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Caracole Ambrée - Brasserie Caracole

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BA SCORE
88
very good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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 10-06-2002)
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Reviews by Flashyspoons:
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Flashyspoons, Feb 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

aszatk01, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

Warning: Take care opening this treat as the head is tyrannical.

A – Peach Body, huge white lacing with peach splotching. Heavy in orange sediment.

N – Belgian yeasts, cabbage, cilantro, apricot, melon. Pepper finish.

T – Sweet w/bitter finish. Peppered. Spicy with some nice orange peals.

MF – Spritzy to say the least. Medium body with a carbonation that blasts the mouth.

D – Despite the crazy head and mad carbonation this one is as downable as they come.

Yum… well worth a try.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

This Caracole began foaming down the bottle as soon as I opened it. No lack of carbonation here! Body is a hazed, apricot color with a large and dense, rocky, ivory head that has good longevity. A considerable amount of patchy lace is left on the tulip glass.

Aroma begins with a malty dose of caramel and brown sugar. Overripe bananas quickly jump in, as does a prominent spice presence of clove and coriander.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit overcarbonated.

Taste is well balanced, with malted caramel lasting all the way to the finish. The caramel dominance is constantly challenged, first by a bitter, yeasty presence, then by herbal hops. Some overripe banana and citrus rind add to the complexity. The alcohol content is cleverly concealed, but you will feel it afterwards. The finish is dry, with a bitter, but pleasant, yeasty aftertaste.

A very well balanced Belgian, artisinal, amber ale. Very enjoyable, even if somewhat overcarbonated.

merlin48, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of deebo
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

I've had this one on tap in Bruges a couple years ago and remember liking it so brought a bottle back with me from latest trip.

33 cl bottle marked as lot F with a BB date of 12/2013. Poured into a pokal glass this beer is lively with a couple thick fingers of a white bubbly head that recedes to a thin layer that laces the glass a bit. A hazy amber with orange hues.

Aromas of spicy phenols, floral honey, and orange peel on top of a grainy malt character. Very nice.

Taste is clean malt with a very slight toastiness, heavy on spicy phenols with just a hint of typical Belgian yeast esters that reminds me of bitter orange. A slight hop linger that is mostly spicy with a little bitter oily bite.

Mouthfeel is on the high end of carbonation which works well in this beer to carry all the flavors. A soft finish with a bit of zing and just a hint of bitterness. Moderate malt mouthfeel with little alcohol bite.

Overall this is a refreshing and very enjoyable Belgian brew. I'd be glad to drink this one regularly. Nice beer.

deebo, May 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Janeinma, Mar 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

wo87810, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Dark peach color, sedimented but slightly luminous overall. Greeen-tinged milky head, sets up at 1/4 of an inch in a minute. Laces generously on a tulip glass. Aroma of fruit, a bit of unripe banana with apple skins and light grass. Body is lighter, but the carbonation is as well, slightly silky in impression. Interesting flavor, quite a bit more understated than the aroma and not as bright. Dark -- similar to prune juice with an faint ashy bitter and dried leaf hop sense. Alcohol seems moderate but noticeable. The beer works pretty well, subtly estery but not overly fruity with a mouthfeel that adds to the overall drinkability.

ADR, Mar 28, 2005
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

750ml caged and corked bottle. I always like Caracole’s label art. This one has a cool little snailesque being standing over a candle.

Nice light foamy off-white head. Beautiful amber body. Modest retention and lace. Aromas of grass, berry and citrus fruit, floral hops and cork earthiness. A very complex nose for a snail. Crisp up front in the mouth but moves to toasted and caramel malt flavors. A touch of sweetness, some oak notes and hop bitterness as well. Light to medium in body. Champagne-like carbonation gives it crispness and carries the flavors. Despite the carbonation it finishes fairly smooth, but a little drying.

A bit too much carbonation for me, but the flavors and aroma are well balanced and complex.

