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

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RATINGS: 928   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2004
Dark reddish brown with a large fluffy white head. Aroma is of orange, plum and dark malts. Malty with a dark fruit flavor and a bitter sweet orange peel touch. Quite nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 26, 2004
750 ml corked bottle, no date (looks new-ish though). Close-to-opaque ruddy brown, marvelous large fluffy undending head. Nose yeasty and slightly peppery, very "soft"; caramel and banana and maybe a bit of vanilla, quite pleasant if not spectacular. Flavor quite sour at first, with a robust mouthfeel belied by the heavy carbonation you have to wade through. Quite dry, little sweetness anywhere until it's sat for quite a while and gotten to quite near room temp. At that point a slight softness appears, but on the whole I still found it to be too dry, sour and bitter without much compensating fruitiness or maltiness. Doesn't really work for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Dark mahogany, ruby red color with lots of carbonation and a creamy off-white head (looks very good in a chimay glass) and a good amount of lacing. The aroma is a little sour at first but has notes of caramel, molasses and candi sugar and a little banana. The flavor is tart with a good toasty and banana flavors along with a little phenolic qualities. Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel along with a tart and sharp finish with part of the alcohol claiming ownership there. The maltiness was the best part of this belgian, very complex but a little unbalance...no, not unbalanced, more..unrefined.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Murky, reddish-brown ale with a thick, creamy, off-white head. Terrific retention and good lacing. The nose is of dried prune, nectarine, toasted cinnamon and cocoa. The flavor is well-balanced, yet sweet and beefy. The hops kick in one micro-second after the strong, sweet malt pounds the tongue. Full-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, astringent, dry finish. Thanks to jbrus for the bottle.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
zathrus13 (1715) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Disappointing. A bland belgian, with not much taste or aroma. If it were $3 a bottle instead of $7, it might be able to getaway with the lack of flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2004 (Bottle: Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party in Carlsbad, CA) (Draft: O'Brien's in San Diego, CA) Spicy and mildly sweet, but the malty flavor is dominant; Mild bitterness from start to finish; The nose is somewhat light, but it is malty and mildly spicy; Ruddy brown in color; Medium to full bodied on the palate; Very carbonated mouthfeel but there are no visible carbonation bubbles; Smallish, light tan head fades to a sheen quickly

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2400) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Pours with a three-finger light brown head that stays and leaves a good lace. Nose has hints of raisin. Medium bodied. Very good carbonation and a cloudy amber color. There are traces of yeast. Starts and finishes sweet, not an intense brown. $7.99 for a 750ml bottle.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2004
Dark brown muddy like colour with an off white head which goes quite rapidly. Strong orange and sherbert nose. Quite thin taste of mainly orange and a little yeast. Disappointing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Self removing cork. Deep orange brown with floaties. Dried fruit/clove aroma. Full carmel/hop/fruity flavor and nice mouth feel. Hops in the finish. Nice drinking brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Self exploding cork. Really carbonated. Excellent beer. Pours light amber in color. Cloudy. Nice head. Caramel notes. Malty. Good belgian.


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