Troublette | Brasserie Caracole

very good
238 Ratings

Brewed by:
Brasserie Caracole

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Lucklys
2.71/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A witbier, it appeared a pale golden-yellow hay with plenty of visible carbonation despite being quite hazy. It held a lovely creamy white head all the way through the drink and left thick sheets of sticky lacing along the inside of the cup. Unfortunately, this was where I stopped enjoying it, as the smell was quite medicinal and sweet. Behind the odd mixture of sour orange peel and sweet wheats, there were a few light oats and a perfumey coriander, but even before I tasted it, it smelled sickly thick. Taking a cautious sip, I found the texture to be almost waxy with the foamy head obstructing my tongue from the liquid underneath, it really interfered with the mouthfeel and made it seem thicker than it probably was. The medicinal sweetness was present again in the flavor, followed by a flighty fruity acidity, sour orange peel, and lots of thick wheat. Maybe it was just the plastic cup, but due to the foam, and despite the visible bubbles, it tasted flat and syrupy. I'm sure with the right glassware, this beer is a delight, and having tried a few witbiers and enjoying them, I can't imagine this is that much different from the others, I just need to try it under different circumstances. So I'm not writing this one off, I'm just going to have to try it again later.

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

Appearance serves as a cloudy golden wheat with a thick crisp head that sticks around awhile. Smell has that belgium aroma with spice and clove. Taste has a light tangy sweet spicey wheatness leaving a tang that cloys in the end. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with good carbonation. A fair Belgian wheat, that took some getting used to.

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Photo of UnDeadly
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a very clear, hay yellow. Very aggressive carbonation and foam on the pour, but the beer is light enough that is dies down. Limited lacing and head retention.

Smell - Mouthwatering! Beautiful notes of coriander and herbs...light notes of hay and barnyard as well.

Taste - A well done wit, with a light, balanced crispness. A tart note is in there that I like, mild but noticeable. The hay notes come through as it warms, and the coriander as well.

Mouth Feel - I scored it a perfect, and it is well done. Carbonation is not as overwhelming as I was worried from the initial pour. Clean, crisp, and wonderfully balanced.

Drinkability - Very tasty and smooth through and through. Would not mind having several over a span of a hot day.

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

Belgian Paradise beer, 33 cl bottle 'malt and wheat' beer, 5.5 % abv.

Looks pale golden, with a big head, nice lacing, initially violent carbonation.
Smell is typical belgian wheatbeer: citrus, spice (clove, coriander).
Taste is full flavoured peppery, citric hoppy, cloves. Lingering.
Mouthfeel: it's defenately got a bite of spice in aftertaste, but otherwise it's smooth enough.
Refreshing due to the high carbonation.

This is an 'in your face' witbier: unbalanced and agressive.
But a good alternative to f.i. Hoegaarden.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before end December 2010.

A: Cloudy light orange body with a vigorous head. Not much lacing, though.

S: Perfume, citrus, and yeast.

T: Follows the nose. Incredibly perfumey and citrusy. However, there's also a strong yeast character reminiscent of overripe bananas that makes it seem heavier than it is.

M: Light and well-carbonated.

D: Not a bad wit, but I found the yeast character somewhat off-putting. I doubt I'll be seeking it out again.

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Photo of jf60657
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, beautiful label on this Belgian brew. OUt of the bottle into a tulip

App: Golden and light, very air with lots off bubbles. Enticing, thick, frothy head. Almost like whipped vanilla ice cream.

Smell: Like the breeze in a spring valley. Fresh cut wheat, coriander, citrus zest and a little hoppier on the nose than I expected but a pleasant surprise.

Taste: Nice, malty start, crisp and tantalizing. Hops are perfect background music for the wheaty malts and summery tones. Orange peel, white pepper, its like drinking sunshine.

Mouthfeel: Light and effervescent. Perfect in its simplicity on the palate.

Drinkabilty: Through the roof at 5.5%. I would and want to session this. Paired great with pasta but would stand alone with no problem. Sorry Germany, but this quaint little Belgian brewery make my favorite wheat beer as of now.

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

Had at Chambar in Vancouver. In Troublette glassware.

Pours a yellow/orange with a small white head. Small carbonation rising.

Aroma of banana, clove, nectarine, coriander and cardomon.

Taste is nectarine, orange, coriander and yeast. Banana and clove hints.

Mouthfeel is med-light bodied, slighly flat. Creamy.

Overall, drinkable which is helped by the ABV. Goes down easy, but nothing particularly special about this one.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle sampled from a Caracole glass.

Some good sediment in the bottle, and the appearance of the beer in the glass is nice and transparent, with a golden-straw color. Not too much of a head on top (faded quickly after pouring), but the Caracole glass keeps the beer agitated enough to keep a good carbonation flow going.

