Nostradamus | Brasserie Caracole

909 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 cswhitehorse
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Nostradamus pours a clear mahogany with a 1-2 finger foam head that dissipates pretty quickly. Tiny tight bubble pattern on the outside that moves up the glass when you drink and down to the source when you are finished.

The aroma is spicy alcohol with some dark fruit. The taste is malty sweet and finishes fruity. In the mouth it is a tad chewy but you do not get any alcohol burn, which is nice. You get a brown sugar smell as well. The spice & fruit linger on the tongue. Overall a very enjoyable BSDA.

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Photo of UFGUY2122
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice type glass that I have.

A-The head on this is unreal. Started at about 2 1/2 inches and retained for some time. Then receded and left webs of sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S-Raisins, dark fruits, and the slightest hint of alcohol.

T-Matches the smell, malty with dark hops.

M-Great full-bodied mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D-This beer is dangerously smooth for the ABV. The amount of alcohol is barely detectable.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich mahogony color with a nice creamy, tan head. It has great lace and good retention. The nose is heavily of candi sugar and dark fruits. The taste follows the smell but is more complex. Plums and cherries are very apparent long with carmelized sugar and roasted malt. Medium to full body. Great beer...highly recommended

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Photo of philipquarles
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet, this beer is a dark brown with a medium tan head that recedes to a nice foam film. Lots of sediments present.

Smells of caramelized sugar, roasted malt, dark fruit esters, and very slight hops.

Taste is dominated by the sugar. Roasted malt and hints of coffee come in a bit later, along with alcohol and hops. Not very balanced, really.

Mouthfeel is decent; nice and thick, though there's a bit too much carbonation for a beer of this style, I think.

Overall, a beer that is too sweet to be anything more than a one-time sipper. Not offensive, but not what a Belgian Dark Ale should be, I think.

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Photo of daftafne
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, this beer was a beautiful brown with a tinge of orange. A two-finger tan head adorned the crown and proved resiliant after settling down a bit. Smells delicious - rum, sugar, apples, raisens, melons, and a bit of bread. Very well balanced flavor - begins with raisins and mildly sweet rum then goes to apples and finishes with a small hop bite and some toasty bread. Medium body and just a bit sticky on the tongue. Fantastic brew!

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Photo of johnd513
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from a 750ml bottle into a chalice.
Pours a redish brown color. This beer is on the sweet side andsmells and tastes of malt, raisins and some plum flavor. The drinkability is high considering the abv. A little pricey but certainly worth trying at least once.

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Photo of k4df4l
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed tulip yields ample off-white foam over a lovely caramel colored body. Fruity & alcoholic nose with strong apple and raisin aromas..faint bready tones underneath. Flavor is initially sharp as you are greeted by the ample zesty carbonation and then the fruity flavors promised in the aroma. Apples, pear, fig & raisins over a light sweet malty base. Subtle peppery spice, alcohol & faint yeast round out the experience as it finishes plenty dry and warming. As the glass warms, the malt begins to sweeten the flavor and firm up the body adding another dimension to the brew. Overall a very nice beer with plenty of flavor though out the glass.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl Bottle, drank on the seafront in the excellent 'Schildia' Knokke-Heist, Belgium.

Slightly cloudy and dull looking, a muddy brown colour with a tan head.

Aroma and taste were both rich. Treacle sweet in both also. Would have liked more body for a 9.5% beer. Interesting enough, but without the 'umph factor' for me.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice. Pours a suprising ruby-brown color. Much more red than expected, a thick, creamy, off-white head with great retention and lacing. Smell I did like so much. I found it to be way too strong of alcohol, some bread and yeast, but mainly alcohol. Taste I did love though, I think this is the first beer I've had where I genuinely dislike the smell but love the taste. Wonderfully complex, fruity (apples inparticular), malty, sweet, a kiss of alochol, it was great. Mouthfeel is light due to a moderatly high carbonation. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a little disappointed in this beer because it fits the mold of the average Belgian Dark (not to say that that is necessarily bad).

A: Rich brown pour with a billowy off-white head that puffs out of the top of the glass. A decent retention can be noticed that leaves a fine but present lace.

