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

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RATINGS: 1133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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ABV may vary between 9% - 10%.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2007
Aroma: Molasses, port, fruit, sugar, alcohol, raisin, quite a wonderful aroma. Appearance: Medium sized, light brown, creamy head, mostly lasting, dark brown hue, very hard to see through. Flavor: Amazing! Initial flavor is sweet and rich, finishes with a hint of bitterness, probably from the alcohol, and a sweet nutty flavor. Palate: Average carbonation, creamy texture.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (634) - BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2012
Le sommet de la gamme de cette petite brasserie de La Caracole près d’Anseremme et de la Lesse, très belle rivière de Belgique qui serpente dans ces collines calcaires. Cette Nostradamus titre à 9% abv et non pas à 9,5 comme indiqué sur la note du site. Elle porte une jolie étiquette aquarelle, et une capsule bleu roi métallisé du plus bel effet. Couleur brun foncé, avec des reflets pourpres en transparence. Superbe. Des bulles mais pas trop, ce n’est pas l’effet recherché ! Une mousse beige qui nappe bien le breuvage assez rapidement et le maintient à température (ambiante bien sûr, sauf si vous êtes au Texas à 40° à l’ombre!!) Une texture veloutée mais sans la consistance d’une trappiste. Une 1ère bouche avec des noix et des figues sur des fruits secs, avec une pointe d’ortie et un relent de jambon salé au loin... Une 2ème qui affermit tout cela et le rend plus fondu avec une belle assurance. Une 3ème qui vous dit que vous touchez au très bon niveau, avec beaucoup de maîtrise mais avec un je-ne-sais-quoi qui manquerait pour vous transporter au ciel. Pourtant notre ami Nostradamus le regarde à la lunette sur l’étiquette, mais l’a-t-il trouvé lui ? Sans doute pas non plus, et ce n’est pas de chance, parce qu’on n’est pas loin. Voyons du côté de la levure... un goût de braises et de charbon de bois à la Guinness. La longueur nous fait vivre un bon moment avec le soutien de l’alcool sur un fondu qui tend vers l’équilibre, et nous en sommes ravi... La finale montre du caractère et ne laisse pas critiquer cette bière à tord et à travers. Nostradamus nous surveille et sait que nous ne pouvons critiquer ses œuvres sans risquer les affres de l’enfer... Grand bien soit fait à cette bestiole de la famille de la caracole !!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - APR 13, 2005
A favorite from a very small, and very talented Belgian brewery. This is exactly what I love aobut their brewing mantra: no rules. Dark brown in color with strong notes of caramel and some dark fruit. The hops give the beer a clean finish and help to hide the 9.5% very well. Head retention is classic and form an intricate lace on the sides of the chalice. If you can find this beer do yourself a favor and pick up a few.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Wharfrat (26) - Alabama, USA - FEB 17, 2007
750 ML Bottle, poured with a nice head that leaves lace on the glass. Pretty reddish brown color with little bubbles. The aroma is very impressive, with dark fruits, malts, and alcohol blending nicley. The flavor mimics the aroma, only better. Complexity and goodness are the words that come to mind. The Belgian yeast has been tamed to avoid the extreme flavors they can produce. Mouthfeel is nice, with just the right amount of carbonation to balance the viscosity of the beer. One of my favorite Belgium Brown ales.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
b79turner (226) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. GREAT beer! A nice change from the classic trappist brews. Pours a dark brown color with a 3" pillowy head that slowly fades to nice lacing around the glass and on top of the beer. Nose is strong caramel, raisin, brown sugar. Taste is slightly sweet, rich, fantastic balance between sweet, brown sugar, alcohol, and malty beer goodness. Mouthfeel is medium with medium heavy carbonation. Fantastic beer!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beachmaster (145) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 6, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a murky dark copper, with a typical massive Belgian light tan head. Fair lacing. Nose is sour dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Taste is very smooth, with slightly sweet sour dark fruit up front, and a slight tang on the finish. Delightful.

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.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blanstuf (16) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 One of my favorite beers. I’ve had 3 bottles in the past few months and I’ve enjoyed each one... thoroughly. It has a decent smell, and an absolutely great taste. I would recommend this to anyone even if you’re not a belgian person.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Bottled. pours a clear mahogany color with a light tan head that fades quickly. What an aroma!! Some dark fruits, a little cinnamon candy, sour, maybe some cherries. Wow! Sweet and thick mouth feel. Prunes, more cinnamon candy, cherries, yeast, toffee and a bit of malt. Sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is almost entirely hidden it only barley jumps in at the finish. This beer is simply fantastic.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 15, 2013
Finally got around to this one. 33 cl. bottle @ Kulminator. BBF 2010 – a bit older. Hazy brown with a smaller tanned head. Nose carries some vintage notes but in a good way, sweet candy, liquorish, candy sugar, candified fruit, touch vineous, caramel,… Taste is thick fruit, caramel, brown sugar, mixed with quite a bit of liquorish, dried & sweetened with brown sugar fruits, very sweet herbs, porto, dried fruits, BE yeast,… Flatter carb. great aging & wonderful beer – didn’t let me down at all in any way.


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