Caracole Ambrée - Brasserie Caracole

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Caracole

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-06-2002

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Reviews by busterthecat:
Photo of busterthecat
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass. Why does the main description say 8.0% when the label clearly says 7.5%.

A-Pours a dark golden hay. Not much foam that recedes slight film.

S- farmhouse, hay, citrus zest. some dry malt and some funk.

T- Upfront sharp zest. smooth toasted malts under citrus rind, some spice. Light funk. flavors blend and wind together nicely.

M- Full bodied. Lingers well. dry, not to heavy. Enjoyable.

D- high. light alcohol presence. Bottle was gone too quickly.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of deebo
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ADR
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of soper2000
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.

Photo of cokes
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of ElGordo
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of RickS95
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of MaineBirdMan
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Filosoof
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Franchise
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering from Caracole pours a deep foggy orange leaving a thick white head that stays frothy and clings to the glass. The aroma is sweet orange, citrus fruit, spiced sangria type aromas.

The taste is amazing, some fruity esters followed by a nice Belgian tartness on the tongue. The hop presence is suttle, nice earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth, bubbly carbonation. The taste continues with some honey, herbal, citrus notes, hay, grass, just some great complex aromas.

This is a tasty offering from Caracole, I'll have to pick up another bottle of this and def some other styles as well.

Photo of goochpunch
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy peach with some moderately active carbonation and a creamy white head that maintains a sturdy body. Leaves some sheet like lacing. The overall presence of this makes me think of a saison. I like it. Aromas of apples, bananas, a little mango, spicy yeast, and faint hops. Tons of caramel as well. Flavor is mostly of the malts that sat more in the background in the aroma, along with some spicy and slightly musty yeast tones. The fruit is all still there. Touch of grain. Alcohol hardly there. Finishes rather dry. Light and bubbly like champagne sets off the flavor profile just right. This is incredibly flavorful and refreshing. Great drinkability.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark caramel orange with a slight foamy tan head that left a slight sticky lacing around the rim.

S: Caramel and oranges for aroma with some funky fruitiness.

T: The flavor opens with a nice hop spiciness, light bread, sweet caramel, toffee and oranges. Huge spicy cola nut flavoring with some candy sugar sweetness. A lingering funky fruitiness of pears and apple sauce were also detected. Oranges, sweet rich caramel malt stand out the most.

M: Very smooth texture, with a strong carbonation factor. Body is light to medium in fullness. Very smooth, some alcohol upon warming and a rich silky taste and finish.

D: A great drinking beer, smooth and worthy of future purchases.

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork pops loudly, and wisps of smoke waft out. Aromas of pear and plum are the first I recognize. A fine foam creeps to the edge of the glass, and slowly settles. Gorgeous irregular lacing...

Musty Belgian yeast comes out in the first sip, somewhat malty and fruity. An earthy herbal note cameos briefly in the aftertaste, reminded me of roasted chestnuts. My cousin thought it was like fresh mint. Fairly dry finish. Nicely balanced, my second favorite from Caracole after Nostradamus.


Photo of Darkale
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce/330 ml bottle, purchased as a single, brown glass, with a beautiful white label depicting a standing (?) snail before a single candle.

Thick, frothy, creamy head, with very small bubbles. Head eventually recedes to a 1/4 inch layer that will not die. Aroma is yeasty, spicy, and slightly musty. Body is a cloudy and barely translucent orange-brown.

Decently carbonated malt and spice taste -- dull, burning spice. Slightly chewy, slightly bitter and sour aftertaste.

Caracole is one of my favorite Belgian breweries. This beer does not disappoint.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a cloudy orange haze with an exploding off-white head that has maintains its staying power for a relatively long time. As this beer passes its life away it leaves us with some beautiful and large amounts of laceing.

Smell: The aromas are quite nice. Has a tyipcal Belgian yeast note with some over fruitiness with the main fruit being apricot and mango. Has a subtle alcohol in the nose along with a spicy maltiness.

Taste: This has a simple taste to it and yet I seem to be drawn in by its unclarity. Fruits as described above seem to play the biggest role in the flavor. Along with a hefeweizen bannana maltiness and a nice amount of alcohol presence. Fresh grassy hops can be detected as well but seems to be put on the back burner each swallow, due to the fruity belgian yeasts and malt character that overrides them. Not bad at all, impressed if not anything.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel seems to be slightly slick, a little grainy and extremely carbonated with a medium body.

Drinkability: I would definitely recommend you try this if you have not had. It is not a beer I could drink everyday but one I could revisit many times. Cant wait to try the others from this brewery.


Photo of MJR
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This appears to be the same export version of Caracole Amber (8%abv) that Marc77 reviewed, so here we go...

Appearance: Pours an amber/light brown body that allows no light penetration...yeah, it's opaque! Like the other Caracole brews I reviewed tonight, this one starts with a massive head that shrinks down to a respectable cap that leaves good lacing down the glass.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by citrus fruits, along with a slight sweetness. I could be picking up on a touch of lactic tartness, or I could be insane...they're both strong possibilities.

Taste: The flavor is packed full of the citrus fruit flavor that took over the aroma. There's a touch of spiciness (pepper?) buried deep in there, as well as a soft bready character. The flavors seem to meld together towards the end, and sharpen a bit. The alcohol is well-hidden and the little bit that does show up comes across as rounded and in the background. Finishes with a touch of hop bitterness. There's a nice combination of fruity esters and maltiness in this brew, and I think it's well balanced with the hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin bodied with a dry mouthfeel that finishes with a mild acidic bite.

Drinkability: Excellent. Caracole really seems to score high in the drinkability area, as all of their beers that I've tried are complex and full-flavored, but go down easy and just beg for another sip. Good stuff here!

Photo of TexIndy
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a best by date into my NB snifter. Had a huge head, easily 3 fingers, that lasted a long time. Good lacing throughout the drink. Tons of carbonation. Smell had that classic Belgian sweet smell to it with hints of the alcohol to come. Color was a cloudy amber with a lot of yeast floating around in it. Really enjoyed the taste but it varied between bordering on too much alcohol to just right. Got better as I got number and finished strong. It's a pricey bottle and rumors are that Carcole is leaving the Texas market so might not have this again for awhile but would recommend and try again. (4,RB,T,Y)

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Caracole Ambrée from Brasserie Caracole
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