Tongerlo 6 Dubbel Bruin | Brouwerij Haacht NV

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Tongerlo 6 Dubbel BruinTongerlo 6 Dubbel Bruin

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Haacht NV

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 03-26-2003

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 76
Photo of lmaduells
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A beer that I thought would be very mediocre and gave me feeling better than I expected. Without being any wonder, is a beer that tries to follow the rules of a Belgian beer that stays in a third-level beer commercial without pretension but honest

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Photo of kitch
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 7th November 2016 and poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

Appearance: It poured a reddish brown colour with a one finger beige head that had good retention and settled down to a creamy puffy layer with good lacing.

Aroma: Light plum, banana and some metal mineral-ness.

Taste: Started pretty decent with plum, brown sugar, raisin, caramel and banana. But for some reason, the finish is a little watery.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: Looks great, but the minerally aroma and the watery finish didn’t help the beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice dubbel. Reddish brown with silky beige head. Tart, yet smooth, hints of wood, caramel,cider. Very smooth and tasty. Part of a three bottle gift pack, glass included.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Hipercor San Juan de Aznalfarache, tasting pack. Playing with my daughter until her sleep hour. Great flavor which is enjoyed most spacing the sips. Nearly no foam nor aroma

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Photo of janubio
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

330 ml. bottle. Be careful when serving it, it pours an enormous persistent off white head. Dark brown colour, semell of coffee, dark fruits, cherries and caramel. Thin body, much more than I expected, not a strong palate. Taste of chocolate, dark fruits,some licorice: And average beer for the style, IMO.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No matter what happened, this was my first beer consumed in Belgium. Served on-tap in Antwerp, on to the beer:

A ruby brown color takes its shape in the glass. Topping it is a thick rocky head which retains for very long. Aroma offers soft plum, yeast, and minerals, so it's just about on target. The taste is a little more relevent, which brings plum, toasted bread, vague fruit, and...cherry? A kiss of banana gets noticed, but the alcohol does not. It's medium bodied, which finishes off this pleasant dark ale which I head with my lunch.

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Photo of Slickjoe
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bliss in a bottle.

A - Dark brown with a rust tinged head.

S - quite a few notes. Sweet, red fruity, spices and a bit of a marmalade scent.

T - Sweetish, bit of sugar with marmalade and fruit with a slight hop notes coming in the middle. Very smooth and drinkeable.

Fantastic beer for those preferring a "sweeter" beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a chestnut brown with ruby edges and a light toffe colored head. The nose has candied sugars and carmelized brown sugar with a light metal twang. Very water, light yeast note and some faint pear. The taste is heavily sugar based, carmelized brown sugar and candied sugars primarily with a touch of yeast, light nut and pear in the back. Watery in taste and in body, thin and low carbonation.

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Photo of rarbring
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark brown with hints of orange, an off-white head that leaves some curtains - and some lacing.

The smell is sweet, red fruits, spices and oranges.

The taste is sweet brown bread, porridge, candy sugar with red marmalade and fruit acidity.

Low carbonation, soft and smooth, not dry.

A nice dubbel, smooth and welcoming.

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Photo of deebo
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this as part of a sampler at a Brussels restaurant for lunch. I love that each "sample" was at least 8 oz.

A-Pours with a good 3 fingers of dense tan head with significant staying power. Color is milk chocolate brown.

S-Some rich toasted malt and brown notes.

T-Malty with a fair amount of hoppy/bitter finish, but the toasted malt dominates.

M-A little thinner than I'd expect.

O-Surprised in the lack of complexity in this beer, thought their blonde was very good but this one was missing that same kind of depth.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I just bought this bottle from my favorite liquor shop.

A - A clear reddish brown liquid an appetizing off-white head. No visible carbonation.

S - A faint smell of apple and yeast.

T - Fairly dry flavor, but balanced with hop bitterness. A simple beer with in the middle a metallic aftertaste. A fresh beer with light lemon extract and a little more malt flavor than the blond version.

M - Medium to high carbonation, after that the beer is slightly sticky. At the end a bitter finish.

O - A good beer but not impressive and good to drink.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep amber color with a white head. In the aroma, dark fruits consisting of figs and raisins. In the taste, dark fruits, but a bit watery and muted flavors. A smooth and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry dark fruit in the aftertaste. Decent, but quite watery, which made everything a bit muted.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark reddish brown. Roasted malt nose very light. Palais syrupy caramel and liquorice which is more or less on the palate but without much conviction. Some dryness of roasted malt comes in the finish but it still sounds too artificial to be convincing. It was a bit like coming face to a model, a copy of the Leffe Brune, which is not really a compliment

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Photo of Bradthoc
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark brown and slightly cloudy with heavy white head that holds for several minutes.

First smell of this beer is that of caramel, molasses and sugars, and maybe a soft note of some toffee. As the beer lingers and begins to warm throughout consumption, the caramel and molasses scents come through more.

