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


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RATINGS: 931   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Huge head with a fruity, spicy, malty aroma. I thought I tasted ginger bread and earth in this one. Acidic bitter finish. Hoping it gets better with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4537) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2002
Strong fruity aroma (banana) Beer looks quite good in the glass, dark brown, lasting head. Taste is very malt, fruity (banana). Mild, very mild. But nothimg special which rises my heartbeat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2002
Dark amber with a medium creamy head. The aroma is caramel, christmas, bubble gum and malt. The taste is vanilla, medecine, Santa Claus. A well balanced fairly bitter beer with a lot of intersting tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6231) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, nuts), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of clove, earth, nutmeg. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Easy-drinking brown ale with a nice aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bierkoning (10265) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2002
Orange and peach in the aroma. Yeasty taste with peach, some bitterness and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerohen (1997) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2002
Large and lasting head. Mild with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stic (109) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2002
A friend of my adviced me this beer. A unique beer. Complex, sweety, fruity, a little bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2002
Near burgundy in color with an impressive tan head. Complex aromas filled with fruits and spices and a splash of yeast. Flavor profile sets it more along the lines of an Abbey Dubbel with black currants and pepper dominating the tastebuds. A wonderful treat from ’Da Man From Phoenix’.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2002
Ruby-brown colour, generous head. Pleasant fruity and malt aroma. Dryish, maybe too much carbonation; nice malt and a hint of liquorice; pretty alcoholic finish. Ordinary palate, enough bitter but not enough aromatic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2003 Second Rate 9 July 2003 Aroma is less fruit and more liquorice, Worcestershire sauce and lambicy yeast than previous. More alcoholic that first rate. Maybe this beer does not travel all that well.<P> First Rate 16 June 2002: 3.8 Murky, faint purple-ish ruby brown colour, with huge rocky lasting tan head - some lacing. Nice tropical fruits (pineapple and pawpaw?), caramel malt, and cured meat yeast with a faint whiff of old mouldy cellar on the end of the nasal drag . Medium yeasty body with surprising lighter flavours compared to the depth and complexity of the aromas. Light bitter start , spritzigy fruity sweeter middle and medium length pleasant dry finish. A very nice beer indeed. Gusler suggest aging and I agree!

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