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Troublette - Brasserie Caracole

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220 Ratings

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 24
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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 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 CWiggins
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I fell head-over-heels for Caracole's Nostradamus some time ago; this is the only other beer by this brewer to arrive in my area since I took up beer tasting. Now, I have to say that I don't gravitate towards wheat beers, but I certainly don't mind tasting one if the opportunity arrives. Oh, I discovered this at the Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, NC.

It definitely looks like a witbier: it's very cloudy (nearly opaque, actually), and the color is quite like a light orange juice. The head was very active upon pouring the beer into a Unibroue glass, but once it vanished, it was gone for good. No lacing remained. Swishing it around in the glass I noticed the sediment collecting at the bottom.

The aroma betrays the main spice: coriander. There's also a strong citrus element to the nose, as well as lemon undertones. I found the intense carbonation to be a bit off-putting, but the flavor comes through soon enough; it's full of citrus, with coriander and cardamom pushing through. It's quite dry for a witbier; so dry, in fact, you may think you're tasting a saison-style ale. As I stated above, the carbonation was a bit much for me, but the mouthfeel/texture was really very nice: it begins light and crisp, and, as the beer warms, it becomes dense and somewhat creamy.

Photo of phisig137
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light gold color, with a 3 finger head. Decent retention leaves behind tremendous lace and foam.

Aroma is slightly tart, and hints a the coriander in the brew. Nice wheaty bread like aroma.

Flavor is much the same. Slightly tart, and dominated by light spice, particularly coriander and spicy yeast phenols. Looses some of it's smooth roundness as it warms. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Drinkability is quite good.

A very nice sumer beer from an excellent brewery. Perhaps not the best Wit out there, but this is a damn fine one. A little on the pricey side, at $3.29 for an 11 oz bottle. I'd say that it's worth that much, but I won't be buying it that often at that price. Not quite as amazing as Caracole's other beers, but well worth trying. Recommended.

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.

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.

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 hunteraw
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Exactly as one expect for the style, hazy and pale gold. Nice head. At Stubbie, served in a unique Troublette glass.

Smell: Citrus, spice (corriander) and plenty of Belgian yeast aroma.

Taste: First thought was that it was surprisingly dry for the style, something I approve of. Typical wit flavors, same profile as the nose. Light and easy-drinking, not a "heavy" wit - I could drink more than one bottle of this.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light-medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: High - a nice very drinkable witbier.

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.

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.

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

750ml brown bottle dated best-before end of 12/207.

Pours cloudy pale yellow with prodigious carbonation. Small thin white head resolves to a film and light lace. Smells of creamy wheat, oranges, touches of cardamon. Gentle and creamy body, which the carbonation supports rather than overwhelm. Pleasing mellow flavor. Grainy up front, becoming round with oranges in the center and finishing with slightly dry hops.

Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml caged cork bottle clearly scored “best before end 3/08” and “lot G”. Chilled in regular fridge, decanted and served into cervoise at about 45 degrees.

Decants with a pop; a firm citrus scent is already evident. Pour yields a lightly hazy yellow/honey color with heavy Champaign-like carbonation. Thick, pillowy off-white head, slow fade and great retention with sticky lace along the glass. Very nice looking beer. Nose evinces very strong citrus and a faint astringent/alcohol presence. Taste is citrusy up front with some lightly bitter dry hops balancing things and adding a note of bitterness. No real malt presence here. Bready/yeasty. Dry finish. Mouth is bubbly yet not overcarbonated, it’s wet and thinnish; overall very satisfying. Drinkability is very good; this is a smooth and easy drinking brew. 5.5% ABV makes it readily sessionable. No problem finishing a 750ml bottle.

Overall: One of the better wits I’ve had, refreshing and enjoyable, although flavor is dominated by citrus. Recommended.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +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.

Photo of bort11
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Tight frothy white head, about a fingers width. Very light hazy yellow color, with a lot of carbonation activity. Smell is slightly sour typical of a wheat. A little bit of fruitiness. Taste has a wheat and yeast tang, though fairly mild. Sort of a powdered sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty light. Certainly interesting, but not outstanding to me.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 750ml bottle, caged and corked, with the cool label featuring a snail and a dude with snail shell for a helmet. The color is an extremely pale yellow. The white head is frothy and creamy, three fingers forming a firm cap on top that sticks around forever--so much carbonation I could barely pour the freaking thing, even with a careful pour. A substantial amount of sediment hangs suspended in the liquid.

The aroma is rife with citrus, very lemony and zesty, corriander, grain, and strongly floral--lilac maybe--flowers nonetheless. Also a hint of Lysol or Lemon Pledge makes an appearance.

