Caracole Ambrée
Brasserie Caracole

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #47
Ranked #8,758
3.97 | pDev: 11.34%
Brasserie Caracole
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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 225
Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Stemmed Tulip glass

A - Beer pours with a one finger white and rocky textured foam; the head of the beer holds very well; minimal amount of lacing forms of on the sides of the glass; plenty of carbonation

S - I smell hints of orange peel; lemon peel and obviously coriander; sweetness is followed up immediately with mild grapefruit sourness; fruity scents stem from Belgian yeast

T - Yeast is faint in taste but heavy in smell; orange and fruity notes hit the palate immediately and are followed up by a champagne/grape like crispness and aftertaste

M - Smooth and effervescent; this beer has a nice balance of a really good yeast profile

D - Very good, unique beer; slightly sour, but I am a huge fan of these kind of beers; so pass more along; not for the faint-hearted

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Photo of gfreed
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the best things about this beer-- there's no dog on the label. There's a snail. In fact, there are two snails, and one of them appears to be flashing a candle. Those zany Belgians...

Other things inside the bottle are good, too. The aroma is a bit weak, but the taste has a good balance of saison-style, honeyed breadyness against light hops that have a cameo at the tail end, preceded by spicy malts and even some cinnamon. Very pleasant; definitely worth a return trip.

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Photo of impending
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy dingy orange honey, the final pour was serious sediment. Off white head was short lived, lacing unexceptional.

Very sweet aroma as if a tripel plus fauna, citrus and a spiciness I can't define. Yeasty as in dessert dough.

Taste has an unexpected funky twang. Strong phenol contributions. Finishes lightly dry yet interesting sweet/bitter aftertaste lingers pleasantly. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

My bottle says 7.5%, tastes like its higher.

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Photo of AZbelgian
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Brasserie Caracole (poured from a bottle by the brewery owner). The brewery owner explained to us that in making the Caracole Ambrée they take the recipe for Troublette and add carmel, orange peel and a secret spice.

Amber color (no surprise there) with medium lacing. Great citrus flavor similar to Troublette and Saxo but noticeably smoother, maybe a touch sweeter with no bite and very little aftertaste. Not too heavy a feel in the mouth.

Overall a very smooth and drinkable brew, definitely one of Brasserie Caracole's more solid offerings.

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Photo of beardtongue
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a party we are throwing for my wife's birthday. We also happen to have four friends staying with us that weekend, and trying to get ready while at the same time entertaining them and keeping my toddler in his diapers has been pretty stressful. She can't drink, so there isn't much alcohol at the party, but down in the basement once all the guests have been taken care of this is my reward. I find it dramatic, poured into a tulip glass it foams straight to the top before receding to about an inch and adds a lot to mouthfeel. This beer delivers in every way, tasting spicy the way you'd expect a belgian to taste, but with a specific kind of honey, and for a moment I imagine that Caracole built this recipe specifically to showcase a discovered honey that they enjoyed and couldn't get enough of. It seems familiar, like a wildflower honey, or would it be a monoflower honey that would give such a specific taste? At any rate, the experience is enjoyable to say the least, and another agonizing trip to the liquor store balancing the desire for something new with the cost has seen vindication. Highly recommended. At times life seems like Dynamo City, engineered to suck the life out of you and tailored to maximizing your own energy-draining needs. But whether it's music, friends, or a beer, when you encounter a practitioner with gads of creativity and energy to spare, the effect is heart warming exuberance, and the sum is no longer cumulative but exponential.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip. Best before "End, 2011."

Princeton orange body, lightly hazy with faint amber highlights. An immense rocky champagne head recedes slowly to a lasting half finger of foam. Thick lacing drops away quickly; no legs (the ABV is listed as 7.5% for this batch rather than 8%).

Yeast and malt aromatics are potent - suggesting orange, sourdough starter, honey, chamomile, coriander, white pepper, and candi sugar. Very inviting with a subtle complexity.

Fruity, sweet palate entry suggesting nectarine, honey, and light caramel. Phenolics are prominent, suggesting a variety of spices from pepper to nutmeg. Pale/pils malt adds a crispness, while noble hop notes lend an herbal component to the aforementioned spices. Dry, bread-crust and clay-laden finish with a distinctive yeast profile. Like all great Belgian unpasteurized ales, this one has the quality of being "alive."

