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


on tap

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RATINGS: 986   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2005
Hazy brown color with a off white head. The taste is sweet with light spicy and light yeasty notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Big exuberant cream-colored head, falls down in sculptural swoops leaving gorgeous hive-like lace, pours a clear red-bronze with a dizzying aroma of yeast, raisins, spice. Flavor suggests soft grapes, cloves, nutmeg. Smooth and lovely at room temperature. An inspiring and drinkable beer to sip (and gaze at) while writing about Belgian beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10327) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2005
Foamy tan head, fragrant natural fruity yeast, lace bubbles. Chocolate malts, vanilla (aaah yum). A bit bitterness and sourness on the finish balanced with malts. Light mouthfeel and smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Medium brown color with a big white head. Very yeasty fruit aroma. Flavor was the same with some spices. A little turned of by the carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Hmm, an abbey dubble listed as a brown ale served at a porter tasting. I am really confused now. As a brown ale this doesn’t really fit the mold, as a dubble this is pretty good! Light brown color. Nice brownish head. Lots of yeast and well carbonated. Very noticable clove aroma and flavors. Again, good as a dubble.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6143) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Bottle: #500 - Rather fruity aroma of apple and raisin. Pours and orangish-brown with a white head. Fruity flavors with apple and a light sourness in the finish. Has a Unibroue taste to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2005
There was a definite yeasty, Belgian fell to this one. Maybe that was odd because it was served at a porter tasting. Definite carbonated crispness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (14899) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2005
Bottled 33cl (BB 12/2006)
Hazy dark nutbrown, good brown head. Strong sticky aroma of licorice, anise, yeast and hops. Earthy tones too. Soft malty palate. Warming flavor with licorice, raisins and plums. Oily aftertaste which brings some hops. Mouthfeel itself is quite thin, but otherwise enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorqui (2156) - Brescia, ITALY - DEC 27, 2004
Foam creamy much supporter. Color brown much dark one, but not too much veiled. Rich, binding scent densp. Notes of toasted with a warm flavor and wrapping. Much persitent. Decidedly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Draft Rich O’s: Brown with a red touch. Large pillowy tan head. Cinnamon and ginger aroma initially. Yeasty, lambic flavor and lightly sour. Some grass notes and light cherry. Good.

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