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Caracole Ambrée - Brasserie Caracole

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88
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Reviews: 144
Hads: 215
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Caracole
Belgium

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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber body with a frisky head that leaves lacing all over the place

Smell: Caramel, Candi sugar, pale fruit, balsa wood and coconut

Taste: Starts out with a nice caramel malt base with a tart fruity entrance from the hops, mid-palate; peppery, pithy and chalky on the finish

Mouthfeel: A touch thin, but effervescent

Drinkability: Some very nice flavor action going on here; a little bigger mouthfeel would put this one over the top (469 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, another great Belgian beer. Terrifically sweet with complex malts, candies, honeys, and spices throughout the nose and flavor. Abundant carbonation, but not overdone; along with the alcohol, plays tremendously in the mouth. This one is a bit unique because of the granny smith apple flavors present in the body and rides into the finish. Medium, sweet, and complex in the finish. A fair drying quality. A bit earthy and tart in the aftertaste. Would definately recomend. (475 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Recommended... (504 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mildly cloudy rustic orange capped by a buff colored head of stiff, airy foam that leaves little lace. The pleasantly spicy, yeasty nose is one of the more enjoyable (for the style) in recent memory. The yeasties don't make the mistake of overpowering the fruitiness of the nose, but instead, work in tandem with it. No alcohol is evident; surprising given the ABV.

On the palate, Ambree is a wonderful melange of flavors that combine seamlessly. One word that comes to mind is organic. Not in the 'free of pesticides and additives' sense, but in the 'unified, well-organized' sense. Sweet and bitter vie for supremacy with neither getting the upper hand.

Clove and white pepper cannot be ignored, but don't bury the other flavors under a blanket of spice, as occasionally happens in beer of this style. The finish is wonderfully long and consists of clove-spiked, sweet, musky fruit (peaches and apricots). A generous amount of carbonation livens up the proceedings without even approaching the limits of tolerance.

The theme that Caracole Ambree embraces can be summed up in one word: power. This is incredibly flavorful beer with an ABV that invites sipping (the better to appreciate its myriad charms). It was a pleasure to consume and was a pleasant surprise. The bottom of the glass came much too soon. (1,318 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A few seconds after I removed the cage, the cork liberated itself violently, but fortunately there was no gushing. The beer pours with a small, off white head that disappears quickly and leaves virtually no lace. The body is a hazy amber-brown with some orange highlights.

S - Malty with some toasted notes and a bit of acetic sourness in the background.

T - Malty sweetness up front along with a bit of musty funk and some peppery yeast notes. A big toasted malt note in the finish along with minor sourness and some bitterness to balance.

M - High carbonation, a medium to slightly chewy body, and a nice, dry finish.

D - While this beer is not overly complex, it is well put together and quite satisfying. The aroma is has just enough going on to keep things interesting, while the flavor comes together with excellent balance and a level of dryness that makes for a very drinkable beer.

I see this pairing well with savory, but mild, foods; and for some reason I can't help but think of trying this with turkey and stuffing. I am definitely going to pick up another bottle of this to try on thanksgiving. (1,117 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber in color, only slightly cloudy. The lace is very sticky, but the head dissipates quickly.

The smell is clean, almost polished. Quite light in aroma for a Belgian. I like it because it is lacking the "barnyard" smells I'm used to in Belgians.

Lots of oranges and other citrus flavors. Slight sourness, particularly in the aftertaste. Good body and typically high carbonation.

A clean Belgian ale--well balanced and flavorful (446 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed, amber-y coloration, long-lasting head, a creamy puddle of whitish moss...

Nose has that uplifting buzz that comes from yeast and hops that only occurs in fine Belgian ales...spices and round, fresh, dark fruits abound here, in a zesty blend...I like it, I like it...

A blitz in the mouth, as well, a shimmering shower of hops and spice on the tongue...apples, melons, kumquats, (why not?)...a beautiful beer, with a relaxing effect. Possesses that special unearthly quality found in better Belgians, that makes the uninitiated cry, "this isn't beer." Oh, yes, it is, Sonny-Jim, better get up to speed, right-quick!

