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Cuvée Des Trolls - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Reviews: 110
Hads: 288
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 24.43%
Wants: 10
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-29-2003

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a belgian pale ale with strong sour notes, more like a farmhouse ale or something like that. Orange taste is very aggresive and tartness is high. Smell is citric and fruity. Pours hazy, very pale with a very nice white foam head.

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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trolls are typically associated with ugliness but Cuvée Des Trolls is drop-dead gorgeous; resplendently golden in colour, the beer is bright and clean, has Champagne-esque bubbles and a fine yet mousy head. Served in the proper chalice there's probably no tastier looking item on the table.

The typical orchard fruit esters and yeasty phenolics are all accounted for; this one leans towards crisper, more acidic green apple varietals and has a softer, more inconspicuous spiciness. There are notes of hay and farmhouse grain but they're partially submerged in golden corn and white sugar.

Cuvée Des Trolls is indeed a bit thin and sweet but it's not a deal-breaker. The hint of citrus, light-as-a-feather body and strong, sparkling carbonation suggests this is intended as more of an aperitif, which would forgive its plainness and the lack of lasting impression. It's an introductory Belgian ale.

Belgian beers are varied but most fall into one of two categories: rich, complex ones that demand slow, contemplative sipping and those that are straightforward and refreshing, perfectly suited to the bistro or paired with a simple meal. Cuvée Des Trolls is definitely one of those more casual, everyday beers.

Cuvée Des Trolls is not the pinnacle of Belgian beer but it does exhibit the most quintessential qualities: easily digestible and drinkable, it has wide appeal and flavours that are both extravagant and austere at the same time. The brewery is mistaken promoting it as a 'Triple' but it's quite nice nonetheless.

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Photo of Zet
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good steady head of foam with a hazy yellow colour, though the colour looks a bit too yellow (as in chemical) for me. Nice fresh earthy smell with hints of orange. This continues in the taste with malt and spice also being present there. Nothing too complicated or extraordinary going on here, just a fine and refreshing belgian blond.

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Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tap at kaiba pub in Shanghai.

Big creamy 2 finger head fades at a med pace, foamy lacing, hazy golden color.

Nose fruity Belgian esters, mild phenols, light blond malt, grassy hop notes, light booze esters.

Taste brings mild blond malt, toasty notes, into grassy hops, hint spicy hop note and earthy. Then Belgian fruity esters all over, with big pop of phenols, hint of booze warmth with it, spicy phenols. Finish drier slight sticky, lingering phenols, fruity esters, mild spicy grassy hops.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb fluffy, hint booze.

Overall eh.

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Photo of SlipperyTrout
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

25cL bottle, dated 26/06/2016

L - Slightly hazy golden whiskey with a semi-creamy one finger head. S - Lots of orange and just slightly earthy, very fruity.T - Very fruity again, orange hits me but there is some grapefruit there too. It gives way in a couple of seconds to an earthy malt. F - Crisp in the mouth with an acidic linger. O - Initially a nice fruity tasting beer, but I think the orange is too overpowering. However, it develops into the average warming and welcoming Belgium beer.

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Photo of Weixiaobao
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a "Best by August 2014" 5L mini keg of this in May 2015 for $9.98 in Kansas City. Gave it a whirl seeing that it's a 7% Belgian.

Luxurious foam and lacing, even on the second day of the keg. The smell isn't too intense on this. The taste is malty and sweet. Has some of the Belgian "spiciness" that you expect from a Belgian pale.

This is a very nice beer. Wish I'd picked up a few more of these "expired" mini kegs when I had the chance. At least I got one!

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Photo of Radome
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of rallyr32
4.52/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer will not satisfy the tripel purists. If, however, you'd like a taste of a fresh doughy, Belgian blonde and taste some orange then this is THE beer for you.

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Photo of bobbyhands
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I get a licorice taste that nobody else seems to taste but wow it grows on you and is very good. People say lemon. Either way whatever I made my choice its good

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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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a hazy gold with a quickly dissipating small head. Floral to the nose. Taste is good and this makes it easy to drink. Beware the trolls!

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Photo of janubio
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Clear golden colour, small head that fades soon, minimal lace. Smell is sweet,floral, vanilla, coconut, honey. Light boyd, creamy palate. Taste is similar to the smell: Vanilla, honey and coconut.

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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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Photo of Dentist666
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter.
Pours hazy golden beer with decent 2-finger white head, good retention. Smell of honey, yeasts, grass, pale malts, troll sweat 8). Flavour is close to russian minibreweries, commonly yeasty, slightly honey, grass and malts. Normal brew for unnormal belgians. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow golden color with a thin aired head with short retention, but leaving some laces.
Initially malty aroma followed by notes of oranges, booze, pineapple and honey.
Flavor of booze, spicy yeast at the beginning of tasting, Cointreau liquor, hard center of a pineapple, yeast, some hay, pear, banana and a mild sourness. And some faint herbal hop around.
Light body with appropriate carbonation, alcohol is apparent but does not bother.
A decent ok beer, tasty and assertively light with a booze kick. Not bad, not extraordinary.

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Photo of Jetulio
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

250 ml bottle poured into a Chalice glass
Appearance... cloudy golden straw colour beer with head white of almost 1 finger
Aroma... lemon and malt. Fresh and not too strong smell
Taste... citrus and herbal, a little touch of yeast, the spicy presence that bottle legend announces is not present in my opinion
Mouthfeel... medium body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall...a refreshing beer but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Light orangish body; slightly cloudy; no head; effervescent

Aroma: Slight spice; citrusy

Taste: Tangy on the start; semi-sweet mid; with dry, nutty finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

250ml served in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours pale a light cloudy yellow color forming a medium white bubbled head. Low retention and only very few lacings left

S: Sweet grains and bread. Flowery hops and a little bit of alcohol in the very end

T: Follows the nose. Sweet and grainy upfront. Notes of honey. Stingy hoppy bitterness in the end. In overall, a dry beer

M: Quite light body to a Strong Pale Ale. Medium carbonation. Aftertaste is a combination of sweet grains and light citrus hops

O: Medium drinkability but I was expecting more from a Dubuisson beer

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky yellow with a white head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, grape juice, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at palais des bieres in Geneva. Switzerland .

Pours a golden yellow color with a tinge of orange and a slight hazy transparency. Has a nice 2 finger head with a perfect white head and a lacing that tracks each sip. The aroma is of sour apples, lemon peel and a grassy hay like aroma, slightly sour. The taste is bright and vibrant, lack of malt favors hurt this beer and it's too acidic for my tastes. Nice cleansing feeling with the citrus but overall it's a pass for me if I am looking for a nice Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cheeky Monk on Colfax the beer is served to a tulip. Arrives a brilliant hazy golden color with a 1.5 finger white head, some retention and lacing. The nose is rather mild with a strong biscuity malt character and a hint of citrus and pepper. The flavor is an improvement with an increased citrus character. Light biscuity malt blend nicely with a mild bitterness. Very approachable. No hint of alcohol. Finishes with a clean malty citrus flavor. Crisp and well carbonated and lighter medium bodied. Overall, an easy drinking Belgian for sure. I'd have another, refreshing.

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Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.