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Saxo - Brasserie Caracole


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very good

313 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%

Brewed by:
Brasserie Caracole visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-21-2002)
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Photo of FLima


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy amber golden color with a two finger thick head with good retention.
Aroma of banana and pineapple, mint, Belgian yeast slightly funky, lemon, figs, honey and bread.
Refreshing and spicy flavor, notes of pineapples, Belgian yeast, pear, Cointreau liquor, apple puree, floral hops, coriander and a hint of champagne tartness. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is well disguised.
As its sister, Caracole Ambree, it is a unique and interesting beer, though this one is heavily condimented. Nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 12:54:08 | More by FLima
Photo of atigerlife


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with an ample white head. Lots of carbonation rising.

Aroma of light fruits and light malts. Hard to get a hold of the aroma.

Taste is of spices, fruit, honey. Has some hints of over-ripe citrus, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite cleansing.

Overall, a pleasant beer that I would happily partake in another.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2013 02:43:04 | More by atigerlife
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Nice aroma of Belgian yeast, bready malt, light fruit juice; apple and stone fruit, cloves. Flavor is light apple and pear juice, clove, light citus and bready malt. Medium bodied with a suprising creaminess. Tastes almost subdued after the aroma, but the light fruit flavor and malt are so nicely melded that this is a delight to drink. Finishes with faint sweet malt and Belgian spicing. Very difficult to believe that this light mellow ale is 8%, the alcohol is completely covered.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 03:31:06 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Saxo has a very thick, foamy, white head, an initially clear, golden appearance, with tight bubble streams and some lacing. The beer clouds up once the bottom contents are swished and poured in. The aroma is of sweet, sugary malt, some fruit, like figs, and grain. Taste is of those elements, with candy sugar, grain husk, champagne, and some underlying alcohol. Bitterness is present across the sip, as well. Mouthfeel is medium and the bubbles are very prickly. Saxo finishes dry, sweet, and fairly refreshing. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.


Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 14:00:42 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of metter98

New York

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Aromas of fruity yeast and pale malts are present in the nose along with some hints of white wine.
T: The taste follows the smell and also has notes of Belgian and fruity yeasts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Notes of dryness are perceptible.
O: This beer has a nice amount of dryness and complex flavors from the yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 20:45:18 | More by metter98
Photo of GossageBrewery


3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured this Belgian Strong Pale Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy pale yellow color, produced a nice white head, nice retention and left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of citric lemons, semi-sweet pale malt and floral hops. Medium bodied, a foundation of pale malt, lemon citric hop bitterness and eastery yeast. Finishes dry. Overall, nice version of the style, aggressively hopped and full of malt backbone. Nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 18:33:23 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of darky

South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, poured into a Saxo tulip

A: Pours a golden honey-amber with a persistent thick white head and lively carbonation,

S: Not extremely fragrant on first impression. Slightly citrusy with some grapes mixed in at first, transitioning to fresh baked bread as it warms.

T: All the usual Belgian hallmarks of sour yeast, breads, grape/raisin along with a very sophisticated hop character and an almost nutty finish. The character of the yeast becomes more apparent as you go. Highly drinkable and very pleasant.

M: Possibly the weakest aspect of this beer. While not too thin, just nothing to get excited about here, but this is really just nitpicking.

O: This would be a fantastic first round in a Belgian tasting. This beer would set the stage beautifully to be followed by a dubbel, tripel...quad. This beer is like Belgians - 101. Overall, I really enjoyed this, and I think it's a really good value. If you've never tried it, there is no reason to hesitate.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 04:10:40 | More by darky
Photo of Brandywine


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange with two fingers of big bubbled white head.
Smell: apricot, dry white wine, green apples, hay, yeast, faint hint of coriander and spice.
Taste: bitter orange peel, lemon, green apple. Taste follows the nose. Lots of citrus and mild fruit with a layer of yeast.
Mouthfeel: medium with strong carbonation.
Overall: This is a solid Belgian strong pale ale across the board but nothing really special.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 00:37:26 | More by Brandywine
Photo of bheilman


3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells sweet. Taste is good. Strong bite for such an easy flavor. A bit astringent. I like leffe a lot and this does not quite meet that because of the bitterness. Leffe is smoother. I do like the label of the beer and the brewery does seem to offer traditional Belgian styles. I will try some of there other beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 01:29:52 | More by bheilman
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a cloudy golden amber color with an enormous four finger fluffy head that lasts for two minutes and leaves behind amazing sheets and curtains of lacing on the inside of the glass. Light body and carbonation levels, just a touch sticky on the surface of the tongue.

