Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Review: Brasserie Caracloe Troublette Witbier

And now for a review of an import, the first one in February, and #34 on my New Years' Resolution goal.  This one is from Brasserie Caracole, a small Belgian brewery that really needs to work on their website.  I've always been a huge fan of Belgian beers, but we can get most imports in Louisiana, so when I was browsing the bottle shop in Gainesville I was sticking mostly to the domestic microbrews.  One of the other shoppers, noticing my increasing stock of beers, recommended this one to me, so I figured I'd give it a shot.  She was also an LSU grad, so I figured her recommendation would be worth a little more than usual.
 
For this witbier, I poured it from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a stange glass, the one that was complimentary in the Slinky's beer tasting last month!  It's a clear pale yellow color, with a ridiculous head that has some great retention. It took at least two pours to top off even with a small bottle.

The aroma is sweet and floral with hints of honey and earthy tones.  Pretty damn good.  The flavor isn't as bold as the aroma... still floral honey tones, clove, a little bitterness from some minimal hops but the floral notes come through the most.  It has good carbonation, feels great to swish around on the palate.  This one is really super easy to drink, and a damn fine witbier.  I've never seen it around Baton Rouge, but I'll be on the lookout and report back if I do find it.
 
My Rating: A-