Troublette - Brasserie Caracole

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 229
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 28
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Caracole
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: taez555 on 02-12-2002

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good stuff. Caracole cannot make a bad beer. This one pours a coudy lemonade color with a stark white dense head. Like all Wheats, it retains and laces well. A bit more tart and sour than found in most Wits, but makes for a crisper, more refreshing brew. Clean aromas and flavors of lemons, oranges, and (to some extent) pineapples. Nicely spicey sweet with corriander and peppery. Mildly alcoholically in the finish. Not drying, just fresh and crisp. Thins out without becoming watery. Little aftertaste to mention. (523 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a quite clear golden beer with a huge thick foamy head with good retention. Aroma was midly sweet probably from orange peels that were added to this beer. Taste was quite refreshing with again some sweetness (apricot?) and some wheat. Carbonation was OK and body a bit thinner then expected. Overall, this is not a bad wit but could be a bit more balanced with less of the wheat taste. (400 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vigorously bubbled pale gold with waxy lemon edges. I expected at least a little cloudiness, but it looks like there's a compacted layer of yeast on the bottom of the bottle. The large head is pure white and fine-grained with dozens of sparkling bubbles on its upper surface. This is a nice looking wit in spite of its (present) clarity.

If you like your witbiers funky, this one should be right up your funkadelic alley. The usual aromatics are present (citrus and coriander), but are almost overpowered by a cloud of damp hay and other barnyard effluvia. I no longer hate these types of noses and, in fact, now find them to be strangely appealing. Maybe it's time to revisit Orval.

Troublette is still recognizably a wit on the palate, even if a myriad of other flavor elements are in the mix. It starts out wheaty sour, lemon tart and modestly coriander spicy. Then the barnyard ripeness begins to take over and it finishes with a furious tang of sweet grass, overripe musty fruit, used horse blanket and a potpourri of unidentifiable spices. It's never overwhelming, though, and should be easily handled by those who don't shy away from the more... uh... eccentric Belgians.

The final pour clouds things up nicely even though there's still quite a bit of yeast clumped in the bottom of the bottle. I can only marvel at what the beer would taste like with the full dose of yeasties swirling through the glass. I'm amazed that it maintains its wit personality all the way to the end. This really is an original creation that I like more and more with each passing sip.

The mouthfeel is light without being thin and is well-carbonated without being buzzy. Those aren't usually characteristics that I'd choose, but it seems to work well here. It keeps the finish as clean as possible, which matches the crisp nature of the beer like hand in glove.

Troublette (translated as 'little cloudy one') is my least favorite Brasserie Caracole beer. That doesn't mean I haven't enjoyed each and every mouthful, it just means that the others (Saxo, Ambree, Nostradamus) are outstanding versions of their respective styles. This is the most original witbier that I've ever had the pleasure to drink and I recommend it anyone who loves the occasional dose of Belgian funk. (2,275 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this one, it's been a few years. Used to be available in 750s, this one is a capped 11.2 oz. "Serve at 42º" BBD: 03 2012

Pastel orange in the glass, glowing and saturated, becoming cloudy with the yeast. Sticky white foam that has a fine texture to it, and some spotty bits of lace that cling around the edges.

Sweet citrus aroma, wheaty, with a dusty candy wafer sweetness too. The yeast is definitely Belgian, with a delicate spice to it.

Tart citrus and earthy coriander, the wheat lends a smoothness to the feel. Some notes of wet hay and earthy bitterness lend a rustic Saison edge to it also. It's definitely unique, it would be ideal as a nice quencher for a summer picnic. (697 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lemonade color with a decent fluffy head but it didnt retain very well,very lemony aroma very juicy hits the nose very nicely.Taste is tart and dry each drink makes u want more with its very refreshing citrius qualities.Just perfect for summer, drink this and watch a ballgame not much better than this. (311 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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! (670 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml caged & corked bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, wheat, lemons, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet citrus flavors of lemon and orange followed by the breadiness of Belgian yeast and wheat, then a little bit of spice. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is mild but both are exactly where they should be for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a good lighter Belgian-style beer with some substance and a lot of flavor that make it worth drinking for a while. (882 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (1,259 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/09/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best before dating on the back label. Poured into my Paulaner witbier glass.

Appearance- Golden white colored pour with a fat and semi spritzy head reminescent of maybe champagne. Medium lace left.

Smell- Lots of lemon and citrus in the nose. Maybe a hint of corriander as well.

Taste- Hmmm, not a whole lot of corriander. Heavy lemon taste...reminded me of Calistoga Lemonade. Don't know if that's a bad of good thing. Tastes more soda like than beer like. Had a fair amount of sourness to it. Tastes more like a saison than a wit.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, a bit too carbonated for me.

Drinkability- Nothing special here. Not bad, but there are several other wits I would buy before this one. (808 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bomber I bought was kinda dusty and this really is more of a summer beer (its december...)so I was a wee bit nervous, things went well from the uncorking of the bomber bottle (no freshness dating), opened with what seemed like the correct amout of pop....poured clear very light yellowy amber, supporting a LONG lasting white head, plenty of bubbles rising to the top forever, and leaving some thick, low riding, sheeting and lacing. Nose here was of some funky spicing, cloves and bubblegum. Notes of more funky sourness, light spicing and yeasty nuttyness and peppery Belgian goodness. Light and lively, flavorful and enjoyable. Well worth enjoying a large bottle of two with a summary lunch, cheeses, bread, salads, you get the picture. Worthy offering from Brasserie Caracole. (784 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

They sure love drawing snails over at Caracole, don't they? This comes from a 330 ml bottle, and on to the beer:

A few chunks of yeast get into the glass with the beer. The color is a toasted orange, topped with a small fuzzy head with decent retention. Visible carbonation bubbles run from bottom to top. The nose is pleasant and slighty tart. There's some blueberry, more blueberry, a little lemon, and vague spice. It works.

