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Troublette | Brasserie Caracole

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Caracole

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 166 | Ratings: 234
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a ton of carbonation but the white head dissipates quickly not leaving any lace. Some yeast in the bottom. Nose is distinctly wheat, light to medium bodied. Starts with A slight sweetness but finishes hoppy. Not sour good summer ale.

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Photo of stcules
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw-coloured, with some turbidity from the yeast. Very abundant foam, white and creamy.
The smell is very fresh, floral and spicy, coriander, orange, orange flower, wheta, yeast. Good.
The taste is a little less refreshing, the spices are more evident, with the citric character. Maybe some hints of hops.
Spicy aftertaste, very light, with some bitter.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Cork dated 01-2000.When poured, this beer had a large white head that contained small-large sized bubbles.The body contained carbonation and it was cloudy and the hue reminded me of urine.The nose was citrusy and fruity.This beer left no lacing.It did however leave an aftertaste along with a slight bitter taste.Not a beer high on my list.

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Photo of TheDM
2/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cork Dated 01-2002. This brew had an invigorating head of small to large white bubbles and little lacing. Its body is a cloudy weak watered down pee color that has carbonation rising up the side of the glass. It tastes fizzy and has no initial or after bite. It was a drinkable beer to start the evening off with but not much more. Hotstuff got the burps after just a half a glass.

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Photo of Darkale
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label on the bottle shows a snail on a lily pad drinking in the water, with the ripples distorting the beer's name. A nice, calm, mellow label, in keeping with Caracole's snail theme.

Gold and cloudy body on top of a bright white head that is smooth and thick. Lacing is very good. Aroma is spicy and yet also sour.

Taste is brash, slightly chewy, and much nicer than the aroma. There is a hint of apple in the taste. The taste of the beer changes slightly as it warms, but stays interesting and somehow fresh.

Wonderful foamy mouthfeel. I only purchased a single of this beer but wished that I had bought more. Caracole is one of my favorite Belgian breweries -- their Nostradamus was the first true Belgian beer that I really enjoyed -- and it was nice to see that they had a refreshing summer beer in their stable.

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

Pale straw in color, with a moderately sized, bright white head. Head sticks around pretty well, though it doesn't leave much in the way of lace. The aroma is mildly spiced, with tart yeasty notes and hints of orange. Orange comes through in the flavor too, as does the tartness. Both of these sit upon a standard wheat body, and are finished with a decent herbal/slightly metallic hoppiness. Tingly and light in body, this beer definitely tastes better with the yeast *in*. Adding the yeast tones down the tart bite somewhat and makes for a much gentler finish.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Coral Springs, FL.

Appearance: uncharacteristic clarity (almost looks like an unfiltered lager), straw colored, loosely packed head (big bubbles) with decent retention

Aroma: smells like fresh beer wort, nice maltiness with a saazy/floral hop aroma, some honey-like sweetness in the background, transcendent

Flavor: honey sweetness, lightly tart, bready/grainy malt flavor that balances out nicely with the reserved noble-y hop flavor and a light bitterness in the finish, some cork taste though

Mouthfeel: large-bubbled carbonation (i.e.- feels like the bubbles expand in your mouth), light-bodied

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was given two bottles of this at an Organic Trade show...so I am drinking the Organic version of this beer.

Very dark golden yellow color with an awesome head when poured. Lovely lace left in my glass.

Very crisp, very nuanced in taste. Oh my, isn't this easy to drink! I have to give this brewery credit, this beer is not watery, and has plenty of body.

Very recommended as a session beer, you really can't go wrong. For full flavor sip after sip, this is a great version of this style of beer.

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Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on draught first, now I’ve got a chance to try the bottled version, most likely the draught will win out, but here goes the sampling nonetheless.

“Chill Hazed” lemon yellow color on the pour, the head spumous, bright white and impressive in its volume, after erosion, the lace forms a nice covering sheet. The aroma of wheat quite evident, sweet and quite crisp and clean to the senses, the start is sweet with a nice tartness, top is skimpy in its feel. Middling on the acidity, the hops pleasant and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a nice representative to the style.

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Photo of MJR
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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 ElGuapo
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the color was so light, i was a little scared, but when i saw the monster foam living atop it i felt a little safer. the head stuck around with you till the end of the beer like your little drinking buddy.

it smelled of spices, yeast, and i also picked up a little fruitiness. a very pleasant aroma i must say.

the beer itsef is very smooth and crisp. wonderful on the tongue, it is a great beer to drink. many flavors come at you including some spices and yeast. you also get a fruitiness throughout. at the end it leaves a strange little dry after taste that you try to figure out for the entire time you're drinking it.

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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 StevieW
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
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 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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Photo of marc77
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Jason
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Troublette from Brasserie Caracole
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