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Troublette - Brasserie Caracole

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BA SCORE
89
very good

214 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 23
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 02-12-2002)
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Photo of ojiikun
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

corked 750. feisty pop. fast head, but fast fall. light amber, solid cloudiness but not heavy-opaque. a true with with white foam and white accents. Still, not too pale. Surprisingly good looking for a wit.

smell is gorgeously spicy and light with sweet malts and a hint of yeast, though it's troublingly funky for a wit. honey and rosewater. cola smell (like freshly poured coke).

taste is even spicier and much more dry. honey comes forward along with floral notes. taste is tons of cardamom and corriander, bitter citrus peel, and sweet wheat body. No traces of the feared yeast funk. A bot of white pepper almost throws things off, but manages to work, too.

Mouthfeel was good, but the carbonation didn't hold up to my 2-hour relaxed drink. Never hot, but not expected to be with such a light AbV.

Very drinkable. No danger in it. Smell and taste offset one another well, body isn't heavy at all, as you'd expect with the style. A really great wit, truth be told. If you were to compare this to most belgians, you'd be nonplussed, but compare it to other wits, and it's really quite brilliant. the unique floral notes alone make it worth the purchase.

ojiikun, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of PirateUlf73
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml corked bottle. Poured into a large mug.

A: Slightly hazy and light golden-orange in color. Huge, bubbly white head retained and laced very nicely.

S: Pleasant, dry yeast aromas hit first, followed by a bevvy of spices and citrus zest. Phenols and clove start to come out as well. Pretty strong nose overall.

T: Taste starts with a dominant, bready yeast backbone. Then come the spices (clove, coriander and a little white pepper) and hints of orange and lemon zest. Becomes increasingly fruity as it warms, but not too much. Very nicely blended and balanced.

M: Heavier side of light-bodied and very well-carbonated. Finishes clean and a bit dry.

D: At 5% alcohol, this is a solid choice for a session witbier. It's complexity will also interest those who prefer to sip.

This is quite simply a fantastic beer. I'm glad I bought the big bottle. So much going on in the taste. Beautiful finish and not bad to look at, either. Even if you don't like this style much, I would certainly recommend that you sample this at least once. I will surely buy this again, especially to bring to my next party. It's sure to impress!

PirateUlf73, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of sjverla
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Fruity and funky. Slightly clovely. Hints of orange and black pepper. Just a hint of lactobacillus or something buggy.

Appearance: Very hazy blonde with a frothy, shock-white head.

Taste: Fairly mild. A little clove and wood. Lightly fruity. The finish is semi-fungal and earthy. Very lightly flavored. Thin bodied and effervescent.

Overall: Really nice - very refreshing with a surprising amount of funk for the style, which is quite pleasant.

sjverla, May 26, 2012
Photo of Umbra
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Ale Mary's, served in a brewery supplied tulip. Cloudy yellow, nice head, with acceptable retention and lacing. Citrus and funk on the nose.
Very interesting wit. All the usual with flavors are here, but noticable alcohol and light funk to the finish. Not the bite of a lambic, but just enough of a sourness in there to be defined as "complex."
5% comes off very light on the mouth, making it extremely drinkable.

Umbra, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of Reverand
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look out Hoegaarden there is a new white beer. Troublette is exceptional. A pale yellow appearance with a nice white head with a taste of coriander and a slight peppery taste. Nice body that makes this beer easy to drink.

Reverand, Sep 22, 2002
Photo of vishneda
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

This one comes out as a nice pear yellow color with the witbier glow to it. It's nice and cloudy and has a thin snow white head. There is some lacing down the glass, but nothing out of the ordinary for a style that does not lend to lacing.

A good sweet aroma comes off of this beer with lots of citrus in the mix of it. Strong for the style, but not world class.

The flavor is sweet and inviting but packs a lot of complexity. I sense hints of cinnamon or nutmeg in the spice profile. A mild tartness, perhaps with some of the citrus notes in there, provides balance to the sweetness and keeps things from getting out of balance. Good flavor, nothing unexpected. Leaves dry but not bitter.

This beer has a great drinking feel. It is super smooth; not creamy but light in body and balanced with air. Nice crisp drink with a dry finish and super refreshing.

(From tasting notes dated 10 Jul 2009)

vishneda, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of Guinness4me
2.17/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Is this beer supposed to make my tongue burn? I was already a bit negative just from the smell, but I trudged on.

