Nostradamus | Brasserie Caracole

904 Ratings

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Brasserie Caracole

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001

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Photo of Pencible
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a translucent dark cherry with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like wild Belgian yeast with copper hops and caramel, with some raisin.
T: It tasted like raisins and caramel and Belgian yeast, with a bit of cocoa powder and aluminum. It had a bittersweet metallic aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This had a good scent and taste, but it wasn't super clean or complex. The body was good not great, but the alcohol was well hidden, so it wasn't difficult to drink. An enjoyable beer, but not one of my favorite dark Belgians.

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Photo of aasher
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to zep9865 for bringin this one over. It poured a dirty, muddied amber with little to no head. The bottle was a little older so had a good amount of chocolate colored sediment. It smelled sweet, yeasty, and malty. It smelled very much like the GI Pere Jacques. The taste too was very, very similar to the Pere Jacques. It had a sweet, almost candied fruit flavor and the alcohol was well hidden. It drank very smoothly and was easy to drink. It was medium bodied and had a nice finish. This was a good, quality Belgian dark.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Slightly hazy pour, but a very nice dark amber with a very tightly beaded off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Subtle fruit, spice, and molasses aromas. Quite light in the nose, but well integrated. Tastes of gingerbread, banana, light spices, and molasses, but dry and a little spritzy. Smooth and quite perilously drinkable. Not my absolute favorite Belgian, but a solid choice.

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Photo of djmitche
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At Villains in Chicago, and at Smaakcafe 't Poatersgat in Brugges. The head was coarse and foamy and fell quickly. The color is a dark brown with a distinct ruby tone - unexpected for a dark.

The nose has spur cherries and some vinegar, leading to the expectation of some sourness. But don't be fooled! The taste is warm and sweet, with a nice caramel background. The mouthfeel is full without bring heavy.

The finish has a funny, dull bitter "hook" to it that cuts the sweetness without going overboard. I love it - I just don't know what it is! I've only enter tasted this in St. Bernardus Abt 12 before.

Nostradamus is similar to Abt 12, but a bit more sweet.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle served in oversized wineglass.

pours a murky, amber/brown tone with a half finger of off-white head the dissipates quickly, some lacing. smell is sweet; dark fruits, yeast, and spices. first sip is very sweet, with a vague, almost wine-like quality. raisins, plums, malts, spices, and yeast. tasty, yes, but not delicious. moderately carbed with a full mouthfeel. all in all this is a solid beer; i'm enjoying it. that said, IMO there are much better representations of the style.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zdk9 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some earthy hops. The flavor is great. It is a mix of brown sugar, toffee, Begian yeast, alcohol and something resembling oak. The beer is very sweet and the toffee and brown sugar stand out. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of metter98
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured cloudy amber-brown in color with an off white head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covered the surface.
S: There are moderate, sweet aromas of dark fruits in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather fruity and sweet and has some complexities with hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the alcohol is masked from the smell and taste.

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Photo of crossovert
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown with a fizzy off-white head. The head dissipates rather quickly and leaves no lacing.

The smell is ripe with raisins, dates, purple grapes, wine tones, brownie, and just overall sweet dark fruit flavors.

The taste is similar, a malt bomb filled with every dark fruit flavor under the sun. There is some more caramel and toffe in the taste as well as a hint of coffee.

This one is heavy and alcoholic, but it provides an array of malt flavors perhaps unmatched by any other brew. It is complex but a bit too sweet and alcoholic but overall a solid brew.

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Photo of zeeksterusa
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

drinking it now in Belgium...

- green apple aroma, really amazing, need to experience this

- smooth taste, highly drinkable

- beautiful color, incredible appearance

- bright smell with tons of depth in every sip

- more to come after my night...


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Photo of Radome
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from bottle into goblet.

A - Cloudy and opaque with a medium brown color. Head is almost non-existent, but there is a little lacing on the glass. There is a large amount of dark brown, clumpy sediment. The beer looks a little "muddy" and not all that appetizing.

S - Smell is sweet and savory at the same time. It is all malt and no hops, as expected for the style. There is a thick musk like mushrooms and Asian plum sauce that doesn't sound nice, but makes me want to take a sip.

T - Taste matches the smell with sweet and savory malt and yeast notes. I get the plum sauce again and other dark fruits, as well as savory notes almost like soy sauce. It is complex, but also a bit muddled to me.

