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Nostradamus - Brasserie Caracole

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91
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825 Ratings
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Ratings: 825
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 49
Gots: 69 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001

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Photo of McMatt7
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich brown hue with plenty of haze and a finger of creamy tan foam. Very attractive.

Smell: a good dose of dark fruitiness with plenty of raisin and a nice dustiness; just the way I like 'em.

Taste: sweet but not too sweet with a good raisin and tobacco flavor and a fair dose of alcoholic heat. It is also rather dusty, again something I really like.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a pretty good creaminess.

Overall: I find this beer to be highly drinkable, especially for its ABV. It really clicks for me.

Photo of dabarton
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephens101
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every once in a while a new Belgian will hit the local shelves, and they are generally hit or (usually) miss.

Reddish-brown with a wispy tan head.

Notes of brown sugar float freely to the nose with a pleasant admixture of herb, black grape, warmed syrup and vanilla.

Tastes of brown bread, a little grain, a pinch of nutmeg and molasses covered grapes. Yes, that is correct, molasses covered grapes, and ain't that yum!

Medium-bodied with a perfectly warming alcohol heat.

A definite hit that makes all the misses completely worthwhile.

Photo of MaevaS
2.82/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer

Photo of einman
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IPAchris
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oakenator
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Petty61
4.98/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Beautiful head! Can float a bottle cap. Love the dark rich color. Nutty flavor goes well with a sweet coconut dessert.

Photo of wanderlust389
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.99/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany color with one and a half fingers of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Lots of toasted malt, immediately followed by, and almost overpowered by, tons of dried stone fruit, such as raisins and prunes, as well as candied sugar, Belgian yeast, a touch of vanilla and star anise.

Taste: Very, very good! Very fruity and earthy up front, imparting notes of raisins, prunes, dates and figs, along with some toasted malt, candied sugar and Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and much more carbonated than I’m used to in Belgian beers. With an ABV of 9.0%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is another very, very good Belgian brown ale! A little more fruity and earthy than other Belgian Brunes that I’ve had, which is pleasantly different. Reminds me of Goulden Drak.

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JasW
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful black-brown burgundy color. Dates, figs, and spices, with a sweetness balanced by a slight booziness and a pleasantly bitter undertone.

Photo of julielynndubee
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeD77
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dope
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure of bottling date, I think this is lot 609 of 2014?

A: Pours a nice rich brown with a very tall, very frothy and very fizzy light-brown head. Head fizzes out fairly quickly, leaving no lacing. Oddly enough, pretty good retention once the initial fizziness has passed.

S: Loads of belgian candi sugar. A touch of brown sugar in there too. Lots of sweet dark fruits too. Raisins of course, maybe some fig. Very nice sweet and fruity aroma.

T: Not nearly as sweet as the aroma indicates (thankfully). Almost dry initially, then lots of great candi sugar and dark fruits up front. Loads of raisins, figs and brown sugar too. Decent sweet breadiness in the finish, like a poundcake. Lightly earthy and spiced aftertaste.

M: Fairly heavy but very smooth. Very drinkable.

O: Very nice belgian strong dark. Initial flavor is a little light but turns into a nice strong belgian brown. Makes me think of a double...dubbel. Imperial dubbel? Not really a quad, it's just a strong dubbel. At least, that's how I'm perceiving it. Nice complexity and balance of flavors. Drinkability is top, top notch and elevated my scoring a bit. Goes down really easily for a 9% beer.

Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Delivers exactly what a Belgian brown should: medium reddish brown color, toasty malt in the aroma,and a subtle sweetness on the tongue. Very enjoyable.

Photo of shanny_koenig
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doowhat
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sathanas
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Kahlerbock
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of waldemarsto
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%

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Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
91 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.