Brasserie Caracole

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Brasserie Caracole
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #55
Ranked #8,453
4.05 | pDev: 11.11%
Aug 03, 2021
Dec 19, 2001
Notes: None
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Reviewed by JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5
LOOK- Hazy, copper-bown, low head fades fast

AROMA - Tart cherry, black pepper, citrus, mint, hint of dried cranberry, blackberry, - all medium-low intensity
slight clove phenol, faint perfumey alcohol, mod-strong caramel malt

TASTE - Bright citrus and spicy phenol profile over deep but well attenuated malty sweetness with a kiss of rast in the finish.

Big bready malt center dripping with caramel

medium-low anise and citrus

light backdrop of forest floor

bittersweet finish

surprisingly hoppy with licorice and grapefruit notes

MF- medium-light body, low carbonation, very smooth, light peppery alcohol

OVERALL - Like nothing I've had before. Boisterous aromatics and spice of saison with the body of a dubbel, and the lingering bittersweet finish of an English strong ale. Hops are noticeable and add complexity. Definitely a sweet beer but there's so much else going on.
Aug 03, 2021
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle at Echarle Huevos, served at home in a trappist glass.
Amber-ruby colour, big heas with long retention and a big creamy head.
Aroma is malty, liquor, caramel, prunes, raisins, some chocolate, fruits, spices.
Medium body, oily texture, good carbonation. Sweet boozy finish.
Taste follows the aroma.
Great and complex.
Mar 13, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L- Deep chestnut with a hint of ruby-red when held up to a light. Minor haze in glass, with more sediment left in bottle. Pours with 5mm fine-bubble pale-tan head. [Late ps. 20+ mins later, holds really well whole way down].
S- 'Ohhh...yeah', I subconsciously exclaim... very prominent roasted notes + coffee for me. Smells like it might be quite a beast this one.
T- And yes it is, as it's full impact progressively unfolds. It certainly has coffee in spades and then some cocoa with it. This is a *notably* impactful beer on the palate, one to take nice'n slowly...
F- Boof! A beast indeed. Rich but balanced by hefty ABV%. Let's just say it's much more a winter style beer than a summer of session-style one.
O- Lovely, it reminds me of the impact of being served the historic measure of a beaker of port or sherry - oh yes, no dainty little glasses in centuries past. This is complex, heavy and demands to be taken slowly. Very nice, I'd happily buy this again.
Lable much simplified from one shown ^, more modern and pretty bare-bones.
330ml Bottle, Bought from BeersOfEurope (UK) BB: 08/10/2021
Mar 29, 2020
Rated: 3.48 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Mar 01, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by SpaethJam from New York

Jan 30, 2020
Rated: 4 by flyersfan900 from Virginia

Jan 11, 2020
Rated: 3.94 by brandoneast from Texas

Jun 19, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

May 25, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by Noelito76 from New York

May 05, 2019
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Reviewed by MercInc from Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured my last one yesterday, paired it with spaghetti and meatballs. Light brown in color, a tan colored head that slowly disappeared . By allowing it to warm to 55-60 degree's, I was able to appreciate richness of this brew. smooth feel, some bitterness on the backside. A well balanced beer.
Mar 01, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by desint from Belgium

Nov 06, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Archbrau from Florida

Oct 10, 2018
Rated: 3.89 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Aug 04, 2018
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Reviewed by SpongeHop from Belgium

2.71/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
L - really nice deep brown, not very clear. Very quickly dissipating white, barely foamy head.
S & T - smelled a little bit roasty, but the taste is just nothing but sweet out the wazoo. Sweet sweet sweet. Banana, clove, sure, maybe some raisins or dried plums, but so much toffee. Quite alcoholic as well. Some bay leaf, almost cola-like. Not my thing.
F - Lots of alcohol, not much carbonation.

O - so, so, so very sweet. It's like drinking liquid toffee. And has that typical banana/clove thing that belgians have that I don't really like very much (full disclosure).

Not one I would personally recommend.
Jul 20, 2018
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
330ml bottle from ‘t Brugs Beertje, Bruges (€4):
Strong & rich, this one was a beer with a definite kick from the warming alcohol which goes well with the dark fruits, the dates & raisins the most pronounced with the plum a nice touch too. I enjoyed the banana & cloves around the middle to help the balance along with the caramel but I especially enjoyed how drinkable it seemed given the strength. There was a great balance throughout with lots going on & it's definitely a beer I'd pick up again too.
Jun 29, 2018
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Initial sourness on this had me thinking this was a sour ale. Pours dark brown with airy head. Aroma is cider, raisins, cola. Taste is dried fruits with some cider sourness. Palate is sour and lingers. A slightly different take on the style
Jun 20, 2018
Rated: 4 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

May 19, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Mar 09, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by travelguy from Ohio

Feb 28, 2018
Rated: 4.37 by thatsmyspot from Italy

Feb 24, 2018
Rated: 4.56 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 4.69 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Jan 24, 2018
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Reviewed by meefmoff from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
It looks pretty much as expected with a deep, opaque amber brown crowned by a thin slightly dark head that recedes to a ring pretty quickly but continues to leave some lacing for a while. It smells very spicy with lots of cinnamon and clove, sweet malt, and almost a root beerish kind of aroma. Thankfully there's no bannana which is a character of Belgians that I don't enjoy.

