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Nostradamus - Brasserie Caracole


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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%

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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of wisrarebeer


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the only brewery that proved to be a bust when I visited Belgium. I walked in and there were two guys working but they only spoke French and didn't want anything to do with visitors. Bummer...

$8.99 for a 750ml bottle

A: brilliant copper-rosy color, clear, poured with a nice rocky head that quickly dissipated to nothing
S: medium nose, port-like with deep malt nose, hints of barley wine
T: deep roasted malt, port-like with good hop balance but malt dominates, some oxidation that actually plays well with style
M: very nice, deep, very drinkable for ABV, warming

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 21:48:05 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of mooseo


4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into goblet.

A - Dark brown amber with a medium light tan head.

S - Bready malt, brown sugar, light dark fruit, banana. Very pleasant and inviting.

T - Sweet toasted malt, caramel, plum, raisin, banana and black cherry. Hints of spicy alcohol and Belgian yeast. Finishes bready mixed with a nutty/earthy flavor.

M - Silky and creamy. Medium bodied with a somewhat dry finish.

O - A delicious Belgian ale. Complex, flavorful, and easy drinking. The alcohol warmth slowly builds up. Phenomenal brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 03:27:46 | More by mooseo
Photo of deebo


3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second trip to Cambrinus in Bruges for the night, with so many beers and good prices this is always a must stop for beers while in Bruges.
A-Pours a ton of fluffy tan head. This brew is clear and dark brown with a little bit of red around the edges when you hold it up to the light. NIce lacing.
S-Surprisingly not much noted, weak barley with a corn adjunct twist to it. Plenty of Belgian yeast here.
T-Yeasty esters. Somewhat sweet raisiny malt.
M-Medium bodied and carbonated.
O-Surprisingly unexciting. A solid beer but I've really enjoyed other Caracole beers so I expected more.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 00:44:53 | More by deebo
Photo of beergoot


4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great reddish-copper (mahogany) body with a creamy, thick head. Powerful aroma, rich with malt goodness and succulent, ripe fruits (plums, raisins, and figs). Outstandingly robust taste infused with boldly sweet dark fruit esters and hearty caramel malt grains; there is a sublime alcohol warmth lurking in the background and a really, really nice subtle hop bitterness. Rich, smooth, heavy-bodied mouthfeel; sweet and chewy.

This is a pretty stunning beer overall, especially in the taste-department. Smoothly balanced and deep complexity make this a beer to savor and sip over a period of time. Big, beautiful, and well-worth seeking out...

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 00:10:01 | More by beergoot
Photo of Marc_V

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle from Belgian Beer Shop.com. Nostradamus is a dark brown ale with a thick, beige head. The aroma is very complex with dark fruits, lots of yeast, malty, sweet, spicy, vinous. The taste is like the aroma very complex; the alcohol presence is very clear. Sweet, malty and spicy. This is a wonderful beer, ideal after a good meal

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 19:34:53 | More by Marc_V
Photo of srhoadsy


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber color with half an inch of quickly fading tan head.

Smells of raisins, sour cherry, burnt sugar and malt. Reminds somewhat of a good hard cider.

Taste here is all about the malt and yeast. Dark sugars, dried fruit and sour apples. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish and a touch of alcohol burn. Mild carbonation.

All in all a very interesting beer. A mix of a brown ale and a sour. Not somethign I would drink every day, but would definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 01:09:16 | More by srhoadsy
Photo of Brandywine


4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red, almost looks like a barley wine. Head dissipated almost immediately.
Smell: syrup, molasses, candy sugar, dark stone fruits; black cherry, plum, dates, all of it covered in a layer of sweet balsamic. Fruity vinegar. Smells awesome.
Taste: Black cherry, sweet malt, molasses. End of the tongue has a puckering acidity. Dark fruits really come to the fore as this warms up. For 9% there is absolutely no booziness. Bready sweetness coming out with a very subtle counter balance of bitterness. Slight hints of a roasted malt. Closer to room temperature it picks up an almost bourbon barrel aged flavor that is really surprising. It's a little reminiscent of Firestones Double DBA.
Mouthfeel: Full side of medium. Thick with just enough carbonation to help clear the palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 02:24:06 | More by Brandywine
Photo of MDDMD


4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a red brown slightly hazy color with a smallish tan head and minimal lacing

S-malt, dark fruit, spices, caramel

T-malt, dark fruit, yeast, caramel, hints of roasted nuts

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, alcohol a bit noticeable

O-a very flavorful dark ale with good depth, could use a little more body and less forward alcohol, but overall very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 19:02:36 | More by MDDMD
Photo of IPA35


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A well carbonated hazy, very dark brown beer. A rocky, off white head that is a little fizzy.

