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

Deep brown colour with red highlights. Large beige head, good retention and lace. Fragrant with notes of cherry, brown sugar, plum, yeast and nuts. Boozy, but nicely so. Complex flavour - plum and cherry notes are underscored by a finish of gentle acidity. It's malty and slightly sweet as well, with cookie dough and toasted nut. This hides the alcohol well on the palate. Medium-bodied with abundant carbonation. Feels light in the mouth, but not in the thin sort of way. A beer that manages to be both approachable and somewhat complex at the same time.

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Photo of Kremlock
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in tulip glass.

A: Very dark copper with burgundy hues. Pours a very thick frothy white head with low-medium lacing.

S: Sweet, fruity notes. I pick up cherries with some sweet plum. There is a soft bubble gum scent present. Scent is soft and refreshing with smooth alcohol aromas.

T: Complex fruity flavours. Some cherries, raisins and plum but all on the sweeter sides. Finish is dry to low sweetness. I get a bit of holiday fruitcake. The malt is very complex with some nice sweetness yet the dryness of the finish balances it very well.

M: Medium body. Carbonation but has a bite on the tongue. Sweetness is not bothersome and the finish is great. I find the carbonation to have a bite but other then that...amazing.

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Photo of peensteen
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with some ruby red coming through, cap of off white head, not much in the way of lace. Smell is yeasty and a little funky, followed by some herbal anise and dark fruits, corriander perhaps in there as well, plum, raisin, mild brown sugar, some metalic/sour points when cold that seemed to fall of as it warmed. Taste has lots of dark fruits with some spicy herbal flavours, touch of yeast, malty dark breads, raisin, a little sweeter and fruity in the finish. Medium carbonation, medium-full body. Nice dark belgian, nose is a bit odd but certainly drinkable and quite enjoyable, surely something that will age nicely.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip.

A - Classic dark brown color.

S - Fruity smell but not too sweet.

T - Delicious and malty. An easy drinker that I enjoyed.

M - Not a huge mouth, but this wasn't a problem.

O - A superb beer that I enjoyed as much as I'd hoped I would. I like it. I like it a lot.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a BB of Sept 13, 2013

Beer is very dark brown with reddish hints. A very large beige head fills a sizable portion of the glass. Good retention, quite a bit of lace.

Scent contains dark fruit. Prune, grape, raisin. Brown sugar and some bread.

Taste is like the nose. A strong focus on the dark fruit: raisin, grape and fig. Brown sugar and bready malt again. Sweet, but in a restrained way. Nice.

Full bodied, but not heavy. Moderate to high carbonation, but not irritating. Bready.

Overall, quite a nice BSDA. Not a world class beer but very nice. A pleasure.

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

330ml bottle poured in a goblet. ABV 9%.

A - Poured a dark brown with mahogany & copper highlights. A thin beige head quickly reduced to surface bubbles. Some lacing.

S - Candy, bubblegum, cherries, caramel, some spice. The typical Belgium yeast aroma is present.

T - Caramel, sweet, cherries, some dried fruit, some spice, herbal notes.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, some stickiness, dry finish.

O - Pretty good.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(4.25) A: Mahogany red with a solid height of dirty beige foam. Long lasting retention and streaky lacing.

(4.5) S: Initial wave of rich dark woods (oddly mothball like) along with some fruity bubblegum (with sour cherries), sweet toffee, and dried fruits (figs and raisins). Not overly boozy to the nose. Wonderful stuff with a very rich and refined aroma.

(4.25) T: Fruity bubblegum, overripe banana, cherries, nutty qualities, toffee backbone, brown sugar and spice. Not overly sweet with more focus on an earthy-malty side of things. Well balanced, subtle, and superbly smooth.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Velvety texture with slight chewiness.

(4.25) D: Very tasty with quite an overall subtle yet refined taste profile with some wonderful flavours coming through. Would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330mL bottle from the Conestoga LCBO. Never heard of this brew before, but looks intriguing.

Poured into a goblet. Deep caramel-chestnut, about a half inch of lively head that recedes into a sturdy ring. Some lacing.

Nose is brown sugar, caramel, some fruit - figs, raisins or grapes - mild yeast.

Initially quite dry, but this brew really deserves some extra breathing time before things really get going. Sweet and sugary at first, with some of that figgy fruit taste coming in near the finish, along with some chocolate and medicinal herbs. Not bad, actually.

Carbonation is quite aggressive at first - again, letting the brew breathe helped a great deal. It did help the give the brew a lighter quality, however.

Interesting Belgian dark that I found I enjoyed more and more with each sip.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut color with a small light beige head that evaporates quickly to leave a few bubbles. Aroma of roasted malts. Flavor of caramel and toffee, a bit sweet, but nice balance. Medium body. Nice example of the style and would defiantly buy again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 3.50$

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige head. It's hard to make out the level of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, yeast, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is a very high amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and some dark fruits. There is also a yeasty spiciness and some licorice/anise and some medicine like flavour. It ends with a spicy malty aftertaste.

