Nostradamus - Brasserie Caracole
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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!
02-10-2014 01:19:45 | More by BrewerMike
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.
01-27-2014 22:01:43 | More by KYGunner
4.06/5 rDev 0%
A buddy brought this over to watch the NFL playoffs. Go Niners.
Pours a light brown murky color with a beige foamy head that stays. Light lacing.
The aroma is great. Plums, pear, grapes and brown sugar are at the front of this. Very pleasing. Some malt, raisins, orange and booze.
The taste is smooth and with fruity esters apparent. Darker fruits are present as is a touch of alcohol. Some wine-like flavors also. A tad dry on the finish.
Overall I'll admit I never heard of this beer before today though I was not let down. The big fruit aroma was awesome and was tough to stop this guy from whiffing. Flavor wasn't as strong, but a nice beer for the style.
01-13-2014 01:27:13 | More by kaseydad
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
Appearance: Deep reddish-amber with a moderate off-white head, thin glass-cating lacing, and moderate carbonation.
Aroma: Deep aroma of sweet caramel, bitter cocoa, earth, dark fruit, pears, bitter apple rind, and sweet and spicy alcohol.
Taste: Opens with an abundance of sweet caramel, soon followed by dark fruits. Sweet vinous alcohol carries throughout the taste. Other flavors drift in and out, including bitter apple rind, pears, and woody oak-like notes. Finishes with a lingering note that is reminiscent of bourbon.
Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, and pleasing.
Drinkability/notes: Simply excellent, a potent and yet gracious ale, I hope to find this again.
Presentation: Packaged in a 750 ml brown glass Belgian bomber with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
01-12-2014 15:05:38 | More by Pegasus
Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
91 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.