Troublette | Brasserie Caracole

very good
238 Ratings

Brewed by:
Brasserie Caracole

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by taez555 on 02-12-2002

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Photo of macpapi
3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased single 11.2 oz bottle on sale from my local beer store.

Label artwork depicts a timid looking snail peering into light blue water, apparently beholding his own shadow. It is an interesting design, and not sure what it's supposed to mean.

Troublette pours a nice hazy light-orange color with a full 1/2 inch head. Like the best beers of this style, this presentation reminds me of a slow-paced, sunny summer day in need of a nice refreshing wit.

Smell is crisp and tart. Wheat is present, but not terribly fresh. It is dominated by the smell of sour lemons and a hint of orange. A bit astringent on the nose.

Taste again is overly tart. The lemon pull overwhelms refreshing wheat taste that usually marks the outstanding beers of the style. No balance to speak of.

On the palate, Troublette has a decent presence. A pretty full-bodied beer for the style. Bitter presence makes it notable. Medium carbonation.

Is this beer drinkable? Yes, but it is nowhere near the best of the category. Wondering if I've gotten an outdated bottle (no freshness date to speak of on the bottle) and that is why this beer was discounted. Not a bad beer. But there are bette options to quaff on a sultry summer day.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 750 ml bottle, corked. Poured into a goblet-style glass.

Appearance: A very light, thin yellow color with a low rising fog of head.

Smell: Has a sweet, sugary odor mixed with a potent wheat aroma. The wheatiness dies off after the beer has time to breath.

Taste: Flavor is very sweet, like the smell. The body is really light and ariy. Honestly, its strikingly sweet - so sugary that 750 was too much for one person. I got sweeted out.

Overall, this would make a good dessert beer if paired with some some sharp cheese or fresh fruit. Best split between two people. Probably good for lunch too.

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Viking
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Nesued
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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 TT--Cashout
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sinistermadman
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the 12 oz bottle this brew pours champagne light yellow. Produces a whispy white head that quickly settles.
Smell is of spice, lemon and yeast. Very rind like. A sort of sour nose that is spicy in character.

Taste flows freely on the palate. Very effervescent in its texture. The only tastes I can make out are citrus rinds. There are some other fruits in the background as well. This brew strikes a good balance between flavor and not beeing too sweet. Witbiers aren't exactly me, but this is quite tasty.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
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 dmarch
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale golden color with a lot of haze. The large head slowly dissapates into a thin lace. Aroma is heavy on the spice, mostly coriander. Taste is spicy and citrusy. Very light in body and pretty high carbonation. A pretty good wit and it's quite refreshing.

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Photo of soxandbeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I paid way too much for a four pack; but, I have been drinking one every once in a while and its been alright.

I poured it into a fluted unibroue glass, and it frothed over from tight pouring and a huge billowy head. The smell was adequate, but did not equal the hazy pretty yellow color of this unfiltered wheat beer. Upon initial sampling through the head, sea salt and coriander are evident on the palate. Nice full mouthfeel while still remaininglight and refreshing, possibly due to the fastly dissipating carbonation, which is there but subtle thoughout the glass. Ther eis a non-sweet salty breadiness on the finish, beckoning for more and more sips.

This is not knock you off your chair tremendous, but is still quite drinkable, an excellent beer to pair with witbier style fare, without overwhelming the cuisine.

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Photo of GnomeKing
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, effervescent beer that has an appearance and mouthfeel that suggests champagne. The citrus and sweetness were prominent but not garish or overdone. The head was thick and rich. At times the beer felt a little insubstantial. I was asking, "Is that all you got?" (Seriously, I was asking out loud, right there in the bar). With that said, it's a good beer that's refreshingly, a candidate for a session beer, and a nice one on a hot day.

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Photo of adamcthomp
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Filosoof
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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 danadeny
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Macamah
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mgdeth
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very bubbly, with a golden color. Thick, frothy, long-lasting head.

Smell - Sweet and spicy (phenolic) smell so common to Belgiam beers.

Taste - Malt, with a good blend of spiciniess, is dominant here. Hops offer balance, but little else. I detect a hint of chamomile (maybe), buit not the coriander and bitter orange peel usually associated with this style.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Light to medium-light body.

Drinkability - This is a really fizzy beer. Once you get past that, it is very enjoyable.

Comments - This one is all about the fizz and phenolics, man.

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Photo of Mnteti
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ghostmech007
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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 ojiikun
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

corked 750. feisty pop. fast head, but fast fall. light amber, solid cloudiness but not heavy-opaque. a true with with white foam and white accents. Still, not too pale. Surprisingly good looking for a wit.

smell is gorgeously spicy and light with sweet malts and a hint of yeast, though it's troublingly funky for a wit. honey and rosewater. cola smell (like freshly poured coke).

taste is even spicier and much more dry. honey comes forward along with floral notes. taste is tons of cardamom and corriander, bitter citrus peel, and sweet wheat body. No traces of the feared yeast funk. A bot of white pepper almost throws things off, but manages to work, too.

Mouthfeel was good, but the carbonation didn't hold up to my 2-hour relaxed drink. Never hot, but not expected to be with such a light AbV.

Very drinkable. No danger in it. Smell and taste offset one another well, body isn't heavy at all, as you'd expect with the style. A really great wit, truth be told. If you were to compare this to most belgians, you'd be nonplussed, but compare it to other wits, and it's really quite brilliant. the unique floral notes alone make it worth the purchase.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
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 sjverla
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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 Umbra
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Reverand
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
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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Troublette from Brasserie Caracole
3.96 out of 5 based on 238 ratings.
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