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


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RATINGS: 992   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2004
Bottle. Brown, lasting head. Pretty bland, quite sweet, not much else going on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2004
I almost put my eye out with the cork. The nose is very yeasty, spicy, and fruity. The palate is dry and spicy. Easy going dry double.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2004
Pretty orange-brown colour with a huge white head. The high carbonation gives a nice "prickly" sensation in the mouth. Aroma and flavour of a decent complexity: some dark fruits (plums, figs) and hints of vanilla. Not outstanding but certainly a fine Belgian ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesp (13) - Thornton, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2004
Whoa. Nearly had a beertastrophe when I opened the bottle. I wasn’t paying attention (ie, I wasn’t covering the cork so it wouldn’t go shooting off) and the cork shot off, nearly maiming my two small children, and, worse yet, spilling some beer. But I digress. Almost all head when I poured it, but some nice lacing after it subsided. Kind of a muddy brown color, not the greatest looking I’ve seen. Aroma is great, but the aftertaste is a little too much. Maybe it’s because I haven’t had a beer in over a month.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 30, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 (Bottled, Nth re-rate) Nice, very hazy dark brown color with a medium, tight, beige head. Sourish, yeasty aroma with cherry, pineapple and banana. Dryish and slightly sour, malty and spicy flavor with banana and a christmasy-spicy ginseng/anise/licorice finish. Medium-bodied, high- but smooth-carbonated and oily palate. A nicely balanced and smooth, very easily drinkable, yet quite complex - and not at all sweet dubbel. Another quality brew from St. Bernardus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2004
Reddish brown with a huge head. Nose is prunes, dried fruit and belgian yeast. Flavour is prunes and malt with a slight spicyness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2004
Not anything I particularly care for. Dark amber with an off-white head. Fruity aroma with some spice. Body was medium to light. Flavor was alcoholic with fruit and spice notes. I'll pass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2004
Sweet nose with hints of wheat. Nice amber colour with a rich brown frothy head. I liked the sweetness and spice in the nose but when it got right down to it I cant take the fact that this is a belgium beer. The yeast and wheat just makes me want to vomit. Just my style likings tho.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2004
Pours with a frothy head; spicy nose, some citrus and yeast, a little hint of cherries; sour, light bodied and somewhat astringent, somewhat phenolic; not sure how the cave helps this. Overpriced and dissappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1531) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2004
color is very deep amber, head is beige, creamy and lasting. aroma is spicy (clove) and yeasty. flavor is fairly fruity, has a nice sweet/tart thing going on. flavor has a musty and earthy quality to it as well. alcohol is not that much, but i've tasted it plenty of times in 6.5% beers....well-hidden here. mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, sugary sticky sweet. this is better than i thought it might be from the ratings. seems to have a little more bitterness in the finish than most of the belgians i've tried..pretty damn good overall.

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