Saxo | Brasserie Caracole

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87
very good
405 Ratings
SaxoSaxo
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Caracole
Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 02-21-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
405
Reviews:
232
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.51%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
34
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 405 |  Reviews: 232
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fresh tasting pale. 8% is a surprise. Very good yeast aroma and honey yeast in taste. Creamy lemon, bit grass, spicy vanilla, moderately aggressive carbonation concommitant with being well hopped. Mid sip mint, abundant good malts for balance. Goes down smooth.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a slightly murky yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, spices, and some perfume-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly soapy flavor on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but smells better in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the new wurstkuche sausage place on broadway downtown. neat little program they have running there. this beer looks a lot better than it is though, although to be fair, she had to change the keg halfway through pouring my beer, so some of these criticisms may be a product of that. it has a two inch snow white bright head on it, thick and lasting, really lovely sitting on top of a clear golden straw colored brew. looks fantastic in branded glassware. it smells good too, belgian yeast leading the way as expected, and its fruity like pears and perfume. the malt base is entirely inconsequential and uninteresting, but it doesnt matter. some hops to the taste, but the yeast is the star, a muted, reserved star, but to me it still shines brightly, it tastes really good. one would never know its as strong as it is, it drinks effortlessly. my only real issue with it is the carbonation, which looks like its there, i can see the bubbles releasing from the edges of the glass and bursting at the surface, but i cant feel any of that. its stillish on my palate, not dead and lifeless, but tired or lazy, and its unflattering to an otherwise very springy living beverage. still, i like the way it tastes, i like that its more hoppy than most belgian beer, and i like drinking beer out of the brewers glassware. worth trying for sure, and a cool companion to greasy meat, which is a poor way to describe the tasty food at wurstkuche

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a hazy looking yellowish gold color. The smell of the beer was of grains and some bready Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer reminded me a little bit of a wheat beer more than a Pale Ale. The flavors were soft and finished with a little bit of a bitterness in the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel of the beer was drinkable and had a lot of sporatic carbonation. Overall this beer was decent I think, nothing too exciting but it was nice to try.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of nmann08
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Aromas of fruity yeast and pale malts are present in the nose along with some hints of white wine.
T: The taste follows the smell and also has notes of Belgian and fruity yeasts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Notes of dryness are perceptible.
O: This beer has a nice amount of dryness and complex flavors from the yeast.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's very few beers that transport you straight to sourthern Belgium like Saxo! It's winy taste wraps around an artistic ale attitude with an exhibition of taste like very few ales can.

The beer decants with a dark honey-amber color that carries with it an inherent mild haze. strongly carbonated, the beer unleashes a creamy and sprite head of just off white hues that crowns the tulip with longstanding froth and random islands of lace.

Zesty, spicy, fruity aromas set the stage for a light malty-sweet aromas of hard candies and powdered sugar- all holding a lot of complex orange, apples, coriander and saffron notes.

The taste opens up to a sweet cotton candy blend honey, clove, and coriander before giving way to a slightly winey taste of Reiesling. Mead-like in its robust complexity; the somewhat buckwheat robust notes are savory, lightly toasty, and almost buttery. Oranges, apples, pears all seem slightly over ripened and are relieved by a spicy counterpart of bitter orange peel, white pepper and a pleasant cumin ending.

Saxo's body is quite amazing.- where the sweetness in flavor really coats the mouth, the beer has a low-lingering sugary effects on the palate- it kinda evaporates in the mouth above the effervescent carbonation and dry malt memory. Lightly peppery to the tongue and with a slight alcohol warmth, the classy ale is spicy and honey-like in aftertaste.

Saxo really celebrates the succulent sweetness of malt with candy sugar, but balances with yeasty spice with little influence from hops, spice additions, or unruly off flavors. This beer signifies what's best about Belgian beer!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, 7.5% ABV. Weird sax-wielding jester depicted on the label.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming fistful of puffy, thinly foamy, and congealed melted marshmallow off-white head, which leaves some sparse reaching finger lace around the glass in its rather lazy wake.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy pale malt, zingy fruit - lemon, apple, pear, and pineapple notes are strongest - with some coriander and white pepper spice, and soft, earthy yeast. The taste is again somewhat sweet, raw pastry-like malt, more strong, yet now muddled golden fruit, peppery yeast, mild earthy hops, and a soft alcohol warming.

The carbonation is moderate, after that initial outburst, and persistent in its tight frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, quite smooth, and somewhat creamy, in a caramel pudding sort of way. It finishes bittersweet, the pale malt offset by some trailing warm spice and gritty hoppiness.

A pleasant, well-rounded strong Belgian ale, no edges here. Outgoing, and plays well with others, until, I suppose, that hidden alcohol strength becomes blindingly apparent, and engenders cravings for more heady, darker Belgian offerings.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, pale, golden color with a bubbly, off-white, small head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled yeasty, fruity and of sweet caramel.

T - It tasted spicy and fruity. It had a nice light caramel malt flavor with some yeasty undertones.

M - It was crisp, sharp and still smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty nice beer. Pricy but quite good.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy blond with two fingers of head. Very nice retention.

Smell: Very estery; mango, banana and spices at the forefront with a hint of citrus.

Taste & mouthfeel: Closely mirrors the smell with a big spicy banana bread flavor. Undertones of orange peel, green apple and clove. Light-to-medium in body. Sweetness makes this more of a sipper, and I could see it becoming slightly cloying in large quantities.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head, golden yellow blondy hazy looking.

Nose is sweet, honey, Belgian golden yeast and fruits, light straw, hint of floral hops.

Taste is light, little sweet, honey, light candi sugar, Belgian golden malts, yeast, and fruits, refreshing but light, drier finish with lingering Belgian golden malts.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall not bad, a little lighter than I expected, but very drinkable, especially for 8%.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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 nickfl
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of fluffy, white head on a very hazy, golden-orange body. The head retention is excellent and when it finally settles down it leaves good lace.

S - Bready malt with some light biscuit notes. There are some sour, fruity notes of lemons and white grapes along with a bit of white pepper and coriander.

T - Sweet malt with lots of biscuit notes and a bit of toasted malt. Mild yeasty fruit in the middle with some notes of red apple, pears, pepper, and vanilla. The finish is spicy, with mild hop bitterness to balance the malt.

M - High carbonation, medium body, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, the complexity of the malt and yeast profile make for an interesting beer that goes down easily due to its dryness.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/26/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains Belgian yeast, banana, light malts, some spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out a little malty and sweet with flavors of banana, Belgian yeast and spices. The hops presence is pretty decent for the style and provides a brief, mild and pleasantly bitter bite. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to stick with for a whole evening, especially if youÂ’re in a Belgian kind of mood.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich and spicy blonde ale. Hazy light amber in the tulip glass. Attractive sudsy carbonation, and it's sprightly on the tongue. Fairly light body.

Pleasant warm and buttery flavor. Aroma of cinnamon? this has the nicest spicy flavor. It's sort of the ideal user-friendly sort of Belgian flavor-- not too sweet with a slight tartness. Mellow malt with some of the estery spice flavors. Somewhat fruity but less intense that lots of Belgian-style beers. A nice touch of the funk with a little yeasty bitterness. Overall a very drinkable strongish beer.

On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

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Saxo from Brasserie Caracole
3.91 out of 5 based on 405 ratings.
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