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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Reviews: 169 | Ratings: 243
Photo of Reverand
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
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 chOAKbarrell
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
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 halfpgl
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this bier it was 3 euro’s or so in Brussels. The second time it was almost $8…I paid it!
This is an excellent White. I’d suggest not disturbing the bottle since the yeast is quite heavy and isn’t appreciated as much as in some whites. The beer has a classic Belgium head nice and thick. The nose has fruit and spices that could make a grand cru jealous. The taste is crisp and clean with the spices taking a back seat to the fruitiness but it’s not overpowering. I just wish I could find this more often.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of jf60657
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, beautiful label on this Belgian brew. OUt of the bottle into a tulip

App: Golden and light, very air with lots off bubbles. Enticing, thick, frothy head. Almost like whipped vanilla ice cream.

Smell: Like the breeze in a spring valley. Fresh cut wheat, coriander, citrus zest and a little hoppier on the nose than I expected but a pleasant surprise.

Taste: Nice, malty start, crisp and tantalizing. Hops are perfect background music for the wheaty malts and summery tones. Orange peel, white pepper, its like drinking sunshine.

Mouthfeel: Light and effervescent. Perfect in its simplicity on the palate.

Drinkabilty: Through the roof at 5.5%. I would and want to session this. Paired great with pasta but would stand alone with no problem. Sorry Germany, but this quaint little Belgian brewery make my favorite wheat beer as of now.

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Photo of StevieW
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz little brown bottle. The label depicts a snail sitting on a lily pad sipping water. I have no idea why or what that means.

Cloudy golden color, with a fluffy, creamy full white head. Yeasty sediment adds a little cloudy yellow character to it. Initial smells are very in character for a belgian wit. Then a snappy spice kick of coriander and orange zest kick in. Taste is both spicy and citrus dominated, no florals which is fine by me. Another bitter orange taste zips by at the finish. More citus and orange taste than any other wit I have had. Even bodied, very balanced and full. Not watery at all. A zesty tart lip puckering finish. Very crisp, dry and refreshing. Particles end in the bottom of the glass but add to the flavor. Overall an exception wit, every bit as good as Hoeggarden.
$2.99 an 11.5 oz bottle, it should be good. Try it if you find it.

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Photo of philberinghele
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml caged and corked bottle that had no date marked on the bottle, but the cork read 01 2002. Poured a translucent golden yellow color with a vibrant cloud white head that was a finger thick. This is some of the best head that I’ve seen in a while, but we won’t talk about her…. Smells of light fruit, pears, and perhaps champagne/vinous like in aroma. The taste was a little tart, lemon and granny smith with very faint spice. Yeasty flavors come through slightly and this is incredibly clean and crisp. Afterwards I’m not really sure if I just drank a beer, because this finishes so clean. Unbelievable drinkability, alcohol content isn’t even noticeable. Thin mouthfeel that is complimented by a perfect carbonation.
As a self-proclaimed hophead, this artisanal Belgian wheat ale blew me away. I can’t wait to have this again and sample similar examples of this style.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
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 marc77
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy golden yellow in hue, topped by a fluffy and thick perfectly white head that leaves sparse lace. The aroma is a melange of tart lemony citrus, spicy coriander and lightly grainy wheat w/ hints of clove. The flavor profile is a extension of the aroma, being comprised of tart fruit upfront giving way to dried orange peel bitterness and a perfumy sweetness. Well calculated used of coriander sets the background. Crisp and light in body, but w/ ample wheat protein for a smooth, agreeable mouthfeel. Finishes dry and clean, w/ a hint of clove briefly lingering. Troublette is a superb balance of spice and mellow, refined sweetness. An outstanding Wit with superlative drinkability.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefe glass - I must have forgotten that I was pouring a witbier, because my pour was all head. Geez, it's going to take forever for this to go down so I can drink it. OK, I see some pale gold liquid, but this is one large, soapy head.

Smell - oh yeah, this is a witbier for sure. Sour wheat mash...fruity, and definitely spicy.

Taste - whoa. crisp and very fruity, with orange-lemon-banana flavors all over the place hovering over a strong, yeasty wheat. Well-spiced with coriander, too. Finishes semi-dry but does hint at some sweetness. I really like this.

Mouthfeel - devilishly carbonated with a nice pop, as you might expect, but it doesn't really beat your mouth into submission.

Drinkability - I honestly can't see this getting old. Good complexity and low alcohol. I'd seen this on the shelves many times, but never thought to try it. My apologies to the Brasserie Caracole for taking so long - this is a great wit. Next time I'm trying it from the 750ml bottle, this is serious witbier.

