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Nostradamus - Brasserie Caracole

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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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aforbes10

Iowa

2.03/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

From a bottle brought to our beer club...dark and crimson colored. white head. lots of yeast and sediment floating around. smells pretty fucking terrible. really peaty and very sweet. alcohol and malt and syrupy caramel taste. i really think this bottle may have been skunked or something. ive heard this is a good beer but i don't even want it in my glass. not even a sipping beer. Brett: AW! this tastes like BLOOD!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 20:06:37 | More by aforbes10
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charlzm

California

2.5/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft, consumed 01/19/08 at Naja's Place, Redondo Beach.

Golden, burnished appearance with one finger head. Aroma is dark fruit (raisins, dates, figs, etc...) and green apple that increased as the beer warmed. Lacing and active bubbles throughout glass. Flavor was somewhat sweet and crisp. Green apples again. As beer warmed, the green apple character increased to the point of being the dominant flavor.

Not a good encounter with this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2008 22:51:46 | More by charlzm
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bark

Sweden

2.58/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The colour is dark amber, almost brown. The liquid is clear. The finger thick head is pale beige with a tint of red. Lots of fine lacing.

The smell is aggressively sweet with notes of apricot jam, fruit candy, strawberries and some alcohol.

The taste is not as sweet as one could have expected from the smell. Quite the opposite, it is almost dry with some sweet fruity flavours, lots of alcohol and some anonymous spices. The aftertaste is dominated by alcohol, some raisins and a very fragile bitterness. The taste is overall simple, unbalanced and uninteresting. Low body.

The carbonation is strong with lots of minimal sharp bubbles. The liquid is a bit thin.

An uninspired Belgian brew, alcoholic like a malt liquor.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 20:25:39 | More by bark
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured beer from bottle to a tumbler at 45 dgrees. Beer was a cloudy brown most likely too cold. Beer had a bready smell and a slight hop smell. big fat tan head with fine bubbles and great lacing. Beer was ver Abbeyish tasting and the alcohol just was way too overpowering blowing away any taste sensation. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 21:51:30 | More by Minkybut
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Dukeofearl

California

2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I have read a number of very good reviews about this beer, but once I tried it, I could not understand them. This beer may have some interesting things going on in it, but the alcohol was so overpowering (both on the palate and in the effects it had on me) that I could not enjoy it. I've had stronger ABV beers where you barely notice the alcohol; in this brew it was all I could notice. I split the 750 into two sessions and tasted on two different days to make sure it wasn't bad biorythems or something. Maybe it was a bad bottle. Having said all that, it was a medium brown (translucent- almost thin looking) with a small head that quickly vanished. Aroma had alcohol, malt, sweetness, vanilla (?) and slight yeast. Flavor was alcohol, alcohol, and alcohol. Hidden behind was some malt, soft bread, nutty tones and perhaps a bit of bite from hops. Drinkability- I could barely finish either glass in two sessions because of the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 14:35:07 | More by Dukeofearl
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stcules

Italy

2.93/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Muddy colour, with a beautiful creamy foam, with brown colour. Very persistent.
The smell is sweet (caramel), spicy and with the alcohol very evident.
Chicory.
At the taste: licorice, chicory, spices. A little too alcoholic and sweet.
Medium body.
The aftertase is quite persistent, with licorice, and some alcohol again.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2003 09:43:57 | More by stcules
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TheEclecticGent

Georgia

3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at Melton's App & Tap in Decatur, GA. It was poured in a small Caracole tulip glass.

Appearance: The color is an opaque auburn/brown with a dense tan head that slowly dissipated into a thin layer. This beer produces decent lacing.

Smell: The aroma is of fermented, aged, or dried fruit like apples , raisins, dates, etc. This scent is shared with a yeasty malt smell.

Taste: malty with light spices and deep aged fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium with light carbonation.

Drinkability: The flavor is very pleasant and complex.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2007 21:46:12 | More by TheEclecticGent
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cbl2

New York

3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:

Opaque brown with a monster head on it.

Smell:

Mainly pear, the canned variety in syrup.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

This one screams belgian ale. It is bursting with carbonation and sweetness on the tongue that barely masks a powerful taste of alcohol. Not overly complex, this one reminds me of many other belgian brews that have come before it. A good beer, but nothing worth rushing out and experiencing.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 18:51:00 | More by cbl2
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Radome

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from bottle into goblet.

A - Cloudy and opaque with a medium brown color. Head is almost non-existent, but there is a little lacing on the glass. There is a large amount of dark brown, clumpy sediment. The beer looks a little "muddy" and not all that appetizing.

S - Smell is sweet and savory at the same time. It is all malt and no hops, as expected for the style. There is a thick musk like mushrooms and Asian plum sauce that doesn't sound nice, but makes me want to take a sip.

T - Taste matches the smell with sweet and savory malt and yeast notes. I get the plum sauce again and other dark fruits, as well as savory notes almost like soy sauce. It is complex, but also a bit muddled to me.

M - Thick mouthfeel and almost totally flat. Better carbonation would help lighten the experience a bit.

