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


on tap

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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1587) - 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 (3808) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11645) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2004
On tap. Poured a brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of nuts, prunes and raisins. Yeasty tastes with a slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 11, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2005 Brown with a slightly reddish tint. The head is small and lacing lingers through the whole glass. Malty, yeasty aroma. The flavor is wood dominant, yeasty, with hints of malt. Slight hop presence on the end. Overall its slightly disappointing, but a better cared for bottle should prove worth trying again...at least I’m hoping it’s a sub-par bottle. 5/4/5/3/12 8/20/05 Tried this again. Better than the first bottle. This time it had a more sherry-like, syrupy flavor. Thin mouthfeel and interesting. Hard to figure out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Reddish brown appearance, moderate head formation. Sweet malty, sugary aroma, some dark fruits and woodiness. Medium bodied, fizzy palate. Fruity intro, turns to a caramelly sweet sugary middle with a coffee dryness and mild bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Brown with tan head. Yeasty, sweet aroma. Drier and not as full bodied as I would have liked. Not bad, but not memorable either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 2, 2004
had high hopes for this one given celis’ belgian roots - but it was pretty yeasty and a little over conditioned - mid brown color and this flavor profile - high alcohol content

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2004
Cloudy dark brown with a big tan head. weak aroma of raisin and spices. Chocolate, raisins, and yeats in flavour. Not very exiting... Thin finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 1, 2004
pours a hazy brown/amber with a light tan head that leaves thick lace. aroma is very complex, with phenolic delgian yeast spiciness overlaying a rich base of dark fruits and toasted malts. flavor is equally complex, with a rich malty flavor well balanced with hops and yeast tang. easy to drink, still, especially for its size.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2004
Reddish brown coloured. Complex aroma of fruits, malts and spices. Some interesting spicy notes in the flavour as well. Full bodied.

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