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


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RATINGS: 157   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3595) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RSRIZZO (1905) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Aroma is a sour yeast scent with faint fruit tones. Color is golden yellow with good carbonation and a tight white head. Taste is creamy and sour. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a creamy feel. Finish comes at of the creamy feel with a slight sweetness that turns sour and gives you flavor that reminds me a by of a White Ale, with hints of coriander and a little clove. After taste has a nice Belgian yeast fruit taste with a bitterness on the end. This is just an amazing brew it has a bright White Ale flavor with complex layers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheDog (585) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2007
Bottle 75cl. Golden colour with a huge white head. Aroma of yeast, honey, caramel and a bit banana. Once again a masterpiece from Mr. Celis.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
watchnerd (22) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Carbonated like pop rocks, fizzing and crackling if I inhale through an open mouth with a quaff still on my tongue. Didn’t taste really any sourness at all, the taste being dominated by caramel and yeast. Despite that, it doesn’t feel heavy in the mouth and the xXxtreme carbonation makes me want to chug it like root beer. Head was good, lace florid and better than average, but who cares about such slow sipping pleasures when you’re drinking the ale version of soda pop or sparkling cider? Must buy more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2008
750 ml (yellow label). Great looking beer poured into a New Belgium goblet. Big, puffy white head on a gold body. Spicy peppery aroma with marshmallow and sweet cloves. Delectable. Light lemon and subtle brett mingles well with the soft pale malts. I can see this beer working well with a lot of different foods but spicy thai shrimp comes to mind.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beachbum25 (1085) - 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!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Damn this is good. Hazy yellow color with a huge white head and constant lacing. Pear, lemon, nutmeg in the aroma. Flavor is initially sweet and full of of fruitiness (pear, banana, lemon, tangerine) with a bit of a yeast presence in the finish. I’m having trouble wrapping my brain on the scores people have been giving this one. I think it’s fantastic. Drinkable but full bodied with just enough alcohol presence in there to give a decent buzz.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2006
750ml bottle from whole foods in glover park. pours a cloudy gold, big white head that shows no signs of going anywhere soon. aroma (once it warms up) is bready, light citrus notes, coriander, a little belgian yeast funk. flavor is quite big: malty with a hint of caramel, then immediately puckering bitterness and some hints of toast. moderately heavy body, but the finish is quite pleasantly dry, and the whole thing only has a modicum of acidity, which is great. this is a big winner in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 8, 2007
750 ml bottle from Holiday Wine cellar. Honey golden with champagne bubbles and a big foamy head. Aroma of barn yard funk, fruit, and yeast. Bright tangy palate. Banana, honey, and slightly bready taste with some hay notes and a semi-dry finish. Decent overall.

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