Caracole Ambrée
Brasserie Caracole

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #46
Ranked #8,760
3.97 | pDev: 11.34%
Brasserie Caracole
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Reviews by beerceller99:
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4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This 33 cl. bottle states an 8% abv...
Cloudy, rusty orange hue with an off white head. Spicy, black pepper and sweet malt smell. Medium bodied and mildly carbonated. Nice, smooth taste of spicy black pepper and sweet grains. Has a mild yeast and hop tang to finish.

I really like this beer and Caracoles' other products, too bad it costs $4.00 a bottle at the market.

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Photo of marc77
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Caracole Amber is brewed for export and at 8% ABV, is slightly stronger than Ambree. Tremendously thick, creamy and dense ivory white head tops a hazy dark orange hued effervescent brew. Sticky lace is left. Ripe, sweet, tangerine - like citrusy fruit hit the nose at first, then tart, unripe orange and pear ensue. Creamy, slightly buttery malt emerge as the beer breathes lending an orange julius impression in aroma. Trace mustiness is present as well. Not unlike the aroma, the flavor is dominated citrus notes. Citrus rind, sugar coated lemons and mellow green apples provide the fruitiness. Spiciness emerges as light clove phenol and trace peppery alcohol. Taken altogether, this beer is a pleasant balance of light fruitiness and spice. Malt character, although overshadowed, is perceptibly bready w/ light caramel malt providing both dextrins and mild sweetness. Hop bitterness surfaces late, and superbly contrasts both fruitiness and malt sweetness, and rounds the overall flavor profile out. Moderate in body, w/ a smooth, yet crisp mouthfeel. Finishes w/ a snap of honey like sweetness, but otherwise clean and satisfyingly dry. Caracole Amber is a delicious Pale Strong. Deceptively light and soft on the palate. It abounds in crisp, refreshing citrus esters yet is well balanced all around. Superlative drinkability. Bottled 5/2002.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a wimpy white head that stays, leaving a little lace. Moderate carbonation. Cloudy pale, amber color, nose is a fruity, spicy ginger ale. Malty but taste is raisiny. Finish is a mellow malt/hop. Medium bodied and very smooth be wary of this the label has the ABV at 8%.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle, no best before date visible, with 8% abv listed on the back. The label notes it is a Belgian Amber Ale, and the Biers color is indeed a slightly cloudy amber, with orange tones as well. Carbonation within is plentiful and steady, helping to add to a light tan head of easily over 2". The head lasts a lengthy amount of time, and is finely bubbled, leaving a nice trail of lace in the goblet. The aroma is solid, with fruit notes (sort of tropical style) combining with a healthy floral hoppiness. Caracole has a decent, medium body, and the carbonation on the tongue is rather subdued, allowing a fairly smooth passage on the palate. Flavor is thick with fruitiness, like mango and peach. Also showing up is a mild, crackery malt sweetness. Hints of candi sugar are present, and the Bier tends towards dryness. Flowery hops add to the quaffing pleasure. Suggestions of the 8% abv are there in a warming sensation in the belly. Quite the nice Belgian Pale...


overall: 4.2
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of BeerAngel
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt sienna that is slightly hazed with a nice off-white head. Again from this brewery, it has a flurry of bubbles rushing to the top as if releasing mad bees. This beer has a slightly sweet fruit and buttered biscuit malt aroma with nothing else poking through. The taste is that of lightly sweetened raisons, a light carb bite, and a warm yeasty alcohol on the tail. This is a medium bodied brew that finishes with a hint of sweetness. It is nice, but no prize winner here. Op uw gezonheid!

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Photo of ADR
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark peach color, sedimented but slightly luminous overall. Greeen-tinged milky head, sets up at 1/4 of an inch in a minute. Laces generously on a tulip glass. Aroma of fruit, a bit of unripe banana with apple skins and light grass. Body is lighter, but the carbonation is as well, slightly silky in impression. Interesting flavor, quite a bit more understated than the aroma and not as bright. Dark -- similar to prune juice with an faint ashy bitter and dried leaf hop sense. Alcohol seems moderate but noticeable. The beer works pretty well, subtly estery but not overly fruity with a mouthfeel that adds to the overall drinkability.

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Photo of cokes
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey colored, though slightly toasted and obscured by particles. The head alone is worth staring at for many minutes. It raises full of grandiosity and pomp, then sticks and holds with the texture and color of whipped milk.
On the nose, it's all dusty peaches and melons, backed by cilantro and clove. And there are pine nuts here too.
It enters the mouth with an arid, pale maltiness; a biscuit sensation that gradually lands upon fruit. It's not the acute fruity ripeness that many others possess. Rather, this displays its nectars cloaked in a shroud of peppery linen and chalk dust. Underneath, there lurks - or MAY lurk- honeyed mangos, reduced red apples, pears, and plantains. Spicing is forcefully sedate (in fact, "forcefully sedate" might be the best way to sum this up in its entirety). Pepper is here, and it’s cracked, and it’s all over. Clove too, and coriander. Basically, the holy triumvirate of Belgo-spices is manifest. It wraps up with a sweetened, bitter orange peel essence (perhaps its first truly identifiable fruit notion), and some drying leaf hops. And no trace of alcohol.
It retains a spritzy yet substantiated body. It seems, at points, dilute. But it's not.
I'm not enamored by this completely. But its utter ease of consumption creates an incapacitating summer quaffer.

