NOTES: Draft @ Brick Store Pub in Hotlanta

STYLE: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 9.5%

APPEARANCE: Cloudy, bright orange

HEAD: Thick, tightly knit, white head that lasted throughout the drink

LACING: Splotchy and slipped back into the glass immediately

NOSE: Less spicy than other BSDAs…mostly sweet, caramel malt and loads of fruit (pineapple, apricots, and some banana). Pleasant, but muted nose probably due to the massive head.

TASTE: The sweet maltiness dominates the taste as well, but the nice, round fruitiness that was present in the nose is readily apparent in the middle. The finish has a little farmhouse funk and some drying bitterness from the alcohol.

MOUTHFEEL: Big carbonation keeps this fairly full-bodied beer closer to the medium-bodied camp. A touch chewy.

DRINKABILITY: Not bad…I love BSDAs, but there are better ones out there. Still, it was quite drinkable for how strong it was. It was also my last beer of a long night of drinking so take this review with a grain of salt.

RATING: 3 Hops


  1. I was a little put off by Brasserie Caracole when I first saw them popping up. Catchy labels with cartoonish renderings of snails in various states of play, I figured they were just a gimmick. I think they put out some pretty good beers though and the Nostradamus is probably the best that they produce. I also really enjoy their Troublette, a very sessionable White Ale.

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