STEENBRUGGE Dubbel Bruin abbey beer is a brown beer with a straightforward, malty-caramel character and a fruity, lightly smoked yeast aroma combined with the subtle Bruges “gruut” blend of herbs and spices, with an emphasis on cinnamon. Topfermentation beer with secondary fermentation in the bottle.

Characteristic features

Top fermentation – bottle conditioned (6.5% ABV); keg (6.3% ABV)

Bruges “gruut”

The secret of STEENBRUGGE abbey beer is the unique “gruut” blend of herbs and spices, which gives the beer its delicious flavour. Every town used to have its own beer, each with its own individual character. In Bruges that character was determined by a blend of herbs and spices that brewers were obliged to purchase from the city’s herbs and spices shop, known as the “Gruuthuse”. In STEENBRUGGE Dubbel Bruin this medieval tradition is continued.

Steenbrugge yeast

STEENBRUGGE Dubbel Bruin is fermented with its own STEENBRUGGE top-fermenting yeast strain, which provides a smoked, phenolic aroma, together with a discernible fruitiness.

Bottle conditioning

STEENBRUGGE Dubbel Bruin undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle. During filling, some sugar and yeast are added which ferment into alcohol and carbon dioxide gas in the “hot chamber”. This gives bottled beers a slightly higher alcohol content than the same beer from the keg. The yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle protects the beer against oxidation, thus preventing rapid ageing of the taste.

Brand identity

Brand values:
Sincere – Competent – Respectable – Traditional – Authentic – Reliable – Mature – Inspiring

Connoisseurs’ beer – To aid relaxation or as a personal treat
Especially alone, but also in a small group

Per hectolitre, a royalty is paid to the religious order of STEENBRUGGE Abbey in order to finance their good deeds.


‘Honorable Mention’ op de Brussels Beer Challenge 2012, Dark Ale: Abbey/Trappist
2013 - Brussels Beer Challenge - Bronze
2016 - World Beer Awards - Silver


  • 20 l Keg
  • 33 cl Bottle
  • 75 cl Bottle