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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,966
Reviews:
522
Ratings:
920
pDev:
11.11%
Bros Score:
4.07
 
 
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Photo of meefmoff
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.

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

Photo of WoodBrew
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.

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Photo of hman43
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.

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Photo of Jcbroome
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 remembered.

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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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Photo of CTHomer
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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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 joshautry
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

Photo of KeyWestGator
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

Photo of WynnO
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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