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


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RATINGS: 975   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (6197) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2006 Rerate Market Square Liquors, Tallahassee, Fl - 750 ml - Thicker mouthfeel this time around, sweet, caramelly aroma, Some herbal and minty notes find their way in the back end this time. Much better the second time around. Original 2.8 Pleasant tea colored pour with a tight, thin, bubbly head. The aroma is not very apparent, faint spiciness if I had to label it. The first thing you notice is the intense carbonation - not unlike day old champagne - not to my liking. Slight caramel flavor with a tad bit of sour yeastiness. Just a hint of candy sweetness in the aftertaste. Finish is a bit acidic. Not one of St. Bernadus’s best efforts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (6115) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2004
Draught at The Bishops Arms, Gothenburg, Sweden. Dark brown with a creamy off-white head. A sweetish and malty aroma. Really lively palate; champagne-ish. Not really much flavour at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Bottle pours a murky reddish brown with a foamy-2-fizzy tannish head.   Carbonation is lively and lacing is so-so.   Sediment visible floating in the glass.   Aroma is malty & yeasty, with some hints of citrus and raisins/dates/figs.   Initial taste proves of the aformentioned smells, perhaps some grapefruit and cloves.   Mouthfeel is nice, but the finish is a bit bitter as well as metallic.   There is also a slight alcoholic tinge throughout.   Probably wouldn't pick up another one, otherwise not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2004
dense, foamy white head. hazy, reddish brown body. Somewhat tart and sour nose. ripe, raisiny notes and hints of musty leather. yeast contributes a bit to the nose. Woody, and leathery, figs and dates. solid warming effect, full body. dries out, leaving some remnants of flavor, and emerging hints of chocolate. well balanced, smooth and complex.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (7592) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsquire (3736) - 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.

   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

   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.

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