Steenbrugge Dubbel Bruin
Brouwerij Palm NV

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3.47 | pDev: 14.12%
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Deep ruby chestnut and clear. It does not appear to have been bottle-conditioned (zero sediment in glass + the tiniest hint of sediment in the empty bottle). Pours with 2Cm super-fine bubble pale tan head, holding very well (and holds well to the end).
S- Quite rich and puddingy (x-ref British Xmas pudding/rich baked raisons/plums etc),
T- Taking a sip and then holding it with my mouth closed I get a growing bitter note on the palate. As soon as I 'sloosh' it around my mouth and then open it with tongue slapping on my palate, then it really opens up. Toasty and there is a fruity facet perhaps between backed cherry and plum?
F- There is a good balance between bitter hopping and rich body. For a pretty pungent beer it goes down easily. For a 6.5% it seems to punch a somewhat higher weight.
O- Zero out of place to note, very easy drinking. I'd happily buy this again, esp. if in Belgium at their prices, versus in the UK at niche-supplier prices.
Bought from BeersOfEurope (UK) BB:25/06/20 330ml bottle. Front lable includes the symbol reading 'World Beer Awards - Europe/Silver'.

Feb 28, 2020
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The_Bujon from Ireland

3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Really looks the part served in a tulip glass, great deep body, lovely bold head, retention good, lacing solid.

Aroma is quite boozy given its moderate 6.5% abv, a little zesty, a hint of malt.

The taste is a bit of a let down given its introduction to the stage, a little flat on the tongue. A mild malty taste but does not blow your mind.

Feel is very watery like a lot of dubbel's, but rather than drink this brew it just seems to disappear in the mouth, like a hole in your cheek.

Overall, not that great, much better Belgian Dubbels out there......still better than a pint of peroni

Mar 24, 2018
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OlaB from Norway

3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a deep dark/brown color with a big top of creamy white head,and some really sticky lacings on the glass.

S: Arome is of roasted malt,caramel, brown sugar, nut and dark fruits

T: The taste is sweet with roasted malt profile in the back, and it has a slight bitterness also in the finish.Aftertaste disappear quite fast. would like more to balance it up with and is kind of watery as well. I think it,s a little to onedimentional.

M: Medium carbonated with a medium body with a clean and slightly creamy mouthfeel.

O: Is decent enough, but quite broing and bland compared to other dubbles. I expected more.

Sep 30, 2017
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Local beer isn't automatically great. Lagers made according to the Reinheitsgebot aren't guaranteed to taste clean and pure. American brewers souring or adding a ton of hops doesn't necessarily improve on anything. And Belgian ales brewed where there may once have stood an abbey doesn't mean they are noted and time-honored...

True, monks of the Benedictine St. Peter's Abbey in Steenbrugge did produce beer for a short time in the early 20th century. Whether what's in my glass tonight is anything like those ales is highly uncertain but, what's more, irrelevant; this bottle was only recently produced at Palm's giant, modern facility. My point is: let's review this beer on its merits, not its marketing.

Steenbrugge Dubbel adds the word 'Bruin' on the end for some unnecessary reason - they could just as well have added 'ruby', 'garnet' or any number of other synonyms for the colour red because its body is replete with those kinds of highlights. Regardless, it's a spectacularly sharp, clean complexion whatever you call it and is topped with a befitting light russet foam.

The aroma is sweet and shallow, but the lizard part of my brain lights up at the smell of all that dark candi sugar. The dried and figgy fruit nuances that normally accompany this kind of sweetness are hard to find and there's absolutely no depth on the malt front either; the hard toffee candies from grandma's candy bowl are present but there's no sense of nutty toastiness.

The first thing that came to mind was "cola". That impression grows with every sip as the taste becomes more cloying warmth and the bubbles gradually all fade, just like fountain pop. Lacking as much as the malt is the yeast - where are all (any?) of the style's characteristic spicy phenols and fruit esters? This might mix nicely with spiced rum but severely lacks on its own.

In Belgium drinkability is not open for debate - all styles of beer (Lambics excluded) are meant to be digestible and approachable to everyone. Palm, however, has exploited the spirit of this law by a making something weak, watery, superficial and sweet. Let's put it this way: Steenbrugge Bruin says as much about Belgian culture as a Jean Claude Van Damn movie.

Nov 30, 2016
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delta490 from Virginia

3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a clear medium brown with a thin pale tan head. Leaves nice sheets of lacing. The aroma is slightly tart with a hint of sweet. The taste is much the same. It is light bodied with a crisp finish and a hint of carbonation.

Jun 13, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

2.71/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Sweet tasting dubbel, bland appearance with almost no head. Aroma is brown sugar and cola. taste is sweet and stings the palate. I expected better from this brewery.

