Saxo | Brasserie Caracole

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Caracole

Style: Belgian Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 416 |  Reviews: 235
Reviews by danadeny:
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3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would say that Saxo is this brewery's basic ale. I say this because this ale is very basic and solid. Nothing crazy, and no surprises, basically what you would expect when you hear Belgian Strong pale Ale. It pours a frothy white head. The color is golden yellow and hazy. The smells of orange, lemon and yeast are present. The taste is different than the smell would indicate. The taste is earthy, musty, and spicy. Not much fruit taste. The mouth feel is crisp, clean and satisfying. There is a hint of the 8% ABV in the middle. Overall a solid representation of a not so fruity Belgian strong pale ale.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice straw color with some light orange hue with a big fluffy white head that settles leaving sheets of lace behind,big citrus aromas some lemon and very ripe pineapple.Nice mix of spice, coriander and clove with some ripe citrus with a little smoke that lingers late.Pretty darn drinkable for the alc 8%,a nice offering liked it better than the Troublette.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brownbeer
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangish-yellow pour with a nice, white head.

Doughy peach aroma with caramel, golden raisin, orange, and coriander.

Soft carbonation, malty caramel, and fruity banana notes with orangey citrus.

Overall, a very smooth and drinkable everyday Belgian beer.

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Photo of alex4sure23
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender brown bottle with a snail-humanoid holding a saxophone. “Best before end 2003” on the side of the label.

Appearance: Chill hazed pale orange yellow sunshine colour, nice head retention that keeps a dainty white lace.

Smell: Sweet and juicy aroma of sweet lemon juice that is almost lemonade-like, faint floral nose from either hops or fruitiness of the yeast. Light yeast and husky grain in the nose also.

Taste: A bit of coarseness in the crisp mouth feel from the grain and moderately high level of carbonation, light to medium body. Hop bitterness is up there, no holding back for the size of the body and is brings a whole level of new flavours from lightly pungent to citric floral. Graininess is hard on the taste buds but refreshing is a way also. Earthiness creeps up from the yeast with a side of woodiness, esters are a bit flamboyant. The estery alcohol brings a noticeable fruitiness of faint mango and pear. As for the alcohol its there and makes a warming mark on the palate. On the dry side but a trace amount of residual sweetness rolls on the tongue from start to finish.

Notes: Richly complex drawing on the grain flavours, hop character and by products of the yeast to push the envelope in brings full and bold flavours. Not as clean as other strong pales and more on the raw side.

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Photo of merlin48
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass, this Belgian pours a chill hazed, medium gold body with an enormous, ivory head. Streams of microbubbles support the rocky head for several minutes and substantial, globs of patchy lace are left down the glass.

Aroma is of lemongrass, mild coriander, and a yeasty presence of dirty, old, wool blanket.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated.

The taste has a bittersweet character, that evolves into more bitter than sweet. Some tart, fruity citrus flavors keep knocking on the door, but the yeast and hops bitterness keep slamming it shut. This one is simply not balanced well, with very little malt assertiveness. Herbal hops and yeasty bitterness are in charge all the way through, and the finish is dry and yeasty bitter.

Lacks complexity, and too bitter and dry for my palate. Alcohol is hidden well, but this is just an average, strong pale ale.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian bomber bottle, caged and corked, purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours slighly cloudy, lighter apricot amber. Typical and not too excitng head, and moderate lacing left behind. Nose of soft fruits, spice/hint of Belgiany yeasty. Easy drinking and quite pleasant BSPA, the 8% quite well hidden. Fruity and refreshing, this beer served as the steaming liquid for some clams and then went great with the clams and a plate of pasta. The finish has notes of pepper, spiced apricots, phenolic yeasties and more then ample Belgian tastyness. A thoroughly enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Kraken
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 20oz pint glass. Firm pour results in a 3 finger head that slowly diminishes. Color is a hazy amber with light sediment. Smells of yeast citrus fruits and an underlying sweet funk. Light funk and wheat on the tongue. Lots of carbonation, sweet finish. Mouthfeel is almost creamy, carbonation cleanses the palate. Highly drinkable, sweetness could become cloying.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ADR
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large 750 ml bottle...very hazy slightly brownish bright ochre color, large white head with ripples across the top. Laces don't stick much, mostly residual sticking spots. Slighty funky aroma with some nice fresh fruit notes, some blueberry and grape. Mouthfeel approaches medium, carbonation is high and lightens things up a bit. Flavor is bright and new, not laden with much in terms of yeastiness -- much more expressive in terms of of wild honey and the sweetness of pears and cantelopes to start things off. A little bit of hazelnut and raisin creeps in, slight reminders of cough drops. Alcohol decently hidden, this beer is fairly straightforward but works well for me.

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Photo of kwkdmk
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of TheBrk
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of ByTor2112
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I hauled this back from KC. In the Chimay Goblet. Pours a beautiful blonde color with a one-finger head that hangs around and dissipates slowly. Lots of carbonation. The aroma gives a combination of citrus and earthy hops. The first taste on the palate is sweet with the hop bitterness coming and going. Complex, yet it tastes a little like a Saison. This blonde is awesome and would be great as an after-dinner drink. the alcohol is present but mild as it mingles with the sweetness and the herbal spicyness of the hops. A swirl of the glass actually rejuvenates the aroma. A good froth on the palate releases a good sour taste that adds to the sweetness and the well-rounded hops. This was very drinkable and I am starting to appreciate Belgians more and more. Cheers, Joe

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy dark gold color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light fruits - pears mostly but hints of green apples - with light Begian candi sugar and mild spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The fruit flavors are a bit earthier than the smell would suggest however the sweetness and spiciness are on par with the smell. Ending is crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a good beer for the style but none of the flavors were intense enough to be anything more. Worth a shot.

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Photo of JohnW
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold colour and slight cloudiness, and natural carbonation gave a slight but not dense head. Aroma is dry, yeastly, but somehow also slightly sweet, with hints of spices, citrus and maybe even pepper.
The taste was not what I expected, and seems very dry to start, though not really hoppy bitter, with the spices coming through first, then maybe hints of citrus and a slight sweet & sour finish. The carbonation tickles the tongue as it does down, giving it a slight zesty texture. This was less sweet than some typical Belgium ales, considering its alcohol strength, and I enjoyed it fairly well, though not sure I would want more than one serving at a time.

Certainly worth trying if you enjoy this style of beer.

JohnW (written and tasted while in Tampa FL June 2007)
B'ham UK

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Saxo from Brasserie Caracole
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 416 ratings