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


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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (3979) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2014
Apperently this is different from the small bottle with a blue label. The color of the beer certainly is different, but the taste is a bit similar. Also soft, creamy and with some herbs. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3937) - Radom, POLAND - DEC 26, 2013
Dobre i wysmienite. Czerwona etykieta, Piwo rubinowe, jasniejsze od wersji z niebieska etykieta. A smak lekko slodki na poczatku, potem przechodzacy w wytrawna octowosc, leciutko kwaskowaty posmak pozostawia. Bardzo dlugi finisz. Drozdze dodane do butelki zrobily swoje piwo staje sie metne. Smak to figi i suszona sliwka, ladna bezowa i spora piana, moze nie za trwala ale puszysta, wystrzelil korek z hukiem ze az sie zadymilo, ale mimo to srednio nagazowane. Polecam

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21169) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle shared with ajax25g. Cloudy brownish maroon color, massive beige head. Aroma of candied caramel and brown sugar. Taste is sweet raisins, dates, candied plums. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4456) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 5, 2013
An important style to the history of beer is the Grottenbier, this is a beer that is aged in a cave! In the past refrigeration didn’t exist so brewers realized that caves provided the perfect constant temperatures for fermentation(many US brewers today are also starting to use caves again for barrel aging). This poured a slight muddy brown with a yeasty belgium aroma. The carbonation was light & zesty with citrus, spice & mint in the finish. It’s a great belgian beer. 昔前に洞窟&

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (4765) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2013
On bottlemfrpm SA Cisterna, Alcudia. Golden color, good foam. Some fruity aromas, malt, also floral and Nice yeast influence- some wheat Medium body & medium/ high complexity. Good sourness, well balanced very enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rok1024 (1273) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - AUG 13, 2013
Medium dense head, malty herbal aroma, sweet and bitter taste. Overall decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (2829) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2013
Dark amber colour. Medium carbonation. Bitter and sweet with spicy aroma. Notes of gingerbread and dark fruit. Bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (4065) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2013
0.75l corked bottle from Etre. This is a cloudy dark red-plum-brown beer with a impressive big and lasting off-white fluffy top. The nose is light Belgian with dark candied sugar, yeast, candied red apples, a bit on the sweet side perhaps, but quite nice. It’s above average on the carbonation carbonation level and it has a light oily - almost a bit thin mouthfeel. Not as sweet as the aroma suggested. Almost what is called dry actually and the taste itself is kinda dusty and dark nutty. Old plums and unsweetened figs. A little bit of dry chocolate paper with traces of both yeast and alcohol. Perhaps not the most sophisticated and complex beer I’ve ever had, but it’s tasty and definitely nice. A bit of a alcohol sting in the finish and aftertaste. A full bottle perhaps a bit to much to keep it interesting all the way through. Should probably have shared this with someone. 05.06.2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (4751) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2013
750 ml bottle corked and caged bottle, at home. Poured into a tulip glass. ABV 6.5% Opens with a loud pop. Beer has a beutiful deep ruby red colour, with continuous activity in the body. Really impessive colout. Big head, three fingers tall, light beige in colour and soapy. Low retention,collapses fast, but after that, half a finger of foam stays on the surface for quite long. Traces of lacing can be seen around the glass. Aroma of caramel, grapes, a little bit of sugar. Smells similar to a good wine. Taste is mildly sweet, at least at first. It follows very close the aroma, lots of grapes, some light dark fruits flavours, sugars,caramel malts. Frutiy aftertaste. Medium to thick body, soft carbonation. Overall very tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4566) - 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.

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