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

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RATINGS: 997   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
sloth (2936) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Medium sized offwhite head that never really dies, but relaxes. Some thin stringy lace hangin around. Hazy amber/brown color. Medium body, prickly carbonation. Earthy fruity nose, hints of plum and some bananna also. Dry malt flavor, grainy with a light fruitiness, anise. Finish is dry with a slight nuttiness.

3.4
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2004
Hazy amber-brown with a small tan head. Malty and yeasty aroma. Decent body, and mild but pleasant flavour of dark dried fruit and brown sugar. Decent, but not breathtaking.

3.4
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Brown, tan head. Aroma of ginger, malt and a bit of yeast. Flavor is a little too light, malty, a little yeasty. Smooth, soft mouthfeel. Not bad.

3.6
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Pours a nice brown, thick tan head. Aroma is yeast and candi sugar sweetness. Flavor has some dark fruits and spicy yeast. Quite carbonated and tingly mouthfeel. Nicely done dubbel.

3.6
jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
Hazy brown body with a nice fluffy whitish head. Spritzy malty flavour is a bit underwhelming. Lures you in with high expectations and dissappoints, but is still a nice beer.

2.9
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2004
Bottle. Brown, lasting head. Pretty bland, quite sweet, not much else going on.

3.7
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2004
I almost put my eye out with the cork. The nose is very yeasty, spicy, and fruity. The palate is dry and spicy. Easy going dry double.

3.7
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2004
Pretty orange-brown colour with a huge white head. The high carbonation gives a nice "prickly" sensation in the mouth. Aroma and flavour of a decent complexity: some dark fruits (plums, figs) and hints of vanilla. Not outstanding but certainly a fine Belgian ale.

3.7
jamesp (13) - Thornton, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2004
Whoa. Nearly had a beertastrophe when I opened the bottle. I wasn’t paying attention (ie, I wasn’t covering the cork so it wouldn’t go shooting off) and the cork shot off, nearly maiming my two small children, and, worse yet, spilling some beer. But I digress. Almost all head when I poured it, but some nice lacing after it subsided. Kind of a muddy brown color, not the greatest looking I’ve seen. Aroma is great, but the aftertaste is a little too much. Maybe it’s because I haven’t had a beer in over a month.

4
sayravai (4711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 30, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 (Bottled, Nth re-rate) Nice, very hazy dark brown color with a medium, tight, beige head. Sourish, yeasty aroma with cherry, pineapple and banana. Dryish and slightly sour, malty and spicy flavor with banana and a christmasy-spicy ginseng/anise/licorice finish. Medium-bodied, high- but smooth-carbonated and oily palate. A nicely balanced and smooth, very easily drinkable, yet quite complex - and not at all sweet dubbel. Another quality brew from St. Bernardus.


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