D - I can't help wondering if I got a bad or very old bottle. The first impression of muddy and murky held throughout. This was very disappointing based on the beer and brewery's reputation.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 05:45:58 | More by Radome
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Brent

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great label art with a children's book-like snail theme. Caged and corked, and the cork fairly leaped from the bottle as soon as I started to remove it. I noted an interesting hops vine design on the cork. Aggressively carbonated, with a tight, soda-fizzy head and lots of bubble streamers up the glass. Poured a medium cola brown.

My overall impression of the beer was that it just needed something more in any category to be noteworthy. Not sweet, and perhaps just a bit more fruit sweetness would have added some dimension. Not a great deal of bittering, nor significant yeasty phenols. As the beer warmed, a little caramel malt was present, but, again, not enough to make much of a statement. Really quite average in every department. I suppose the bottle art lead me to expect some creativity, and I was let down.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 05:13:57 | More by Brent
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Enola

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured into my Chimay chalice a nice dark brown. There was a thin head with good retention. The most notable thing about the smell is the immediate alcohol presence. The taste is brown sugar, molasses and there is a deffinate alcohol presence as well. The mouthfeel is dominated by the alcohol notes. This beer lacks a smoothness to be very drinkable. A potent brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 22:41:04 | More by Enola
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paterlodie

Belgium

3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BBE 6-2006. Poors out almost without any head and what was there gone in a second and a brown and clear beer under it. Nose is lots of caramel, port, sweetish and obvious this one has some time on it despite having it in my fridge for almost a year and carefull storage in my cellar before. Not 100%shure but would say this one shows quiet some tomatojuice/sweet corn. Taste also very oxidised and with that sweet caramel and malts next to the warming alcohol. Not a bad brew for shure but missing sparkling freshness and IMHO not a great brew to age despite the 9.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 06:12:29 | More by paterlodie
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cool label...I was unaware Nostradamus was a snail!
Murky brown color with a thin tan head that fades to a nice collar and film.

Nutty brown aroma is supplemented with a bit of yeast funk and some metallic cantaloupe rinds.

Anything but a typical brown. Bursting with alcohol, bitter roasty dark malts and a yeasty sweetness. This is a big beer and it lets you know it. Alcohol is a bit too forward for me.

This beer is not really my gig, but I could see this being better with food...flavorful food like gorgonzola or a pepper crusted T-bone.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 22:06:56 | More by twiggamortis420
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cnally

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I see the future...a buzz...some PS3...

A mostly opaque caramel brown color in the body with an off white large bubbled head with a tinge of gold.

The aroma really comes strong with dark fruits, some fig, plum and currant. A well positioned dark toasted malt dominates between the fruitiness.

Flavor continues with the fruits. Dried fruits are more like it because the sugars taste like they are modified, like a dried apricot, prune, a musty flavor of sorts. There is an acrid off-flavor in there, which is entirely distracting, like iodine. Finish redeems some of the off-putting qualities, with a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice, balanced, evenly carbonated and smooth.

Maybe I have an off bottle, but the flavor reminds me of bad batches I brewed when I used iodine. The off flavor is overwhelming. The feel is nice, but really, this is a big average beer for me to finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 02:17:20 | More by cnally
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown body with a finger of off white head and lots of lacing.

S: Full of dark fruits, fig, plum, some brown sugar. Dark roasted malt dominates.

T: Dark fruits and brown sugar. Some other spices and high presence of alcohol.

M: Medium-heavy body with load of carbonation. Alcohol presence is to much and aftertaste is off.

D: Not my favourite brew, thought it wasn't as balanced and it could have been.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 15:49:30 | More by Long813
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy/cloudy dark brown colored beer with a below average head which lack retention. Aroma consists of a strange mix of spices (cardamome??) and some very light roastiness. The mix of spices seems to be even more present while I drink this but the roastiness seems to have disappeared. Body is above average but carbonation could be better for Belgian Ale). Alcohol can be detected in the end, which I don’t particularly enjoy. Overall, this one leave me a bit perplex because I did enjoyed the spice but the lack of roastiness and the fact that the alcohol is way too detectable leave me hanging a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 17:27:00 | More by Phyl21ca
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GBB

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Who saw this coming? Pours a dark amber to brown color that was cloudy. A decent off-white head when poured but did dissipate rather quickly and limited lacing.

The nose is light overall but a noticeable sugary and phenolic aroma really comes out. To start there is more of a white and brown sugar aroma with hints of malt and a light biscuit/bready thing going on. Noticeable yeast character some good and some bad. Nice plum and figs notes blend with a butyric and tannic aroma that is a bit off setting. Some spice pepper notes on the back end as well.

The taste is a bit more on par for style (Belgian's have style?). The sugar notes back way off and let more of the malt come out. A more generic malt taste with hints of bready and biscuit malt notes. A sugary note is there as well, but more of a brown sugar thing. The yeast backs off versus the nose but some lighter fruity tastes are there. Specifically a sugar plum and fig note. Some zesty almost citrus note that is a bit off for style. Some vegi notes on the back end that came out when it was warmer.