Ful bodied, long, lingering, yeasty/hoppy finish, bright and lovely...that's how I'd put it. And yet another reason to adore the Caracole Brewery and the fine folks out there in Falmignoul.

Half the 750ml bottle is left...excuse me, while I relax with some Coltrane and let the world fade away! (928 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Appearance- Dark orange or light amber colored pour. Full inch head which limits off at 1/4 inch and remains. Very nice lace sheeting.

Smell- A bit sour in the nose. Maybe a slight saison scent. Not really barnyard, but that light sour funk. Floral and lemon zest scents as well.

Taste- Hmmm, not sour at all. Sweeter malt base with a light caramel flavor. Maybe some dark fruits as well. Plums? Tasty.

Mouthfeel- A bit creamy and a bit heavier mouthfeel. Lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Have had this one before and remember liking it. Quenching and a nice flavored brew. (767 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy amber-copper color that is topped by a tan head. Aromas of musty coriander, cider, raisins, hint of alcohol, and a general fruitiness are found in the nose. This beer is well carbonated and spritzy. The taste is spicy up front with a bit of sweetness that peeks past the initial spritzy carbonation. This beer finishes with a an astringency and a hint of musty cobwebs. I purposely swirl my glass to release some of the intense carbonation. The beer becomes much softer and notes of apple come to the fore. The sweetness picks up a bit as well. There are some nice spicy notes here (a dry pepperiness is part of this), as well as notes of orange. This is a very well made interesting beer. (710 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 75cl cork and caged bottle, opened and consummed 31st Jan 09.

Poured into three different chalices, the last one getting the sediment.

Very impressed with this fine amber beer, typical Belgian feel to it, full bodied, rich and wholesome. Good spicey aroma, with hops and yeast coming through too. The last chalice had everything you'd want from an Amber, but with an attitude, great beer.

I drove past the brewery last summer, but its visitor centre was closed (it was too early in the day) and I couldn't hang around, pity. This is the third beer I've reviewed from them and I've enjoyed them all. (607 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a healthy head that sticks around and leaves some spotty lacing. The smell is relatively light, but with typical Belgian yeast flavors of light clove, banana and also a light bready aroma. The flavor is also fairly light, but with some nice flavors. Smooth and crisp upfront with some dry breadiness and some lightly pronounced dark fruit followed by some banana, spice, and candi sugar. A late hit of fairly restrained bitterness. A pleasant, nicely quaffable brew. (491 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks again for the opportunity! Pours a slightly cloudy deep amber color with a huge fluffy white head that prevents pouring the 11.2 oz in one shot. Smells of candy and brown sugars, spicy, yeasty, fruity nose. Taste is sweet and malty with candied fruits, figs, orange marmalade, caramel and hints of spice. Sweeter than I expected, but tasty in its complexity. I don't get a whole lot of that Belgian yeast twang, but really I'm ok with that. Spirited level of carbonation, medium body with a sweet sherry like mouthfeel. I probably would have never bought this for myself, sadly I would have missed out because I really enjoyed this one. (676 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Kooper's in Fells Point the other day.

The beer pours an amber orange color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose the beer smells fairly sweet, but with some nice orange and honey, and plenty of spice. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though they're not quite as intense as the aroma. The beer is at least moderately sweet, but with enough hoppy bitterness to keep the beer from coming across as heavy or tiring. Mouthfeel is medium sweet and drinkability is pretty good. Again, the touch of hoppy bitterness on the finish I think helps somewhat.

A very nice, easy to enjoy Belgian amber from this always reliable brewery. (678 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a wimpy white head that stays, leaving a little lace. Moderate carbonation. Cloudy pale, amber color, nose is a fruity, spicy ginger ale. Malty but taste is raisiny. Finish is a mellow malt/hop. Medium bodied and very smooth be wary of this the label has the ABV at 8%. (280 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice cloudy orange color; thin white head and light lacing. Sweet malt, citrus, light fruit and spice aroma. Flavor is an interesting mixture of sour and sweet light fruit with Belgian yeast spicing excellently blended. Medium bodied. Very complex and pleasant to drink. (338 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is beautiful copper with some haze. The large tan head is kind of soapy/foamy and sinks into nice lacings after a while.