The flaovr consists of strong citrus, wheat and other sweeter grain, subtle corriander and a little pepper and clove, along with the character of sparkling white grape juice, and plenty of yeasty-ness.

The mouth is light, with mucho carbonation and lot of zesty and complex personality, and has a natural, fruity sugar finish. It's very drinkable, though may be too sweet for some palates. Exceedingly enjoyable.

Photo of goochpunch
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a cloudy lemonade with tons of carbonation dancing around the glass. Huge head that makes plateau-like formations at the top and leaves thick, clingy lacing. Coriander and citrus peel hit the nose up front. The spicing has a clean aroma that I don't find in most wits. Some funky belgian yeast and wheat also is quite apparent. The yeast has a kind of musty smell to it, yet it manages to have a cleanness to it as well. Just as the aroma, the overall flavor is very bright and clean without lacking any complexities. Big wheat flavor takes over in the mouth and the more subtle spicing I get lends an almost hefeweizen like quality to the wheat presence. That's not to say the spices are totally ousted. The form a solid accent to the wheat body. Yeast is present as well and gives it some funk. I also pick up a somewhat woody flavor in this beer. Finishes slightly tart, very bright, dry and clean. I guess a lot of that carbonation left the beer as I was waiting for the huge head to come down. Good enough carbonation, but it could've been better. Light body. This beer is the best of both worlds: extremely interesting in the flavor profile and refreshing. Very drinkable.

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.

Photo of TexIndy
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle with a freshness date. Had a cloudy straw yellow color with tons of carbonation and head. Had a nice sweet smell with a background smell that I couldn't identify (not my strong suit) but enjoyed. Really great taste that had me wishing I had a bigger bottle of it. Sadly, they are pulling out of the Texas market so might be awhile before I get this one again. Highly recommend - a classic wit. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a tumbler. Hazy golden body has some dark suspended sediments and is topped by an inch or so of stark white head that sticks around for a while. Aroma of coriander, allspice, citrus, and wheat, very nicely balanced. Palate is more of the same - tart fruitiness, citrus, and coriander, held together by a delicate wheaty backbone. The aggressive carbonation is a bit much to handle at times, but is still appropriate for a witbier. If it weren't for the price, I'd probably drink this every day during the summer.

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I paid way too much for a four pack; but, I have been drinking one every once in a while and its been alright.

I poured it into a fluted unibroue glass, and it frothed over from tight pouring and a huge billowy head. The smell was adequate, but did not equal the hazy pretty yellow color of this unfiltered wheat beer. Upon initial sampling through the head, sea salt and coriander are evident on the palate. Nice full mouthfeel while still remaininglight and refreshing, possibly due to the fastly dissipating carbonation, which is there but subtle thoughout the glass. Ther eis a non-sweet salty breadiness on the finish, beckoning for more and more sips.

This is not knock you off your chair tremendous, but is still quite drinkable, an excellent beer to pair with witbier style fare, without overwhelming the cuisine.

Photo of ADR
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big 750 ml bottle...

Finely sedimented darker yellow color. Fat glistening white head of about 1/2 an inch in height. Laces in slipping thin sheets with medium adhesion. Aroma features Wit spice at about a medium level, sweet tones in the background. Body is light, carbonation is pretty charged-up and verging on excessive. Good flavor, not remarkably sweet but with a neutral but bitter calcium carbonate impression from bready yeast and peppery coriander. This one seems dialed-back in the added orange category, finishes fluffy and dryish without ever generating a lot of other counterpoints.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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...

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

Tasted this bottle on 23rd April 2006, best before 09 of 2007. Bottle labelled Troublette Bio, with an ABV of 5.5%.
Appearance was a nice cloudy pale straw coloured body with a thinnish white head.
Smell was quite citrus, no malt and very little hops.

The taste reminded me of subdued version of a Drie Fontainen oude gueuze I tasted in Brugge recently. Plenty of zing! After the initial surprise, I found the sourness became very appealing. This would be a perfect beer with which to restore the taste buds, especially if you were feeling a little "beered out".

This is one funky brew!

Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was surprised at having no “troubles” finding Troublette in South Dakota. The pour is cloudy golden amber color with a frothy head. I noted that the foam bubbles were larger then typical foam. Not much lacing but the retention was good lasting through the whole tasting.

The smell has a strong citrus odor to it. It seems to overpower the beer altogether. Hints of Belgium yeast and some spices, coriander and orange, are in the background.

The taste continues with a tart and lemony zest. A touch of chamomile as well. Not much of the malt backing and the spiceness isn’t existent either. Really this is over balanced for a wit. I slight dry finish, this to me is more along the lines of a gueze but not quiet fruity enough.

The body is light with a high carbonation. The citrus aftertaste hangs around and I notice a strong taste on my lips. I guess I had a troubles with this one but still a unique beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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