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

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RATINGS: 947   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown coloured beer, with an average off-white head. Very heavy sweet spicy and malty aroma, some light hints of yeast and caramel. Full creamy body with a intensive bitter spicy and malty finish. Little roasted and a nice long aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (32274) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2008
75 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a lacing tan head. Light yeast, caramel malt and slight woody aroma. Flavour is light acidic,woody, caramel malt with a very controlled sweetness and brett note. Complex fruity, malty and yeasty brew. Light note of dried fruit. Lingering caramel malt and yeasty finish.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2003 Re-sampled November 25, 2003 [a bottle expired May 2000 - in a vertical tasting to one expirering July 2005]: What a great difference cellaring can do. When the bottle was opened it rose out of the bottle - even after so many years - there was no lack of carbonation. The color dark brown so you almost couldn't see thru it (a lot darker than the fresh one) and with a small brown disappearing head. The aroma a lot more powerful than in the fresh version and fantastic of cloves and spices. The flavor is great and it explodes in the mouth with spices, cloves, and wood. All in all a heavenly beer experience. A good advice - keep this in Your cellar. Sampled July 16, 2003: [7/2/8/4/16] The aroma is powerful, sweet, and fruity with notes of plums. The color is an unclear dark brown, it has an OK but disappearing head. The texture is very soft, and the flavor is rich on fruit, it prickles the tongue and contains hints of alcohol, plums, caramel, coriander, and a little earth. A very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) This version brewed by "De Smedt" in Opwijk. Dark brown with a bubbly, huge head and a high carbonation. Lovely, spicy nose - almost Orval-like - with a pronounced, malty sweetness without ever cloying. Subdued bitterness. A very wellmade beer. 210501

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (21533) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2005
Bottled. Hazy reddish coloured with an off white head. Aroma is dominated by yeast and spices with fruity notes. Spicy flavour dominated by yeast with notes of plums and dried fruit. Bitter finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (20947) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2005
Bottled. Dark brown colour, foamy big head. Sweet fruity aroma with hints of yeast and alcohol. Very spiced flavour, with hints of soap and some alcohol. Weird flavour, aroma more promising than flavour... It’s a quite hard one to "understand", and didn’t.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19975) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2002
UPDATED: APR 26, 2011 Bottledm, thanks TEJA! Cloudy nut brown. Lively. Fruity nose with some earthiness. Dry and soft, roasty and a bit rustic. Notes of tobacco and soil. Pleasant and relaxed.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17614) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2005
Dark copper colour. Lively big off-white head that disappears quickly. Has a spicy aroma and also hints of yeast and dried fruits. Malty and sweet taste. Taste of caramel and and hops leaving you with a little bitter and spicy aftertaste. A vert nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2011
1st June 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Brown beer with a light and crisp palate. No bitterness at all. Creamy mid and a caramelly malt finish. Refreshing. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15360) - 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.


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