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Troublette - Brasserie Caracole

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BA SCORE
89
very good

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 20
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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HardTarget

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Fresh fruit smells, lemon & banana, on a peppery Belgian yeast
Appearance: Massive fluffy white head settled down to a finger fed by heavy carbonation. It had a bright clear deep yellow with a tinge of orange until I decanted the yeast about halfway through the beer. The yeast left a perceptual cloud in the beer. Thick sheets of lace quickly draped down the sides with each taste.
Flavor: Light wheat malt base is accented by a lemon pepper. It’s odd, deep in there, I swear this is not an insult; I get a taste of Budweiser or some other macrobeer.
Mouthfeel: Spritzy, very carbonated and very light body. It feels lighter than water, almost foamy with a slight numbing of the gums.
Overall Impression: Very light with some classic Belgian flavors, but not much of a wit in my opinion. I think of wits as being much more acidic, but this has many other wit qualities; fruity, dry, spicy, and well carbonated. I’m not getting much coriander out of this sample. All I know from wits is what Celis has taught me. I knew Celis White, and you sir are no Celis White! Having got that off my chest, this beer has some good qualities, just not enough punch to satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 03:06:34 | More by HardTarget
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putnam

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure how Witty this beer is. It presents a gold color and the aromas are sweet and loaded with papaya, porridge and tangerine. Exotic, sweaty, perfumes of Brazil nuts, tropical blooms, orangeade, caramel syrup, peanut butter and smoke rise up from the palate.
For style-concious drinkers this is certainly not as dry as a typical Wit. I found it difficult to drink for its excessive sugar-sweet taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2004 22:46:33 | More by putnam
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2004 16:22:17 | More by Gueuzedude
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle. Picked up in Dallas. Not available in here in Wichita.

Appearance: Golden-orange and very cloudy. Along with the cloudiness was a huge amount of sediment. Coarse, white head that dissipated fairly quickly for its size. Very heavy bead. A little bit of lace made a delicate web in places.

Smell: Typical wit smells. Raw grains and wheat, orange, clove, coriander, and a little bit of banana. The grain aroma was dominant.

Mouthfeel: Thin and crisp. The heavy carbonation provided quite a bit of tingle. It really dried out on the back of the tongue.

Taste: A lot of raw grains and wheat. Hardly any sweetness at all. The spices were very subdued in the flavor, but there was quite a bit of tart fruit. There was some sour yeast on the finish, as well as a little bit of a puckering bitterness.

Pretty good wit. A little different than others of the style that I have had, but I have never actually had a Belgian wit from Belgium before. Not as sweet and a little bit more biting than the US and Canadian made ones that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 23:02:42 | More by Quaffer
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halfpgl

Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this bier it was 3 euro’s or so in Brussels. The second time it was almost $8…I paid it!
This is an excellent White. I’d suggest not disturbing the bottle since the yeast is quite heavy and isn’t appreciated as much as in some whites. The beer has a classic Belgium head nice and thick. The nose has fruit and spices that could make a grand cru jealous. The taste is crisp and clean with the spices taking a back seat to the fruitiness but it’s not overpowering. I just wish I could find this more often.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2004 01:01:19 | More by halfpgl
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle, Appearance: Golden yellow cloudy with a bright white head leaves thick lacing. Aroma: Some belgian candi sweetness mild tart apple notes pleasan yeast deriven tones along with an additional sharp sweetness from the malted wheat. Taste: Nice apple tartness nique wheat beer with some clove and coriander peeking through, overall an excellent rolling sweetness backed by some subtle hopping and nice spices. Mouthfeel: Spritzy yet silky texture with a light bodey adding to the drinkability. Drinkability: Nice Belgian wheat bier can teach a thing or two to Hoegaarden in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 19:17:18 | More by WVbeergeek
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BeerAngel

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed pale yellow with a large white fluffy head. The smell of fruit, spices, and yeast race from the head to please the nose. The taste is a tart spiced citrus with wheat in the background trailing off to the yeast and hint of alcohol. It is a light bodied beer and finishes in between dry and sweet. Very nice, this brew! Op uw gezonheid!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2004 03:58:18 | More by BeerAngel
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lightly hazy golden body streams steadily beneath a massive head of rocky bright white foam that holds extremely well and leaves thin splashes of lace about the glass. Once the massive head dies down the nose becomes alive with honeyish and candy-touched malt; lemon and orange blossom; a subtle spice; and a waft of faint vanilla. The body is light with a gently crisp effervescence. Fruit and spice initially dominate the flavor against a light, balanced bitterness. Yeastiness initially clouds some of its character, although more of its honeyish malt appears as it warms. It finishes dry with a mild, chalky bitterness. Quite enjoyable, and one of Caracole's best!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 02:31:58 | More by NeroFiddled
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irishmoss

