Brewed by Van Den Bossche
Style: Belgian Ale
St. Lievens-Esse/Herzele, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Water, malts, hops, yeast, candi sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2015
Classic dubbel, launched in the fifties for a festivity in the village of Sint-Lievens-Esse which is held only once every 50 years. Tasted often from bottle and tap, this is a hazy bronze coloured ale with light beige, medium thick head and a soft, creamy, almost buttery texture, malt sweet, very caramelly with a light sourishness, bready and a tad chocolatey, dried fruits, somewhat metallic, nutty, yeasty, soft herbal hoppiness in the finish without ’true’ bitterness. Your average, ordinary dubbel I suppose, nothing exceptional, just simple old school decency.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bartlebier (3496) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2015
33cl bottle bb06/2016, Delhaize. Deep brown bordeaux pour, Belgian rock of foam, quite fizzy. Earthy nose of roasted chestnut, brown mushroom, liquorice, candy sugar. Taste equivalent to a liquorice cane dipped in a rain water reservoir, dark earthy with a metallic edge. Dry toffee and some candy sugar join this fizzy dubbel’s modest, arch-Belgian appeal. I prefer my dubbels a bit fuller and creamier (cf. La Trappe). Might revisit on tap.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjik83 (1350) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2014
- Alcoholpercentage van 6.5% - Redelijk biertje destijds gedronken - Niet verkeerd, maar heb naar mijn smaak veel lekkerder biertjes gedronken - Vandaar mijn niet al te hoge waardering uiteindelijk ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ManVsBeer (8765) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Keg @ De Zandloper Taphouse, Brugge. Very dark with good pale malt Belgian ale nose. There’s a hint of roasted malt in its taste, and texture wise it has a lovely smoothness about it with a pleasant sweetened malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bamsen78 (5063) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle from a bottle shop in Brugge. Pours hazy coffee brown with airy but creamy and stable light tan head. Clear aroma of fruit, flowers and hops, with notes of malt. Sweetish flavour of caramel malt and fruit, with notes of roast, hops and flowers. Bitter, roasty aftertaste with sweetish, estery and malty hints. Rather well balanced and quite decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (10446) - Hasselager, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2014
Draught @ Fairbar, Århus. Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, yeast, brown sugar, light wood, nuts. Flavor is light sweet, malty, brown suagr, wood, dark fruit, plums. Medium body, lively carbonation. 231014

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (9211) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2014
33cl bottle from Arnoldus, Gouda. Decent off white head. Clear burgundy pour. A bit too sweet. A decent dubbel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sharkydodson (1193) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - OCT 8, 2014
caramel and fruity aroma with shades of chocolate, vanilla and licorice... rough caramel taste with notes of chocolate, dark fruits, brown sugar and spices... dry sweet and spicy aftertaste... very nice dubbel...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (2950) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle from De Hopduvel. Dark brown colour, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Aroma of dark fruit, cocoa, caramel and chocolate. Medium sweet, Bitter finish. Good Dubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (4911) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2014
(Pater Lieven Bruin) Bottle 330 ml at home, into a tulip glass. ABV 6.5% Deep dark brown colour on the body with ruby shades when light passes through it. Two fingers of thick, beige head, with very good retention, leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, raisins. Nice taste, fruity, with caramel, raisins, port wine hints. Carbonation with a bite, medium body. Slightly sticky palate. Overall a very good belgian ale, I hadn’t had a Bruin in a while and this one was a good "back to the basics" beer.

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