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Caracole Ambrée - Brasserie Caracole

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BA SCORE
88
very good

198 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 198
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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1.5/5  rDev -61.8%

kvnstfrd, May 23, 2013
Photo of guinnessman
2.05/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was disappointed with this one. Poured with absolutely no head, with a reddish orange color with a musty smell. Tasted like bubble gum, and a hint of raspberries on the tail end. With almost no carbonation and a thick coating mouthfeel that I was not pleased with.

guinnessman, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.08/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish color with a whole lot of dark floaties like the beer has some serious age on it. There was about a quarter inch head when poured aggressively that only retained for a minute or less. I don't notice any bubbles rising.

Aroma: Very mild aroma. There is a little bit of sweetness and a few fruity esters noticeable at first. There is a bit of a sherry note that I imagine is from the alcohol.

Taste: There is some definite cardboard working in the flavor of this beer. Something happened to it...or it is just really old. Other than this the beer is a bit syrupy on the palate with no carbonation. The finish is slightly sweet, but somehow still manages to be astringent.

Opinion: Well, obviously I got a stinker with this one. I don't know if this is just a bad bottle or what, but I will inspect the rest of the four-pack for the floaties that were so plentiful in this beer...maybe that will be an indication of the condition of the brew. There is no date code on the bottle. As with any beer that presents itself in a bad light like this, I would like to try it again when a fresher example presents itself.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of HevvyMetalHippie
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

HevvyMetalHippie, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of stcules
2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bottle we sample was 8.0% ABV, and not 7.2%.

Amber colour, abundanty foam, with some bubbles a little too big.
Smell of yeast, herbaceous, dry grass. Quite fresh, with some flowers, honey and spices.
At the taste: yeast, tea leaves. Quite bitter, and spicy (pepper). Maybe a little too spicy.
The spices are too present, and it is difficult to feel anything else in the taste.
Medium-light body.
A little unbalanced.

stcules, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/28/2006 (bottle):

Pours a golden brownish colored body, with a big head that is white and Fluffy, with good lacing, and is long lasting. Has a flowery alcoholy aroma, strong, with some fruit. A light nutty taste, watery. Not much else to say, a light Belgian style ale.

jujubeast6000, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of GRUUMSH
2.75/5  rDev -30%

GRUUMSH, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of mkennedy119
3/5  rDev -23.7%

mkennedy119, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -23.7%

rderedin, Jan 14, 2012
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.

MaineBirdMan, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of byronic
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

byronic, Apr 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Simone, Oct 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Hellpop65, Apr 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

WDJersey, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of hwwty4
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 12/08.

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my New Belgium globe. I bought this bottle in a 99 cent old beer sale at one of my local beer stores. I figured this had a chance of being tasty even after 4 years past its best by date. This beer pours a really pretty burnt tangerine with a decent 3 inch fluffy white head that leaves zero lacing whatsoever. The head quickly goes away. Zero retention. The aroma is interesting. Big notes of caramel and burnt sugar. Underneath is just a hint of green apple. Nice notes of toasted bread. The flavor is up front constitutes much of the nose. Dominated by burnt sugar and caramel. Notes of nutty bread and dark fruits. Quite a bit of date and fig for the style of beer. A whole lot of burnt sugar. The mouthfeel is light with a prickly carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. Maybe a bit past its prime but tasty none the less.

hwwty4, Oct 05, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz bottle into pint glass.

A-Dark amber, transparent, with a thick white head.

S- Dried apricots was the first thing that came to mind.... maybe a little spice, malt.

T-Sweet citrus, malt. Maybe a bit of raisin or prunes. The alcohol was masked very well, even as it warmed a bit.

M-Pretty smooth, I expected it to be over-tingly from the carbonation.

D-Not my cup of tea, but if it was on tap at a bar I'd have one or two.

ScottUCF84, Mar 09, 2008
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3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Tall pillowy meringue head. Very active carbonation. Color is a hazy apricot orange.
Smell is sweet with the candy sugar and has a musty yeast aroma. Taste is like a peach, spiced a little bit of black pepper, coriander, and some kind of mint.
Mouthfeel is light with a brisk carbonation. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the finish.

bort11, Nov 03, 2007
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3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into the proper glassware - a Caracole tulip!

A - Pours a nice cloudy orange-ish amber color with a massive frothy off white head. Head hangs out for a good while, although lacing is surprisingly minimal.

S - Pleasant, sweet scent with strong Belgian yeast-inspired spices. Cloves certainly come to mind. Touch of sweet fruit, such as peach, orange and perhaps plum. Smell seems kindof faint, however.

T & M - Starts off sweet on the palate with a good dose of carbonation. Medium body floods the mouth but hits you with a strange acidity that is somewhat unpleasant. Fruits get lost in the mix, but spices contribute strongly to the acidity. Finish is slightly drying, but its seems my mouth is still ringing from the acidity of this brew.

D - Not my favorite Belgian Strong Pale Ale. A bit aggressive with flavor profiles that don't really make me think of the style. Expect something a bit darker than many of the style, with a bit more spice than fruit flavor.

gmcfarre, Aug 09, 2007
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3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2002.
Appearance: amber colour, foam compact light well
Smell: aromas of hops
Taste and mouthfeel: slightly spicy in the mouth, roasting and bitterness balanced, a few hints of liquorice
Drinkability: a good beer in the style strong Belgian pale ale

Review added 11-25-2007, translated from french 2-1-2008.

thierrynantes, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of Filosoof
3.38/5  rDev -14%
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.

Filosoof, Sep 25, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

PirateUlf73, Dec 20, 2008
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3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a deep red, quite hazy, but with a strong finger of head on top. Just the right amount of carbonation to make the murky dark amber crested through out.

Smell is bready fruits, more cherry like than anything, with a sense of phenols dying away. Time brought a spicy overlay with odd fruity scents on occasion. (odd as in hard to describe but interesting). The flavor follows suit with plenty of just-sweet caramel flavors over a full mouth of malt and yeast borne fruitiness buried underneath. Unfortunately the alcohol hums hard and combines with a bare acidity to create a not-so-fun effect on the stomach. Spicy finish of light peppery, alcohol, and the vestiges of hops.

A nice Belgian. Wouldn't pick it up again unless there was nothing better to choose from.

nomad, Oct 16, 2005
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3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lager orange color. The smell is really nice...a blend of sweet/fruity (apricot, grapes) and subtle peppery spices.

Taste is heavy on malts - more than I expected. There is a citrus/fermented fruit quality that gives it a tart bite. It is very smooth and full in the mouth.

Overall, I'd say this an excellent beer to drink with a salad or some light cheeses. Its pretty good.

GuinnessSmurf, Jan 02, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

aszatk01, Sep 15, 2013
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Caracole Ambrée from Brasserie Caracole
88 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.