Caracole Ambrée

330 mL bottle poured into the Duvel tulip. Good white head, with nice lacing and retention. Pale amber color. Typically Belgian, yeasty nose and some sweetness and pepper spice in the initial taste. Some sharp bitterness in the finish, quite surprising. To be honest, a little watery in the mouthfeel - not its best feature. Alcohol is there, but relatively well hidden. Solid example, but not a stunning brew. Definitely worth investigating but not a great beer.

Nostradamus

Highly drinkable Belgian that drinks way below it's 9.5%. I could drink a gallon of this stuff without noticing it (at least until the next day!) Dirty brown pour with a charateristic large, forthy, rocky white head. Carbonation is high at first but dies down significantly so this is not a problem. Great appearance and nice lacing. Lovely, rich and creamy mouthfeel. Really full in the mouth and the combination of fruit and carbonation is a real treat. Heavy fruits and other esters lace this...

Saxo

$5.99 for a 750 mL, corked and caged brown bottle. Excellent value. Typically pale Belgian, with all the usual characteristics. Super, pale yellow pour in my Duvel tulip with a lovely frothy head and some minor lacing. Final pour incorporates the remainder of the yeast to add to the body and taste. The Duvel glass helps the head by focusing the carbonation, but still a lovely looking pour. Quite spicy with lots of cloves present. The beer is overall really quite acidic and had a fairly dry...