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml caged and corked bottle that had no date marked on the bottle, but the cork read 01 2002. Poured a translucent golden yellow color with a vibrant cloud white head that was a finger thick. This is some of the best head that I’ve seen in a while, but we won’t talk about her…. Smells of light fruit, pears, and perhaps champagne/vinous like in aroma. The taste was a little tart, lemon and granny smith with very faint spice. Yeasty flavors come through slightly and this is incredibly clean and crisp. Afterwards I’m not really sure if I just drank a beer, because this finishes so clean. Unbelievable drinkability, alcohol content isn’t even noticeable. Thin mouthfeel that is complimented by a perfect carbonation.
As a self-proclaimed hophead, this artisanal Belgian wheat ale blew me away. I can’t wait to have this again and sample similar examples of this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 03:34:32 | More by irishmoss
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice white froth like head. Bubbles galore! Head coats the walls of my glass like the wash of the ebbing winter ocean tide leaving behind it’s frothy signature.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow.

Nose is of yeast and alcohol dotted with bucolic undertones perhaps of wheat malts.

Flavor is a spicy-sour combination slightly bitter wheat ale and up front. The carbonation adds zest to the spicy manner. Yet for all the zest, the overall flavor character is a staid and composed. Why do I imagine Herucle Perot?

Spices give way to notes of yeast, but the flavor isn’t so great that it’s overpowered by yeast signatures. For all of the spice and zest at the start this beer does seem to have a short life span on my palate.

Flavor profile has a “clear” distinct stature, perhaps I’m interpreting that as a polite way of claiming -- “one dimensional” or “thin”.

Drinkability is quite good however, as the flavor is intriguing enough to taunt me to approach and take another sip.

I find this beer a rather delightful indulgence.

Nice!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 05:04:25 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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Morris729

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2003 22:40:33 | More by Morris729
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kbub6f

New York

3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Head is monstrous, white, bubbly, crusty. Beer is pale, clear gold, tons of carbonation; cloudy yeast pour. Spicy, sour nose. Sweet, spicy, crab apple front shows some pepper. Moves straight to a dry, bitter finish. Not much else. This is a very dry beer. Refreshing, but a little plain. I like the fact that it's not too sweet, but a little more flavor would have been welcome.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 00:47:12 | More by kbub6f
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale golden color with a lot of haze. The large head slowly dissapates into a thin lace. Aroma is heavy on the spice, mostly coriander. Taste is spicy and citrusy. Very light in body and pretty high carbonation. A pretty good wit and it's quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2003 14:10:56 | More by dmarch
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BierReise

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Contents under pressure! The cork flew off this bottle and nearly caused me a mild stroke. Cloudy honey colored with a big snow white head(not the Disney character). This brew had a terrific aroma of orange, coriander and possibly lemon. Flavor was a bit of a let down though and really didn't match the nice aroma I was getting. A bit sour maybe and the wheat malts weren't as fresh tasting as say the Allagash that I love so much. Overall, not a bad Wit. Just not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 10:38:09 | More by BierReise
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good beer, but I am disappointed.

Very hazy yellow with a little greenish tint and a very creamy white head that turns into a sticky lacing. Smell is very nice with that spicy wit character. Taste is a little tart. Feel is zesty, tingly and a little spritzy. A fine example of the style.

I liked the beer a lot better before adding the yeast. The large amount of yeast took away from the lightness and crispness of the beer.

Overall, it is a good beer but not one that I will buy again. I think that I can find beers of this type and quality level more locally and more affordable.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 14:06:31 | More by waughbrew
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden/orange with some sediment and a large puffy head. Aromas include citrus zest and fresh squeezed orange juice. Some milky vanillan aromas as well, almost like that seventies drink, the Orange Julius, for those who remember it. In the mouth the beer is medium bodied and cleansing with subdued carbonation. The taste is good, yet does not really have much to set it apart from the pack. This is a decent summer offering that delivers nice citrus, some bitter and a good quench factor. I'd not beg for another though.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 01:29:56 | More by moulefrite
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a small white head witha very lit, almost offwhite, yellow hazy body.

The smell was interesting. Corriander, spice, caraway seed, lots of seedy spice, flowers, some soft fruit, apples, pears, a slight slight bananna, yeast, phenols and some buttery diactyl.

