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


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RATINGS: 934   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 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 (14990) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5203) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2002
Bit fruity taste, sweetness. Very mild indeed, easy drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2002
Very fruity aroma. Great dark colour. Sweet and mild taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2003 The beer pours from the 750ml corked bottle with a rich and full sound, the color a lightly hazed deep orange tinted copper, the head is brontosaurian in size, the texture semi creamy and the color a beauteous light tan with the lace a firm sheet to conceal the glass. The aroma of black walnuts, lightly sweet with a bit of plums and a hit of cinnamon, fresh and citrus crisp, start is slightly sweet with a thin malt profile, the top is middling in its feel, the finish is stingingly acidic, hops are basal, but spicy enough to make me notice, aftertaste vinous, dry and long lasting. I was expecting a bit more from this beer than it gave me, nonetheless a decent drinking beer, but certainly not anything to get excited about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stijn Cuylle99 (37) - Oostende, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2002
Beautiful beer and a surpising taste. Fruity and not too bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malbert (105) - odense, DENMARK - APR 20, 2002
A very beautiful dark coloured beer with a surprisingly mild and fruity taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2002
Nice dark amber color. Huge carbonation in the mouthfeel. Nice maltiness, with little to no hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 11, 2002
Tried it for the first time this past w/e @ a Belgian beer fest. Loved it!

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