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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%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Pours a somewhat cloudy golden yellow color with some ripe banana hues and a two finger foamy white head that lingers for a while before settling into a lasting ring that leaves spotty lacing. Visible carbonation bubbling up. Estery crisp golden fruit aroma with hints of apple and pear as well as some bready yeast, spicy zesty pepper, and citrus lemon peel. Pretty carbonated up front with a clean bready yeasty medium body. Estery fruit notes, mostly apple and pear, along with some ripe banana notes, creaminess, alcohol warmth and a dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DKthe13 (56) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2009
On bottle. Not as interesting as the brown one but still a nice beer. Celis’s recipe again, and you can taste that. Complex style for a belgian ale with not as much sugar as you would expect from the smell.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2009
750 ML Bottle-Cloudy golden color w/a moderate white head & great lacing. Sweet & sour aroma. Light fruity flavor, bananas, green apples, some clove, w/a bit of a sour bite to it-made you pucker up a little in a good way. Had some wheat or grass flavors, as well as bread dough & yeast. Multiple layers of flavor make this a very enjoyable brew. Classic Belgian, very fresh & flavorful, very drinkable now but I’m sure it would age quite well. A real winner, but not a surprise from this brewer, I don’t think they could make a bad beer if they tried!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Bottle gifted by a dude at eulogy to me and my girlfriend. It was pretty good and drinkable with a bit of a bite.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VertBaconStrips (2317) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - JUL 15, 2009
Lee’s North location in Henderson, NV
Poured out a monsterous bubbly white cap that sticks everywhere. Dull looking cloudy yellow amber brew. Nice aroma with a soft note of funky brett, marshmallow, orange (some version of one), some heat on the nose, very interesting spice that seems to meld with the sweetness perfectly, maybe dull banana (more obvious when warmer). The taste is pretty much average but the addition of a creeping funk upgrades this. Dull fruit, interesting peppery spice that appears early in the sip, vanishes and then reappears more subdued and tied into the fruitiness. Yeast, the fruit is tropical if anything. Tasty but nothing to die for. Good finish of mild spicy yeast and dryness, especially after my beer has thickened with more and more sediment getting consumed and filtered within my oversized liver. 3.2 does not mean that this is bad by any means, just average in my world. Better than 75% or the beers available though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Bottle. Ruby brune with a tan head. Chewy plum and vinous raisin and plum notes. Caramel and light spiciness. Nice brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2009
750ml bottle. Pours a rocky, light-brown, lasting head with a slightly hazy, particulate laden, amber body. Clumpy lacing. Heavy caramel, cereal, toffee and nutty aroma with some light herbal hops. Some yeasty spiciness. There’s a little bit of cherry and some misc. dark fruit. Medium bodied with a somewhat creamy texture and average carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5615) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Corked and caged. Ruby pour with a hint of brown seeping in, patchy sudsy tan head. Nose very airy with dusty yeast - malty, but there’s not much here. A little bit of kick in the taste, peppercorn in with vomity caramel and a little spice. Herbal notes, dry aftertaste. Seems like a hint of candi sugar under the light chocolate. Medium body. Classy enough.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra. Spicy and yeasty nose is pretty pleasant. Flavor is very smooth with a nice mouthfeel. Very drinkable and nice brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2009
750ml Bottle: Aroma of fruit, pears, yeast, slight lemon, light pepper, slight spices, slight coriander, and some dust. Poured golden/yellow in color with a large, frothy, white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small and medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of yeast, pale malts, light spices, light pepper, slight pear, slight hops, and a hint of lemon. Light to medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Lively carbonation. Slightly sweet, yeasty, finish is moderately dry.


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