Bornem Double Abbey Ale is a Belgian Dark Ale or Dubbel style ale.
It pours a very dark brown with two fingers of thick tan head on top.
The aroma is sweet, with a definite dark fruit note.
The flavor is malty, sweet, and very mildly spicy. It’s not the most complex Belgian Dubbel I’ve ever head, but it’s a very good one and I’ll be quite happy to have it again.
Beer Advocate rates Bornem an 83/100 or “good”. Rate Beer puts it at 81 overall. Those ratings are in line with my own 8 out of 10.
You can find this beer at The Anderson’s General Store as part of a six-pack gift box of Belgian beers that includes Gulden Draak, Gulden Draak 9000, Piraat, and others. That’s an excellent Belgian sample pack. I have occasionally seen it by itself at other retailers, but none consistently enough to list here.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Malty, Sweet
Spice Level: Low to medium
Hops Level: Low
Dominant Flavors: Malt, dark fruit, spice
My Rating: 8/10