S: Sweet...figs, dates, sugar (brown) and alcohol on the nose

T: Like I said before, very tastes like every other belgian dark on the planet. But I did taste notes of figs, dates, molasses, and perhaps toffee in addition to a strong initial taste of metal.

MF: Perhaps in my opinion the least persuasive aspect of this beer. The mouthfeel did not convince me at all...A poor aftertaste, and it just made my mouth feel unconfortable

D: At 9.50% you cant exactly call this guy a session beer, but one of these with dinner doesnt hurt anything

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a « Chalice »
When poured it gave a full head. Egg shell/brown white colour. Cream like but with larger bubbles as well. Part of the head remains.
The colour is reddish brown with a passive presence of carbonation.
The scent is a predictable: heavy malt and yeast with fruity syrups. Figs and freshly baked bread.
Taste is strong, but I can cope. This can’t be everybody’s cup of tea. Taste is a bit to metallic, it’s overpowering. Heavy malt, yeast and alcohol.
Aftertaste gives strong nut, caramel and chocolate.
Mouthfeel is creamy
Not an all-rounder, but an example for it’s style

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle in an oversized tulip.

A very easy pour left a wispy galaxy-like swirl of head with a ring of varying bubble sizes atop a deep hazy brownish-orange body. Suspended particles are tiny but plenty. A good swirl in the glass releases a full creamy colored frothy head.

Oooh, rich bready caramel and fig on the nose, earthy and sweet fruit with firm floral notes and a banana estery, almost acetone nose, though not too strong or phenolic. Rich and full.

Taste has caramelly malt up front. Smooth flavor, rich, but not overpowering. Some date and fig fruitiness blends with bready caramel. Grain flavors rise at the finish and mellow with only slight alcohol taste. A moment of rusty metallic flavor, but gone before I can nail it down. Overall taste I find personally appealing for the style.

Feel is smooth, with a fuller medium body and nice soft but notable carbonation. A little syrupy/oily in the middle with a slightly sticky finish, full for the style, though not too heavy. Alcohol is mildly detectable, mostly in warming the stomach.

Bordering on rich, this is a nice example of some characteristics I prefer in the style (dark fruit and rich malt balanced with yeast strain). Fairly well done with most high points very well hit. Abv detracts some, but I still think it's rather drinkable.

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Photo of gunnerman
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the Mellow Mushroom in Delray Beach, FL. Pours an amber rustic orage with a minimal head, but does keep a ring around and nice lacing on the glass. Smell is of fresh figged fruit with a slight hint of banana. Taste is pretty amazing with a bready fruity sweet taste, overall an awesome brew and a pleasure to have this on draft.

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

Pours a clear translucent red hued amber color with a shallow fizzy light tan head that fades quickly, leaving a spotty pattern of lacing. The smell is an earthy light fig malt. Brightly carbonated, giving the mouth feel a lighter texture. The 9.5% ABV is really well hidden in the taste, but there is some heat on the way down. Really quite drinkable. The earthy fig flavor is lighter than i'd expect from this style, yet it lingers nicely after the swallow. Really glad that i had the opportunity to consider this one.

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Photo of smellsofstout
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Nose is sweet with alcohol, malt, and banana Alcohol and sweetness, yeast and some nice slightly exotic fruit notes. Cherries, honey, banana and spice in taste. Very smooth mouthfeel and bitter sweet finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber and caramel color with plumes of dense, meringue like tan head. Aromas are quite fruity, more dubbel like than BSDA. Lots of raisin, caramel, plum, along with quite a bit of spiciness. On the palate, really quite a bit more of the same with a thick rum raisin like character really coating the tongue. The finish is a touch too sweet IMO but nowhere near cloying. It is certainly a rich malt bomb with a spicy finish. Overall, a pleasant drinker, but not as memorable as Saxo.

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

This beer pours a cloudy darker amber color with a large amount of head. Head takes a little while to dissipate. Taste most strongly of nuts with noticable effects of the alcohol. Very easy to drink with a great mouthfeel, this was one enjoyable beer. I would recommend and purchase again.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with brighter orange highlights and a thick, creamy light tan (almost caramel colored) three-finger head that seems to last forever. There's a steady stream of bubbles rising up the center of the glass. Great retention.