Effervescent, medium-bodied, and creamy mouthfeel. More refreshing than warming, though the suggestion of spice as well as the ABV encourage contemplation vs. chugging.

Pairs well with certain cheeses, and I wouldn't hesitate to serve this with escargot...

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

Poured into tulip glass. Why does the main description say 8.0% when the label clearly says 7.5%.

A-Pours a dark golden hay. Not much foam that recedes slight film.

S- farmhouse, hay, citrus zest. some dry malt and some funk.

T- Upfront sharp zest. smooth toasted malts under citrus rind, some spice. Light funk. flavors blend and wind together nicely.

M- Full bodied. Lingers well. dry, not to heavy. Enjoyable.

D- high. light alcohol presence. Bottle was gone too quickly.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Funny label on this bottle, 33 cl.

Colour reddish brown, clear with a good head, modest carbonation.
Smell is mollasses, caramel, dark fruits, malts and yeast.
Taste is similar, with a bittersweetness, and a spicyness.
Finish is sharp alcohol, unfortunately.

This beer is ok, but in this category (more dark than pale), there are so many better examples, I'm sure you'll be able to pick something superior to this, in a bar.

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

Served in tulip

A: Huge bulbous head on murky amber body. Head reduces to a think film with a small island in the middle, leaving indistinct lace traces.
S: Barnyard , dried pit fruit and almond husks.
T: Creamy maltyness with a funky edge. Earthy backdrop with just a faint echo of hops. Some hazelnut. Some orange rind. A little bit boozy for this ABV.
M: Creamy.
D: Quite quaffable.

The art on the label is memorable and exquisite.

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Photo of Brabander
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer in Café the Beer Circus in Brussels. I met the Allstrom Bros and UncleJimbo there and we drank a few beers together.

The bartender poured the beer in the original beerglass. Stunning appearance. Nice ambercolour and a huge white head with lots of carbonation.

Fruity with a bit spice in it. Mouthfeel was ok. Not the most spectacular beer but what the h.ll! It's a drinkable beer.

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Photo of JBogan
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy burnt orange color with almost no head nor lacing. The color is nice, but otherwise the beer looks slightly dull.

The aroma is a bit nicer, consisting of caramel, apple and spices.

The taste is even better. Caramel is still the main attraction, along with a slight apple like tartness. Cinnamon remains on the tongue along with a bit of alcohol warmth. It all makes for a very delicious combination.

The mouthfeel was smooth and on the thick side. A pretty fair amount of carbonation leaves a clean finish.

This is a pleasing beer and one which makes for a nice sipper to relax with.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a chalice

Pours a pleasant slightly cloudy amber color, small quickly-fading head and no appreciable lacing. Smells slightly sour and fruity.

Taste is a strange mixture of sour and sweet. Something tastes a little dusty in it, too.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly watery. The taste is sweet enough that I probably wouldn't want to drink a whole lot of it, but if you're into it, then go for it.

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Photo of dstc
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burnt orange/copper color. Nice off white head falls slow leaving a thin lace.

Nice malt nose with a fruity, spiced hop aroma.

This brew has a sweet malt taste but there are mild hops buried in there as well. Ends with a sweet finish that is quite delicious.

Medium bodied to slightly full in the mouth.

Very easy drinking and quite an enjoyable beer. I really like this one.

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Photo of MaineBirdMan
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very interesting label on the bottle.
11.2 oz bottle.
poured with inch head. Made the mistake of pouring into a pint glass. Lost some of the aroma.
Was a little cloudy. Burnt amber (more towards the amber side).
Some fruit on the nose
Very sweet tasting. Some hops but not too much.
Nice on the palate. Not too much carbonation.
Very easy to drink. I was surprised at the alcohol content because I couldn't really notice any. But it is 7.5% so watch out when they keep going down.

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Photo of KCHopHead
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The local restaurant that had this listed it as an Amber so I was in for a surprise. I sampled a friends bottle but had to rate this because it was so delicious.

The foam was a little out of control and may need some packaging adjustments. The taste was amazing and different. A lot of good hops for a Belgium beer. The mouthfeel was strong and bubbly, but still good. I would like to get some more of this.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of 06.2006, 2 months before I turned 21.

Nose is sour and funky with mild malt and fruit. Smells good.

Pours a deep amber color, good clarity, nice head. Looks good.

