Nostradamus - Brasserie Caracole
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4.95/5 rDev +21.9%
Pours a nice chestnut brown with medium carbonation. Aroma is of candy sugar, raisins and dark chocolate - overall a very sweet smell, but not cloying.
Taste is similar to St. Bernardus 12, but perhaps even more balanced and rounded. Toffee, caramel, chocolate and sweet malt are all present along with the perfect amount of hop bitterness to make an exceptionally balanced sipper. Slight alcohol taste present at the finish, but never solventy, hot or overpowering.
Flavor definitely is improved at the recommended drinking temp of 50-55f.
The perfect Belgian Strong Dark Ale? Perhaps...
04-06-2007 15:31:45 | More by datamike
4.9/5 rDev +20.7%
A - When I popped the top on this one, honey-hued foam began to slowly creep up from the mouth of the bottle like one of those expanding snake things you light on fire on the fourth of July. That head making machinery continues in the snifter as a four finger gargantuan brownish head rises like Godzilla from the sea of russet-with-blood-highlights brew. The head exhibits excellent retention for the high ABV, and lots of sparkling lace is left on the sides of the glass.
S - I could smell mellow marshmallow and milk chocolate before I poured it into the glass, but once decanted this really fills the room with sweet mellow aromas. Sticking my schnoz into the glass, I can smell loads of honey, pancake syrup on top of buttermilk flapjacks, Honeycomb cereal, french fries, and baked potatoes. Sweet, mellow, soothing, and amazingly complex.
T - Sweet, sweet, sweet honey, black licorice (good n' plenty), gooey chewy movie theater candy, and Mrs. Butterworth pancake syrup. Creamy, buttery diacetyl flavors are there in abundance with butter, butterscotch, and sour cream flavors. Honeycomb cereal with about a pound of sugar and whole milk in the bowl. Some tangy hay-like make an attempt to balance the sweet insanity, but don't quite have the muscle to overpower the honeyed sugary flavors of this desert brew. For some reason I taste french fries and twice baked potatoes...that is a very good thing IMO. This is pretty much sweet tooth curing candy, and the alcohol attenuation helps somewhat with the sweetness, but as long as you treat this as a desert beer, it's simply outstanding!
M - Thick, viscous, oily, buttery, and full bodied. This one is mildly carbonated, warm with alcohol, and slick with sugar. This finishes up with a long sweet alcohol laden aftertaste.
D - A little too sickly sweet for more than one, and the alcohol content could be a problem. This is an outstanding sipping beer, and it's just about perfect as an accompaniment to dark chocolate. I'm impressed. This is bottled candy.
08-20-2007 20:08:29 | More by pmcadamis
4.9/5 rDev +20.7%
The ancient greeks believed that the Titans preceded the Gods. It wasn't until that little ingrate Zeus and his cronies rose up against his wise and esteemed father that the Olympians ruled the earth. Let me be so bold as to say that if Unibroue is Zeus, Nostradamus is goddamn Chronos.
I'm proud to be giving this beer what I presume to be its highest rating thus far. Twice I've had it, and twice it's taken my breath away. This is simply one of the most well-rounded Belgian ales I've had. The sweet and yeasty character hits you full force, but a dark, fruity underlay is there to catch your fall. An argument for Belgian nationalism.
04-25-2004 04:49:17 | More by 86MonteSS
4.88/5 rDev +20.2%
Pours a brown/amber, cloudy. Decent head, decent retention, very nice lacing. Smell was fairly strong of alcohol, but not in a bad "this will taste awful" kind of way, more of a sweet alcohol way. Taste is incredibly smooth, with little to no alcohol taste. Very sweet, in a dark fruit sort of way. Good mouthfeel, slight warmth from the alcohol, good amount of carbonation. I would definitely drink more than one of these if I had another, and if I felt like getting slightly drunk. But I don't have one, and I don't want to get slightly drunk. But I highly recommend it!
01-10-2006 04:16:17 | More by spiffylubes
4.85/5 rDev +19.5%
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.
08-23-2010 00:16:09 | More by djmitche
4.83/5 rDev +19%
Even before opening the bottle, the sediment at the bottom hints this is going to be something special. The bottle categorizes this as a Belgian Brown Ale. Upon opening the bottle, an aroma of brown sugar penetrates the air. The aroma becomes stronger upon pouring. The color is of the ale is a murky dark brown with visible sediment that scatters about the bottom of the glass. The taste is a unique sweet and slightly sour flavored brown ale. A brown sugar flavor stays on the tongue, melting into a sweet aftertaste.
Nostradamus is a very good Belgian where the flavors of the yeast shine. It is not too thick or "syrupy". It also provides the health benefits of the sediment.
09-05-2011 15:45:45 | More by JohnnyHopps
4.8/5 rDev +18.2%
Lot FGHX. 'Best before' code is confusing, but it seems to read 03/2012. Didn't Nostradamus predict the end of the world in 2012? Maybe it should just read "drink before the end."
Served just under 50°F. Synthetic cork pops with ease.
A: Nostradamus pours deep, deep, brown with fire red highlights against the light. It's clear enough to see all the way through. A half-finger yellowed brown head rises and falls to a cream, leaving pseudo-lacing that spiderwebs into thin strands on the glass and then falls into the brew.
S: The nose is an explosion of fruity and lightly-spiced esters. Most noticeable is a blast of bubblegum, followed by grapefruit, plum, and fig. There is an underlying heat, leading to a delightfully complex spectrum of scents. As it warms, the nose sweetens. Phenomenal.
T: Following up the great smell is a sweet, smooth, and hot taste. Alcoholic heat is present but subtle, and accentuates the raisins, plums, caramel, chocolate, cherries, and toffee. The flavor is well-rounded and balanced. Nostradamus is a candy bar in a bottle.
M: Full bodied, and slightly chewy, with good, soft carbonation. Surprisingly smooth.
D: High. One of my favorites!
11-24-2010 22:30:54 | More by SPThirtyThree
Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
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