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Saxo - Brasserie Caracole

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SaxoSaxo

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BA SCORE
88
very good

332 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | 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)
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theleechster, May 25, 2013
Photo of Opethsprite
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful golden beer with an ample, white head that lasted for quite some time and left nice lacing. The smell is of citrus, wheat, honey, and hops, and the taste is much the same. It's a bit more subtle on the pallate, though, with apricot and lemon flavors throughout. Try this beer!

Opethsprite, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of HogHill
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I purchsed this single 33cl bottle for $ 3.99 at The Wine Society in Tyngsborough, MA. I poured it into my Hennepin glass, it had a beautiful straw yellow body highlighted with some golden tones. Creamy white one finger head tops it off.

The nose is medicinal phenols with the scent of oranges along with it. After letting this one warm up a bit I tasted and loved it. A little more hoppier than Duvel, the flavors on the front were of bread,with some sweetness from the fruitiness and some spice. It finishes rather dry because of a decent amount carbonation along with the hop bitterness. Very well balanced!

A very enjoyable beer to drink, one of the best belgian pale ales I've had in a while. The 8% was hidden well and I wished it was a 750 instead of a 330. I was a bit surprised by this one because it has very mixed scores. Saxo is on the top of my list.

HogHill, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of Reverand
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer from its yellowish orange appearance with white head that lasted to the last swig. Great hop taste with a nice lemon like aroma. Light in body with a lot of carbonation. Certainly worth a try.

Reverand, Sep 22, 2002
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Geiseman, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of cokes
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL. 2002.
Waxy yellow crayon hued piled with a billowing stack of whipped heavy cream. Yeast pours turns this a clogged mustard, and makes the head eternal.
Wheat-based nose, with lemon drops, white breads, black pepper, clove, and applesauce.
Begins with a brisk pils-like dry snap. Saltines and white bread. Wheat unfolds, turning things doughier and accented with lemon muffins. Yeast complexity is virtually unmatched as it loudly and harmoniously touts melons, vanilla, peppercorns, apricot, apples, pears, clove, sweet basil, and corkboard. Even after 3 years, the hops end this with pizazz, drying with lemongrass and hay flavors, in the Hallertau vein. Alcohol is not just hidden, it's a total nonentity.
The mouthfeel sparkles with fine-grain carbonation floating a truly creamy body. It's the intersection of down pillows, cotton candy, Cool Whip, and seltzer water.
The drinkablity is staggering -- literally. It is difficult to enjoy this in less than gluttonous, grunting gulps.
Fantastic in every facet.

cokes, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Besides beautiful beer, Belgium can be proud of bringing into being another exceptional invention, the saxophone, courtesy of Adolphe Sax. So, I lift this glass and raise it to Bird, Lester, Coleman, Coltrane, Sonny, Ornette, "the Jug", and the other giants of the golden horn.
Straw gold color, half opaque, immense head, incredible effervescence...gorgeous.
Nose is mostly spice and a little sidecar of fruit, pleasurable enough for repeated sniffs...airy, angelic...lovely.
Taste? I'd say "yum", but I've run that into the ground lately...big, juicy citric flavor matched with tingly spice (cardomom, coriander, ?) Ripe fruit, develops beyond citrus into peach,. apricot....delicious.
Mouthfeel is warm, full, if finally fading, and always replete with flavor, a ciric kick, and zesty effervescence. Never tastes like 8% abv, until the end...you want another, and another, but it'll make you feel it tomorrow!
All in all, a very satisfying golden ale...one to luxuriate in while drinking in the complex and glorious beauty in a Ben Webster solo.

feloniousmonk, Mar 27, 2005
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4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lovely harmonic and very drinkable beer. Perfect match with light goat cheese.

L: two finger top, clear pearls. Golden look.
S: a complete Belgian fruit garden with pear, apple and yellow prunes, but also tropical fruit like red oranges and grapefruit, under a lovely mist of hops;
T: biscuit, cream, yeast, medium hop.
M: harmonic body, alcohol well hidden, medium dry end.

One of my very favorites. Dangerously drinkable!

I expect of a beer to bring real joy. This is a classic example. The sun starts shining even when it is midnight.

