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Cuvée Des Trolls - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 9
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-29-2003

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Ratings: 259 | Reviews: 103
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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the newest Sharp Edge location, poured into it's official frosted chalice with the troll wearing a hophat as pictured on the label. A pale golden light pilsner like brightness with a slight yeast haze, bright white thicket of head with fine even Belgian style lacing. Aroma had a nice apricot nose with grassy herbal hops complementing the fruitiness. Flavor again fruity juice like apple tone with a mix of light hops bascially watered down hop juice just a touch of grassiness and nice bready yeast tones in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied scary how pale this is goes down really easily if only my wallet could keep up I believe it was around 8 or 10 bucks for a small chalice, and they clamied it was 10 percent abv. Carbnoation level is effervescent goes down like a glass of perry or carbonated cider. Overall impression is a decent take at a Belgian Pale, not the most complex or enjoyable version but decent. Catch this one during happy hour where Beigian drafts are half off.

Photo of glid02
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet malts and nondescript light fruits. As it warms a slight bready aroma wafts out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malts with hints of bready yeast up front followed shortly by light fruit flavors. Ending is crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this wasn't a bad beer by any stretch but it's not one I'll seek out again.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)

A- The strong pop of the cork yields a huge foam that overflows the glass and keeps oozing out of the bottle. There is a murky yellow body with a racing carbonation of bubbles supporting the thick bubbly white head.

S- The aroma of wet clay and faint green hop hint are all that come through the aroma.

T- The clean flavor has some lemon yeasty notes with a clean finish of carbonic acid.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel but the big scrubbing fizz fills the mouth. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The fizz dominates this beer with soft notes of hops and some yeast character coming through but not much. This beer turns a bit water after the carbonation burns up.

Photo of ggaughan
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden color with a slight white head giving way to a nice ring on the edge. The nose of the beer was slightly hoppy and citrus but subtle as you don't get kicked in the head with hops as the label may have you believe. The taste is also not overly hopped. there is a slight malt character and hops notes to round out a decent beer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle, a so-called 'loan' from a friend's 6-bottle, 1-glass gift pack. Not really sure how this one differs from the "Speciale" listing on this site.

This beer pours a very hazy, finely sediment-strewn medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of thinly puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves nothing but a low wash of shoreline lace around the glass as it rather quickly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy, bready pale malt, earthy yeast, very mild generic citrus pith, and some understated floral, leafy hops. The taste is fairly consistent, with a sweet grainy, somewhat toasty malt, laid-back yeast, a subtle fleshy orange fruitiness, and somewhat perfumed leafy hops.

The bubbles are rather sedate, the body a decent medium weight, and generally pretty smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready pale malt still most prevalent, as the yeast and hops dwindle to a dull echo.

A pleasant enough BSPA, one whose alcohol and yeast are kept well in check, which makes things all the more agreeable to this camper. I may have to bogart another of these little bottles from my source.

Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cold into branded glassware at the Cheeky Monk. The glass is a frosted tulip with a logo much like the one on the bottle pictured here.

Cuvee Des Trolls is a very pale golden yellow color with sticky white head. The frosted glass makes it hard to determine clarity of the beer but it appears pretty clear.

Aroma is full of lemon citrus and mild sweetness. A little bit of hops come through here.

The taste comes as a surprise as this is a truly hoppy Belgian in a west coast USA way. Lots of lemon and orange peel, sweet/tart citrus goodness. It has an underlying sweetness which gives a nice balance but this is an unexpected Belgian IPA for me.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and appropriately carbonated. Well balanced and full of flavor.

Overall a very nice surprise and worth a try for the American IPA lover who wants to branch into (or re-visit) the Belgian styles.

Photo of Stigs
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz-ish pour at Sharp Edge Creekhouse, served in a mini snifter/tulip hybrid

A - strong golden color with minimal loose bubbly white foam. looks a lot like apple juice/cider.

S - fruity in the nose with some dry and lightly sour red apples, belgian yeast, and grains with a slight twinge of alcohol.

T - sweet and fruity, apples and pears...just a touch sour yet a bit stale. grainy and bready malts carry and dominate throughout most of the drink.

M - thin bodied and quite flat, very dull.

D - despite not having a great appearance, nose, flavor, or mouthfeel this one oddly went down easily. maybe i was just trying to finish it quickly and move on. not a terrible beer, about the best compliment i could give it now.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the brewery that brought you Scaldis (known as Bush in its home country), this one has a fantastic label and an annoyingly small 25 cl volume.

