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Saxo | Brasserie Caracole

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SaxoSaxo
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3.9/5
Very Good
409 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:
#7,567
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
409
pDev:
11.54%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
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15
Gots:
35
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of kmpitz2
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this one. It pours a cloudy straw color with a nice billowing head over top that falls to about 2 fingers. The nose is divine, with a lot of lemony and a nice peppery spiceyness. Wow. I could sit and smell it all night. The flavor is spot on to the nose, with a really nice lemoney sweetness and a beautiful peppery spice. Everything is well blended and very nice. The feel is moderate to thick, with a moderate carbonation. This brew goes down without a problem. The 8% is nowhere to be found. It is not filling or heavy at all. Damn. Great brew.

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Photo of JBogan
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful gold with plenty of bubbles feeding a thick foamy head which leaves minimal lacing.

The mainly citric aroma is offset by a small yeast presence.

The taste is also mainly citrus along with apples and peppery spice. The alcohol is completely hidden. Really very nice tasting.

Mouthfeel is also just about perfect. A medium to thick body with a good creaminess and perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall I was quite pleased with this beer. It was extremely drinkable and refreshing, and I look forward to the next time I have it again.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, served about 44F. Soon as I finished untwining the wire cap, the cork BLEW out of the bottle with a tremendous POP, flew across the room, hit the ceiling and then the wall and then fell down. But the beer didn't gush out. Not the first time I've ever had a flying cork, but it's the first it didn't gush when that happened. Served it into a Duvel glass.

Pours a very cloudy pale coppery gold with a huge frothy head, long lasting, with excellent lacing. Big aroma full of notes of lemon-citrus and honey, with a spicy hop presence. Good sweet malt flavor up front, with a toasted wheat flavor that reminds me, oddly, of a lightly fried tortilla. Light green apple & lemony vanilla fruitiness, with a moderately high amount of grassy hoppiness, developing into a lingeringly dry finish. Hugely carbonated, with a medium-light body.

It's been about three years since I last had a Saxo, which is too long. I plan to stock this regularly from now on.

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Photo of soper2000
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed Caracole's Amberee so I thought that I'd give this one a shot. Pours a beautiful golden hue with a medium sized white head. Aroma has a nice kick of spice to settle on top of an apple like fruitiness. Both of the Caracole beers that I've had to date have a really interesting earthiness to them. Quite a lot of spice on top of the earthiness. Fruitiness becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Great drinkability. Excellent value to boot. I will definitely be seeing more of this in my future.

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Photo of clvand0
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a cloudy yellow color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of citrus/lemon as well as a lot of spices. Very nice. The flavor is exactly like the nose - lots of spices and lemony goodness. Very tasty. Moderated mouthfeel and drinkability is great.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy straw blonde into a tulip with two fingers of loose white head. Very nice aroma with sweet/grainy caramel, green apple, lemon, and a hint of boozy warmth.

High carbonation and a light, dry mouthfeel. Candi sugar sweetness up front with lemon, hints of grape, and green apple with some gentle spice on the finish.

Really tasty and balanced with only a hint of booze in the aroma. Was afraid this would be a little too sweet but it was really easy-drinking (had a sort of "sweet Duvel" quality to it).

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Delirium Tremens glass. This is so hard to find in Columbus for some reason, but I was able to get it in Toledo...

Murky yellow appearance with a very thin white head. The aroma is bready and a little sour.

The flavor is really complex, with at least the following tastes: wheat, spicy hops, bread, bananas, and a toasty after-taste. It was really outstanding.

I'd recommend this to anyone, go out and try it. I think it's the best so far from this brewery.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Saxo has a very thick, foamy, white head, an initially clear, golden appearance, with tight bubble streams and some lacing. The beer clouds up once the bottom contents are swished and poured in. The aroma is of sweet, sugary malt, some fruit, like figs, and grain. Taste is of those elements, with candy sugar, grain husk, champagne, and some underlying alcohol. Bitterness is present across the sip, as well. Mouthfeel is medium and the bubbles are very prickly. Saxo finishes dry, sweet, and fairly refreshing. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.

RJT

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mostly clear, gold in color with a moderate sized head. The aroma is rather tart, with hints of banana and green apple. Flavor is very smooth, and wonderfully balanced. Wheaty with hints of lemon, mildly spicy throughout, and finished with a gentle touch of herbal hops. Very flavorful for a blond. Body is fairly creamy and a bit viscous in the swallow. A really nice, very drinkable beer. Can't believe the ABV is as high as it is!

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why, but most Caracole stuff I bring home is always full of effervesence, I've even had a couple gushers. This one threatened to gush but kept itself in check. Weird. Color is a gleaming gold with lots of bubbles and excellent clarity. Sticky lace like styrofoam clings to the glass as the head thins slowly. Excellent retention. Great looks to this one.

Aroma is dusty grain, sour chick pea (I'm not kidding), yeast, and light honey notes.

Sweeter, fruitier, spicier flavors than the aroma hints at...big honey, juicy pear, banana, clove, coriander. The sour/bitter pucker in the finish and yeast dirtiness make sure things don't get too nice and sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and buoyant, creamy while also significantly drying after the swallow. I remember my first Saxo knocking me out in the mouthfeel dept., and this one has done it again.

