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 walleye
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle a 750 for 4.50 wich I thought was a good price. poured a hazey golden color with a white head with some lacing. when I took the wire off the cork went flying. I am glad it wasnÂ’t aimed at my face. aroma, yeast, citrus, lemon, some malts, and grain. flavor, got about the same as I did in the aroma. this was easy to drink.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/09/05- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best before dating on the back label. Poured into my Paulaner witbier glass.

Appearance- Golden white colored pour with a fat and semi spritzy head reminescent of maybe champagne. Medium lace left.

Smell- Lots of lemon and citrus in the nose. Maybe a hint of corriander as well.

Taste- Hmmm, not a whole lot of corriander. Heavy lemon taste...reminded me of Calistoga Lemonade. Don't know if that's a bad of good thing. Tastes more soda like than beer like. Had a fair amount of sourness to it. Tastes more like a saison than a wit.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, a bit too carbonated for me.

Drinkability- Nothing special here. Not bad, but there are several other wits I would buy before this one.

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Photo of weeare138
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Monk's Cafe...
Appears a hazy light yellow with virtually no cap and no lacing to be seen, even after several heavy swirls to the glass.
Smell is overkill of heavy dosages of lemon juice mixed with coriander with an acidic aroma that may be a bit too much.
Taste is of the same lemony aromas.
Mouthfeel is acidic, sour, and dry.

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Photo of mgdeth
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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 BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good stuff. Caracole cannot make a bad beer. This one pours a coudy lemonade color with a stark white dense head. Like all Wheats, it retains and laces well. A bit more tart and sour than found in most Wits, but makes for a crisper, more refreshing brew. Clean aromas and flavors of lemons, oranges, and (to some extent) pineapples. Nicely spicey sweet with corriander and peppery. Mildly alcoholically in the finish. Not drying, just fresh and crisp. Thins out without becoming watery. Little aftertaste to mention.

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Photo of GnomeKing
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Boilermaker88
2.72/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was watching "The Thirsty Traveler" last night because they were covering Belgian beers. During the show they talked with the brewers at Brasserie Caracole and later I spotted a bottle of Troublette. I suddenly remembered I had an 11.2oz bottle in my fridge and decided the time was right to give it a try. I pulled it out, checked for a freshness date (there wasn't one), and popped the cap.
Poured into a pint glass, I was rewarded with a slightly cloudy lemon colored beer that had a white head that nova'd and collapsed into a tiny ring. Not the way I've seen witbiers behave and not all that attractive.
The nose had a dusty malt aroma and a definitive apple cider note. Missing was the floral, perfumey aroma and lemon zest notes I've come to associate with witbiers. Again, not all that attractive.
The taste had all the hallmarks of apple cider while virtually no traits attributable to a wit. Real fruity sweetness, tons of apple and sugars. Touch of earthy malt and dusty yeast. Vaguest notion of spices and finishing with a resounding tartness. The feel was light, dry and tart, just like cider.
I was encouraged to seek this beer out while in Boston and got it while there. To say Troublette was a disappointment is a bit of an understatement. Cider, yes. Witbier, no. I'll try it again some day but I'll go in with vastly reduced expectations.

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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 HoboAGoGo
1.77/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Caged and corked bottle. Poured into a clean weizen. Pale, pale yellow with a very large head on top. Smells like some spice, lots of lemons. The taste is lemons, very tart, too tart for my taste. I tried drinking this, but just couldn't do it. Utter waste, maybe I just hate wheat.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged. Pours a nice clouded yellow color with a smaller than expected head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is lemoney, slightly creamy wih just a tinge of sourness. The flavor is much the same, with lemoney notes being dominant with some slightly peppery spice and sourness on the finish. The feel is a bit of a dissappointment. It is thin to moderate. I would like more body in there. Drinkability is nice on this. I really enjoy the play between the nose and the flavor. That little bit of sour adds a new deminsion to the style that I really like.

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Photo of clvand0
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear yellow color with a moderate head and decent retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very "farmhouse" like. Orange, lemon, coriander. The flavor had a lot of the citrus as well as a slight spice, which I liked. Very light on the mouthfeel and very easy to drink. I think this is a well-made wit bier.

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Photo of mschofield
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-amber, topped with a one finger white head, leaves webs of lacing.
Fruity, grass and lemon aroma, pepper and spices.
Wheaty and fruity notes dominate the taste, coriander, lemon aftertaste, and some powdery yeast.
Good drinkability, medium bodied.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part 1 of the "My Roommates went to the EBF and left me home alone, Teaching the girlfriend about beer" AAA (Artisanal, Americas, Abbey Trappist) Witbier Cross-section Test.

