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Cuvée Des Trolls - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-29-2003)
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hhall5223

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +13.6%

11-26-2011 21:59:36 | More by hhall5223
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magictacosinus

California

2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 21:44:56 | More by magictacosinus
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +13.6%

11-22-2011 03:12:17 | More by ElGallo
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ThePeskyDingo

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'ts 1 AM in Belgium, just bought one of these from an open store with a limited stock of beer outside my hotel.

A - appearance is a golden yellow color with a nice white head that seems to be sticking around. lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S - smells of malts and yeast... thats about it, hops might show slightly but not much.

T - malty taste to this beer... more hops in the taste than in the nose, but not by much.

M - bubbles at the tip of my tongue, goes down nicely, somewhat clean finish.

O - decent beer, helps that I'm drinking it late at night in Belgium, but compared to other beers isnt anything too special.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 00:02:28 | More by ThePeskyDingo
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +13.6%

11-16-2011 03:14:11 | More by bpfrush
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impending

California

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 06:57:47 | More by impending
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love the little hop-headed troll on the bottle

Pours a chill-hazed honey color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Peppery yeast, grassy notes & apple peels

T: pear & white grape, white pepper, lemony & grassy notes up front. Aspirin & lemons assert along with crackery & dry notes as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit, apple peels & white pepper

MF: Fairly thin, firm carbonation, some grainyness. Carbonation picks up as this warms & becomes a touch prickly

This one was a letdown, I was expecting way more from this one, a supposed limited edition, 10th anniversary release...

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 02:33:33 | More by russpowell
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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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heygeebee

Australia

2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 12:17:39 | More by heygeebee
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)

A- The strong pop of the cork yields a huge foam that overflows the glass and keeps oozing out of the bottle. There is a murky yellow body with a racing carbonation of bubbles supporting the thick bubbly white head.

S- The aroma of wet clay and faint green hop hint are all that come through the aroma.

T- The clean flavor has some lemon yeasty notes with a clean finish of carbonic acid.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel but the big scrubbing fizz fills the mouth. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The fizz dominates this beer with soft notes of hops and some yeast character coming through but not much. This beer turns a bit water after the carbonation burns up.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 21:48:25 | More by rhoadsrage
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kojevergas

Texas

2.33/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

.33cl bottle into Guinness brewhouse true imperial pint glass in Belfort, France. Reviewed live.

A: One finger head of no cream, poor thickness, and bad retention. Clear yellow colour.

Sm: Fresh cream and barley.

T: Barley and cream. That's literally it. Some bland hops add nothing of substance or value. Simple. Crap build and mediocre balance.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not really refreshing. Sort of complements the taste.

Dr: Easily downable - not that you'd want to - but it's well priced. ABV is high.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 15:24:21 | More by kojevergas
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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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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 21:02:46 | More by rfgetz
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TheGrunt

Finland

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very mild smell, color and taste: feels like very basic strong lager beer, OK but nothing special.

Pretty mild carbonation and foam. Foam settles down and vanishes almost immediately after pouring.

If you like mild lager beers, then this is for you. Otherwise, I would search something else.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 20:30:31 | More by TheGrunt
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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

West Virginia

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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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 02:52:46 | More by BDTyre
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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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77ships

Belgium

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright yellow, with thin sparkling white head that quickly disappears rather quickly.

S: Minor citrus and floral tones, some sweetness but not much.

T: Bitter hops and citrus flavours. Most of the bitterness comes in the aftertaste, surprisingly pleasant considering the bitterness and minor acidity.

M: Light body, very carbonated, smooth to drink.

D: Not particularly spectacular or anything but very easy to drink and very refreshing. Nice one for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 09:52:35 | More by 77ships
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SmokinSmyth

Belgium

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 750ml bottle of this at home, first day off for the holidays. It poured a cloudy amber color into a chimay glass. Not a lot of head, but yeast immediately seen floating around.

A strong fruity taste, really enjoyed the sensation on the tongue. Fairly strong hops for a Belgian beer, and they come through really well.

Felt good in the mouth, not too light, with just the right carbonation. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 09:05:12 | More by SmokinSmyth
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xylophonica

Australia

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

Poured from a 25cl bottle into a tulip.

A - Cloudy amber colour with plenty of yeast deposits floating around. Minimal head.

S - Spicy apple and passionfruit and maybe pineapple (very fruity!) Touch of lime as well.

T - Sweet and mild at first. Highly carbonated but with little of that coming through on the palate - most of the sensation is limited to the nose and the aftertaste. Sweet fruits as well - same as smell; mostly apple and passionfruit/pineapple. Strangely acidic but with an odd malty coating that starts from first taste.

M - Should be spicy and vibrant but actually it's fairly mild (due to the malty coating). Aftertaste is fairly acidic.

D - Lovely and pleasant to drink. Definitely unusual and a good aperitif/pre-dinner drink. Aftertaste might be a problem after a while...

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 09:14:19 | More by xylophonica
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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
Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.