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Troublette - Brasserie Caracole

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very good

212 Ratings

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 23
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Caracole visit their website

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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Archemedies, Mar 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +0.5%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev +0.5%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of dowen44
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

dowen44, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of RickS95
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite as white or cloudy as I'd expect or like. It resembles an American pale ale more than anything, maybe slightly lighter. A dark golden color, opaque but not really cloudy. Thin white head that dissipates relatively quickly.

Smells like a Belgian with grape, funky fruity yeast, and typical spices. A little citrus in the background.

Taste follows the lead of the scent, with grape, wheat, and spices, mostly pepper. Might be some Granny Smith apple hiding in there somewhere.

Despite the minimal head, it's highly carbonated. Maybe carbonated a bit too aggressively as it's bit in the throat is a on the fence between just right and too much. Light-bodied with a spiciness to it. The wheat balances everything reasonably well, but not great. A dry, bitter and cleansing finish, with some tartness thrown in for good measure.

It's not quite a good beer; certainly not bad, just lacking a few things that put it in the 'good' category. Glad to give it a try though.

RickS95, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +0.5%

rekel, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look – light golden color, clear, with good carbonation and about two fingers’ worth of frothy off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – very interesting smell…not one I’ve come across before. It’s hard to even place whether it’s more hoppy, more malty, wheaty, or what! It does have a strong, somewhat acrid smell though.

Taste – with the taste, I can’t tell it’s a more malty than hoppy, but the taste is still fairly unique, even for a wheat ale. It seems a little phenolic too. The taste doesn’t seem to change too much throughout, but it’s still interesting.

Mouthfeel – pretty good balance, but leans a little bit more toward the watery side.

Overall – good taste, and very thought-provoking!

Nerudamann, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Filosoof
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This really is a unique beer! It looks like a style on itself, between saison and whitebeer.

L: light golden look; top could last a bit longer. Already the sign of overcarbonation.
S: lovely; white grape; white chocolat; hop; incensive;
T: I cannot describe it; it ends upward like I' ve never felt before;
M: nice touch of alcohol (5,5% i.s.o. the mentioned 5%)
makes it more impressive than most whitebeers, but the CO2 could be less.
O: very artistic; I would call it Belgian Ultralight (BU).

Filosoof, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of ThaCreep
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exotic fruits on the nose, which is quite nice for a Witbier. One feels, among other things, pineapple and mango. The color is very pale gold, at the limit of transparency. The body is unique, slightly grainy but with fruity flavors of yeast, and a taste of spices. The aftertaste is slightly acidic (pineapple?), While the finish is slightly bitter and fromentée. A very good wheat beer in Belgium.

ThaCreep, Sep 01, 2011
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.

JCellars, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Long813
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

LOT: F A 2

A: Pours a hazy golden-green body with way to much white fluffy head. Half to glass was filled with head.

S: Biggest notes are of cloves, with nice citrus notes. Good amount of sweetness and some wheat character.

T: Earth hops up front mixed with cloves and bananas. Little bland tasting, but pleasant none the less.

M: Light bodied with medium-low carbonation. Creamy textured and leaves a nice after taste.

O: Good witbier, happy to try it out, but for the price, it's not worth it.

Long813, Apr 02, 2011
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!

gfreed, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of BobZ
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One half of a 750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Bright yellow in color. Nice head quickly recedes to a 1/2". Decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet, big citrus, floral, honey.

Taste: Really crisp and pleasant, sweet citrus is dominant. Excellent example of the style, not overly sweet. Evaporated off the palate.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, very smooth. Again, very crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Very, very solid example of the style. Highly sessionable.
If it wasn't for the high price I'd drink this one frequently.

BobZ, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of theboozecruise
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a stange glass... it's a clear pale yellow color, with a ridiculous head that has some great retention. It's taking at least two pours to top off even with a small bottle.

The aroma is sweet and floral with hints of honey and earthy tones. Pretty damn good.

The flavor isn't as bold as the aroma... still floral honey tones, clove, a little bitterness from some minimal hops but the floral notes come through the most.

Good carbonation, feels great to swish around on the palate.

Super easy to drink, a damn fine witbier.

theboozecruise, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of AZbelgian
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had one at Brasserie Caracole in Belgium (poured from the bottle by the brewery owner). Agree with other reviewers that mine was also 5.5% ABV not 5.0%.

Great appearance, light lemony semi-transparent color. Head quickly gave way to nice lacing. Thin citrus flavor of lemons and yeast. Also a taste of spices (that the owner confessed was at least in part coriander).

Slightly sharp aftertaste with a nice finish. Mouthfeel is light. Not exactly my preferred style but overall drinkability is great.

AZbelgian, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of thepeter
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with a billowy head that turned to fillm rather quickly but left some beautiful lacing. Aroma's of citrus spicey yeast, wheat and a bit of funk. Tastes not as complex as it smells, but close. The citrus and wheat are there, the belgian yeasts are def in there as well. A bit sharper than I was expecting, but a crisp clean aftertaste ends thing perfectly. Feels a bit thin in the mouth with a decent amount of carbonation but not as much as I would have thought. This is an easy style to drink many of, and this one is no exception. Note though that my bottle says it is 5.5% as opposed to the 5% it says on this site.

thepeter, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

emerge077, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with lots of fluffy white head. Initially, half of my glass was head, though is quickly settled down to a finger, leaving sporadic bits of lacing.

More of a yeasty witbier scent than anything else. Maybe a bit of spice as well.

Taste is pretty much what you would expect a witbier to be. A bit of yeast, a bit of citrus, a bit of spice. Peppery taste lingers in the mouth a bit. Plenty of carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.

This is pretty much what you would expect a witbier to be. A bit on the dry side, but no real faults. Great for a patio beer.

Seanstoppable, Dec 03, 2010
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 Bookseeb
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance serves as a cloudy golden wheat with a thick crisp head that sticks around awhile. Smell has that belgium aroma with spice and clove. Taste has a light tangy sweet spicey wheatness leaving a tang that cloys in the end. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with good carbonation. A fair Belgian wheat, that took some getting used to.

Bookseeb, Nov 06, 2010
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 RuudJH
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian Paradise beer, 33 cl bottle 'malt and wheat' beer, 5.5 % abv.

Looks pale golden, with a big head, nice lacing, initially violent carbonation.
Smell is typical belgian wheatbeer: citrus, spice (clove, coriander).
Taste is full flavoured peppery, citric hoppy, cloves. Lingering.
Mouthfeel: it's defenately got a bite of spice in aftertaste, but otherwise it's smooth enough.
Refreshing due to the high carbonation.

This is an 'in your face' witbier: unbalanced and agressive.
But a good alternative to f.i. Hoegaarden.

RuudJH, Aug 20, 2010
Troublette from Brasserie Caracole
89 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.