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Nostradamus - Brasserie Caracole

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745 Ratings

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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 42
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Firkin.

Poured a hazy orange/brown color. Pretty dark, but not opaque. Medium sized, creamy, light tan head formed. Some lacing chased the beer down the glass as I drank. Legs with a swirl.

Aroma was earthy and herbal. Alcohol said hello. Fruit aromas as well, figs, cherries, etc.

Sweet more than bitter, but well balanced overall. Sweet was fruity, again figs and cherries -- not dark fruits, no port character. Bitterness seemed to be herbal in nature and was mild.

Medium body and carbonation. Rather dry.

Quite good, I would certainly drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2007 02:18:54 | More by
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3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Publick House in Brookline, MA. Poured a copper-amber color with a tinge of purple. Slight head that dissipated quickly. Pleasant aroma, nothing overpowering nor especially memorable. That describes Nostradamus; nothing great, but not bad, either. Taste was good with slight fruity undertones and a strong alcohol kick. I thought that with a 9.5% abv that it would be a fuller, denser drink with more taste undertones, but that was not the case. It is a smooth beer, but with that much of an abv, I wouldn't have more than one.

Overall, not a bad brew, but there are far more superior choices out there, esp. among Belgians.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2007 13:52:58 | More by bjoyce12
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, served at 50 degrees C.

Dark caramelly cola brown with glowing amber edges. Tall, not too rocky, dirty beige head, with good retention and lacing. Big caramel aromas mix with dark candy sugar, stewed fruits, figs, light vinegar, madiera, subtle chocolate licorice, cedar, molasses and madeira. Very nice, very complex.

Tangy, woodsy, vinegary malt notes up front, soon complemented by dark fruits, sweet candy sugar, and rummy alcohol. Tangy-ness sticks around through the otherwise malty finish. This strong dark ale has some nice oud brown qualities (vinegar tang, wood) mixed with fruity, yeasty, fruit cake malty sweet Quad qualities. Nice. Full-bodied, with pinpricks of rolling, tickly carbonation. Dangerously drinkable, too!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 01:40:42 | More by alexgash
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A snifter on tap at the Firkin in Libertyville; pours dark caramel brown with an off-white one finger head. It looks and smells like a Belgian Strong Dark ale-- tons of roasted malts, dark fruit, and some esters from Belgian yeast.

This is my favorite style for a reason. The flavor is complex, with a ton of figs and malts along with some fruity esters. If I had the fortune of seeing another one of these I could probably pick out more. Past a point I'd probably be making stuff up, but I'd be drinking this beer, and that's good enough for me.

The mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, and complements the flavor profile perfectly.

It's about as drinkable as any other BSDA (not very), but it's an oustanding example of the style. Very similar to Gouden Carolus Cuvée van der Keizer/Grand Cru of the Emperor in pretty much every aspect.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2007 21:58:13 | More by kajerm
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4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice chestnut brown with medium carbonation. Aroma is of candy sugar, raisins and dark chocolate - overall a very sweet smell, but not cloying.
Taste is similar to St. Bernardus 12, but perhaps even more balanced and rounded. Toffee, caramel, chocolate and sweet malt are all present along with the perfect amount of hop bitterness to make an exceptionally balanced sipper. Slight alcohol taste present at the finish, but never solventy, hot or overpowering.
Flavor definitely is improved at the recommended drinking temp of 50-55f.
The perfect Belgian Strong Dark Ale? Perhaps...

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 15:31:45 | More by datamike
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz corked bottle. Pours a deep hazy brown with a small head with some good lacing. Smell is strong of sweet pears, almost like a dessert wine. Taste is very good. A good amount of sweet carries over from the smell. Tastes of pears with some good malt character and some lingering bitterness. Taste is not as sweet as you'd expect from the smell. Not too complex but very good, a nice dry finish. Mouthfeel betrays a bit of the alcohol content, but otherwise good. Drinkability is high, a very good brew. I'd definitely buy this again if I was looking for a good 22oz belgian.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 22:17:52 | More by theWrkncacnter
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3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy dark Ice Tea color with one finger of off-white suds and lots of lacing already appearing on the chalice.
Smell is sugar/caramel with a slight yeast aroma.Upon swirrling, you can smell raisin and plum and cherry. The alcohol is pretty strong here.
Don't drink this cold. As it warms the flavors seem to increase and the watery initial flavor goes away. Still it is a less than perfect mix of good tastes. Mostly sugar and yeast and water.
Mouthfeel is oily,which is a good thing, and alcoholy,which is not such a good thing here.
Can't rate this high on drinkability either cause of the high%abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 02:32:59 | More by peabody
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -20%
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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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The apperance is ruby with a large head which leaves a nice lace on the glass.