The taste was rather spicey. Some nice wheat maltiness, cinnamon, caraway, apple, almost like a redhot candy, cloves, some earthy hop, slight citrus peel, and I know this is going to sound weird, but the combination almost reminded me of sourkraut. Maybe I just got a bad bottle or something, but deffinatly sourkraut.

Overall, it's not a bad beer, a decent belgian wit. But for my tastes it was just a little overspiced in the clove, fennel and corriander section.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 06:43:50 | More by taez555
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a ton of carbonation but the white head dissipates quickly not leaving any lace. Some yeast in the bottom. Nose is distinctly wheat, light to medium bodied. Starts with A slight sweetness but finishes hoppy. Not sour good summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2003 23:05:24 | More by jdhilt
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stcules

Italy

3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw-coloured, with some turbidity from the yeast. Very abundant foam, white and creamy.
The smell is very fresh, floral and spicy, coriander, orange, orange flower, wheta, yeast. Good.
The taste is a little less refreshing, the spices are more evident, with the citric character. Maybe some hints of hops.
Spicy aftertaste, very light, with some bitter.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2003 09:25:56 | More by stcules
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hotstuff

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Cork dated 01-2000.When poured, this beer had a large white head that contained small-large sized bubbles.The body contained carbonation and it was cloudy and the hue reminded me of urine.The nose was citrusy and fruity.This beer left no lacing.It did however leave an aftertaste along with a slight bitter taste.Not a beer high on my list.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2003 12:50:07 | More by hotstuff
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TheDM

Indiana

2/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cork Dated 01-2002. This brew had an invigorating head of small to large white bubbles and little lacing. Its body is a cloudy weak watered down pee color that has carbonation rising up the side of the glass. It tastes fizzy and has no initial or after bite. It was a drinkable beer to start the evening off with but not much more. Hotstuff got the burps after just a half a glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 14:57:23 | More by TheDM
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Darkale

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label on the bottle shows a snail on a lily pad drinking in the water, with the ripples distorting the beer's name. A nice, calm, mellow label, in keeping with Caracole's snail theme.

Gold and cloudy body on top of a bright white head that is smooth and thick. Lacing is very good. Aroma is spicy and yet also sour.

Taste is brash, slightly chewy, and much nicer than the aroma. There is a hint of apple in the taste. The taste of the beer changes slightly as it warms, but stays interesting and somehow fresh.

Wonderful foamy mouthfeel. I only purchased a single of this beer but wished that I had bought more. Caracole is one of my favorite Belgian breweries -- their Nostradamus was the first true Belgian beer that I really enjoyed -- and it was nice to see that they had a refreshing summer beer in their stable.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 19:32:50 | More by Darkale
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mzwolinski

California

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw in color, with a moderately sized, bright white head. Head sticks around pretty well, though it doesn't leave much in the way of lace. The aroma is mildly spiced, with tart yeasty notes and hints of orange. Orange comes through in the flavor too, as does the tartness. Both of these sit upon a standard wheat body, and are finished with a decent herbal/slightly metallic hoppiness. Tingly and light in body, this beer definitely tastes better with the yeast *in*. Adding the yeast tones down the tart bite somewhat and makes for a much gentler finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 20:00:27 | More by mzwolinski
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GreenCard

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Coral Springs, FL.

Appearance: uncharacteristic clarity (almost looks like an unfiltered lager), straw colored, loosely packed head (big bubbles) with decent retention

Aroma: smells like fresh beer wort, nice maltiness with a saazy/floral hop aroma, some honey-like sweetness in the background, transcendent

Flavor: honey sweetness, lightly tart, bready/grainy malt flavor that balances out nicely with the reserved noble-y hop flavor and a light bitterness in the finish, some cork taste though

Mouthfeel: large-bubbled carbonation (i.e.- feels like the bubbles expand in your mouth), light-bodied

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2003 14:57:55 | More by GreenCard
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was given two bottles of this at an Organic Trade show...so I am drinking the Organic version of this beer.

Very dark golden yellow color with an awesome head when poured. Lovely lace left in my glass.

Very crisp, very nuanced in taste. Oh my, isn't this easy to drink! I have to give this brewery credit, this beer is not watery, and has plenty of body.

Very recommended as a session beer, you really can't go wrong. For full flavor sip after sip, this is a great version of this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2003 17:06:37 | More by PatandDavid
Troublette from Brasserie Caracole
89 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.