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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Came in a wine sized bottled for 8 bucks. Not too bad a price. It was foamy slightly sweet and spicey. A little blsck pepper nose. It had a nice alchoal bite an no bittterness. What a fine brew and Celis does it again!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Scottbiggie (1) - Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2007 does not count
I had this beer once and thought it was the best. I had it at Eulogy in Philadelphia. It’s a great beer to have in the winter with a bowl of mussells. Get busy living or get busy dying.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3937) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 21, 2012
cereal, herbs, leaves, licorice, rotten eggs, brown, cloudy, brown foam, medium sweetness, very bitter, heavily sour, full body, thick feel, flat, long finish,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6290) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2005
On draft at of all places Cafe Amsterdam, Anchorage, Alaska. Dark black with a monster rocky head. Big nutmeg aroma and rich spicy flavors, wood chips, nutmeg and maybe a sprig of cinammon. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Pours a dark, clear ruby with a nice tan head. Nose is sugary sweet and yeasty with a pungent tone to it overall. Flavor is smooth, woody and sweet. Low yeast flavor, but an underlying sweet tone that hits the tip of your tongue and never comes on strong at all. Wood-like aftertaste. Feel is a perfect balance of carbonation and use of ingredients. Overall a damn good brew. Even and well balanced and one I would constantly go back to time and time again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mpersinger (361) - , California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 On Draft. Color is root beer brown with ruby cast, off-white swath of surface bubbles but no head. Aroma is sweet, faint plum. Body is medium-light. Flavors of cooked plum, bread, refined malt sweetness and overripe fig. Medium light bodied, effervescent, elegant spice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2003
beautiful brown colour and creamy head. aroma of malt, spices and alcohol. Vinious after-taste adds some sourness to the malt. A complex beer, well balanced and nicely aged

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (34226) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2004
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Almost opaque, dark red brown coloured with large off-white head. Aroma is very plummy, with a slight sour egde to it. Taste - very smooth, very nice. Malty, dark fruits some nice yeast. Complex and very impressive, quite carbonated, with a nice lingering finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spodude (10) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2006
This is the best brown beer i have tasted in Belgium, picture is of the old bottles.

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