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


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RATINGS: 992   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Brown about the color of maple syrup. Pours with a frothy white head. Wow, what an aroma. Sweet, yeasty, floral somewhat like a flower, vinuous. Flavor is sweet and very slightly hoppish bitter. Finish in slight dry, but balanced. What an excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Malty sweet, yeast, and a faintly musty aroma. Hazy brown, with a fading head. Spicy, yeasty flavor, with hints of fruitcake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2003
This is a good Belgian ale. Yeasty, spicey, malty, and plum flavor. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4147) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2003
This beer appears brown with reddish notes when held up to the light, quite cloudy. Pours with a lively carbonation that creates a beige head. A slightly sweet aroma, along with a mustiness and a bit of a sour aroma. A definite sour taste in this one but only lightly so. Definite Belgian character in this beer; musty, fruity, and slightly funky. A tart cherry flavor is here as well. Fairly dry, a slight pepperiness and a general spiciness to this brew. Fairly complex, even has a slight vinous note to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Dark murky brown with nice head yet lacing is sparse. Spicy aroma with notes of berries and clove. I definitely get the wheat beer similarity that another rated mentions. Lively mouthfeel that dances the LaBamba on your tongue. Interesting blend of flavors here and not one thing dominating. Fruity, malty, spicy, earthy and yeasty all at once. Another fine brew from St B's!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Pierre Celis Signature selection. A medium reddish brown color with a small off-white head, light lacing. Surprising spicey,citrus aroma with some caramel malts. Taste of spices, citrus, caramel. Finishes slightly dry. Different

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 Deep copper, gorgeous, creamy, rocky head with perfect lacing. Aroma of muscat wine. Flavors centered around faint sour cherries, minerals, and slate, with a bone dry, bitter finish that was reminiscent of cocktail bitters. A tightly wound beer that never opens up. RERATE: 8/24/04 - I left one of these laying for about 9 months to see what would occur. The yeasty funk rose up in the profile, and the cherries went from sour to ripe, much further up in the profile, especially as it warmed. Still a dry finish, but the hop bitterness wasn't quite as astringent as before. Slight anise note present in the background as well. I think this could go for a couple of years despite the relatively low alcohol levels. Upped my rating a couple of points.

   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.

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