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


on tap

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RATINGS: 992   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 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". :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Great aroma - spicy, fruity, and earthy with hints of toffee. Amber brown color, thin bu persistent tan head. Flavor unfortunately is a little thin, still quite spicy, but the malt character is disappointing. Medium body with high carbonation. Overall, not a bad dubbel, lacks the rich maltiness of the best examples, but makes up for it with a complex nose and spicy palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2004
Red-brown color, light spicy malty aroma, light sweet taste, medium body, light watery finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2004
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Almost opaque, dark red brown coloured with large off-white head. Aroma is very plummy, with a slight sour egde to it. Taste - very smooth, very nice. Malty, dark fruits some nice yeast. Complex and very impressive, quite carbonated, with a nice lingering finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2004
Nice dark brown beer with good fluffy and airy froth. Very elegant aroma’s of malts, spices and dried fruits. Taste is fine and complex whitout being overpowerd by very outspoken heavy hints. Outstanding smooth taste with a pure afthertaste and a fine freshness in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (797) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Pours a murky brown, with a creamy beige head.
Head subsides to a uniform 1/4 in cap. A thin sheet of lace coats the glass.
Aroma is malty, plummy, winey with a slight sour note .
Flavor is malty, yeasty, hints of dark fruits, a bit of funky mustyness, a little clove spice. Slight hoppiness on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Dark amber beer with an orange gleam. Tall and foamy off-white head. Malt is dominating in the aroma along with spices and tones of flowers and cheese. Flavor of malt, hops, fruit, citrus, oranges, nut and a touch of alcohol. Sharp taste and a foamy mouthfull. Nice!

   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.

   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.

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