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Nostradamus - Brasserie Caracole

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91
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718 Ratings
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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%


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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luvND

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: 11.2 oz capped, interesting label with gnomes, best by 9/06

Appearance: Red-brown, nice thick initial head that dissipates quickly to a very thin layer, but is easily riled up again with a few swirls in the snifter

Smell: Candied fruit, sweet, warm spices, a little brown sugar and caramel

Taste: Very nice, a tad sweet, candied fruit comes through again, slightest hint of alcohol (would never guess 9.5% on taste)

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, very nice

Drinkability: Too easy for the ETOH level. One is enough for me given the sweetness. Does have a very nice plum-like aftertaste.

Overall: A very nice Belgian brown.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 02:36:16 | More by luvND
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/28/2015. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, banana, caramel, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, light chocolate, bubblegum, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark malt notes; with great strength. Taste of raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, banana, caramel, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, light chocolate, light bubblegum, pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, banana, caramel, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, candi sugar, light bubblegum, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly slick/pricky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 04:26:20 | More by superspak
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22Blue

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-15-2014 00:18:25 | More by 22Blue
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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In the mood for a strong dark beer, Bucky bought a bottle of Nostradamus Extra Strong Brown Ale by Brasserie Caracole. Nostradamus came in a brown 330 ml bottle with a best before date of September 13, 2014, and was a healthy 9.0% alcohol by volume.

Brasserie La Caracole is an artisanal brewer located in the small village of Falmignoul, Province of Namur, Wallonia in southern Belgium, close to the French border. Their portfolio consists of four stock ales: Caracole, Nostradamus, Saxo and Troublette. All of these are bottle conditioned (secondary fermentation with yeast in the bottle), unfiltered and unpasteurized. Note the snail shell artwork on the bottle's label, which apparently is a recurring theme on the company's beers, with "Caracole" being the word for snail in the local Namurois dialect.

Nostradamus poured a hazy mahogany colour with hints of orange around the edges of the glass, and even through the slight haze plenty of fine, champagne-like bubbles were visible. Pouring produced about 2" of very long lasting beige coloured head that eventually faded to a 1/8" layer of foam that left some attractive lacing down the glass. This is a good looking beer! Its aroma was fairly subdued, with sweet dark malts dominating a mix of dark fruits and alcohol. The flavour is complex, starting with the sweet dark malts, followed by chocolate, cherries and molasses, a warming alcohol presence, finishing with a very mild bitterness. A fleeting aftertaste lingers that is both sweet and slightly bitter. Nostradamus had a creamy mouthfeel and I would describe it as medium bodied, with a fairly active carbonation that works well.

Overall, I'll have to try another one of these to try and pin down the additional fruit flavours that I strongly suspect are in the mix. At $3.40 per 330 ml bottle Nostradamus is a bit pricey, but not outrageously so.

Rating 8.15/10

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 22:52:40 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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Jcarter1221

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-13-2014 03:06:30 | More by Jcarter1221
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -14%

04-12-2014 14:11:37 | More by mendvicdog
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jeiiVP

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-11-2014 06:23:42 | More by jeiiVP
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-03-2014 03:21:45 | More by Erik-P
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-29-2014 22:22:48 | More by ZEB89
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-28-2014 05:16:08 | More by schnarr84
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dank203

New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

cool label on the bottle. loud pop of the cork. poured into a tulip. dark murky brown with ruby red. aromas have hints of brown sugar, licorice, some raisin and sour fruits. taste is very well balanced, brown sugar, spice, dark fruits, licorice, big burn. not overly carbed

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 01:14:18 | More by dank203
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CaptFrothy

Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been in the cellar for a while, has a best before l06092014 which I'm guessing is sometime in 2014.

Dark Brown cola looking 3 inch head that settles down to 1/2 inch.
Smells inviting, raisins mostly.
Tastes delightful, figgy raiseny fruitcake, with above average carbonation, but it's working tho I usually prefer more silklyness, the extra bubbles work here.
Mouthfeel is silky at first then the bubbles scrub the palate clear.

A beaut, every sip a treat, would revisit again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 00:31:56 | More by CaptFrothy
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

03-19-2014 17:47:18 | More by schopenhauerale
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boothw

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

03-14-2014 00:10:37 | More by boothw
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snowmg

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-13-2014 22:17:52 | More by snowmg
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TwiggyCZ

Czech Republic

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-09-2014 22:45:01 | More by TwiggyCZ
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Zekenyce

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-08-2014 03:59:44 | More by Zekenyce
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cdtoffers

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-01-2014 11:12:56 | More by cdtoffers
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coliff

Japan

5/5  rDev +22.9%

02-26-2014 09:02:33 | More by coliff
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NWHopinator

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

02-24-2014 02:08:34 | More by NWHopinator
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-17-2014 23:18:56 | More by LXIXME
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chossboss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

02-15-2014 03:24:50 | More by chossboss
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-10-2014 14:33:04 | More by psoriasaurus
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BrewerMike

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Brought this home in my suitcase from my honeymoon in Belgium, thankfully fully intact. We had a wonderful visit to the brewery and friendly tour and conversation with the brewer. Great brewery! This beer is quite a treat. Fantastic aroma and flavor of dark fruit, chocolate, and a slight finish of honey. Very drinkable for 9%abv. I didn't find it "light" necessarily, but very drinkable. A lot of flavor, very complex. One of my favorite beers and breweries from my trip to Belgium. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 01:19:45 | More by BrewerMike
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Niceroad77

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-03-2014 00:19:44 | More by Niceroad77
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Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
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