Pours a tiny head that disappears quickly. A clean and radiant golden color. Lotsa lotsa lace.

Aroma starts off funky...not in a "barnyard" way, more like a ripe mustard brie cheese. Also musty malts and floral hops.

Wow, the taste! Quite hoppy--not something Belgians are known for--though not cloyingly so. What a great balance of flavors: peppery sweetness, bitter hoppiness, mild funk, fruitiness and malts. All combine for a pale ale that doesn't taste like any other I've had, in the style or outside of it.

Light, crisp mouthfeel with a mild tingle and good presence.

This would definitely be a pleaser amongst a variety of beer enthusiasts, as it's not your typical pale ale, it really has something all its own. Another fantastic beer from the Dubuisson brewery.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An acceptable Belgium. Yeast and sugar. Sweet syrup sugar at the start, with a long yeasty finish. Dry aftertaste. Hard carbonation on tongue. Yeast and floral aroma, nothing too strong. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol kicks in, and is masked by the sugar. Smokless Joe's has the dedicated mug . A little more appreciated in bottle had 7 years later.

Photo of sfprint
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes June on 6th. Had in Tourcoing, FR.

A: Clear and bordering on neon yellow. Cottony head.

S: Tangerine, lemon, sweet but not particularly strong.

T: Not as sweet as it smells, unpleasant bitterness, mild flavor but also citrusy.

M: Larger carbonation bubbles, light.

O: Ok, but not great. The strong bitterness isn't pleasant (especially for the style) which prevents me from jumping for this beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love the little hop-headed troll on the bottle

Pours a chill-hazed honey color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Peppery yeast, grassy notes & apple peels

T: pear & white grape, white pepper, lemony & grassy notes up front. Aspirin & lemons assert along with crackery & dry notes as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit, apple peels & white pepper

MF: Fairly thin, firm carbonation, some grainyness. Carbonation picks up as this warms & becomes a touch prickly

This one was a letdown, I was expecting way more from this one, a supposed limited edition, 10th anniversary release...

Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. The cork flew across the room when popped and I always like that. Sampled on May 1, 2015.

Basic yellow pour with a lot of yeast sediments floating about. Small white head that dissolves.

The aroma is at first malty but it is also quite fruity along the lines of banana.

The body is light to medium.

Very sweet tasting with fruit elements. More sweet than anything else. Sorry, not worth $14.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep golden ale with a white foamy head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt with some sweetness and some notes of dry European hops. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt notes with light bitter and dry notes of hops. Medium body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly hazy yellow-gold w/white head, good retention, slight amount of tracing. Best by Oct 8, 2010.

S-Pale malt, pear, banana, orange and lemon, coriander and spice, faint hops.

T-Yeast, spice, and pale malt upfront. Sweetness throughout w/notes of yellow fruit, but finish is nice and dry.

M-Prickly carbonation, lighter mouthfeel, on the sweet side but still decently-balanced thanks to dry hops in finish.

D-Good sipper, and the light body makes it dangerously easy to drink. This is a lighthearted brew w/nice fruit notes, and it won't kick your ass like a lot of other strong pales.

Photo of musicforairports
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Ruck in Troy.

Pours cloudy, more golden than straw in color, with no real head or lacing to speak of.

Smells of bananas and pineapples.

Taste is full of the above fruits, with a bit of Belgian yeast. Not very complex and rather juice-like.

Medium carbonation and a bit thick. Juice-like, as I said before.

Not a tough one to put down, but really not among my favorite of the style.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.
Pours a cloudy yellow-orange amber. Foamed out of the bottle on opening, aggressive carbonation. Massive white head and nice lacing. Pleasant light fruit (apples and citrus) and light Belgian spices aroma. Taste is similar, nice sweet light fruit, light Belgian spicing and a bit of hop kick. Fairly understated, but the flavors are well balanced and tasty. Not as good as the better Belgian Belgian strong dark ales, but I enjoyed drinking this.

Photo of RuudJH
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25 cl. bottle, nice label of a troll with a hophat.

This beer looks great with it's massive carbonation and floaty bits it gives turbulence in my Chimay glass.

Fresh smell of malts and citrus, taste is soursweet, lightly hoppy bitterness.

Refreshing drink, slight bitter aftertaste, well masked alcohol.
All in all a great and easy beer. Maybe not as vicious as you'd expect from a beer called troll, but good nevertheless.
25 cl. is gone very quickly.

