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Grottenbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
85
very good

260 Ratings
THE BROS
62
poor

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 20
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
From Pierre Celis, brewed at Brouwerij St. Bernardus.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-19-2003)
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tzunoi

Romania

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

10-20-2013 16:59:33 | More by tzunoi
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FLima

Brazil

4.26/5  rDev +12.7%

After being reserved for a while it was opened with 10 month left to maturity.
Amber copper color with a thick three fingers off-white head with good retention and leaving laces. Got murky brown after pouring residual yeast.
Aroma with a nice funkiness going on, notes of Belgian yeast, nutty malt and lemon.
An incredible fast mutating flavor with a nice tartness, condimented yeast, ginger, figs, roasted malt, umami from Shitake mushrooms, licorice, vanilla, green apples and plums. Dry aftertaste and mildly bitter.
Medium body with a somewhat effervescent carbonation and acidity sensation.
Truly fantastic beer and very enigmatic. You have to swiftly chase its multiple taste facets. Though, ain’t for all beer drinkers. While drinking I did some research given my rates were off (much higher), but rest in peace after knowing, no wonder, to be one of favorites by the beer hunter.

10-20-2013 15:21:30 | More by FLima
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -14%

09-29-2013 16:51:35 | More by vinicole
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tbeer40

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-28-2013 22:09:19 | More by tbeer40
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DutchBeerDrinker

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-27-2013 19:47:06 | More by DutchBeerDrinker
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14%

07-23-2013 15:11:42 | More by tom10101
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-15-2013 16:50:03 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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MystikCelt

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-15-2013 07:18:42 | More by MystikCelt
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Marius

Romania

3/5  rDev -20.6%

07-06-2013 13:18:59 | More by Marius
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-03-2013 23:00:48 | More by WOLFGANG
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ystazi

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-10-2013 19:18:11 | More by ystazi
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desint

Belgium

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

05-24-2013 11:03:01 | More by desint
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-20-2013 22:32:02 | More by Slatetank
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GRUUMSH

Belgium

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-10-2013 09:52:30 | More by GRUUMSH
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%

330 mL bottle with freshness date, poured into a tulip glass produced a large creamy tannish head, retention is decent, but it leaves a nice frothy film and good lacing. The beer is a dark ruby brown, slightly muted, some visible carbonation. 4

S- strong notes of caramel malt, spicy with slight booze kick, a strong yeast note. Subtle clove, plum, woodshop smell, some malty sweetness, notes of cinnamon, christmas cake. After it mellows it becomes really nice and soft, not a lot of bitterness but some pepper and aged chili spice. Quite complex and balanced. 4.25

T- a pretty big malty body with spice and chili notes initially, lemon zest, hazelnut, then more astringent yeast. Aged caramel, wool blankets. It has an initially lightness then more of a tartness, lemon meringue, transitions quite smoothly. Ends very dry, with a bittersweet caramel, and a bit of alcohol. Warming all the way down, lingering smooth spice. Pretty good, balance is alright but falls short in complexity. 3.75

M- Moderate maltiness with a smooth consistency, moderate carbonation, a coating prickle of yeast lingers with a dry malty finish. Some slight alcohol presence but this mostly enhances the malty and dry yeasty aspects of this beer. 3.75

Pretty enjoyable beer, there are a few aspects it could improve. A bit much carbonation, it is quite well balanced, though a bit tart/spicy on finish. Together it isn't the most memorable beer, nice Dark Ale with a fair bit of yeasty presence that has some issues incorporating into the beer, sometimes feel thin. I wouldn't rush to get this again, but its nice nonetheless.

04-24-2013 16:58:15 | More by mick303
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BierMeJohn

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-21-2013 12:00:13 | More by BierMeJohn
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Elbrownbag

Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -14%

04-01-2013 19:48:44 | More by Elbrownbag
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innominat

Ireland

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

02-17-2013 11:59:07 | More by innominat
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-06-2013 21:00:02 | More by Ciocanelu
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uturn

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-16-2013 02:10:53 | More by uturn
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-17-2012 16:00:04 | More by stereosforgeeks
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-14-2012 17:02:40 | More by safaricook
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

1.5/5  rDev -60.3%

11-16-2012 23:24:45 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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mtbdonn

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -14%

11-02-2012 12:28:53 | More by mtbdonn
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peagasus

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-02-2012 11:58:50 | More by peagasus
Grottenbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
85 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.