Shovelbum, Nov 15, 2005
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

ltdantheman, Aug 10, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

After struggling with the bottle cap for some time (man that thing didn't want to come off), I finally decant (w/o the yeast) into my gulden draak tulip. Even with careful decanting it pours a hazy orange with a 2 finger white head. Nose is yeasty with hints of spice and and light fruity aromas. Taste was not what I was expecting. Delicate aroma but taste was in your face, but in a good way. I get a lot of earthy spices which fight with the fruity yeast for dominance, but out of nowhere a massive wood like flavor cuts through. Outstanding beer, although quite fatiguing on the palate.

soper2000, Dec 04, 2004
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3.43/5  rDev -12.7%

Caracole

Appearance- dark amber brown with a huge thick head. Nice lacing down the glass.
Smell- sweet and fruity. Grape, spices (pepper, vanilla) Malt, & dirty earty hops.
Taste- bubbly and light. Alcohol is present in the taste. Mild raisin flavor with hints of caramel malt and earthy/ woodsy hops.
Mouthfeel- carbonated but light. Alcohol hits you early but a nice warming finish.

Overall- not too shabby. Sat around casually sipping this one while talking with the family. Won't knock your socks off but it was mildly good.

NJpadreFan, Mar 05, 2006
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev 0%

Honey colored, though slightly toasted and obscured by particles. The head alone is worth staring at for many minutes. It raises full of grandiosity and pomp, then sticks and holds with the texture and color of whipped milk.
On the nose, it's all dusty peaches and melons, backed by cilantro and clove. And there are pine nuts here too.
It enters the mouth with an arid, pale maltiness; a biscuit sensation that gradually lands upon fruit. It's not the acute fruity ripeness that many others possess. Rather, this displays its nectars cloaked in a shroud of peppery linen and chalk dust. Underneath, there lurks - or MAY lurk- honeyed mangos, reduced red apples, pears, and plantains. Spicing is forcefully sedate (in fact, "forcefully sedate" might be the best way to sum this up in its entirety). Pepper is here, and it’s cracked, and it’s all over. Clove too, and coriander. Basically, the holy triumvirate of Belgo-spices is manifest. It wraps up with a sweetened, bitter orange peel essence (perhaps its first truly identifiable fruit notion), and some drying leaf hops. And no trace of alcohol.
It retains a spritzy yet substantiated body. It seems, at points, dilute. But it's not.
I'm not enamored by this completely. But its utter ease of consumption creates an incapacitating summer quaffer.

cokes, Jul 13, 2004
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

330 mL bottle with excellent snail graphic.

Intriguing, hazy burnt-orange in color with soda pop-like carbonation and and a quickly dissipating head (again, like a soft drink).

Soft, fruity aroma with caramalized sugar sweetness all over the nose. Yeast and light sweetness dominate the flavor, which fades into a nice, dry finish and a warm, alcoholic aftertaste.

This is pretty good, but relatively common. Worth a try, though.

RockyTopHeel, Oct 27, 2004
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Orange flavour creamy yeasty middle-of-road refreshing delight. Not a big beer, just a fine offering by a great brewery, with a big enough bottle that must be shared. Fine yeast and lace and golden colour. Yeasty fruity aroma. Satisfying and easy mouthfeel.

Sammy, Jul 24, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip. Best before "End, 2011."

Princeton orange body, lightly hazy with faint amber highlights. An immense rocky champagne head recedes slowly to a lasting half finger of foam. Thick lacing drops away quickly; no legs (the ABV is listed as 7.5% for this batch rather than 8%).

Yeast and malt aromatics are potent - suggesting orange, sourdough starter, honey, chamomile, coriander, white pepper, and candi sugar. Very inviting with a subtle complexity.

Fruity, sweet palate entry suggesting nectarine, honey, and light caramel. Phenolics are prominent, suggesting a variety of spices from pepper to nutmeg. Pale/pils malt adds a crispness, while noble hop notes lend an herbal component to the aforementioned spices. Dry, bread-crust and clay-laden finish with a distinctive yeast profile. Like all great Belgian unpasteurized ales, this one has the quality of being "alive."