Oct 14, 2015
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, malty aroma has a firm fruity note and a hint of cloves. Pours a dark, somewhat transparent chestnut with a thick and fine-bubbled light tan head. Well-rounded malty, fruity flavor has hints of cloves, caramel and woody hops and just a nip of alcohol. Smooth texture has good, firm body and some fizz, leaving a malty finish that has touches of caramel and cloves. Gotta love them monks.

Mar 14, 2015
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into tulip.
Opaque reddish-brown beer with beige one-finger head, average retention.
Smell is rather appalling, metallic, dried fruits.
Taste of plum, lollipop, a bit tart, poor combination.
Hardly drinkable.

Jan 02, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a snifter from the big corked bottle, this fine dubbel pours a light brownish tinged red, almost a cloudy copper, with a decent tan head and very nice lacing. Nose of brown sugars, dark fruits, and musty yeasty goodness. Flavors of brown sugar candy malts to the front and sides, light notes of tart pie cherries on the back and light sweet biscuit. Dry finish, and light mouth feel. A solid dubbel.

Nov 26, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 12/26/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, pear, fig, light banana, caramel, candi sugar, toast, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters and moderate candi sugar//bread/caramel malts; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, pear, fig, apple, light banana, caramel, candi sugar, toast, brown bread, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, fig, apple, light banana, caramel, candi sugar, clove, toast, brown bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast ester and moderate caramel/bready/candi sugar malt flavors; with a solid malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this was a nice Dubbel style. Good complexity of fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors with a fair amount of caramel/bready/candi sugar malts; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. Could have used some more maltiness to balance the yeast fruitiness, but was nicely enjoyable otherwise.

Mar 03, 2014
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Cheshire_Crew_Al from Texas

2.86/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: light tan head, dark amber

S: hint of grapes/raisins, not especially exciting

T: very dry on the palate, initially had an interesting raisin, almost wine-like finish, but as it warmed, it did not accumulate any flavor and the dryness dominates, too one-dimensional

M: medium-heavy carbonation masks the lack of flavor

O: slightly above average beer, not my personal taste, at times, the dryness was reminiscent of a rather pedestrian beer

Oct 08, 2013
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beerpirates from Belgium

1.83/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

too light, watery & thin, some malt, metalic flavor , dark fruits and a hint of spices & herbal at the end, too thinly stretched, almost watered down, boring , i don't understand why people make these kind of beers , it's just not good enough , o well ...

May 09, 2013
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FLima from Brazil

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown color with a three finger hear with medium retention.
Light aroma of slightly toasted malts and hints of wood, prunes and earthy hops.
Relatively malty and yeasty with a refreshing taste from earth hops, notes of dark fruits. Dry and mild bitter aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation.
This seemed to be a lighter Belgian dubbel, more thin and not as heavy in the condiments. On the other hand it seemed a bit more hoppy and less sweet than average. Not bad, but not great.

Mar 17, 2013
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BlackHaddock from England

3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This cask version is a special brew for the 2012 Wetherspoons Beer Festival and is 0.5% less in ABV, so only 6.0%.

Hand-pulled pint in the Wetherspoons pub, Bridgnorth, Shropshire on 26th Oct 2012.

Interesting slant on a Belgian Brown and not really like the bottled one I had years ago.

This beer had a dull, murky brown body, on top a creamy foam head.

The nose was both yeasty and malty: with an off-ish, musty, moldy hint (not as off putting as it sounds).

The taste was malty and slightly yeasty but not sour or spicy. It was OK but not great, a bit thin and watery for what I was expecting.

Nov 02, 2012
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle, stamp on bottom of bottle says best before 17/09/12. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice but a bit light, it smells like dark fruit (raisins, plums), toffee, bready malt, and some nuts. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some cinnamon, candy sugar, and some herbs. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it seems a bit thin for the style. But it is smooth with good carbonation. I think it's an OK dubbel. Not great, but not bad either. $8.99 a bottle.

Oct 08, 2012
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atlason from New York

3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a brown color with generous head. Leaves very little lacing.

S: Dark raisin, slight roast, foamy yeast. Dried figs. Candied fruit.

T: Dry chocolate, mild belgian yeast, slightly chalky with some dark dried fruit. Hops are fairly subdued except for background bitterness. Has that certain je ne sais quoi yeast character of a proper dubbel. Aftertaste is pretty long lived and consistent.

M: Relatively light sugar fermentation body with medium carbonation. Feels very correct on the tongue.

O: This is a correct dubbel, slightly on the dry side.

