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Saxo - Brasserie Caracole

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330 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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 SteveMi

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -74.4%

07-06-2012 18:20:17 | More by SteveMi
Photo of Hellpop65


2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

09-25-2013 02:49:00 | More by Hellpop65
Photo of bark


2.63/5  rDev -32.7%

The colour is orange-yellow, the liquid is hazy. The very high white head sinks to a thin lid, leaving some lacing.

The strong smell is sweet and yeasty: Barley, fresh bread alcohol, bitter hops and a hint of honey.

The taste is sweet and yeasty with lots of warming/fiery alcohol. Some notes of flowers and birch sap. Lots of white sugar-sweetness and some dried fruits. The aftertaste is sweet with some yeast, clean bitterness and hints of flowers.

The carbonation is very strong, the small bubbles sharp. The liquid is a bit light.

An overly sweet and, to be frank, simple Belgian strong ale. There are many better ones out there.

07-27-2010 20:21:35 | More by bark
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

LOT: F C 3

A: Hazy golden body with an over load of white fluffy head. There was WAY to much carbonation in this beer, I poured a bit, then it exploded into foam. Lost half the beer and needed a major clean up. Not impressed. Retention and lacing is good though.

S: Faint fruitiness with pear as the strongest. Interesting yeast notes.

T: Light in flavour, but pear and yeast are the most prominant, finishing off with some nice spice.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Alcohol is slightly noticeable and it leaves a dry tingle in the throat.

O: Not the best of it's style and I can't justify the price.

04-04-2011 01:58:28 | More by Long813
Photo of karengarys


2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

This pours a quite hazy amber with a nice fluffy white head. The foam ring sticks to the glass a bit, and runs back in slowly.

Smell is... um... to me... not good. Somewhat like skunk mixed with lemon juice. That is about all I pick up.

Taste is similar to smell. Mostly lemon juice. I guess there is a touch of hop. The good news is that the alcohol flavor is well hidden. Unfortunatley it is hidden under the flavor that resembles a bottle of reallemon brand lemon juice I use for cooking.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, somewhat creamy.

Finish is a bit clean, but with this much sour citrus how could it go wrong.

Well, this drink to me is only worth trying if you are into real experimentation, or if somebody hands you a glass/bottle for free. I'd drink it, but I wouldn't pay for it.

07-11-2005 22:51:50 | More by karengarys
Photo of Rifugium


2.83/5  rDev -27.6%

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.

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

New York

2.85/5  rDev -27.1%


Appearance-Pale Golden color, fizzy head that isn't as big as I thought it would be, the head fizzes away quickly.

Smell-sugary, a variety of sweet smells dominate.

Taste/Mouthfeel-sugar flavor hits upfront and stays there, some floral hops appear but very subdued.

Drinkability-would depend on your tastes but this is really sweet does hide the alcohol.

Overall-misses the bar compared to other Belgians, almost sickly sweet to me and lacks the complexity of others Belgians. Cellering might improve it. Not my favorite version.

03-31-2008 00:34:23 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of jwhawkins81


2.9/5  rDev -25.8%

Aroma - Coriander spice and a touch of aromatic hops.

Appearance - Cloudy yellow/orange big white head with a OK amount of carbonation.

Taste - Orange-ish flavor and spice. I'm underwhelmed. Alcohol is warming but not overly noticeable. There is a level of graininess in the flavor as well along with some yeast notes. Sorry but I'm just not impressed.

Notes - Plenty of carbonation made for a decent mouthfeel.

08-09-2009 00:06:43 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of Pullen


2.93/5  rDev -25.1%

Served in a Chalice

A: Pours a golden haze. Very little head that disappears quickly. Bubbles like Champagne.

Smell : Peppery Pear - like aroma

Taste: Not much of a balance in flavors...The alcohol overpowers the body of the beer. Perhaps this is the style of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale (This is my first).

Mouthfeel: Bubbly like champagne.

Drinkability: This is a beer I'd rather have with food. Definitely not a beer I prefer to drink on a whim by itself.

03-20-2008 02:52:22 | More by Pullen
Photo of stcules


2.95/5  rDev -24.6%

Compact foam, with a medium persistence.
The colour is blonde-orange, with some yeast in suspension.
In the smell it can remember a little a wit bie, with notes of fresh flower, light spices (pepper, and maybe coriander).
The alcohol (8%) is well hidden, the body is medium.
Taste is again spicy (pepper, anise), and citric.
After a while, when the beer is more warm, the smell is less good: it becomes more heavy...

07-27-2003 09:34:06 | More by stcules
Photo of iemailjack


3/5  rDev -23.3%

01-07-2013 23:18:21 | More by iemailjack
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.3%


Appearance- Light yellow with a small soapy head.
Smell- Strong peppery lemon with a hint of alcohol.
Taste- Very fruity, grape, apple, and pinapple come through a hint of alcohol in the end.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp, almost wine coolerish.

Overall- A decent warm weather option. A little pricey but wouldn't turn 1 down.

05-20-2007 18:58:50 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of RuudJH


3/5  rDev -23.3%

Nice labels on the beers from Caracole.
This one 33 cl bottle.

Boozy, sugary beer from this brewery. It's malty, but mainly it's just plain and ordinary to me.