Overall - Not as good as I was expecting.. there is a little bit too much medicine/anise like flavour and the carbonation level was too high. It's not a bad beer by any means, I was just expecting more.

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

A: Dark brown with reddish tints when viewed through the light. The Head is about a finger's width, off-white, with an infinite retention due to the steady stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S: Candy sugars, Belgian yeast, aggressive esters. A sweet and intensely alcoholic aroma.

T: Initial flavor is heavy on the fruit and alcohol. Almost sangria-like at first. Soon the richer malts kick in, bringing deep roasty flavor and a suggestion of chocolate. The hops take the strong flavors through to the finish, which is quite bready.

M: Lots of carbonation, But not syrupy like I was expecting, much more oily, though a bit sticky on the throat.

O: A really good beer. Complex, deep flavors. A nice combination of the flavors of a brown ale with the Belgian characteristics.

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

A treat to find at the local LCBO...

A - Pours a hazy dark brown colour, two fingers of beige head with solid retention and nice sticky lacing.

S - Sweet cloves, bananas, burnt sugar, dark fruit with figs and raisins and a hint of booze on the finish.

T - Flavours are dominated by sweet cloves, bananas and yeast esthers. The dark fruit notes come through alongside caramel and candied brown sugar with a peppery finish.

M - Medium bodied, fills the mouth and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - This stuff is quite tasty, a high octane brew that is dangerously drinkable. Nice to see this brew made it to the Northwest and will definitely be picking up an extra bottle or two before they're all gone.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 20/12/12

A clear brownish amber, looks like root beer, two fingers of tan foam sits around for a while being sustained by a heavy stream of carbonation, just a few spots of lace

S brewers candy and brown sugar, its fruity with some sour cherry perhaps and a little yeast, almost has a woody vinous aspect but I just can't place it, I swear I pick up on some strong cinnamon as it warms

T some earthy leather and a little booze on top of what I smell, pretty solid brew with a good mix of fruit, spice and sugars

M light bodied for the strength but not thin, a few extra bubbles and a little heat on the way down, finish has a long but faint rum raisin thing going

O pretty nice Belgian, good all around and I like a beer where I can't pin point everything it leaves me thinking

I'd drink this one again, priced right and well suited for this chilly Winter night

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the only brewery that proved to be a bust when I visited Belgium. I walked in and there were two guys working but they only spoke French and didn't want anything to do with visitors. Bummer...

$8.99 for a 750ml bottle

A: brilliant copper-rosy color, clear, poured with a nice rocky head that quickly dissipated to nothing
S: medium nose, port-like with deep malt nose, hints of barley wine
T: deep roasted malt, port-like with good hop balance but malt dominates, some oxidation that actually plays well with style
M: very nice, deep, very drinkable for ABV, warming

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

750ml into goblet.

A - Dark brown amber with a medium light tan head.

S - Bready malt, brown sugar, light dark fruit, banana. Very pleasant and inviting.

T - Sweet toasted malt, caramel, plum, raisin, banana and black cherry. Hints of spicy alcohol and Belgian yeast. Finishes bready mixed with a nutty/earthy flavor.

M - Silky and creamy. Medium bodied with a somewhat dry finish.

O - A delicious Belgian ale. Complex, flavorful, and easy drinking. The alcohol warmth slowly builds up. Phenomenal brew.

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Photo of deebo
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second trip to Cambrinus in Bruges for the night, with so many beers and good prices this is always a must stop for beers while in Bruges.
A-Pours a ton of fluffy tan head. This brew is clear and dark brown with a little bit of red around the edges when you hold it up to the light. NIce lacing.
S-Surprisingly not much noted, weak barley with a corn adjunct twist to it. Plenty of Belgian yeast here.
T-Yeasty esters. Somewhat sweet raisiny malt.
M-Medium bodied and carbonated.
O-Surprisingly unexciting. A solid beer but I've really enjoyed other Caracole beers so I expected more.

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Photo of beergoot
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great reddish-copper (mahogany) body with a creamy, thick head. Powerful aroma, rich with malt goodness and succulent, ripe fruits (plums, raisins, and figs). Outstandingly robust taste infused with boldly sweet dark fruit esters and hearty caramel malt grains; there is a sublime alcohol warmth lurking in the background and a really, really nice subtle hop bitterness. Rich, smooth, heavy-bodied mouthfeel; sweet and chewy.

This is a pretty stunning beer overall, especially in the taste-department. Smoothly balanced and deep complexity make this a beer to savor and sip over a period of time. Big, beautiful, and well-worth seeking out...

