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


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2004
Murky brown color with a thin white head. Leathery yeast aroma with alcohol. Flavor of leathery yeast, caramel and alcohol, bitter finish. Light to medium body, soft carbonation, creamy texture. Well, this is the beer I like the least form St.Bernardus, on the brink of ordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2004
Obvious spice and caramel dominate your first impression of this Bruin beer. Very smooth somewhat candy-sweet and nutty flavours make it easy drinking but warn you against guzzling. Body is a little thin - maybe I should give it some of my spare tire....Not bad - cheers joey_capps.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Sampled at Beer Mania in Brussels, Belgium. Dark Orange. The aroma was fairly subtle, roses being the most enjoyable but dark fruits, cinnamon and pepper. Dry and medicinal throughout with notes of dark fruits, nuts and cinnamon and a suggestion of cellar mustiness as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - SEP 27, 2004
750 ml. big ’ole brown Belgian bottle. Corked and caged. No freshness date seen. Loud pop released the cork. Poured out a murky, hazy brown color, with an artificial tan head. Very effervescent, high level of carbonation. Fizzy even. Aromas are of stale Christmas cookies. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a slight aroma of walnut extract make up the bulk of aromas and flavors of this beer. Hard to get used to. Bone dry on the palate. Thin mouthfeel. Not a good beer in my humble opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12616) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2004
(Draught) Pours a medium brown with a small beige head. Sweet malt and corriander flavor. Nice, but almost too simple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Piposieske (7) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2004 does not count
Surprisingly dry thinbodied, not what you would expect from the appearance (dark, almost black, with a nice medium light brown head that stays). A light bitter taste with a salty and chalky finish. Takes a bit of getting used to, but overall, it’s quite a nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3957) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Brown with an OK head. Nice cinnamon spice aroma but the flavor doesn’t live up. A bit thin, albeit with nice carbonation. Definitely worth trying since it is unique and kinda tasty but it’s hardly mindblowing. Lots better as it warms. 70+ is better than 55 for sure on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2004
Black, with a nice creamy head. Aroma from licorice and chocolate. Flavor brings cream, licorice and coffee. Mild finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Bottle pours a red brown, fairly dark, but fairly clear. The head was average leaving very little lace. The aroma was quite sweet, malty, light dark fruits, and deceptive. I say deceptive due to the flavor seeming much drier than the aroma. The flavor has a heavy malt backbone, but a quick dry finish with some hops that show through. There is a lingering sweetness, but only minor. The palate is nice and cleansing and works well with the dry side of the profile. Overall, a nice suprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2004 Bottle: This is the first cave aged beer I’ve tried, and I’m curious what aspects it adds to the beer. Pours a dark reddish amber color with a huge, tan head. My bottle was apparently under so much pressure that the cork blew out of the bottle as soon as I finished untwisting the metal, almost nailing my girlfriend and spraying beer all over the table, myself, and her laptop. The laptop was unhurt and she’s still going out with me - good sign I guess. Aroma is pretty unique and complex. I can smell lemon, plums, spices, apple, cheese, leather, yeast, caramel malt, and very slight hints of alcohol. There’s tons of carbonation in the taste, but it has a surprisingly thin body for a bruin as well as being very dry. Tastes spicy, malty, with licorice, vanilla, plums, raisins, minerals, honey, mulled spices and has some sourness to it that is very nice (some citrus, some similar to a sour hefe). Finishes dry with orange, spice, woody notes, and something similar to stale malt flavors, but in a good way. Very complex and amazingly easy to drink.

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