Caracole Ambrée
Brasserie Caracole

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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #47
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #8,511
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 11.34%
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
225
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Brasserie Caracole
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 225
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 silenius
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Me likey!

This beer pours a honeyed amber with a moderate head that quickly dissapates to a thin skim over the beer. There are some small particles suspended throughout the beer. No lacing.

Smell is beautiful. Substantial floral honeysuckle, dark honey, dark bread, and a citrus rind note. Really mouth watering.

Taste hits sweet citrus marmalade note at first then quickly gives way to a light orange rind bitterness with an herbal/peppery note that leaves my tongue slightly dry and wanting for another sip.

Mouthfeel has good carbonation and is slightly drying mid-palate. A tad thin for something more than "good."

Drinkability is very high. I do not tire and will continue to buy more. This beer would go great with any pork or chicken dish with herbal and citrus notes.

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Photo of
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Pohendellikelder in Brussels in March, so I am writing this review from my sparse notes and memory.
The beer was sparkiling and amber in colour, as one would expect from the name, with a solid inch of frothy white head.
The aroma was fairly complex - sweet malty honey notes tempered by yeasty cider and pear, with a slight tartness, and some citrus and spice.
Taste was subdued but rich honey, coriander, tart pear and bitter grapefruit.
Although I suppose it might lose something in the journey across the Atlantic, I would love to try this beer again and taste more carefully if I ever encouter it in North America.

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Photo of tjd25
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The fine lasting head looks like it's made of wool and silk. The body is of a blooming orange color. The smell is very yeasty and reminded me of a "cereal bread" with fresh notes of citrus. The taste had a bready chracter, but it less pronounced than in the smell. The citric and almost tart fruitiness is more powerful with grapefruit and some mouth puckering lemon.Spicy and peppery too with subtle notes of wood. Slightly nutty. Mouthfeel is greatly round and creamy; the fruity tartness is quite refreshing, yet the hops give the brew a solid consistency and almost a sharp body. Drinkable it is. At the border between good and great beers.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork pops loudly, and wisps of smoke waft out. Aromas of pear and plum are the first I recognize. A fine foam creeps to the edge of the glass, and slowly settles. Gorgeous irregular lacing.

Musty Belgian yeast in the first sip, also somewhat malty and fruity. An earthy herbal note cameos briefly in the aftertaste, reminded me of roasted chestnuts. My cousin thought it was like fresh mint. Fairly dry finish. Nicely balanced, my second favorite from Caracole after Nostradamus. Recommended.

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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 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 fisherman34
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very light amber in colour with a good amount of carbonation. Aromas of yeast, lemon, and flower petals. Flavor wise, it’s like a slightly malty saison: citrus flavors (mainly orange) with horse blanket yeasty flavors and a bit of hops. The mouthfeel is great on this one too, effervescent and full at the same time. This is some great stuff!

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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 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.

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

Smell
Wheat and yeast, touch of cinnamon.

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

Mouthfeel
Full complex mouthfeel but fairly clean finish.

Drinkability
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 finepaws
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off I love the bottle. Great illustration. Very colorful. I think that's what drew me to it. The pour on this was incredible. I was giving a gentle pour down the side of the glass, but the head just kept coming. Big head for this one. Stayed like a good creme' on a cappicino. It was a peachy, orange color. Clear. Smell was tough to describe, as there was so much froth. I think there were spicey, florals there. Taste was very smooth. Sweet and thick. Not clingy sweet, but more a rich flavor, Like caramel and citrus. I really liked this one. The only bad thing about it was it left my glass too fast!

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

Orange-amber in color, only slightly cloudy. The lace is very sticky, but the head dissipates quickly.

The smell is clean, almost polished. Quite light in aroma for a Belgian. I like it because it is lacking the "barnyard" smells I'm used to in Belgians.

Lots of oranges and other citrus flavors. Slight sourness, particularly in the aftertaste. Good body and typically high carbonation.

A clean Belgian ale--well balanced and flavorful

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

Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks again for the opportunity! Pours a slightly cloudy deep amber color with a huge fluffy white head that prevents pouring the 11.2 oz in one shot. Smells of candy and brown sugars, spicy, yeasty, fruity nose. Taste is sweet and malty with candied fruits, figs, orange marmalade, caramel and hints of spice. Sweeter than I expected, but tasty in its complexity. I don't get a whole lot of that Belgian yeast twang, but really I'm ok with that. Spirited level of carbonation, medium body with a sweet sherry like mouthfeel. I probably would have never bought this for myself, sadly I would have missed out because I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of fartingdog
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thus far, Caracole can do no wrong in my book.

Poured with yeast sediment from a 330ml bottle.

Slightly fruity/citrousy aroma, intially just a tinge of floral sweetness on the tongue, followed by slightly earthy malt flavors. A tinge of slight tartness is also present. Good carbonation and terribly drinkable. Smooth mouthfeel - actually it's about perfect. I could drink this all day.

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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 jettjon
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml caged cork bottle, marked lot “G” and best before end 3/08. Served at about 50 degrees, decants with a vigorous pop, into cervoise. Honey amber color, somewhat hazy with suspended yeast in bottom of bottle. Tremendous pillowy head even with a careful pour. Slow fade with lots of sticky lace hanging around. Champaign-like fermentation fuels the massive light tan head; pour this one and wait. Nose is quite complex, perfumy, sweet malt dominates, with a spicy coriander and orange, honey, and a bit of astringent alcohol. Solid malt flavor backbone, sweet; lightly spiced with a good hop balance toward the finish. Finishes dry. Good overall. Mouth is solid, good viscosity, slick, smooth, and rich with light carbonation. Drinkability is excellent overall. Highly enjoyable.

Overall: A very solid Belgian Strong Pale. Great appearance, aroma, and body. Heartily recommended.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice cloudy orange color; thin white head and light lacing. Sweet malt, citrus, light fruit and spice aroma. Flavor is an interesting mixture of sour and sweet light fruit with Belgian yeast spicing excellently blended. Medium bodied. Very complex and pleasant to drink.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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 gonzo138
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a rich semi cloudy amber color, great frothy head, retains well, laces beautifully

S- has that typical, but awesome belgian spicey yeast smell, a little sweet, a little citric

T-rich and sweet, a little malty, spicey fruity taste, much like smell

M- nicely carbonated, coats mouth, a little dry

D-another great belgian, like so many others, I would recomend it, wish I could find the other varieties from this brewery

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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 babaracas
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear darker amber with huge dense cream-colored head, fades slowly leaving an ice cream scoop of foam in the center and a thick sheet of sticky lace down the glass. Smell: pils and candy sugar sweet, fruity with nectarine and berry skin, punchy slightly musty grain note. Taste: pils graininess, spicy, apricot jam with a splash of orange juice and peel, toasted grain note, earthy in the finish. Carbonation builds during the sip pushing the feel from juicy to pillowy, then slicks back, finishing sugary and drying. This is really tasty. A bit hoppy to fit, but otherwise comes off like a nice biere de garde.
Best before the end of 03/2015.

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

Wow, another great Belgian beer. Terrifically sweet with complex malts, candies, honeys, and spices throughout the nose and flavor. Abundant carbonation, but not overdone; along with the alcohol, plays tremendously in the mouth. This one is a bit unique because of the granny smith apple flavors present in the body and rides into the finish. Medium, sweet, and complex in the finish. A fair drying quality. A bit earthy and tart in the aftertaste. Would definately recomend.

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