Brasserie Caracole

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #16
Ranked #6,592
4.02 | pDev: 13.18%
Brasserie Caracole
Very Good
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Photo of Libeertarian
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes taken 07/19/17:

Dull, fine-hazed, opaque orange-yellow, the occasional flek clinging to the glass. Head is a fine white layer of film. In bottle, caramel aroma. In glass, more fruity-tart, like apples or pears and lemons or oranges, slightly vegetal, vinegaresque but not too strong, as well as medicinal along the lines of Band Aids, but still some caramelized sugar. Tartness throughout, it is metallic but also fruity like lemon and faint apricot, then palate shifts a bit toward bread, yeast, Band Aid phenols, and finally peppercorns and other earthy to bitter spices by the finish. Medium-bodied, thicker than water, astringent, with extra fine semi-sharp but quickly deactivating carbonation.

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Photo of Impetuous
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden body

Flavors are mid afternoon bright; yeast and fruity hops and Germanic, sweet malts which would not be out of place in a marzen. Very congruent and well put together.

Fairly bubbly and not an easy sipper, despite the abv. Very full mouthfeel.

I think it's wonderful.

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Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head and some floaties. Smell is of wheat, light spices. Taste is wheat, spices, yeast, some apples. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is decent and refreshing, but I was hoping for more.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troublette goes better with a heavier meal than you would expect.
This was a Greek Easter dinner that my wife prepared for her people. Heavy. Lamb. Potatoes. Tiropita.
This beer was liked much as it cut through the grease and didn't overpower the food.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" had this to say: "an extremely perfumy aroma; a very smooth palate; and a fruity acidity in a dry finish."

We all seem to like Caracole. So probably, you will also.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold yellow with a frothy slightly yellow/white head that sticks around. Creamy consistency. Some particulate floating around. Almost opaque.

Fruity, almost fruit loops in the aroma. Coriander and wheat. Some honey and spices as well. Citrus/orange and no obvious hop aroma. Perhaps a little herbal or floral note. Hint of breadiness. Aroma is quite sweet.

Sweet and fruity upfront quickly followed with bready wheat. Interesting rusticity, slightly woody and earthy. Good dose or coriander....maybe a bit heavy as it lingers on the palate.

Creamy and highly carbonated. Finish is quite dry but with lingering citrus and coriander fruitiness.

Nice and refreshing, but maybe just a tad heavy on the coriander.

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Photo of SABERG
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - Lemon drop gold colored, beautifully hazy with a steady stream of delicately dancing, champagne sized bubbles. All lead into an snow white thick frothy cap.
S - Grain husk, wrapped in lemon. Pineapple and spicy white pepper, rising bready yeast finishes the experience. What a delightful dance this beer presents in the nose.
T - Spicy lemon, wonderful graininess, light wheat and citrus fight it out, that nose carries right across the flavors. So very delicate in each area. The distinction seems to by the spiciness. There is a clear line to the coriander, all the flavors have a "pop" to them that is quite fun.
F - Light across the palate, charge of the light brigade for sure. Carbonation cleans the trail upon departure. The start is edgy on all fronts, almost prickly. With a bit of linger
on the spices to round out the experience. Refreshing in its body, this is another wonderful element to this beer.
O - I am delighted to have tried this beer. From the look to the last sip, a wonderful
Belgian White from Brassarie Caracole. Strongly recommended.


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Photo of bishopdc0
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my tulip at Novare Res. Ordered as part of my uprising.

The beer is pale with a dense white head. The head slowly fades with a nice sheet across the top and more dense bubbles at the edges.

The nose is almost tart as a slight brett nose. While the notes of a typical wit come in, yeasty, spicy it is the brett character that peaks my interest.

The taste is an average wit, sweet yeasty and dry, however the brett funky and slight tart flavor make it shine, very nice.

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Photo of FLima
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow color with a thick four finger head with great retention and leaving laces.
Slightly sour aroma, like a light Lambic, with lemon notes and a hint of coriander.
Refreshing and tart Wit, with predominant notes of lemon, hints coriander and light condimented. I could swear there is some Bretta or lactic in there. Mildly dry and acid aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation and an acid sensation.
Delicious Witbier, very refreshing and light but far from boring. Almost funky. Worth trying.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy; pear colored body with a good-sized head

Aroma: Citrusy notes (lemon); slightly hoppy

Taste: Tart on the start; tangy lemon hit in the mid; finishes slightly dry; ok beer overall, but not my favorite. Not much of a beer flavor.

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy medium golden in color, with a modest white head, Thick, chunky lacing
adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is slight, there is moderate sediment as well.

Aroma: Sweet, with notes of coriander and orange rind. There is also a distinct tangy, sour note as well. Also notable is a somewhat rustic note of sour hay and barnyard, similar to a lambic, but far less intense.

Taste: Opens with a rather sharp wheat note, soon followed by a wave of coriander. Soon after, rustic notes appear, sour hay, barnyard, horse blanket, freshly-cut grass, and bitter apple rind. The taste draws to a close with a moderate lactic sour tang.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant, with just a hint of zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An intriguing and off-trail example of the style, well-worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-five point four ounce brown glass Belgian bomber, sealed with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Agent1
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of sjverla
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

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Photo of Filosoof
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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).

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of JCellars
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Long813
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of gfreed
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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!

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Photo of BobZ
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of AZbelgian
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Troublette from Brasserie Caracole
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 245 ratings