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


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RATINGS: 982   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11069) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2004
Draught @ Ardbeg Room, Stockholm: Deep red coloured. Clear. Huge dense beige head. Served fantastic. Fruit, yeast, spices and malt in the aroma. Liqourice, plums, spices and malt in the flavour. Complex. Nice fruity bitterness in the end. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (15334) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2004
Dark amber, great offwhite head. Aroma from licorice and some yeast.Flavor is creamy, malty, with licorice and spices from gluhwein, and some vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2004
No shortage of yeast in the aroma or flavor. Plenty of carbonation as well. The flavor is nice, very spicy, tastes like autumn. Pretty good, but nothing too exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Keg @ The Ardbeg Room, Stockholm
Quite dry for a bruin, thin body, a hint of tar. Caramel aftertaste. Aged?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Draught at Monk’s in Philly. Vinous nose with roastiness and dried fruits. Cloudy mahogany color with a frothy light tan head. Raisins, somewhat sweet, creamy body. Mild bitterness and very earthy. I think I taste some honey along with a touch of sourness to go with it. A lot going on here, and very yummy. This was very very easy-drinking. Dangerous...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2004
Nice well-balanced brown Belgian ale. Complex and sweet. A pretty unique beer. I want this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Poured a dark reddish brown with a long lasting white head and lots of lacing. Nutty and woody aroma. For only 6.5% alcohol, the falvor has a lot of alcohol in the flavor, which is not all that complex. Everything is subtle and muted, although enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rauchbier (3699) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2004
Bottle conditioned. Original De Smedt version (best before 10 10 02) Deep chestnut red, excellent off white head and moderate condition. Superbly complex aromas of winterspices and woody rodenbach type tartness mingled with some aged oxidation notes, sweet and quite thin in the mouth but the oxidation and gentle spiciness still impress. Some fruity citrus notes develop with time along with a touch of chocolate and yeast. Finish is fairly short with hints of orange and gentle spices. Far superior than the St Bernardus version, although a few years aging may have contributed to that. St Bernardus version (8-4-7-3-14) Deep chestnut red, good white head and moderate condition. Spicy clove and orange peel aromas that develop a slight phenolic edge. Slightly tart in the mouth with more clovey phenols, a little like a cold mulled wine. Dry and short in the finish.

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