It poured simple enough with a respectable head that dissipated quickly leaving a slight rim lace on my glass. It is a nice lemon-orange color with an opaque murkiness.

The phenolic smell of this brew should have been my first warning sign. The slight smell of iodine mixed with spices was odd at best.

The taste was like that of most wheat beers with a balance of tart sweetness. It finished clean with no aftertaste. Grassy florals also filled my taste buds.

The mouthfeel was as odd as the smell, with it's high carbonation and odd flavor left my tongue burning for several minutes. Not fun. Could be the medicinal feel of this beer?

If I based this review on my mouth's reaction to this beer, I wouldn't drink again. However, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that I might have gotten a bad bottle and might try again.

Guinness4me, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of Grunewald
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a weizen glass. The color is an opaque pineapple yellow with a thick head that thins to a ring.

S - lime, lemon and grass

T - spicy and tart grass taste that settles into a bitter lime peel finish

M - a strong dense carbonation and full body that finishes with a residue on the tongue

D - very citrusy and sour. This is a complex beer that I prefer to sip and enjoy.

Grunewald, Jul 04, 2009
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.

HogHill, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of fartingdog
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. First off, poured half the bottle into the glass, and whew! i knew it would be tart- could smell the sourness a mile off. First taste was very tart and astringent. It poured a very light yellow with a mild haze, and overall I did not care for it. Then I shook the lees off with the rest of the beer in the bottle and poured it into my glass, turnining the beer into a light amber color. Thank god that added some sweetnees to the beer. While still a bit tart, it is balanced with a bit of sweetness and a well rounded flavor. Absolutlely amazing difference between the 2 samples from the same bottle- personally this beer must be drunk with the yeast. I don't think I would agreesively seek this out again, but it is a very good example of a Belgian wit. I think I do prefer it to Hoegaarden, but Blanche de Namur just rocks the style in my my book.

fartingdog, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of ROMER79
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bubbly gold color with a fluffy two finger white head. It smells of citrus, wheat, and hops. Grapefruit, lemons, hops, and honey are all present in the taste. It is a crisp refreshing beer and it has a great mouth feel. It is very easy to drink and it is a great beer to enjoy.

ROMER79, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of HoboAGoGo
1.73/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Caged and corked bottle. Poured into a clean weizen. Pale, pale yellow with a very large head on top. Smells like some spice, lots of lemons. The taste is lemons, very tart, too tart for my taste. I tried drinking this, but just couldn't do it. Utter waste, maybe I just hate wheat.

HoboAGoGo, May 18, 2005
Photo of Agent1
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - An extremely bright and vivid yellow. This beer pours clear and is almost certainly filtered. Once out of the bottle, this becomes very active. A constant stream of bubbles race upwards, forming a stationary layer of head. Great lacing, too. This whipped cream head is surprisingly white and stays for a long period of time. Quite impressive!

Smell - Lemon and orange peel come to mind immediately. Lots of yeast of the nose as well. Coriander is also very prominent. There are plenty of sour notes throughout this aroma, and it is impressively intense. Quite complex and sharp to the senses.

Taste - Quite tangy. Coriander, herbs, plants and lemon come to mind immediately. Subtle orange peel with zesty fruit notes. Green apple with a nice acidity. Vanilla is faint, as well as a light and delicious aftertaste of fresh bread. Not sure if it's wheat and another grain I'm tasting, but the malts are rather unique. Perhaps the use of various spices helps to confuse the tongue. Not a very bold flavor, but for a Wit, this is nicely rounded. Sugars are balanced and do not overpower.

Mouthfeel - Velvety and crisp. An impressive use of carbonation; not too much and yet, it still zaps the tongue. It tends to stimulate all parts of the mouth, but mostly the roof and front of the palate. Good feel.

Overall - This is another win for Brasserie Caracole, in my opinion. Although I may tend to favor darker ales (especially when it comes to their Nostradamus), this is an easy drinking beer with class and character. Encompassing many light fruity taste notes and at the same time, subtleties that in some cases, only a beer nerd may pick out, this is a great beer and holds true to its style. Very tasty!

Agent1, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of PhantasIPA
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this brew is a light golden color. The head was minimal as was the lacing.

The smell is pungent to me. A mixture of wheat and lemon dominates the nose but it is almost too pungent, almost acidic in nature.

