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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
911
Reviews:
517
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
107
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Rivoire
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IckyT2012
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of josanguapo
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From www.cervezasespeciales.com. maybe my bottle was in bad state, as it was the last one in the shop and its label was a bit damaged. It let down my expectatives, but it wasnt infamous either

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Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beastcpa
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty QUAD with Belgian/Brown ale elements. Most interesting experience that any one who likes QUUD/Belgian and or Brown ale should try at least once.

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

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KJHB
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, L25012015 stamped on bottle - not sure if it means bottled on Jan25th of 2015 or best by Jan25th of 2015 - either way, drunk at 43- F in a goblet.

Poured with 3+fingers light tan head! Lasted for approx 3-4 minutes before reducing to a foamy film on top of the beer. Lightly hazy dark red mahogany with ruby highlights.

Aroma is mildly abrasive, but not of alcohol - seems to be missing even though the beer's 9%. When first poured it smelled of sour musky oak and not much else, after warming for a few minutes some fruit esters including dark cherry and plum notes appear, but they're still taking backseat to the sour tinge.

Flavor is more complex than aroma: oak, toffee, mild raisin, dry tart cherry, deep caramel malt almost to the point of being roasted but not quite. Some sweetness, but not nearly as sweet as many other Belgian beers I've had. Not as sour as the nose leads you to believe, pleasant but not overbearing. Alcohol very well hidden in the background.

Mouth-feel is smooth with moderate carbonation, a mild swish of the glass releases enough to re-form the foam coating the beer. Light to medium bodied.

Overall a solid good beer. It wasn't what I initially expected, but perhaps that's part of its charm. Not for someone who's not used to a little sourness in a dark aged ale, this is a beer for Belgian lovers to sip, dissect, and enjoy.

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Photo of GoGators
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of epyon396
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LAND_MINE
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of McMatt7
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich brown hue with plenty of haze and a finger of creamy tan foam. Very attractive.

Smell: a good dose of dark fruitiness with plenty of raisin and a nice dustiness; just the way I like 'em.

Taste: sweet but not too sweet with a good raisin and tobacco flavor and a fair dose of alcoholic heat. It is also rather dusty, again something I really like.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a pretty good creaminess.

Overall: I find this beer to be highly drinkable, especially for its ABV. It really clicks for me.

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Photo of dabarton
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephens101
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every once in a while a new Belgian will hit the local shelves, and they are generally hit or (usually) miss.

Reddish-brown with a wispy tan head.

Notes of brown sugar float freely to the nose with a pleasant admixture of herb, black grape, warmed syrup and vanilla.

Tastes of brown bread, a little grain, a pinch of nutmeg and molasses covered grapes. Yes, that is correct, molasses covered grapes, and ain't that yum!

Medium-bodied with a perfectly warming alcohol heat.

A definite hit that makes all the misses completely worthwhile.

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Photo of MaevaS
2.82/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer

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Photo of einman
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IPAchris
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oakenator
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Petty61
4.98/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Beautiful head! Can float a bottle cap. Love the dark rich color. Nutty flavor goes well with a sweet coconut dessert.

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Nostradamus from Brasserie Caracole
4.06 out of 5 based on 911 ratings.
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