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Nostradamus - Brasserie Caracole

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

777 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 777
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 44
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Caracole visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001)
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Reviews by Beer-A-Lot:
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip.

A - Classic dark brown color.

S - Fruity smell but not too sweet.

T - Delicious and malty. An easy drinker that I enjoyed.

M - Not a huge mouth, but this wasn't a problem.

O - A superb beer that I enjoyed as much as I'd hoped I would. I like it. I like it a lot.

Beer-A-Lot, Jan 23, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown-reddish pour with a minimal off-white head.

Smell: a spicey and warm nose with hints of cinnamon, pepper and an underlying fuity sweetness.

Taste: very fruity palate with strong hints of molasses, black licorice and a good pinch of spice....again cinnamon and peppery. a medium body with a semi-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: fairly lively and smooth.

Drinkability: an awesome beer that i fully enjoyed. it seemed to apir up nicely with some gouda cheese.

Popsinc, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one was a murky brown in color, a bit on the light side, with a nice head that went down rather quickly but left some nice pits on top of the liquid.

Smell – There’s a ton of fun in this nose. The dark fruits are well-blended. I can pick up some cherries, plums, and a bit of tobacco, although I’m sure there are many more that I’m missing. It has some big sugary candy cane as well. The backbone is very bready malt, nicely toasted.

Taste – The alcohol and candy cane came out more at the taste, otherwise this tasted just like it smelled. I liked the balance a bit better at the nose, however.

Mouthfeel – Bigger than medium but not full in the body, this one has some nice carbonation and just a hint of alcohol.

Drinkability – This is an alcoholic sleeper, so watch out. I had the little 330ml bottle but a bomber will get your head spinning. Other than that, this went down quite well. I see some of the other BAs had this on-tap. What a treat that must have been!

RoyalT, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Porty and equal in complexity to a nice glass of porto. Dark, hazy plum-brown, barley wine like color. Large crown, short retention, little to no lacing. Nose is dominated strongly by dark caramels and toffees. Rum soaked dark fruits and banana come through in the end. Taste is a blend of rum and port. Oak is present adding a slight bourbon quality, but over all the dark fruits shine through best…mainly figs. More carbonated than most BSDAs. Medium body that improves greatly as the beer warms. (It seemed a bit thin at first but that went away as some of the carbonation settled out and the beer warmed). Very, very drinkable.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev -1.5%

beerhunter13, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of dcurrin
3/5  rDev -26.1%

dcurrin, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Brown 750 ml bottle, no freshness date though the alcohol is certainly high enough for an extended shelf life.

Appearance: Dark brown with bright ruby hues, mild chill hazed with a very active carbonation. Bubbly frothy lace that holds well from the higher carbonation.

Smell: Very noticeable racy solvent and estery higher alcohols, expressive fruitiness with some suggestions of berries, ripe pear and plum. A sweet aroma to say the least.

Taste: Brash biting carbonation, bit slick on the tongue. Big fruity juicy middle with mild herbal phenols and pronounced dark malt that throws some chocolate into the mix and feigns a chocolate covered berry flavour. Touch of hop bitterness slides in with the phenols to add some balance. Alcohols catch-up with the palate and lay down some heavy estery and mildly solvent warmth, fruitiness expands into some grape and dried tropical fruits. Malt comes through a bit more middle to end bread crust and husk, slightly puckering nuttiness from the yeast sets in also. Finishes dry and a touch fluffy.

Notes: Big, dry and in you face. Flavours flare out just about everywhere with a broad complexity. A brew to savour as a night cap after a big meal to settle the body … sip and enjoy.

BeerAdvocate, Aug 27, 2002
Photo of steelerguy
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

* My bottle is labeled 9% not 9.5% as indicated here

A - Pours an opaque, dark brown mahongany. Nice head, with medium carbonation.

S - Immediately smell ripe bananas as I poured. From the goblet had a nice banana bread with raisin smell.

T - Starts a little sweet with a caramel malt taste quickly followed by the flavor of prunes, dates, and dark chocolate. Finishes with a tang and some alcohol. Lots going on here, you really pay attention to each sip.

M - Starts sweet but finishes drier than you would expect. A little carbonic bit from the carbonation. Lot of flavor comes through with the crisp finish.

D - Dry but quite complex. This is a beer to savor rather than quaff. Had 750 ml which was as much as I would want in a single serving.

steelerguy, May 05, 2009
Photo of Pandaflute
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Pandaflute, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Todd
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great beer. Complex and powerful, but also highly drinkable. Its fizzy carbonation also helps to make this beer deceivingly light on the palate. Would make a nice night cap, or pair nicely with rich chocolate sweets.

Todd, Aug 28, 2002
Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

bishopdc0, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -1.5%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew at this level goes to show you that beer can be just as complex if not more complex than wine. I could see paring this with a light chocolaty treat or to as a digestif. Very tasty without any of the flavours being too much to handle.

Jason, Aug 27, 2002
Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a cloudy, orange tinted brown body with a minimal, beige head that quickly drops into some attractive, sheet lacing.

Aroma is complex, with molasses and brown sugar fronting some bigtime maltiness. Quite spicy, with cloves, nutmeg, and cinamon.

Mouthfeel features a Belgianesque, explosion of carbonation, like a Pez candy tablet that melts on your tongue.

Taste is spiced caramel malt, burnt candy sugar, and an assertive alcohol presence of rum soaked raisins and figs. Some chocolate malt character comes on midway through. The alcohol maltiness is harsh, at times, and hurts drinkability.

