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

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RATINGS: 979   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5595) - 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.

2.7
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6691) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 18, 2003
Brown roasted malt, ruby amber. Nice aroma. Lighter front, maltier middle, and some warm alcohol finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
hazy brownish red, beige head. interesting aroma starting fruity with lemon and cherry, then smelling like worchestershire sauce. flavours of caramel, wood, raisins, yeast and a bit of smokiness. an interesting beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
A somehwat frightnening, fizzy rum'n'coke aroma injects curiosity, I admit...Roasted carbonation and thin shins...Escaping the realm of mundanity, this will need to be retried to reassess its personality...Thanks Kimchee!...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2519) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
Brown in colour. Aroma is vineous, caramel, malts, acidic. Flavour of sourdough and ginger. Finishes sour, acidic and dry.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4820) - 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...

3.5
   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.

3.8
   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.


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