Drinking the beer was an experience, and I recommend drinking this one slowly, and really take in the different flavors as they come and go throughout it. The beer is medium bodied and easy to drink several throughout the night. Slightly bitter, the caramel and molasses flavors mix well on the palate. A bit of a coffee/toffee/chocolate flavor combination comes through later, towards the end of the glass.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Colour dark red-brown, creamcoloured head.
Smell of dark fruits and caramel
Taste is bittersweet, but mainly sweet. It has some of the dark fruit notes, but mainly the caramel. Also something like milkchocolate, but only very faint. Interesting aftertaste: it's a bit spicy, but goes down smooth nevertheless.
Refreshing and warming.

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Photo of drpimento
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice beer for a mild Belgian. Nothing big, but it wasn't meant to be. Did pour beautifully with a huge foamy frothy light tan head that lasts forever. and lots of lace. Color is a clear chestnut. Aroma is malty and very mild with vineous hints. Flavor's just the same. Body is decent and carbonation is good. Finish is decent and mild. Session beer.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at 't Brugs Beertje in Bruges, Belgium.

A: Pours a ruby-mahogany color with striking carbonation up the glass. A creamy, light tan head perches upon the drink and forbids any sipping for about a minute before vanishing and leaving a few trails of lace behind.

S: Caramel, orange, yeast, and a hint of spice. Wholly unremarkable for a dubbel.

T: Caramel sweetness, yeast, oranges, some kind of dark fruit (raisins and figs, I finally decide) with a twinge of spice on the finish. Generally kind of a bland flavor, though.

M: Light-medium bodied, made fluffier by active carbonation. Slightly watery in flavor.

D: One of the low points, beer-wise, in Belgium. Very underwhelming for the style.

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Photo of Travlr
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Muddy brownish color with very effervescent white head, disappears quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma of malt, nuts and caramel. Flavor is cloyingly sweet with lots of caramel. Not much to balance the sweetness, and little finish. Nothing special.

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Photo of ccrida
3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the Tongerlo logo chalice at some restaurant in Bruges where we enjoyed mussels for lunch, Tongerlo Bruin is a lightly hazed brown with a fluffy light tan head with long last, leaving great lace.

Smell is simple, sweet malty sugar.

Taste is semi-sweet malt, slight astringency and a hint of iron, tasty and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is light and dry, with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good, it's a nice bruin, enjoyable and very easy drinking. I appreciated the relatively lower ABV for a dubbel, particularly in the drinkability category.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in some town near Brussels. Served in a goblet, but not a great example. Call it a simple, cheap, but tasty dubbel or Belgian brown. A bit of cocoa and raisin flavor with a hit of sugary sweetness, this beer was fairly drinkable and very agreeable. I wouldn't suggest seeking it out, but it's not a bad option.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière à la robe brune, mousse abondante tenant bien
Smell : au nez des arômes de caramel
Taste and mouthfeel : ronde en bouche, légére torréfaction. Saveurs de réglisse, amertume équilibrée.
Drinkability : bonne bière dans style Abbaye brune

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Photo of stcules
1.53/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Dark mahogany color, beige foam, quite bubbly.
The smell: not. Cherries and grenadine, grape sugar, fruity, almost sirupy.. And cardboard.
The taste is pratically tamarind. It has also a quite boring strong carbonation. Sugary.
Wel I don't know if I'm unlucky, but all the Tongerlo I've tried were less than mediocre. I know the other reviews, quite good.
Well, maybe it is not my brewery.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle, 33ml, best before mid May 2007, drank 1st feb 2007.

Poured into a Brugse "Staffe Hendrik" bowl (it was the closest I could get to the correct glass).

Deep red, almost purple in colour, not a double brown, as its name suggests, still looks good though, light tanned foaming head, which stays thick throughout the drink.

What can't you smell? The complexity is fantastic (I don't give 5's), the mixture of beery (hops/malt/yeast), chocolate (Belgian and dark, burnt molasses) and dried fruit (plumbs/dates/raisans/figs) aromas is a joy.

The aroma carries on into the taste, very impressive flavours all combine to give you a beer that you will not forget, and for all the right reasons.

Filling is a good word to use here, in the mouthfeel part, this is a beer you know you have had, any thicker and you would need a knife and fork to drink it with.

I will be trying this again, hopefuly in the draught form (I am visiting Antwerp and the Zythos Fest in March 2007).

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Photo of Viggo
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy red/orange, big tan head forms, nice lacing. Smell is sweet, fruity, with caramel and flowers. Taste is sweet as well, with caramel, chocolate, very malty, and a flowery bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to low bodied, with medium carbonation. Not bad, interesting dubbel.

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Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown beer with a big fluffy head, nice lacing. Malty caramel with a bit of chocolate and faint fruit. A bit of acidity showing through in the finish perhaps? Licorice and a bit of spice as well. Medium-light body with generous carbonation. Enjoyable, but fairly average for the style.

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