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Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had some samples of this at Roy's tasting the other night, and much to my surprise I have a bottle sitting in the back of my fridge, Coolbeans !
Pours a murky light brown carmel color. Big, bubbly biege head. Lots of earthy, yeasty belgian smells. Taste is earthy, musty, and very much what you expect from a Belgian. Also loaded with lots of sweet candy tastes. Caramel and dark brown sugar flavors. Moderatly hoppy at the end ? Pretty smooth medium to full bodied. Filling for a small bottle. No percievable alcohol presence, but a nice warming effect. Another winner from this brewery and one of the commonly found Belgians in Florida.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy copper color, with a fairly large white head, and thick glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Honey-like, with bananas, apples, oranges, mild hops, and mild spices.

Taste: Quite honey-like at the open, with a moderately spicy character throughout; and a distinct bitter apple and apple peel note also. Finishes with a mild lingering bitterness. Little or not alcohol is notable.

Mouth feel: Smooth, full, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of the style, well-crafted.

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Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark amber body is topped by a good-sized, white head. The aroma is very bright, almost witbier like. My wife compared it to being slightly like the Lindeman’s Peche lambic. The flavor is brightly fruity, peaches, pears and a slight bit of citrus juice along with a nice malt. It’s not sour despite the aroma’s suggestion that it could be so. A very tasty and drinkable ambree.

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Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an amber gold color after the cork exploded off and formed a nice bubbly white head that left circular lace as it subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, spices and a touch of banana. A flavor of malt, caramel and spices. The finish was a touch sweet and sprite. A rather interesting flavor for this style, not really the norm.

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Photo of stcules
2.63/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bottle we sample was 8.0% ABV, and not 7.2%.

Amber colour, abundanty foam, with some bubbles a little too big.
Smell of yeast, herbaceous, dry grass. Quite fresh, with some flowers, honey and spices.
At the taste: yeast, tea leaves. Quite bitter, and spicy (pepper). Maybe a little too spicy.
The spices are too present, and it is difficult to feel anything else in the taste.
Medium-light body.
A little unbalanced.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly neon-like orange/yellow with bright white head, large bubbles. Very carbonated it seems.

Nose is amazing - fresh bread, fresh biscuits & yeasty esters, with a slight sour fruit component in there as well.

Palate disappoints a little compared to the nose. Alcohol warmth is noticeable up front, lighter fruits such as cantaloupe are present as well.

Finish is alcoholic warmth with a peach syrupy quality.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Aug 4th, 2003: This beer was a pleasant surprise. Dark golden-amber with a medium off-white head. Thin lacing. Aroma is well-spiced, with some wheat, citrus and vanilla thrown in as well. Medium-bodied with caramel, spice (cinnamon), fruit and malt flavors. The finish is long and smooth and a little on the sweet side. Overall a very drinkable Belgian.

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Photo of MJR
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This appears to be the same export version of Caracole Amber (8%abv) that Marc77 reviewed, so here we go...

Appearance: Pours an amber/light brown body that allows no light penetration...yeah, it's opaque! Like the other Caracole brews I reviewed tonight, this one starts with a massive head that shrinks down to a respectable cap that leaves good lacing down the glass.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by citrus fruits, along with a slight sweetness. I could be picking up on a touch of lactic tartness, or I could be insane...they're both strong possibilities.

Taste: The flavor is packed full of the citrus fruit flavor that took over the aroma. There's a touch of spiciness (pepper?) buried deep in there, as well as a soft bready character. The flavors seem to meld together towards the end, and sharpen a bit. The alcohol is well-hidden and the little bit that does show up comes across as rounded and in the background. Finishes with a touch of hop bitterness. There's a nice combination of fruity esters and maltiness in this brew, and I think it's well balanced with the hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin bodied with a dry mouthfeel that finishes with a mild acidic bite.

Drinkability: Excellent. Caracole really seems to score high in the drinkability area, as all of their beers that I've tried are complex and full-flavored, but go down easy and just beg for another sip. Good stuff here!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caracole pours a clear copper color into the glass with a small, white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin sheet on the surface leaving behind spots and lines of lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is fruity with notes of white grape, apples and pears with a little bit of yeast and clove mixed in. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and smooth, dry and has very little carbonation. The flavor is syrupy sweet with tart fruit notes and hints of spice mixed in. White grape and pear, plus faint hints of clove work well together. At the end there's a bit of yeast and toasted malt. Once gone some of the sweet syrup lingers on the palate.

This is a beer that grows on you as it warms. It's well balanced, without much bitterness and a nice sweet taste.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Explosively carbonated, with a huge white head atop a hazy bronze body. Lots of sediment, but a good lace down the glass.

Yeasty, earthy aroma, which develops some fruity notes and a slight, sour edge as the beer warms.

