Grottenbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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202 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

No longer available in the US.

Added by stcules on 01-29-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
202
Ratings:
276
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
15.08%
 
 
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4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big brown 750 ml bottle. With a cork and cage. Dated 010303, is that January 3 or March 1, 2003 ? Oh well. Blue label depicts sketch of a cave. The label descriptions are in belgian gibberish...sorry not gibberish, just belgian. The cork exploded off this one, bounced around my kitchen, nearly broke a light and hit me right in the noggin. Poured into my St. Bernardous wide mouth goblet.
Murky brown color, deeper and darker than expected. Matched the color of the bottle actually. Creamy biege bubbly head, exploded up then settled to a thin sheet covering the beer nicely.
Smell is mostly sweet, carmel like. Lots of candied apples, and toasted carmel smells. Odd sugary smell hits the nose, more than anything.
Taste is dominated by sweetness, toasted carmel malt and sugary sweetness. Some earthy spices coming through as well. Highly charged carbonation, lots of bubbles, affect the taste. I was worried it was too old. Not so. Bubbles are everywhere. Getting past the bubbles, some oak, and vanilla notes slip by, very much port wine like flavors. Light yeast flavors also hit the tongue. Just the slightest whisper of hop bitterness, but the overall impression is sweetness and carbonation.
Feel is highly charged and super bubbly. Murky yeast presence adds some body but, the carbonation does thin it out a bit. Light to medium bodied.
A good belgian more toward sweet than expected, and worth a try.
Thanks to my friend BelgianBum for this treat !

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2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Foam wide and abundant, not completely compact, with some big bubbles, maybe due to the glass?. Color brown, with mahogany reflexes. Smell of flowers (forget-me-not, periwinkle, etc.). The taste is round, not too dry, with honey, well balanced. It needs a second and third taste... A solvent like note, perceptible specially in the flavour, when the beer got warm.

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Grottenbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
85 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.
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