Caracole Ambrée
Brasserie Caracole

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #47
Ranked #8,764
3.97 | pDev: 11.34%
Brasserie Caracole
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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 HardTarget
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: A ripe fruit smell is dominate, banana, orange, and melon. There is also a yeasty aroma and some light spices, like coriander and nutmeg.
Appearance: An active bubbling head of off white crowns a beauty of a beer; a clear pale orange/amber glass with a steady stream of carbonation.
Flavor: The yeast and spices take the forefront in the taste, almost no fruit or citric notes. There is an almost dusty like taste. One thing I don’t taste is alcohol, which is impressive. As it warmed, some apple like tastes came out.
Mouthfeel: Fizzy carbonation on a medium heavy body, but an overall light character. Some mild tingle I think may be the alcohol.
Overall Impression: An unusual beer. The alcohol really snuck up on me and has me a bit light headed. The alcohol content makes this a dangerous session beer, more of a well earned dessert. While I’d gladly accept another for the cellar, I think there are other beers out there for me to try before a revisit to this interesting beer.

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

Pours a lightly hazy amber-copper color that is topped by a tan head. Aromas of musty coriander, cider, raisins, hint of alcohol, and a general fruitiness are found in the nose. This beer is well carbonated and spritzy. The taste is spicy up front with a bit of sweetness that peeks past the initial spritzy carbonation. This beer finishes with a an astringency and a hint of musty cobwebs. I purposely swirl my glass to release some of the intense carbonation. The beer becomes much softer and notes of apple come to the fore. The sweetness picks up a bit as well. There are some nice spicy notes here (a dry pepperiness is part of this), as well as notes of orange. This is a very well made interesting beer.

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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 HumuloneRed
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer although not my favorite of the Caracole line. I had it a few month ago on draft and thought it was a better sample. Pours murky orange with a head the dwindles quickly. Nose of fruit and brown sugar. Tastes of apples, oranges, and toffee with a tart finish.

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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 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 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 kbub6f
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very small, dense, off-white head. Strange. The beer is hazy, tea-colored (orangey/brown). Tangy citrus and spice in the nose almost cover the alcohol. Tangy, sourish front. The middle is darkly malty... almost a bitter chocolate note. Pepper too. The beer finishes fruity, dry and sour. Alcohol and notable hops. This isn't bad.

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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 Sixpack595
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There seems to be 2 versions, I assume mine is the export version @ 8%. There is a snail on the label looking at a candle stuck in the ground. I'm not sure why, but it disturbs me. Fruity and sweet, but very nicely hopped with a dry finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a Caracole glass. It pours a hazy light orange color with one finger of head. There is almost no lace left. The smell is fairly malty and sweet, with some fruity esters. The taste is alcohol maltiness with a bit of fruit and caramel. The mouthfeel is very strong and heavy. The drinkability is pretty good for 8%. Not a bad find!

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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 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 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 TripelJ
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with my favorite lonel snail on the front.

Appearance: Cloudy amber/gold, almost apricot with a nice size off-white head. Very cloudy with little light coming through despite the beers lighter color.

Aroma: Sweet and malty with a mellow citrus aroma. Caramel and cinnamon. Mild spicyness from the alcohol, but this is very subdued.

Tatste: Smoooth... wow is this smooth. Very creamy mouthfeel with a sweet malty start leaning towards a mild citrusy finish (grapefruit).. Hops are present, but not overwhelming.

Overall: DANGEROUSLY drinkable--RESPECT!!

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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 Darkale
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce/330 ml bottle, purchased as a single, brown glass, with a beautiful white label depicting a standing (?) snail before a single candle.

Thick, frothy, creamy head, with very small bubbles. Head eventually recedes to a 1/4 inch layer that will not die. Aroma is yeasty, spicy, and slightly musty. Body is a cloudy and barely translucent orange-brown.

Decently carbonated malt and spice taste -- dull, burning spice. Slightly chewy, slightly bitter and sour aftertaste.

Caracole is one of my favorite Belgian breweries. This beer does not disappoint.

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