Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Watou, Belgium


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RATINGS: 999   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Josh’s translation of the French description..."Aged in the caves of Kanne, where the exceptional climatic circumstances give it a unique aroma and flavour without equal." In the U.S., the label will read "Grotten Brown Belgian Cave-Aged Ale." ABV of 6.5% or 6.7% depending on bottles.

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BeerRenter76 (1061) - Texas, USA - APR 16, 2016
Originally rated on 8/26/08. Grotten poured a beautiful rootbeer brown body with tons of carbonation that lead to a massive tan head that left thick lacing. Aromas of banana, cinammon, and clove. Mouthfeel was adequate, a little thin though. Flavor was strange, no one flavor stood out and it was kind of bland. The best thing about this was its appearance, however i would be willing to give it another try in the future."

UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2016
Bottle from 2013 enjoyed watching the flyera in a meaningless game. Pours dark tan, cream hued head that is powered by plenty of carbonation. Yeasty nose. Taste is faitly bland, some burnt sugar, some yeast, plum. Quick tartness at the end. Finish lingers in the form of some sugar.

emdejes (97) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 13, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2017 75cl Bottle - Expired 29/07/2010 Overall I wasn’t too impressed, I thought this beer would have aged better. Maybe a bit too low in alcohol to please me. Carbonation was fine, certainly after all those years. The texture a bit too thin.

MGantzel (274) - Aalborg, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2016
Denne belgiske øl har et brunligt udseende med et medium hvidt skum. Øllen har en sød aroma og smager sødt af karamel med en friskhed af citrus og en bitter eftersmag. Medium karbonering.

WaddlingPlatypus (186) - Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2017 330ml bottle at the Head of Steam, Durham. Dark caramel colour with a virtually non-existent off-white head. Has a curious aroma of wholemeal bread, mixed with the floral aroma of haylage. Quiet flavour of bread, with an aftertaste of pork and celery. Finishes with a slight citrus tang. Overall, unusual and very pleasant.

Gubihumle (610) - Nørre Aaby, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2015
Flaske. Farven er brun og skumkronen er flødefarvet. Aromaen er malt, rød frugt og gær, medens smagen er næsten syrlig med mørke frugter og bær. Har en god mundfylde. Man får meget smag.

Silvan7 (1281) - Samarate, ITALY - DEC 16, 2015
Bottle @ home. Marrone, al mimite del ramato carico, con schiuma beige non troppo fine ma persistente. Aroma tostato, di cacao, lievito belga, frutti rossi , lieve di liquore, note erbacee e qualche sentore di cantina. Abboccato l’ingresso, fruttato di frutta candita, poi leggermente tostato e liquoroso. Corposa, piena , molto rotonda. Meno calda rispetto a quanto l’aroma liquoroso lascerebbe intendere. poco carbonata. Equilibrata ed armonica

Marduk (8830) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 12, 2015
750ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Slightly hazy chestnut color. Small size, beige bubbly head, stays. Sweet, raisins, orange marmalade, malty, prunes in aroma. Malty, marmalade, aftershave, grassy hops in taste. Raisins nd chocolate mint cake in aftertaste. Nice and sparky. Not a classic Belgian as I know it. Better. Lovely brew.
Earlier Rating: 9/29/2012 Total Score: 3.3
750ml bottle. Chestnut brown color. Medium size brownish head, won’t last for very long. Fruity, yeast, butter, sweet in aroma. Mild roast, malty, vanilla, hops, faint spices in flavor. Crisp and buttery mouthfeel.

FatPhil (17511) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 11, 2015
750ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) Bottled 2014/11 BB 2018/11 Drunk 2015/12
Initially a very fruity aroma, Anna’s more than mine, and mine is more perfumey. I just get a hint of tomato once or twice, some mint, but some mashiness too. Light palate, pleasant carbonation. Gentle malty body, Perfumey and light, classic belgian aspects, reminds me of chimay red, super mellow and very complex, changes from the front to the back of each sip. The wave of fruits and esters that then gives way to nice dry bitterness. I have another bottle, I will let that age plenty.
Earlier Rating: 9/24/2007 Total Score: 3.6
Rating is the individual maxima of different ratings, as a strange kind of rerate compromise.
330ml bottle (Charters, Peterborough)
Rich malty aroma. Also smooth relaxing bruin taste - malty and liquorice. Drink with low lights at the end of the evening - worth savouring.
Rerate (7-4-7-4-13=3.5)
This is a completely different beer from the bruin I’ve had in the past
Hugely perfumed aroma. Sweet blossoms. Simple grainy body, and loads more blossom. With yeast, more milky and some liquorice.

martjoobolut (5468) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 11, 2015
Bottle, bb 12.11.2018 (shared by fatphil, thanks). Pours red amber with beige head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is dark fruits plums, sweetness, belgian yeast. Flavor is sweet, fruits, raisins, apples, malt. Finish is fruity and malty. Body is somewhat watery.Overall: very nice.
Earlier Rating: 3/15/2014 Total Score: 3.6
0,33L bottle. BB 17.09.2015, ABV 6,5%. Pours dark red amber with off white head. The head stays. Aroma is dark fruits, spices, and yeast. Taste is sweet, fruits, malt, medicinal flavors, spices, herbal, and little bit creamy. Overall: not bad, rather weird smelling and tasting beer.

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