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Bornem Dubbel

Rating: 3.2

Originally brewed at the Beirens Wommelgem brewery from 1957, this one has been brewed by its current location since 1971 and will be the second review of a Van Steenberge beer in a row here since the brewery is also responsible for the Gulden Drakk 9000 that I had too. This one comes in at 7.2%, having originally been a 8% abv. beer that I received over Christmas as a gift and it’s not a beer that I can say I’ve ever seen before so it was one that I was looking forward too. I also received the Tripel version of this beer from the same brewery, a more recent addition to their line up and one that I’ll be reviewing here next.


Appearance (4/5): Dark caramel, boardering on mahogany coloured with a hazy body, this one was topped with a thin, half centimetre head that was a tan brown colour and bubbly. It faded quite quickly though, leaving a patchy lacing to one side of the surface but overall it wasn’t a bad-looking beer.
Aroma (6/10): Slightly dark on the nose, this one opened with a combination of toffee and caramel aromas but there was some bread malts and biscuit in the early going too. Towards the middle some subtle fruits started to appear but sadly the beer was quite a weak one on the nose; only some plum and a few molasses alongside a couple of figs in the background helped salvage things for this one.
Taste (6/10): Slightly sweeter than the nose, this again opened with some caramel and toffee flavours with the biscuit malts not too far behind. Some darker fruits such as raisin, figs and dates started to appear nearer the middle but nothing was overly pronounced really and again the beer seemed weaker than I’d have liked as a result.
Palate (3/5): Not the heaviest dubbel out there, this one sat about light-medium bodied and came through with a lot of fine carbonation. There was a lot of early sweetness to the beer thanks to the caramel and toffee flavours but things seemed to fade rather quickly and from the middle on the beer seemed weak and almost bland at times. There wasn’t much of the alcohol showing at least and there was a touch of spice nearer the end but the beer proved to be quite disappointing sadly.

Overall (12/20): Quite a disappointing offering on the whole despite starting quite well thanks to the nice combination of caramel and toffee flavours plus the biscuit malts at the start. The problem with this one was that it seemed to fade far too quickly and come the middle there wasn’t really much of anything going on save for some subtle fruits and a hint of sugar. Quite a bland and uninspiring offering that seemed a little plain and definitely wasn’t as good as some of the better Belgian dubbels I’ve tried in the past; this is probably one to avoid I’ afraid.

Brewed In: Ertvelde, East Flander, Belgium
Brewery: Brouwerij Van Steenberge
First Brewed: 1957 (1971 at current brewery)
Type: Dubbel
Abv: 7.2%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: North of Ireland
Price: Gift

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