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


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RATINGS: 1004   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Disappointing. A bland belgian, with not much taste or aroma. If it were $3 a bottle instead of $7, it might be able to getaway with the lack of flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2004 (Bottle: Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party in Carlsbad, CA) (Draft: O'Brien's in San Diego, CA) Spicy and mildly sweet, but the malty flavor is dominant; Mild bitterness from start to finish; The nose is somewhat light, but it is malty and mildly spicy; Ruddy brown in color; Medium to full bodied on the palate; Very carbonated mouthfeel but there are no visible carbonation bubbles; Smallish, light tan head fades to a sheen quickly

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2558) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Pours with a three-finger light brown head that stays and leaves a good lace. Nose has hints of raisin. Medium bodied. Very good carbonation and a cloudy amber color. There are traces of yeast. Starts and finishes sweet, not an intense brown. $7.99 for a 750ml bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2004
Dark brown muddy like colour with an off white head which goes quite rapidly. Strong orange and sherbert nose. Quite thin taste of mainly orange and a little yeast. Disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Self removing cork. Deep orange brown with floaties. Dried fruit/clove aroma. Full carmel/hop/fruity flavor and nice mouth feel. Hops in the finish. Nice drinking brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Self exploding cork. Really carbonated. Excellent beer. Pours light amber in color. Cloudy. Nice head. Caramel notes. Malty. Good belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2004
This beer pours with a cloudy, brown body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet and slightly fruity (banana, orange?) with spicy notes and a nice maltiness. The flavor is bitter, slightly sweet and very spicy with notes of banana and yeast. Full bodied, smooth and slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Pours amber with a slight reddish orange hue. Decent head and lace. Aroma of fruit, grapes and bitter orange, floral hops, and some malts. Flavor is of sour fruit, maybe wine grapes, floral hops, and a nice balance of malts. Nice body, and a smooth palate with a finish of fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Fruit, vanilla, caramel aroma. Hazy dark oak colored beer, long-lasting cream colored head, nice painted label. Fizzy, creamy mouthfeel, although thin at times. Good walnutty bittering on the backend. Very lightly sweet, mostly dry with non-sweet caramel. Woody, moderately bitter hop presence. A nice, relaxing Belgian, did well with corned beef and wild rice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (7404) - 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.

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