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Nostradamus | Brasserie Caracole

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4.05/5
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915 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,824
Reviews:
519
Ratings:
915
pDev:
11.11%
Bros Score:
4.07
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
107
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 915 |  Reviews: 519
Photo of vvoodstock
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of charlzm
2.56/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft, consumed 01/19/08 at Naja's Place, Redondo Beach.

Golden, burnished appearance with one finger head. Aroma is dark fruit (raisins, dates, figs, etc...) and green apple that increased as the beer warmed. Lacing and active bubbles throughout glass. Flavor was somewhat sweet and crisp. Green apples again. As beer warmed, the green apple character increased to the point of being the dominant flavor.

Not a good encounter with this brew.

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Photo of bark
2.59/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The colour is dark amber, almost brown. The liquid is clear. The finger thick head is pale beige with a tint of red. Lots of fine lacing.

The smell is aggressively sweet with notes of apricot jam, fruit candy, strawberries and some alcohol.

The taste is not as sweet as one could have expected from the smell. Quite the opposite, it is almost dry with some sweet fruity flavours, lots of alcohol and some anonymous spices. The aftertaste is dominated by alcohol, some raisins and a very fragile bitterness. The taste is overall simple, unbalanced and uninteresting. Low body.

The carbonation is strong with lots of minimal sharp bubbles. The liquid is a bit thin.

An uninspired Belgian brew, alcoholic like a malt liquor.

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Photo of q33jeff
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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Photo of CraftBeerGuild
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Minkybut
2.76/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured beer from bottle to a tumbler at 45 dgrees. Beer was a cloudy brown most likely too cold. Beer had a bready smell and a slight hop smell. big fat tan head with fine bubbles and great lacing. Beer was ver Abbeyish tasting and the alcohol just was way too overpowering blowing away any taste sensation. I will not buy again.

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Photo of MaevaS
2.82/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.91/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I have read a number of very good reviews about this beer, but once I tried it, I could not understand them. This beer may have some interesting things going on in it, but the alcohol was so overpowering (both on the palate and in the effects it had on me) that I could not enjoy it. I've had stronger ABV beers where you barely notice the alcohol; in this brew it was all I could notice. I split the 750 into two sessions and tasted on two different days to make sure it wasn't bad biorythems or something. Maybe it was a bad bottle. Having said all that, it was a medium brown (translucent- almost thin looking) with a small head that quickly vanished. Aroma had alcohol, malt, sweetness, vanilla (?) and slight yeast. Flavor was alcohol, alcohol, and alcohol. Hidden behind was some malt, soft bread, nutty tones and perhaps a bit of bite from hops. Drinkability- I could barely finish either glass in two sessions because of the alcohol.

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Photo of stcules
2.91/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Muddy colour, with a beautiful creamy foam, with brown colour. Very persistent.
The smell is sweet (caramel), spicy and with the alcohol very evident.
Chicory.
At the taste: licorice, chicory, spices. A little too alcoholic and sweet.
Medium body.
The aftertase is quite persistent, with licorice, and some alcohol again.

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Photo of JohnTurano
2.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of dcurrin
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of VeganUndead
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of getbehindthemule
3/5  rDev -25.9%

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

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

I had this beer on tap at Melton's App & Tap in Decatur, GA. It was poured in a small Caracole tulip glass.

Appearance: The color is an opaque auburn/brown with a dense tan head that slowly dissipated into a thin layer. This beer produces decent lacing.

Smell: The aroma is of fermented, aged, or dried fruit like apples , raisins, dates, etc. This scent is shared with a yeasty malt smell.

Taste: malty with light spices and deep aged fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium with light carbonation.

Drinkability: The flavor is very pleasant and complex.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Mibarak
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of srgj88
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of cbl2
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:

Opaque brown with a monster head on it.

Smell:

Mainly pear, the canned variety in syrup.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

This one screams belgian ale. It is bursting with carbonation and sweetness on the tongue that barely masks a powerful taste of alcohol. Not overly complex, this one reminds me of many other belgian brews that have come before it. A good beer, but nothing worth rushing out and experiencing.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.05/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BBE 6-2006. Poors out almost without any head and what was there gone in a second and a brown and clear beer under it. Nose is lots of caramel, port, sweetish and obvious this one has some time on it despite having it in my fridge for almost a year and carefull storage in my cellar before. Not 100%shure but would say this one shows quiet some tomatojuice/sweet corn. Taste also very oxidised and with that sweet caramel and malts next to the warming alcohol. Not a bad brew for shure but missing sparkling freshness and IMHO not a great brew to age despite the 9.5% ABV.

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Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great label art with a children's book-like snail theme. Caged and corked, and the cork fairly leaped from the bottle as soon as I started to remove it. I noted an interesting hops vine design on the cork. Aggressively carbonated, with a tight, soda-fizzy head and lots of bubble streamers up the glass. Poured a medium cola brown.

My overall impression of the beer was that it just needed something more in any category to be noteworthy. Not sweet, and perhaps just a bit more fruit sweetness would have added some dimension. Not a great deal of bittering, nor significant yeasty phenols. As the beer warmed, a little caramel malt was present, but, again, not enough to make much of a statement. Really quite average in every department. I suppose the bottle art lead me to expect some creativity, and I was let down.

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Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 915 ratings
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