Saxo | Brasserie Caracole

SaxoSaxo
BA SCORE
3.9/5
408 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
Ranking:
#7,329
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
408
pDev:
11.54%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
35
Trade:
0
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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YvesB
2.53/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is the 2nd of the 4-pack. So I am getting to appreciate this more... as often happens with me as I grow to discern those brewers who spend a lot of time on their yeast... as Caracole does.

Saxo looks great, even among the competition of Belgian blondes.
Smells like a master at work.
Taste has what seems like Caracole's unique yeast.
Feel is right, not too carbonated, but does have lingering spices that are not as yum-yum as the rest of the beer.

Caracole to me is becoming one of the more interesting brewers that are distinctly Walloonian, a place that seems to breed interesting brewers.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" gave a long review (for him) "a Duvel-like beer with a deductively fresh fruitiness reminiscent of bananas and cherries in cream; smoothly seductive but penetrating and strong (8.0 vol)" and then goes on to talk about the ingredients.

2/27/17 Had on tap at The Map Room, my neighborhood bar that I go to, amazingly, every other year. They served Saxo too cold for me and I didn't have time to let it warm up. Still good, but the bottle fermentation is a better way for me to drink it.

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Photo of gr0g
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of benlhoest
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mattymystique
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine. Deep golden body with soft white head. Light yeasty aroma hints at the flavor to come. Yeast, honey and sweet malt all taste elements. Fast finish with a hint of honey.

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

Photo of GuitarIPA
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khrx4u
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of alostplot
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dizzy242
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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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4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From www.cervezasespeciales.com. The best one from this brewery I've tasted so far

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

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3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McMatt7
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tharper178
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KyleDubya
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saxo from Brasserie Caracole
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 408 ratings
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