Amber colour, with a decent head and decent carbonation.
Smell and taste are malty and boozy, with some mild bittersweet notes.

Rather average overall.

10-01-2010 13:39:21 | More by RuudJH
Photo of ejimhof


3/5  rDev -23.3%

02-03-2013 22:21:57 | More by ejimhof
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

05-04-2013 18:03:23 | More by bruindre
Photo of RealBirkoff

3/5  rDev -23.3%

02-11-2013 20:44:48 | More by RealBirkoff
Photo of jophish17


3/5  rDev -23.3%

12-24-2011 08:23:45 | More by jophish17
Photo of Em30


3/5  rDev -23.3%

03-20-2013 00:16:01 | More by Em30
Photo of bheilman


3.03/5  rDev -22.5%

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.

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


3.03/5  rDev -22.5%

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : blonde dorée développant une belle mousse compacte et tenace, bonne effervescence
Smell : nez malté et de levure
Taste and mouthfeel : elle est un peu piquante en bouche, léger goût de torréfaction. amertume bien équilibrée et prolongée
Drinkability : bière correcte dans le style Belgian strong ale

11-25-2007 10:35:33 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -22%

I purchased this one a couple months back and I just got around to trying it last night. I had heard some good things from a few friends regarding it, so I decided to give it a try with dinner. A 750ml bottle served at 45 degrees and poured into an over sized wine glass.

Appearance - The pour was rather nice. A very hazy golden yellow appeared before me. Lots of carbonation streaking up toward the surface throughout the session, giving it a very nice champagne like look. A big three inch high head of white fizzy foam came up immediately and then settled down to about one finger high pretty quickly. It seemed to deposit some side glass lace initially, but towards the end of the bottle almost completely faded with nothing left at all.

Smell - The aroma was rather light if I am being honest. I was expecting this to be much bigger then it was, but instead it just had the lightest of aromas. Some nice yeast though, with the essence of apples and pears coming through, a touch of apricot in the back. Some light grassy like hops floating around as well. Not bad, just too light. Definitely some grain in here to. I have seen better, though it was still decent.

Taste - The flavor followed through on the aroma almost exactly. Not being really bad in anyway, just way too light for my tastes. There was a nice presence of fruity yeast, but you almost had to look for it, which was unfortunate. Hints of pears and apricot again, maybe some light apple. Nice bit of grainy like flavors and a touch of grass in the finish. A decent profile for sure, just way too light for me. No hint of the alcohol, which was good, but it was just rather bland.

Mouthfeel - The feel was pretty decent though, with some good carbonation for most of the session. Nice light airy feel to it, though by the end of the session, a lot of the carbonation had faded and it started to thicken up again.

Drinkability - As far as being sessionable due to the alcohol content, it was excellent, as I did not even think it had much at all. Though to be honest, the flavor was just not enough for me. As it warmed it started to become too sweet and grainy, and rather bland. I just was not feeling this one towards the end of the session.

Overall, I have had much better in the past. It was just not my thing what so ever. Not a good representation of the style, and just way too bland of a Belgian. There are much better ones out there, this is pretty much just average.

04-18-2008 23:39:24 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of sogrady


3.08/5  rDev -21.2%

There's nothing really wrong with the Saxo, but it underwhelmed. The appearance is promising - with a hazy orange tint, but the taste fails to live up to those expectations.

The taste is adequate but undistinguished; citrus flavors balanced by a yeast undertone with an unfortunate sweetness. The alchohol is hidden well, and the beer is general very drinkable.

The sum of the parts just don't quite add up for me with this beer. It's not unpleasant, but neither is it impressive.

09-14-2010 19:11:10 | More by sogrady
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.13/5  rDev -19.9%

Brown cork and caged 0.75 litre bottle, best before 12/2009, drank 01/2009.

Cloudy orange, lemony colour with a cream coloured head.

The smells were all about Belgian yeasts and citrus fruits all bundled together and given a big shake.

I found the taste and mouthfeel too fizzy and sour, the citrus element taking over to much. The alcohol is well hidden, but the carbonisation was too much for me.

My bottle was 7.5%, not the 8% quoted above.

01-30-2009 19:49:28 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

3.15/5  rDev -19.4%

This poured a gorgeous golden orange body with lots of haze and moderate carbonation. You can't see through this onevery well but it lets a good amount of light through. The off-white head is thick and foamy with miniscule bubbles.

Interesting fruit aroma. Slightly sour and very citrusy. The smell is oddly reminiscent of lipton brisk ice tea(lemon flavored) or the acidic lemon juice that you cook with. Slightly musty and weird.

The taste also has an odd musty earthiness to it but it isn't as apparent in the flavor as in the aroma. This brew is fairly balanced overall. The citric flavor and the hop flavor is pleasant. There is a lot of yeast flavor here which i believe is adding to the dryness of the beer. Bitterness is light and the alcohol is lightly detectable.

The mouthfeel is nice and adds a fairly drinkable element to the brew. The carbonation level is just perfect. The odd must flavor still nags me in the back of my head. If i knew what it was maybe it wouldn't bother me so much.

04-19-2008 03:42:24 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of GossageBrewery


3.2/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

03-24-2013 18:33:23 | More by GossageBrewery
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Saxo from Brasserie Caracole
88 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.