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Nostradamus - Brasserie Caracole

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

766 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 44
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
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.

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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%

In the mood for a strong dark beer, Bucky bought a bottle of Nostradamus Extra Strong Brown Ale by Brasserie Caracole. Nostradamus came in a brown 330 ml bottle with a best before date of September 13, 2014, and was a healthy 9.0% alcohol by volume.

Brasserie La Caracole is an artisanal brewer located in the small village of Falmignoul, Province of Namur, Wallonia in southern Belgium, close to the French border. Their portfolio consists of four stock ales: Caracole, Nostradamus, Saxo and Troublette. All of these are bottle conditioned (secondary fermentation with yeast in the bottle), unfiltered and unpasteurized. Note the snail shell artwork on the bottle's label, which apparently is a recurring theme on the company's beers, with "Caracole" being the word for snail in the local Namurois dialect.

Nostradamus poured a hazy mahogany colour with hints of orange around the edges of the glass, and even through the slight haze plenty of fine, champagne-like bubbles were visible. Pouring produced about 2" of very long lasting beige coloured head that eventually faded to a 1/8" layer of foam that left some attractive lacing down the glass. This is a good looking beer! Its aroma was fairly subdued, with sweet dark malts dominating a mix of dark fruits and alcohol. The flavour is complex, starting with the sweet dark malts, followed by chocolate, cherries and molasses, a warming alcohol presence, finishing with a very mild bitterness. A fleeting aftertaste lingers that is both sweet and slightly bitter. Nostradamus had a creamy mouthfeel and I would describe it as medium bodied, with a fairly active carbonation that works well.

Overall, I'll have to try another one of these to try and pin down the additional fruit flavours that I strongly suspect are in the mix. At $3.40 per 330 ml bottle Nostradamus is a bit pricey, but not outrageously so.

Rating 8.15/10

BuckyBeerBeaver, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Jcarter1221, Apr 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jeiiVP, Apr 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Erik-P, Apr 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ZEB89, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

schnarr84, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of dank203
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%

cool label on the bottle. loud pop of the cork. poured into a tulip. dark murky brown with ruby red. aromas have hints of brown sugar, licorice, some raisin and sour fruits. taste is very well balanced, brown sugar, spice, dark fruits, licorice, big burn. not overly carbed

dank203, Mar 28, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +3.7%

Been in the cellar for a while, has a best before l06092014 which I'm guessing is sometime in 2014.

Dark Brown cola looking 3 inch head that settles down to 1/2 inch.
Smells inviting, raisins mostly.
Tastes delightful, figgy raiseny fruitcake, with above average carbonation, but it's working tho I usually prefer more silklyness, the extra bubbles work here.
Mouthfeel is silky at first then the bubbles scrub the palate clear.

A beaut, every sip a treat, would revisit again in a heartbeat.

CaptFrothy, Mar 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

schopenhauerale, Mar 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

boothw, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

snowmg, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

TwiggyCZ, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Zekenyce, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

cdtoffers, Mar 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

coliff, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

NWHopinator, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

LXIXME, Feb 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

chossboss, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

psoriasaurus, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of BrewerMike
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Brought this home in my suitcase from my honeymoon in Belgium, thankfully fully intact. We had a wonderful visit to the brewery and friendly tour and conversation with the brewer. Great brewery! This beer is quite a treat. Fantastic aroma and flavor of dark fruit, chocolate, and a slight finish of honey. Very drinkable for 9%abv. I didn't find it "light" necessarily, but very drinkable. A lot of flavor, very complex. One of my favorite beers and breweries from my trip to Belgium. Cheers!

BrewerMike, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Niceroad77, Feb 03, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev +0.7%

This poured a kind of murky look of cloudy dark auburn. The head was light and fizzy and trailed away.

The aroma was big on date and prunes with a fruit cake sweetness. There are some grain tones but then I catch some green Apple.

The first sip was a slap of alcohol but once my palate adjusted this was a smooth ride. I caught huge fig, red wine, maple and date at the front with a malty center. The end finished with a touch of hop bitterness, crabapple and raisin.

The feel could be tinny at times but was thick and full. The alcohol brashness subsided relatively quickly.

This was very nice and easily drinkable once you adjust with a very good array of flavors.

KYGunner, Jan 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Mphis, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Lehighace06, Jan 24, 2014
Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
91 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.