Moderately malty and sweet before a strong wave of bitterness. Bitterness settles upon a mild-to-moderate strength and allows other flavors thought. Some citrus, sourness, and fruit - ripe, musky. Mild metallic twang. Soft malt is biscuity and toasty with slight nutty oilyness. Slight chocolate malt. Soft pepper and spice. Suggestions of coconut and almond. Earthy and mellow. Smooth and creamy.

Feels good. Medium body and creamy-smooth carbonation.

Afterthoughts: To think that this beer was brewed, ready, and on the shelves before I was 21 is crazy. If I tried Caracole Ambrée 3 years ago I would have found it boring and potentially bitter and unpleasant. Today, even though it's 3 years old, it is wonderful and full of great flavor. If it's this good after aging in a liquor store cooler, I want to try it fresh.

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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 John_M
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Kooper's in Fells Point the other day.

The beer pours an amber orange color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose the beer smells fairly sweet, but with some nice orange and honey, and plenty of spice. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though they're not quite as intense as the aroma. The beer is at least moderately sweet, but with enough hoppy bitterness to keep the beer from coming across as heavy or tiring. Mouthfeel is medium sweet and drinkability is pretty good. Again, the touch of hoppy bitterness on the finish I think helps somewhat.

A very nice, easy to enjoy Belgian amber from this always reliable brewery.

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Photo of jsanto
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

s - bottle with cork that popped off good. served in a trappistes rochefort glass. when i got i home i noticed the best date of 06/2007.

a - maybe that is why the appearance was a little muddy. with a dissapearing head.

s - there was not much smell left, but remember i missed the best date by almost 2 years. but as it sat the smell get caramel.

t - i really enjoyed the flavor, almost like licorice and alcohol mixed up. maybe it got better with age.

m - still carbonated and a nice finish.

d - alot of good beer for the price. it beat alot of the higher priced belgians, and i would buy again. i really enjoyed drinking this beer. i saved the bottle, just to remember the evening.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with best by date of 12-08 (a little late, hopefully it's still good?!?!) Poured into a Duvel chalice.

A - Beautiful amber color with a very slight haziness. Off white head that laces when settled. Bubbles like a champagne. Lots of floating particulates left in the bottle, but poured with none.

S - Very nice floral scents with undertones of spiciness. Slightly overpowering alcohol ester, but it may be due to the age. I'll have to try a fresher bottle in the future.

T&M - Very good. Slightly sweet, fruity medium bodied ale that leaves a mildly pleasant dry aftertaste.

Notes: Gave this a try due to the relatively lower cost compared to other premium ales and I will definitely get another "fresher" bottle to compare notes.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 75cl cork and caged bottle, opened and consummed 31st Jan 09.

Poured into three different chalices, the last one getting the sediment.

Very impressed with this fine amber beer, typical Belgian feel to it, full bodied, rich and wholesome. Good spicey aroma, with hops and yeast coming through too. The last chalice had everything you'd want from an Amber, but with an attitude, great beer.

I drove past the brewery last summer, but its visitor centre was closed (it was too early in the day) and I couldn't hang around, pity. This is the third beer I've reviewed from them and I've enjoyed them all.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/28/2006 (bottle):

Pours a golden brownish colored body, with a big head that is white and Fluffy, with good lacing, and is long lasting. Has a flowery alcoholy aroma, strong, with some fruit. A light nutty taste, watery. Not much else to say, a light Belgian style ale.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow with a loose, puffy head. Yeasty and apple nose. Cider flavor dominates, with some sweet malt in the back. Alcohol hit is not entirely hidden. A bit thin in the mouth.

There are bigger deeper Belgians of this type, but this is an easy sipper.

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

A: Pours a dark caramel orange with a slight foamy tan head that left a slight sticky lacing around the rim.

S: Caramel and oranges for aroma with some funky fruitiness.

T: The flavor opens with a nice hop spiciness, light bread, sweet caramel, toffee and oranges. Huge spicy cola nut flavoring with some candy sugar sweetness. A lingering funky fruitiness of pears and apple sauce were also detected. Oranges, sweet rich caramel malt stand out the most.

M: Very smooth texture, with a strong carbonation factor. Body is light to medium in fullness. Very smooth, some alcohol upon warming and a rich silky taste and finish.

D: A great drinking beer, smooth and worthy of future purchases.

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