Cuvée Des Trolls - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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4.53/5 rDev +28.3%
25cl bottle.. why so small for 7%
bought 10/04. best by 3/05. consumed in 1/06.
label kicks ass, an elfish troll holding a white dildo and wearing a hopleaf helmet. ok, so maybe its ripped paper and not a dildo. either way, the art is nice and the label is worth collecting. the image itself says to me, 'this hop creature is busting out and coming to get you!' blah, blah.. gimme the beer already.
sunny and bubbly orange/yellow blend. creamy foam, solid and thin lacing all the way down the tulip. looks belgian and looks golden. sweet.
nose resembles the creaminess of a tripel, without any of the usual buttery accents. well-executed in the nose and barely hopped at all. sweet prune odor complimented by faint sugar-syrup apricots and honey dipped sticky buns. mouth-wateringly sinful.
very rich, thick mouthfeel brings some alcohol, but primarily a sweet belgian maltiness. sublime yet layered in its sweetness. burps are buttery, but the beer suffers from no diacetyl residue. hops are still alive, and a sour cherry essence lingers on the back of my palate.. fruity. concentrated goodness. amazing balance for something aged past its supposed prime.
in my opinion, this is the perfect age to drink this beer. developing some of those old belgian pale characteristics (the good ones) without picking up any of the funk. did i care for this bottle? yep, for the last year it survived closet conditions. the flavors really know how to intensify here.
this brew, if you can track down a bottle, is liquid gold.
01-16-2006 16:36:39 | More by goodbyeohio
4.35/5 rDev +23.2%
An increadibly bring and fresh beer taking on the special Belgian spiciness and fruitiness that not only distinguishes the beer from the croud but makes a refreshing mark as well.
The opening pour brings a bright canary yellow with golden hues mixed in. Only a modest haze keeper the beer from brilliant. A froathy white head shows both airy bubbles along with rocky clusters- showing off the great stability and protein quality of the beer. Lacing well is expected and delivered.
Where bold aromas are expected, only moderate aromas of lemon, green apples, and appricots exist. Although fragrant and fruity, I expected more. Light spices of white and dark pepper, along wit curraco orange peel and corriander decorate the nose.
Where the nose allowed for a delicate balance of esters and phenols, the taste does no such thing. Sharper and acidic flavors of lemons, under rippened apples and berries give a vibrant and fresh flavor to the beer and chase it well into the finish. Light herbal and floral hops only add to the estery mix.
Where the fruity esters and crisp malt character start in the mouthfeel, the beer quickly fades to the acidic fruity notes and the dry crisp notes of alcohol and fleeting fruitiness.
Delicious as expeted Cuvee des Trolles gets caught somewhere between a Belgian Pale, a Saison, and a Triple.
06-06-2010 07:49:02 | More by BEERchitect
4.33/5 rDev +22.7%
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.
11-02-2010 21:39:13 | More by GilGarp
4.33/5 rDev +22.7%
Pours a clean pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, lemon zest and yeast. In the taste, lemon zest, a sweet malt and a small hop presence, a bit earthy too. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry yeasty lemon citrus in the aftertaste. Saison like with sweet lemons, I can dig it.
08-07-2010 14:57:47 | More by OWSLEY069
4.33/5 rDev +22.7%
Poured from a 25cl bottle into a tulip.
A - Cloudy amber colour with plenty of yeast deposits floating around. Minimal head.
S - Spicy apple and passionfruit and maybe pineapple (very fruity!) Touch of lime as well.
T - Sweet and mild at first. Highly carbonated but with little of that coming through on the palate - most of the sensation is limited to the nose and the aftertaste. Sweet fruits as well - same as smell; mostly apple and passionfruit/pineapple. Strangely acidic but with an odd malty coating that starts from first taste.
M - Should be spicy and vibrant but actually it's fairly mild (due to the malty coating). Aftertaste is fairly acidic.
D - Lovely and pleasant to drink. Definitely unusual and a good aperitif/pre-dinner drink. Aftertaste might be a problem after a while...
11-11-2010 09:14:19 | More by xylophonica
4.3/5 rDev +21.8%
Had on Tap at a local Deli/Beer Café.
Pours a nice semi clear/hazy yellow with nice head. Some lacing. Nice carbonation. Bubbly.
Taste was very clean with hints of banana, spices, lemon and some floral. Nice balanced sweetness not over powering. Alcohol came through but not over powering.
Very drinkable. Very tasty.
10-26-2010 16:45:50 | More by BillyBob78
4.25/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
03-12-2006 23:38:08 | More by Metalmonk
4.22/5 rDev +19.5%
This beer was consumed on the terrace at La Cervoise in Mons, Belgium.
Appearance: Pours a nice reddish orange color with a light tan ring of a head. Served in a sniffer with the beer logo on it. The beer leaves excellent lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell: Light, malty aroma with a sweet fruity scent. Mostly pear and apple.
Taste: Big malty flavor with a light coating of fruitiness on top. The flavor is rich with cereal flavors like wheat, oats, and granola. Other flavors include hay, dry white grapes, and a very aromatic lavender.
Mouthfeel: Very refreshing. Medium bodied and comfortable on the palate.
Drinkability: Excellently smooth, well balanced and enjoyable. To me this beer tastes like a better version of the Bush Blonde that stands at 10%. At 7% this tastes like a more realistic and natural interpretation of the same beer. I tasted the two beers side by side and I definately prefer this Cuvée Des Trolls.
07-01-2005 16:21:02 | More by BrewMaster
4.15/5 rDev +17.6%
Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.
Appearance: silvery-gold hue with a light haze and a very active effervescence. Head poured three fingers of frothy white foam which dissipates somewhat rapidly.
Smell: nice light, sweet malt with hints of orchard fruitiness which are whimsical and refreshing. Just what I like in a BSPA or tripel.
Taste: sweet malt with a lightness and more of the subtle orchard fruit flavors from the aroma. I find it highly satisfying, refreshing and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and bodacious creaminess. Very near perfect; this is exactly what I want out of a beer like this.
Overall: a very tasty and extremely enjoyable beer. This sort of thing is precisely to my taste. I love it.
04-01-2012 03:06:04 | More by flagmantho
4.1/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
12-30-2010 09:05:12 | More by SmokinSmyth
4.05/5 rDev +14.7%
Appearance: light golden hue, good clarity, poor head development from this sample
Aroma: sweetly malty, lemon zest, clove, wheat, grain, strawberry fruitiness, touch of light caramel, Belgian hops
Flavor: a grainy flavor surrounding a light maltiness, slightly spicey from the yeast character, finish is slightly dry with a clean aftertaste, a touch of hop flavor and bitterness
Mouthfeel: medium-light body, some alcohol warmth, terse carbonation
Overall Impression: Tasted this beer at the '03 Belgian Beer Weekend and I liked it quite a bit. However, this sampling wasn't as good as I remembered it. And I seem to remember a nice layer of head on the first one. Even so, a nice little beer.
09-29-2003 20:19:20 | More by GreenCard
Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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