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Caracole Ambrée - Brasserie Caracole

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205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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 Drew966
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Caracole Amber pours an orange color with a white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit like fruit. There is a nice grain flavor, but that's in the background, a touch of citrus like fruit is more noticeable - but this beer isn't particularly sweet. A touch of clove and a bit of pepper perhaps from the alcohol at the end.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of gmcfarre
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of Risser09
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance: After popping the cap a rush of carbonation shot to the top of the bottle so I quickly poured the contents into my glass. Very tall, white head ensues with tiny, soapy bubbles. The beer is a cloudy golden orange. Looks like a DIPA from where I'm sitting.

Smell: Clean and fruity. Strawberry, orange, sour cherries and cranberries. There is also a funky belgian yeast smell. Kind of musty butmore on the citrus side. Nice.

Taste: Deep and rustic. Dark fruit, like figs and plums. Plenty of dried apricot flavor. This beer tastes like it should be a sour, but it's not quite there yet. A malt backbone rounds out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Smoothe, creamy and biting with zest and a slight alcohol finish. Lots of fun to drink.

Drinkability: Pretty good. It's not the most inviting beer you'll ever had, nor is it outstanding. Try it you should, seek it out you should not.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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

11.2oz, lot G, best before 09, 2008 notched.
Holy carbonation! Poured gently into a 330mL tulip and fit almost half of the bottle. Pale, straw color-nothing close to what I would call amber. Huge, thick head of large, ever replenishing bubbles. Musty, yet sweet aroma. Yeasty, fruit bread. Somewhat phenolic pepper, spice. Apricot upfront, pepper in the finish of the taste. Pleasant, but more pepper than I can remember in other Belgian Strong Pales. Good thing I like pepper! Finish is dry, with black pepper long into the aftertaste. Interesting, one to enjoy again.

Photo of albern
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy orangy and copper color, with a nice head that lasts awhile. The lacing is decent, and this has lots of natural carbonation, especially the first pour out of the bottle. The low scores of previous reviewers is not indicative of this beer, they probably had a bad one. The natural carbonation is pretty evident -- a flat, uninteresting beer this is not. The smell is sweet, malty and very inviting. The taste is on the sweet side, some spices evident, a little fruity in the middle, with a noticeable bite at the end. The mouth feel is strong, due in part to the carbonation, and I found myself taking smaller sips with this one at first. The maltiness is more noticeable than the hopiness. The alcoholy taste evident in strong Belgians is nicely hidden behind the other interesting flavors. This is a very nice Belgian ale, not brilliant, but a quality product nonetheless. L'Chaim.

Photo of zuggy9
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a nice copper amber with a thick head and good lacing. The head retains well. The smells are heavy on fruit with a good amount of hops. The taste is similarly fruity with a nice bitter twinge. The alcohol content is barely noticeable, but it's there. Very smooth and full mouthfeel and quite drinkable.

Photo of jettjon
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml caged cork bottle, marked lot “G” and best before end 3/08. Served at about 50 degrees, decants with a vigorous pop, into cervoise. Honey amber color, somewhat hazy with suspended yeast in bottom of bottle. Tremendous pillowy head even with a careful pour. Slow fade with lots of sticky lace hanging around. Champaign-like fermentation fuels the massive light tan head; pour this one and wait. Nose is quite complex, perfumy, sweet malt dominates, with a spicy coriander and orange, honey, and a bit of astringent alcohol. Solid malt flavor backbone, sweet; lightly spiced with a good hop balance toward the finish. Finishes dry. Good overall. Mouth is solid, good viscosity, slick, smooth, and rich with light carbonation. Drinkability is excellent overall. Highly enjoyable.

Overall: A very solid Belgian Strong Pale. Great appearance, aroma, and body. Heartily recommended.

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

Appearance: Hazy copper color, with a fairly large white head, and thick glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Honey-like, with bananas, apples, oranges, mild hops, and mild spices.

Taste: Quite honey-like at the open, with a moderately spicy character throughout; and a distinct bitter apple and apple peel note also. Finishes with a mild lingering bitterness. Little or not alcohol is notable.

Mouth feel: Smooth, full, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of the style, well-crafted.

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 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 gonzo138
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a rich semi cloudy amber color, great frothy head, retains well, laces beautifully

S- has that typical, but awesome belgian spicey yeast smell, a little sweet, a little citric

T-rich and sweet, a little malty, spicey fruity taste, much like smell

M- nicely carbonated, coats mouth, a little dry

D-another great belgian, like so many others, I would recomend it, wish I could find the other varieties from this brewery

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

A: Bottle fizzed and burst forth with carbonation as soon as I cracked it open. Bubbled over. Filled to the bottom of the "Duvel" label on my glass, head reached two fingers above that. Dark golden color, very carbonated. Transparent.

S: Whiff of Belgian yeast, and a citric tartness. Get a bit of sweet malt, as well. Very appetizing. Bit of banana/hefe aroma as well.

T/M: Malty-sweet with some indeterminate spices and some moderate hefeweizen flavors (orange, banana, clove). A bit of a crisp melon flavor. For the amount of carbonation it had, it's not tingly at all, and has a pretty perfect mouthfeel.

D: With an abv like that, it's not going to be a quencher. It's really drinkable, though (I'd put it in with Duvel as far as the "surprise buzz" factor goes). It's clean, crisp, flavorful and enjoyable. I'd put it just behind Duvel and Delirium Tremens in my list of preferred Strong Pale Ales.

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)

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Photo of fartingdog
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thus far, Caracole can do no wrong in my book.

Poured with yeast sediment from a 330ml bottle.

Slightly fruity/citrousy aroma, intially just a tinge of floral sweetness on the tongue, followed by slightly earthy malt flavors. A tinge of slight tartness is also present. Good carbonation and terribly drinkable. Smooth mouthfeel - actually it's about perfect. I could drink this all day.

Photo of Damian
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cute and well designed bottle graphics.

As for the beer itself: It poured a murky, ruby amber with a huge, white, foamy head. Tons of lacing which stuck en masse to the sides of the glass.

The aroma was subtle. Yeasty and slightly spicy (typical of other good Belgian strong pale ales).

The taste started small but it intensified as it traveled along the palate. Citrusy up front. Wheaty and hoppy on the back end with a smooth, dry, slightly hoppy finish. My only complaint was that the alcohol flavor was a bit too apparent. It did provide a pleasant warming effect however.

Somewhat grainy mouthfeel.

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 EPICAC
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The cork shot out of the bottle when I removed the cage. Pours a hazy ruby-amber with a thick creamy beige head that thins to a persistent half-inch layer. The head readily reemerges upon swirling.

Smell: The nose is yeasty with spicy pepper and a sweet fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet fruitiness upfront spreads into toasty malt flavors in the center. The finish has hints of oranges, with peppery spices, light bitterness and alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium-bodied with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Pleasant flavors and a refreshing driness, with well hidden alcohol.

Overall: This is the second beer from Caracole that I've had, I've been impressed with both.

Photo of longarm
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orange color with huge head of fluffy yellow foam. Some lacing.

Earthy hops, pepper, orange and belgian yeast aroma.

Smooth light malts complemented with bright fruit flavors resembling oranges, pineapple and maybe grapefruit. Some pepper too or am I whack??? Initially sweet, but absolutely no residual sweetness. Great thirst quencher and flavorful delight rolled into one.

Mouthfeel dry with residual alcoholic hit.

Exceptionally easy to drink. A great warmer on a cool Spring day or a cooler in the hot Summer. I couldn't believe how easy this was to drink.

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 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 brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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).

Caracole Ambrée from Brasserie Caracole
88 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.