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

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RATINGS: 971   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Deep brown with an off-white, quickly dissipating head. Strong dark fruit aromas, fig/raisin/dates. Nice maltiness in the nose, mild yeast. Deep malt flavors with dark fruits again making an appearance. Dry, mildly astringent finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2004
Bottled, at the Dovetail, London.
Slightly cloudy brown with large beige Belgian styled head, dissipating. Bitter style, with tart, apple flavours throughout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (7277) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2004
Dark beer with a big head. Malts and spice in the aroma. The flavor ends with a littel bit of banana.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsquire (3678) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Amber red color with a thin head and a musty leaf mold smell to it. Dark sugar sweetness with a foreboding dankness of rotting fruit flavors. The tangy was almost balanced off enough to be a tastey beer, but not really my tastes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2004
spritzy raisin aroma with hints of candy sugar, caramel colored with a hint of red, candylike mouthfeel, raisins then cloves with a hint of mintiness and bitter tar

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Deep hazy red-brown. Smells of candy sugars and malts. Tastes of a light apricoty fruitness, a mite citric. Very sweet and a bit thin. For 6.5% it certainly tasted too strong.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2004
This beer is oddly quite dry and astringent. The spice is very noticeable. Bitterness is also rampant not only up front but in a lingering aftertaste. The flavor doesn't agree with me at all. I simply don't care for this beer in the least not so much due to the hops, but rather due to an odd metallic aroma and flavor (like licking silver dollars). Peppery spices also just fail to connect with me. Sorry Pierre, but your creation isn't my bag. Reminds me of brut champagne added to beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Deep copper,light borwn with ruby highlights and a small white head.Spicy,fruit,roasted malt aroma.Flavor is of fruit,spice,slightly acidic.Fruity,dry to almost astringent finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Light brown ruby color, dark fruits and sweet malts in the aroma, with a bit of yeast. Mellow sweet flavor that ends pretty dry. Subtle, yet refined.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2004
Rusty app. w. nice head. Leaves lace. Spice dominates but not in the sharpish manner I feared - nicely done! Fruit and yeast. A good beer for christmas.


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