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

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RATINGS: 1108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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ABV may vary between 9% - 10%.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
legion242 (2143) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2003
A satisfying little dark Belgian. Nice nose of dark fruit. Head diminshed early. Very warming.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Distinct pear and apple aroma flooded the room when I uncorked this. Sniffing it close-up it smells woody and the slightest hint of pepper. Dark reddish brown. Flavor is reminiscient of Chimay. The only flaw I find is the alcohol comes through rather unmasked. A little vanilla, wood, fruits with a firm bitterness. I really like this. Life is grand.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Little toasty, sweet nutty aroma. Definite fruity, apple notes, too. Nice palate, good flavor, overall, a very nice Belgian.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ARMed (597) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2003
A very nice smelling belgium with a fruity citrus aroma. Strong carbonation fizzes beneath the nostrals. Clean and crisp Belgium with a strong well-balanced robust finish. Satisfying palate with a pleasant closure to a nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7796) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2003
Dark foxy-amber, clear. Yellowish head, rather big bubbles, going down lacey. Very nutty aroma, "eggbread" (=sweet, yellow, soft bread). Soapy, perfumed, estery. Sweet liqueur - alcohol included. Taste comes with sweet caramel, slightly roasted touch. (Sweet) bready, yeasty flavour. Fruity too - preserved prunes or plums, cherries, even brambles or figs. I'm wondering about Indra's fusel alcohols. Possible, not evident. Finish is again very nutty (walnut, hazelnut, Brazilian) Very well-bodied. Alcohol evident - warming, long. The soapiness from the nose returns ("bubblegum"?). La Caracole is a feast for the senses - including the esthetic thanks to the labels. I loved the brewery and its products from the moment F. Tonglet was still brewing above Namur. I still do.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Dark amber color with a medium tan head.Sweet aroma. Flavor is slightly spicy but has a nice fruity touch.Very smooth for the alcohol amount.Finishes a little warm.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 9, 2003
This beer pours a dark amber with ruby highlights and has a moderate fluffy head. The aroma is sweet with some spices. The flavor is very smooth - sweet fruit and toasted malts. The palate holds the toasted malts and is very nice. I really enjoyed this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Deep amber and cloudy yet a firey red when held before bright light. A thin tan dense head sits atop. Has a slight plumb aroma and I detect a bit of raisin as well. Full bodied and creamy with a slight dryness in the finish. Flavor is malty and slightly sweet. Not as fruity tasting as the others I just rated. Alcohol is well hidden. Quite smooth yet not as complex as the Rochefort 10 or St Bernardus Abt 12. Still an excellent ale that is full bodied and flavorful.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2004 Dark reddish brown colour. Malty and fruity aroma. Very sweet flavour. Figs, raisins, plums and caramel. Quite higly carbonated. Too much liquorice for me.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2003
Wow what a punch this glass packs! Really nice carmel nose and flavor. Deep mahogany and lightly tanned forthy head. First sip brought sweet, raisin and plums with almost a ginger aftertaste...could be the fact that I was eating ginger snaps with this one (which I recommend by the way) Really nice after it warms up, altough it has a bit too much alcoholic feel to me. I would let this one rest for a couple of years....


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