Troublette - Brasserie Caracole

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89
very good

220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 24
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Caracole visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: taez555 on 02-12-2002)
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Photo of czfreeman
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from small 11.2oz bottle, have looked foward to sampling Brasserie Caracole for a while
This beer produces a brilliantly foamy head that I compare to the likes of Duvel. Troublette holds this 3 finger cloud for a good two minutes, leaving delicate lacing.
Nose is heavy on citrus, predominatley grapefruits, corianders, orange, some lemon bite, yeasts, hay-like grains, but dominated by citrus
Flavors are bright, clean, refreshing, each distinct in its own right. Grapefruits again, lemons, oranges, cut by a nice slightly peppery bite and an almost champange-like finish on the carbonation.
Mouhfeel is in a word-effervescent. Its light, bubbly, yet astonishly flavorful, no overly-American sweetness here-this is pure Belgian Wit goodness----seek this one out.

Photo of HogHill
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 33 CL bottle into a Hennepin glass. A pale straw colored body that is unfiltered with a creamy one fingered white head.

Aroma: is a subtle citrus scent along with some coriander. Delicate.

Taste: a really bread and yeast presence hit the palette first, then the fruity esters liven things up. The coriander provides a trailing smack of delight Little to no hop presence.

Mouthfeel: very crips, little bit more than medium carbonation.

Drinkability: At 5% ABV and being a great beer to quench thirst, Troublette ranks up there with the best of the session beers. As a wit it is also one of the top tier that I have enjoyed. I also thoroughly enjoyed Saxo and here Brasserie Caracole has crafted another fine brew.

Photo of Nesued
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A hazy yellow appearance with a nicely forming head upon pour, that resolves into nothing very quickly. Poured from a 750ml bottle and yes, I swirled and added the yeast sediment to the glass. Didn't notice much of a carbonation, which explains the lack of head.

Smell - A very light citrus aroma, not heavy at all. Also a bit of a yeast presence. Again, not much of a aroma at all.

Taste - Wonderful orange and corriander taste adds a crisp taste to this wonderful wheat. There also a yeast taste but not detracting at all. A bit of a harsh/sour biting finish, but that is what I have come to expect with really good wheats, and I like it.

Mouthfeel - There's that carbonation making it's appearance. Adds alot to the sour feel and indeed makes the body much more.

Drinkability - oh my, this is in my "top 3" of Belgian Wits. Very enjoyable and very drinkable during the summer months in South Carolina. The St. Bernardus is still above, but for a wheat with a nice sour clean finish, this is the one. Nicely done.

Photo of JCellars
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL btl into red wine glass at around 40 degrees

Good white, fluffy expansive head at first that goes down to about one finger quickly. Good lacing. Very bright, clear gold color.

Aromas of clove, tangerine, orange peel, almond, and a slight herbal grassiness. Very pleasant, and a little more than you'd expect from most Wit beers.

Good carbonation that lifts the tangy citrus notes across the tongue. Clean, crisp, and fairly balanced. Nice bright finish. Exactly what you want from a Wit.

Overall, a beautiful example of the style and definitely one I'll grab again.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color with a pure white head. The aroma makes me think of warm summer days, with a fresh, grassy, wheat smell. I found this beer to be extremely drinkable. It is a little bit sweet, with flavors of wheat and citrus. A light mouthfeel with a sharp, carbonated finish. I could drink a number of these and enjoy them all.

Photo of gfreed
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another good choice from the snail brewery, as Caracole has become known at my house. By comparison with German and American wheat beer, this one is a bit thin in the body but that's not really a complaint. Carbonation is decent; the usual Witbier characters are all present and accounted for. Very buoyant; very June and July. On to the next snail beer!

Photo of ghostmech007
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 11.2oz bottle poured into a pilsner. Yeast was swirled and poured as well. Tried it during the beer geek week at the Capital Alehouse in Innsbrooke.

Very deep yellow color, a very healthy lace with an off-white coloring.

Heavy citrus in the nose. Coriander and fruits and yeast. Very interesting.

Very, very crisp. Slick and medium body that keeps balanced. Grains are a little rough up front but is softened by the fruitiness and citrus of the drink. Hops are non existent in this brew but somehow is balanced by them. Slight sweetness fades at the end. Dry finish.

