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Grotten Brown (Pierre Celis Signature) | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Grotten Brown (Pierre Celis Signature)Grotten Brown (Pierre Celis Signature)
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3.8/5
Very Good
79 Ratings
Grotten Brown (Pierre Celis Signature)Grotten Brown (Pierre Celis Signature)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerBeing on 12-30-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
79
pDev:
11.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of brdc
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i think this one has not "matured" yet.
It is a beautiful reddish-brown, with a plentiful whitish head, but has little aroma, with some hoppiness, bread and malts.
Medium to full body, its taste is a little bit too bitter and hoppy for the style, with a somewhat subdued malt that, if you believe the text on the bottle, is not fully developed yet.
Somewhat disappointing as it is, I will still try to find another bottle and lay it down for two years.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is one fine looking brew. It poured into my Westy goblet with a fluffy white head that stuck around for a while and left plenty remnents on the side of the glass. The body itself is a wonderful golden brown, the color of toast that's been in the toaster 30 seconds too long.
The smell is not quite as good, though. A bit sweet, but fruity and estery. It's got that twang to it that I just haven't grown to appreciate yet.
Said twang isn't as noticable in the taste. It's a decent blend of smooth, sweet malt and a bit of back-of-the-mouth sharpness. No alcohol.
This is way, way too carbonated. As soon as it touches your lips the bubbles explode to the point of diminishing the drinking experience. I'm not a big fan of this brew.

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Photo of roblowther
2.52/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

An extremely impressive-looking 750ml bottle, and with Pierre Celis' signature on it, I'm eager to give it a whirl. Very carbonated, with a fairly dense, rocky head forming over the ruddy brown beer. Tiny bubbles form & cling to the sides of the goblet. Smells of cinnamon. Not much else in the smell, but I probably have the bottle a bit too cold at the moment. The taste starts off promising, that cinnamon leading off, promising more to follow. Then....nothing. Immediately turns very dry and almost seems to evaporate off the tongue without leaving any flavor except a vague cinnamon aftertaste that comes on later. Mouthfeel is similar, starting full but that dryness just takes it all away and it finishes thin. Really surprising for a beer of this color & pedigree. Not terribly drinkable as it just leaves me wanting to have a beer. Very one dimensional beer overall. Not terrible but just not impressive.

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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice, clear amber brew with a four finger head in my pint glass. The head was composed of large bubbles... one, by the side of the glass, grew to a half inch in diameter before it burst. It was quite rocky. WHen I poured out the rest of the bottle, however, it was hazy.

Aroma was hoppy, with medium-bodied malts underneath. It was quite crisp. There was almost a hint of red wine.

The taste was nutty, yeasty, and bready, with a bit of hoppiness overlaying the whole experience. A little bit of earthiness. Pretty good, and much lighter than a usual strong dark ale.

Mouthfeel was all right, not too chewy, not too watery.

This is an easy drinking beer, even with the higher ABV. It went down really nicely.

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Grotten Brown (Pierre Celis Signature) from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 79 ratings
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