Taste is initially surprisingly sweet. It's currently colder than the recommended serving temperature (55F) so I'm a little worried this is going to be too sweet once it warms a bit. Taste is sweet malt, molasses and raisins. I've taken a break now and let it come up to the recommended temperature and I'm getting some cherry now and more of that yummy root beer-ish flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. Thankfully, the sweetness has stayed in check as it warmed. Alcohol is very well hidden and the mouthfeel is a bit crisper than the beer otherwise sets you up to expect.
Jan 15, 2018
Rated: 4 by mmilyko from Nevada

Jan 14, 2018
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
My bro in law and high school buddy shared a bottle of this at a beer store in Concord, Ohio. It poured a clear brownish amber with thin white head that did not leave much lace. The scent had hints of sour dough and Belgian yeast. The taste was slightly sour leaning but was drinkable with some dark fruit presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a decent beer.
Dec 29, 2017
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: It pours dark brown with a brown head. It has excellent head retention and plenty of lace.

Smell: It starts with a malty chocolate aroma with alcohol. Various aromas of nuts are also present. In addition, it also has a good deal of cherry and plum notes.

Taste: There are flavors of plum, alcohol, nuts and cherry. The cherry flavor becomes more pronounced as it warms. There is a bit of spice. There are low chocolate notes in the background.

Feel: It has moderate alcohol warming and a moderately heavy feel.

Overall, an excellent presentation for both the aroma and flavor.
Dec 23, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by Jcbroome from Florida

Oct 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Voss from Italy

4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
It was quite a lot from the last Nostradamus, so last week I had one in the pub, but it wasn't as great as I remember.
So tonight it's time to open the one I have in my cellar, a best before 8/2018 (thus between 3 to 5 years old).
In a few words, good looking, good smelling and good tasting, as a Belgian strong dark ale should be.
Not far from a Rochefort 8, just a bit more chocolate but without that punch of excellence.
Great beer, as I remembered.
Sep 19, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by stephenlee from England

Sep 14, 2017
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Purchased this at a local shop in Freiburg. Also my first time having anything from this brewery. Poured from fridge temp (maybe slightly warmer). Pours a nice dark brown with strong head that quickly dissipated. The nose is really nice - I'm getting a good about of plum and raisin, along with some bready notes. Taste is really nice - surprisingly strong with almost a licorice bite upfront. Very different from other Belgian dark ales, and definitely not in a bad way. Taste is really full and complex, with raisin, fig, plum, and toffee. Slight bitterness on the back end that lingers for a minute. Nicely balanced with a good creamy mouthfeel. Overall a wonderful offering from this brewery. I will definitely seek this one out again.
Sep 10, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by unclekeith from Alaska

Sep 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into snifter.

Appearance: Nice head gives to a ring with a swirl of lace. Cola in color.

Nose: Rye and raisin.

Taste: Oh so very Belgian, dark fruits and light citrus, rich malt backbone.

Mouth: Medium in body. Finish is surprisingly wet.

A very good Belgian brown.
Jul 25, 2017
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: opaque; watery cola brown in color; 1 finger medium brown head that receded quickly to a thick collar; no lacing;

S: smells like a barleywine; predominantly sweet dark fruit; light spice; a hint of alcohol warmth;

t: still reminds me of a barleywine; dark fruit from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: very enjoyable;
Jul 08, 2017
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

2.61/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

AROMA: Raisin. Burnt grains.
LOOK: Pours Dark Brown. Big Head with a lot of bubbles
TASTE: Raisin, Almond. Rum. Too much Wang.
FEEL: Good carbonation, but really "sticky".

Difficult to drink; especially considering the bottle size. Very (overly) Belgian.

Jun 27, 2017
Rated: 2.16 by joshautry from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2017
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jun 17, 2017
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Jun 17, 2017
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Jun 13, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by KeyWestGator from Florida

Jun 03, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by prost2hefeweizen from Oklahoma

May 22, 2017
Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 942 ratings