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


on tap


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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2004
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Almost opaque, dark red brown coloured with large off-white head. Aroma is very plummy, with a slight sour egde to it. Taste - very smooth, very nice. Malty, dark fruits some nice yeast. Complex and very impressive, quite carbonated, with a nice lingering finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2004
Nice dark brown beer with good fluffy and airy froth. Very elegant aromas of malts, spices and dried fruits. Taste is fine and complex whitout being overpowerd by very outspoken heavy hints. Outstanding smooth taste with a pure afthertaste and a fine freshness in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (809) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Pours a murky brown, with a creamy beige head.
Head subsides to a uniform 1/4 in cap. A thin sheet of lace coats the glass.
Aroma is malty, plummy, winey with a slight sour note .
Flavor is malty, yeasty, hints of dark fruits, a bit of funky mustyness, a little clove spice. Slight hoppiness on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Dark amber beer with an orange gleam. Tall and foamy off-white head. Malt is dominating in the aroma along with spices and tones of flowers and cheese. Flavor of malt, hops, fruit, citrus, oranges, nut and a touch of alcohol. Sharp taste and a foamy mouthfull. Nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 24, 2004
75cl bottle, no BBD Brown, decent head. Aromatic nose of must, dank earth, chocolate, chalk, mint, and fruit(overripe wild raspberries in a bowl)...smooth, mediium bodied, runs to a slightly metallic bite. Somewhat muddled to me, not as inviting as the nose...too carbonated, I think. Cork ripped out w/ no assistance from me other than loosening the cage. Turns into a decent dubbel w/ a peppery, bready sort of maltiness...mustiness hangs around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Appearance: a deep, ruddy brown, no closer to violet, so lets settle on eggplant, and possessed of a thick, fluffy, cream-soda-toned head of foam. Aroma: Ah! Beautiful! Grapes, plums, raisins, more, with plenty of spice, tingling and tantalizing, stimulating, arousing, feeling both ancient and exotic and altogether inviting. Taste: the fun continues on the tongue, with a luscious wave of hops, a brilliant blitz of spices. Very fun in the mouth, at first, hops and spice keep the palate occupied. But later on, disappointment arrives, as the mouthfeel dips in enthusiasm some, falters, mellows too much, the finish is not quite as wed desire, a bit short, flat, light. A pity that the initial promise did not deliver any greater complexities, but its a nice enough beverage as it is, just nothing too terrific.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2004
10.14.04 750ml bottle. Pours a rich, mahoganey brown, visibly effervescent, and with giant foamy tan head. Aromas are funky orange, fresh fig, goat cheese, lightly herbal or spicey. Nice alcohol presence and integration for a 6.5% beer. A mustiness pervades the flavors, weedy, sometimes sharp but with complimentary fruit notes of plum, more fig. Some soapy floral qualities creep in through the middle temperatures, but not to fear, its an all-around pleasant experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (6101) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Hazy brown in colour with a dense tan head. Aroma of sugars, fruit, malt and tart flavours. Medium-bodied; Nutty flavours with malt and little else. Overall, a nice beer and a great treat! I sampled this 75 cL bottle on 15-May-2004 at the May RB Party in Toronto, Ontario.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2004
Murky brown color with a thin white head. Leathery yeast aroma with alcohol. Flavor of leathery yeast, caramel and alcohol, bitter finish. Light to medium body, soft carbonation, creamy texture. Well, this is the beer I like the least form St.Bernardus, on the brink of ordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2004
Obvious spice and caramel dominate your first impression of this Bruin beer. Very smooth somewhat candy-sweet and nutty flavours make it easy drinking but warn you against guzzling. Body is a little thin - maybe I should give it some of my spare tire....Not bad - cheers joey_capps.

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