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Saxo - Brasserie Caracole

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SaxoSaxo

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BA SCORE
88
very good

349 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an exploding bottle into my chalice. Light, cloudy copper color with abundant head that lingers very shortly. Very estery, fruity and floral aroma followed by a wave of sweetness and alcohol. Flavors are very candy like, also a lot of fruit in this one, raisins and peaches. Wow, a lot of raisin and currant flavor in this one. Alcohol is not detected besides the warming, very nice. It is a little too sweet for me, nearly cloying, but certainly drinkable. Bottle proclaims "best by 12/06", who says? This one could take some age on it for sure. I wish it had a bit more body to it, its about there and gone, a little too subtle for me.

dreadnatty08, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, served about 44F. Soon as I finished untwining the wire cap, the cork BLEW out of the bottle with a tremendous POP, flew across the room, hit the ceiling and then the wall and then fell down. But the beer didn't gush out. Not the first time I've ever had a flying cork, but it's the first it didn't gush when that happened. Served it into a Duvel glass.

Pours a very cloudy pale coppery gold with a huge frothy head, long lasting, with excellent lacing. Big aroma full of notes of lemon-citrus and honey, with a spicy hop presence. Good sweet malt flavor up front, with a toasted wheat flavor that reminds me, oddly, of a lightly fried tortilla. Light green apple & lemony vanilla fruitiness, with a moderately high amount of grassy hoppiness, developing into a lingeringly dry finish. Hugely carbonated, with a medium-light body.

It's been about three years since I last had a Saxo, which is too long. I plan to stock this regularly from now on.

allengarvin, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of santoslhalper
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a hazy light orange with a creamy, but quickly dissapating white head.

Smell: Sweet & sour with fruity notes throughout. Lemony and peppery, with nice hop bitterness, with ginger and banana notes. Fabulous smelling.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is very raw and yeasty, with simple grain and malt notes. It's nothing too complex, although the smell would make you think otherwise. Lacks "cleanliness" if you will, but it still tastes very good. The alcohol is perfectly hidden. The mouthfeel is bubbly and medium-bodied.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a very good, easy drinking Belgian Pale, but a little rough around the edges. Definitly enjoyable, and one I'd love to have again.

santoslhalper, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle with best before of 09/07.

Pours out a light golden straw with a foamy white head. It has sat in my fridge for about a week, and i was careful pulling it out, but still got a bunch of tiny floaties.

Smell. First thing i get is light vanilla creaminess. Sweet and malty. Light green apples also.

Taste. Sweet maltiness, obviously, and just a little lemon citrisy. Has a touch of hop bitterness. Aftertaste is sour apples, and is peppery and warming from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is ok. Average body and good amount of carbonation.

Overall, i do enjoy this beer, but i dont think its all that complex. There are better in its style, but is still good. A bit light and refreshing. I think i would really enjoy this with a meal.

acrawf6, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of Opethsprite
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
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 Prufrock
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

nice golden orange with a bit of haze and rising bubbles. an inch of foamy white head that leaves rows of white lacing.

wow, this smells sweet. honey and citrus sweetness. there might be something else there, but it's hard to get past the intense honey aromas.

light body with a stinging carbonation. sharp honey sweetness with a belgian yeast backing. a hint of spice and tartness, but relatively straightforward. definitely drinkable, but not begging for another taste.

Prufrock, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle. Saxo pours out a slightly hazy golden color with a big, white head. The aroma is very fruity, with lemon, pears, and bananas, as well as spicy cloves. The flavor starts off as grain and turns to dough. A little bit of chocolate, which is weird. The flavor then turns fruity, with pears, lemon, and mango. Pepper and clove spice. Finishes hoppy. Alcohol seems high. High carbonation. Pretty good Belgian pale ale, but not quite at the highest level for the style.

beveragecaptain, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of HogHill
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
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 GClarkage
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12/4/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 11.2 oz bottle with a freshness timeline on the back label. Poured into my Stone Levitation tulip.

Appearance- Very pristine and clear darker golden pour. Beautiful bubbles arise from every part of the bottom of the glass. Huge clumpy white head and lace chunks everywhere.

Smell- A bit malty and a bit grainy at the same time. A clove like scent. Not really any classic Belgian Pale scents though.

Taste- Bready malt body with light sweetness. A decent amount of hop bitterness as well. Were are the spices? The corriander?

Mouthfeel- Pretty well carbonated, almost pils like.

Drinkability- Not bad, but can think of several other pales to buy instead of this one.

GClarkage, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As in Saxo bank? Pours a hazy light amber colored with a straw yellow hue throughout. Good head retention is great and lacing as well

The nose has a strong citrus hinting more lemon than grapefruit. A bit hoppy for a Belgian beer. Some minor non-distinct hop notes and noticeable yeast aromas. A light pepper note on the back end as well.

The taste is a bit off style with a noticeable citrus hop note. The malt is hidden as the lemon flavor really come out. Some spice balance a bit with cloves or nutmeg specifically. Some esters, banana and bubblegum but not so much as a say a hefeweizen. Some minor plum notes and a light vegi note on the back end.

The body is surprisingly between light and moderate. Light alcohol notes but rather clean considering the ABV. Overall, weird to see the hops come out and off yeast, but still pretty drinkable.

Oxymoron, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 w/ no dates poured into a tulip.

Slightly hazed gold with a tall white head. Good staying power with sheets of heavy lace.

Belgian yeast with some citrus and a bit of spice that smells like pepper and coriander. A hint of hop pine and sugars underneath.

Tangy with some sweet malts to add balance. Lemon zest, candy sugars, bitter hops, turbinado, and peppery warmth from the alcohol. Finishes dry.

