Tour of the Caracole Brewery just outside of Dinant, Belgium (& Beer Map)

Belgium breweries beer map highlighting the region around Dinant

Belgium breweries map highlighting the region around Dinant*

Overall Caracole was our favourite ‘brasserie’ (brewery) on our trip – every one of their beers got our top star rating, amazing when we saw that they were produced on wood-fired ovens!

The Caracole Brewery is located near Dinant in the province of Namur. The people of Namur are branded as being slow moving, and hence known as ‘caracoles’ (snails), the name of the brewery.a Caracole beer coaster The brasserie is only open for tours on Saturdays, 2:00 to 7:00 – just when we happened to arrive. Talk about luck!
Caracole Brewery ExteriorDespite the fact that the process requires some very fine-tuned temperature controls, all the brewing is done in those big kettles on top of wood-fired ovens!
the wood furnaces that are still used to brew the Caracols delicious beer Our host/tour guide demonstrates how to drink a Belgian beer while the rest of us look on in wonder!
Our Tour Guide Demonstrates How to Drink Caracole BeerPeering into one of the little workrooms of the Caracole Brewery.
peering into one of the little workrooms of the Caracole Brewery The tasting room at the Caracole Brewery.
the tasting room in the Caracole Brewery

Our review of les bieres de Brasserie Caracole

In general they are all smooth, all clean.

***Troublette, blanche (white) 5.5%: this is not a wheat beer. Although not particularly distinctive it had a nice, clean flavour, and we pronounced it a perfect summer beer. Unfortunately it was cold and rainy outside. This beer would certainly have gotten more stars if it had been more summer-like.
Caracole Beer - Troublette ****Saxo, blonde 7.5%: an explosion of flavour as it enters the mouth, bubbles smartly down the throat; lovely although short aftertaste. NOTE: Al tried the ‘bio Saxo’ and really liked it, even better than the regular Saxo. I found it a tad sour and preferred the regular.
Caracole Beer - Saxo****Caracole, ambreé 7.5%: very smooth with a hint of sweetness near the end.
Caracole Beer - Caracole ****Nostradamus, brun 9.5%: although I am not particularly fond of bruns this is one of the nicest I’ve had, not too sweet, caramel notes, lingering edge. Three years later I had to make a note about the powerful molasses bouquet, although this carry through to the flavour.
Caracole Beer - Nostradamus They also had some limited edition brews with unusual flavourings. We bought a bottle of Forestinne Nordika, a ‘Christmas’ beer with a whisper of anise, YUMMY!Caracole Beer: Forestinne As we were leaving we spotted a pile of wood destined for those amazing wood-fired ovens.
the wood pile outside Caracole Brewery And a good time was had by all!
Caracole Brewery, after the tour Caracole beers are mainly available in the States, Quebec and Belgium (we’ve found some at home  in Canada too!!!)

*We thought we’d won the lottery when the tourist office handed us this Belgian Beer Route map, but it’s now on the web at: http://www.belgianbeerroutes.com/en/home/

This is part of our trip around Belgium, roughly following the Beer Route.

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