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


on tap

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RATINGS: 990   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 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 (15601) - 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 (2168) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2004
(draft) A nice spicy aroma that led to a fairly tame-tasting beer. There was a slight mustiness to it that didn’t exactly thrill me. By the second half of the glass the head had dissipated so both the spice and the must had gone. What was left was good but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Tap: Dark Mahogany with a thin long lasting off white head. For such a nice head the beer was smooth and fairly low in carbonation. Aroma of grape candy, dark fruit, and malt. Flavor is malty, fruity, and short. Short bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2004
750 mL, corked & caged: fluffy, light tan foam, turning rocky with giant craters. Hazed garnet-plum. Dusty bananas, chalk, and limestone tingle my nose hairs as wisps of alcohol and slightly tart plums seep into my eyes. Spicy, astringent palate: anise mixed with creamy cloves and lightly cracked pepper. Light yeasty complexity keeps this one interesting, but a dull acidic quality is a bit annoying and detracts from the smooth flavour profile of figs, plums, sourdough, oak, and toffee. Dry and bitter through the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (8685) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
This dark brown ale pours with an attractive tan head, eliciting a spicy aroma. There is a straightforward, but spritzy brown ale flavor that is less malty than most other browns. Overall, a very satisfying, but not exceptional brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Bottled 750 ml. Two from De Smedt (6.5% and cave aged longer) and Two from St. Bernardus(6.7% and not aged as long). Both Mahogony brown with large tan head. Both malty cherry smell. Both medium bodied. The De Smedt’s are a little smoother less astringent and with a little fuller mouthfeel. Making it slightly better but both are very good. A nice drinking beer and doesn’t involve to much thought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2004
Fruit and smoke smell? Nice lasting head, dark brown color. Pleasant long finish. Nice beer after "Dansk Jul" and "Slots Classic". :)

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