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


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RATINGS: 975   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2902) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 Bottle purchased 2004 at Whole Foods, Chicago. Hey, it’s my 750th rating, so let’s rate something from a 750 ml bottle. And that means Belgian! Pours a deep brown with golden highlights. Rocky ecru head fed by streams of bubble. Smells sweet and malty, with a touch of brett. Taste is nice, crisp golden malt. Sweet, but without the usual candi sugar overload. Alcohol warming builds very slowly. Light suggestions of brandy or sherry. Bubbly continues well down the bottle, making it pretty filling. Should be enjoyed with a good meal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kalki (22) - - JUN 13, 2015
Strong malt aroma, slight butterscotch, banana, raisin notes. Amber-brown colour, cloudy. Minimal head. Sweet, medium body. Mild carbonation, oily texture. Beautiful ale from one of my favourite breweries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
varanid99 (684) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2015
Red brown pour with not much head. Brown sugary, dried fruit, spicy aroma. Taste is sweet/sour, brown sugar, spice, dried fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (308) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2015
0,33 l bottle from EDEKA Mohr, best before 22/11/2016. Clear, reddish amber with a huge, frothy, slowly diminishing, tan to white head. Nice fruity-spicy and a bit funky aroma of white grapes, green apple, sugar and lemon. Sweetish-spicy taste of sugar, white grapes, green apple, gingerbread, vanilla and lemon. Rather short, slightly bitter and minimally tart finish. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, average carbonation. Expected a sweet, yeasty ale and got a more sophisticated, quite complex, refreshing example. I Really enjoyed it, especially the slight tartness balancing the sweet beginning.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marcius (271) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - MAY 24, 2015
Appearance with brown color, cloudy liquid and frothy head. Caramel malty aroma. Taste - Sweet and medium bitter. On the palate it has a good body e long finish. Very good Abbey Dubbel!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beermaris (150) - LATVIA - MAY 3, 2015
Very sour both in aroma and in taste that overshadows other aspects of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alusmamuts (1007) - LATVIA - MAY 3, 2015
Dark brown with small beige head. Bit sweet aroma. Gingerbread taste, but not too sweet. Some remaining bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
climberbob (273) - Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2015
Big bottle aged around 8 years. Dark bear w surprisingly good head for the age. Bready aroma. Taste of yeast, raisin and hints of toffee. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mircoas (218) - ITALY - APR 12, 2015
33cl @ bottle. Solita garanzia dalla solita St Bernardus. Non ai livelli di altre sue birre più riuscite ma godibilissima. Bruna, bell’aspetto, dolce e beverina.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
16erBlech (256) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - APR 10, 2015
Bottle at Könguruh Pub. Very unique aroma. Taste is very intensive. Not a beer for in between, but very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (1464) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 4, 2015
brown colour, moderate sized sized beige-ish head; aroma of fruits (mostly plum and some apple), candy sugar, hints of vanilla and minimal alcohol; taste of brown sugar, yeast, dried fruits some bitterness and well hidden alcohol; isn’t it the same beer as St. Bernardus Pater?

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