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 PirateUlf73
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Very interesting artwork on the label; props to them for some originality.

A: Light amber in color and clear. White head dissipated rather quickly and did not lace at all.

S: Not much on the nose. A little bit of malt and some faint alcohol as well, which was a tad disappointing, though not entirely unexpected. Yeast became more prominent as the brew warmed up.

T: Malty with hints of fruits (pears came to mind immediately). Any alcohol taste was well hidden (thank goodness). Very faint spice notes as well, cinnamon if I had to guess. I also detected some sweet sugar/candy notes, bordering on too much, but never crossing the line.

M: Light to medium body. Nicely carbonated which helps to push things around.

D: Average. Carbonation helps and it finishes reasonably clean. I was hoping it would go down a bit smoother though...

I bought this on a whim and I'm glad I did, if for no other reason than it was a relatively uncomplicated beer. This allowed me to pick apart its characteristics with ease. This is definitely not a stand-alone beer, but may pair well with a hearty meat dish. Worth a try, but I doubt I'll buy it again.

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Photo of LoRezDave
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample was a 750ml bottle labeled as 7.5% abv and "best before" March 2009.

Deep golden color, but opaque - might be chill haze, we'll see. Head pours big and tight, but dissipates fairly quickly. Hmm haze persists.

Wheat and yeast, touch of cinnamon.

Light caramel, spice, slight alcohol punch that's balanced well by the sweetness, sweet apples

Full complex mouthfeel but fairly clean finish.

Bring it on. While this is a respectable 8% abv, it drinks very well. The alcohol is balanced nicely, the mouthfeel is complex and full, but not stuffy or cloying.

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Photo of nickfl
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A few seconds after I removed the cage, the cork liberated itself violently, but fortunately there was no gushing. The beer pours with a small, off white head that disappears quickly and leaves virtually no lace. The body is a hazy amber-brown with some orange highlights.

S - Malty with some toasted notes and a bit of acetic sourness in the background.

T - Malty sweetness up front along with a bit of musty funk and some peppery yeast notes. A big toasted malt note in the finish along with minor sourness and some bitterness to balance.

M - High carbonation, a medium to slightly chewy body, and a nice, dry finish.

D - While this beer is not overly complex, it is well put together and quite satisfying. The aroma is has just enough going on to keep things interesting, while the flavor comes together with excellent balance and a level of dryness that makes for a very drinkable beer.

I see this pairing well with savory, but mild, foods; and for some reason I can't help but think of trying this with turkey and stuffing. I am definitely going to pick up another bottle of this to try on thanksgiving.

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Photo of reeder
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

wonderful bubbly head. Beautiful rich amber color. slightly hazy.

Smells of unique fruits. Pears and apples. A bit of belgian funkiness.

Really smooth. Flavors are less distinct than I expected. Yet, there nonetheless and quite pleasant. A slightly underripe apple stands out. The thing that stands out the most is the mouthfeel. Super bubbly. Almost a champagne type feel. Will have to continue drinking to evaluate the effect of the feel on drinkability.

Yep, very drinkable.

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Photo of jenitivecase
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a whim in Belgium; the decision was based mainly on the neat label art. 33cl bottle poured into a Delirium tulip.

A: Light brown, with an almost gold hue. Ridiculously carbonated. Pours with a nice, foamy white head with good retention. Eventually dissipates to leave a crown along with substantial lacing.

S: Caramel, with lots of fruits lying on top. Apricot, peaches, figs, some melon - it's all here. The alcohol is detectable here, but not overpowering. Some mildly grainy scents, with a touch of hops as well.

T: Very sweet, though not cloyingly so. Again, lots of caramel taste, and the malt character is starting to really express itself as the beer warms. Again, lots of fruits - I'm even picking up some apple. While the alcohol is noticable in the smell, it is barely discernable at all in the taste, so that is a definite plus.

M: Pretty light bodied, with tons of carbonation (almost too much). Doesn't leave a cloying aftertaste, which is good. Coats the tongue, but this too dissipates in short order.

D: A bit sweet for me to really desire more than one, but this one is going to be a pleasurable experience. Everything is pretty well balanced, save for the excessive carbonation and sweetness.

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

This offering from Caracole pours a deep foggy orange leaving a thick white head that stays frothy and clings to the glass. The aroma is sweet orange, citrus fruit, spiced sangria type aromas.

The taste is amazing, some fruity esters followed by a nice Belgian tartness on the tongue. The hop presence is suttle, nice earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth, bubbly carbonation. The taste continues with some honey, herbal, citrus notes, hay, grass, just some great complex aromas.

This is a tasty offering from Caracole, I'll have to pick up another bottle of this and def some other styles as well.

