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Nostradamus - Brasserie Caracole

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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 bark
2.59/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

Photo of CraftBeerGuild
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of Minkybut
2.76/5  rDev -32%
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.

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 Dukeofearl
2.91/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Photo of stcules
2.91/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Photo of dcurrin
3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Photo of Smurf2055
3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of cbl2
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of paterlodie
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Photo of Radome
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Photo of Enola
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of Long813
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of cnally
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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