Nostradamus - Brasserie Caracole
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Reviews by drperm:
4.1/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle (750 mL) purchased August 2008; cellared until drinking date: January 2009.
This is a special beer.
Appearance: It pours (into my Caracole goblet!) a lovely burnt sienna with a creamy-white head. It's slightly cloudy, and yet retains a coppery shimmer nonetheless.
Aroma ("smell" seems so coarse and banal a word for something as luxurious as good beer): Uh-oh. My first thought is, "Oh, no. Run-of-the-mill generic bruin spin-off." Caramel sugar predominates, then leads into a polite hop balance and the ever-so-slightest funky-sour note. Ah, but wait. Let it linger in the glass, and in turn in the nose. It has much more to reveal...
Taste: Oh, this wins me over. MUCH more complex, creatively original, and satisfying than that first whiff would have led me to believe. White pepper, madeira, toffee, spring grass, walnut, and woodsy-hop with a tropical-citrus exit. And...what is that? Sulphur? (not in a bad way, but in a Burton-upon-Trent way). As it warms in the glass it continues to get even better and more complex.
Palate: Almost wine-like in its feel. Is there a high mineral content in the source water for this brew? Artesian well? This is exquisite.
Overall: Great, if ever-so-slightly sweet. Very vinous. This stuff is perfect with Chicken Marsala, and even better with spicy Senegalese peanut soup!!
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2009 00:54:55 | More by drperm
More User Reviews:
4.31/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I drank this splendid Belgian beer at the Map Room in Chicago, Illinois. It pours brown, has a stormy look, and a moderate head. It has little lacings and decent carbonation. it has the taste of coffee, hops, and dehydrated fruits, it has hints of wheat and caramel. It has a strong body, very filling, strong after taste of coffee, and a little edge due to the alcohol content.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2014 00:06:31 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
91 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.