S - The smell is of raspberries and figs.

T - The taste is again raspberries and dark ripe fruit.

M - The body is light with good carbonation.

D - The drinkability is good, however due to the high abv, one is enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 21:32:55 | More by Steve188821
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy brown with a cream colored head – some lacing. The smell is strong of caramel and malt – filled me with anticipation. The taste is bold and malty…also a little sour and fruity. The mouthfeel is very full, but not chewy. This is a very delicious beer, I find it quite drinkable and highly recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 02:10:27 | More by barefootbrewer
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours with a very robust head from the bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. A beautiful brownish, copperish, redish appearance. Lace bubbles up aggresively during the pour but settles nicely leaving patches of lace on the glass. This is an aromatic Belgian...something that's been lacking in some of the stuff I've recently reviewed both Belgian and otherwise. Strong notes of candied sugar, ripe pears, orange peals, raisens, and dates even. Yes, finally an aggressive brew and not just from an alcohol perspective. More ripe fruit in the taste. You really can perceive the candied sugar. Nice, full mouthfeel. Slightly bicuity. Chewy but not overly so. This brew just embraces your palette. It's sweet and then migrates its way down and the alcohol presents itself; it's light but oh so nice. I'm a virgin to this brew no more and will make an effort to seek it out again. Can't wait to try it on tap should it ever appear in my area or somewhere during my travels. Make a point to grab this at your next opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 00:01:24 | More by jim102864
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good strong dark
with a smooth, refreshing
flavorful feel:

(too generic?)

A little sweet caramel malt
burgundy yeast esters,
and just a hint of bitter hopping-
with a well-blended ABV
and an easy drinkability
This is quality stuff.

Pours a dark murky brown
with a small
quickly fading head

A remarkably mellow and
non-alcoholic smell
taste is a good medium
dark fruit zing and rich malt

Mouthfeel is fantastic
with a moderate carbonation
that compiments the flavor
and hides the ABV

Good drinkability:
you can sip it
or swig it
and still it refreshes!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 00:55:56 | More by meadhead
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2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
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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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This reddish-brown ale features fruity aroma with slight notes of brown sugar. The palate features lots of complexity, with flavors that offer varying degrees of subtlety and richness: multi-layered fruitiness (some apple, raisin, and some other dark fruits), a touch of smokiness, a bit of caramel grain, some definite malt sweetness, and a nicely dry, oaky alcohol character. Hop bitterness is fairly muted.

Very nice, hides it’s alcohol quite well, and very complex with lots of great flavor subtleties.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 08:03:55 | More by arguemaniac
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into chalice.
Dark ruby with a smaller than expected head and minimal retention. Even swirling brings out little head, its best appearance characteristic is in its color. Very fruity, mild citrus in the smell with a touch of darker spices. Incredibly smooth and fruity in the flavor. Fruitiness and smooth taste make it quite drinkable. A bit less complex than I had expected, but damn good.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 05:48:18 | More by Neehan
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4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ML Bottle, poured with a nice head that leaves lace on the glass. Pretty reddish brown color with little bubbles.

The aroma is very impressive, with dark fruits, malts, and alcohol blending nicley.

The flavor mimics the aroma, only better. Complexity and goodness are the words that come to mind. The Belgian yeast has been tamed to avoid the extreme flavors they can produce.

Mouthfeel is nice, with just the right amount of carbonation to balance the viscosity of the beer.

One of my favorite Belgium Brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 23:42:03 | More by Hampton73
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4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of 09 2006. I'll take that with a grain of salt, thank you.

