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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%.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2004
Kind of a slow gusher when opned. It didnít foam over right away, but after about 20 seconds it began to. Only a pour to a more suitable vessle would stem the tide. Deep mahogony color and a beige head that stayed around for most of the drinking process. Aroma of dark dried fruits such as rasins and plums were the first thing I noticed, but I also got the alcohol and some sweet red cherry aromas as well. A rummy alcohol taste, plus cherries and apples and then there was a slight nutty/bitter finish. This was a tasty beer and at 9.5% in the big bottle, I was feeling good after this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6537) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 26, 2004
This dark brown ale pours with a moderate foamy light brown head, eliciting a malty aroma. The flavor, too, is of malt with hints of caramel and chocolate on top of a typical brown ale palate. Although bottled in October 2002, this beer still tasted fresh when consumed in September 2004. I have tried most of the Caracole brews, and this is my favorite.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2004
foamy tan fairly diminishing head, dark ruby amberish body. lots of microbubbles up the body. 10-02 on the cork. fig/plum/prune/raisin nose, candi and carmely malt too. high carbonation, thick & creamy mouthfeel. strong maltyness, whiskey-like alcohol flavor. slightly dry/yeasty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2004
4/17/04: Bottle.
Cloudy and hazy with a deep brown-red body. This beer foamed up at the neck before I could pour it into my glass. Large head which dissipated extremely fast. Nose of raisins, malt, alcohol and a touch of cotton candy. Not much hop to taste. Flavors include raisins, plums, malt a pinch of yeast. Enjoyable finish with a good amount of malt. Chunks (Sediment) at the bottom of my glass. I also really like the label. Wow, quite strong!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Aroma has cherries, lots of caramel, very sweet, some vanilla. Flavor is pretty sweet, almost cloying, with caramel, oak, apple, hints of alcohol.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Dull brown body. Deep dark honey and vanilla properties. Medium bitter finish. Quite enjoyable late in a night of Belgian beer debauchery.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2004
Tangerine sweetness, milky chocolate, banana and dough-like yeast in the aroma. Opaque, deep brown with off-white/tan head that recedes to cover. Sweet tangerine flavour up front opens for chocolate with spices coming to the fore in the finish. Medium body. Refreshing though fairly simple. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
A reddish color with hints of orange. Aggressive carbonation with a fluffy tan head and slippery lace. The smell is malty with fruity esters, caramel and a grassy background. The taste is malty sweet with a spicy finish and a lingering hop presence. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a complex mix of spices. IMHO: Many of the Belgian Dark Ales have a strong presence of spices and hop finish that can overwhelm the balance of tastes. This beer does a does a better job than most by expanding the spectrum of flavors and maintaining a balance.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2004
Bottle. Interesting aroma, smelt slightly aged. Some salted licorice, mollasses, wood, smoke and peppery spice. Palate, was quite sweet, but then some peppery alcohol in the finish. caramelised candy sugar sort of flavour, some smoky notes, salty, licoricy, woody, with slight hints of sherry. I honestly feel that this beer wasnít fresh, but thought it reasonably interesting anyway. Slightly stale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6131) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2004
Medium brown body wears a light brown decent head. Typical nightcap aroma with big coffee, earthy, smoky malt. Bitter brown chocolate hints, extremely yeasty, perhaps too much so actually, bready. Chocolate and tobacco on the tongue, nice malt for sure, but Iím not too fond of the yeast and I fear itís what separates it from truly great dark belgian strong ales, it just doesnít seem all too clean. Very bitter finish with leafy and coffee grains dimensions. Airy medium to full body.


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