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Saxo | Brasserie Caracole

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SaxoSaxo
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3.9/5
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409 Ratings
SaxoSaxo
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Caracole
Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 02-21-2002

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Ranking:
#7,555
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
409
pDev:
11.54%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
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Photo of trancefishy
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 750 into a nice large glass with ample space for the enourmous frothy cappuccino like head. beer is a crystal-clear golden colour, absolutley no haze

aroma is peaches, spices, and yeast. faint and quaint.

taste is spot on. it's really subtle and kind of builds up after a few moments. sort of a peaches and cream flavour, very mild hop bitterness and sweetness that feels like it came from honeysuckle flowers. certain yeasty spiciness to it characteristic of the style, and not burdensome tasting at all, much like many belgians i have. the aftertaste reminds me of pancakes somehow, like really good maple syrup and nutmeg. entirely delicious. i do wish that the taste were a bit more, upfront, like, notched up in power about 10%, but, well, beer is subtle like that sometimes. very ephemeral.

mouthfeel is spritzy and smooth. i could drink this all day long.

super tasty brew, i wasn't really expecting to enjoy it so much as i'm not the biggest fan of this style, but, this one surprised me. that snail is way cool.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice murky golden color into my tulip glass with about 1.5cm of white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves a nice solid ring for the remainder of the glass.

Aroma is primarily of pungeant, earthy hops and perhaps a bit of citrus. Distinct "Belgian" aroma - I don't know what it is, but all Belgian ales have a hint of *something*, just like all macros have that hint of metallic *something*.

My first thought upon tasting this ale was: "This is a Saison." I had to double-check to make sure it wasn't. The floral, darkly spicy hops dominated on top of some light, cashewwy yeast flavor. Pretty complex as I let it warm. Myriad interesting flavors surface, including pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel is just as it should be - carbonated, phenolically smooth, leaving a nutty yeast aftertaste.

A very drinkable ale. Especially in warm weather.

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Photo of sunilmallya
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%

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 Braudog
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled beer at Biergarden, Portsmouth. Brought out in a tulip. Hazy yellow with a well-laced head. The nose is light and yeasty. Flavor-wise, this is lemon-citrusy, flowery, with a bready yeastiness, almost like a strong, alcohol-laced witbier. Excellent. (#2693, 2/10/2007)

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mitchster
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. 8% ABV. Bottle has the "Belgian Paradise Beer" insignia on the label.

Pours to a clear golden with a slight yeast-haze, forming a tall, rocky white head with a delicate texture, great retention and honeycomb lacing. Adding the silty yeast gives it a milky glow. Carbonation is strong with a firm release of gas upon opening the bottle. Aroma is mouthwatering...sweet/tart fruits, Belgian Funk, dusty basement, sticky sweet pale malts, apples, a suggestion of mead. The taste echoes the aroma exactly. There is a well-balanced bready sweetness with a large amount of phenolic spice in the middle, akin to a very good Abbey ale. The tartness is rather mild, though I could stand to have more. The mouthfeel is spritzy with a medium-light body. The finish is spicy and lingering with sweet malts, honey, and vanilla. There is an odd mint & erythromycin bitterness in the aftertaste, however I need to concentrate to detect it. Alcohol is only perceptable as a peppery bite in the finish and a pleasant buzz. As it warms, the flavor profile remains stable.

This is a solid, classy brew that I could see myself buying again. The finish is a little wierd, but all in all, this was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of icemonkey908
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle. Appears a cloudy golden color. Head is quite large and fluffy initially but dies down to a thin trace after a few minutes. The aroma is very sweet and fruity. Hints of berries and banana are present. The taste is slightly tart and spicy but then finishes with a sweet alcohol flavor. Very carbonated mouthfeel. Overall, a very tasty beer, well above average.

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Photo of kindestcut
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Source: 750ml bottle.

The Caracole Saxo poured a nice pale golden hue with a sizable head that lasted throughout the session. The carbonation was active and added nicely to the appearance and mouthfeel.

The aroma was lovely, with notes of sweetness, citrus and spice.

This is a very solid beer, reminiscent of other Belgian blondes but quite tasty with a wonderful fruity and sweet taste. Unlike some Belgian ales, there is no overpowering spiciness but only a well-balanced flavor. For a beer that is 8% ABV, there is not a powerful alcohol character. This is a very easy ber to drink which might make it very dangerous indeed.

