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


on tap

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RATINGS: 931   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Hazy ruby body topped by a foamy light tan head. Big yeasty, plum, cherry, and citrus aroma. Flavor is a bit weak given the boldness of the aroma. Some yeasty and nutty flavors. Alcohol and dryness are prevelant on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Light coppery brown w/ some orange highlights and a lasting very light tannish head. Some earthy, woody, and plummy, bready malt aromas. There also a floral aroma that probably comes from hops, it's faint, but adds nicely to complexity. Also a light spicy yeast aroma Malty and well balanced, a light bitterness in the finish and end palate; plum fruit flavors, light alcohol, lightly woody w/ a dry finish and woody, hop aftertaste. Light bodied probably due to the higher level of carbonation with warming alcohol and light, very slight, acidic bite on the tongue. Overall very good, luckily I have another bottle to see how it ages. Very smooth and drinkable. A little more than a session ale, but this is one you could drink in mass quantities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kodos (200) - USA - DEC 31, 2003
Pours BIG. Huge head though short lasting. Caramel, cinnamon, plum, citrus in the nose. I could smell this beer all day! Sweet with no malt presence, yeasty, alcohol dry. Finishes bitter and acidic. A friend recommended this, I am disappointed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Bottle. Reddish brown color with rising bubbles and a foamy light brown head. Candy, spice, malt and alcohol presence in the aroma. A musty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Medium brown color,small head that had a decent hang time and faded to a small but respectable amount of lace.The aroma was malty and caramel with a mild fruit presence and spice.The flavor was malty and caramely with a decent amount of spice maybe even a bit much for my taste and a mild hop presence at the end.This is quite a good brew,it could go a little lighter on the spice and make it a little less zippy but over all a very brew that is well worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Light brown, chestnut color, hazy with nice. Light aroma of candy, grape (grape soda), slightly musty. A gentle rolling bitterness carries through the malty flavor, though the flavor profile is not that deep. Nice but a bit dull around the edges.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2003
It is a very dry Belgian ale. Some spiciness and some mild malts. The flavor is somewhat non-complex, but it has a decent full-mouthfeel, with "large" carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Rusty brown color, very nice lacework - mild, spicy aroma, some mustiness - tingly carbonation on the tongue - cinnamon, gingerbread, chocolate - some apple and spice, almost an apple pie-like flavor - long, spicy finish, with some nutmeg? - very nice beer, but not one that really floors you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Light sweet caramel aroma, some esters. Smooth maltiness, rich caramel flavor, some yeast spice (cinnamon) faint hint of liquorice,(tyrkisk beber?) Sweet finish that shows some alcohol, even at 6.7 abv. The pieces are okay, but it doesn't add up to much for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 Thin head with good carbonation that lasts the duration of the drink. Bug bubble head that reduces to a sloppy bit of foam. Very nice deep red/brown color, slightly cloudy. Aroma is not very strong with some yeast, spices and raisins. Flavor is a little dissapointing and thin. One dimensional and not very flavorful. Mainly malt with a little bit of spice, almost peppery. As the beer warmed, though, some nice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg became present. Finish is acidic and a little bitter. Leaves a dry tingle in the mouth. An ok belgian ale but there are many better ones.

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