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%
Joshís 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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2004
Pours a rich clear brown with a thick creamy head. Aroma is mild and caramely. Sweet bready and earthy Belgian malt flavor. Mild chocolate toward the end, but somewhat thin and bland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
This is like a thinner version of Ommegang (which isnít a bad thing in the summer). The aroma had some darker fruits and nuts. Flavor wise, the spicy complexity was there, but really toned down. You have to concentrate to bring the joy out of this bottle. Great lively finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2004
Deep and dark brown body with a great head. Very powerful aroma is nutty and spicy with a hint of badger. The carbonation is a bit over the top for me. The bottom line is: a fine brew, one of the best low alcohol Belgians Iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2004 This one popped like a shotgun! The pour is a dark ruby-esque amber color, with a just a hint of head, clinging to the side of the glass. Aroma is very present with a bit of muskiness and slightly spicy. The mouthfeel is amazing, it is very alive in the mouth, almost undescribable. Unique in the sense that you just have to try it to understand what I am talking about. Lots of spiciness and pepper notes, if I could say almost starchy. I loved it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2004
SHIT!! Took the cage off of this one and the cork exploded out of the bottle hitting the ceiling. Nothing like starting a beer out with a little fear. Beer pours reddish amber with a big off white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is somewhat one dimensionally candy sugar with some very restrained malt, yeast, and spices. Flavor is light malt with yeast and pepper. Finish is bone dry. Aroma and flavors are just a bit too muted for this to be considered very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2004
I had high hopes for this one, but it just doesn't work. The flavor and aroma are weak, the head is large and annoying, and the mouthfeel is neutral, like the clammy handshake of a bad salesman. It could be worse, but like the song says "Take the "G" out of Grotten, and itís Rotten." BTW - I am not anti MJ, but if this is his beer of the year, then he is an idiot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
Spiced malt aroma, caramel and yeast. Cloudy amber/red, small toffee head. Tastes of candied malt and brown sugar. Sweet, but not overly. A fine example! Thanks joey_capps!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2817) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Medium sized offwhite head that never really dies, but relaxes. Some thin stringy lace hangin around. Hazy amber/brown color. Medium body, prickly carbonation. Earthy fruity nose, hints of plum and some bananna also. Dry malt flavor, grainy with a light fruitiness, anise. Finish is dry with a slight nuttiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (3217) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2004
Hazy amber-brown with a small tan head. Malty and yeasty aroma. Decent body, and mild but pleasant flavour of dark dried fruit and brown sugar. Decent, but not breathtaking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Brown, tan head. Aroma of ginger, malt and a bit of yeast. Flavor is a little too light, malty, a little yeasty. Smooth, soft mouthfeel. Not bad.

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