Troublette is a flavorful yet refreshing Belgian-style witbier, or white ale, brewed by Brasserie Caracole in Falmignoul, near Dinant, Belgium. If you’re looking for an alternative to Hoegaarden, then Caracole Troublette will be a treat being much more interesting and just as refreshing with zesty notes and a balanced flavor.
Date Reviewed. October 6, 2011
Where I Found It. The Jug Shop, San Francisco.
Serving Type. 330ml bottle to glass.
Appearance. Troublette has a beautiful hazy golden yellow color with a white fizzy head. The head has very poor retention but does leave a touch of lacing.
Smell. At first, while the head was still on the beer, the aroma expressed fruity ester notes of fresh bananas and green apples. As the head died down and the beer warmed up, the green apple aroma dissipated revealing the more phenolic notes of lemon zest, coriander, and a touch of white pepper with a hint of cloves. The grain also more apparent with a slight aroma of baked bread and honey.
Taste. Troublette nicely expresses the wheat in the flavor of the beer further expressing the baked bread that is in the aroma. This beer is slightly sweet with very little bitterness. What bitterness there is expresses itself more like an herbal bitterness like white pepper.
Mouthfeel. This is a light to medium bodied beer with a wonderfully strong champagne-like effervescence on the tongue. Like many Belgian-made beers this is due to a thorough regimen of bottle conditioning.
Overall. Troublette is a refreshing, flavorful, and easy drinking examples of a Belgian-style witbier. Looks may be deceiving with this beer, despite the pale, unassuming color, it is a very flavorful beer.
Rating. My ratings below are on a five point scale with five being the best score.
- Appearance (6%): 4.0
- Smell (24%): 4.5
- Taste (40%): 4.0
- Mouthfeel (10%): 4.0
- Overall (20%): 4.0
- Total: 4.12
- Style: Belgian-style witbier
- Brewery: Brasserie Caracole [more info]
- Alcohol by volume: 5.0%
- Malt: pilsner malt, raw unmalted wheat (source)
- Hops: Styrian Goldings and Saaz
- RateBeer rating: 84 overall, 94 style
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