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


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RATINGS: 953   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Excellent aroma of a plate full of fresh cut fruit. This carries into the flavors and melds with the sweet malts that reminded me of a cola. Finish had some spice in the hops. Body was thick but also bubbly. This is great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2003
Malts spice earth nuts musty. I detected some alcohol as well but it's only 6.5% abv. The mustiness is a nice touch.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Came in a wine sized bottled for 8 bucks. Not too bad a price. It was foamy slightly sweet and spicey. A little blsck pepper nose. It had a nice alchoal bite an no bittterness. What a fine brew and Celis does it again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Forms a large head and has a slightly sweet and smooth flavor. The taste of alcohol is apparent along with a hint of spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2003
The head is a half-inch of fluffly whipped milk, like that on the top of a caffe mocha. The body has an interesting color that seems to be a blend of brown and purple, forming indecipherable shapes through the light. Slightly sweet and slightly sour aroma. Dark fruits, soft apples, a little sugar, caramel and a touch of alcohol. At times it almost seems milky in flavor and texture. The finish is warming and slighty bitter. Also quite dry. An interesting beer that didn't really stick out in any way. I didn't hate it, but I could definitely see room for improvement.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5366) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Pours a muddy brown with a decent tan head. Nose is malted but with lots of spice. Has a dry hint to it as well. Also a mustiness or funkiness to it. Tart sweet-sour taste with a carbonated feel on the tongue. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
Dark brown. Tan head. Malty caramel aroma w/ notes of, yes, Worcester sauce. Light, fizzy feel. Acidic, vinegary, lightly caramel-ish flavour w/ some fruity notes. I agree w/ CapFlu that it has a Flemish Brown character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6541) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 18, 2003
Brown roasted malt, ruby amber. Nice aroma. Lighter front, maltier middle, and some warm alcohol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
hazy brownish red, beige head. interesting aroma starting fruity with lemon and cherry, then smelling like worchestershire sauce. flavours of caramel, wood, raisins, yeast and a bit of smokiness. an interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
A somehwat frightnening, fizzy rum'n'coke aroma injects curiosity, I admit...Roasted carbonation and thin shins...Escaping the realm of mundanity, this will need to be retried to reassess its personality...Thanks Kimchee!...

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