1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Saxo - Brasserie Caracole

Not Rated.
SaxoSaxo

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

355 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 355
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 11
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Caracole visit their website
Belgium

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)
View: Beers (10) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 355 | Reviews: 227 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Viking:
Photo of Viking
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle. Cork dated 03/2002. Label says 8% abv. When I removed the cage, the cork shot out and almost put out my left eye. Sometimes the quest for great beer is somewhat dangerous. I'll continue to journey on, as the rewards are far greater than the risk...hey, I can still drink beer with only one eye.

Clear golden brew, with moderate carbonation. Odd, considering the cork shooting off and all. Head is white, moderately sized, and big-bubbled. It fades fairly quickly, but a fine lace stays atop the brew. Light aroma of grains, floral and slightly citrusy hops, and perhaps a bit of yeast. Flavor is also fairly light, hoppy and grainy with a kick of yeast especially in the finish. Alcohol also pretty prominent in the finish. Pretty full bodied and rough feeling beer, with a very oily finish.

After adding the yeast, the beer becomes a chalky golden-orange. Head retention seems a bit better - maybe I just poured a bit more vigorously? Smell has much more yeast - like rising bread - but is pretty much the same otherwise. Flavor is much smoother, the grainy flavor less pronounced, with more fruit notes - almost, but not quite like a hefeweizen.

Very drinkable beer. Perhaps a bit too smooth, considering the abv. This could get me into a lot of trouble...

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice straw color with some light orange hue with a big fluffy white head that settles leaving sheets of lace behind,big citrus aromas some lemon and very ripe pineapple.Nice mix of spice, coriander and clove with some ripe citrus with a little smoke that lingers late.Pretty darn drinkable for the alc 8%,a nice offering liked it better than the Troublette.

Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of brownbeer
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangish-yellow pour with a nice, white head.

Doughy peach aroma with caramel, golden raisin, orange, and coriander.

Soft carbonation, malty caramel, and fruity banana notes with orangey citrus.

Overall, a very smooth and drinkable everyday Belgian beer.

Photo of alex4sure23
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender brown bottle with a snail-humanoid holding a saxophone. “Best before end 2003” on the side of the label.

Appearance: Chill hazed pale orange yellow sunshine colour, nice head retention that keeps a dainty white lace.

Smell: Sweet and juicy aroma of sweet lemon juice that is almost lemonade-like, faint floral nose from either hops or fruitiness of the yeast. Light yeast and husky grain in the nose also.

Taste: A bit of coarseness in the crisp mouth feel from the grain and moderately high level of carbonation, light to medium body. Hop bitterness is up there, no holding back for the size of the body and is brings a whole level of new flavours from lightly pungent to citric floral. Graininess is hard on the taste buds but refreshing is a way also. Earthiness creeps up from the yeast with a side of woodiness, esters are a bit flamboyant. The estery alcohol brings a noticeable fruitiness of faint mango and pear. As for the alcohol its there and makes a warming mark on the palate. On the dry side but a trace amount of residual sweetness rolls on the tongue from start to finish.

Notes: Richly complex drawing on the grain flavours, hop character and by products of the yeast to push the envelope in brings full and bold flavours. Not as clean as other strong pales and more on the raw side.

Photo of merlin48
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass, this Belgian pours a chill hazed, medium gold body with an enormous, ivory head. Streams of microbubbles support the rocky head for several minutes and substantial, globs of patchy lace are left down the glass.

Aroma is of lemongrass, mild coriander, and a yeasty presence of dirty, old, wool blanket.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated.

The taste has a bittersweet character, that evolves into more bitter than sweet. Some tart, fruity citrus flavors keep knocking on the door, but the yeast and hops bitterness keep slamming it shut. This one is simply not balanced well, with very little malt assertiveness. Herbal hops and yeasty bitterness are in charge all the way through, and the finish is dry and yeasty bitter.

Lacks complexity, and too bitter and dry for my palate. Alcohol is hidden well, but this is just an average, strong pale ale.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian bomber bottle, caged and corked, purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours slighly cloudy, lighter apricot amber. Typical and not too excitng head, and moderate lacing left behind. Nose of soft fruits, spice/hint of Belgiany yeasty. Easy drinking and quite pleasant BSPA, the 8% quite well hidden. Fruity and refreshing, this beer served as the steaming liquid for some clams and then went great with the clams and a plate of pasta. The finish has notes of pepper, spiced apricots, phenolic yeasties and more then ample Belgian tastyness. A thoroughly enjoyable offering.

