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


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RATINGS: 1226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
ABV may vary between 9% - 10%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2588) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 In the 1550s Nostradamus predicted I would drink this. He also predicted that some brewery in Belgium would make a beer named after him. Finally, he predicted that this bottle is best before 2009. Sorry. Pours a dark reddish brown body, minimal head. Usual aroma for the style of yeast and spices, but also a strong berry aroma. Finish is the same with a hint of caramel. 9.5% is hidden here well. A little bit of burn at the end, but overall this is a powerful berry flavored Belgian. Great stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 24, 2005
Reddish-tan with small head and lace. Aroma of malt that almost reminds mme of a pale ale. Slight sweetness but mostly just a pleasant smooth mouthfee with nothing strong standing out. The malt is quite well done and not overttaken by other flavours or yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2005
750ml - Pours a deep amber, medium to large off white head. Really this is standard Belgian beer. Yeast flavor is present, some malty sweetness, some fruits, a little bit of spicey zip. Pretty tasty. The alcohol is practically not even there, a feat at 9.5%. Overall, itís executed rather well, even if the aroma leaves a bit to be desired. Quite enjoyable, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Pours amber-brown with a head that dissipates very quickly. Canít pinpoint an exact dark fruit in this one. Figs? Almost... murky. The taste is mildly sweet... cherries starting to come through. Yeasty. Surprisingly, the head disappeared fast, but itís still quite carbonated. Carbonation almost gets in the way of the palate. Just about perfect alcohol warmth. Temperature increasing... Bit more peppery, better flavor. But a little more bitter in the aftertaste. Itís a good drink, but when comparing to similarly priced and available beers (for me, $8/bottle), Iíll pass on this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Pours brown with an off white head. Smells of cinnamon, raisins, figs, allspice and nuts. Very tasty with nice big nutty elements as well as some cherries and grapey notes. Great smooth finish. The 9.5% ABV is well masked in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Dark brown/ruby. Vanishing thin, tan head. Big, roasty malt aroma with some licorice and chocolate, also. When I look into the future, I see myself enjoying this beer. Flavor matches the aroma, yeast adds depth, some candi sugar in there, too. Alcohol in the finish and aftertaste, but my prophetic nostrils and taste buds could not detect it until then. Dangerously drinkable. Again I look to the future- this time I see myself finishing this beer way too quickly. Medium/full body- creamy and very smooth with just a touch of carbonation. Excellent. One last prediction- I see this being one of my favorite brown beers. I dedicate this rating to my grandfather who passed on last night. Let his family and friends celebrate the life he lived with us, and may he carry his love and his honor with him to his next life. I love beer and know he did as well. I see more beer in his future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Pours murky brown, with decent head that fades fast. Aroma very yeasty sweet malt, some fruit in the background. Initial flavor is all malt that turns to fruit, nuts, and spice, very dry in the finish. Maybe a little too carbonated IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Corked bottle served in my La Chouffe tulip glass:

Mahogany hue with a small fizzy but lasting head and good lace. The aroma has notes of walnut and cashew, apple, apricot, fig, caramelized and bready malt, grassy hops, and a hint of pepper. The taste starts with a quick bang of fruit (both sweet and sour) and a surprising bitterness. Get some ole ale character midesection with an oxidized and earthy component which is the weak point for the beer, detected some anise flavor here as well. The finish changes step again with a peppery and sharp finish. The feel is quite lively and sharp. Noticeable warming effect after just a few sips but the taste isnít alcoholic or overpowering. This is a good brew that shows some depth and character. I would give it another try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2005
on tap at Pizza Plant transit. Nice deep amber- light brown slightly murky with a good initial head which fades slightly. Aroma is fruity with some raisins, plum, ripe apple, and a good amount of belgian yeast. A lot of malty sweetness throughout the aroma and flavor. Toasted, caramel, and nutty malts. Moderate carbonation and big body lead to a very smooth mouthfeel. Extremely easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrob21 (3434) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
More bitter then some of the other belgian browns. Quicker finish and more alcoholic as well. caramel, chocolate, alcohol, brown, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, full body, slick feel, average carbonation, bitter.

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