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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 10
Gots: 42 | 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: 269 | Reviews: 107
Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

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 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 stcules
2.22/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Amber golden color. A lot of floating bodies. Head: few, and quickly falling to just a veil.
Smell of orange, alcohol, yeast. Some spicy (pepper), honey and flower. The alcohol impression, after some while, falls down.
At the taste is vert slipping. Malt and honey in the start, citric and orange. Nothing remarkable.
Not so much body, well carbonated, aftertaste with the same notes, but nothing remarkable, again. Maybe some flowers and hops.

Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Photo of hopdog
2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy yellow with an averaged size white head. There was also a bunch of medium sized particles floating around.

Smells of yeasts, apples and pineapples. Sour tasting with a dry finish. Taste did nothing for me and was a complete let down compared to the tastes.

Notes from: 6/14/04

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.

Photo of Vancer
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lite amber, almost straw yellow. Head tried to make it’s way up, but did not make an appearance.

Aroma was just lite notes of a citrusy malt, along with the quaff. Not much going on here – not a bad brew, just boring. This is one I would pass on while on vaca in Belgium – WAY better brews over there.

And this was a very fresh brew, thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam. I was sent this for the unique chance to enjoy direct from the brewer.

Photo of Boto
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25cl bottle: Picked this up in an Auchan in France. This one poured a crystal clear golden color. There was a frothy white head on it that dropped away rather quickly. Surprisingly lighter aroma. A little yeasty and a bit grassy. Maybe some very faint spice. The body is a little lighter also. As is the taste. Some malts, breadiness, pepper. A touch dry finish. Certainly not the best Belgian Strong Ale I have ever had, but still OK. I like the little troll on the label.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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 elNopalero
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a foamy, light golden color. There’s some musty hop aromas both muted and floral. A light, crisp Belgian fruitness on the palate. It has a smooth—real smooth—and effervescent finish. A solid if not terribly exciting expression of a Belgian pale ale.

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

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : yellow color (troubled), with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : caramel and malt aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : somewhat sweet, with a strong fruity flavours.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Belgian strong pale ale.

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.

Photo of Kendo
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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 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 Absumaster
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a orange, yellow color with a thin head and big chuncks of yeast.

Smell is malty with notes of vanilla and honey, light caramalt probably. Smell is yeasty with some sweet peachy and fruity smells.

Taste is yeasty with some solvent and fruity peach notes. There is a light bitter and malt is faintly present. A light spiciness in the back. Actually there were no real complex flavors in this beers. The yeast wasn't really special and hops and malt were not very outspoken. Body was kind of thin. Just a standard blond beer, nothing special.

Photo of Spider889
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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

Had this at Volo in TO the other day, from notes.

Typical pale Belgian in appearance. Frosted glass - dedicated Cuvee des Trolls glass. Who could resists trolls! Apple and soy sauce aromas. The apples also show up in the flavour, along with sweetness, some yeastiness, grain and light hop bitterness in the finish. A little bit boozy and drying. Not the most flavourful for the style, but refreshing. Wouldn't regret having another, but there are better examples of the style.

Photo of paterlodie
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 24-06-05. Poors in nicly givving a nice head that lasts and leaves nice laces at the glas. Futher an opalizing golden beecolor. Nose is quiet flat( maybe cause of age) having some malts but lots of esters giving it a fruity nose and a hint of hoparome. Overal not 100% fresh though. Taste is quiet dull too having some malttaste, quiet sweet, alcoholic and then going into a moderate but litle hanging bitterness. Lots of carbonisation makes mouthfeel more lively and litle better then taste but one was enough for me. No bad beer though.

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

Served from my Trolls glass. Slightly cloudy apple juice colour. Thin head (though this may result from the glass).

Light fruits in the nose: apples, bananas. Traces of sugar.

Fairly sweet taste; the candi sugar really comes through. Fruit tastes in the taste, especially bananas and sweet apples. Crisp hop finish, almost a lager like taste to it.

A bit thin and watery - if this were more carbonated it would be more reminiscent of a lager. A decent beer, but a little too sweet and weak. One of these every now and then is more than enough.

Photo of Bouleboubier
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.

Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.