Cuvée Des Trolls - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 273
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had in the Heritage Belgian café after lunch at the Lowenbrau Keller with Teaser. This was one of their new "beer of the month" offerrings.

Poured into the frosted Trolls goblet, similar but smaller than a Duvel goblet. Shame it was frosted, couldn't really see the beer too well, but through the thick white foam, it looked to be a clear pale yellow colour, with plenty of carbonation.

Aroma of hops? I am drinking a Belgian beer? The bottle mentions it being spiced with orange peel, but all I can just about smell is big citrusy hops, like Cascade! Very strange. I read a few of the other reviews for the Trolls, and most mention the "aroma of spices", but not hops. Slight hint of malt and yeast.

Flavour was strange again, but if I'm not insane, a perfect melding of a Belgian pale ale and an American pale ale. Like Duvel and Little Creatures... what a perfect match! Starts sweet and malty on the palate, turns hoppy and resiny, with hints of citrus/pine, then off to a bitter finish, with hints of honey sweet malt. So horrendously easy drinking, and an awesome bottle design too.

I'm in love! (1,114 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on-tap tonight at fatheads.

A-Body looks very similar to, say, delirium tremens...Somewhat translucent...but more transparent pale lemon yellow body with plenty of bubbles seen rising to the top. Served with a 1 finger or so foamy white head that eventually fades 10 <1/4 finger but has ok retention w/ some small traces of lacing left down the glass.

S- Nose is pretty mild. Dry fruit suck as apple and pear can be detected as well as a grainy wheat component and a slight dry alcohol component.

T- Flavor is fairly mild. Some dry fruity flavors such as apple and pear upfront with a substantial bready/grainy backbone as well as a slight pepper spice. The finish is quite clean and dry with a light herbal hop accent...a touch of alcohol heat lingers as well as a slight remnant of wheat.

M-Medium carbonation and a light body. Body is light, spritzy, and champagne like-not really affected by alcohol consistency.

D-Overall this is a decent BSPA. Its pretty champagne/tripel like and gives the impression of being lightly fruity, dry, and spritzy. Still fairly drinkable and well put together though not anywhere near my favorite of the style. (1,164 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the extra-cool frosted troll tulip... hazed, golden appearance, beautiful, bone-white, creamy cap.

Muted nose, mild and mellow, floral, soft citrus, light spice, lively, lovely.

Soft and mellow in the mouth, as well. Minor carbonation. Smooth and scrumptious. This doesn't explode with flavor, dazzle, titillate, or turn you inside out. It's just good drinking beer. Crisp, clean, and cool.

Alcohol level is good for a blonde ale, small for a Dubuisson beer. But they want to sell to more than hardcore beer geeks, and hardened alcoholics, I guess. And using miniature mythological creatures is one way to do it.

Not the sort of thing I would normally go for, but good for what it is.. .may they sell many a Troll... as long as it keeps 'em making Scaldis. (765 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (999 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Café Hollander in Tosa, WI.

The beer is hazy and yellow with a half inch of pure white head. The aroma brings fruity esters, yeast, booze, grain. Notes of pineapple and grass with a mild but present alcohol. A tad sweet with a mild warmth in the finish. Light bitterness in the finish with lingering tropical fruits. This was pretty good. (352 characters)

Photo of endovelico
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes. Drank at 'The Irish Bar' in Viseu. Date of review: 28 December 2008. Best before date: 18-02-2009. Poured into a Goblet.

Presentation: First of, the design... Delightful. It's full and colorful, and the artwork is extremely appealing. The color schematic itself is ideal, with yellow and other darker earthy tones being the most predominant on a blackish bottle. It really sets the mood for the following experience.

Appearance: One inch head that quickly fades into thin cap. Slightly hazy Pale yellow brew. Perceived effervescence is low. Weak lacing.

Smell: Really straightforward banana slap across the face. Some clove on the second stage. Not much hop aroma to speak of. All in all, it actually works great.

Taste: Taste is of wheat, banana, bubblegum and slightly citrusy. No obvious hop or spice flavor. Slightly Disappointed; some clove or coriander seeds could really make the flavor that much more bold and rich.

Mouthfeel: Medium Carbonation. Texture is slightly watery. Finishes sweet. Medium Hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability considering its ABV and lackluster mouthfeel. Could go unnoticed as a session Belgian beer.

Overall: A very enjoyable experience in itself, that starts from the moment you see the label until the last sip you take from your Banana perfumed glass. Will have again. (1,361 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of tatterdash
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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. (799 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Good head that leaves lines of lace. Grainy gold color and mildly cloudy.

Grainy barley initial aroma. Smells like a macro.

