Troublette | Brasserie Caracole

very good
166 Reviews

Brewed by:
Brasserie Caracole

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mntlover
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden pale color with huge white head that lasts. Aroma citrus orange with some spice coming out on top of a light bready malty yeast. Taste is sweet and tart its a big carbonated lightly sweet wheat malt with big orange lemony tart flavor with hints of spice coming out. Mouthfeel is right for style its light side medium carbonation makes it feel lighter I think. Drinkability is good definitely kill a thirst on hot August day. Hard to believe that the Sam Amdams I bought is the same style as the Troublette night and day differance twice the price but more then twice the flavor.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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 RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
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 Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a quite clear golden beer with a huge thick foamy head with good retention. Aroma was midly sweet probably from orange peels that were added to this beer. Taste was quite refreshing with again some sweetness (apricot?) and some wheat. Carbonation was OK and body a bit thinner then expected. Overall, this is not a bad wit but could be a bit more balanced with less of the wheat taste.

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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 cbl2
3.02/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Note: 2001 Vintage


A mostly clear golden yellow (slighly hazy) with good carbonation, but little to no head.


Citrus and honey with yeasty characters overwhelm your nostrils when sniffing this one.


Sharp and somewhat bitter with definite citrus characteristics. Too bubbly on the tongue with a bitter finish that leaves none of the sweetness hinted at in the aroma.

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Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
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 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 HardTarget
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Fresh fruit smells, lemon & banana, on a peppery Belgian yeast
Appearance: Massive fluffy white head settled down to a finger fed by heavy carbonation. It had a bright clear deep yellow with a tinge of orange until I decanted the yeast about halfway through the beer. The yeast left a perceptual cloud in the beer. Thick sheets of lace quickly draped down the sides with each taste.
Flavor: Light wheat malt base is accented by a lemon pepper. It’s odd, deep in there, I swear this is not an insult; I get a taste of Budweiser or some other macrobeer.
Mouthfeel: Spritzy, very carbonated and very light body. It feels lighter than water, almost foamy with a slight numbing of the gums.
Overall Impression: Very light with some classic Belgian flavors, but not much of a wit in my opinion. I think of wits as being much more acidic, but this has many other wit qualities; fruity, dry, spicy, and well carbonated. I’m not getting much coriander out of this sample. All I know from wits is what Celis has taught me. I knew Celis White, and you sir are no Celis White! Having got that off my chest, this beer has some good qualities, just not enough punch to satisfy.

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Photo of putnam
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure how Witty this beer is. It presents a gold color and the aromas are sweet and loaded with papaya, porridge and tangerine. Exotic, sweaty, perfumes of Brazil nuts, tropical blooms, orangeade, caramel syrup, peanut butter and smoke rise up from the palate.
For style-concious drinkers this is certainly not as dry as a typical Wit. I found it difficult to drink for its excessive sugar-sweet taste.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Quaffer
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle. Picked up in Dallas. Not available in here in Wichita.

Appearance: Golden-orange and very cloudy. Along with the cloudiness was a huge amount of sediment. Coarse, white head that dissipated fairly quickly for its size. Very heavy bead. A little bit of lace made a delicate web in places.

Smell: Typical wit smells. Raw grains and wheat, orange, clove, coriander, and a little bit of banana. The grain aroma was dominant.

Mouthfeel: Thin and crisp. The heavy carbonation provided quite a bit of tingle. It really dried out on the back of the tongue.

Taste: A lot of raw grains and wheat. Hardly any sweetness at all. The spices were very subdued in the flavor, but there was quite a bit of tart fruit. There was some sour yeast on the finish, as well as a little bit of a puckering bitterness.

Pretty good wit. A little different than others of the style that I have had, but I have never actually had a Belgian wit from Belgium before. Not as sweet and a little bit more biting than the US and Canadian made ones that I have had.