Smells strongly of Belgian yeasty funk, green and black tea blends, blueberry compote, and a light lemon peel / mango combo. Tastes of funky Belgian yeast with a middling-sized dollop of spicy phenols over the top of a blend of light pear and apple esters with a certain raw cereal graininess and a very light minty hop garnish in the finish. It's pretty good, but the bottled version is not nearly as good as the hazy memory from a certain special night of revelry in which I had it fresh from the tap... sadly, I had forgotten to bring my notebook along that evening and I am left with naught but hazy and nostalgic glowing memories of a draft pour that this bottle did not quite live up to... Ah, memories...

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 17:51:39 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of Rifugium


2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

"Lemon, honey, and pear with a belgian yeast back…Wow" is what the beer menu promised. At $10 for a 10oz. pour, I requested a sample, and I'm glad I did, because this one did not deliver.

Slightly hazy golden-yellow pour with a thin ring of bubbles for a head. Muted aroma, toasted grains, light fruit esters. Taste was very bland and lifeless, very light, almost like a light lager, notes of mild yeast, pear and stone fruit, a hint of grass and tea-like hops. On the plus side, this beer sure went down easy, light-bodied, low carbonation, and a barely-noticeable 8%ABV. But the lack of any good flavor just made this a downer for me, and for the price, it just wasn't worth it at all.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2012 03:21:51 | More by Rifugium
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a slightly murky yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, spices, and some perfume-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly soapy flavor on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but smells better in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 03:11:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of KMcG


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A geyser!  I poured this from a 330 mL bottle and it was volatile. It rushed out of the bottle top, slowly oozing for about a minute.  I poured this into a small tulip shaped wine glass so only about half of the bottle would fit.  It is crystal clear straw yellow with a light active head about 1-2 fingers high. 

The aroma is full of lemon, honey and pear, and has Belgium yeast backing. 

The taste pretty much follows the nose, but there is a white bread quality that creeps in. When I first poured it, it was much brighter with citrus and honey, but as it aged, it mellowed. It has a slight bitterness from the hops that comes in on the finish.

The mouthfeel is big at first with lots of fine carbonation.  As it warmed, the carbonation decreased.  It's light o medium bodied and pretty dry. 

The alcohol is listed on the bottle as 7.5%.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 21:39:06 | More by KMcG
Photo of martyl1000


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jacs (Madison). UnderwheIming. A nice flavor, to be sure. And refreshing on this hot summer afternoon. But although it resembles other Belgian pales with its Belgian yeast and round sweetness (like Atomium, Piraat, and Delirium Tremens), it doesn't measure up to others in character or distinction.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 03:28:47 | More by martyl1000
Photo of mactrail


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich and spicy blonde ale. Hazy light amber in the tulip glass. Attractive sudsy carbonation, and it's sprightly on the tongue. Fairly light body.

Pleasant warm and buttery flavor. Aroma of cinnamon? this has the nicest spicy flavor. It's sort of the ideal user-friendly sort of Belgian flavor-- not too sweet with a slight tartness. Mellow malt with some of the estery spice flavors. Somewhat fruity but less intense that lots of Belgian-style beers. A nice touch of the funk with a little yeasty bitterness. Overall a very drinkable strongish beer.

On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2012 04:07:25 | More by mactrail
Photo of DARIVA


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful almost clear yellow beer with a beautiful head.

S: The smells of hops, pineapple and coriander.

T: The taste of hops, delicious fresh light beer.

M: Nice carbonation and a light foam feel.

O: Good beer for summer, well drinkable and a short finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 09:39:16 | More by DARIVA
Photo of raszputini

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville. I was in the mood for something new and Belgian. This brew turned out very much like I expected and that is a pretty good description overall - rock solid, no surprises. Pours a cloudy light bronze with a fizzy white head that dissipates very quickly. Smells of light fruit, telltale Belgian yeast and coriander. Taste is light with non-citrus as well as light non-citrus fruit, also coriander and other "earthy" but light" spice. The elevated ABV is very well buried. Very nice. I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 02:08:43 | More by raszputini
Photo of adam42381


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/20/11.

Poured on draft into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium honey gold with a 1 finger white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet Belgian yeast, floral notes, clove and a sweet fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet floral and lemon notes up front followed by Belgian yeast in the middle before ending with a touch of clove at the finish. Aftertaste is sweet with a touch of bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. The alcohol is well-masked.