In terms of smell, as soon as I popped the cork on this one, I could smell some billowed forth from the bottle. In the glass, the beer gives off hints of lemon, grapefruit, white/green grapes, champagne, and wet grass. There are some nice hoppy notes in there, as well...

The first thing that comes through in the taste is breat...wheat bread...this is more malty/wheaty than the aroma leads on. Some of the other smells come through in the flavor--grapes, lemon...and there is a distinctive yeasty taste to this beer...not a bad thing! It is earthy, with a citrus backbone.

Overall, a good beer...and at 5.5% ABV, this one can be enjoyed in some quantity...and it's worth it, too...but also works well as a sipper. This would be a nice summer beer, or, as I am enjoying it now, an excellent Spring-day brew. The beer is complex enough in its flavor to stand out amongst other beers in this style, but also simple enough to please a light beer fanatic.

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Photo of Rayek
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold, with mild carbonation. A fizzy and soapy eggshell head comes and goes fairly quickly. Leaves the faintest bit of lace.

S: The beer's strength lies here. Orange peel and lemon rind dominate. A coriander spice adds a nice tingle to the nose. An almost lavender smelling floral aroma lends a perfume like quality. A light sourdough scent rounds things out. A very nice overall combination.

T: The taste doesn't quite match the promise of the nose, but is still nice. A very tart and lemony sourdough flavor makes up the bulk of the flavor. Balance is provided with a coriander spice. A bit of vinegar creeps in toward the end to push the sour flavors up a notch. The orange peel and flowers are there, but very subdued. Finishes extremely tart and dry.

M: The light body is somewhat grainy and has the right level of mouth tingling carbonation.

D: The low ABV makes this beer go down quick. It's sourer than I'm used to with this style, so it took me awhile to get into it. But once I got going, I was pretty impressed with the beer's thirst quenching qualities. Appearance is the beer's only real weak point. A nice pickup.

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Photo of JBogan
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The cork is removed with a resounding "POP!" which signals that this beer is well carbonated and lively. The pour is a crystal clear bright gold with a large pillowy white crown fed by very active and plentiful bubbles. Surprisingly little lacing is left behind.

The wonderful aroma is a mix of wheat, orange peel and a hint of banana.

The taste is mainly wheat with a citrus finish. It wasn't quite as enjoyable as the aroma, yet still very refreshing.

The mouthfeel was crisp and clean, with a slightly dry ending.

Overall this is a very nice witbier. Well balanced and easily drinkable. If you like this style this is worth a try.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bomber bottle this Belgian Witbier was a clear, lemon yellow color with two fingers of bright white head that retained itself well and left good lacing. The aroma was full of wheat with some orange peel from the citrusy hops as well as a good coriander profile. The flavors were dominated by that tart hops which, like the aroma, provided lots of lemon and citrus flavors. Behind that I tasted the tangy yeast, some tart apples and a little coriander that lingered on the finish. Very acidic and though this made it refreshing and crisp I couldn't imagine going through multiples of it. The mouthfeel was average, the body light and the carbonation high.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cL in troublette glass in brussels. Reviewed 7/10/2009.

Ar: Tart citrus, sour orange, light lime (coriander), smooth floury quality, lightly floral, wheat

Ap: hazy light peach, med smooth creamy, white head, good retention

F: Tart citrus, very tart compared to other wits, lemon/lime w/ sour orange, wheaty, nice fresh dough, smooth hop bitterness, taste initially dominated by tart citrus, then soft spice (coriander), noble hop, smooth wheaty dough with soft tangerine ctrus end, sweet satsuma, citrus heavy but good, nice spice

M: light and drinkable, fluffy, peppery high fine carbonation, good hop bitterness at end

O: best wit i've had, nice tartness, slightly citrus heavy in the balance

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml caged & corked bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, wheat, lemons, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet citrus flavors of lemon and orange followed by the breadiness of Belgian yeast and wheat, then a little bit of spice. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is mild but both are exactly where they should be for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a good lighter Belgian-style beer with some substance and a lot of flavor that make it worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of unitas3
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a yellowish gold hue with active carbonation while holding a decent lace. The color is not as impressive as some other Belgium's but it is certainly not lacking in an unfiltered character. The nose is a bit stale and sweet with a slight citrus and spice, not much to rave about. The taste is sweeter than expected while containing good spice along an astringent backbone. Very slick and oily, but not too bitter. Great and drinkable dry finish that is refreshingly pleasant. Nothing to rave about, but I do love this beer. This beer, for me, is something I could drink more than a few of. Much enjoyed

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Photo of vishneda
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

This one comes out as a nice pear yellow color with the witbier glow to it. It's nice and cloudy and has a thin snow white head. There is some lacing down the glass, but nothing out of the ordinary for a style that does not lend to lacing.

