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Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Watou, Belgium

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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Previously 7.7% ABV. Grottenbier Flemish Ale is a unique ale produced by one of the great Flanders breweries. Pale golden in color with a white, dense foam and a flavor that is soft, creamy and slightly herbal. Aging will reveal new layers of flavor, but Grottenbier Flemish Ale is eminently drinkable anytime! A unique Belgian classic from the mind of Pierre Celis.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2013
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 11/23/2009 dating on the bottom of the bottle(best before date?). Pours lightly hazy and cloudy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, floral, pepper, clove, herbal, caramel, honey, biscuit, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy/floral notes with malt sweetness; and good strength. Taste of pear, apple, grape, floral, pepper, clove, herbal, caramel, honey, biscuit, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, floral, pepper, herbal, light clove, caramel, honey, bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy esters; with a good malt/spiciness balance and no cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong pale. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy flavors with malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. This was probably quite old given the caramelized maltiness from age, but it held up very well. A very enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kronebryg (1074) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2012
Somne head, not lasting, deep redbrown colour. Nose with brown sugar, sugar and fruit cake. Medium body with semi long length. Taste is also brown and white sugar and fruitcake. Really nice but also high carbonated.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redpooba (400) - New York, USA - MAR 6, 2012
A light golden ale with a frothy white head giving off great aroma of sours and fermentation. The clean smooth beer lets a lot of fermented fruit notes come through.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2011
A hazy amber/brown colored beer with a thick foamy off white head. The aroma of some caramel, some sweet, hints of sour with some spices. The taste spicy caramel with some sweet and sour. The aftertaste has a little bitter with sweet. hints of spices.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (6111) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2010
bottle shared with Rudolf. bottle was perhaps a bit old as i dont recall when i bought this @VBM. Golden pour with fair amount of floaters. apple fruity, pretty balanced. not overly flavorful, decent mouthfeel, ok

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Bottle shared by swoopjones @ Bidwell. Cloudy medium tan, solid head with floaties. Nose is twangy malt, yeast, some undefined fruit & green apple notes. Flavor is much the same, but a bit stale. Twang increases in the finish, along with green apple character. Eh.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmmbeer (1251) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2010
750 mL bottle served in tulip (1st of 7 from Grapeview Market- RIP)- poured a heavily turbid non transparent faded golden straw color, heavy carbonation, frothy off white head formed with minimal lacing. Aroma of yeast, straw, earth, yeast, and some grass. Hits the mouth with a low-medium body, malt is there but is very light, hearty various spice and dark fruit notes bombard you taste buds in the middle, finish continues with the spice notes as well as some dryness. Interesting take on the style, and good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nickls (1882) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2010
(Old BA rate - bottle) Poured with frothy, foamy white head with good retention. Lightly hazy orangey-yellow color thatís vibrant. Yeasty; orange and citrus aromas; some grassiness as well. A bit flowery; yeastiness comes in mildly; citrus fruit. Pretty nice. A bit chalky for me; very vibrant carbonation. Thinner body overall, though. Really drinkable, but basic

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 19, 2010
From bottle at Najaís, thanks Jay! Color is light amber-strawberry. Aroma is buttery, diacetyl, caramel, cherry, vanilla, hint of sourness. Palate is smooth and creamy, flavor shows dried peaches, cherry, vanilla, clove. Good depth of flavor. Good drinking, bit sweet.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2009
Itís hazy, red-brown with a small, creamy head. Itís has been in the cellar a few years now. The aroma is spicy with notes of citrus and malt. The mouthfeel is fizzy. The flavor has a light sweetness and notes of malt, fruit, yeast and citrus. The overall impression is a flawless beer as such, but the body is rather thin.


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