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Nostradamus | Brasserie Caracole

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Caracole
Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,876
Reviews:
519
Ratings:
916
pDev:
11.11%
Bros Score:
4.07
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
107
Trade:
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Voss
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 remember.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
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.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dinglehacker
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.

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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;

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

**
07/04/12

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.

**

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2.16/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mnine
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dactrius
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moose1980
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep red-amber that becomes more red-orange, and wonderfully clear, when held to light. Small head with low retention. Smells of lightly brown sugar sprinkled baked plums. Taste is similar, except also reminiscent of rum-soaked raisins due to some slight heat. Malty rich without being heavy. Great beer.

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3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 916 ratings
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