Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Belgian Dark Ale
Ranked #26
Ranked #24,045
3.8 | pDev: 12.89%
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Very Good
Notes: From Pierre Celis, brewed at Brouwerij St. Bernardus.

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Reviews: 205 | Ratings: 279
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3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served way too cold, had to wait about 20 minutes until it was warm enough to taste anything. The flavour is quite subtle and soft, something about it was quite soft-drinky, had some nice bitter slightly acidic characters towards the end, quite soft and smooth aswell, with some light spicyness.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled from bottle 11 March 2002. Grottenbier Bruin has a good mix of malt & dried fruit in the bouquet & on the palate. The flavor has some spicey notes as well. Grottenbier Bruin is quite delicious and simply another winner from Pierre Celis.

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Photo of aracauna
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The body is a dark mahogany with a good creamy white head. It has a very spicy nose. Banana and cloves mix w/ cinammon and buttercream. More bananas and caramel cream on the tongue. The mouthfeel is a bit fuzzy. Very warm, relaxing beer. Reminds me of Bananas Foster.

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Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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 -26.8%
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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