Caracole Ambrée
Brasserie Caracole

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #46
Ranked #8,758
3.97 | pDev: 11.34%
Brasserie Caracole
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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 225
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 jekemp
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found a solitary 1.5 liter bottle of Caracole one afternoon down at the package store, I remember liking the illustration on the bottle and felt it may be worth a try. The bottle was corked and proved to be rather difficult to open. Once this beer was poured, it created copious amounts of foam in our glasses which took a little time to subside. The colour of the beer was a rich amber with a taste that was both a little bitter but with hints of lingering sweetness. It's quality and european origins were unmistakable. Overall, I felt it was an excellent example of a artisanal belgian amber ale.

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

330 mL bottle with excellent snail graphic.

Intriguing, hazy burnt-orange in color with soda pop-like carbonation and and a quickly dissipating head (again, like a soft drink).

Soft, fruity aroma with caramalized sugar sweetness all over the nose. Yeast and light sweetness dominate the flavor, which fades into a nice, dry finish and a warm, alcoholic aftertaste.

This is pretty good, but relatively common. Worth a try, though.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber body with a frisky head that leaves lacing all over the place

Smell: Caramel, Candi sugar, pale fruit, balsa wood and coconut

Taste: Starts out with a nice caramel malt base with a tart fruity entrance from the hops, mid-palate; peppery, pithy and chalky on the finish

Mouthfeel: A touch thin, but effervescent

Drinkability: Some very nice flavor action going on here; a little bigger mouthfeel would put this one over the top

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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 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 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 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 EPICAC
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The cork shot out of the bottle when I removed the cage. Pours a hazy ruby-amber with a thick creamy beige head that thins to a persistent half-inch layer. The head readily reemerges upon swirling.

Smell: The nose is yeasty with spicy pepper and a sweet fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet fruitiness upfront spreads into toasty malt flavors in the center. The finish has hints of oranges, with peppery spices, light bitterness and alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium-bodied with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Pleasant flavors and a refreshing driness, with well hidden alcohol.

Overall: This is the second beer from Caracole that I've had, I've been impressed with both.

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

Warning: Take care opening this treat as the head is tyrannical.

A – Peach Body, huge white lacing with peach splotching. Heavy in orange sediment.

N – Belgian yeasts, cabbage, cilantro, apricot, melon. Pepper finish.

T – Sweet w/bitter finish. Peppered. Spicy with some nice orange peals.

MF – Spritzy to say the least. Medium body with a carbonation that blasts the mouth.

D – Despite the crazy head and mad carbonation this one is as downable as they come.

Yum… well worth a try.

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

12/4/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a freshness timeline on the back label. Poured into my Stone Levitation tulip.

Appearance- Dark orange or light amber colored pour. Full inch head which limits off at 1/4 inch and remains. Very nice lace sheeting.

Smell- A bit sour in the nose. Maybe a slight saison scent. Not really barnyard, but that light sour funk. Floral and lemon zest scents as well.

Taste- Hmmm, not sour at all. Sweeter malt base with a light caramel flavor. Maybe some dark fruits as well. Plums? Tasty.

Mouthfeel- A bit creamy and a bit heavier mouthfeel. Lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Have had this one before and remember liking it. Quenching and a nice flavored brew.

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

750ml caged and corked bottle. I always like Caracole’s label art. This one has a cool little snailesque being standing over a candle.

Nice light foamy off-white head. Beautiful amber body. Modest retention and lace. Aromas of grass, berry and citrus fruit, floral hops and cork earthiness. A very complex nose for a snail. Crisp up front in the mouth but moves to toasted and caramel malt flavors. A touch of sweetness, some oak notes and hop bitterness as well. Light to medium in body. Champagne-like carbonation gives it crispness and carries the flavors. Despite the carbonation it finishes fairly smooth, but a little drying.

A bit too much carbonation for me, but the flavors and aroma are well balanced and complex.

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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 Immortale25
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Back label has notches indicating best before end 03 2013.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch head that meanders away to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Average lacing.

S- Belgian yeast and caramel malts along with a hint of booze and spice.

T- Very even amounts of Belgian yeast providing a banana flavor, toasty malts that accentuate the sweetness and a kiss of spice. There's also a trace amount of wet cardboard taste as it warms. Alcohol is present only in short tings.

M- Light and somewhat watery but with a substantial body to pull things through. Medium-low carbonation is more on the low side.

O- Not as outstanding as Troublette, but still quite good. Can't wait to review Nostrodomus

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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 deebo
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one on tap in Bruges a couple years ago and remember liking it so brought a bottle back with me from latest trip.

33 cl bottle marked as lot F with a BB date of 12/2013. Poured into a pokal glass this beer is lively with a couple thick fingers of a white bubbly head that recedes to a thin layer that laces the glass a bit. A hazy amber with orange hues.

Aromas of spicy phenols, floral honey, and orange peel on top of a grainy malt character. Very nice.

Taste is clean malt with a very slight toastiness, heavy on spicy phenols with just a hint of typical Belgian yeast esters that reminds me of bitter orange. A slight hop linger that is mostly spicy with a little bitter oily bite.

Mouthfeel is on the high end of carbonation which works well in this beer to carry all the flavors. A soft finish with a bit of zing and just a hint of bitterness. Moderate malt mouthfeel with little alcohol bite.

Overall this is a refreshing and very enjoyable Belgian brew. I'd be glad to drink this one regularly. Nice beer.

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

from the 750 bottle at what I thought a very good price of 4.50. poured a cloudy amber, with a light tan head that left a small amount of lacing. the aroma was yeast, hops, malts, citrus, honey fruits like apples, kiwi? was really getting into the aromas it had just a nice blend. flavor, 1st thing that hit was how smooth this was, got the malts fruits, honey, and a nice hopness. might have to go back and get some more.

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Photo of FLima
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber orange color with a huge thick head with great retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma of orange flavored effervescent vitamin C with some banana and strawberries.
Pleasant flavor with slightly fruity sour notes, a bit of toasted malts, orange skin, strawberry juice, cloves, a touch of banana, figs and green apples and finishing with a hint of pine. Dry aftertaste with a relative to style decent bitterness.
Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is well hidden.
Very good Belgian ale with a unique taste but also pleasant and easy to drink.

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