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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 mwilbur
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a cloudy light burnt orange with extremely thick billowy white head that lasts forever producing very nice lacing.
S: Citrus notes, clove, and malt. Alcoholic esters too. Nice, clean, and refreshing aroma.
T: Doesn't deliver what the smell promised. Weak notes of clove and belgian spice. Mild malt too. Nothing strong at all about this belgian strong pale ale. Definitely let this warm to the recommended 52 degrees, otherwise the taste is even weaker.
M: Very light and unfortunately does not linger on the tongue well.
D: Oh, it's drinkable...but not best on its own. You'll want to have it as an accompaniment to a meal...preferrably stronger flavored fare.

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Photo of hawksfan82
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a De Konick chalice.

Great amber color. Fizzed like crazy when I popped the cap, and kept fizzing as I poured it. Head quickly went down to a thin ring.

Smell is very sweet, borderline syrupy. Definitely all malt and yeast in the nose. Typical fruits, figs, plums, raisins and what not.

Taste is just like the smell, although not as complex as I would have expected. All malt upfront with a fruity finish. Not too sweet Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Little bit of yeast in the finish.

Good, typical, borderline chewy traditional belgian style ale as far as mouthfeel goes.

Drinkability is pretty high, at least for this style. The hidden alcohol helps as well.

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Photo of ScottUCF84
3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz bottle into pint glass.

A-Dark amber, transparent, with a thick white head.

S- Dried apricots was the first thing that came to mind.... maybe a little spice, malt.

T-Sweet citrus, malt. Maybe a bit of raisin or prunes. The alcohol was masked very well, even as it warmed a bit.

M-Pretty smooth, I expected it to be over-tingly from the carbonation.

D-Not my cup of tea, but if it was on tap at a bar I'd have one or two.

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Photo of Atron67
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- gushed a little upon opening, poured a really foggy amber color that was quite delicious looking.

S- sweet strong amber character kinda sour, slightly sweet pretty nice smelling and interesting

t- mostly a malty slightly sweet not quite sour flavor but something definitely unique. guessing from the gushing that i should have aged this a little more and would have gotten a more sour flavor out of it, but it is really nice where it is right now. the alcohol is barely present.

M- pretty light body with a strong carbonation.

D- solid

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Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recently sampled Caracole's Saxo, which wasn't bad at all... their Belgian Amber Ale goes a step beyond, with a more full and thick flavor that is more distinct and powerful... Copped a single, 750 ML caged and corked bottle from Gary's in Madison... pours a dark, copper color with minimal frothy head that soon dissipated... amber-colored hue... deep, rich, pear, grapefruit, and floral aroma that hits home... nice, attractive, apple, and citrus-flavored taste that is strong, sweet, and filled with sugar, vanilla, and caramel... rich stuff, and with a good drinkability that took a hit due to the excessively rich, honey-laden, and sweet flavor... Mouthfeel was equally good, very full-of-flavor and completely laden with sugars, esters, honey, and caramel... worth a try... Recommended...

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Caracole Ambree

· Appearance: Gold to orange color, thing but substantial head at the pour, leaves faint lacing through the finish. Substantial yeast sediment remains in bottle
· Aroma: Spice & citrus, coriander, and some alcohol presence with obvious yeast.
· Taste: Citrus, perhaps vanilla. Yeast. Some peppery flavor and similar to a barleywine. I imagine the fruitiness to resemble the color (i.e. peach, orange, etc.)
· Mouthfeel: Substantial carbonation, very crisp and smooth.
· Drinkability: Good overall beer, could enjoy more than one.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2002.
Appearance: amber colour, foam compact light well
Smell: aromas of hops
Taste and mouthfeel: slightly spicy in the mouth, roasting and bitterness balanced, a few hints of liquorice
Drinkability: a good beer in the style strong Belgian pale ale

Review added 11-25-2007, translated from french 2-1-2008.

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Photo of bort11
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Tall pillowy meringue head. Very active carbonation. Color is a hazy apricot orange.
Smell is sweet with the candy sugar and has a musty yeast aroma. Taste is like a peach, spiced a little bit of black pepper, coriander, and some kind of mint.
Mouthfeel is light with a brisk carbonation. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the finish.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 10-25-07

Pours a bright brown/amber with lots of little tiny yeast floaters. A white head billows during the pour, and then settles to a thin layer.

Smell is very Belgian hops, fruity with notes of apples and grape. A subtle caramel is in there too. Aroma reminds me of a dry wine, with lots of complexity and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is more subdued than the smell might lead you to believe. Surprisingly bitter, and without the fruit complexity that I expected. The finish is very dry with a boozy kick. Not bad, just a bit one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is slick and creamy, but bites back in the end with the bitter and alcohol.

Drinkability is good, the flavors are nicely balanced. The ABV will knock you on your ass, though.

Overall, it says "Belgian Amber Ale" on the label, and that's exactly what it is. And, like an amber ale, it fits right in the meaty part of the curve.

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Photo of AcesFullup
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer I want on my deathbed.