Nose is sweet and spicy: brown sugar, caramel covered apples, dark cherries, raisins and a hint of cinnamon. There's a slight whiff of alcohol and Belgian yeast.

Taste is biscuity malts up front with notes of green apples, cherries, raisins and black currants. It's very earthy with strong yeast and red wine flavors, and a warming alcoholic finish.

Medium-bodied, vinous mouthfeel. It coats the mouth, but the carbonation keeps it lively.

Drinkability is good, but the ABV keeps this one a sipper. Still, I could enjoy a couple of these.

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

This beer pours a cloudy brown-amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of caramel, dates, anise, and brown sugar. The taste is soft and strong. Anise, dates, brown sugar, molasses, and black licorice. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a silky texture, and fine carbonation. Overall, this is a very good Belgian Strong Ale. I could easily drink this again.

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

on tap at great lost bear
deep red hue, almost ruby with little head upon arrival.

aromas are of very ripe fruit, fruitcake, chocolate, touches of yeast spice.

the taste is incredibly wine-like. just beautiful, rich and fruity palate, sliken and slightly sweet, subdued bitterness and ample carbonation.

just reeling, the aromas are profoundly fruity and the chocolate nuances are very un-roasted in character. lots of rich ripe flavors, a truly different beer, worth checking out. loved it.

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Photo of delmet
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good stuff, but I have had a lot better. Beautiful color, but not much of a head.Smooth on the palate, with a warm alcohol feeling at the end. Caramel and sweetness come to mind. Nice lace at the end. One can do better and a lot worse. Unfortunately, it is not one of those beers that bring you down on your knees.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a mahogany-brown with a soft creamy head.

S: a light fresh fruitiness (apples), cherries, caramel and some dark fruit (raisins).

T: Smooth and refreshing with a flavor that is clean and complex. Initial flavor started out with some sweet caramel and candy notes that are topped off with a rich palate of dried fruit (plums, raisins). There were some light lingering hints of figs, pears and plums as well a biscuit malting. The beer drank very vinously with a smooth light fruitiness from the yeast finishing things out.

M: The mouthful was medium full with a very smooth feel and maltiness, nicely carbonated leaving a light tingly sensation.

D: Very good, extremely smooth and tasty on the swallow and one definitely worth trying. A great complexity and layering of flavors makes this an incredibly drink.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a tulip glass, had a deep, brownish-amber color and a thick consistency. Very big head and good lacing.

S: There was strong aroma of apples, yeast, spices and some malt.

T: The apples were at the forefront of the taste, but you get a wallop of spices (nutmeg) abd yeast. Very complex, well balanced.

M: Had a typically high (among Belgians) carbonation rate and a smooth finish.

D: This is an extremely drinkable beer. Zesty, complex, smooth and not at all bitter.

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

Nostradamus poured a brownish-red with a nice, frothy head that stayed around for a while. It smelled very sweet, with tones of pear and fruit coming out, along with some earthy and malty tones as well. The first drink was great, with the fruits coming out, pear and tart green apple predominately. There was some spiciness to it as well. I could tell the high alcohol content was there, but not overwhelmingly so.
Overall, this was a very good belgian brown ale and will pick it up again.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the small bottle at cellar temp, poured into one of my oversized sturdy yuppie-ish goblets. Whenever I use these glasses, my beer looks delectable, and Nostradamus is no exception. Crown of head settles but doesn't quit. Seems a tad lighter in color than some Belgian Strong Darks.

Woody, rummy aroma with a burst of grape. A little different than traditional Trappist takes on this doesn't smell quite as clean and spicy. Almost smells like a Dogfish Head big beer, maybe a Raison D'Extra, with the woody vinous thing going on. Aroma not lacking. Seems different for the style, but excellent.

Taste is of big juicy rum-drenched raisins with a perceived oak. A pleasant sweetness, not at all cloyingly so. A little hop bitterness gnaws through. Warming from the 9.5% alcohol apparent.

Feel is nice, not a hard bite of carbonation at all.

Drinkability - not one to pound, this should be sipped and savored like a good red wine. Seems to share some of the tasting notes of a pinot noir. A worthy choice.

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Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
4.06 out of 5 based on 909 ratings.
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