Well carbonated (a bit much for my liking) and light bodied, Troublette is more of a fruity witbier than a spicy one. The blueberry from the aroma makes its way to the taste. A leafy hop bitterness appears to be the countering device toward the beer's fruity taste. I've had better for sure, but I've had worse as well. Call it a decent witbier. (776 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle at Monks Cafe in center city Philadelphia

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin white head. Citrus peel aroma with a very similar taste. Very smooth drinking crisp white ale with hints of golden fruits(apple, pear and white raisin) as well as orange and lemon. Very quaffable and quite refreshing. (313 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Monk's Cafe...
Appears a hazy light yellow with virtually no cap and no lacing to be seen, even after several heavy swirls to the glass.
Smell is overkill of heavy dosages of lemon juice mixed with coriander with an acidic aroma that may be a bit too much.
Taste is of the same lemony aromas.
Mouthfeel is acidic, sour, and dry. (344 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 750 mL bottle, served in a Hennepin glass. The ale is near room temperature.

Appearance: The ale is a hazy color, closer to orange than yellow. There is a nice ring of head in the glass.

Smell: There is a low key spicy aroma to the ale, primarily coriander and wheat.

Taste: I think that the ale is a little old. Despite that, this witbier hides its age very well. There is just a hint of bitterness upfront before the wheat and spice flavors take over.

Mouthfeel: Not the best tasting witbier, it is not the worst either. The ale holds up remarkably well in overcoming the stale bitterness.

Drinkability: I'd love to try it fresh, but a 3.7 for an old beer is not bad. (694 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber. Fine white two finger head with good retention and lacing. Constant carbonation, looks nice. Interesting aroma of wheat and lemon with a slightly medicinal or sharp herbal quality; somewhat reminiscent of ginger ale. Flavor also hard to define; wheat, lemon, pineapple, hint of grape and light sweet malt. Fairly complex and interesting, but the flavors are attenuated. Finishes with light, almost watered down malt and wheat. The flavors here are nice and well integrated, but subdued. I'd like to taste this with a bit more intensity. Still an enjoyable and somewhat unusual witbier. Light to medium bodie. I will have this again, as with all the Caracole beers. (734 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tumbler. It was pale-colored, kind of a very light yellow and cloudy. The head was immense and lasted a long time.

The aroma and flavor were much better than other witbiers I've had. There was a tart and sour component which I haven't seen in Hoegaarden or Blue Moon for example. This is my preferred interpretation of the style.

It was easy to drink, and the low alcohol content makes it a good summertime session beer. But the cost is a little high... (495 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on draught first, now I’ve got a chance to try the bottled version, most likely the draught will win out, but here goes the sampling nonetheless.

“Chill Hazed” lemon yellow color on the pour, the head spumous, bright white and impressive in its volume, after erosion, the lace forms a nice covering sheet. The aroma of wheat quite evident, sweet and quite crisp and clean to the senses, the start is sweet with a nice tartness, top is skimpy in its feel. Middling on the acidity, the hops pleasant and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a nice representative to the style. (595 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a bright yellow color and a cloudy consistency. The head didn't last very long at all.

S: Strong citrus aroma, mingled with yeast and malt.

T: You get a big dose of lemon and orange, along with some malt. There's also a bitter aftertaste that I didn't particularly care for.

M: There's a very lively amount of carbonation and a nice body. As I said before, the aftertaste is a little bitter.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. While it's a solid example of a witbier, I can think of others I would rather have. (567 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thin, pale gold body with a three finger head and a lace ring around the glass. A good blend of strong citric notes with lemon and orange peel mixing with coriander and pepper. Class wit smell. Crisp but extremly smooth, this beer contains a light-to-medium body with a good cirtic fruit taste (lemon, orange peel). Also clove and pepper with other spices on the side and a little fluffy yeast/wheat bite on the backend. A textbook wit that I could drink over and over. (471 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle served in my Maudite tulip. Poured a pale, hazy gold with tiny bubbles adhering to the bowl of the glass. Two inch bright white rocky head with good retention. Nose is belgian yeast and coriander with a suggestion of candi sugar and grass. Taste follows nose; flavors are somewhat muted with a little tartness exposed in the beginning and some citrus astringency towards the back. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent - carbonation burn is present from start to finish. Easy drinking and refreshing and pairs well with lighter fare. (545 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a lightly hazy dark yello color with a medium thin white head. Thin and quick lacing. The aroma is fruity, with some yeast and spice. Light-bodied and highly vinous (Chardonnay), with yeast, clove and tart apple. The finish is fairly carbonated and dry, with a tart fruit flavor. Overall not really what I expected for a Wit, but it is a nice enough beer. (371 characters)

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Troublette from Brasserie Caracole
88 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.