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


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RATINGS: 947   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2003 re-rate, brewed by St. Bernardus: What a difference! Strong vanilla and some banana aroma. Brown color, off-white head, good lace. Smooth, light sweet, vanilla, caramel, hint of banana as well. Long lasting vanilla finish with a little bitterness in the very end. 2/11/02, 3.5, brewed by Desmedt:Toffee and light spices aroma. Brown, off-white frothy and lasting head. Nice lacing. Sweet, light pepper, fruity. Some cabonation taste. Long finish with in the end a bit alcohol burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2493) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2005 First rating 3.3:Malty and barley like, almost like a fruitcake. Dark red color. RERATE 2.9: Lemonade nose, like Waldmeister. Rocky head. Fast diminishing caramel flavor, thin and disappointing. And RERATE again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2002
BB01/03/03: Cloudy,dark,mahogany with a big bubbled,decent sized head.Leaves ring,not much lacework.Aroma is musty,fruity,slightly sweet,and very earthy. Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated,but thickens as it warms.Bready,fruity flavors with slight acidity with a herbal,sweet finish.Beer is sweet but at the same time dry and just slightly acidic.As it warms the sweetness and fruity flavors intensify along with some dark bread.Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8303) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2002
Quite a different beer, this. Earthy with lots of foam in the mouth. Hints of banana and sultana (like Bananatana, but superior). Good considering it comes from a cave!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SteC (137) - Oostende, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2002
This one is a nice brunette, with some nice fruity tastes..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Nice to be able to have a taste from Pierre Celis even if he doesn’t live in this town any more. Despite this bias, I had my taste buds a tad impaired by starting a heavily hopped beer prior to being handed the lovely goblet made for this brew. After doing battle with this the yeasty flavors and meaty, fruity flavors came through showing a nice balance. As it isn’t yet available in my state I’ll either be waiting to give it a better tasting or searching to pick it up. Definitely seemed well worth another taste. And an additional yes to the possibility of it aging well.

   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 (4619) - 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 (6343) - 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.

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