The flavor profile is fairly restrained, next to the strong aroma. Earthy and slightly buttery, with a hint of fruity sweetness mid-palate. Finish is quite well balanced with a spicy but understated hoppiness, yielding to a slightly sout, fruity aftertaste.

Creamy and smouth in the mouth. A flavorful beer with a bit of depth to it, but still quite easy to drink. I like this brewery a lot.

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Photo of putnam
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm torn by this beer's succulent, buttered apricot fruit qualities and its disturbing clang of brushed iron. There is a harsh, sappy, resinous bitterness that permeates its nectarine fruit leather hide.
Rose-amber and very hazy with a straightforward, cream-colored head.
Oozing with stone fruit, the aromas are also reminiscent of Cascade hops jelly and toffee. Quite pungent.
On the palate it has a dirty, sexy, dominatrix-like grip of piney bitterness. Effusively fleshy, it offers a chewy texture profile that admirably carries the leafy black tea and rotting earth flavors.
Quite an accomplishment, though a bit unruly, so be careful where you invite it.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden amber color, a bit cloudy with vigorous streams of carbonation, full head that reduces quickly to a thin, off white blanket with dripping lace. Aromas of grapefruit and rising bread dough with a hint of clove. Thin to medium body and mouth feel, bitter / sweet toffee mixes with more citrus flavors. Finish is dry and hoppy with a slightly acidic stab on the tongue. Good hop and fruity malt balance develops as it warms but the body remains pretty light. Not heavy or overpowering and easy to drink. A good choice for introducing Belgian ales to an interested novice.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Expiration date of 12/2010

Massive head of gigantic off-white bubbles. No notes of yeast in the nose, fairly hoppy and spicy. Flavor is a bit unique and unexpected. Slightly sweet, but the bitter notes carry the day. Extremely effervescent. Yeast was left in bottle.

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Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a cloudy Orange-Amber color with the head mastodonic in size and the texture semi-creamy also a brilliant white color, the residual lace forms a husky sheets to obscure the glass. Nose is sweet malt and also some over ripe fruit tones; I say pineapple also a tad of yeast, quite sniffable. Front begins sweet with a nice malt presence, the top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is surpassingly acidic and the hops perfection in their spiciness, aftertaste desert bone dry, a quite drinkable beer and well worth the try.

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Photo of Morris729
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle of Caracole Amber has some interesting artwork as it shows a boy in a snail costume holding a giant blade of grass in one hand while standing, mesmerized, over a burning candle on the ground. Pours a hazy orange color with a bubbly white head that fades into a sticky lace. Nose is sweet malts with some underlying aromas of fruit and spice. Moderate in body with a slightly buttery texture. Taste begins sweet with notes of apricot and honey followed by some spicy flavors of vanilla and cinnamon. The sweetness is balanced by acidic hop resins towards the end of the taste. The 8% ABV is fairly well hidden. A pretty nice beer and definitely worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed, amber-y coloration, long-lasting head, a creamy puddle of whitish moss...

Nose has that uplifting buzz that comes from yeast and hops that only occurs in fine Belgian ales...spices and round, fresh, dark fruits abound here, in a zesty blend...I like it, I like it...

A blitz in the mouth, as well, a shimmering shower of hops and spice on the tongue...apples, melons, kumquats, (why not?)...a beautiful beer, with a relaxing effect. Possesses that special unearthly quality found in better Belgians, that makes the uninitiated cry, "this isn't beer." Oh, yes, it is, Sonny-Jim, better get up to speed, right-quick!

Ful bodied, long, lingering, yeasty/hoppy finish, bright and lovely...that's how I'd put it. And yet another reason to adore the Caracole Brewery and the fine folks out there in Falmignoul.

Half the 750ml bottle is left...excuse me, while I relax with some Coltrane and let the world fade away!

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Photo of TexIndy
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a best by date into my NB snifter. Had a huge head, easily 3 fingers, that lasted a long time. Good lacing throughout the drink. Tons of carbonation. Smell had that classic Belgian sweet smell to it with hints of the alcohol to come. Color was a cloudy amber with a lot of yeast floating around in it. Really enjoyed the taste but it varied between bordering on too much alcohol to just right. Got better as I got number and finished strong. It's a pricey bottle and rumors are that Carcole is leaving the Texas market so might not have this again for awhile but would recommend and try again. (4,RB,T,Y)

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Photo of Andreji
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've decided to avoid trying to point out too much generic detail in my reviews from now on, cos that's dull and it's been told many times before. bah, anyway:

The pour I liked because it was unusual for this sort of beer. the ambree is contradictory to the pale ale classification, and this clearly reflects on the darker, a bit more viscous aspect it has.

The smell was also good because within a very strong alcohol feel you're compelled to investigate further and you spot a large range of fruits within, like kiwi or apricots. very interesting.

The taste wasn't as exciting, because I felt it was a bit blander than the inicial proposal the smell does. it seems a bit watery however the carbonation adds to the mouthfeel to mask it, allowing the fruits and a slight bitterness through.

The drinkability varies, apparently. the alcohol is obvious and my bottles list 8% instead of 7.2, which justifies my current buzz. Good beer, all-in-all

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Caracole Ambrée from Brasserie Caracole
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 225 ratings