Cuvée Des Trolls - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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3.45/5 rDev -2.3%
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
11-03-2012 18:39:35 | More by eduardolinhalis
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
06-05-2011 05:20:39 | More by Bouleboubier
2.98/5 rDev -15.6%
Pours a sensational one finger head over a golden body, but ,erm, I looked away and where had that head gone? Zero lacing.
Aromas of mandarin and Belgian yeast.
Taste is quite tart, mandarins to the fore. Refreshing, needs to be served colder than some Belgian ales.
Mouthfeel is too light for ABV
OK overall - marked down due to price vs 250ml bottle ize.
07-15-2011 12:17:39 | More by heygeebee
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
4.05/5 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
2.85/5 rDev -19.3%
Poured out of a 250ml (250?! Low portions from Belgium?!) bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date is listed as "28/09/12."
I picked this bottle just because of the label. Silly, but really good marketing. However, this beer proves itself to be odd. This thing, according to the bottle, is filtered yet there are tons of floaties in it. It does indeed have a clear, golden color, but it doesn't look like other blondes I've had due to the floaties. Strange stuff, but kind of an ugly result.
Smell begins pretty hoppy and sugary... then proceeds to end with an extremely boozy effect, more so than a 7% ABV beer should. This result becomes every time worse as the beer warms up, to the point where the alcohol sweetness becomes sickening. While there is a honey-biscuit aroma in the back, the front is overpowered by the alcohol.
It feels grainy and sugary at first, and then whacks you at the back of the head with way too much alcohol. There are hops and sufficient creaminess that saves the recipe a bit. Honestly, this would probably work better with a lower ABV. There is a comfortable warming sensation, but it really is best enjoyed cold. At lower temperatures, it's pretty refreshing. As it warms up however, this yeasty, astringent flavor comes around and makes it slightly nauseating.
I usually enjoy blondes but I felt that this beer is really unbalanced. It's refreshing to an extent and isn't trying to be something over the top, but I could really do without that extra ABV here. For the low price, not a bad bargain, but there are far, far more interesting Belgian blondes.
11-22-2011 21:44:56 | More by magictacosinus
3.23/5 rDev -8.5%
On-tap at the Paters Vaetje in Antwerp, Belgium...
A lightly hazy but bright yellow color with a thinnish white head. An earthy, yeastiness in the nose, a hint of herbal hops and some sweetish pale malt.
There is a fairly earthy quality to this blond ale but that's where the distinctiveness ends. Herbal hops but overall a quite sweet blond. Medium bodied with a sweetish aftertaste. Nothing earthshattering but it was an enjoyable and drinkable brew. Worth a shot if you can find it on draft.
10-16-2008 02:29:13 | More by ViveLaChouffe
3.88/5 rDev +9.9%
750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed dull pale yellow, towering dense head receded slowly, nice lacing.
Aroma is all about yeasty goodness. Nothing complex, just pleasantness. Sweet confectioned dried apricots with a touch of citrus and hay.
Initially fairly sweet it gives way to a finish that begins dry and fades through a bitter that doesn't linger. Again the yeast and light fruits with citrus. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Best near room temp.
11-13-2011 06:57:47 | More by impending
3.55/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
06-17-2010 02:09:58 | More by Stigs
United Kingdom (England)
3.93/5 rDev +11.3%
Appearance: In a style filled with stellar-looking brews, this one isn't particularly special. Somewhat hazy honey-yellow with a white head and poor retention.
Smell: Yummy English pale ale-ish buttery notes are the first thing I notice, reminiscent of crackers and marron glacés. A sweet, caky Belgian yeast character is noticeable in the background, along with some clear vodka-like alcohol, orange peel (which expresses itself sort of like Cointreau) and subtly fruity-floral hops, redolent of apples, pears, cider, and carnations.
Taste: Very English, in a way, with a pronounced hard water quality that doesn't quite gel with the beer's otherwise delicate estery tones. Orange is quite pronounced in a subdued way (if that makes sense), like pleasant background music. Vanilla, buttery biscuits, honey, nutmeg-like spice, and triple sec round out the flavor. Finish is very yeasty, with a lingering bready tang.
Mouthfeel: Airy and medium-bodied; dry, but not too dry.
Drinkability: This is a very nice beer with a somewhat unique character for the style. The alcohol comes through rather strongly for a beer of only 7% ABV, but somehow this doesn't make it less drinkable. Recommended!
03-09-2008 14:38:26 | More by soulgrowl
Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.