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Nostradamus - Brasserie Caracole

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826 Ratings
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Ratings: 826
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 getbehindthemule
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%

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Mibarak
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of srgj88
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.19/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Photo of sabrills70
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
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?

Photo of safaricook
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of GBB
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of TerryW
3.24/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of TLove
3.25/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of Dweedlebug
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of MtnDewd
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of philipquarles
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of shippos
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
91 out of 100 based on 826 ratings.