Troublette | Brasserie Caracole

239 Ratings

Brewed by:
Brasserie Caracole

Style: 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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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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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Photo of ROMER79
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bubbly gold color with a fluffy two finger white head. It smells of citrus, wheat, and hops. Grapefruit, lemons, hops, and honey are all present in the taste. It is a crisp refreshing beer and it has a great mouth feel. It is very easy to drink and it is a great beer to enjoy.

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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 MJR
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Troublette has the typical Wit appearance: a cloudy, pale yellow body with a generous, white head that sticks fairly well. I love the yeast tornado in the center of the glass I got with the pour.

Smell: Lots of coriander, tart wheat, and lemon in the nose. There's also an earthy, yeasty smell, along with a touch of clove and orange peel. Great aroma on this brew!

Taste: Wow...this is a fantastic Wit! The flavor mirrors the aroma perfectly. Tons of lemon and coriander attack my taste buds, leaving the leftovers to the yeast, clove, and wheat flavors. Has the faintest of spiciness too. Extremely full flavored and delicious!

Mouthfeel: Remarkably crisp and prickly on the tongue. Very highly carbonated, I think the flavor would open itself even more if they relaxed the carbonation just a bit.

Drinkability: I've always thought of Wits to be a good, if not unusual, session brew. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle with a freshness date. Had a cloudy straw yellow color with tons of carbonation and head. Had a nice sweet smell with a background smell that I couldn't identify (not my strong suit) but enjoyed. Really great taste that had me wishing I had a bigger bottle of it. Sadly, they are pulling out of the Texas market so might be awhile before I get this one again. Highly recommend - a classic wit. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

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Photo of Umbra
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Ale Mary's, served in a brewery supplied tulip. Cloudy yellow, nice head, with acceptable retention and lacing. Citrus and funk on the nose.
Very interesting wit. All the usual with flavors are here, but noticable alcohol and light funk to the finish. Not the bite of a lambic, but just enough of a sourness in there to be defined as "complex."
5% comes off very light on the mouth, making it extremely drinkable.

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Photo of vishneda
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

This one comes out as a nice pear yellow color with the witbier glow to it. It's nice and cloudy and has a thin snow white head. There is some lacing down the glass, but nothing out of the ordinary for a style that does not lend to lacing.

A good sweet aroma comes off of this beer with lots of citrus in the mix of it. Strong for the style, but not world class.

The flavor is sweet and inviting but packs a lot of complexity. I sense hints of cinnamon or nutmeg in the spice profile. A mild tartness, perhaps with some of the citrus notes in there, provides balance to the sweetness and keeps things from getting out of balance. Good flavor, nothing unexpected. Leaves dry but not bitter.

This beer has a great drinking feel. It is super smooth; not creamy but light in body and balanced with air. Nice crisp drink with a dry finish and super refreshing.

(From tasting notes dated 10 Jul 2009)

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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 BanditBrewingCo
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased at Down East Beverage Co. in Portland, ME (very impressive beer selection!). I very much like the artwork - a colored drawing of a snail chilling on a lily pad checking out his own reflection...and there is a snail helmet dude logo in the bottom corner. My bottle says 5.5%.

Pours with a loud soda-like fizz echoing out of my Allagash glass. The foam rises to a half inch and falls back just as quickly. A hazy straw color that seems a tad darker than the average wit.

Smell is of floral citrus, fresh orange, sweet coriander and that wonderful Belgian yeast style has clearly done this one well on aroma.

Carbonation is sharp on the tip of the tongue. I think it was also still a bit too cold still so had to let this warm up for a few more we go now. Once at a more appropriate drinking temp this beer gains heavily on its complexity.
I think it tastes like a great example of the style and is not sweet the way than many can be (although I do like that characteristic in many of those beers). Finishes with more of a tart taste that really works well and doesn't detract from the wonderful sweet aromas.

Mouthfeel is of high carbonation that transitions to a slightly sour sensation on the sides of the tongue.

I would absolutely drink this beer again and would love to try it on tap some time. It's a very nice wit.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tumbler. It was pale-colored, kind of a very light yellow and cloudy. The head was immense and lasted a long time.

The aroma and flavor were much better than other witbiers I've had. There was a tart and sour component which I haven't seen in Hoegaarden or Blue Moon for example. This is my preferred interpretation of the style.

It was easy to drink, and the low alcohol content makes it a good summertime session beer. But the cost is a little high...

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle corked and caged

Appearance: Pours a cloudy/hazy blonde color with hints of yellow. Big fluffy white head 1 inch high which laces the glass quite nicely

Smell: Strong odors of spices, citrus, and coriander. A Lemony aroma is quite apparent in this beer.

Taste: A nice dry crisp taste with bursts of citrus, coriander, and medium carbonation. Yeast notes are also present throughout the flavor. This beer finishes with a sour pungent tone and leaves you wanting to drink more.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation of this beer takes away a little from the overall flavors of the beer, but none the less this beer is stellar.

Overall the citrus notes, dryness, and pungent sourness towards the end drive of this beer drive the tastebuds wild. A great example of the style.

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Photo of JayQue
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a big carbonated head that lasts a long while. Plenty of tiny bubbles after the pour. Head retention is good.

Smell is fairly strong, spices and wheat but give no indication of how good the taste is going to be.