Smells malty, fruity and spicey. Very Belgian, very good. Darker malts, dark fruits, alcohol, spice, light coffee. Another member noticed strawberry, with a bit of fantasy, I can see where that comes from.

Nice and fruity; dark fruits, a good sweetness, malty, slight noticable alcohol but it complements this beer. All in all a tasty Belgian dark ale. Again a slight hint of strawberry, as in canned strawberries or strawberry jam. As it warms up the alcohol becomes stronger, half a mark off for that.

Mouthfeel is medium and it has nice carbonation.

Overall a pleasant surprise, this beer to me is a bit overlooked but I decided to give it a try. A nice beer, but this is one of my favourite styles of beers so I am biased. Not mindblowing though.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 17:30:26 | More by IPA35
Photo of Blackwolf

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an oversized wineglass.

A- Poured a deep rich mahogany colored body, with a cherry/light-brown fluffy head which settled quickly. A thin ring of semi-sticky lacing slowly slips down the sides of the glass at every sip I take. Just wonderful.

S- You know this is a belgian as soon as it hits the nose, bananas/plumb, yeast, caramalt, kinda nutty too. Very aromatic and enticing.

T- Caramalt forward, yummy belgian yeast, some dark fruit mid palate, then a bitter sweet finish with banana very subtle hop tangled with dark roasted nut. Very complex and balanced. Some alcohol says hello in the end too, with a lingering sour.

MF- Light-medium semi sticky body with medium carbonation. Dry finish that is somewhat warming. Lots of fruity flavors and yeast stick to the palate.

O- A very interesting belgian, and easily to be said a great one! I just simply enjoy every part of this fine crafted beer. You cannot be disappointed if you enjoy the style. Worth the buy at a reasonable price, give it a try!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 06:29:53 | More by Blackwolf
Photo of ckollias


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy amber-brown hue with a huge, tan, 4-finger, frothy head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a nice trail and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet Belgian candi and yeast aroma with a caramel and nutty malt background.

T: Sweet caramel and Belgian yeast flavor that has tart tangy mild and finishes on the dry side.

M: Very strong and boozy. Heavy body and heavy carbonation.

O: Delicious Belgian dark brew – would be perfect at Christmas time. Nice sipping beer at 9.5%.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 23:52:40 | More by ckollias
Photo of safaricook


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
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a very grape-like flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2012 00:19:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark orange brown amber with a slight off-white head leaving a ring around the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, light spice and hint of sour. Sweet dark fruits, a bit of cherry and malts progressing to a bittersweet, somewhat dry finish. Nice progression of flavors; quite nicely made. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. Another nice Caracole.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 19:27:24 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of Zraly


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown with a tan head into a Teku glass. Lovely smell of malt, husk, and chocolate.

Slick and juicy, wonderful rich notes of dark fruits, chocolate, and a touch of molasses. The phenolic undertone is quite nice and balances out what would otherwise be quite the heady combination of flavors. The hops come through with an earthy note, adding even more complexity. Carbonation also lifts on the palate, making this very drinkable. 9%? That is news to me! Medium to medium-heavy bodied.

What better than a piece of Belgian chocolate to go with this sweetie?

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 21:35:04 | More by Zraly
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, best by 12/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with nice retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of raisin, apple skin, plum, molasses, caramel, toffee, earth, bread, toast, herbal, coriander, and light yeast spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of raisin, apple, caramel, prune, toffee, grape, molasses, herbal, toast, chocolate, pepper, earth, coriander, and light yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, grape, caramel, toffee, apple, bread, light chocolate, pepper, and light yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian dark ale. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to sip on. Really enjoyable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 03:28:08 | More by superspak
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer opens with a nice POP! from the carbonation as the cork comes free.

Pour is a wonderful red brown with a solid two fingers of head on top of the beer. The foam sits atop the beer for the whole glass as this beer is slowly savored.

The aroma is of alcohol, some dark fruits, and sourness. It is that funky sour aroma you come to expect with sour beers but this one is well balanced and plays nicely with the malt.

The taste is malty to start with a nice mellow sour finish followed by some oaky aftertaste.

Overall this was an impressive beer I would recommend it to anyone who wants to broaden their beer horizon.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 01:05:18 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of Aethien


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl poured into a tulip, it pours a lovely dark brown with dark red hues and a large (2 inch) tan head.

Smell: Fruit dominates the smell with figs, plums and even a little pear and cherry in there. Malts, alcohol and a little caramel provide the backbone of the smell.