This is a very good Witbier. Almost a perfect sample of the style.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork just absolutely exploded from this bottle as I was opening it, quite exiting. Pours a lightly hazy straw color with a white head. The beer appears well carbonated with lots of individual streams of bubbles rising through the beer. Aromas of candied orange, sharp herbs, and perhaps some coriander as well. Quite light, with a nice refreshing orange zest character mixed with some lemon acid. The carbonation is lively and gives a spritzyness to this beer as it foams across my tongue. I detect some definite coriander notes in the finish of this beer. This is quite a good example of a Belgian Wit, or at least the type that I like. Spritzy, dry, lightly acidic and refreshing, just the thing for a hot summers day. The orange flavor gives picks up and magnifies the residual hint of sweetness that is found in this beer.

Photo of watchnerd
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle.

This stuff was so good, so easy to drink, so tasty, that I snarfed down the entire big bottle in one meal. Opened it, poured, drank, poured, drank, poured, drank....gone.

Is it really a witbier? Tasted almost like a saison. Refreshing, low in alcohol, yeasty, slightly lemony, nice appearance, and so yummy you could go sessions with it.

Photo of AlexJ
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a fluffy white head that leaves the slightest trace of lace. Head retains very well.

Doughy aromas with green apple, peppery spice, apricot, and clove. Initially slightly sweet fading into slightly sour. There's an added level of Belgiany yeast must that is very nice.

Flavors follow the aroma with the fruity, bready, faintly acidic green apple taste. Very light and refreshing. More complexity than your average witte.

Light/medium in body with large bubbles of carbonation. Prpobably one of the best wittes I've had so far.

Photo of BDTyre
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, I'll admit that I am not the biggest wheat beer fan. I find heffeweizens hard to drink and Hoegaarden gave me some poor side effects. However, I am very happy with this beer, if somewhat confused by the label.

This glowing-amber beer is cloudy like any witbier and smells of wheat, coriander and citrus. However, this is light and refreshing with a slighty watery quality that makes this almost like a juice. There are definite coriander, clove and citrus hints to an everpresent wheat taste. I don't find this too dry or acidic like Hoegaarden. This is certainly a summer beer, but it brings to mind bright sunny days during the dark winter. Overall a very well done beer and one that may turn me on more to wheat based beers.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is an opaque golden yellow. Pours with an approximately 2 finger white that slowly dwindles to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. Cloudiness is very dense and uniform. Overall hue is darker than most witbiers. Some black sediment can be seen at the bottom of the glass.

S-Smell is sharply citrus and this dominates the nose. Corriander and yeast in the background.

T-Unlike the smell the taste is very well balanced. Citrus and coriander come through with equal strength upfront and there is a subtle bready yeast undertone. There is a mild kick of hops for the finish while the citrus intensifies. A slight tartness along with some sweet, bready yeast linger. The whole profile is full but mellow.

M-Medium carbonation and very light body. Mouthfeel is extraordinarily yeasty and smooth.

D- This is an excellent witbier with a nice mellow profile. It is easily one of my favorites of the style. This is a real Belgian wit that has a great character. Perfect session beer.

Photo of ashleyshalyn
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 750ml bottle. Freshness date on back says 09-2007.

A: Looks like it should ;) Cloudy golden color with nice 2 finger head that fades to a thin head that sticks around for quite a long time.

S: Wow am I excited to start drinking this. It has a full yeasty/doughy aroma with noticable citrus (maybe tangerine) scents with a corriander background.

T: Fantastic light sourdough and lemon zest. This is a really fantastic example of a belgian whitbier. It has such great body with a medium carbonation that really adds to the flavor. The body helps the beer start with a full flavor and mellow into some citurs in the finish.

I'm a huge Hoegaarden fan.... but this, well.... I think I have to call it a tie!

cute girly side note: How adorable is that snail? Cute little guy is in some serious "trouble" trapped on that lilly pad. Might as well drink your troubles away and chill out on that lilly pad for a while!

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle

A huge white fluffy head below a slightly cloudy light peach toned body. Aromas are immediately evident. Apples, lemon peel, spice, yeast and wheat are all there enticing a sip. And the sip says refreshing flavorful beer that matches that nose perfectly. THe mouthfeel is solid fluffy and freshing on a hot late June day. With a slight amount of warming, a sour note comes in the finish. This is one of the best witbeers I have had in a long time. It keeps from being too sweet but still adds plenty of fruit character to the bill which matches perfectly with the spice quality from the Belgian yeast. I am not certain if actual spices are used, but either way coriander flavors are there. Overall, Troublette is highly drinkable and delicious.

Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pale wit with an almost green colour. Big head with a saison like nose; all summer fruit and some spice. The beer is full bodied and almost tastes higher in alcohol than it measures. The closest version to this is Ommegangs Wit which also takes the spiced citrus notes to the max. Very well made and a beer for all seasons.

Photo of Viking
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2001 variety. Body is a hazy gold, with an amazing rush of CO2. Head is thick, white, and meringue-like. Head retention is amazing. That thick head never smaller than 3/8 inch. Smell is lightly fruity, with plenty of spices, hints of grassiness and yeast. Refreshing and crisp wheat taste, with light fruit and spices. Slight bit of hop bitterness and musty yeast. Medium body, and surprisingly smooth. Low abv, combined with crisp, refreshing taste make this a great brew for hot summer days. Hell, it's pretty damn good on cold autumn days as well!

Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender brown bottle, on the label has a picture of a snail on a lily pad. No freshness date. Thin layer of off white yeast sediment on the bottle of the bottle was swirled into the brew and decanted in the glass.

Appearance: Densely clouded yellow colour, active carbonation that forms and holds a healthy white lace.

Smell: Evident coriander in the aroma, big on fruitiness and yeast as well. Slightly peppery with suggestions of lemon and orange peel.

Taste: Unbelievably crisp with a slightly slick and flowing mouth feel, moderate body that holds together nicely. A bit coarse upfront with grain and husk followed by a semi-hard carbonation and yeast bite, softens a bit with spicy flavour of coriander and citric peel. Fruity with faint alcoholic ester, trace fruity flavours give a vagueness of ripe pears and mangoes. Hops are meek and only add to balance, touch of wheat malt sweetness in the beginning yet really dries up especially in the finish.

Notes: This is the real stuff, not to say that American brewers don’t do this style justice but they seem too sweet sometimes. This one on the other hand is what a Belgian Wit is supposed to be; dry and yeasty, fruity and spicy with flavours all over the place.

Photo of Seaba
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of vhmf1978
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of scurvy311
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I realize that the Belgian witbier style has some nuances such as the spices and turbidity, but this is a winner. I have tried many high and low quality weissbiers in all the various spice/clove/banana combinations to try to tame the hot and muggy Gulf Coast Louisiana summers (and falls and springs), but this one is the best.

I tried it on the recommendation of someone at my favorite place to buy beer...Marcello's in Lafayette.

Troublette is lucky there is not a place to score the serving size. It would be a 2 or 1. Eight or ten ounces are not enough.

The appearance is nothing above what you would expect from a quality wheat beer; however, when stared at more than 10 seconds, the depth of this turbid beer can be appreciated. I like to drink my new beers in a big clear thin bitters glass. The yeast is well suspended and very fine, not clumpy like others can be. Color is a rich pale yellow that takes on a frosted aspect because of the fine light-colored yeast particles.

Smell is also exceptional...clean, yeasty, and tart, with very light citrus (not like artificial orange, but yeast produced citrus phenols). I appreciate having a hard time detecting banana/clove aroma. I would rather not or barely detect, then to drink banana beer every drink. I personally prefer the citrus/tart yeast byproducts.

Taste is where it is at for the weissbier. Thirst quenching like only a well made hefeweizen can be at 5:30pm in June after planting trees all day. First you guzzle, and then you sip to taste. You find yourself unable to decide how to drink it. Then you realize it doesn’t matter because the servings are too small.

Adjectives such as crisp, tart, effervescent, quenching, satisfying, cooling, citrusy, and deeply/interestingly yeasty come to mind.

Mouthfeel could be better, but so could the serving size. I could appreciate a smoother wheat-protein mouthfeel.

Can you tell yet that I think this beer is highly drinkable? Think Allagash White with less clove and bitterness, but more wheat/yeast aromas and flavors.

Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of dowen44
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light golden color with a very tall and frothy white head and a steady stream of bubbles racing up from the bottom center of the glass. Nose is lemon grass and spice (mostly coriander) with some underlying yeasty aromas. Light to medium in body and very lively and spritzy in texture at first turning a bit chalky towards the end. Taste begins with some sweet fruity notes followed by a very nice blend of lightly sour yeast and tart/bitter orange peel that leads up to a bite of white pepper in the finish. A wonderfully refreshing beer with a near infinite drinkability.

Troublette from Brasserie Caracole
89 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.