I realize that others do not hold it as high, but this is the best beer I have ever experienced.

The taste has that perfect mix of Blgian hops and mouthfeel.

It has a perfect chalkiness and flavor that never gets old.

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Photo of Drew966
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Caracole Amber pours an orange color with a white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit like fruit. There is a nice grain flavor, but that's in the background, a touch of citrus like fruit is more noticeable - but this beer isn't particularly sweet. A touch of clove and a bit of pepper perhaps from the alcohol at the end.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, weird barleywine/chocolate smell from the last filthy, yeasty ounce left in the bottle. The beer itself smells musty, funky, and weirdly similar to barleywine, a real sniffer. The taste is grainy, sweet, and like barleywine but almost too grainy. The next flavors that hit me are candy, and fruit. I must have the actual delirium tremens because this seems like a Belgian barleywine to me, yikes! Watch out for the elephants! The mouthfeel is a little thin but damn this is a crazy beer and I like it. What’s the story behind the cartoon snail? Please google that and kill yourself.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into the proper glassware - a Caracole tulip!

A - Pours a nice cloudy orange-ish amber color with a massive frothy off white head. Head hangs out for a good while, although lacing is surprisingly minimal.

S - Pleasant, sweet scent with strong Belgian yeast-inspired spices. Cloves certainly come to mind. Touch of sweet fruit, such as peach, orange and perhaps plum. Smell seems kindof faint, however.

T & M - Starts off sweet on the palate with a good dose of carbonation. Medium body floods the mouth but hits you with a strange acidity that is somewhat unpleasant. Fruits get lost in the mix, but spices contribute strongly to the acidity. Finish is slightly drying, but its seems my mouth is still ringing from the acidity of this brew.

D - Not my favorite Belgian Strong Pale Ale. A bit aggressive with flavor profiles that don't really make me think of the style. Expect something a bit darker than many of the style, with a bit more spice than fruit flavor.

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Photo of Risser09
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance: After popping the cap a rush of carbonation shot to the top of the bottle so I quickly poured the contents into my glass. Very tall, white head ensues with tiny, soapy bubbles. The beer is a cloudy golden orange. Looks like a DIPA from where I'm sitting.

Smell: Clean and fruity. Strawberry, orange, sour cherries and cranberries. There is also a funky belgian yeast smell. Kind of musty butmore on the citrus side. Nice.

Taste: Deep and rustic. Dark fruit, like figs and plums. Plenty of dried apricot flavor. This beer tastes like it should be a sour, but it's not quite there yet. A malt backbone rounds out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Smoothe, creamy and biting with zest and a slight alcohol finish. Lots of fun to drink.

Drinkability: Pretty good. It's not the most inviting beer you'll ever had, nor is it outstanding. Try it you should, seek it out you should not.

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

Pours a light amber with a healthy head that sticks around and leaves some spotty lacing. The smell is relatively light, but with typical Belgian yeast flavors of light clove, banana and also a light bready aroma. The flavor is also fairly light, but with some nice flavors. Smooth and crisp upfront with some dry breadiness and some lightly pronounced dark fruit followed by some banana, spice, and candi sugar. A late hit of fairly restrained bitterness. A pleasant, nicely quaffable brew.

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

11.2oz, lot G, best before 09, 2008 notched.
Holy carbonation! Poured gently into a 330mL tulip and fit almost half of the bottle. Pale, straw color-nothing close to what I would call amber. Huge, thick head of large, ever replenishing bubbles. Musty, yet sweet aroma. Yeasty, fruit bread. Somewhat phenolic pepper, spice. Apricot upfront, pepper in the finish of the taste. Pleasant, but more pepper than I can remember in other Belgian Strong Pales. Good thing I like pepper! Finish is dry, with black pepper long into the aftertaste. Interesting, one to enjoy again.

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

This one pours a cloudy orangy and copper color, with a nice head that lasts awhile. The lacing is decent, and this has lots of natural carbonation, especially the first pour out of the bottle. The low scores of previous reviewers is not indicative of this beer, they probably had a bad one. The natural carbonation is pretty evident -- a flat, uninteresting beer this is not. The smell is sweet, malty and very inviting. The taste is on the sweet side, some spices evident, a little fruity in the middle, with a noticeable bite at the end. The mouth feel is strong, due in part to the carbonation, and I found myself taking smaller sips with this one at first. The maltiness is more noticeable than the hopiness. The alcoholy taste evident in strong Belgians is nicely hidden behind the other interesting flavors. This is a very nice Belgian ale, not brilliant, but a quality product nonetheless. L'Chaim.

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Photo of zuggy9
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours a nice copper amber with a thick head and good lacing. The head retains well. The smells are heavy on fruit with a good amount of hops. The taste is similarly fruity with a nice bitter twinge. The alcohol content is barely noticeable, but it's there. Very smooth and full mouthfeel and quite drinkable.

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