Brasserie Caracole

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Brasserie Caracole
Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #13
Ranked #16,760
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Oct 25, 2021
Feb 21, 2002
Very Good
Notes: None
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3.93 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 25, 2021
3.78 by MaxOhle from Illinois on Jun 22, 2021
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3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by JonnoWillsteed from England

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)…
L- Be prepared in case yours starts slowly foaming from the spout right after de-capping. -- Mid-amber, somewhat hazy, with a 1Cm cream coloured fine-bubble head. ps @ +10mins, holds really well, in fact still 1Cm high...
S- Belgian yeast notes, incl a hint of citrus fruit?
T- Indeed, Belgian yeast timber/leather then into a light/dry citrus note. It reminds me of a citrus fruit rather scarce in the west, the pomelo. In that it has the flavour of a citrus fruit and yet has a kinda hollowed-out/watery iteration of citrus notes. Here they are dry, subtle and come with major CO2 on the palate which adds to the restrained taste.
F - Mucho CO2 on the palate. Surprisingly dry and seriously light feeling too considering that it's a solid 7.7% ABV.
O- I was hoping for more from this. The citrus/CO2 aspect is over-dominating for me. It comes over as nothing like it's ABV%. It doesn't even taste/feel like 4.5% to me, at -3.2% that is pretty astonishing. A strange brew really, I'll happily finish it but no reason to buy it again, there's so much available for the price that does more for me than this.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! ==> contains 'spices'.
330ml bottle BB: 28/07/2022 £2.24 Bought from BeersOfEurope, King's Lynn/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Apr 17, 2021
3.44 by DvdP from Netherlands on Nov 09, 2020
4.6 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jan 16, 2020
4.02 by CanadianGinge from Texas on Oct 06, 2019
3.56 by sparx1100 from Minnesota on Aug 04, 2019
4.19 by egrandfield from Massachusetts on May 10, 2019
4 by bigred89 from Maryland on Oct 15, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Libeertarian from Montana

From notes taken 07/31/17:

Opaque, extremely murky, metallic dull golden amber or orange. Creamy-white heads fizzy at first but settling to a well-retaining mass of light, rocky bubbles. Smells metallic and yeasty, an almost fruity tartness, a little vinegar and burnt rubber like in a sour. Palate is much more medicinal and mentholated, but fairly sweet, somewhere between vinous and pea-like, and lemony-tart enough to be quite refreshing at the 45°-50° it is being served at. Perhaps I was just thirsty, but I am guzzling it at the moment. Better leave a little to complete my review with! Light-bodied, perhaps medium, with a moderately active and soft effervescence, but a lot of it, matching with the level of fizziness in appearance. Velvety and gulpable. Both somewhat acidic and astringent, slightly warming.

Jun 18, 2018
4 by paulish from New York on May 26, 2018
3.75 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on May 19, 2018
3.93 by shelby415 from Oregon on Apr 19, 2018
4.01 by weareallfalafel from Virginia on Mar 28, 2018
3.92 by avisong from Virginia on Mar 12, 2018
3.9 by JTuomi from Finland on Nov 11, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by REDAMI from Ohio

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Hazy, pale gold pour thin white head. Visible yeast.

S - Tart, bretty smells, sharp citrus, faint grains.

T - Grassy bitterness, sweet apricot, light grain, honey in the finish.

F - Very dry, with creamy carbonation.

A pleasant, slightly sweet tasting blonde. Nicely complex without being overwhelming. Though the smell is quite deceptive.

Oct 18, 2017
3.94 by mltobin from Connecticut on Oct 17, 2017
3.58 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Oct 01, 2017
3.94 by cyrushire from Florida on Jul 17, 2017
4.06 by Twal from Colorado on Jun 28, 2017
4 by emerge077 from Illinois on Jun 23, 2017
4.06 by steverx8 from England on Apr 29, 2017
3.74 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Jan 04, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Pundit_of_Potability from Indiana

This one is fine. It is certainly worth the experience--but I left a bit wanting... Its simply missing that special something. There is nothing really distinct about this golden ale. Its a bit harmless and safe. The carbonation is average which makes the finish a little dull. And you'll get the usual fruity notes of a beer this style. I'd give the bottle artwork a 5/5, but otherwise, I've had many better in this style.

Nov 19, 2016
4 by redfox405 from California on Jul 26, 2016
3.64 by LJWalker from Indiana on Jun 16, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Review of on tap, 8/2017:
In the glass, this has a medium haze. A dull dirty golden orange, the just off-white head is enticing.

Nose is sweet preachers fruit, im getting mg more sweet pear than neutral apple. There's some extra sweetness as well that is slightly syrupy in nature. An herbal accent is there as well - can't place it - along with a slight impression of something like earthy cinnamon or dull ginger.

Taste is thankfully not syrupy, though midway through there is a brief fruit cocktail juice taste. The opening is mildly dry and earthy, the pear and apple seeming to lack their unique fruity sweetness. As stated, these flavors grow into a fruit cocktail by mid taste. Herbal hops stay at bay as accents through the end, where they linger just a little, along with a little sweetness and a tingly feel.

An interesting beer, tasty with a decent complexity. It pushes the boundaries on the sweet side, but only for one part of the taste.

Jun 15, 2016
4.35 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Jun 09, 2016
3.94 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Jun 07, 2016
4 by 2GOOFY from California on May 28, 2016
4 by RBuckley73 from Nevada on May 26, 2016
4.01 by Mnteti from Delaware on May 25, 2016
4.21 by Dzu from Russian Federation on May 18, 2016
4 by Gkruszewski from New York on May 16, 2016
3.48 by eric5bellies from Australia on May 14, 2016
3.45 by mwckiltedsavage from Virginia on Apr 13, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by superspak from North Carolina

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/30/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, light pepper, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and compelxity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, light pepper, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, coriander, light pepper, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly grainy/creamy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 09, 2016
3.77 by nmann08 from Virginia on Apr 09, 2016
3.85 by jedk from New Jersey on Apr 03, 2016
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