A good sweet aroma comes off of this beer with lots of citrus in the mix of it. Strong for the style, but not world class.

The flavor is sweet and inviting but packs a lot of complexity. I sense hints of cinnamon or nutmeg in the spice profile. A mild tartness, perhaps with some of the citrus notes in there, provides balance to the sweetness and keeps things from getting out of balance. Good flavor, nothing unexpected. Leaves dry but not bitter.

This beer has a great drinking feel. It is super smooth; not creamy but light in body and balanced with air. Nice crisp drink with a dry finish and super refreshing.

(From tasting notes dated 10 Jul 2009)

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Troublette is a gorgeous beer. Head is three-fingers thick and forming a dome over the top of the glass; looks more like an ice-cream float than a beer. The color is cloudy washed-out golden-yellow, par for the style. The tons of bubbles rushing to the top explain the enormous head (which doesn't quit!). Lace caps off the visual experience -- there's lots of it.

Aroma features a typically Belgian yeastiness--dirty, nutty, funky--as well as pear, green apple and lightly sweet spices.

Flavor brings on crisp and tart green apple, nutmeg, black pepper, pear, and more of that yeast. Earth/soil and green apple stay strong in the finish. This is a witbier that doesn't hold back--lots of Belgian character thanks to the yeast and full-on flavor that balances between delicate and bold.

Mouthfeel is appropriately crisp and dry, medium-bodied and plenty of tingly carbonation. Just right for the flavors that are happening here, and not overbearingly prickly.

Excellent balance, tons of personality. Another winner from Caracole. Glad I bought the big bottle this time.

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Photo of JayQue
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a big carbonated head that lasts a long while. Plenty of tiny bubbles after the pour. Head retention is good.

Smell is fairly strong, spices and wheat but give no indication of how good the taste is going to be.

There is great balance between the slightly sour wheat taste and fruit flavors. This beer is crisp and alternately slightly sweet and then a hint of sourness. There is some spiciness: pepper and coriander. No hefeweizen type bananas or cloves.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice level of carbonation, a little oily and crisp. The mouthfeel is plenty rich for the style.

Drinkability is very good. I could drink a bunch of these!!!

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Photo of Grunewald
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a weizen glass. The color is an opaque pineapple yellow with a thick head that thins to a ring.

S - lime, lemon and grass

T - spicy and tart grass taste that settles into a bitter lime peel finish

M - a strong dense carbonation and full body that finishes with a residue on the tongue

D - very citrusy and sour. This is a complex beer that I prefer to sip and enjoy.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle

A huge white fluffy head below a slightly cloudy light peach toned body. Aromas are immediately evident. Apples, lemon peel, spice, yeast and wheat are all there enticing a sip. And the sip says refreshing flavorful beer that matches that nose perfectly. THe mouthfeel is solid fluffy and freshing on a hot late June day. With a slight amount of warming, a sour note comes in the finish. This is one of the best witbeers I have had in a long time. It keeps from being too sweet but still adds plenty of fruit character to the bill which matches perfectly with the spice quality from the Belgian yeast. I am not certain if actual spices are used, but either way coriander flavors are there. Overall, Troublette is highly drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color with a pure white head. The aroma makes me think of warm summer days, with a fresh, grassy, wheat smell. I found this beer to be extremely drinkable. It is a little bit sweet, with flavors of wheat and citrus. A light mouthfeel with a sharp, carbonated finish. I could drink a number of these and enjoy them all.

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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 1fastz28
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a pretty golden orange color with a big white cloudy head, has a ton of carbonation, looks like someone dropped an alka-seltser in it. smell is really good, has a wonderful spicy yeast aroma to it, very enticing. taste is good too, its refreshing and smooth. its a good beer, but i honestly dont know if its really that much better than hoegarden, if it is its barely better and i can get a 6 pack of hoegarden for the price of one of these, still a good beer.

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Photo of captenaj
1.53/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I purchased this at the Sandy Butler deli in Fort Myers, Florida.

Appearance: Poured a pale yellow with a vigorous three fingered head that quickly dissipated.

Smell: Slight yeasty aroma without much else present.

Taste: Sour without being hoppy. Very bitter on the tongue. Very unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick or thin. Bad taste overpowered everything else.

Drinkability: Bad taste made this undrinkable. I poured it out.

Given the other positive reviews, I wonder if I got a bad bottle. This beer reminded me of an Anchor Small Beer or a Miller Light I once sampled.

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Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle at Monks Cafe in center city Philadelphia

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin white head. Citrus peel aroma with a very similar taste. Very smooth drinking crisp white ale with hints of golden fruits(apple, pear and white raisin) as well as orange and lemon. Very quaffable and quite refreshing.

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Troublette from Brasserie Caracole
3.96 out of 5 based on 238 ratings.
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