Steenbrugge Dubbel Bruin | Brouwerij Palm NV

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Steenbrugge Dubbel BruinSteenbrugge Dubbel Bruin

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Palm NV

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Absumaster on 07-13-2008

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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of RobinLinde
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of delta490
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of seangibbs60
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Dzu
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jaydee01
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
2.71/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of Hugues
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a typical example of what I like in brown beer. Not too far from what I expect from a good Double Trappist

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Photo of safphoto
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brauseboof
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of lhwjanssen
2.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Dentist666
2.73/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of saison90
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of SuperHop18
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of admiral
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of nmoeschler
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Antiantianti
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of GentleKnight1
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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Steenbrugge Dubbel Bruin from Brouwerij Palm NV
3.33 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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