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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 scurvy311
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Morris729
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light golden color with a very tall and frothy white head and a steady stream of bubbles racing up from the bottom center of the glass. Nose is lemon grass and spice (mostly coriander) with some underlying yeasty aromas. Light to medium in body and very lively and spritzy in texture at first turning a bit chalky towards the end. Taste begins with some sweet fruity notes followed by a very nice blend of lightly sour yeast and tart/bitter orange peel that leads up to a bite of white pepper in the finish. A wonderfully refreshing beer with a near infinite drinkability.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle

A huge white fluffy head below a slightly cloudy light peach toned body. Aromas are immediately evident. Apples, lemon peel, spice, yeast and wheat are all there enticing a sip. And the sip says refreshing flavorful beer that matches that nose perfectly. THe mouthfeel is solid fluffy and freshing on a hot late June day. With a slight amount of warming, a sour note comes in the finish. This is one of the best witbeers I have had in a long time. It keeps from being too sweet but still adds plenty of fruit character to the bill which matches perfectly with the spice quality from the Belgian yeast. I am not certain if actual spices are used, but either way coriander flavors are there. Overall, Troublette is highly drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pale wit with an almost green colour. Big head with a saison like nose; all summer fruit and some spice. The beer is full bodied and almost tastes higher in alcohol than it measures. The closest version to this is Ommegangs Wit which also takes the spiced citrus notes to the max. Very well made and a beer for all seasons.

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Photo of Viking
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2001 variety. Body is a hazy gold, with an amazing rush of CO2. Head is thick, white, and meringue-like. Head retention is amazing. That thick head never smaller than 3/8 inch. Smell is lightly fruity, with plenty of spices, hints of grassiness and yeast. Refreshing and crisp wheat taste, with light fruit and spices. Slight bit of hop bitterness and musty yeast. Medium body, and surprisingly smooth. Low abv, combined with crisp, refreshing taste make this a great brew for hot summer days. Hell, it's pretty damn good on cold autumn days as well!

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Photo of BDTyre
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, I'll admit that I am not the biggest wheat beer fan. I find heffeweizens hard to drink and Hoegaarden gave me some poor side effects. However, I am very happy with this beer, if somewhat confused by the label.

This glowing-amber beer is cloudy like any witbier and smells of wheat, coriander and citrus. However, this is light and refreshing with a slighty watery quality that makes this almost like a juice. There are definite coriander, clove and citrus hints to an everpresent wheat taste. I don't find this too dry or acidic like Hoegaarden. This is certainly a summer beer, but it brings to mind bright sunny days during the dark winter. Overall a very well done beer and one that may turn me on more to wheat based beers.

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Photo of ashleyshalyn
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 750ml bottle. Freshness date on back says 09-2007.

A: Looks like it should ;) Cloudy golden color with nice 2 finger head that fades to a thin head that sticks around for quite a long time.

S: Wow am I excited to start drinking this. It has a full yeasty/doughy aroma with noticable citrus (maybe tangerine) scents with a corriander background.

T: Fantastic light sourdough and lemon zest. This is a really fantastic example of a belgian whitbier. It has such great body with a medium carbonation that really adds to the flavor. The body helps the beer start with a full flavor and mellow into some citurs in the finish.

I'm a huge Hoegaarden fan.... but this, well.... I think I have to call it a tie!

cute girly side note: How adorable is that snail? Cute little guy is in some serious "trouble" trapped on that lilly pad. Might as well drink your troubles away and chill out on that lilly pad for a while!

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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 PittBeerGirl
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is an opaque golden yellow. Pours with an approximately 2 finger white that slowly dwindles to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. Cloudiness is very dense and uniform. Overall hue is darker than most witbiers. Some black sediment can be seen at the bottom of the glass.

S-Smell is sharply citrus and this dominates the nose. Corriander and yeast in the background.

T-Unlike the smell the taste is very well balanced. Citrus and coriander come through with equal strength upfront and there is a subtle bready yeast undertone. There is a mild kick of hops for the finish while the citrus intensifies. A slight tartness along with some sweet, bready yeast linger. The whole profile is full but mellow.

M-Medium carbonation and very light body. Mouthfeel is extraordinarily yeasty and smooth.

D- This is an excellent witbier with a nice mellow profile. It is easily one of my favorites of the style. This is a real Belgian wit that has a great character. Perfect session beer.

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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 ToasterChef
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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 Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork just absolutely exploded from this bottle as I was opening it, quite exiting. Pours a lightly hazy straw color with a white head. The beer appears well carbonated with lots of individual streams of bubbles rising through the beer. Aromas of candied orange, sharp herbs, and perhaps some coriander as well. Quite light, with a nice refreshing orange zest character mixed with some lemon acid. The carbonation is lively and gives a spritzyness to this beer as it foams across my tongue. I detect some definite coriander notes in the finish of this beer. This is quite a good example of a Belgian Wit, or at least the type that I like. Spritzy, dry, lightly acidic and refreshing, just the thing for a hot summers day. The orange flavor gives picks up and magnifies the residual hint of sweetness that is found in this beer.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a fluffy white head that leaves the slightest trace of lace. Head retains very well.

Doughy aromas with green apple, peppery spice, apricot, and clove. Initially slightly sweet fading into slightly sour. There's an added level of Belgiany yeast must that is very nice.

Flavors follow the aroma with the fruity, bready, faintly acidic green apple taste. Very light and refreshing. More complexity than your average witte.

Light/medium in body with large bubbles of carbonation. Prpobably one of the best wittes I've had so far.

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Troublette from Brasserie Caracole
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 243 ratings