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

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RATINGS: 931   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2004
I almost put my eye out with the cork. The nose is very yeasty, spicy, and fruity. The palate is dry and spicy. Easy going dry double.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2004
Pretty orange-brown colour with a huge white head. The high carbonation gives a nice "prickly" sensation in the mouth. Aroma and flavour of a decent complexity: some dark fruits (plums, figs) and hints of vanilla. Not outstanding but certainly a fine Belgian ale.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesp (13) - Thornton, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2004
Whoa. Nearly had a beertastrophe when I opened the bottle. I wasn’t paying attention (ie, I wasn’t covering the cork so it wouldn’t go shooting off) and the cork shot off, nearly maiming my two small children, and, worse yet, spilling some beer. But I digress. Almost all head when I poured it, but some nice lacing after it subsided. Kind of a muddy brown color, not the greatest looking I’ve seen. Aroma is great, but the aftertaste is a little too much. Maybe it’s because I haven’t had a beer in over a month.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 30, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 (Bottled, Nth re-rate) Nice, very hazy dark brown color with a medium, tight, beige head. Sourish, yeasty aroma with cherry, pineapple and banana. Dryish and slightly sour, malty and spicy flavor with banana and a christmasy-spicy ginseng/anise/licorice finish. Medium-bodied, high- but smooth-carbonated and oily palate. A nicely balanced and smooth, very easily drinkable, yet quite complex - and not at all sweet dubbel. Another quality brew from St. Bernardus.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2004
Reddish brown with a huge head. Nose is prunes, dried fruit and belgian yeast. Flavour is prunes and malt with a slight spicyness.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2004
Not anything I particularly care for. Dark amber with an off-white head. Fruity aroma with some spice. Body was medium to light. Flavor was alcoholic with fruit and spice notes. I'll pass.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2004
Sweet nose with hints of wheat. Nice amber colour with a rich brown frothy head. I liked the sweetness and spice in the nose but when it got right down to it I cant take the fact that this is a belgium beer. The yeast and wheat just makes me want to vomit. Just my style likings tho.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2004
Pours with a frothy head; spicy nose, some citrus and yeast, a little hint of cherries; sour, light bodied and somewhat astringent, somewhat phenolic; not sure how the cave helps this. Overpriced and dissappointing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1497) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2004
color is very deep amber, head is beige, creamy and lasting. aroma is spicy (clove) and yeasty. flavor is fairly fruity, has a nice sweet/tart thing going on. flavor has a musty and earthy quality to it as well. alcohol is not that much, but i've tasted it plenty of times in 6.5% beers....well-hidden here. mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, sugary sticky sweet. this is better than i thought it might be from the ratings. seems to have a little more bitterness in the finish than most of the belgians i've tried..pretty damn good overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 9, 2004
On tap from the Toronado.Wet yeasty caramel aroma. Dark chestnut appearance with big light tan head.Smooth yeasty earthy nutty flavor with mild hops and caramel as it warms.


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