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Caracole Ambrée - Brasserie Caracole

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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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 jophish17


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

12-24-2011 08:23:31 | More by jophish17
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 17:37:35 | More by Evil_Pidde
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 03:37:36 | More by RickS95
Photo of wo87810


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

12-16-2011 22:35:56 | More by wo87810
Photo of rekel


4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-02-2011 00:04:53 | More by rekel
Photo of clegolfski


4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-26-2011 04:45:25 | More by clegolfski
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-25-2011 20:57:58 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of corby112


4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-21-2011 10:15:12 | More by corby112
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 20:48:26 | More by bark
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 15:26:57 | More by mrfrancis
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 01:00:58 | More by hwwty4
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 19:43:16 | More by Filosoof
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 20:31:59 | More by rarbring
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:18:14 | More by johnnnniee
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 10:05:29 | More by ThaCreep
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 19:30:14 | More by SmokinSmyth
Photo of Snamnoum

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 16:52:57 | More by Snamnoum
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 04:50:25 | More by trevorjn06
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 15:04:13 | More by
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

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 01:29:01 | More by ferrari29
Photo of gfreed


3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the best things about this beer-- there's no dog on the label. There's a snail. In fact, there are two snails, and one of them appears to be flashing a candle. Those zany Belgians...

Other things inside the bottle are good, too. The aroma is a bit weak, but the taste has a good balance of saison-style, honeyed breadyness against light hops that have a cameo at the tail end, preceded by spicy malts and even some cinnamon. Very pleasant; definitely worth a return trip.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 02:59:42 | More by gfreed
Photo of impending


3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy dingy orange honey, the final pour was serious sediment. Off white head was short lived, lacing unexceptional.

Very sweet aroma as if a tripel plus fauna, citrus and a spiciness I can't define. Yeasty as in dessert dough.

Taste has an unexpected funky twang. Strong phenol contributions. Finishes lightly dry yet interesting sweet/bitter aftertaste lingers pleasantly. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

My bottle says 7.5%, tastes like its higher.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 21:27:24 | More by impending
Photo of AZbelgian


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

Had this at Brasserie Caracole (poured from a bottle by the brewery owner). The brewery owner explained to us that in making the Caracole Ambrée they take the recipe for Troublette and add carmel, orange peel and a secret spice.

Amber color (no surprise there) with medium lacing. Great citrus flavor similar to Troublette and Saxo but noticeably smoother, maybe a touch sweeter with no bite and very little aftertaste. Not too heavy a feel in the mouth.

Overall a very smooth and drinkable brew, definitely one of Brasserie Caracole's more solid offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 00:03:12 | More by AZbelgian
Photo of beardtongue


4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a party we are throwing for my wife's birthday. We also happen to have four friends staying with us that weekend, and trying to get ready while at the same time entertaining them and keeping my toddler in his diapers has been pretty stressful. She can't drink, so there isn't much alcohol at the party, but down in the basement once all the guests have been taken care of this is my reward. I find it dramatic, poured into a tulip glass it foams straight to the top before receding to about an inch and adds a lot to mouthfeel. This beer delivers in every way, tasting spicy the way you'd expect a belgian to taste, but with a specific kind of honey, and for a moment I imagine that Caracole built this recipe specifically to showcase a discovered honey that they enjoyed and couldn't get enough of. It seems familiar, like a wildflower honey, or would it be a monoflower honey that would give such a specific taste? At any rate, the experience is enjoyable to say the least, and another agonizing trip to the liquor store balancing the desire for something new with the cost has seen vindication. Highly recommended. At times life seems like Dynamo City, engineered to suck the life out of you and tailored to maximizing your own energy-draining needs. But whether it's music, friends, or a beer, when you encounter a practitioner with gads of creativity and energy to spare, the effect is heart warming exuberance, and the sum is no longer cumulative but exponential.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 16:35:10 | More by beardtongue
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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...

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 01:51:35 | More by augustgarage
Caracole Ambrée from Brasserie Caracole
88 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.