Caracole Ambrée | Brasserie Caracole

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3.93/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Caracole
Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 10-06-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,306
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
224
pDev:
11.45%
 
 
Wants:
7
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15
Trade:
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Photo of REVZEB
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is very inviting with warm toffee, juicy orange, and bright spices. Taste is more jammy with a rush of sweet fruit with the caramel malts, and a yeast complexion that gives the beer a yogurt aftertaste. Nice feel through out, but especially the foretaste.

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Photo of mltobin
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Giangio
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dzu
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", and called it "lean, elegant and long, with lingering Styrian hop and orange-zest flavors."

This brasserie (me talking) does yeast well. (I've Had their four brews that have American distribution. Very atypical of me, I've bought 4 packs of all ... my highest recommendation.) Their Ambree gives me a mouth-watering complexity to unwrap.

Looks start with lots of foam rising quickly out of the bottle, but settles down.
Smells are mostly malty, dried winter fruits and a nice yeast working on them both.
Taste's complexity would suffer a disservice if I were to describe it. Because complexity is so subject to personal interpretation, it is best to enjoy this ale instead of writing at length about it ... But the short of it... Taste Balance is achieved with subtle hops; entering just before this fruity ale gets syrupy. Feel is moderate and soft, which it should be for the malty, yeasty richness that is enjoyed here.
OA: yeasty richness will bring me back to this ... if I find it again.

7/17/17 Getting harder to find, I found a bottle bottled 30 months ago... and it has started to deteriorate. But the richness is still there; the age seems to make flavors seem less distinct. No change in rating. I'll just need to find it fresher.

4/18/18 Hurray ! Found another 4 pack. Slightly edited the review above. Enjoyed before, with and after dinner.
1/9/19 Found and finished another 4-pack. These four seemed less fresh. (They even may have been from the same April shipment... hard to tell as the BB dates are not evident to me.) At any rate, it seems that either shelf-life or consistency could be an issue even for the great Belgian houses. Regardless of freshness, I still think this house has a great yeast.

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Photo of pajfuwen
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of lenny87
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of detgfrsh
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on clearance at my local bottle shop. Marked best before 09/2011, but this is a style that cellars well so I'm not too concerned. Copper color, cloudy, with large foamy head. Smell is sour with some light and fruity notes. Smooth feel, maybe a little light. Complex taste with notes of spices, malt, and plums. Some alcohol warmth to finish. This is great, a little hard to describe because there's a lot going on.

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Photo of lhwjanssen
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flashback #235

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Photo of shelby415
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine. Lively bottle, had to get it in the glass right away, initial high airy, foamy head. Murky brown pour with lots of particulates. Sugary sweet, yeasty aroma. Lots of sweetness in the taste, plums and molasses. Slick body, but kind of thin. Lingering sweetness.

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Photo of danpam1024
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

From www.cervezasespeciales.com. It isnt the best nor the worst from this brewery, being closer to the better (saxo)

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Photo of patre_tim
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper and cloudy with lots of carbonation, 1 finger of yellow beige head.



S: Tomato pasta sauce, bock like malty dark notes, caramel, toffee, very light floral quality that is almost an afterthought.



T: A sort of bock like quality, syrupy and sweet then it turns sour, I mean literally a sour quality until the finish. Also some metallic. Lemony.



M: Highly carbonated and foamy, slightly syrupy body.



O: Was surprised by the sour quality, but it is growing on me as I sip, and the flavors are melding together nicely. Got in Kunming, drank April 18, 2015.

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Photo of kamilgracki
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Photchkiss
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bjd88
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DamnYankeeHeadHunter
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of ChrisCBeets
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of lmaduells
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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Caracole Ambrée from Brasserie Caracole
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 224 ratings