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


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RATINGS: 920   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
This intriguing cave-aged brew pours a light chestnut brown with ruddy highlights and a large puffy beige head which laces beautifully in sheets and rings around the glass. Certainly complex, the nose is strikingly nutty, coincidentally suggesting candied chestnuts (marrons glacés), walnuts and plenty of hazelnuts. Genuine vanilla bean is in ample supply and very attractively highlighted by browned butter and salted-butter caramel. Perhaps I was synesthetically influenced by the description, but the nose had a damp, almost mossy spice component. Spice cake, prunes, raspberries and black pepper also lend to the complexity. The flavor continues to suggest hazelnuts, though rye bread and heavy yeast aspects are also dominant. The mouthfeel is exceptionally silky, reminiscent of a good cappuccino. Dried fruits become increasingly intense as the beer warms. Particularly apparent are dried pears, apricots and figs, each lending a vinous tone to this fascinating brew. A subtle but enjoyable earthy sourness lingers with the remaining malt bitterness. Well balanced, this an exciting, unique and eminently drinkable beer. A delicate and thoughtful effort that ages well and obviously garners my respect for Pierre Celis. (24/06/07, best by 21/11/08)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
inbirraveritas (1216) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 8, 2014
Bottled, 330 ml. Hazy chestnut brown coloured with a big beige head on its top with average duration. Nose of dried fruits and raised pie. Tasteing starts crisp followed by caramel, dried fruits, raised pie, toast and some earth, mouthfeel is slick. Dry, somewhat warming, earthy finish escorted by dried cherries, which leaves a long tart aftertaste behind. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crlnts (171) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle was singing. Eggshell large head, lasting. Murky light brown. Cherry/almond, light alcohol aftertaste. Not that much taste. Medium bitterness. Dry finish, balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andregoncalves (1305) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUL 2, 2014
33cl bottle thanks to ruigo. Color is dark brown. Head is thin. Carbonation is medium. High sweetness. Caramel, bubblegum, hop, sugar and wood aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbothy (1072) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUL 1, 2014
Pours chestnut with medium head (for a Belgian). Aroma is malt, raisins and a slight alcohol note. Sweet but not cloying flavour, raisins and some hops. Very delicious as it warms up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (1286) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
330ml bottle from Vanuxeem. Pours deep brown with cream head. Smooth mouthfeel, with sweet flavoursome malts, caramel, dark fruits and sugar. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fkoolen (217) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2014
Dark brown, beige creamy head. Thin aroma. Taste is typical Belgian abbey double, with roasted earthy malts, a hint of clove, red fruit and chocolate. Aftertaste’s a bit dry, even a bit wine-like. Medium carbonation, medium body, mouthfeel is a bit watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (7904) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle split at the Moorings, Aberdeen, 21/06/14. Dark chestnut brown with a moderate light beige covering that retains. Nose is dark fruits, light pepper, spice, herbal notes, straw, earthy. Taste comprises brown bread, dark fruit, woody, musty, herbal rince, light yeast esters. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a light sugary trail. So so affair.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (2393) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle thanks to Paul. Clear amber coloured with a lasting off white head. Aroma is spicy cinnamon rye bread. Flavour is sweet unrefined sugars, cinnamon and stale bread. Palate is semi sweet moderate high carbonation. Decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lele (84) - ITALY - JUN 24, 2014
Buona dubbel, ma niente in confronto alla sorella Prior 8 o a quelle di Chimay e di la Trappe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (6148) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle at Moorings. It pours clear brown with a thick beige head. The nose is earthy, brown bread, toast, light spice and wood. The taste is brown bread, raisin, date, caramel, wood, leather, light bitterness, candy and a touch of alcohol with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Rather drinkable stuff.

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