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Nostradamus | Brasserie Caracole

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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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A: Dark brown cloudy beer with a small head.

S: The smell of lemon is present good.

T: Sweet with a delicious lemon flavor.

M: Great feeling in ratio, delicious aftertaste, nice carbonation.

O: Very good combination, completely and well drinkable beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a New Belgium chalice. lot FX, best before 3/12, but still totally fresh with no cardboard taste.

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown, not cloudy, with a full, thick, big bubble head, 2" off a very slow pour. Second and third pours still very robust head. Good retention with solid lacing, which eventually dissipates to a thin foam layer with well defined nucleus.

S: Very fruity, driven by prunes and black cherry, with yeasty overtones. I don't sense any medicinal Rucola cough drops or much alcohol in the nose.

T: Nice balanced flavor, biscuity yeasty favors, offsetting dark dried fruits -- raisins, prunes, black cherries. The odd hint of Belgian candy sugar. The alcohol is very well hidden behind the other elements. The yeast comes in as the carbonation dissipates on the back of the palate. I'm not a huge strong brown ale fan, as the herbal and medicinal flavors often throw me off, but there's very little of that here.

M: Despite the apparent bottle age, quite fresh and crisp carbonation. The carbonation helps the range of flavors evolve from fron to back of each sip.

D: This is one of my friend's all time favorites, so I tried it based on her recommendation. Quite drinkable and one of the better strong brown ales I've had.

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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Notches on the back label indicate best before the end of the 12th month of 2013.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 3/4 inch tan head that retains well before reproaching to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and full amounts of surface foam. Thick, sticky lacing.

S- Fragrant Belgian yeast that's semi-medicinal along with notes of milk chocolate and raisin. A smidgen of glass and oxidation as well.

T- Much more raisin in the taste along with a very distinct barnyard aftertaste. Alcohol makes its presence known very quickly while the yeast hangs back and contributes to the profile only once in a while. The dark fruit is the main attraction in this one. Plums, dates, figs, even red grapes all make an appearance at one point or another.

M- Medium-high carbonation plus a weighty body. Sort of drying also.

O- Very good, but I like Caracole's paler offerings a bit better.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage

A - Poured with a dark chestnut body that showed some ruby highlights...the head was small and light brown in color...it vanished rather quickly, leaving just a small bead...not too much lacing was left behind

S - Deep, rich caramel and toffee...raisins, dates and other dark fruits...a roasted chocolate note as well

T - The flavors weren't as pronounced as the nose suggested...there is an all around sweetness present in the beer...the caramel and toffee do a nice job imparting those flavors and making dark and rich...the dark fruits and some Belgian yeast play a small part in the middle...if you search hard enough you can even pick up some slight spiciness coming from the yeast...chocolate provides a nice finish as it adds more sweetness as well as a slight roastiness

M - Medium bodied...might have fallen a bit, but the flavors that linger are nice...deep, rich, roasted with chocolate and caramel flavors

O - A big thanks to tnip23 for sharing a bottle of this with me for a birthday present...it held up pretty well...I think some of the flavors may have fallen off, but it still has enough depth with strong flavors

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice hazy ruby reddish brown colored beer with a big head on top that dissapates pretty slowly, leaving a bit of lacing with it. The head is foamy and a light tan in color. The aroma is subtly fantastic, slightly vinous with a nice sweetness from some dark stone fruits. A hint of chocolate floats through as well. A bit of booze evident in the aroma giving it that vinous quality that works really well with the chocolatey dried fruit aromas. Very pleasant, could sniff this all day.

Very pleasant tasting as well. It has the Belgian qualities of fruity yeasty flavors, with a background of caramel and toffee malt flavors that are brown ale-esque. Definitely a bit of bubble gum that is very Belgian in character. The fruitiness is remeniscent of this and cherries, maybe even a hint of apple or pear. Almost barleywineish even, but then in the end it drops off and returns to that toffee flavor and is distinctly just a brown ale on steroids. Some light cidery notes follow through from a the touch of booze that is most evident in the back and breath. This doesn't detract from the beer however as the booze is actually pretty well hidden by the fruity playfulness for the most part. Farther down the bottle, the hops become more evident and balance out some of the sweetness with just a faint touch of bitterness, just rounding out the beer very nicely. The mouthfeel is subdued for the first half of the bottle, finishing soft and smooth despite the crispness of the initial tasting. In the bottom half, a touch more carbonation and effervescence is evident, but the smoothness remains overall.

Definitely a sipper and one to share with friends, but make sure you get a good cross-section of this beer. The top half is a bit different from the bottom as the yeast sits down there. Also definitely let this one warm up to close to 55 degrees. This seemed ideal for all of the characteristics of this beer to shine. Great beer, definitely recommended by me.

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A: Pours a deep, rich brown with notes of garnet on the edges. Head is dense and off white that slowly fades to a thin ring.

S: Aroma is rich with figs, raisins, and dates. Sweet malt hides in the background along with alcohol and slight cherry.

T: Smooth with a mellow malt sweetness that is loaded with dried figs, raisins, plums, dates, cherries and walnut skins. Alcohol makes it's presence known with it's warming effect but only so in the finish. Very light bitterness makes its appearance in the finish.

M: Medium body with a carbonation level that causes the beer to take on a creamy feel.

D: Fantastic brew that I'll have to visit again. One that can be shared with friends or saved all for yourself.

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