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


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RATINGS: 993   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Light sweet caramel aroma, some esters. Smooth maltiness, rich caramel flavor, some yeast spice (cinnamon) faint hint of liquorice,(tyrkisk beber?) Sweet finish that shows some alcohol, even at 6.7 abv. The pieces are okay, but it doesn't add up to much for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2536) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 Thin head with good carbonation that lasts the duration of the drink. Bug bubble head that reduces to a sloppy bit of foam. Very nice deep red/brown color, slightly cloudy. Aroma is not very strong with some yeast, spices and raisins. Flavor is a little dissapointing and thin. One dimensional and not very flavorful. Mainly malt with a little bit of spice, almost peppery. As the beer warmed, though, some nice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg became present. Finish is acidic and a little bitter. Leaves a dry tingle in the mouth. An ok belgian ale but there are many better ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Ruddy brown with a big beaded tan head. Sweet nose, quite yeasty, with coriander notes. Spicy, black pepper, light caramel and green apples blend in the flavor. Unfortunately, really overcarbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5657) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Orange brown colro with a tall bubbly beige head. Like malt and orange aromas. Some fruits come through as it warms. Light on the palate. Light and balanced flavors. Malt, light licorice and toffee flavors in the start with a lightly spicy finish. A session type belgian, with a touch more alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Color is a solid dark chestnut brown, but the head is what made this one heavenly looking glass of nectar. Poured slowly into my B'De Kluis Hoegaarden Abbey glass, and instantly a tannish head emerged staying consistent in girth the whole way up to the rim which sat about a finger high, its foamy and creamy with some divets but it eventually just became like melted butter sitting on top and never fading. Amazingly whipped and sits like fresh snow on the needles of a spruce. Lace sticks like glue in shelving globs and sheets of finely stitched lace. Beautiful! Aroma is mostly yeasty covering realms of clove, pepper, and cinnamon, musty bread, touch of citrus and banana, underlaying tones of malty sweetness. Taste is more of the same with a nice strength of one dimensional flavor with yeast that has some light notions of clove, pepper, musty bread and a backing of sweet semi-sugary malts. Not all that complex or layered, but a favorable sweetness and yeastyness holds for a good time with a medium body and a somewhat weak finish that has a very light nutty dryness. A fine drinkable Belgian Ale, but nothing to keep on the shelf for to long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Smells like a brown ale, slightly dusty, slightly spicey. Large foamy head, light toast in color. Very brown in color, clear with no real thickness when held to a light. Taste is nothing to be proud of. Flavor is like a slightly rich brown ale. Not really to form of most Belgian Ales. None the less a good beer, especially since it was a gift from my brother "Dorwart"

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, 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 (2677) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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 (4864) - Fort Wayne, 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.

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