Effervescent, medium-bodied, and creamy mouthfeel. More refreshing than warming, though the suggestion of spice as well as the ABV encourage contemplation vs. chugging.

Pairs well with certain cheeses, and I wouldn't hesitate to serve this with escargot...

augustgarage, Nov 05, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Presented in a 750ml bottle with champagne cork. Cool snail artwork. Pours a lightly hazy light amber color with golden highlights. The ample stark white head is nice and creamy. Carbonation is adequate, but this could stand to have some more bubbles. Aroma of light, bready sweet malt, some confectioner's sugar, spicy Belgian yeast, and a touch of must. Palate is a little sweet, a little citrusy. Not too much like many other Belgian ales I've had, but still nice. Various spices from the yeast emerge on the finish. Body is a little thin, but nice and creamy. Goes down nice and easy, you'd never know it's an 8% beer (until you've finished the bottle).

ElGordo, Jan 15, 2006
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Not quite as dark as some others, but pours a rich mahogany. The head is thin and fleeting, but an attractive off-tan color that leads to a creamy froth left on top.

An inviting smell of raisin, heavy malt notes, caramel, dark fruits and spices, with a slight alcohol note as well.

Taste is very similar to smell with all the smells accounted for on the tongue, but a welcome addition of some chocolate at well.

Mouthfeel is deep and complex. It's sweet and spicy, a slight bitterness in the dry, cleansing finish. Everything is good, but the feel is a bit watered down or loose, not tight like some other Belgians. Medium-bodied.

A really good beer. All the pieces are there, just a loose end or two. Would make for a great dessert beer or nightcap.

RickS95, Dec 18, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -12.7%

Poured out of a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Very interesting artwork on the label; props to them for some originality.

A: Light amber in color and clear. White head dissipated rather quickly and did not lace at all.

S: Not much on the nose. A little bit of malt and some faint alcohol as well, which was a tad disappointing, though not entirely unexpected. Yeast became more prominent as the brew warmed up.

T: Malty with hints of fruits (pears came to mind immediately). Any alcohol taste was well hidden (thank goodness). Very faint spice notes as well, cinnamon if I had to guess. I also detected some sweet sugar/candy notes, bordering on too much, but never crossing the line.

M: Light to medium body. Nicely carbonated which helps to push things around.

D: Average. Carbonation helps and it finishes reasonably clean. I was hoping it would go down a bit smoother though...

I bought this on a whim and I'm glad I did, if for no other reason than it was a relatively uncomplicated beer. This allowed me to pick apart its characteristics with ease. This is definitely not a stand-alone beer, but may pair well with a hearty meat dish. Worth a try, but I doubt I'll buy it again.

PirateUlf73, Dec 20, 2008
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3.2/5  rDev -18.6%

Very interesting label on the bottle.
11.2 oz bottle.
poured with inch head. Made the mistake of pouring into a pint glass. Lost some of the aroma.
Was a little cloudy. Burnt amber (more towards the amber side).
Some fruit on the nose
Very sweet tasting. Some hops but not too much.
Nice on the palate. Not too much carbonation.
Very easy to drink. I was surprised at the alcohol content because I couldn't really notice any. But it is 7.5% so watch out when they keep going down.

MaineBirdMan, Nov 16, 2009
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3.38/5  rDev -14%

Being a great fan of Saxo and Troublette, I was glad to open this bottle. This gladness disappeared very quickly. And the disappointment was so big that I didn't finish my glass. You will understand what happened to the bottle.

Looks very good. Smell is that of a strong amber, with sweet sugary tones. The taste is that of a sweet amber, maybe king of ambers. But as amber is not my style, this could not turn me over.

Filosoof, Sep 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Seaba, Feb 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

beerFool28607, Mar 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

zonker17, Jul 11, 2012
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Caracole Ambrée from Brasserie Caracole
88 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.