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


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RATINGS: 1008   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Joshs 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2005
Bottle, Smokeless Joes. This brewery continues to impress. Dark brown pour, bubby tan head. Strong spicy malt aroma. Very nice strong malt taste, tastes much stronger than the 6.5%. I got a very interesting strong cinnamon taste at first, it may be another spice though. Maybe a little too carbonated and bubbly, but that is my only complaint. A very well made beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2005
Medium brown color - cloudy with a thick lacy head. Aroma of spices and roasted nuts. Flavor is malty and a bit fruity. Has kind of a sharp finish when the alcohol takes charge. A little acidic. Its decent, but didnt really grab me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2005
As I was unwrapping the metal cap the cork just exploded out of the bottle and flew across the room. Foam started to pour out -- a off-brown, hugh foam. Poured a nice oak color. Sweet, juicy, chewy, bread, cookie flavor. Yeast nose. Medium finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
Hazy brown colour with a fairly thin off white head. Sweet yeasty aroma with some plum and figs. Yeasty flavor with hints of dark fruit.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 20, 2005
(on 33cl bottle) Looksgreat; hazy light brown and has perfect carbonation. But theres something really odd about both sent and taste. It is authentic belgic in the esters, but a strange aroma of wet cardboard really makes it unplesant. The also suffers from it, like really old dust; not hops anyway. Great concept anyhow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 10, 2005
Big light head. Golden honey copper colour. Baking soda aroma. Very light body. Light airy flavour with with dry finish. Good accompaniment but on its own the flavour is rather muted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2005
Brown. Big creamy off white head. Dried fruit, sweet malt, and musk. Smell that cave action. Same in the taste though less dried dark fruits and some nuttiness. Smooth, full body. I wasnt expecting to smell or taste the cave. Description of "unique" is spot on. Very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: APR 22, 2012 Bottled. A dark nut brown coloured beer with a long lasting cream coloured head. The aroma has raisins, caramel and candy sugar. The taste has more of the same together with some nuttiness and maybe a little dark spice. A very good beer from a very good brewery. Score 3.8
Subsequent rating scored 3.3. Average becomes 3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Deep mahogany color with a generous light tan head. Aroma of plum, black cherry and spices. Flavor starts lightly sweet with dark fruit and a hint of banana turning lightly tart and finishing kinda peppery and dry. Smooth creamy palate. Quite a belly warmer for only 6.5 % ABV. Happy Birthday Taylor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1116) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2005
Deeo red/brown with a small beaded off white head. Minimal floaters. Wheat and toasty bread dough aroma. Raisin, brown sugar, rye bread malts. Sour chocolate and lactic acid. Decent.

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