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


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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4725) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
(75o ml bottle) Sweet worchester sauce and the alley of a Korean market. Brown body with a white head. Fizzy, sour, acidic with an almost flat finish. Somewhat Flemish Souresque...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
Mahogany color. Smokey aroma of raisins and banana, also some alco-feel. There is a flavor of something similar to "julmust"(help needed) and has a fizzy, sweet pleasant palate feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 22, 2003
Dark brown. Pours with big bubbles, very gassy and lively. Yeasty and dark malt aroma, as well as some dark candy. Same for the taste. A bit biting from the gas. A very, very nice dark ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (29992) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2003 Re-sampled November 25, 2003 [a bottle expired May 2000 - in a vertical tasting to one expirering July 2005]: What a great difference cellaring can do. When the bottle was opened it rose out of the bottle - even after so many years - there was no lack of carbonation. The color dark brown so you almost couldn't see thru it (a lot darker than the fresh one) and with a small brown disappearing head. The aroma a lot more powerful than in the fresh version and fantastic of cloves and spices. The flavor is great and it explodes in the mouth with spices, cloves, and wood. All in all a heavenly beer experience. A good advice - keep this in Your cellar. Sampled July 16, 2003: [7/2/8/4/16] The aroma is powerful, sweet, and fruity with notes of plums. The color is an unclear dark brown, it has an OK but disappearing head. The texture is very soft, and the flavor is rich on fruit, it prickles the tongue and contains hints of alcohol, plums, caramel, coriander, and a little earth. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2003
Served way too cold, had to wait about 20 minutes until it was warm enough to taste anything. The flavour is quite subtle and soft, something about it was quite soft-drinky, had some nice bitter slightly acidic characters towards the end, quite soft and smooth aswell, with some light spicyness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2003
beautiful brown colour and creamy head. aroma of malt, spices and alcohol. Vinious after-taste adds some sourness to the malt. A complex beer, well balanced and nicely aged

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2003
Raisin and alcohol aroma, the first bit I like, the second I don't. Amber/brown in colour with tan head, this is good too. The grapey flavour is OK but the vodka like finish that just rips your throat to shreds, well, it plain sucks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Good mix of malt and fruit (raisin/plum) in the nose and on the tongue. Flavor is very complex with malt, spice, fruit, and hop bitterness all coming through. A very good belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RobBestwick (651) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2003
very malty nose, brwon hue with a fair sized head, malty and caramal like with orange undertones, rich creamy palate, strong malt finish, good beer and an interesting bottle design too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bartV (3) - woking, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2003 does not count
Excellent brown Ale. Nice stable foam and fruity (banana, cherry) aroma on pooring. This flavour is in line with most of the dark St Bernardus beers. Very recognisable change since the brewing was transfered from Desmedt brewery to St Bernardus. To my opinion an improvement. The taste is a nice balance of fruitiness and maltiness although I discover that slight bitterness towards the end. OVerall, this is a delicious beer with a certain degree of complexity but it stays 'easy' to drink. Well done to Pierre Celis and St Bernardus.

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