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


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RATINGS: 1004   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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 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 (9220) - 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". :)

   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 (2066) - 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 (800) - 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!

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