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Photo of halfpgl
4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of BeerAngel
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed pale yellow with a large white fluffy head. The smell of fruit, spices, and yeast race from the head to please the nose. The taste is a tart spiced citrus with wheat in the background trailing off to the yeast and hint of alcohol. It is a light bodied beer and finishes in between dry and sweet. Very nice, this brew! Op uw gezonheid!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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 irishmoss
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
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 gueuzeonhigh
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice white froth like head. Bubbles galore! Head coats the walls of my glass like the wash of the ebbing winter ocean tide leaving behind it’s frothy signature.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow.

Nose is of yeast and alcohol dotted with bucolic undertones perhaps of wheat malts.

Flavor is a spicy-sour combination slightly bitter wheat ale and up front. The carbonation adds zest to the spicy manner. Yet for all the zest, the overall flavor character is a staid and composed. Why do I imagine Herucle Perot?

Spices give way to notes of yeast, but the flavor isn’t so great that it’s overpowered by yeast signatures. For all of the spice and zest at the start this beer does seem to have a short life span on my palate.

Flavor profile has a “clear” distinct stature, perhaps I’m interpreting that as a polite way of claiming -- “one dimensional” or “thin”.

Drinkability is quite good however, as the flavor is intriguing enough to taunt me to approach and take another sip.

I find this beer a rather delightful indulgence.


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Photo of Morris729
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
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 kbub6f
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Head is monstrous, white, bubbly, crusty. Beer is pale, clear gold, tons of carbonation; cloudy yeast pour. Spicy, sour nose. Sweet, spicy, crab apple front shows some pepper. Moves straight to a dry, bitter finish. Not much else. This is a very dry beer. Refreshing, but a little plain. I like the fact that it's not too sweet, but a little more flavor would have been welcome.

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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 BierReise
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Contents under pressure! The cork flew off this bottle and nearly caused me a mild stroke. Cloudy honey colored with a big snow white head(not the Disney character). This brew had a terrific aroma of orange, coriander and possibly lemon. Flavor was a bit of a let down though and really didn't match the nice aroma I was getting. A bit sour maybe and the wheat malts weren't as fresh tasting as say the Allagash that I love so much. Overall, not a bad Wit. Just not outstanding.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good beer, but I am disappointed.

Very hazy yellow with a little greenish tint and a very creamy white head that turns into a sticky lacing. Smell is very nice with that spicy wit character. Taste is a little tart. Feel is zesty, tingly and a little spritzy. A fine example of the style.

I liked the beer a lot better before adding the yeast. The large amount of yeast took away from the lightness and crispness of the beer.

Overall, it is a good beer but not one that I will buy again. I think that I can find beers of this type and quality level more locally and more affordable.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden/orange with some sediment and a large puffy head. Aromas include citrus zest and fresh squeezed orange juice. Some milky vanillan aromas as well, almost like that seventies drink, the Orange Julius, for those who remember it. In the mouth the beer is medium bodied and cleansing with subdued carbonation. The taste is good, yet does not really have much to set it apart from the pack. This is a decent summer offering that delivers nice citrus, some bitter and a good quench factor. I'd not beg for another though.

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Photo of taez555
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a small white head witha very lit, almost offwhite, yellow hazy body.

The smell was interesting. Corriander, spice, caraway seed, lots of seedy spice, flowers, some soft fruit, apples, pears, a slight slight bananna, yeast, phenols and some buttery diactyl.

The taste was rather spicey. Some nice wheat maltiness, cinnamon, caraway, apple, almost like a redhot candy, cloves, some earthy hop, slight citrus peel, and I know this is going to sound weird, but the combination almost reminded me of sourkraut. Maybe I just got a bad bottle or something, but deffinatly sourkraut.

Overall, it's not a bad beer, a decent belgian wit. But for my tastes it was just a little overspiced in the clove, fennel and corriander section.

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Troublette from Brasserie Caracole
3.96 out of 5 based on 237 ratings.
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