I had high hopes for the Saxo since I am a big fan of Belgian pale/blonde ales and it did not disappoint. This is a tasty beer that is well suited for either dinner or casual drinking.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Appearance is a hazy, yet intense orange. The head retention was not very good, but what little there was left some sticky lace.
S- Smell is spicy, yeasty, with fruit esters coming through, a bit lemony as well.
T- It is somewhat sweet, but the emphasis is on the yeast and spice flavors with hoppy and fruity flavors existing in the background. The finish has a bit of an alcohol glow to it, that only got more powerful as it warmed.
M- full bodied, warming alcohol, high carbonation that is slightly prickly, yet all in all it's a very substantive beer.
D- This is a complex, layered beer that is flat out well done. It is not a session beer for me, as after a couple of these, one might get a little worn. I actually really enjoyed this beer, and would recommend it, though maybe not as one's first bspa, as it is rather aggressive with some of its flavors and with the alcohol warmth.

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Photo of boss302
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep gold to light brown in color through the 12 oz Saxo tulip shapped glass, nice thick head. Head reduces with time, but remains leaving a nice lace on the glass.

S: coriander dominates, slight ester with very little hop aroma.

T: high Carbonation, very clean crisp and very little hint of the high alcohol content other than a little sweetness.

M: full bodied, again with little notice of the higher alcohol until the aftertaste, which is noticeably warmer.

D: definitely worth getting if you can find it, overall a very nice beer.

Definitely recommend!

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Photo of EPICAC
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle at Delirium Café in Brussels.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden with a thick, fluffy, bright white head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell: Very peppery, with banana fruitiness, and light graininess.

Taste: Lightly sweet fruit upfront, with a significant peppery bite in the finish with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light-bodied, dry finish.

Drinkability: Very crisp and refreshing, with a nice dry finish.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is interesting...I am drinking the Organic Version of Saxo...and it says clearly on the bottle: Biere Blond, Alc. 8% vol. It's also a 33cl bottle.

Picked this up at an organic trade show in Germany, I happened to be walking past the Belgian section and did an extreme doubletake because there it was: a booth featuring Organic Belgian Beers. Yes, I made them go find the guy running the booth, and had a good chat with him (Let me know if anyone wants to be a distributor).

Anyway, he very nicely gave me two bottles of the Organic Saxo, along with two more of a beer I've yet to review. He would have given me glasses, but was afraid they would break...

Pours a dark yellow color with a very impressive head, which did die down a bit. Smell was spicy, grassy, very pleasant. A very full-bodied beer to drink, I really enjoyed that. Not watery at all. Very smooth. The taste is not overwhelming, or screaming out this flavor or that flavor. I would recommend this for someone who wants to drink a smooth, full-bodied beer that is amazing light tasting at the same time. Definitely would drink again, no question.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
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 you’re in a Belgian kind of mood.

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Photo of dstc
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle with date on back into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy golden color with big white head with good retention and fine lacing.

Smells sweet and flavorful. Lemony, flowery and a little grainy.

Nice flavor. Somewhat fruity but clean. Refreshing with a slight bitter hoppiness.

Nice clean mouthfeel. The beer is well carbonated which you could tell from the pour.

I first had this at a beer tasting at a new market in South Florida and ended up buying a six pack. Have had other Caracole, all of which were enjoyable and this one also falls into that group. I guess I better try more of their beers. If you haven't done so already, try this beer.

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Photo of BeerBard
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Belgian! Yellow-gold elixir emitting hints of cloves and fruit. Does what a beer should do...satisfy the senses. Nice weight and taste balance. Mouthfeel's held back by the bit-too-bubbly (Brittany-like) affront (...speaking of which, I'd prefer having 130 pounds of this Belgian in front of me than 130 hours of that pre-frontal-lobotomied Brittany). Well! Compares well to many other Belgian classic beauties out there for a decent (relatively equal) price. That's the beer I'm talking about now.
Boy Howdy! This sweet and yeasty blond certainly did me in for the night tonight at least. Good Night! Yow!

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I served this for a dinner party, and paired it with roasted chicken and lemons.

The beer pours a hazy deep yellow into my glass, very attractive, with a small head that soon settles down into a film.

The smell is bright and spritzy, with unmalted wheat, lemongrass, and summer honey.