There's an improvement in the taste. The flavor is malty-sweet with far less grain. Very full bodied with a low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth. Low hop that only shows up (weakly) in the swallow. Short aftertaste. (343 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in perhaps the coolest glassware known to man, this is a very light bodied stronger pale ale. pours hazy and pale, almost white in a dim lit pub, with a lasting white head, sexy looks. smells is less sexy, standard malts and belgian yeast, a little fruity, wheat, lemon rind. flavor is balanced but rather subtle for such a strong brew. its not watery in feel, but the flavor is very light, grassy and drinkable, but largely unexciting. feel is great, classic belgian effervescence and a less than medium body. plenty sessionable in my opinion, despite the invisible 7% abv. overall its a very well made beer, lacking somewhat in flavor, but could be good with a hearty cheeses and breads course. not bad at all. (719 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden straw, big cap of frothy white bubbled, ok lacing. Scent is pale, lemony and grassy with notes of musty straw, light spice and some yeastyness. Taste follows suit - ight and pleasent all around. Active carbonations, lighter bodied. A nice drink on a warm summer day, light all around, but no off notes. (323 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Winking Lizard, review from notes: 4/8/11

Served in a wonderful signature Cuvee Des Trolls glass. Very pale straw color, nice clarity, with a short white head. The head stuck around a while.

Smelled initially like a saison, with clove leading into banana.

The taste was really very nice. It was mildly sweet, but also hoppy like a Duvel. Fruity melon and banana notes really made this one shine though.

Lots of light carbonation. Overall a tasty beer but not something I'd go out of my way to seek out. (516 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured into a Westmalle glass. The beer pours a hazy, golden-yellow color with a two finger-thick snow-white head, which slowly disappeared to a nice lacing.

Smell: Very mild, some fresh fruits (banana and pineapple), floral hops, grain and spicy yeast.

Taste: very soft with some vague taste layers. Yeast, followed by some sweet orange and banana, and a bitter hoppy dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Soft, creamy. Medium-high carbonation and very easy to drink

Overall: Decent brew, but not too special for the style. Very easy to drink, but lacks body. Will not refuse another one though (595 characters)

Photo of ThaCreep
3.65/5  rDev +4%
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. (415 characters)

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

Last beer of the evening at Smokeless Joe, but don't worry, I remember it. Very small bottle, poured into a wide-mouthed, unlabeled (I think) goblet.

Aroma was faintly fruity, quite sweet, and a little bready. Stood out as subtle and complex among an evening of beers that either lacked aroma or had very straightforward, aggressive aromas.

Flavour is fruity again, with sweeter fall fruits like apples and pears standing out. A little bit of hops in there, but nothing too unusual. Mouthfeel was very nice, smooth without being to oily or thick.

The problem with this beer was that, at least for me, it was good but unmemorable. Then again, after an evening at Smokeless Joe, you have to expect things to become a little 'unmemorable'... will review again at some point to make sure I'm not imagining things. (820 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a 330 ml bottle in Strasbourg, France.

L - Cloudy orange-gold color. White head faded quickly.

S - Boozy alcohol mixed with earthy hops. No malt but a bubblegum yeast note. Hops seem aged or slightly skunky.

T - Green, moderately bitter hops dominate. Some bready malt in the background.

F - Fizzy carbonation. Medium to heavy body; chewy. Alcohol not obvious, despite aroma.

O - Good but not outstanding. Aged hop aroma and non-smooth carbonation distract from the good characteristics. (510 characters)

Photo of benfons
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25cl bottle 7% ABV

A: Hazy straw blond, smal head that dissappears fast.

S: granny smiths, lemon, some floral tones.

T: a bitter sweetness, with the citrus and the granny coming up again. Some herbal aftertaste.

M/D: Carbonation bit thin, a bit too alcoholic (but what can you expect from the brewery that makes the most alcoholic beer in Belgium), (352 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer arrived in a hazy glass so it could have been a clear beer. The head was white and low, yet persistent to lace the glass.

The aroma was lighty filled with caramel and contained an earthy presence. Also, the aroma was fruity and estery, but caramel was the most notable due to the beer being served very, very cold.

The flavor was lightly sweet with honey and a earthy hop presence with a light Belgian yeast spice character. The flavor was not offending and would be very much a crowd pleaser.

The finish was dry and earthy but without much character into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium and with a moderate carbonation had a creamy mouthfeel. Overall a kinda boring beer.

25 cl bottle served in proper glass at t' Brugs Beertje in Brugge on 9/13/06. (786 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/22/2011 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, citrus, Belgian yeast and some spice.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of spice and citrus. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's a little light for the style but still a decent beer to drink for a while. (752 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's (Pasadena)

A: The pour is a hazy light golden color with a very sturdy, creamy white head on top.

S: The nose is sweet and bready with a slight spiciness to it--seems to be peppery. The hops are earthy and work well with the nose.

T: The flavors are what you'd expect from the nose. The malt dominates and is bready and slightly sweet. Like a lot of Belgians, the yeast provide a lot of flavor to the beer and in this case, a subtle fruitiness. The hops are once again earthy and provide a bit of bitterness.

M: The body is on the lighter side with a full carbonation and a crisp feel on the tongue.

D: Not a mind blowing beer, but a nice little Belgian. Unfortunately, a little pricey, so I don't know if I'd bother with this one again. (768 characters)

Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.