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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2006 Bottle 330 ml. Appearance: Hazy dark brown with tan head. Aroma: malt, caramel, fruity, yeast. Flavor: Malty, caramel, fruit, spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3063) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2006
Hazy dark brown hue, with a tan-colored head, with a yeasty, caramelized malt, toasted malt nose, with burnt brown sugar and molasses accent, a raisiny fruitiness in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a nice chocolate pralines character, with dark dried fruits of dates, figs, plums, with some sweet malt notes, brown sugar, with a rich toasted malt, within an alcoholic potent punch, also maybe a hint of nutmeg spiciness, leading towards a sweet malty chocolatey and alcoholic warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2006
0.25l for $5 at the Brick Store Pub Served in a small chalice with what appears to be Nostradamus with a large snail on his head. The word Caracole was underneath the “portrait”. I looked up Caracole on the web and found this, ETYMOLOGY: French, from Spanish caracol, snail. Ding! This was also served way too cold! It was a cloudy reddish brown with a white head that didn’t last long and left very little lacing in the glass. I found the carbonation level to be moderate. I could barely smell a thing when it was first brought to me, a light sweet aroma with hints of alcohol. I was expecting more based on the description on the menu. It wasn’t until I had my first sip that I realized it was too cold to be sniffed. Have y’all got the idea this was too cold when it showed up at the table? At the temp it was served at I could get a plain syrupy taste with an alcohol kick. Have no fear, I ordered the Dale’s Pale Ale and dinner and set Nostradamus aside to warm. It is absolutely amazing what an increase in temp can do to a beer. Warm up a Bud Select and you will not want to drink it. Let a Nostradamus get warmed up to an appropriate temp and you get a rich molasses flavor with hints of fruit. Nice! Once it was warm it felt medium bodied and slick on the tongue. I’m going to look for this in a bottle and have some more. I think it would be a nice way to finish up an evening.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2007 Pours a dark caramel color w/ a malted, rock candy nose. Medium nectar. Strong flavors of malted brown sugar, honey, cherries, cocoa, caramel, tobacco, dark wood, w/ a mild sweetness. Champagne bubbles, medium tan head with ample carbonation creating a creamy soft texture. Finish is long and malty w/ a semi sweetness and faint bittering. Damn, this is some goood brew. Highly recommended..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Bottle. Ruddy orange brown with a lasting cream colored head. Aromas of molasses, dark fruits, cider vinegar, and must. Very sweet and sour. Flavors of sweet malts with an alcohol bite and a spicyness from both yeast and hops. Some sweet molasses flavor along with a little acetic tang. Drier finish than I expected from the aroma. Moderate carbonation, lower than most of this style. Interesting and drinkable, not sure if this was a top quality sample of this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrideOfFrankenkitty (44) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2006
This poured a ruby/light brown with just fizz for a head (I had to ask if it had a real head). It smelled of brown sugar and tasted of carmel and dates. As it warmed the alcohol came out of hiding making the taste slightly medicinal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Perfect color for the body, dark brown with red accents. Some vinigar tartness in the aroma, yet it still has malt accents. Heavy carbonation with brown sugar accents. Tart ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Hazy brown color with a creamy light brown head. Aroma of molassas. Flavor of sweet molassas and mild spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2953) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
Bottle shared with and courtesy of blankboy. Hazy dark brown, decent medium beige head. Nice malt (very sweet) aroma. Some hops. Lots of toffee. Very nice sweet taste - like a strong sweet English Strong Ale. Lots of toffee. Some burning alcohol in middle and end, but I found it complimented quite well. Some lingering hops. Medium mouthfeel. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
Bottle shared with tupalev. Pours a cloudy ruby-brown with a nice size diminishing light-brown head. Nice aroma of caramel malt, fruit (cherries stand out), yeast and chocolate. Wonderful flavour follows the aroma along with some spices, alcohol and a nice sour finish. The alcohol is quite muted for a 9.5% beer, it’s very easy to drink. Syrupy mouthfeel and full bodied. This was a nice surprise and a fantastic beer!

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