Very bubbly and cloudy, this beer is a dull peach/straw color with two fingers of white head.

The aroma has a nice depth, with yeast, fruit sugars, bananas, clove, and other fruits and spices entertwined.

This definitely isn't your everyday witbier. It starts tart and crisp, but quickly transitions into a slick, sweetness across the tongue, and then finishes dryly, like melba toast. It's quite sweet, but I really like this. It brings something different to the table for the style, and is pretty unique.

Nicely done, Caracole.

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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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Photo of allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Pale gold, unusually clear for a wit. I like a turbid appearance. Fair head though.

Aroma: Sweet, fairly fruity (apple juice) aroma.

Flavor: Lot of wheat flavor, light coriander with emphasis on the bitter orange peel. Crisp, complex flavors of other fruits (almost-ripe persimmon comes to mind, as do green apples, or mangoes) mingle with a very yeasty pepperiness. Finish is quite tart and surprisingly dry.

Body: Very spritzy! Light body, but lots of carbonation.

Excellent witbier. The lack of aroma is unusual, but the flavor is top-notch. My favorite beer from Caracole.

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Photo of cokes
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy gold with streams of CO2 feeding an everlasting white dome.
Musty pear and lemon peel notes, along with evident coriander and white pepper. A bit more flagrant than many a version.
Begins with a sharp wheaty tartness that mimics lemon juice. A touch of pizza dough later, but it stays assertively dry. Spices begin to flail, with reaching coriander, pepper, and basil. But the tart leanings set this apart. Under-ripe pears and green apples last long into the herbal-laced finish.
Light bodied with manic streams of bubbles.
A bit brash and sour at times, but this is a statement of a Witbier.

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Photo of aracauna
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold body with a meringue-like, white head that is thick and long lasting. The aroma is very floral with loads of orange followed up by a very phenolic bandaid and sawdust aroma. The flavor is brightly tart and very refreshing, with loads of orange juice flavor in the back. This is a very flavorful witbier, but the phenolic character is a little overblown.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.24/5  rDev -18.4%
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 BeerBuilder
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a creamy white head. It leaves a nice amount of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is yeasty, spicy, herbal and peppery, with a bit of a wheat smell throughout. The flavor is of wheat and spices up front, then it flows to a citric acidic finish. It is light and body and semi-sweet in the finish. An easy drinking brew.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale straw. The head was very low and white and fell quickly to the edges of the surface but did last to lace the glass.

Artisanal is the best word to describe what the aroma was like. It had a bit of aromas like an ale that had been "laid down", a farmhouse ale aroma. Behind that was a slight sweetness. The aroma also contained a metallic portion.

The flavor was light, almost too light. Within that flavor was a slight lactic sourness and a very light spice.

The finish was even with a lasting bit of subtle spice and sourness that slightly turn toward dry. The body was medium light and crisp. The beer was very refreshing, but not complex at all.

11.2 ounce bottle. The bottle said artisanal wheat ale which is probably correct. This is not a witbier and probably should not be reviewed as a witbier.

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Photo of Guinness4me
2.14/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Is this beer supposed to make my tongue burn? I was already a bit negative just from the smell, but I trudged on.

It poured simple enough with a respectable head that dissipated quickly leaving a slight rim lace on my glass. It is a nice lemon-orange color with an opaque murkiness.

The phenolic smell of this brew should have been my first warning sign. The slight smell of iodine mixed with spices was odd at best.

The taste was like that of most wheat beers with a balance of tart sweetness. It finished clean with no aftertaste. Grassy florals also filled my taste buds.

The mouthfeel was as odd as the smell, with it's high carbonation and odd flavor left my tongue burning for several minutes. Not fun. Could be the medicinal feel of this beer?

If I based this review on my mouth's reaction to this beer, I wouldn't drink again. However, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that I might have gotten a bad bottle and might try again.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a lightly hazy dark yello color with a medium thin white head. Thin and quick lacing. The aroma is fruity, with some yeast and spice. Light-bodied and highly vinous (Chardonnay), with yeast, clove and tart apple. The finish is fairly carbonated and dry, with a tart fruit flavor. Overall not really what I expected for a Wit, but it is a nice enough beer.

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Photo of homersimpson
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a thick white head.
Nice fruity nose.
Body is light and soft.
Starts with a smooth malt rolling onto your tongue. Next the esters run free and rampant.
Slowly leaves your taste buds with an floral, almost sour note.
Great example of the style.

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Photo of mntlover
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +3.3%
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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Troublette from Brasserie Caracole
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 239 ratings
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