The mouth is just a hair on the light side, for the style. The carbonation is enough to wipe the palate clean without being too fizzy. Interesting enough to be drinkable. A meat and cheese plate would go nicely with this one.

ypsifly, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cage and corked 750 - Medium straw gold with a jelloish glow, a steady current of carbonation bubbles flows up the side of the goblet. Big and frumpy white foam to start, lessens down to a smooth creamy froth that keeps an amazingly thick cap always present. Lacing is placed delicately in moth holed sheets.

Aroma is mildly plastic with a big floral spice surrounding it. Light hints to white pepper, lemon, unripe melons, and soapy lye.

Taste is mild and spicy with an even-handed candied sugar base and odd unripe fruitings of melon husks, tangerine, and pear. Nothing to brash or extreme thank goodness. Not sure if I could handle much more unripen flavors. Here, they work well together with the light peppery floral spices adding some character and complexities. Finish floats off with dry spiced phenols and very light alkaline hints and some grasses.

Feel is about medium, fluffy textured carbonation mostly as the middle gives way a little bit only to regrab some intention as it begins its dry spicy finish.

Drinkability is OK to good, a bit peppery but mellows quickly, touches on some soapy slurry stuff, and is seemingly simple with some complexity to it. Perhaps passable, but worth checking out if on sale as this bottle was.

tavernjef, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of Xadoor
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, pale orange from the 11.2oz bottle with a frothy head. Fruity and floral aroma. Sweet yet tart. Citrus, spice and yeast flavours with a crisp dry finish. The higher alcohol level is not really detectable. Definitely a great drinkable beer, but rather expensive to buy in the bar.

Xadoor, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label espouses Belgian Artisianal Blond Ale. 8.0% ABV. Brasserie Caracole.

Nifty Belgian 11.2 oz. Belgian sized bottle pours a hazy peach hued offering topped with a dense cream colored settled cap containing plenty of rising bubbles.

Light scents of tart apple cider and slight bready hints.

First swigs: Totally Belgian yeast strand in yer face with a slight green apple pucker hint. Fluffy cushy carbonated feel mixes well with some spicy bits. Finish is dry and hoppy linger with a yeast reminder.

Last swigs: Vanilla cake. Far from funky and ginger ale hints. Thanks to a nameless fellow BA for the bottle.

Beer is good. Happy Belgian beering.

blitheringidiot, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought a 750ml and drank this out of a Duvel glass.

This beer poured a really nice to a pale gold with a whiter than white fluffy head.

The nose was reminiscent of belgian malts, some twangy fruit and sugar, and some pilsener type aromas.

Sweetness and citrus were really prevalent upfront. There was a hoppy bitterness right in the middle, and the beer finished with a fantastic push of sweet wheat and vanilla malt. Absolutely great complexity.

The mouthfeel was extremely light here, amazing for a beer of 8%abv. As you drank more and more, it became a lot like watery sweet grapefuit juice. This was somewhat of a distraction. There was, at least, a really dry finish, without any memory of any flovor contained in the brew. Lighter than a lot of belgian blonds.

Altogether, there is a terrific drinkability here- combined with a sweet high end twang, it makes this a 750ml that you will not want to share.

andjusticeforale, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of TinusTime
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather bright hazy yellow colour with what seems to be a semi- permanent rocky white head. As the head finally falters one is left with almost iceberg looking outcrops on top of the beer. Smell is a little sweet with notes of lemon peel, some spice (nutmeg, mace). Taste echo's the aroma. Definite lemony citrus and a honeyish sweetness. However there is enough spice, and sublte hops to keep this from being too one sided. Also some wheaty bread notes. Very interesting. Mouthfeel is nice with good carbonation to keep the mouth from becoming disinterested. Drinkability is good as well. Not something I would drink all night, but something I would want to have on hand for when the mood strikes. And as tasty as this was it might strike often.

TinusTime, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of cokes
4.68/5  rDev +20%
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 karengarys
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

karengarys, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of trancefishy
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 750 into a nice large glass with ample space for the enourmous frothy cappuccino like head. beer is a crystal-clear golden colour, absolutley no haze

aroma is peaches, spices, and yeast. faint and quaint.

taste is spot on. it's really subtle and kind of builds up after a few moments. sort of a peaches and cream flavour, very mild hop bitterness and sweetness that feels like it came from honeysuckle flowers. certain yeasty spiciness to it characteristic of the style, and not burdensome tasting at all, much like many belgians i have. the aftertaste reminds me of pancakes somehow, like really good maple syrup and nutmeg. entirely delicious. i do wish that the taste were a bit more, upfront, like, notched up in power about 10%, but, well, beer is subtle like that sometimes. very ephemeral.

mouthfeel is spritzy and smooth. i could drink this all day long.

super tasty brew, i wasn't really expecting to enjoy it so much as i'm not the biggest fan of this style, but, this one surprised me. that snail is way cool.

trancefishy, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of clvand0
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a cloudy yellow color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of citrus/lemon as well as a lot of spices. Very nice. The flavor is exactly like the nose - lots of spices and lemony goodness. Very tasty. Moderated mouthfeel and drinkability is great.

clvand0, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

oberon, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of Andreji
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.68/5  rDev +20%
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
Photo of soper2000
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed Caracole's Amberee so I thought that I'd give this one a shot. Pours a beautiful golden hue with a medium sized white head. Aroma has a nice kick of spice to settle on top of an apple like fruitiness. Both of the Caracole beers that I've had to date have a really interesting earthiness to them. Quite a lot of spice on top of the earthiness. Fruitiness becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Great drinkability. Excellent value to boot. I will definitely be seeing more of this in my future.

soper2000, Mar 21, 2005
Saxo from Brasserie Caracole
88 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.