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Brewed by La Caracole
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Falmignoul, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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ABV may vary between 9% - 10%.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2004
This beer certainly doesn’t lack for flavor. Pours cloudy brown with a medium (becoming thin) light tan head. Aroma of bubblegum and fruit, especially cherry, and also touches of chocolate and caramel. Very rich, intense flavor with sweet/sour apple peel and tangy, tart cherry. Yeast esters and phenols are abundant. Very spicy (perhaps coriander, and even ginger) finish. Borderline cloying but just subtle enough to avoid being over-the-top. One of the few Belgians I’ve sampled that is dominated by apple peel yet yields an abundance of other interesting flavors. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2004
Very well carbonated. Pours a lightly hazy garnet-amber color. The head is a light brown and quite thick. Aromas of raisins, apples, plum, candied fruit, bit of tropical fruit, and malt. Predominantly sweet and quite carbonated. Finishes with a yeasty astringent bite and a tannic edge that helps to balance the sweetness. The alcohol is just evident in the finish as well. This is quite a fruity beer, the sweetness definitely picks up this perception. There is a bit of a acidic sourness in the finish that really sets off this beer, I wish that it were even more sour (but I am off like that). This is pretty straight forward, with nice fruity notes being dominant. As it warms up the fruitiness combined with the sourness gives me notes of cherries. This is quite a tasty beer, at first I thought it was not as good as the others from Caracole, but this one is growing on me and I definitely like it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2004 Deep cloudy amber color with almost no head. Aroma was a bit of yeast. Taste was a bit sour of cherries and berries with nice wild yeast.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 9, 2004
Fruity nose of alcohol, wine, plums, berries, anise, cloves and brown sugar. Pours a dark walnut with bright ruby highlights and a thin frothy brown head that diminishes immediately upon pour. The nicely balanced flavor has a long chewy sweet front. Spices and warmth dominate the middle with an addition of moderate acidity. The long sweet finish has a hint of licorice. The medium dry body is bubbly and feels chalky at the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
aroma of spices, alcohol, peppery, apricots. Pours a hazy orange-brown, carbonation, thin white head. Sweetish, fruit flavours. Tangy, dry finish. Alcohol could be a bit better hidden. Mouthfeel is lively. A decent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
deep red, off white head. cherry, wood and jicy malt aroma. boozy brown sugar flavour with a liitle bitter chocolate and yeast. tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Pours with a light bourbon-like brown with a tight, thin , quickly dissipating head. The aroma is faint but pleasant - hints of cherries and spearmint. Sweet, enticing flavor, very drinkable for a 9.5 ABV. Hidden well. Pick up notes of candied sugar, cherries, and caramel. Silky smooth mouthfeel - just the right amount of carbonation. finishes strong. Excellent Belgian.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1008) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2004
Belgian brown/red. Small bead off white head. Light aroma of roast, cherries, yeast and alcohol. Fruity flavours with some burnt sugar. Some chocolate and brown sugar yeasty sediment notes. Finishes with raspberry tartness. Good ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Chocolately flavor. I like it. Visions indicate I might have another one in the future.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4643) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 17, 2004
Warm fruit aroma. Dark brown. Very sweet. Big fruit finish cherries and pineaple.


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