The taste consists of a strong lemon flavor followed by a wheat flavor. A hint of spice (maybe pumpkin?) is present but difficult to identify.

The mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Nice linger of flavor and not too much carbonation.

Overall the beer is good but not a brew I would drink all night.

PhantasIPA, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of irishmoss
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.

irishmoss, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of MrHyde1886
5/5  rDev +25.6%

MrHyde1886, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of Lucklys
2.68/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A witbier, it appeared a pale golden-yellow hay with plenty of visible carbonation despite being quite hazy. It held a lovely creamy white head all the way through the drink and left thick sheets of sticky lacing along the inside of the cup. Unfortunately, this was where I stopped enjoying it, as the smell was quite medicinal and sweet. Behind the odd mixture of sour orange peel and sweet wheats, there were a few light oats and a perfumey coriander, but even before I tasted it, it smelled sickly thick. Taking a cautious sip, I found the texture to be almost waxy with the foamy head obstructing my tongue from the liquid underneath, it really interfered with the mouthfeel and made it seem thicker than it probably was. The medicinal sweetness was present again in the flavor, followed by a flighty fruity acidity, sour orange peel, and lots of thick wheat. Maybe it was just the plastic cup, but due to the foam, and despite the visible bubbles, it tasted flat and syrupy. I'm sure with the right glassware, this beer is a delight, and having tried a few witbiers and enjoying them, I can't imagine this is that much different from the others, I just need to try it under different circumstances. So I'm not writing this one off, I'm just going to have to try it again later.

Lucklys, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of homersimpson
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a thick white head.
Nice fruity nose.
Body is light and soft.
Starts with a smooth malt rolling onto your tongue. Next the esters run free and rampant.
Slowly leaves your taste buds with an floral, almost sour note.
Great example of the style.

homersimpson, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of sincereNc
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml. bottle poured into hefe glass.

A- Pale orange with a huge pillowy white head. Clouded up as soon as the yeast and sediment hit the glass. With a good swirl , stirs up a lot pieces of black sediment.

S- Citrus right away , but more so of lemon than the typical orange peel. Spice and coriander backs the fruit up nicely.

T- Citrus again again up front, lemon and some grapefruit coming through as well. Also a nice balance of spice and hops on the finish. Had a bitter finish to it while cold, but as it warmed, less of it came through which really helped out a lot.

M- Very nice tingle of carbonation. Light bodied and real smooth. Almost watered down though, a little too thin.

D- Very drinkible and refreshing. Light enough to session on a warm day. Very clean on the palate leaving you wanting another.

sincereNc, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of UnDeadly
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a very clear, hay yellow. Very aggressive carbonation and foam on the pour, but the beer is light enough that is dies down. Limited lacing and head retention.

Smell - Mouthwatering! Beautiful notes of coriander and herbs...light notes of hay and barnyard as well.

Taste - A well done wit, with a light, balanced crispness. A tart note is in there that I like, mild but noticeable. The hay notes come through as it warms, and the coriander as well.

Mouth Feel - I scored it a perfect, and it is well done. Carbonation is not as overwhelming as I was worried from the initial pour. Clean, crisp, and wonderfully balanced.

Drinkability - Very tasty and smooth through and through. Would not mind having several over a span of a hot day.

UnDeadly, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of WillKillem
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

WillKillem, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Hazee
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Hazee, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of bensiff
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330ml bottle with a massive white head that quickly dissipated to reveal a straw colored witbier with an active surface as the carbonation continually raced to the surface of the St. Bernardus glassware. Citrus wheat aroma with the background of something sweet and maybe some spice there too. Excellent taste with a nice balance of all things wheat, esters and phenols there, but balanced to the citrus and the nice Belgian yeast notes. There is a crisp tart finish that leaves you ready for the next sip. Drink this.

bensiff, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of philberinghele
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Summer Sessions
Drinking to cool the liver
Reap Belgian harvests

This is one of the most amazing wheat beers that I've had. Since I'm denied my Oberon this summer (unless I can make another clandestine trip out of state), this is definitely a worthy substitute. This is hazy and thick, like you'd expect from a true wheat beer, with citrusy, yeasty tastes. The mad Belgians continue to impress me.

philberinghele, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of jaws1477
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

jaws1477, Mar 03, 2014
Troublette from Brasserie Caracole
89 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.