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

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RATINGS: 154   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2009
[Bottle] Pours a clear gold with a massive, meringue-like white head that leaves incredible lacing. Aroma is sweet candi sugar and malts, some floral and herbal aromas, and plenty of clove from the yeast. Flavor is very herbal, some anise and mint are the prominent ones, biscuity malt, and a light, smooth finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3646) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Pale golden colored beer that started with a thick dense head of foam. Some alcoholic warmth but not too much. Starts sweet and finishes with some herbal qualities.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Labeled as "Pierre Celis Signature Selection" which I happened to stumble across at an unplanned stop. No idea of this beer’s age, but I feel it’s sat around long enough to develop a pleasant amount of complexity. To be honest this came across like a big bottle of tamed Orval, fairly funky with a touch of brett, dry and nicely intriguing. Golden, straw color with intense carbonation and a billowing, rocky white head that leaves thick, blanketing lacing. Peppery hops, spicy with funky fruits and must. You can smell the dryness and I swear it is very familiar to a 1 year Orval. Light and dry mouth feel with a mild tartness and a rather hot finish. Fruity peach and orange flavors coupled with honey. Spicy hops, biscuits and cream soda. Earthy with a touch of dried herbs. Tart, sweet and slightly bretty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomthompson89 (1897) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2009
nose is super sweet but candy like. little spice,its an odd brown with some cloudiness. intresting malt flavor little odd barnyardish flavor. intresting

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle on 11/30/2008 at the 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Slightly hazy pale golden body with a small foamy white head. Sweet big belgian spice and sugar aroma. Big sugar and belgian spice flavor. Light body with moderately high carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3258) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2008
VRBT, not what I was expecting. I see Flemish ale, and I expect Flemish sour. This was golden. Aroma and flavors basically matched, with slight undefined hoppiness, bready malts, and a bit sweaty. Not bad, but not spectacular either. Glad to try it though.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6365) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
This hazy golden ale poured with a decent white head and a musty aroma. The flavor is caramel malt with lots of spice, predominately coriander, leaving a yeasty taste on the palate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34434) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2008
<b>Bottle 75cl.</b>
Unclear medium yellow color with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, spicy, moderate yeasty, coriander. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. (050908)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2008
Pours a light cloudy amber with a thin but very persistent head. In fact, the off-white head is one of the high points of this beer. The flavor starts sweet and finishes just sour, with a hint of bitter in the aftertaste. Good aroma, simple but decent flavor with enough complexity to make it worth while. Not as good as Grotten’s other offerings, though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Sample pour from WBF in Durham. Bright cloudy golden pour. A little bit of earthy funk, yeast and lemon. Cloves. Solid beer but not amazing. Would like to taste more fully.


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