M - Thick mouthfeel and almost totally flat. Better carbonation would help lighten the experience a bit.

D - I can't help wondering if I got a bad or very old bottle. The first impression of muddy and murky held throughout. This was very disappointing based on the beer and brewery's reputation.

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Photo of Asgeirr
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nostradamus pours a turbid and dark amber-to-rust brown along with a moderately high, fluffy and beige crown which leaves the insides of the glass disinherited of lacing.

Smell: Floral as funkadelic hippies on a midsummers meadow, a deep cherry-syrup sweetness, not all too surprising but all the more mesmerizing as it's intermixed with a malty caramel-aftertaste.

Taste: Overall rather sweet, notes of sour apples, dark fruits immersed in rum pop up during this ride, finished off with a slightly caramelly with a mellow bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Full, smooth and with a very warming feel thanks to the alcohol present.

Drinkability: Wonderfully poised in its respective sensory compartments and thus -- strikingly pleasant.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan and bubbly head into a tulip glass that left a nice sheet that eventually settled into a very thin ring. the body was a reddish-purple with the slightest of haze.
s - sweet like caramel and toffee with a hint of cinnamon and spice.
t - dark fruits like raisins with a hint of breadiness. the finish was more winelike.
m - creamy and bubbly.
d - delicious! i have never even heard of this beer until i saw it in a wine shop that has a great beer selection. i will go to this one again and again.

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Photo of unseenbyyou
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank a taster of this at local beer bar in Alhambra:

It was my first taster of the night, and definitely stood out against all other beers--save for bosteel's tripel

The color was a beautiful brown with a hint of red and gold... not much head

Smell did not strike me...nothing given away to the nose

the taste, now that is where I was happy to be drinking a belgian...some spices, but no taste of alcohol whatsoever, smooth sailing the beginning and at the end, the beer was smooth, only drawback, it did not leave a lasting impression on the tastebuds like a barrel aged beer does

drinkability..for 9.5% abv it was immensely drinkable, like an abt 12 or delirium noel...just goes down so easy

highly recommended

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden-brown color that darkens in the center of the glass and has a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with good amounts of toffee-covered medium fruits - dates and green apples with hints of pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors with large amounts of butterscotch and toffee notes kick things off. Hints if milk chocolate flavors enter into things shortly thereafter but fade quickly to allow for good amounts of fruit flavors - dates and plums mostly with hints of green apples. The ending is crisp and on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a nice beer but nothing special. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Stephen63
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle in the North Bar in Leeds (England). Was served rather cld so I had to let it stand for a while to appreciate. Writing review while I drink this, the joys of Wifi.

A - Glass had a lot of condensation immediately when poured. Nice dark colour and long lasting head.

S - Nice and fruity, mostly dark fruits, plummy.

T - Really complex, I don't think I can do it justice whilst sitting here. Many, many flavours and a distinct bitterness on the finish. Big alcohol very apparent.

M - Very pleasant carbonation, slightl acidic feel on palate.

D - Way too strong to consider another but a really enjoybale one to savour on its own.

Compares very favourably to others with similar style. Definitely worth seeking out though probably quite hard to find (in the UK at least).

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Photo of JamesS
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderfully deep dark black/purple color with some decent head. Wonderful deep malty scent, with a great sweet and fruity tone. Wonderful taste, a hugely deep dark malty flavor with great prune and cherry flavors, along with a nice sugary sweet undertone. Goes down very well for such a thick beer.

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Photo of deathcab
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Looks almost like a coke, a deep, dark copper color. This is the MOST lacing i've ever had with any beer.

S: Dark fruits like raisins.

T: Tastes very good. I get a good amount of bitterness on the back followed by a good alcohol burn.

M: Heavy, not much carbonation. Right off the bat my mouth feels the bitterness.

D: Not a great drinkability. This beer is a fabulous sipping beer and pairs extremely well with a cigar. I usually don't smoke a cigar while drinking a beer because some just make the beer taste horrible, but this went quite well.

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Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy reddish brown with a massive 2 finger creamy tan head that lasts for a while; very good lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, fruits like cherry, plum and apple, clove, caramel, brown sugar, spices and the alcohol essence. Very nice nose that's very sweet and indicates a spicy winter warmer; you can smell this brew from 6 inches away.

