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


on tap

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RATINGS: 947   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Draft at Monks Cafe in Philly. This was boring. Tasted just like it should be a Belgian Brown.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Clear cedar with crawling, patchy off-white froth. Vibrant nose laden with herbal tobacco, flowery hops, and gunpowder. Masterfully understated plummy esters, perfume, grape, lemon, dry chocolate, and musty books. Fully expansive carbonation as it hits the tongue, quickly turning creamy. Soft tartness to lead things off, met by hints of oxidation and distracting glassy flavors. Passion fruit notes with a delicate hint of melon refresh the palate. Lightly sweet, bready malts make a brief appearance and lend the much-needed sweetness, but are quickly overrun by the esters. Then come the beautifully lemony and flowery notes, countered by a plummy, herbal backdrop with just a touch of herbal hop bitterness and sparks of musty yeast. Finishes with a mild tingle, soft spiciness and very plummy with the musty yeast and gunpowder notes hanging on. If only the flavor could match the aroma, this would be perfect. It also needs more malt sweetness to match the herbal, phenolic elements. But this is undeniably complex for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2003
dark ruby color where the light is lucky enough to get through. Flavor is initally definately belgian with a finish that has the right anount of kick to it to make it top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2003
The appearance was that of a large sized tan head that was creamy and frothy with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly dissipated in time. The body had lively carbonation, it was very murky with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was yeasty, fruity and sweet with a sweet, tart, spicy, citrus and caramel flavor. The palate was tingly, bubbly, sticky, and dry. The lacing was very sparse. All-in-all, a drinkable Belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Bottle. Cork came out with a KAPOW!!!! This brew poured a large head of off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lace and a carbonated hazy brown colored body. It had a mild brown malt aroma that did not strengthen as it warmed. The mouthfeel was bubbly and foamy in my mouth. It is very smooth at the start and finishes with a mild tingle. The flavor is mildly vinuous, mild caramel, and some brown malt notes. The alcohol is well hidden and after a half a bottle I was feeling its effects.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Brown about the color of maple syrup. Pours with a frothy white head. Wow, what an aroma. Sweet, yeasty, floral somewhat like a flower, vinuous. Flavor is sweet and very slightly hoppish bitter. Finish in slight dry, but balanced. What an excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Malty sweet, yeast, and a faintly musty aroma. Hazy brown, with a fading head. Spicy, yeasty flavor, with hints of fruitcake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2003
This is a good Belgian ale. Yeasty, spicey, malty, and plum flavor. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2003
This beer appears brown with reddish notes when held up to the light, quite cloudy. Pours with a lively carbonation that creates a beige head. A slightly sweet aroma, along with a mustiness and a bit of a sour aroma. A definite sour taste in this one but only lightly so. Definite Belgian character in this beer; musty, fruity, and slightly funky. A tart cherry flavor is here as well. Fairly dry, a slight pepperiness and a general spiciness to this brew. Fairly complex, even has a slight vinous note to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Dark murky brown with nice head yet lacing is sparse. Spicy aroma with notes of berries and clove. I definitely get the wheat beer similarity that another rated mentions. Lively mouthfeel that dances the LaBamba on your tongue. Interesting blend of flavors here and not one thing dominating. Fruity, malty, spicy, earthy and yeasty all at once. Another fine brew from St B's!

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