This is a big, malty, strong dark ale with a lot of spicy character. The alcohol is in your face most of the way, but there are enough complexities in the spice and malt to make it an afterthought. Very warming, overall, but not my favorite for the style.

merlin48, May 27, 2004
Photo of BlueHammer
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First sip reaction: excellent. This beer was served to me at the Half Door, in Hartford, CT. It was served still in the bottle and I poured it myself.

The lighting was a bit dim in this particular restaurant but it appeared to pour a light to medium brown color with a slight purplish hue. It appeared lighter still when held to the light. The smell was fruity but not overwhelming. It poured with a thick head that disappated quickly with no lacing. The initial taste was of raisins and prunes. The beer is served chilled but it warms immediately upon going down. It finishes sweet. Nostradamus is smooth and delicious, and quite literally had a taste that made me feel happy!

I nursed this beer slowly as I ate an appetizer. Intersting to note is that the taste did not particularly improve as the beer sat. In fact, it tasted almost stale within about 15 minutes.

It's a great beer! But I recommend drinking it fairly quickly!

BlueHammer, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ouncer purchased at Cable Bev. in Bardonia, NY. No freshness info offered. This little beauty pours muddy dark brown, cloudy, under a typical medium tan head, that seems to leave moderate scattered lacing. Sugary, raisiny nose. Nice drinking brown Belgian, notes of sweet, rummy raisins, dark fruits and drying hops late. Pleasant, fruity, plummy, doughy ale. alcohol well hidden. NIce stuff, well worth a try or two.

Billolick, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of MisterDeeds
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from a 750 corked bottle, aged over a year in the great cellar of RixBeer.

A gorgeous looking velvety brown, bordering on rusty. Almost looks like a mulled apple cider. Nice thick foamy head that retreats quickly a lacy garter.

Great aroma of dark fruits and black licorice. Very inviting.

Taste is outstanding. Sweet mocha chocolate notes up front mingling with plums and spices, finishing with some black licorice and a touch of bitterness.

Very fizzy bubbles, which I normally don't agree with, seem to do wonders for this brew. It looks almost cloudy and rusty, yet the bubbles lend it an almost light and fizzy quality.

Drinkable is an understatement. I can now understand why this is so hard to come by. This is the ideal bottle to share over dessert, or for the perfect after dinner night-cap.

MisterDeeds, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

reitzbrewing, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zdk9 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some earthy hops. The flavor is great. It is a mix of brown sugar, toffee, Begian yeast, alcohol and something resembling oak. The beer is very sweet and the toffee and brown sugar stand out. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330mL bottle from the Conestoga LCBO. Never heard of this brew before, but looks intriguing.

Poured into a goblet. Deep caramel-chestnut, about a half inch of lively head that recedes into a sturdy ring. Some lacing.

Nose is brown sugar, caramel, some fruit - figs, raisins or grapes - mild yeast.

Initially quite dry, but this brew really deserves some extra breathing time before things really get going. Sweet and sugary at first, with some of that figgy fruit taste coming in near the finish, along with some chocolate and medicinal herbs. Not bad, actually.

Carbonation is quite aggressive at first - again, letting the brew breathe helped a great deal. It did help the give the brew a lighter quality, however.

Interesting Belgian dark that I found I enjoyed more and more with each sip.

JohnnyBarman, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Byeast
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep , opaque , auburn/brown , with a creamy tan head that dissipates to a thin layer.

Smell: The aroma is of much sweet fruits like apple , pear , hint of darker grape , also some malt and bit of yeast.

Taste: An interestingly complex taste to this brew! Sweet dark fruits , pear , chocolate , some berries, dark and sweet malts , slightly herbal hop , and grape(dark).

Mouthfeel: very active carbonation creams up this brew.

Drinkability: This is one fine brew to savor. The flavor is very pleasantly complex. Just when you think you have a grasp on a flavor , it morphs into another , brilliant!

Byeast, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Anam Cara.

Cloudy amber-brown in color with a frothy tannish-colored head. Nice lacing of the glass. Aromas are raisins/plums/other dark fruit mixed with caramel squares. Flavor carries many different sensations on the palate: cherry fizz cola, raisins, sugary caramel, some toffee, and a whiff of charred wood. Finish is dry, with hints of spice on the palate. Mouthfeel is just slightly thinner that expected, but still a very drinkable (read: sippable) beer. Great for a nightcap on a cold winter's night.

OldFrothingSlosh, Nov 17, 2004
Photo of chossboss
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

chossboss, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of djmitche
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At Villains in Chicago, and at Smaakcafe 't Poatersgat in Brugges. The head was coarse and foamy and fell quickly. The color is a dark brown with a distinct ruby tone - unexpected for a dark.

The nose has spur cherries and some vinegar, leading to the expectation of some sourness. But don't be fooled! The taste is warm and sweet, with a nice caramel background. The mouthfeel is full without bring heavy.

The finish has a funny, dull bitter "hook" to it that cuts the sweetness without going overboard. I love it - I just don't know what it is! I've only enter tasted this in St. Bernardus Abt 12 before.

Nostradamus is similar to Abt 12, but a bit more sweet.

djmitche, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of deebo
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second trip to Cambrinus in Bruges for the night, with so many beers and good prices this is always a must stop for beers while in Bruges.
A-Pours a ton of fluffy tan head. This brew is clear and dark brown with a little bit of red around the edges when you hold it up to the light. NIce lacing.
S-Surprisingly not much noted, weak barley with a corn adjunct twist to it. Plenty of Belgian yeast here.
T-Yeasty esters. Somewhat sweet raisiny malt.
M-Medium bodied and carbonated.
O-Surprisingly unexciting. A solid beer but I've really enjoyed other Caracole beers so I expected more.

deebo, Dec 02, 2012
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Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
91 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.