Tastes of sweet malt, cherry, plum, banana, clove, caramel, brown sugar, bread, yeast, cinnamon, spices like pepper and the ever present alcohol taste and feel. This beer doesn't try to cover the 9% ABV as much as it works to make it enjoyable and pulls it off quite well. The sweet malt seems to turn sour as the fruit and yeast take the ending in another direction that's on the sweet and bitter side, like a lambic but dry with a sweet rum-like flavor that tastes like syrup or molasses. It seems like this beer was aged in a wine barrel, although there is no indication of this on the bottle. Not sure I would call this a balanced beer since the sweet malts dominate the flavor, but it tastes good overall.

The mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with very light to no carbonation and a medium feel to the body that represents all the ingredients well.

This beer goes down very smooth for 9% ABV, but it's still a sipper or one to have as a night cap. It's strong like a barleywine, but still very enjoyable and has a very nice complex flavor which is tasty. A very nice beer that I recommend trying.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a massice head. Nice gentle brown color and lacing.

Smells of fruit, candy, bananas, spices, gentle yeast, and a light nuttiness. Nothing is overpowering and everything works together nicely.

Starts with a sweet fruit tone that shifts to bananas. Follows with a metallic hit and finishes with light fruit again. Thankfully, the metallic taste dies down.

In the mouth it is nice and light with a pretty nice amount of carbonation.

This one is pretty drinkable. It is a good one to finish the night with. I would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a translucent bright red orange into a Delirium tulip glass wish spectacular visible carbonation and a thin tan head.

Smells of dark cherries and raisins, thick syrupy sweetness and caramel.

The taste is initially sweet and fruity with tastes of thick and dark fruit preserves. A subsequent haze of alcohol which descends into a mildly roasted malty aftertaste. Dusty yeast notes throughout.

Thick bodied, and stiffly carbonated. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Superb drinkability.

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Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First try of this brewery.

Brown, clear brew with a thin head.

Smell: banana. very distinct banana. After that malt, dark fruits, herbs come through.
Taste is malty, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Also fruits and herbs, hops. It's well balanced.

The drink has a very friendly character. It's not too robust for the stout notes it has, but also not too weak for the fruits that come through.
It's rather modest. It could do with some more wild flavours, but all in all a very nice drink.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. I was served a 6oz pour from a chilled, freshly opened bottle. The beer has a dark copper color. t is translucent and has a thin tan head that dissipated quickly. After a few minutes there was hardly any head left. There is a robust caramel aroma. I am also picking up on some slight pine tones as well. The beer has a sweet flavor, but nothing overwhelming or indicative of the higher ABV. I found this up front malt quality to be very good, but was incredibly impressed with the finish. There is a slightly sour taste in the finish and after taste. It is reminiscent of a Flemish Brown. I found it to be totally unexpected and very tasty. For a strong dark ale, there is a rather light body to this beer. It also has a lot of carbonation, but not enough to distract from the flavor. There are some welcome estery alcohol vapors in my mouth after I swallow. As I seem to find many Belgian beers, this one is very drinkable. I can see the sour aspects being a limiting factor for some drinkers, but personally, I could go for multiple rounds.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Nostradamus tulip. One inch of light beige foam recedes into a thin layer above a hazy brown body. Thin soapy lacing slides down the glass slowly. Aroma is of sweet malts, candi sugar and dark fruits, specifically plum. Taste puts all the associated tastes of this aromas together in a heaping serving of flavor and Belgianny greatness. Hard to believe this is 9.5% ABV. Awesome.

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Photo of jdmcel
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Gift from my girl. Poured into a Val-Dieu Goblet.

A: Pours a nice dark burnt sienna with a light tan head about an 1/2 inch thick that fades pretty quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: A sweet smelling belgian brown, bready notes that come thru with fruit smells of grapes.

T: The taste holds up the smell. A nice spice taste with notes of fruit and earthy hops to balance it out.

M: A medium bodied brew that is crisp and hides the 9% well.

D: I could have a few of these, very enjoyable.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as take-out from Issac Newton's in Newtown, PA. Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my Koningshoeven small snifter. Pours an amberish-golden color with little white creamy head. Head dissapates into a faint ring around the outside surface. Not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma is mild...similar to your average wit-beer. Yeasty, slight fruit...overall sweet aroma. Surprising flavor. Pretty tasty...nice sweetness. A stong fruit flavor, champaigne like feel...and somewhat of a whiskey kick. Some beers hide the booze well, this one feels like a high ABV! Carbonation is medium to high.

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Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
4.06 out of 5 based on 904 ratings.
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