Into a tulip glass, pours a dark and heady russet brown, moderate carbonation on pour, with a nice off white foma on top settling down to a thin bubbly film in the center, ringed around the edges, and the rest a wispy film over the brown goodness. Aroma is rich, full of dark fruits, figs, plums, mollases, some cherries, some brandy, everything well put together, very nice. Taste is similar to the nose, a lot of fruits, plum and brandy seem to stand out, cherries in there, a wonderful balance of all things tasty. The mouth has the right body, the right carbonation, it warms nicely, its fantastic, I love it. This is pretty much what I think of when I reach for a Belgian Strong Dark, very high quality beer, and an excellent find on my part, on sale at Cellar's for an $8 four pack, I'm stoked cause I have three left, yesss!!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 03:30:40 | More by objectivemonkey
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2007 21:46:12 | More by TheEclecticGent
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml caged cork bottle, marked “lot F” and “Best before end 6-08.” Decants with a small pop, served at about 45 degrees into the cervoise and allowed to warm for about 10 minutes. Body is a medium reddish-brown with numerous tiny bubbles slowly rising up. One finger brown-tan head slowly fades leaving a thin sheet and minor lacing. Nose is of dark fruit, cherries, and sweet malt with a bit of alcohol. Taste definitely improves with warming; warm alcohol right up front, a solid malt backbone, dark fruits (cherry and plum), somewhat peppery. Dry, rather average finish. Dry overall. Mouth is semi-viscous, softly bubbling with full carbonation, very gentle on the tongue, smooth and velvety. Good mouth. Drinkability is good overall; the 9.5% ABV is evident but nicely integrated.

Overall: A very good strong dark ale, though I’ve had better. Definitely better when warmed. Good call.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 02:26:25 | More by jettjon
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a 750mL bottle for Chistmas. Great head when poured which dissipates into nice thin layer. Deep copper color, just a bit cloudy. Has a fruity smell and a bit of a liquorice taste. Let it warm to proper temperature before tasting. A strong beer... be careful.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 00:08:04 | More by charlieme
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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle with a BBD of March 08 (batch F)

Pours an ever so slightly hazed chestnut (orange red when when held to a good light) with 3 fingers of sand colored head.

S: Chocolate & nuttyness

T: Chocolate, breadyness, a slight iron & brown sugar flavor up front. A pleasant warming alcohol sensation comes through as this ale heats up to room temp. Finishes fruity, warming with candy sugar nuances

MF: Prickly up front, giving way to mediun body & chewyness as this warms

Drinks alright to good, this is a good, not great Belgian brown that maybe could've stood some more aging

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 05:26:24 | More by russpowell
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ouncer purchased at Cable Bev. in Bardonia, NY. No freshness info offered. This little beauty pours muddy dark brown, cloudy, under a typical medium tan head, that seems to leave moderate scattered lacing. Sugary, raisiny nose. Nice drinking brown Belgian, notes of sweet, rummy raisins, dark fruits and drying hops late. Pleasant, fruity, plummy, doughy ale. alcohol well hidden. NIce stuff, well worth a try or two.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 02:12:23 | More by Billolick
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cloudy brown with slight garnet hue. I poured this too agressively but head reduced to good lacing. Smell of brandied cherries and spice. Taste much the same with a pleasant bitterness on the sides of the tongue in the aftertaste. We buy this less often than other Belgian brown ales however it is a great brew we'll keep in rotation.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 14:42:55 | More by srrn
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Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/30/06 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a good-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of yeast, apricot, dark fruits and caramelized malt.

T: The sweet tastes of caramel and apricot hit first. Quickly following are the strong Belgian yeast flavor and some hops bitterness that transition into the after-taste.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, ABV is well-hidden, overall it’s a very good beer, but it normally wouldn’t be my first choice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2006 22:44:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received a 33cl bottle from my sister who lives in Belgium (thanks sis!) The best before date was 06/2007.

I chilled it to 50 deg F, and drank it from a Leffe glass. It poured a deep red, with some foam but not too much. It has a rich mouthfeel, and an aroma of spices. Very sweet. For me, one of the best Brune beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 15:56:21 | More by crazynipple
Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
91 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.