Troublette | Brasserie Caracole

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Brasserie Caracole

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by taez555 on 02-12-2002

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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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 oberon
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lemonade color with a decent fluffy head but it didnt retain very well,very lemony aroma very juicy hits the nose very nicely.Taste is tart and dry each drink makes u want more with its very refreshing citrius qualities.Just perfect for summer, drink this and watch a ballgame not much better than this.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light, milky orangish-yellow in color with some crazy carbonation and a nice, white head.

Smell – Light orange peel and a bit of yeast is all I can pick up here, and maybe a bit of spicing of some kind.

Taste – Yes, much better at the taste. The spices are strong, primarily coriander and something dark (allspice or black pepper maybe). The orange peel is very pleasant if a bit on the sour side. The yeast though is still very faint.

Mouthfeel – Super-carbonated and a tad heavier than light-bodied. Between the full carbonation and sour nature of this Witbier I had a party in my mouth.

Drinkability – A little too sharp for my tastes, but some will love I’m sure.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice slim little Belgian bottle. WHITE beer. Whiter than Hoegaarden, possibly? Excellent head & head retention. I am impressed.

Wow, the scent is powerful. I wouldnt really know exactly what to compare it to. Its earthy, yeasty, rich, and citrusy. I continue to be impressed.

GREAT tasting. Carbonation hits you first, then it quickly mellows out in the middle, and on the finish is a lemony burst. Wow.

Mouthfeel is excellent and stands tall with the taste. Perhaps a touch less carbonation would be nice, but its no big deal, and really just a matter of personal taste.

What a great whitbier. I will keep an eye out for it again, but I dont know if I will see it, as I got this in NC and I live in MD.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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 merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Wines of Distinction, in Abingdon, Virginia, for $2.75. Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with a titanic, white head that lingers a few minutes, then deposits some chunky, patches of lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is provocative, with lemon, orangepeel, and coriander.

Mouthfeel is explosive with carbonation, and the body is between light and medium.

Taste begins with a tart, citric fruitiness, but then the spicy coriander and white pepper kick in. Malt is biscuity, and the overall character is crisp and a bit dry. The yeast adds an earthy twang midway through. Finishes crisp and dry, with a lemon peel aftertaste.

This is a very well executed, witbier. Highly drinkable, with plenty of enjoyable complexities.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Osiris9588
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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

Sampled from a 750ml bottle, Appearance: Golden yellow cloudy with a bright white head leaves thick lacing. Aroma: Some belgian candi sweetness mild tart apple notes pleasan yeast deriven tones along with an additional sharp sweetness from the malted wheat. Taste: Nice apple tartness nique wheat beer with some clove and coriander peeking through, overall an excellent rolling sweetness backed by some subtle hopping and nice spices. Mouthfeel: Spritzy yet silky texture with a light bodey adding to the drinkability. Drinkability: Nice Belgian wheat bier can teach a thing or two to Hoegaarden in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Troublette is a gorgeous beer. Head is three-fingers thick and forming a dome over the top of the glass; looks more like an ice-cream float than a beer. The color is cloudy washed-out golden-yellow, par for the style. The tons of bubbles rushing to the top explain the enormous head (which doesn't quit!). Lace caps off the visual experience -- there's lots of it.

Aroma features a typically Belgian yeastiness--dirty, nutty, funky--as well as pear, green apple and lightly sweet spices.

Flavor brings on crisp and tart green apple, nutmeg, black pepper, pear, and more of that yeast. Earth/soil and green apple stay strong in the finish. This is a witbier that doesn't hold back--lots of Belgian character thanks to the yeast and full-on flavor that balances between delicate and bold.

Mouthfeel is appropriately crisp and dry, medium-bodied and plenty of tingly carbonation. Just right for the flavors that are happening here, and not overbearingly prickly.

Excellent balance, tons of personality. Another winner from Caracole. Glad I bought the big bottle this time.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of cokes
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy gold with streams of CO2 feeding an everlasting white dome.
Musty pear and lemon peel notes, along with evident coriander and white pepper. A bit more flagrant than many a version.
Begins with a sharp wheaty tartness that mimics lemon juice. A touch of pizza dough later, but it stays assertively dry. Spices begin to flail, with reaching coriander, pepper, and basil. But the tart leanings set this apart. Under-ripe pears and green apples last long into the herbal-laced finish.
Light bodied with manic streams of bubbles.
A bit brash and sour at times, but this is a statement of a Witbier.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part 1 of the "My Roommates went to the EBF and left me home alone, Teaching the girlfriend about beer" AAA (Artisanal, Americas, Abbey Trappist) Witbier Cross-section Test.

Very bubbly and cloudy, this beer is a dull peach/straw color with two fingers of white head.

The aroma has a nice depth, with yeast, fruit sugars, bananas, clove, and other fruits and spices entertwined.

This definitely isn't your everyday witbier. It starts tart and crisp, but quickly transitions into a slick, sweetness across the tongue, and then finishes dryly, like melba toast. It's quite sweet, but I really like this. It brings something different to the table for the style, and is pretty unique.

Nicely done, Caracole.

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Photo of Reverand
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lightly hazy golden body streams steadily beneath a massive head of rocky bright white foam that holds extremely well and leaves thin splashes of lace about the glass. Once the massive head dies down the nose becomes alive with honeyish and candy-touched malt; lemon and orange blossom; a subtle spice; and a waft of faint vanilla. The body is light with a gently crisp effervescence. Fruit and spice initially dominate the flavor against a light, balanced bitterness. Yeastiness initially clouds some of its character, although more of its honeyish malt appears as it warms. It finishes dry with a mild, chalky bitterness. Quite enjoyable, and one of Caracole's best!

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Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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 Filosoof
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Troublette from Brasserie Caracole
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 243 ratings