funk that I got on the nose. Everything seems focused on very dark fruits, almost burnt, with bitter prune in the background, slightly burnt brown sugar (close to molasses), with just a bit of malt. Finish has almost a metallic quality, it's a light bitter finish. Seems to lack depth and complexity.

M: Very high carbonation for the style, more so than even most BSDA, Triples, and Wits. Very light body, it is smooth I suppose, but it really lacks substance. Almost no viscosity and if there is any, the carbonation completely covers it up as it fizzy out all the way to the finish. Not that impressed here.

D: I suppose this could be ranked fairly high due to the light body and high carbonation, but the flavor fall short of the nose/style and the mouthfeel isn't what I enjoy out of great Dubbels. I can't imagine buying this again.

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

Pours a deep reddish mahogany, with a tall, retentive head that will knock your socks off. I poured equal head to beer at a head-reducing angle, and had to wait a while in order to top off my glass. Tastes of ripened fruits, candy, some esters, and a hint of caramel round out this dubbel nicely. Smooth, moderate body, and sweet through the swallow, while wet in the finish. Leaves your tongue 'sweating' for another drink. An experienced craft, well worthy of an evening's enjoyment.

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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 bylerteck
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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Bornem Dubbel from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.7 out of 5 based on 581 ratings.
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