Tongerlo 6 Dubbel Bruin
Brouwerij Haacht NV

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Belgian Dark Ale
Ranked #115
Ranked #43,608
3.49 | pDev: 14.04%
Brouwerij Haacht NV
Tongerlo 6 Dubbel BruinTongerlo 6 Dubbel Bruin
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Reviews by arkanu:
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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Photo of stcules
1.53/5  rDev -56.2%
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 Gusler
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the pour a deep garnet with hints of mahogany, the head is ponderous in size, creamy in consistency and a winsome light tan in color, after desiccation the residual lace a fine covering sheet. Nose is malt sweet, caramel, fresh and crisp, with a malt laden and sweet start, the top middling in feel. The finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops purposeful in their spicy presence, dry and lingering aftertaste. Quite a nice drinking beer, but about average for the style like its lighter colored sister.

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Photo of Andreji
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the two tongerlos which certainly follows a similar pattern.

Pour is dark, caramel/brownish with a cream/tan head, very porous or rocky that lasts (the yeast is there) and with certain bursts of carbonation visible alongside the glass.

The smell is rich, fruity and wheaty. The malt appears in the taste as an added sweetness- slight enough I mussay, and blends in properly with all the fruit ranges. Not very bitter at the end, and full bodied with little carbonation making it a nice experience.

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Photo of saltydog
2.94/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Reddish brown, decent head. Smell: Not much aroma, aside from a little candi sugar. Taste: Bland, somewhat thin tasting. Seems more of a simple brown ale (not Flander Brown!) than a Dubbel or Dark Strong Ale, but has no rummy, caramel complex malt flavors. Sweet, sugary finish.

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Some yeast, nut (from nutmeg) and malt aroma.Nice white head and brown body, lace in glass.thin-medium mouthfeel,strongly carbonated, though drinkable. Carmel, sugar,licorice,chocolate malt,tthough alcoholic. a nice one though average for this style.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of drpimento
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Danny2321
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my first of the two Tongerlo's on-tap in Antwerp. Served in a Tongerlo chalice.

I've had this one both in a bottle and from the tap, and as usual for imported beers, the quality on-tao in its home country was FAR superior than the bottle form.

Poured a dark reddish brown that was hazy with a nice head, and was incredibly smooth for a dark belgian ale. It could have been the fact I was several belgians deep already by the time I came across this one, but I liked this one. Sweeter than your typical belgians of the same style.

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Photo of Viggo
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
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 paterlodie
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 27-05-05. Poors in great with huge thick and well lasting yellowbrown foam. Beercolor is brown with a red hint in it. Nose is very (yeast)spicy and further a caramellic maltnose. Taste issweet malty with again lots of caramel, spicy before going into a moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice cause of the aromatic taste but also the carbon dioxide thats there in major proportions ads to the good moutfeel. Good and drinkable beer but there are better ones to find in the style, at least in my opinion.

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Photo of janubio
2.94/5  rDev -15.8%
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 tempest
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ccrida
3.91/5  rDev +12%
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 BlackHaddock
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
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 thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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 deebo
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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 OWSLEY069
2.76/5  rDev -20.9%
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 DoubleJ
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Travlr
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
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 Arbitrator
2.81/5  rDev -19.5%
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 millelacsmark
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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