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


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RATINGS: 975   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2003
attractive bottle and humbling price. it's a pleasure to finally be tasting a beer by the renouned pierre celis of hoegaarden fame. my beer radar pegged this as a spiced wheat beer-- tho my "radar" is not one that i'd trust to homeland security. the 'grotto' cave-aged beer colors a tumbler with a pour of deep brown, a brown that-- under inquisitive lights-- shows the beer's roots deep in murky reds and smoky twilight oranges. the head billows like castle banners in froth and curls of light beige. a few particles of yeast appeared, though they seemed to dissolve once in the glass. fresh, assertive aroma of cork, canvas, wheat, sour cherry, corriander and flan. spritzy attack that lays on stiff, dry wheat beer flavor, co-mingling with orange, musty yeasts, hop-leaf bitterness, with bay rum cologne, alcohol and woody spices. naturally, it tones down it's strident rhetoric upon warming and affable familiarization; it becomes smoother, while still full bodied, with souvinirs of fruity grains, cavernous molds, and a looooong strange bitterness of sea salts and railroad iron.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2003 A beer that is a bit different than anything I am used to, I like a little change though.
This Grottenbier poured this murky amber / brown colored body, lots of what some like to call floatys. This one also poured a head that was a constant and tan in color.
The flavor and aroma are very tart, notes f berrys , very acidic, spicy, but with large notes of caramel and toffee. The alcohol was apparent in the finish, a slight warming in the back of my throat, pretty good stuff, enjoyed with great company.

   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 (5532) - 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 (6616) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 18, 2003
Brown roasted malt, ruby amber. Nice aroma. Lighter front, maltier middle, and some warm alcohol finish.

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