There is great balance between the slightly sour wheat taste and fruit flavors. This beer is crisp and alternately slightly sweet and then a hint of sourness. There is some spiciness: pepper and coriander. No hefeweizen type bananas or cloves.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice level of carbonation, a little oily and crisp. The mouthfeel is plenty rich for the style.

Drinkability is very good. I could drink a bunch of these!!!

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a cloudy, pale, golden-yellow with a frothy, bubbly white head that has great retention and leaves some nice, thick lacing as well.

S: nice floral hops and sugary malts. lots of banana, clove, coriander and buttery yeast. A bit of spice too.

T: quite citrusy and bright up front (ripe cherries too!) then the banana flavour comes through, finishing off with a long lasting yeasty aftertaste that has a bit of nuttiness to it. quite complex, very nice.

M:light and slightly creamy, very well carbonated and a spicy, semi-dry finish that rambles on.

D: This is an excellent wit. Nice and complex and very refreshing - I'm pretty sure I could drink a case of these. Ah, this summer is going to be sweet...

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Photo of czfreeman
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from small 11.2oz bottle, have looked foward to sampling Brasserie Caracole for a while
This beer produces a brilliantly foamy head that I compare to the likes of Duvel. Troublette holds this 3 finger cloud for a good two minutes, leaving delicate lacing.
Nose is heavy on citrus, predominatley grapefruits, corianders, orange, some lemon bite, yeasts, hay-like grains, but dominated by citrus
Flavors are bright, clean, refreshing, each distinct in its own right. Grapefruits again, lemons, oranges, cut by a nice slightly peppery bite and an almost champange-like finish on the carbonation.
Mouhfeel is in a word-effervescent. Its light, bubbly, yet astonishly flavorful, no overly-American sweetness here-this is pure Belgian Wit goodness----seek this one out.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml, Best before 9/2008

Good hazy straw color. Half an inch of white head that doesn't really last. Bits of lace.

Fresh smell of coriander, orange peel, lemony mint (lemon balm?), yeast, and sherrylike oxidization, with hints of wood smoke and a briny note like sea air or fresh shellfish. Very attractive, and intriguing.

Tastes dry, complex, and exceedingly refreshing. A sherrylike oxidized flavor is quite pronounced, but elegant and very enjoyable. Along with the sherry, there is yeast, spice, citrus, something like lemon balm, grassy hops, and hints of smoke and stone.

Mouthfeel is too fizzy even with plenty of swirling, but the bubbles are small.

Very drinkable and refreshing.

Certainly worth a try!

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Photo of Nesued
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A hazy yellow appearance with a nicely forming head upon pour, that resolves into nothing very quickly. Poured from a 750ml bottle and yes, I swirled and added the yeast sediment to the glass. Didn't notice much of a carbonation, which explains the lack of head.

Smell - A very light citrus aroma, not heavy at all. Also a bit of a yeast presence. Again, not much of a aroma at all.

Taste - Wonderful orange and corriander taste adds a crisp taste to this wonderful wheat. There also a yeast taste but not detracting at all. A bit of a harsh/sour biting finish, but that is what I have come to expect with really good wheats, and I like it.

Mouthfeel - There's that carbonation making it's appearance. Adds alot to the sour feel and indeed makes the body much more.

Drinkability - oh my, this is in my "top 3" of Belgian Wits. Very enjoyable and very drinkable during the summer months in South Carolina. The St. Bernardus is still above, but for a wheat with a nice sour clean finish, this is the one. Nicely done.

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Photo of HogHill
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 33 CL bottle into a Hennepin glass. A pale straw colored body that is unfiltered with a creamy one fingered white head.

Aroma: is a subtle citrus scent along with some coriander. Delicate.

Taste: a really bread and yeast presence hit the palette first, then the fruity esters liven things up. The coriander provides a trailing smack of delight Little to no hop presence.

Mouthfeel: very crips, little bit more than medium carbonation.

Drinkability: At 5% ABV and being a great beer to quench thirst, Troublette ranks up there with the best of the session beers. As a wit it is also one of the top tier that I have enjoyed. I also thoroughly enjoyed Saxo and here Brasserie Caracole has crafted another fine brew.

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Photo of JCellars
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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 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 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 ghostmech007
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 11.2oz bottle poured into a pilsner. Yeast was swirled and poured as well. Tried it during the beer geek week at the Capital Alehouse in Innsbrooke.

Very deep yellow color, a very healthy lace with an off-white coloring.

Heavy citrus in the nose. Coriander and fruits and yeast. Very interesting.

Very, very crisp. Slick and medium body that keeps balanced. Grains are a little rough up front but is softened by the fruitiness and citrus of the drink. Hops are non existent in this brew but somehow is balanced by them. Slight sweetness fades at the end. Dry finish.

This is a very good Witbier. Almost a perfect sample of the style.

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

750 ml bottle.

This stuff was so good, so easy to drink, so tasty, that I snarfed down the entire big bottle in one meal. Opened it, poured, drank, poured, drank, poured, drank....gone.

Is it really a witbier? Tasted almost like a saison. Refreshing, low in alcohol, yeasty, slightly lemony, nice appearance, and so yummy you could go sessions with it.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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: 3.97 out of 5 with 239 ratings
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