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

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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 Jason
2.99/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown bottle with a best before freshness date.

Typically great tan head with great retention, dark mahogany color with a good clarity. Faint husky malt, dried fruit and a hint of yeast ... not much there in the nose. Dry and smooth with a lighter body. Fruity, spicy with a quick kick of light estery alcohol. Quick note of phenolics ... bubble gum and herbs. Bone dry finish with not much lingering about.

Sinamar? Or does the sugar have coloring in it as the color does not match the flavor for the most part. Decent, not all that exciting for a Dubbel IMO.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of bconsidine
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of GentleKnight1
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of HalfFull
2.49/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap in a Steenbrugge Abbey glass. Pours a clear amber with a half inch of head. Offers decent retention and some lacing initially.

Smell is of light caramel malts, thin and light. No yeast or hop presence noted.

Tastes like the nose and easily confused with an amber/vienna lager.

Average feel and carbonation though not what I was expecting. Good drinkability, reminds me of Dos Equis Amber, thus surely a wannabe Dubbel.

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Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +20.1%

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 Louski
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of psulovesbeer
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip
Copper dark apperance little or head
Smells malty sweet almost musty
Taste is sweet malty with a nice yeast flavor
It feels full in the mounand is fairly balanced a nice dub and worthy of a try if you in an area that has it especially on draft

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Photo of ThirstyTorpy
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of desint
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Jose9e
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TND...
Appears a dark brown with a crimson hue when held to the light. A 2 finger, tan head slowly fades into a fluffy cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, caramel, ripe fruit, black plums, caramel, and a touch of vanilla.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a touch of spicing.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, balanced between sweet and some bitter leaning towards brown sugar. A bit thin on the finish but perhaps it's a touch of dryness too.

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Photo of beerpirates
1.83/5  rDev -45%
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 ...

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, brown beer with a nice 1 inch head.

Smell is roasted with chocolate notes and ripe red fruit. Some notes of metal too.

Taste is mildly roasted with a nice malty profile. The yeast provides a ripe fruit taste of apples and cherries. Low bitterness and a sweet mouthfeel. The metallic smell is not found in the taste, although the beer has minor traces of undefined musty tastes.

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Photo of jwc215
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml foil-wrapped cage-corked bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours ruby to brown with a creamy tan head that slowly thins and stays. Trailing lace slides down the glass with some stickage.

The smell is grassy/herbal. It is not strong, but not much else is going on behind it, other than a touch of dark cherry and steely caramel. Not an aroma typical of a dubbel, and one that leans too medicinal/herbal.

The taste is herbal/medicinal with a cola-like sweetness. There is a touch of sour. Lacks the malt complexities that are associated with the style, though some roasted, a bit steely, caramel is under the herbs. Finishes somewhat abruptly, and with a tingle.

Light-to-medium bodied, the carbonation is more prickly than effervescent.

Worth trying to see if you like the "gruut" aspect. (According to the label, it is the mysterious medieval herbs added to the beer). It does make it different, I suppose. As for me, I'll pass on buying this again.

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

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