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Kraken
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 20oz pint glass. Firm pour results in a 3 finger head that slowly diminishes. Color is a hazy amber with light sediment. Smells of yeast citrus fruits and an underlying sweet funk. Light funk and wheat on the tongue. Lots of carbonation, sweet finish. Mouthfeel is almost creamy, carbonation cleanses the palate. Highly drinkable, sweetness could become cloying.

Photo of Janeinma
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ADR
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large 750 ml bottle...very hazy slightly brownish bright ochre color, large white head with ripples across the top. Laces don't stick much, mostly residual sticking spots. Slighty funky aroma with some nice fresh fruit notes, some blueberry and grape. Mouthfeel approaches medium, carbonation is high and lightens things up a bit. Flavor is bright and new, not laden with much in terms of yeastiness -- much more expressive in terms of of wild honey and the sweetness of pears and cantelopes to start things off. A little bit of hazelnut and raisin creeps in, slight reminders of cough drops. Alcohol decently hidden, this beer is fairly straightforward but works well for me.

Photo of kwkdmk
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TheBrk
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of ByTor2112
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I hauled this back from KC. In the Chimay Goblet. Pours a beautiful blonde color with a one-finger head that hangs around and dissipates slowly. Lots of carbonation. The aroma gives a combination of citrus and earthy hops. The first taste on the palate is sweet with the hop bitterness coming and going. Complex, yet it tastes a little like a Saison. This blonde is awesome and would be great as an after-dinner drink. the alcohol is present but mild as it mingles with the sweetness and the herbal spicyness of the hops. A swirl of the glass actually rejuvenates the aroma. A good froth on the palate releases a good sour taste that adds to the sweetness and the well-rounded hops. This was very drinkable and I am starting to appreciate Belgians more and more. Cheers, Joe

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy dark gold color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light fruits - pears mostly but hints of green apples - with light Begian candi sugar and mild spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The fruit flavors are a bit earthier than the smell would suggest however the sweetness and spiciness are on par with the smell. Ending is crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a good beer for the style but none of the flavors were intense enough to be anything more. Worth a shot.

Photo of JohnW
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold colour and slight cloudiness, and natural carbonation gave a slight but not dense head. Aroma is dry, yeastly, but somehow also slightly sweet, with hints of spices, citrus and maybe even pepper.
The taste was not what I expected, and seems very dry to start, though not really hoppy bitter, with the spices coming through first, then maybe hints of citrus and a slight sweet & sour finish. The carbonation tickles the tongue as it does down, giving it a slight zesty texture. This was less sweet than some typical Belgium ales, considering its alcohol strength, and I enjoyed it fairly well, though not sure I would want more than one serving at a time.

Certainly worth trying if you enjoy this style of beer.

JohnW (written and tasted while in Tampa FL June 2007)
B'ham UK

Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Fsvensson75
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, 7.5% ABV. Weird sax-wielding jester depicted on the label.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming fistful of puffy, thinly foamy, and congealed melted marshmallow off-white head, which leaves some sparse reaching finger lace around the glass in its rather lazy wake.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy pale malt, zingy fruit - lemon, apple, pear, and pineapple notes are strongest - with some coriander and white pepper spice, and soft, earthy yeast. The taste is again somewhat sweet, raw pastry-like malt, more strong, yet now muddled golden fruit, peppery yeast, mild earthy hops, and a soft alcohol warming.

The carbonation is moderate, after that initial outburst, and persistent in its tight frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, quite smooth, and somewhat creamy, in a caramel pudding sort of way. It finishes bittersweet, the pale malt offset by some trailing warm spice and gritty hoppiness.

A pleasant, well-rounded strong Belgian ale, no edges here. Outgoing, and plays well with others, until, I suppose, that hidden alcohol strength becomes blindingly apparent, and engenders cravings for more heady, darker Belgian offerings.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes

A: Pours a straw/golden color, slightly hazy with lots of carbonation bubbles being released to the top. Nice fizzy head that had decent retention, but not much lacing.

S: A good bit of banana and some citrus - apricots and orange peel, some grass, and cloves. The belgian yeast also shines through a bit. A little bit of grain as well.

T: Light fruity yeast. some apricot, banana, and a little pear? Hard to tell though. Some grainy malt and light spices - pepper and cloves.

M: Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Pretty easy drinking.

O: Not bad, aroma/flavor were good, but seemed a little weak. Based on other reviews I would give it another try.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Saxo from Brasserie Caracole
88 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.