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


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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 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Orange/brown in color with a tan head. Tastes a little soy. Tangy and sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Tan with a nice head. Estery aroma with a slight yeasty funk. Bananas with lactic sourness and brett funk in back. Very nice undertones. Quite malty. Creamy. Maybe some oak. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2003
I have never before had a brew that was aged in a cave, thats kinda cool. Lake bottom sludge brown, with a head that looks like that foamy crap that flows in parts of a lake. Tastes somewhat like trail mix and maybe even a nice piece of 7 grain toast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2003
A orange-brown color with a nice tan head. A little metallic in the aroma with some alcohol. Some citrus and fruit in the flavor. Maybe some banana peel. For sure some oak flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Smells like fresh baked brown bread. Nice rich bruin color. Malty textures mixed with darker fruits. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Murky brown with a decent tan head.Nose is full of fresh baked bread.Flavor is all dark over ripe fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 2, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Bottled. Dark, brown colour. Nice white head. The aroma reminds me of some kind of fruit, but I can’t remember which one. A sweet aroma, one I never perceived before. This is also one of the few beers which when you drink it, you always perceive the aroma again. (Like Girardin) Yeasty, caramel flavour. Sticky and sweet in the aftertaste. An extra-ordinary beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - JAN 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2003 This is a very particular beer and probably the one with the strangest fruity flavour I've ever tried. Brown colour, good head, quite creamy. Apple and banana in the aroma. The flavour is very fruity, too much sweet. Strong traces of banana and kiwi in the aftertaste. Tasty, but unbalanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5187) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2003 Tastes rather like a Flanders Red - lots of blood and guts. High carbonation eventually dies down to a pleasant, though not outstanding brew. I had mine too young, and it tasted a little unbalanced. [3.1]
Re-rate. Drunk at the Ramsgate Brewery. Malty sweet dark beer, Belgian in character. Very pleasant without being complex. Clove, butter, spiced bread tones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pivo (2556) - GERMANY - JAN 6, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 Smells and tastes like a fruit cake with about the same amount of complex flavors: nutmeg, cinnamon and raisins atop a this malty body. Heavy texture and a big taste. This has a nice warming effect. RERATE: Gave more points to the nose and overall

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