Very drinkable, barely showing it's 8% alcohol. Super-enjoyable, glad I got a 4-pack this time. Hey Belgium: I love you.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright orange with a tall, white fluffy head. Nose is bitter malt, some hops, faint grass, strong lemon rind and spices. Microbubbles streaming throughout the glass.

Taste is bitter and astringent, like unsweetened orange juice. Light, blonde malts but lots of spice with yeast, citrus, lime, peppery flavors. At first, what impresses me as chlorine or cleanser off-flavors but after a while they seem to blend in with the greater profile.

After a little more and it warms a bit, the spices blend a lot better with the malt profile. An orange hoppiness comes through that complements the spices very well. Reminds me of a honey/lemon juice mix Mom used to make for sore throats. Another very complex brew with a kind of "in-your-face" brashness about it.

Medium on the palate, lots of body, finishes clean with little aftertaste. Absolutely no trace of alcohol flavors in the mix, extremely drinkable. Your palate comes out well-scrubbed by this brew. I like BeerAngel's "Belgian IPA" descriptor for this one.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop lemon nose. Hazy "white beer" wheat look. Original taste of lemon and wheat with a smooth mouth. Lasting white head and lace. Slight alcohol finish. Very smooth blonde. A big wheat base is apparent which pumps the ABV. This beer is a Hoegarden on steroids!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best Before 03/2006, 750ml bottle, Sampled January 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear straw gold color that is topped by a pale cream colored head that is held aloft by a large bubbled carbonation. The aroma is softly sharp, with herbal notes of lemon grass, fresh cut clover, and a fresh citrus character. The citrus notes are the strongest part of the aroma.

The taste is lightly sweet, yet dry, and fairly effervescent, as the beer lightly dances across the tongue from the carbonation. This beer finishes with a sharp bitterness, a bit of a biting astringency and a carbonic acid bite. Each of these notes help to balance the sweet fruity character found at the front of this beer. The beer has a light lemon-like citrus fruit character to it, but it also has some light herbal grassy notes to it as well. I get notes of vanilla, dandelions, a hint of mint (how quaint), and an herbal note that has, among other things, a component of basil.

This beer is quite tasty, and is really well balanced between the various beery components. Each of the 4 beers that I have tried from this brewery have been great, I highly recommend any brew from these guys. This is one of the best golden ales that I have ever had.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. Left a big three finger plus biege head that quickly receded to 1/4 inch surface skim that did retain well. Some decent lacing at times, but not uniformly so. Body was a cloudy orange yellow. Looks really good, but would have liked better head retention.

Smell - fruity esters and some phenols. Mostly the banana thing, slight indication of cloves. Some hint of noble hops and a little toasty malt. Smells good and inviting.

Taste - like the nose. Fruit, mainly pears, some apples, and of course, bananas. Slight clove. Some herbal hops and toasty malt. It's very straightfoward, and very good, basically what a Belgian Strong should be.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, moderate carbonation, very slight hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - this is very good, and it goes down really well. I should admonish against more than one 750 ml per session due to abv, and hence lowering drinkability points, but I don't think I can, so ... get another one, but only if you're not driving.

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

This highly carbonated blond ale pours a clear golden color with a quarter inch head that lasted the entire time it took me to drink. The citrusy aroma was exceptonal and the citrus notes came through in the taste as well. The high alcohol also came through in the taste. The carbonation made this a very drinkable and refreshing beer, but with the high alcohol content I'd say this is pretty dangerous. I could see myself drinking several of these before the alcohol hits me.

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

Reviewed from my notes. It has an opaque dirty/tarnished gold color and a white foam head. There is some great lacing. The aroma is a good combination of earthy yeast and floral hops. Saxo has a great smooth, malty flavor with just the right amount of hops. It has a clover honey sweetness that I really like. It's a full bodied beer. There is a medium amount of carbonation, but it feels lighter than it is. It's as close to a perfect mouthfeel as I can recall having. It is also sumpremely drinkable This glass in front of me will go down very easily. I could drink Saxo all night.

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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 trevorjn06
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an appropriate blonde color with a thick, rocky head that recedes slowly.

Aroma is earthy yeast, stone fruits (peaches, light plums), some hop character and restrained bready malt. Subtle and straight forward, quite pleasant.

Flavor is much more reserved than most Belgian ales (as blond ales are supposed to be). There is sweet pilsner malt, soft, lightly fruity yeast character and some mild hop character that is lightly spicy and earthy. The finish is moderately dry and leaves soft yeast flavors, some alcoholic warmth and bready malts.

Mouthfeel is "soft" and smooth with tight bubbles and a medium/light body. Medium/high carbonation.

Overall this beer does not stand out as much as the first time I tried it, but at that point I had only tried 3 or so Belgian ales. This is an excellent beer and dangerously drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly clouded straw gold with minimal head. Nose is strong with a lemon citrus tone and yeast. Some alcohol present. Flavor is tart and tangy with a leafy lemon like flavor. Seems to be a touch of mint on there as well. Feel is nice and even with a smooth level of carbonation. Oh so drinkable. The flavor profile is so smooth and easily drinkable. A damn good BSPA, though lacking the complexity that other heavy hitters carry.

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Saxo from Brasserie Caracole
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 409 ratings
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