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

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RATINGS: 568   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (3908) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2003
I don't understand the label. I won't even try. Rich, yeasty fruit aroma. Wit-like flavor, lightly sweet and tart with a good bit of fruit. I found the palate watery and short.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3637) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2003
Even at the end I'm not quite sure what to think about this. It pours with a foaming, building white head, regular, that promises a cheerful palate, and it delivers on that even after that head subsides to a ring of white. Slightly hazy, off-yellow color. Good, lively aroma of flowers and perfume, with a good dose of spice and a lemon drop/sweet concoction. Only in the tasting it is not sweet in that way, with more tang and a mid-finish of spice and mild bitterness. A big gulp reveals some alcohol hanging on through the finish but this was muted enough. In that quality it reminded me of the other Caracole beers--some alcohol perhaps unavoidable as they've bumped this up a bit (sort of a Hoegaarden on steroids)--but there is so much aroma and flavor produced with no obvious imbalances, I found it difficult not to like it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
igneous1 (1489) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 30, 2003
medium golden, slightly hazy...aroma not all that different from a hefe, except more spice and little banana. aroma finishes with a sour/bitter note reminiscent of sweat. flavor is definitely sweet and lots of spices. a little alcohol in the finish

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
legion242 (2100) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Probably the least intersting of the Carocole line that I have had so far. A sad imitation of the great Belgian Goldens. Not errible, but can't stand up to the likes of Duvel, etc.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Rating #175** I chose a random Belgian Blond for this rating, Her name is Sally and you should see her measurements, No, no, really I chose this Saxo 11.2oz randomly and it wasn’t all that bad. ** This one poured a glowing golden orange color, with a big fluffy white head. The aroma is of bananas, yeast and alcohol…. the flavor was also yeasty, slightly citric, notes of bananas, and spices. The palate is medium, gentle & oily, finishes slightly dry……
Man, this Conan O’Brien special on Comedy Central is freaking hilarious.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dirkbreedveld (287) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2003
lovely creamy foam, from tap, golden color,dry with hints of abricots and banana in the smell, hoppy aftertaste...splendid balance

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7721) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2003
Yellow beer; thick broken-white head, kept up by effervescent carbonation. Nose of unripe grain ("milk-ripe"), bit grassy, going over into "Belgian pickles"-mustardy. This "B. pickles aroma creeps in in the taste too - yet not really sourish. Malt sweetness is very present, but kept in check by various other flavours, estery and flowery (lunaria - once more). Very alcoholic mouthfeel, yet surprisingly refreshing. Very interesting brew. Description as "B. pickles" might be misleading as it sounds too negative by far. But it DOES remind me instantly of this. A better than average strong blond.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2570) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 8, 2003
I'm trying this a little warmer than the recommended serving temperature of 46 degrees F. Fruity, sweet, malty and flowery aroma, a bit of melon, pear, banana, clove, honey and peppery spice. Hazy golden color, with an uneven white head and stippled lacing. Interesting profile, malty, fruity, tart and a little sweet to start, developing some leafy, earthy, spicy hop flavors and finishing with a blend of lightly sugary sweetness, hop bitterness, very faint alcohol and abundant yeast esters. Spicy, malty aftertaste with hints of lemony citrus. Mouthfeel is moderately acidic, with a creamy, effervescent palate. This is a quality offering.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2003
Cloudy and golden in color. Lot's of yeast in the nose with spice and smokey overtones. Light bodied and dry. Slightly acidic to start and the finish is a moderately lasting bitterness. A good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shorlin (590) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - JUL 17, 2003
Nice cloudy beer. Perfect white head. Loses appearance marks for being too yellow. Nose is big yeasty Orvally clovery peppery sesnation. Also getting fruitiness in there. Taste is rounded (whatever that means). Simple Belgian tastes with the banana notes you'd expect. The mouthfeel is OK, but not dry enough. A very good beer, thank to Beerprince for this one.


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