Filosoof, Jul 24, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a thin foamy white head. Spicy aroma with light fruit and slight alcohol presence. Very quaffable, slightly carbonated and spicy with a sweet, dry finish. Nice balance of spice and light fruit notes (apple, pear, grape) with a creamy mouthful.

corby112, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Damian
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle at Red Sky Restaurant, Southwest Harbor, Maine

Poured a bright, slightly hazed, honey amber color with a tight, foamy, two-finger, white head that faded to a thin, lasting cap. Excellent retention. Small drops of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was intense yet smooth. A Belgian yeast strain was instantly recognizable. Sweet, fruity and spicy with strong notes of coriander, curacao orange, and Belgian candi sugar. Some hefeweizen-like characteristics (banana and bubblegum) came through as well.

The taste was quite similar to the aroma. The beer opened with a broad malty palate. Sweet, fruity and yeasty in a typical Belgian sort of way. Candi sugar, cotton candy and bubblegum were again noticeable. Spicy in the center with notes of coriander and clove. A touch of hop bitterness helped balance things out on the clean, refreshing finish. Orange peel was noticeable here as well. I found the beer to be incredibly well balanced, although some might argue that it is a bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Smooth, creamy, fluffy and full on the palate with a fine, mild carbonation. The liquid truly felt like a cloud on my tongue.

Drinkability was outstanding. This beer was refreshing and light yet packed with flavor. Furthermore, the 7.5% ABV was hardly noticeable. Pair this one with a mussel pot and some spicy shrimp or drink it solo for a refreshing treat on a warm summer day.

Damian, Jun 23, 2008
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4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep hazy golden color with a magnificent billowing white head that very slowly gives way to a thick and creamy lace. Nose is sweet fruit and fragrant lemon zest with some milder notes of yeast and peppery spice. Moderate in body with a lively and spritzy mouthfeel. Taste begins fruity with a good amount of spice (mostly coriander) followed by a somewhat earthy woodiness. Next comes a bit of grainy yeasts and a good deal of lemon tartness and crispness leading towards a bite of white pepper and a dry finish. A very fine Belgian ale to be had here and dangerously drinkable despite the 8% ABV.

Morris729, Sep 11, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

vhmf1978, Jan 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

texasspottedcow, Aug 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

msondel, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

WynnO, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Andreji
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. It's been a while since I've had the pleasure of finding such a nice beer considering I do live in beer hell. discrete and fairly 'un-referred-to' belgian that only makes me regret having but one bottle readily available.

The pour at first sight would have me think of a nice tripel: a thick but not too dense bright white head atop a golden orange body, clearly opaque but at times willing to allow some see-through, suggesting its thick body.

The smell, as soon as poured, fills the room by its enormous and pleasant strength. a sour citrus blend of fruits combined with a slight sting at the nose from a fairly hidden and beautifully balanced alcohol.

The taste seems like a perfectly achieved blend of sweets at first coming from a citrus (orange, grapefruit) feel and an immediate cola-ish sensation at the mouth; a slight alcohol hidden at the back accompanied by a bitterness not overshadowing the overall dominance of the sweet taste.

The mouthfeel enhances it all by accompanying the complexity of a dense brew with a subtly refreshing carbonation.

Man, I'd love to drink another one, and It's on the queue list for the next travels abroad.

Andreji, Apr 06, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Zekenyce, Mar 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

educorgan, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of JBogan
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful gold with plenty of bubbles feeding a thick foamy head which leaves minimal lacing.

The mainly citric aroma is offset by a small yeast presence.

The taste is also mainly citrus along with apples and peppery spice. The alcohol is completely hidden. Really very nice tasting.

Mouthfeel is also just about perfect. A medium to thick body with a good creaminess and perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall I was quite pleased with this beer. It was extremely drinkable and refreshing, and I look forward to the next time I have it again.

JBogan, Feb 01, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

gbohl, Aug 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

George2744, May 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this one. It pours a cloudy straw color with a nice billowing head over top that falls to about 2 fingers. The nose is divine, with a lot of lemony and a nice peppery spiceyness. Wow. I could sit and smell it all night. The flavor is spot on to the nose, with a really nice lemoney sweetness and a beautiful peppery spice. Everything is well blended and very nice. The feel is moderate to thick, with a moderate carbonation. This brew goes down without a problem. The 8% is nowhere to be found. It is not filling or heavy at all. Damn. Great brew.

kmpitz2, Apr 18, 2005
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Saxo from Brasserie Caracole
88 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.