Overall: Good beer overall. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 16:58:15 | More by adam42381
Photo of fatmusic14


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL poured into a mug, as my glassware game is not quite where it should be.

Appearance - kind of weak, not quite as hazy or bright as you would expect from a Belgian Blonde. Kind of underwhelming

Smell - totally redeeming. Stinks (in the best way) of honey and bay leaves, slight minty aroma. Herbal in the purest sense.

Taste - flavorful, but simple and leaves a little to be desired. Not sure if my expectations were too high going into this bottle, but I was hoping for something a little more complex. Levels just not there for this one.

Mouthfeel - very nice level of carbonation and good drinkability. Better than your average Belgian Blonde.

Overall - Grab a 330 if you can. I'm not too deep into this 750 and not so excited about the finish. Kind of a confusing drink, where some elements really rise above the average blonde, while others simply fall short - however, the alcohol level is hidden very well.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 01:46:31 | More by fatmusic14
Photo of mariposafan


3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle fills my Duvel tulip with a bright golden body toppeed with a huge, foamy head that lasts and lasts.

The aroma is different. More floral than yeasty or malty it reminds me of a saison. Not a bad thing. Just a little weak, though.

The flavor is also a little different. There's some yeast but more floral hops with only a touch of maltiness in the background. Very little of the distinctive flavor that I associate with Belgian beers. The big problem is a hop bitterness that is too forward - not like an IPA but definitely more than I look for in a BSPA. Definitely detracts from what is otherwise a different and interesting flavor profile.

The light to medium body is fine but the carbonation is an assault - far too prickly, though I suppose it helps to cut the bitterness.

Overall it seems to be less than the sum of its pieces. It's not bad - I wouldn't turn one down if it were offered - but it's nothing like competitive with Duvel or Don de Dieu in the style so I don't think I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 22:55:07 | More by mariposafan
Photo of Knapp85


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a hazy looking yellowish gold color. The smell of the beer was of grains and some bready Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer reminded me a little bit of a wheat beer more than a Pale Ale. The flavors were soft and finished with a little bit of a bitterness in the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel of the beer was drinkable and had a lot of sporatic carbonation. Overall this beer was decent I think, nothing too exciting but it was nice to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 03:53:59 | More by Knapp85
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Wheat/grains, lemons, green grapes, pears, coriander

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste wheat mixed with lemons, white grape juice, and some light pear. There is also a bit of a clove/coriander spiciness. The fruit flavour is really very refreshing and the beers taste is well balanced. It finishes with a tart fruity aftertaste.

Overall – The alcohol is well hidden and the flavours work really well together. This beer is ideal for the warmer weather and my glass was empty before I knew it. I'll pick this one up again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 17:38:05 | More by spinrsx
Photo of jera1350


3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Todd for sharing this one with me.

Pours a hazy gold with some chunks of yeast stirring about. A thick foamy cap of white on top. Very nice head retention.

More malty than fruity in the aroma, but both are present. A bit buttery as well.

Pretty light in the taste department. Pale malt with light sweetness and some very faint spice notes. Some pear and apple fruit detected, but overall the taste kind of drops off and is underwhelming.

The body feels quite light for a beer of its size. The carbonation is very nice and the beer has a dry feel.

A very easy to drink beer, but just not enough to keep my interest very long.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 00:19:52 | More by jera1350
Photo of ThaCreep


3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose quite well fermented yeast, citrus perceives in the background. The taste is average, not great folly, just with a peach syrup rough but not that exciting and gives a too syrupy beer. This is not to do him honor. Slight aftertaste, unappetizing. A beer just average.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 20:37:25 | More by ThaCreep
Photo of Florida9


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Popped the cork and it immediately started gushing, but luckily it wasn't much. Heavily carbonated. Glass was 80% bubbly white head and it took about 5 patient pours to get a full glass. Beer itself is a darker yellow. Head leaves some light lacing.

S: Aroma is very delicate. Lightly floral with some bready yeast.

T: The taste is better than the smell. Lightly sweet with a light tartness to balance it out. A little floral. Some lemon, a little pear and green apples. Mild Belgian yeastiness makes a presence on the finish, but it is rather fleeting.

M: Light body with heavier carbonation. A bit prickly on the tongue.

O: A solid Belgian pale ale. Delicate and lightly flavored, but an easy drinker as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 00:24:33 | More by Florida9
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