Dec 01, 2011
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BYOFB from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Krust for sharing this one.

Pours brown with a nice tan head. Goood lacing.

Fruity, malty, bready aroma with dark fruits.

Taste follows aroma with malt and dark fruits coming through. A bit on the sweeter side. Enjoyable.

Medium mouthfeel. A hair light here.

Overall, very enjoyable and drinkable.

Oct 27, 2011
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51mmz0rz from New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

A: Clear medium brown body. Head is off white with okay retention, and a nice fine bubble.

S: Mild stinky fruitiness mixed with caramel malt aroma.

T: Quite bland honestly. There is a bit of nuttiness, but not much else going on here.

M: A little light and watery.

D: Pretty highly drinkable, but I am getting a very slight metallic taste that is somewhat bothersome.

Overall, a pretty forgettable're not missing anything by never drinking this.

Aug 04, 2011
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color and a clear texture. Head was two inches, foamy, tan-colored, and fairly long-lasting. Average lacing.

S: An incredibly subdued aroma of malt and a little bit of fruit.

T: Tasted of malt, fruity esters, a nutty quality and some alcohol. This is a pretty thin flavor - at least in terms of the style. There's simply not that much going on.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth and dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer does have a couple of good attributes, but it's ultimately pretty forgettable.

Jul 19, 2011
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours brown color with a small light-brown head
Smell: Roasted malts, dark fruits, caramel and yeast. Light nose.
Taste: The taste is not as sweet as the nose suggest. Malts, light caramel, grains, dark fruits, spicy hops and clove. Some spicy hop bitterness in aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body and medium carbonation
Overall: Good beer, will drink this more often

Jul 17, 2011
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bristei from Rhode Island

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 750mL bottle into a mug

A: Hazy rich amber color, almost caramel, lasting head, slightly apparent carbonation

S: Hints of molasses and chocolate syrup but not in an overpowering way. Distinct from, say, a chocolate porter but the scent is there nonetheless

T: Earthy, some hint of sweetness but again farrr from in your face about it, slight awareness of the elevated alcohol levels, hard to place my finger on the subtle flavors but I can tell they are there. Not bland.

M: Thin in the mouth, not much of a finish, but you can feel the slightly elevated alcohol

O: This is OK for a Dubbel. Pretty straightfoward, but it didn't seem like the brewer was trying to do much with it though. I would have liked a little fuller mouthfeel and some more distinct flavor profiles. Not bad, but not that great either.

Jul 14, 2011
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rinhaak from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into goblet.

Pours a dark purple/red, similar to a rich grape juice. Very little head: although some bubbles form at the top of the beer immediately after the pour, these dissipate quite quickly.

The nose is a little mild even after warming. Raisins, plums, and yeast aromas are present.

The mouth is pleasant, though not extraordinary. Cloves, ginger, gingerbread, and hints of cinnamon.

As I began drinking this beer, I enjoyed it, but counter to most dubbels, as it warmed I enjoyed it less. It became a little syrupy and cloyingly sweet. I certainly noticed the absence of hops: having now tasted gruut in several different Belgian beers, I can say I appreciate their historical significance, but I really like hops.

Jul 02, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A typical Belgian Bruin. It had a dark brown color and a nice little head on it for a little while. The flavors were of dark fruits and roasted malts. The carbonation could have been amped up just a bit. Overall this brew wasn't too bad. There are better Belgian Dark ales around out there, but don't hesitate to try it if around.

Mar 24, 2011
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Gehrig from Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25.4 oz. bottle.

Two pillowy fingers of slightly tan froth atop an amber-ruby body; nice duration and lacing. Decent fruit aromas, especially cherry and grape, with ample bready malt, and dashes of spice such as ginger and a touch of clove.

fruity, sweet taste, but thin in malt flavor as well as texture. It is also really straightforward, lacking the complexity of a good Dubbel. The more I drink of this, the less enamored I am with it. The mouthfeel does it no favors, lacking effervescence and beefy malt texture.

This is not an impressive Dubbel, and certainly wasn't worth the $6.99 price tag. Steenbrugge comes nowhere near top flight Dubbels, and I plan to come nowhere near another of these; not at the somewhat exorbitant--or any--price.

Mediocre, and avoidable.

Dec 14, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

2.43/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in Antwerp into a goblet...A medium brown with hints of ruby that is way too clear. A very light tan head with retention, no lacing...The aroma is dead and boring, light waif of alcohol and prunes...The taste is even worse, alcohol and chalk. A terribly light feel.

This is a horrible dubbel that you shouldn't even consider getting.

Nov 30, 2010
Steenbrugge Dubbel Bruin from Brouwerij Palm NV
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 106 ratings