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Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Watou, Belgium

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RATINGS: 964   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Josh’s translation of the French description..."Aged in the caves of Kanne, where the exceptional climatic circumstances give it a unique aroma and flavour without equal." In the U.S., the label will read "Grotten Brown Belgian Cave-Aged Ale." ABV of 6.5% or 6.7% depending on bottles.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 24, 2004
75cl bottle, no BBD Brown, decent head. Aromatic nose of must, dank earth, chocolate, chalk, mint, and fruit(overripe wild raspberries in a bowl)...smooth, mediium bodied, runs to a slightly metallic bite. Somewhat muddled to me, not as inviting as the nose...too carbonated, I think. Cork ripped out w/ no assistance from me other than loosening the cage. Turns into a decent dubbel w/ a peppery, bready sort of maltiness...mustiness hangs around.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Appearance: a deep, ruddy brown, no closer to violet, so let’s settle on eggplant, and possessed of a thick, fluffy, cream-soda-toned head of foam. Aroma: Ah! Beautiful! Grapes, plums, raisins, more, with plenty of spice, tingling and tantalizing, stimulating, arousing, feeling both ancient and exotic and altogether inviting. Taste: the fun continues on the tongue, with a luscious wave of hops, a brilliant blitz of spices. Very fun in the mouth, at first, hops and spice keep the palate occupied. But later on, disappointment arrives, as the mouthfeel dips in enthusiasm some, falters, mellows too much, the finish is not quite as we’d desire, a bit short, flat, light. A pity that the initial promise did not deliver any greater complexities, but it’s a nice enough beverage as it is, just nothing too terrific.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2004
10.14.04 750ml bottle. Pours a rich, mahoganey brown, visibly effervescent, and with giant foamy tan head. Aromas are funky orange, fresh fig, goat cheese, lightly herbal or spicey. Nice alcohol presence and integration for a 6.5% beer. A mustiness pervades the flavors, weedy, sometimes sharp but with complimentary fruit notes of plum, more fig. Some soapy floral qualities creep in through the middle temperatures, but not to fear, it’s an all-around pleasant experience.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4942) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Hazy brown in colour with a dense tan head. Aroma of sugars, fruit, malt and tart flavours. Medium-bodied; Nutty flavours with malt and little else. Overall, a nice beer and a great treat! I sampled this 75 cL bottle on 15-May-2004 at the May RB Party in Toronto, Ontario.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2004
Murky brown color with a thin white head. Leathery yeast aroma with alcohol. Flavor of leathery yeast, caramel and alcohol, bitter finish. Light to medium body, soft carbonation, creamy texture. Well, this is the beer I like the least form St.Bernardus, on the brink of ordinary.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2004
Obvious spice and caramel dominate your first impression of this Bruin beer. Very smooth somewhat candy-sweet and nutty flavours make it easy drinking but warn you against guzzling. Body is a little thin - maybe I should give it some of my spare tire....Not bad - cheers joey_capps.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Sampled at Beer Mania in Brussels, Belgium. Dark Orange. The aroma was fairly subtle, roses being the most enjoyable but dark fruits, cinnamon and pepper. Dry and medicinal throughout with notes of dark fruits, nuts and cinnamon and a suggestion of cellar mustiness as well.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - SEP 27, 2004
750 ml. big ’ole brown Belgian bottle. Corked and caged. No freshness date seen. Loud pop released the cork. Poured out a murky, hazy brown color, with an artificial tan head. Very effervescent, high level of carbonation. Fizzy even. Aromas are of stale Christmas cookies. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a slight aroma of walnut extract make up the bulk of aromas and flavors of this beer. Hard to get used to. Bone dry on the palate. Thin mouthfeel. Not a good beer in my humble opinion.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2004
(Draught) Pours a medium brown with a small beige head. Sweet malt and corriander flavor. Nice, but almost too simple.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Piposieske (7) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2004 does not count
Surprisingly dry thinbodied, not what you would expect from the appearance (dark, almost black, with a nice medium light brown head that stays). A light bitter taste with a salty and chalky finish. Takes a bit of getting used to, but overall, it’s quite a nice beer.


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