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

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RATINGS: 964   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RobBestwick (631) - 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.

4.4
   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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3179) - Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2003
Dark mahogany. Good creamy head. Very spicy nose. Banana and cloves mix w/ cinammon and buttercream. More bananas and caramel cream on the tongue. The mouthfeel is a bit fuzzy. Very warm, relaxing beer. Reminds me of Bananas Foster.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - APR 11, 2003
(10Apr2003--750ml bottle) Beer of the month selection. Quite a nice beer. Overall, very clean, without the complexity needed to make it great. Beautiful head, perfectly thick, fine-textured, with active, persistent carbonation and good lacing. Pours a deep reddish-brown, hazy. Effervescent aroma, cola, vinous, floral. Notes of alcohol, quite yeasty. Clean, floral, quite sweet, with plum notes. Enjoyable drinking; not exceptional, but without fault.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1073) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2003
Aged 18m. Firm, lasting head. Deep cranberry red. Strong aroma of rip fruits both tropical and citric. Slightly musty. In the mouth, bready, nutty, warming, a subtle sourness. Medium carbonated. Finishes slightly sweet and just slightly metallic.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11862) - Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2003
Big tan head topping a cloudy red-brown body filled with floaties. Aroma is very fruity -- fig, plum, apple, and some orange. Taste is much the same, along with some yeastiness. Some tartness shows up in the swallow. Medium-light body, quite drinkable. Very pleasant beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2003
dark orange body with lots of firm tan head. one of my beers with curious notes:"flavor is business in the middle, malt @ the end with a touch of sour." thankfully i expounded on that, but not very well, a bit of fruit and even citrus fruit notes to start with and then malt overrides everything but the sourness which although strong is not too overpowering.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Orange/brown in color with a tan head. Tastes a little soy. Tangy and sour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Tan with a nice head. Estery aroma with a slight yeasty funk. Bananas with lactic sourness and brett funk in back. Very nice undertones. Quite malty. Creamy. Maybe some oak. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2003
I have never before had a brew that was aged in a cave, thats kinda cool. Lake bottom sludge brown, with a head that looks like that foamy crap that flows in parts of a lake. Tastes somewhat like trail mix and maybe even a nice piece of 7 grain toast.


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