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Troublette | Brasserie Caracole

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Caracole

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 243 |  Reviews: 169
Reviews by danadeny:
Photo of danadeny
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Head: Pours like Duvel, good initial foam, dissipates into a small layer

Smell: Powerful citrus and fruit, reminds me of Hoegaarden Original White Ale

Taste: perfect citrus and lemon at first and throughout. The taste is much like a hoegaarden with a lemon already squeezed in (the perfect amount) very very tasty, with a crisp clean finish. slight earthy / musty flavor too.

Feel: like a bubbly wheat beer.

Drinkability: It's hard to describe how easy this is to drink, you may not think so due to the lemon/citrus flavor, but it goes down so smooth and full of flavor that I couldn’t stop drinking it.

Notes: I finished the bottle before I knew it, and wanted another. As the brew warmed the citrus mellowed out and the earthy / musty flavor became a little more pronounced.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of gfreed
4.42/5  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!

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ToasterChef
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color with a pure white head. The aroma makes me think of warm summer days, with a fresh, grassy, wheat smell. I found this beer to be extremely drinkable. It is a little bit sweet, with flavors of wheat and citrus. A light mouthfeel with a sharp, carbonated finish. I could drink a number of these and enjoy them all.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before end December 2010.

A: Cloudy light orange body with a vigorous head. Not much lacing, though.

S: Perfume, citrus, and yeast.

T: Follows the nose. Incredibly perfumey and citrusy. However, there's also a strong yeast character reminiscent of overripe bananas that makes it seem heavier than it is.

M: Light and well-carbonated.

D: Not a bad wit, but I found the yeast character somewhat off-putting. I doubt I'll be seeking it out again.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cL in troublette glass in brussels. Reviewed 7/10/2009.

Ar: Tart citrus, sour orange, light lime (coriander), smooth floury quality, lightly floral, wheat

Ap: hazy light peach, med smooth creamy, white head, good retention

F: Tart citrus, very tart compared to other wits, lemon/lime w/ sour orange, wheaty, nice fresh dough, smooth hop bitterness, taste initially dominated by tart citrus, then soft spice (coriander), noble hop, smooth wheaty dough with soft tangerine ctrus end, sweet satsuma, citrus heavy but good, nice spice

M: light and drinkable, fluffy, peppery high fine carbonation, good hop bitterness at end

O: best wit i've had, nice tartness, slightly citrus heavy in the balance

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.58/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Very strange...dense, cloudy, murky, but not the usual pale yellow/whitish color, more like a light dunkelweizen. Brown and yellow; looks like lake water. However, nice 3 finger head with moderate to short retention. No lacing.

S - This smells like some kind of orange juice-based cocktail. Strong orange element with an almost phenolic edge. Where's the coriander? Where's the wheat? Chalky yeast backs the abundance of orange juice.

T - Yuck, not a witbier at all. Strong spoiled orange juice taste with a slight hint of spice in the background, though I'd never identify it as coriander. White pepper, maybe, with chalky yeast notes from the nose. Quite sweet with a touch of sourness in the finish.

M - Very thick for a witbier, leaning towards the high end of medium bodied. Carbonation is ample but can't stand up to the body. This stuff needs a good dose of crispness.

D - I like witbiers, or so I though, but this is just too focused on the citrus. It's not even orange peel, rather orange juice. I always love the coriander element of this style and this beer is all but baren of said spice element. Almost sickening sweet, orangey, and thick.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bomber bottle this Belgian Witbier was a clear, lemon yellow color with two fingers of bright white head that retained itself well and left good lacing. The aroma was full of wheat with some orange peel from the citrusy hops as well as a good coriander profile. The flavors were dominated by that tart hops which, like the aroma, provided lots of lemon and citrus flavors. Behind that I tasted the tangy yeast, some tart apples and a little coriander that lingered on the finish. Very acidic and though this made it refreshing and crisp I couldn't imagine going through multiples of it. The mouthfeel was average, the body light and the carbonation high.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

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Photo of julian
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy pale orange color with massive effervescence. Thick billowing, creamy head anxiously escapes and forms quickly on the surface. Retention is very good...this head isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

S: Aroma is of tart fruit reminiscent of green apples, but is far from sour. It's a mixture of wheat, apples, and unique spices.

T&M: Smooth and easy drinking. Very refreshing. Taste is of wheat, and not surprisingly green apples, possibly pear and a slight hint of lemon flavor.

D: Great taste, easy drinking and respectable ABV. This is a great Wit.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of jroof1
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I typically don't like a citrusesque beer, but I found this in a local AJ's recently and figured I'd give it a spin.
I was pleasntly suprised with golden color and the strong lemon and citrus scent.
Its deffinately a crisp easy drink and is a fairly light bodied beer.
The previous reviews are detailed far better than my words could ever be....so pick one up and give it a spin too!

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Photo of sammyt728
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of sjverla
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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 IMincedTheKing
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy orange with a big soapy head.

Wheaty and yeasty aroma with prominent coriander.

Big, bold, and rather dry. Carbonation swirls through the mouth, the flavor a combination of fruit and wheat kissed by an unexpected hoppiness. An astringent combination of hops and orange peel linger after the swallow.

A little too different for my taste. While the hops are an exciting twist, the flavor of non-citrus fruits completely rules this out as one of my top witbiers.

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Photo of unitas3
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a yellowish gold hue with active carbonation while holding a decent lace. The color is not as impressive as some other Belgium's but it is certainly not lacking in an unfiltered character. The nose is a bit stale and sweet with a slight citrus and spice, not much to rave about. The taste is sweeter than expected while containing good spice along an astringent backbone. Very slick and oily, but not too bitter. Great and drinkable dry finish that is refreshingly pleasant. Nothing to rave about, but I do love this beer. This beer, for me, is something I could drink more than a few of. Much enjoyed

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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.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Troublette from Brasserie Caracole
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 243 ratings