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Grottenbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
85
very good

255 Ratings
THE BROS
62
poor

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 20
Gots: 6 | 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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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%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Germany

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
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -20.6%

10-09-2012 02:57:24 | More by pin
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Filosoof

Netherlands

4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grottenbier is a special one. But in a very delicate way.

A: If someone says the top disappears quickly, he has to take a clean glass. The top is great. Brandy colour, with a touch of red in it. The top is vanilla coloured.

S: there's something special in the smell (oak or wine) , tiny liquorice , old wood, vanilla, cherry, tart apple, light malts;

T: the taste has it's own style; reminds me a bit of Gulden Draak Quadruple 4000. (The colour also); the beer uses your mouth completely, starting a bit thin, but than coming through with a round creamy bite, ending with a very nice balancede bitterishness, cleaning the mouth;

M: alcohol is perfect, wel carbonated, good drinkability;

O: amber beers won't be my number one, but in it's style it's maybe one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 14:11:41 | More by Filosoof
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

09-11-2012 00:26:10 | More by Molson2000
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rarbring

Sweden

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clouded reddish brown beer, an off-white head with little lacing and small curtains.

Smelling of yeast, vinegar and spices. Clove.

Starts with sweet bread, raisins, bitter oranges and some yeast.

Medium low carbonation, soft texture, medium body.

A nice sourish brew. Should be good with cave matured cheese.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 14:44:54 | More by rarbring
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Jose9e

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-30-2012 12:14:55 | More by Jose9e
Grottenbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
85 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.