The body is moderate but does leave a lingering sweetness. Almost boarder line under attenuated but not really. Some noticeable fusel notes are a bit of a distraction. Overall some good complexity with the sugar notes and phenolics/esters but some off notes really distract.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 20:23:49 | More by GBB
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at the Bierparadijs in Meer, Belgium.

Poured it into my Jopen Snifter creating a fine bubbled beige head of almost two fingers that dissipates fast into a rim leaving no lacing. Body is murky darkest brown almost black with a touch of red.

smells of malt, plums, coffee, alcohol

very dominant taste of slightly bitter espresso, malty sweetness, some alcohol and slightly metallic taste and little sourness

fine bubbles dance softly on the tongue, warming alcohol, not really refreshing or special in any way

Not a bad beer, but it just doesn't appeal to me. It is probably the overpowering coffee taste that is pleasant on the nose as it is balanced by other flavors that I am not able to taste. I don't think that I will drink this again for the said reasons, but you should give it a try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 18:49:18 | More by safaricook
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I'm not understanding all the high scores for this one, because to me it comes across as a very average beer.

Looks good. Big head that's not out of control that settles to a heavy film and leaves gooc lace throughout. Cleat chestnut brown, reddish. Nose is gently fruity and sweet. Taste is fruity and sweet, malty, finishes with mild alcohol and some dryness. You can feel the buzz at 9%, but it's nice and warm rather than hurtful. Best drunk at room temperature or a little warmer as it has an unpleasant plastic chemical aftertaste when cold.

Drinkable, bur really just average, not worth all the plaudits here. Nothing leaps out to make you say wow. Uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 18:48:05 | More by TerryW
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750ml corked and caged bottle with a best before date of 6/08. pours a medium brown with a small quik fading head and minimal lace. Aromas of rich malt, brown sugar, sherry and dried fruits. Lots of nice flavors here - similar to the aromas. Very low carbonation though which surprised me - too low I think. This beer is tasty but the extreme low carbonation kind of throws it off. Perhaps I just got a bad bottle?

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 00:31:37 | More by sabrills70
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philipquarles

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet, this beer is a dark brown with a medium tan head that recedes to a nice foam film. Lots of sediments present.

Smells of caramelized sugar, roasted malt, dark fruit esters, and very slight hops.

Taste is dominated by the sugar. Roasted malt and hints of coffee come in a bit later, along with alcohol and hops. Not very balanced, really.

Mouthfeel is decent; nice and thick, though there's a bit too much carbonation for a beer of this style, I think.

Overall, a beer that is too sweet to be anything more than a one-time sipper. Not offensive, but not what a Belgian Dark Ale should be, I think.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 22:34:04 | More by philipquarles
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TLove

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle into Palm snifter.

The sweet/sour balance is heavy on this beer, as is the dry finish. Head holds well, though doesnt really fill the glass in the way you'd expect. Color is a beige brown with a tint of orange.

An interesting blend stylistically between a BSDA and a brown gueuze, with cherry, rum, apple, and a spicy, dry finish. Some red grape on the tongue, with cherries, some light spices.

The carbonation is almost chewable. The flavor sits, oddly, at the carbonation, despite letting the beer sit for some time. 9% ABV not overpowering, but the finish is very dry and very sour.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 03:59:47 | More by TLove
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Prufrock

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

nice color: deep brown at its thickest, fading to a reddish amber and a golden orange at the bottom of the glass. lots of floating dark sediment; i need to start pouring more carefully. half an inch of tan head.

strong metallic character to the aroma, which is otherwise a variety of dark, sweet aromas: molasses, raisins and brown sugar.

much less sweetness in the flavor, which is definitely weaker than expected. it has a pleasant feel, medium-bodied and lightly carbonated, but overall the taste shows very little presence. a little sugary sweet, a little malt, but overall an oddly empty flavor with a clean finish. nothing that offends (except the metallic aroma), but nothing that stands out.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 21:11:13 | More by Prufrock
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scottyshades

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a little disappointed in this beer because it fits the mold of the average Belgian Dark (not to say that that is necessarily bad).

A: Rich brown pour with a billowy off-white head that puffs out of the top of the glass. A decent retention can be noticed that leaves a fine but present lace.

S: Sweet...figs, dates, sugar (brown) and alcohol on the nose

T: Like I said before, very average...it tastes like every other belgian dark on the planet. But I did taste notes of figs, dates, molasses, and perhaps toffee in addition to a strong initial taste of metal.

MF: Perhaps in my opinion the least persuasive aspect of this beer. The mouthfeel did not convince me at all...A poor aftertaste, and it just made my mouth feel unconfortable

D: At 9.50% you cant exactly call this guy a session beer, but one of these with dinner doesnt hurt anything

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 01:47:54 | More by scottyshades
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shippos

New York

3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

deep garnet color with a watery bubbley head.
soft aroma flowwery with a creamy sugary center, little estery and some alcohol. average mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation that cleanses you palate. spicy alcohol and that unique yeasty spicyness mixes in the finish. head doesn't last long and becomes non existent after a bit. worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 15:47:48 | More by shippos
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Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
91 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.