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Caracole Ambrée - Brasserie Caracole

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very good

196 Ratings
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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

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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Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Back label has notches indicating best before end 03 2013.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch head that meanders away to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Average lacing.

S- Belgian yeast and caramel malts along with a hint of booze and spice.

T- Very even amounts of Belgian yeast providing a banana flavor, toasty malts that accentuate the sweetness and a kiss of spice. There's also a trace amount of wet cardboard taste as it warms. Alcohol is present only in short tings.

M- Light and somewhat watery but with a substantial body to pull things through. Medium-low carbonation is more on the low side.

O- Not as outstanding as Troublette, but still quite good. Can't wait to review Nostrodomus

Immortale25, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of dalecooper
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

dalecooper, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of ZDePaolo
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

ZDePaolo, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -23.7%

rderedin, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of FeliciousDoyle
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

FeliciousDoyle, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Evil_Pidde, Dec 22, 2011
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.

RickS95, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of wo87810
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

wo87810, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +1.8%

rekel, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of clegolfski
4/5  rDev +1.8%

clegolfski, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +1.8%

corby112, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of bark
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

bark, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

mrfrancis, Oct 07, 2011
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
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
Photo of rarbring
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thee beer is hazy light amber, an off-white even head, little lacing, some curtains.

The smell is yeasty, Belgian yeasty, spices, cardamom, some sweet sugar nuances.

Starting sweet, bread and syrup, hard bread, spicy bitter notes.

Little carbonation, slightly coarse with a big body, a long dry finish.

A rather standard Belgian strong, a bit on the coarse side.

rarbring, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

johnnnniee, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of ThaCreep
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of brown sugar and yeast with a slightly fruity touch to own belgian pale ales. Typical color of amber. Entry on the palate with a spicy Styrian hops well controlled. Spices - coriander, cloves - they are very present and they persist in the palace and a beautiful way until the finish. Light and round at a time, easy to drink, it has only a slight if not a bit greasy. Belgian beer.

ThaCreep, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer advocate says abv 8.0%, my bottle says 7.5%. Poured into a tulip glass, one finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly, no lacing to speak of. A cloudy orange/amber color.

Smell is fruity, but mild, with a hint of malt.

Taste is very fruity, with a trace of honey.

Feels bubbly in the mouth, quite a bit of carbonation in the mouth, with a strong finish.

SmokinSmyth, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Snamnoum
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This beer has one of the largest heads I've ever seen. Easily 4 fingers maybe 5. The body is extremely clear for a belgian and has a light amber orange hue. The head retention is good and leaves a think frothy pancake of foam in the middle of the glass. Plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell - Phenolic, with lots of bananas, cloves, and some medicinal notes. Malt is bready. Yeast also gives of some sour/tart notes. The hops are aromatic and floral.

Taste - as a first timer to what the bottle describes as a Belgian Amber this is like an american amber on steroids blended with a belgian strong pale ale or a fruity tripel. Its light toastiness plays well off some massive sweetness. Also some fruitiness from the yeast gives off the aroma and flavor of figs and dried apricots. Subtle tanginess and tartness help reign in the unfermented sugar and keep it from being crushing. Alcohol is present but not abusive.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied beer with lots of carbonation and a somewhat syrupy feel.

Overall - as my first foray into "belgian ambers" I quite enjoyed this. It was a tad to sweet in my opinion but is saved by the complexity imparted from the yeast and malt. I'll bet this would be great with some time on it and a nice ripe blue cheese.

Snamnoum, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of trevorjn06
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber/copper color with a massive, rocky off-white head.

Aroma is ripe fruits, light floral, light banana, peach, yeast, some toasty malts, mild spice and breadyness.

Taste is wonderfully fruity, bright and balanced by toasty malts. Begins with oranges, peaches, bready/sweet malts and yeast character that transitions into toasty malts, fruity yeast and a mildy tart flavor. The finish leaves tart peaches and apples with some lingering malt and yeast spice/bitterness. There are hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is very effervescent with medium/low body.

Overall this is a quite good Belgian ale, though I prefer their Blond, Saxo.

trevorjn06, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Pohendellikelder in Brussels in March, so I am writing this review from my sparse notes and memory.
The beer was sparkiling and amber in colour, as one would expect from the name, with a solid inch of frothy white head.
The aroma was fairly complex - sweet malty honey notes tempered by yeasty cider and pear, with a slight tartness, and some citrus and spice.
Taste was subdued but rich honey, coriander, tart pear and bitter grapefruit.
Although I suppose it might lose something in the journey across the Atlantic, I would love to try this beer again and taste more carefully if I ever encouter it in North America.

, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Stemmed Tulip glass

A - Beer pours with a one finger white and rocky textured foam; the head of the beer holds very well; minimal amount of lacing forms of on the sides of the glass; plenty of carbonation

S - I smell hints of orange peel; lemon peel and obviously coriander; sweetness is followed up immediately with mild grapefruit sourness; fruity scents stem from Belgian yeast

T - Yeast is faint in taste but heavy in smell; orange and fruity notes hit the palate immediately and are followed up by a champagne/grape like crispness and aftertaste

M - Smooth and effervescent; this beer has a nice balance of a really good yeast profile

D - Very good, unique beer; slightly sour, but I am a huge fan of these kind of beers; so pass more along; not for the faint-hearted

ferrari29, Mar 14, 2011
Caracole Ambrée from Brasserie Caracole
88 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.