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Cuvée Des Trolls - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%


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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-29-2003)
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2013 20:24:09 | More by smcolw
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 20:55:36 | More by StonedTrippin
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 04:57:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2012 19:21:15 | More by hopfacebrew
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Kendo

New York

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the Merry Monk in Albany, where they served it in the appropriate (named) glassware.

A: Body is bright golden with a 1+ finger white head that fades slowly and leaves a bit of lace on the glass up top.

S: Not too strong in the nose: light, grainy malt, a touch of citrus and some spice.

T: First impression: bready/grainy malt, spice and citrus. "Good citrus vibrancy" I wrote. Also some bread dough, perhaps from the yeast strain, and a lighter malt character. Alcohol isn't noted on the taste, but is felt in the belly as a nice warmth. Finishes fairly balanced between sweet and citrusy bitterness.

M: Kind of crisp, but also nice creaminess to the carbonation. Call it slightly lighter than medium in heft.

D: I enjoyed this - call it somewhere between Duvel Single (the green label) and regular Duvel. I'd have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 00:44:21 | More by Kendo
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TRICKYD1CK

France

2.13/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

*Transcribed from notes taken in my beer journal

Had on tap at Mayflower in the 5ème arrondisement in Paris on rue Mouffetard.

A - Clear, golden color. Creamy head.

S - Smells like cane sugar and malts.

T - All of the things I dislike about Belgian beers with none of the things I like. Too sweet and thin. Not particularly complex. Tasted like a melted Jolly Rancher. Didn't help that the pour sucked.

M - Creamy, sweet mouthfeel. Meh.

O - Didn't like it. Chouffe is much better than this one. If you're not a sweet tooth, steer clear.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 22:18:56 | More by TRICKYD1CK
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

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

I find it difficult sometimes to adequately assess/appreciate a "wrench-in-the-gears" (just made that up) beer like this. Perhaps I've been drinking too much of the same general type of beer lately.

This is a fine ale - "surprisingly pleasant", as they say on their website, is a perfect summary.

Lit-up foggy, silky-champagne color, smart-foamy transient head. Vague malt and musty/floral Belgian-yeast aroma. Surprisingly (pale-ale-)malt forward flavor, low-on-juicy white fruit essence. Rounded, finely-frayed edges and strangely dull on the tongue. Dry, mostly, yet allowing a sweatened-skin dampness. Not what I expected - thrown off by its almost cereal malt boldity. Nice, but not at that price.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 05:20:39 | More by Bouleboubier
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at POPE, Philly, PA

Poured a clear golden color, noticeably carbonated, with a thin, spotty head. Light grainy aroma, floral, and not too strong. Good balance of light hops and pale malts in the taste, slightly grainy, mild sensation of orange zest. Dry finish, and a little funk goingn on towards the middle of the glass. Light body and generally drinkable for those who prefer lighter beers, but not too distinctive, and not something I'd get more than once.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 01:43:10 | More by Rifugium
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Spider889

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 01:12:18 | More by Spider889
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 17:45:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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musicforairports

New York

2.78/5  rDev -21%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 02:59:11 | More by musicforairports
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 18:53:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
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ne0m00re

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

01/25/11- Had this one on-tap at the Winking Lizard on Bethel.
A: Clear pale gold, with a thinner creamy collar.
S: Creamy pale malts, corny, yeasty bread, and lemon.
T: Golden crisp apple and sweet corn with a slight coconut and some floral notes. This is OK. The whole thing kind of comes off like Blue Moon with a dry finish and less citrus. There is something... off here.
M: Thinner but creamy and frothy.
D: OK. I don't want more than one.
I'm not really impressed with this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 12:53:47 | More by ne0m00re
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 21:39:13 | More by GilGarp
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BillyBob78

Pennsylvania

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 16:45:50 | More by BillyBob78
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 14:57:47 | More by OWSLEY069
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 02:09:58 | More by Stigs
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 07:49:02 | More by BEERchitect
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2010 00:53:12 | More by PittBeerGirl
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

I had this on tap at Falstaff (Montparnasse) in Paris. The beer was clear, copper colored, with a shallow head. The nose was definitely Belgian character, yeasty esters and a little spice, maybe even some honey based on the floral aroma. On tasting it seems to be not too far from a tripel, not quite the bitter bite that many tripels have, more the spicy flavor. While stradling the line between Belgian Strong Pale Ale and Tripel I think this tends more toward the Strong Pale Ale, especially given the wider definition of that style.

The body was medium, the aftertaste was a little dry, not bad overall but really not anything that stands out among its competition.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2010 06:01:09 | More by TurdFurgison
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light straw colored with a soapy head and fine clarity. Bubbly head retains well but provides minimal lacing.

Smell: Hay, mowed grass. Slight yeasty aroma. Hint of malt sweetness. Pleasant though faint.

Taste: Peppery, with some drying, chalky yeast lingering on the palate. Hop bite is slight, just some herbal/earthy notes. Light crystal and/or pale malt that doesn't do much to stand out. Hint of Bavarian yeast with some fruity esters. As it warms the hops come through more, earthy for sure. A very well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Lightly carbonated. Chalky, dry finish.

Drinkability: Good beer from Belgium, but overall a light affair. Certainly worth trying out, and decently sessionable despite the ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2010 16:09:06 | More by Stinkypuss
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2010 16:58:07 | More by womencantsail
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tang3nt

California

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

Had this on tap @ Naja's Place.
Nice hazy yellow pour with a thick white head. Nothing special with the aroma, a bit yeasty. It tastes a bit sweet with bready yeast flavors. Very drinkable and the alcohol is very well hidden. Overall a great beer!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 19:13:54 | More by tang3nt
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2009 04:39:40 | More by feloniousmonk
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glid02

Georgia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2009 02:19:34 | More by glid02
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Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.