Photo of tatterdash
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden into its distinctive frosted glass which makes in a little difficult to rate its appearance. Floral aroma, passion fruit, nice dessert smell. Taste was a lot of piney hops, and some fruit. Mouthfeel was crisp from the hops, yet still quite smooth, quite a duality. I had had a few too many by the time I had this, so I would like to try it again just to make sure my notes are correct.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer disembarks the 330ml brown bottle a slightly hazy lemon yellow color with a middling sized semi-creamy bright white head and as it evaporates, the resultant lace forms a thin velum like sheet to surround the glass. Nose is fruity, nice malt, crisp and clean to the senses with the start ambrosial, light malt presence and the top thin. Finish has a benign acidity, the hops delicate upon the palate, dry lingering aftertaste, a nice light way to end the day.

Photo of errantnight
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well my first review in a long, long time is from some notes from my recent trip to Paris and this disappointing brew. After a trip to a local beer store yielded a dozen different brews we brought this one back and cracked it open.

A straw, slightly hazy yellow with moderate head and lacing.

Aroma is a bit of a mess... some high alcohols around a slightly buttery (?!) grainy pale malt, alcohol esters are only faintly fruity and Belgian to my nose. A bit of a hint of noble hop aroma, kind of earthy and a bit spicy. It's not bad, but it doesn't quite work together.

Taste is rounded, but the buttery grain malt flavor really rolls over everything as a part of this, unfortunately. It's just barely letting any yeast character around.

Mouth is overfull, sticky and a bit heavy.

There's nothing awful or off-putting, but this was hustled through to go on to something else worth tasting.

It's a bit of a misnomer to consider this a Belgian Strong Pale in the Duvel tradition which this clearly is not attempting to be... rather, it fits into the Belgian tradition of not giving a flying fuck about style guidelines. It's a strong Belgian ale that happens to be pale. And not terribly exciting. And maybe with a diacetyl problem. That's all.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Former Bush 7, the Troll has a bunch of strong citrus flavor bitter. The taste is long on the palate, a pleasant roundness and is easily tasted the flavor of orange peel. The power of these returns even citrus aftertaste as a somewhat sweet syrup. Neither acid nor hot, it offers a finish of good bitter hops with a return to delay. A beer with the power of the Dubuisson brewery without that alcohol is ubiquitous.

Photo of rec
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An all-round pleasant beer.

Pours a hazey pear-yellow with creamy white head that laces relatively well. I sure hope it tastes as refreshing and sweet as it looks!

Malt, delicate light-fruit undertones, and spice - all wrapped up in a delightful fluffy mouthfeel and gorgeous aftertaste. Not an outstanding brew in the big scheme of things, but one very easily appreciated...

On a final note; the higher than usual ABV wasn't even noticed during my tasting session - another big plus for this beer!

Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden blonde color. Average to slightly below average sized off-white head.

S - Fairly light with earthy and floral scents. Hints of fruit (mostly apple).

T - Slightly sweet with the prominent flavors being fruity and yeasty flavors. A decent malt base. Slight alcohol warming. The flavors aren't that strong or complex but they taste pretty good.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Pretty crisp taste.

D - I think this is probably where this beer is best. The flavor is slightly sweet but there is a juicy crispness that allows this to be an easy to drink everyday type beer. ABV is the only thing really holding it back.

Note: Nothing outstanding here, but it is a nice refreshing beer. Worth a try but not really worth going to much trouble to seek it out.

Photo of SmokinSmyth
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 750ml bottle of this at home, first day off for the holidays. It poured a cloudy amber color into a chimay glass. Not a lot of head, but yeast immediately seen floating around.

A strong fruity taste, really enjoyed the sensation on the tongue. Fairly strong hops for a Belgian beer, and they come through really well.

Felt good in the mouth, not too light, with just the right carbonation. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

A: Straw golden thick looking with chunks of white and dark yeasts, a half finger of white creamy, foamy head.


S: Offal, malt, coconut, snow. Makes me think it will be light and relatively flavourless, in spite of the great label.


T: Sweet, coconut, vanilla cream, very light and creamy with a slight phenolic aftertaste.


M: Medium light carbonation, foamy, dusty, powdery carbonation.


O: Yes, an 8 out of 10 seems appropriate for this brew. Great label, interesting name, and yet it’s a very simple but unique brew. Really not a lot going on, but simplicity sometimes hits the spot for uniqueness. Saw this in Brussels but had no chance to try it due to all the other options. Found this at Yorkshire Bar in Kunming, where the owner gave it to me due to his awesome service skills.

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Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.