Taste: Spices and medicinal alcohol lead the way for strong sweet fruity flavours similar to the nose but with more cherry and some blueberry in there even. Malt, caramel and some tingly alcohol finish off the taste.

Mouthfeel: Just enough carbonation to make this beer refreshing and deceptively easy to drink for it's ABV but not so much that it becomes a nuisance.

Overall: This is a very well balanced beer with lots of fruitiness and plenty of complexity in the taste. Lighter, fruitier and easier to drink than most of it's kin, definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 17:16:44 | More by Aethien
Photo of chickenflea


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(bottle, 750ml) Tried on the recommendation of Nicolette at WoB near UCF in Orlando. Hazy, ruby amber color with a beige foamy head of medium size. Intensively nutty and toasty malty aroma with caramel, mocha beans and a Port-like alcoholic note. Sweet flavor, full-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Toast-malty taste with caramel and chocolate flavors, as well as subtle notes of dried fruits and mocha; sweet and roasty bitter finish with a warming but non-aggressive alcohol and a slightly fruity aftertaste. Balanced and complex brew. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 13:18:07 | More by chickenflea
Photo of merryjoulton


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a real nice deep brown with a head that fizzled pretty quick down to nothing. Smell is great. Gts some chocolate with a roasty malt and some good vanilla notes mixed in. Fresh basil too. Taste is very refined. Alcohol is masked very well so it is an easy drinker. Mouthfeel is full. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 04:02:07 | More by merryjoulton
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Best before 12/12. Lot FX. Thanks to Ian for the suggestion.

A: Tan head is loose and active. It fades quickly. Body is dark opaque brown.

S: Not getting much out the the aroma. Slight caramel sweetness?

T: Big yeast and fruit flavors, slight warming alcohol. Up there with the best.

M: Find a good balance of thickness and carbonation.

D: Overall a great example of this style. I would easily buy this again, and would like to try it next to some of my favorites to see how it stacks up.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 03:21:27 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of BostonHops


3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle served in oversized wineglass.

pours a murky, amber/brown tone while yielding a half finger of off-white head the dissipates quickly, leaving some lacing.

smell is predominantly sweet: dark fruits, yeast, and spices. first sip is indeed very sweet, with a vague, almost wine-like quality. raisins, plums, malts, spices, and yeast round out the primary players. i don't know if i could call it tasty. it's not bad, per se, just not really doing much for me. moderately carbed with a full mouthfeel. all in all there is enough here to like to keep it from going down the drain. that said, IMO there are much better representations of the style.

original review on: 08-15-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:39:36 | More by BostonHops
Photo of Jadjunk


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on Tap at Summit's Snellville 3/29/12. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) arrives with a deep cream toffee head, retains above average. Color is a dark brown, little light let in through the head. Lacing is light but consistent and solid. Appearance is fantastic, upset only by an imperfect head quality. 4.5

(Smell) Belgian yeast, dark bread malts, potent Belgian spices, coriander and dark fruit make up a big part of the nose. Aroma is big and clean, nothing too off putting. Medium/High potency. Very Pleasant aroma. 4

(Taste) Mild spicy malt taste, followed by a very tasty malt and dark fruit backbone. Enough bittering flavors with the spice to keep it balanced. Very pleasant Belgian Brown Ale. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Very mild carbonation pairs well with the style, accenting the spice and fruit tones without overbearing the palate. It could tone down a notch, but otherwise is very well done. Light alcohol presence, super sneaky. Medium body. Solid. 4

(Overall) As far as this style goes, I'm on board for another one of these. It's well worth it for another great Belgian beer. Try it if you can find it! 4

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 01:55:30 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of ChillMike


3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice reddish amber color with a two fingered light tan head that quickly recedes down. Not a bad looking beer.

S: Raisins, cloves malty goodness a bit of a hop. Not a whole lot, kind of reminds me of a barleywine.

T: Lots of raisin, clovey spice, high notes of alcohol. Again not a whole lot going on, that's not to say it's bad or even average. I'd just say it's not a very complex tasting beer.

MF: A tad on the watery side, but it does go down really smooth and it's appropriate for the style.

O: Not too bad, don't know if I'll pick it up again but if a friend had one out I'd definitely partake.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:26:26 | More by ChillMike
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger rapidly dissipating head on a murky brown with garnet hues body. Sweet dark fruit aroma but not too strong. Flavor is a touch watery but this is an old batch I think. Fruity, mostly strawberry, with a spices corriander note in the finish. Smooth, medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall highly drinkable and flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 01:08:31 | More by kylehay2004
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