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

75cl bottle from Belgian Beer Nostradamus is a dark brown ale with a thick, beige head. The aroma is very complex with dark fruits, lots of yeast, malty, sweet, spicy, vinous. The taste is like the aroma very complex; the alcohol presence is very clear. Sweet, malty and spicy. This is a wonderful beer, ideal after a good meal

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

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber color with half an inch of quickly fading tan head.

Smells of raisins, sour cherry, burnt sugar and malt. Reminds somewhat of a good hard cider.

Taste here is all about the malt and yeast. Dark sugars, dried fruit and sour apples. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish and a touch of alcohol burn. Mild carbonation.

All in all a very interesting beer. A mix of a brown ale and a sour. Not somethign I would drink every day, but would definitely try again.

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

Appearance: Dark red, almost looks like a barley wine. Head dissipated almost immediately.
Smell: syrup, molasses, candy sugar, dark stone fruits; black cherry, plum, dates, all of it covered in a layer of sweet balsamic. Fruity vinegar. Smells awesome.
Taste: Black cherry, sweet malt, molasses. End of the tongue has a puckering acidity. Dark fruits really come to the fore as this warms up. For 9% there is absolutely no booziness. Bready sweetness coming out with a very subtle counter balance of bitterness. Slight hints of a roasted malt. Closer to room temperature it picks up an almost bourbon barrel aged flavor that is really surprising. It's a little reminiscent of Firestones Double DBA.
Mouthfeel: Full side of medium. Thick with just enough carbonation to help clear the palate.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a red brown slightly hazy color with a smallish tan head and minimal lacing

S-malt, dark fruit, spices, caramel

T-malt, dark fruit, yeast, caramel, hints of roasted nuts

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, alcohol a bit noticeable

O-a very flavorful dark ale with good depth, could use a little more body and less forward alcohol, but overall very enjoyable

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Photo of IPA35
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A well carbonated hazy, very dark brown beer. A rocky, off white head that is a little fizzy.

Smells malty, fruity and spicey. Very Belgian, very good. Darker malts, dark fruits, alcohol, spice, light coffee. Another member noticed strawberry, with a bit of fantasy, I can see where that comes from.

Nice and fruity; dark fruits, a good sweetness, malty, slight noticable alcohol but it complements this beer. All in all a tasty Belgian dark ale. Again a slight hint of strawberry, as in canned strawberries or strawberry jam. As it warms up the alcohol becomes stronger, half a mark off for that.

Mouthfeel is medium and it has nice carbonation.

Overall a pleasant surprise, this beer to me is a bit overlooked but I decided to give it a try. A nice beer, but this is one of my favourite styles of beers so I am biased. Not mindblowing though.

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Photo of Blackwolf
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an oversized wineglass.

A- Poured a deep rich mahogany colored body, with a cherry/light-brown fluffy head which settled quickly. A thin ring of semi-sticky lacing slowly slips down the sides of the glass at every sip I take. Just wonderful.

S- You know this is a belgian as soon as it hits the nose, bananas/plumb, yeast, caramalt, kinda nutty too. Very aromatic and enticing.

T- Caramalt forward, yummy belgian yeast, some dark fruit mid palate, then a bitter sweet finish with banana very subtle hop tangled with dark roasted nut. Very complex and balanced. Some alcohol says hello in the end too, with a lingering sour.

MF- Light-medium semi sticky body with medium carbonation. Dry finish that is somewhat warming. Lots of fruity flavors and yeast stick to the palate.

O- A very interesting belgian, and easily to be said a great one! I just simply enjoy every part of this fine crafted beer. You cannot be disappointed if you enjoy the style. Worth the buy at a reasonable price, give it a try!

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy amber-brown hue with a huge, tan, 4-finger, frothy head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a nice trail and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet Belgian candi and yeast aroma with a caramel and nutty malt background.

T: Sweet caramel and Belgian yeast flavor that has tart tangy mild and finishes on the dry side.

M: Very strong and boozy. Heavy body and heavy carbonation.

O: Delicious Belgian dark brew – would be perfect at Christmas time. Nice sipping beer at 9.5%.

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Photo of safaricook
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at the Bierparadijs in Meer, Belgium.

Poured it into my Jopen Snifter creating a fine bubbled beige head of almost two fingers that dissipates fast into a rim leaving no lacing. Body is murky darkest brown almost black with a touch of red.

smells of malt, plums, coffee, alcohol

very dominant taste of slightly bitter espresso, malty sweetness, some alcohol and slightly metallic taste and little sourness

fine bubbles dance softly on the tongue, warming alcohol, not really refreshing or special in any way

Not a bad beer, but it just doesn't appeal to me. It is probably the overpowering coffee taste that is pleasant on the nose as it is balanced by other flavors that I am not able to taste. I don't think that I will drink this again for the said reasons, but you should give it a try at least once.

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Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
4.06 out of 5 based on 898 ratings.
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