S: Yeasty, Belgian style. Dry, almost all the sweetness is gone. Lots of fruity notes as well as faint spices.

T: Even dryer taste than smell. Very dry, almost sour - reminds me of a mild Geueze. Then there's lots of fruit and yeast (no brett though).

M: Long sour, bitter aftertaste. Body is mild to medium while carbonation is quite offensive.

O: A refreshing beer that has lots in common with dry cider. Complex. (550 characters)

Photo of bark
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

7.5 % ABV according to label.

The beer makes a loud pop when I open the bottle. The beer is pale amber (20 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick compact head is off-white. No lacing occurs.

The smell is phenolic with distinct notes of Belgian yeast. Dried exotic fruits, some bananas and red berries. Lots of sweet candy-like notes, but no toffee (diacetyl). Some bitter hints in the background. Very clean notes.

The taste is less sweet than the smell, it is almost semi-dry. Mixed exotic fruits, red berries, blac currant, some yeast and hints of fruit candy. The aftertaste got some light clean bitterness, green vegetables, minerals and some leather and alcohol in the finish.

The carbonation is very strong, but at the same time very smooth. The liquid is mid-smooth.

A very clean and balanced Belgian amber. Not the most complex one, though. Still it is quite enjoyable. (890 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a cloudy Orange-Amber color with the head mastodonic in size and the texture semi-creamy also a brilliant white color, the residual lace forms a husky sheets to obscure the glass. Nose is sweet malt and also some over ripe fruit tones; I say pineapple also a tad of yeast, quite sniffable. Front begins sweet with a nice malt presence, the top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is surpassingly acidic and the hops perfection in their spiciness, aftertaste desert bone dry, a quite drinkable beer and well worth the try. (548 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.63/5  rDev -33.4%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Aug 4th, 2003: This beer was a pleasant surprise. Dark golden-amber with a medium off-white head. Thin lacing. Aroma is well-spiced, with some wheat, citrus and vanilla thrown in as well. Medium-bodied with caramel, spice (cinnamon), fruit and malt flavors. The finish is long and smooth and a little on the sweet side. Overall a very drinkable Belgian. (399 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, hazy amber with a billowing white head. This beer has a nice unfiltered look about it.

S: A combination of earthy hops, caramel, apple skin, and subtle spices is present on the nose. These scents blend pleasantly as the beer warms.

T: Opens sweet and fruity with notes of apple skin, caramel, oranges in syrup, spice, dark bread, and earthy hops. The finish is clean and long with flavors of earthy Styrian Goldings, caramel, and orange dominating.

M: Medium-to-full bodied with a slick, yet mildly prickly feel to it. Heavier than it feels.

O: I was really impressed by this beer. Among Belgian strong ambers, this one is a keeper. (653 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft orange haze with a small white cap of foam. Minimal lacing in spots slowly slipping back in with some sticking.

Aroma is of very soft lemon candy and orange pith with a medium earthy, musty yeast underneath. Strange burnt cabbage notes mingle within the yeast as well making for one weird display on the nose.

Flavors are tame and pretty mellowed out with a musty lemon and orange play touching some pith and juicey notions with light sugary sweetness that's obscurely dulled . Apple mush, buttered corn bread, and uncrispened grasses make some appearances along with a partail mushroomy yeast.

Feel is quite quick with a stable carbonation thats fuller on the trailing end. Seems shy of medium body overall with a smoothened crispness to it.

Nothing to exciting but it sure goes down real easy. I consider it to be one of those nice-to-look-at and nice-to-drink kinda Belgains, but aroma wise and flavor wise it needs some broadening. (954 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, weird barleywine/chocolate smell from the last filthy, yeasty ounce left in the bottle. The beer itself smells musty, funky, and weirdly similar to barleywine, a real sniffer. The taste is grainy, sweet, and like barleywine but almost too grainy. The next flavors that hit me are candy, and fruit. I must have the actual delirium tremens because this seems like a Belgian barleywine to me, yikes! Watch out for the elephants! The mouthfeel is a little thin but damn this is a crazy beer and I like it. What’s the story behind the cartoon snail? Please google that and kill yourself. (588 characters)

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Caracole Ambrée from Brasserie Caracole
88 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.