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Grottenbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
85
very good

265 Ratings
THE BROS
62
poor

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 21
Gots: 10 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +26%

tzunoi, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of FLima
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

FLima, Oct 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

vinicole, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

tbeer40, Jul 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

DutchBeerDrinker, Jul 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

tom10101, Jul 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

MystikCelt, Jul 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Marius, Jul 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

WOLFGANG, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ystazi, Jun 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

desint, May 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Slatetank, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

GRUUMSH, May 10, 2013
Photo of mick303
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

mick303, Apr 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

BierMeJohn, Apr 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Elbrownbag, Apr 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

innominat, Feb 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Ciocanelu, Feb 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

uturn, Jan 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

safaricook, Dec 14, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Nov 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

mtbdonn, Nov 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

peagasus, Nov 02, 2012
Grottenbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
85 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.