Troublette | Brasserie Caracole

very good
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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Ratings: 239 |  Reviews: 167
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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 pick one up and give it a spin too!

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750-ml cork-in-cage bottle opened with a healthy Poof!, poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy lemonade-colored body with a violent storm of active carbonation feeding a two-finger grainy-bubbled cap of white foam. The head recedes slowly to a fat sheet that leaves huge foamy rings at the sip lines.

The smell of the drink is citrusy from the initial cork-pop, and delivers the essences of lemon, orange, and Granny Smith apple to the olfactory sensors.

The taste is crisp with an acidy lemony note and a succulent wheaty pale malt backbone. Troublette is a bit tart (without ever approaching 'sour') with a sweetish malty profile, but finishes clean and dry.

The drink is medium in body with great carbonation. Quaffable. Gulpable.

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Photo of julian
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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 clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thin, pale gold body with a three finger head and a lace ring around the glass. A good blend of strong citric notes with lemon and orange peel mixing with coriander and pepper. Class wit smell. Crisp but extremly smooth, this beer contains a light-to-medium body with a good cirtic fruit taste (lemon, orange peel). Also clove and pepper with other spices on the side and a little fluffy yeast/wheat bite on the backend. A textbook wit that I could drink over and over.

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Photo of BanditBrewingCo
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Andreji
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another very nice find at the Jacques Brel's bar in Brussels.

The tone is very clear and shiny with a lasting white head. nice though subtle smell and tastes, well blending a citrusy feel at first turning sourish at the end with a well balanced carbonation and a very light body making it a very good thirst quencher.

I enjoyed this beer very much although found it a bit too light on its taste, but no doubt caracole is ever better.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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 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 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 sincereNc
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml. bottle poured into hefe glass.

A- Pale orange with a huge pillowy white head. Clouded up as soon as the yeast and sediment hit the glass. With a good swirl , stirs up a lot pieces of black sediment.

S- Citrus right away , but more so of lemon than the typical orange peel. Spice and coriander backs the fruit up nicely.

T- Citrus again again up front, lemon and some grapefruit coming through as well. Also a nice balance of spice and hops on the finish. Had a bitter finish to it while cold, but as it warmed, less of it came through which really helped out a lot.

M- Very nice tingle of carbonation. Light bodied and real smooth. Almost watered down though, a little too thin.

D- Very drinkible and refreshing. Light enough to session on a warm day. Very clean on the palate leaving you wanting another.

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Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a bright yellow color and a cloudy consistency. The head didn't last very long at all.

S: Strong citrus aroma, mingled with yeast and malt.

T: You get a big dose of lemon and orange, along with some malt. There's also a bitter aftertaste that I didn't particularly care for.

M: There's a very lively amount of carbonation and a nice body. As I said before, the aftertaste is a little bitter.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. While it's a solid example of a witbier, I can think of others I would rather have.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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 watchnerd
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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 sinstaineddemon
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - this witbier pours straw yellow, when popped it welled up a huge frothy head, but after the pour, tons of sediment and carbonation throughout the glass

S - the aroma seems to be an amalgamation of a few distinct odors, namely grapeskins, non-descript spice, yeast, and wheatiness

T - in the taste, a lemon zestiness rises to te forefront, it is also wheaty and slightly spicy, dull throughout the sip and finishes a bit watery

M&D - starts out good, but thins outh throughtout each sips and becomes downright watery, the initial flavor and mouthfeel is darn tasty, but the finish leaves something to be desired

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Patrick999
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
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 thierrynantes
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière à la robe blonde, mousse abondante tenant bien, belle effervescence
Smell : nez arômes citronnés
Taste and mouthfeel : légérement piquante en bouche, notes de fleur d'oranger, faible amertume équilibré
Drinkability : une bière correcte dans le style witbier (type Belge)

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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 Beerzebub
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
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 +9.8%
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 CWiggins
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I fell head-over-heels for Caracole's Nostradamus some time ago; this is the only other beer by this brewer to arrive in my area since I took up beer tasting. Now, I have to say that I don't gravitate towards wheat beers, but I certainly don't mind tasting one if the opportunity arrives. Oh, I discovered this at the Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, NC.

It definitely looks like a witbier: it's very cloudy (nearly opaque, actually), and the color is quite like a light orange juice. The head was very active upon pouring the beer into a Unibroue glass, but once it vanished, it was gone for good. No lacing remained. Swishing it around in the glass I noticed the sediment collecting at the bottom.

The aroma betrays the main spice: coriander. There's also a strong citrus element to the nose, as well as lemon undertones. I found the intense carbonation to be a bit off-putting, but the flavor comes through soon enough; it's full of citrus, with coriander and cardamom pushing through. It's quite dry for a witbier; so dry, in fact, you may think you're tasting a saison-style ale. As I stated above, the carbonation was a bit much for me, but the mouthfeel/texture was really very nice: it begins light and crisp, and, as the beer warms, it becomes dense and somewhat creamy.

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Photo of phisig137
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light gold color, with a 3 finger head. Decent retention leaves behind tremendous lace and foam.

Aroma is slightly tart, and hints a the coriander in the brew. Nice wheaty bread like aroma.

Flavor is much the same. Slightly tart, and dominated by light spice, particularly coriander and spicy yeast phenols. Looses some of it's smooth roundness as it warms. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Drinkability is quite good.

A very nice sumer beer from an excellent brewery. Perhaps not the best Wit out there, but this is a damn fine one. A little on the pricey side, at $3.29 for an 11 oz bottle. I'd say that it's worth that much, but I won't be buying it that often at that price. Not quite as amazing as Caracole's other beers, but well worth trying. Recommended.

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Photo of bensiff
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330ml bottle with a massive white head that quickly dissipated to reveal a straw colored witbier with an active surface as the carbonation continually raced to the surface of the St. Bernardus glassware. Citrus wheat aroma with the background of something sweet and maybe some spice there too. Excellent taste with a nice balance of all things wheat, esters and phenols there, but balanced to the citrus and the nice Belgian yeast notes. There is a crisp tart finish that leaves you ready for the next sip. Drink this.

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Photo of philberinghele
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
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 scurvy311
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Troublette from Brasserie Caracole
3.96 out of 5 based on 239 ratings.
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