Taste is bright lemons, thyme, wheat, and bready yeast. The brilliance of it is the soft acidity, which keeps the beer from becoming cloying or too sweet.

Mouthfeel is perfect, bright, but still substantial enough to stand up to the chicken.

Drinkability is not bad, but with the ABV, I would recommend sharing the 750. That being said, as far as BSPA's go, this is very smooth and drinkable.

All in all, this was a masterful pairing with the roast chicken. I will be keeping more of this in my house in the future.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a gentle pour yielded a slightly cloudy golden amber with a gigantic 4" white and fluffy head that piled high over the tulip. Excellent head retention (survived 40 minutes) and mounds of rocky lace sticking to the glass.

S - Tangy wheat and citrus, hints of lemon, light hops, and earthy yeastiness. Some notes of pear and alcohol as well.

T - Fruity and light malts up front, juicy finish with citrus and hops. The bitterness is not too pronounced and the taste was very balanced. Strong alcohol gets more prevalent as it warms with time.

M - medium/full bodied, strong carbonation

D - highly drinkable despite high alcohol.

Overall - Got this on sale for $10/4 pack at Beers of the World, I found this an excellent Belgian blonde. Very well balanced, flavorful, and easily drinkable. Alcohol is hardly detected at all until the end where the temperature increases. It may sneak up on you! Would pair well with a light lunch (tuna melt?). I'll let the others cellar a bit before cracking another one open. For some reason, the past two bottles sampled were highly over carbonated. They started bubbling and producing head as soon as I popped open the top so be careful with yours. Will buy again though.

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Photo of Hampton73
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a pretty white head, that settles to a nice cover over the hazy golden liquid.

Aroma is very nice fruity, citrusy, with bread and yeast strong too.

The drinkability factor is too high for an 8% beer. It goes nice with dinner. The flavor is fruity and bready. It is very clean.

A very nice Belgian Blond.

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

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

Appearance: Lightly hazed, dark copper body with a full fingers worth of meringue-like, whitish foam. Fair amount of spiderweb lacing on the way down.

Smell: Foundation of lightly sweet-scented maltiness on which sit fruit notes of pears and apples. Also, a good snap of spices, smelling of everything from clove to pepper.

Taste: Sweet, sugary pale maltiness slides in before the spicy taste of cracked cloves, white pepper, cardamon, and even a bit of cinnamon. Fruity, faintly tart tastes of apples and pears along with some soft floral tones. Light bitterness. Drying, warming finish with a lingering spiciness and (still lightly) tart fruitiness in the aftertaste,

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Lightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A good Belgian brew - you get some upfront sweet maltiness, a complex spice character, and a nice display of fruitiness. A little bit of everything.

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

Cloudy, tawny colour with a thin cap of beige foam. The head reduced quickly to a ring, but stuck around for quite a while after that. Some lacing. Fruity aroma of apples and apple peels, some caramel, with a spiciness that was close to cinnamon. Flavour was fruity, with apple up front, caramel and mild spice, some pear along with light acidity, and earthy towards the end. The finish had a pleasant warmth. Lowish carbonation with a medium body and a bit of slickness. Very enjoyable overall. There's some complexity here, but it didn't detract from the drinkability at all.

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

750mL corked and caged bottle. Cork dated 03/2002. Label says 8% abv. When I removed the cage, the cork shot out and almost put out my left eye. Sometimes the quest for great beer is somewhat dangerous. I'll continue to journey on, as the rewards are far greater than the risk...hey, I can still drink beer with only one eye.

Clear golden brew, with moderate carbonation. Odd, considering the cork shooting off and all. Head is white, moderately sized, and big-bubbled. It fades fairly quickly, but a fine lace stays atop the brew. Light aroma of grains, floral and slightly citrusy hops, and perhaps a bit of yeast. Flavor is also fairly light, hoppy and grainy with a kick of yeast especially in the finish. Alcohol also pretty prominent in the finish. Pretty full bodied and rough feeling beer, with a very oily finish.

After adding the yeast, the beer becomes a chalky golden-orange. Head retention seems a bit better - maybe I just poured a bit more vigorously? Smell has much more yeast - like rising bread - but is pretty much the same otherwise. Flavor is much smoother, the grainy flavor less pronounced, with more fruit notes - almost, but not quite like a hefeweizen.

Very drinkable beer. Perhaps a bit too smooth, considering the abv. This could get me into a lot of trouble...

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Photo of Janeinma
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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