Cuvée Des Trolls - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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3.38/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
04-20-2010 15:52:51 | More by Boto
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
04-14-2010 06:01:09 | More by TurdFurgison
3.93/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
04-08-2010 16:09:06 | More by Stinkypuss
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
04-01-2010 16:58:07 | More by womencantsail
3.78/5 rDev +7.1%
25 cl. bottle, nice label of a troll with a hophat.
This beer looks great with it's massive carbonation and floaty bits it gives turbulence in my Chimay glass.
Fresh smell of malts and citrus, taste is soursweet, lightly hoppy bitterness.
Refreshing drink, slight bitter aftertaste, well masked alcohol.
All in all a great and easy beer. Maybe not as vicious as you'd expect from a beer called troll, but good nevertheless.
25 cl. is gone very quickly.
03-22-2010 15:52:10 | More by RuudJH
3.55/5 rDev +0.6%
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!!
03-14-2010 19:13:54 | More by tang3nt
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
02-16-2010 22:59:09 | More by FreshHawk
3.65/5 rDev +3.4%
Former Bush 7, the Troll has a bunch of strong citrus flavor bitter. The taste is long on the palate, a pleasant roundness and is easily tasted the flavor of orange peel. The power of these returns even citrus aftertaste as a somewhat sweet syrup. Neither acid nor hot, it offers a finish of good bitter hops with a return to delay. A beer with the power of the Dubuisson brewery without that alcohol is ubiquitous.
01-25-2010 14:24:36 | More by ThaCreep
District of Columbia
3.25/5 rDev -7.9%
A: Pale blond appearance with medium white head that settles quickly; not much lacing.
S: Aroma of bread and black pepper.
T: Malts dominate the palate, with some light spice and summer fruit in the background.
M: Light body.
D: Not a bad beer, but on the plain side.
01-04-2010 14:52:01 | More by Travlr
3.8/5 rDev +7.6%
A-Slightly hazy yellow-gold w/white head, good retention, slight amount of tracing. Best by Oct 8, 2010.
S-Pale malt, pear, banana, orange and lemon, coriander and spice, faint hops.
T-Yeast, spice, and pale malt upfront. Sweetness throughout w/notes of yellow fruit, but finish is nice and dry.
M-Prickly carbonation, lighter mouthfeel, on the sweet side but still decently-balanced thanks to dry hops in finish.
D-Good sipper, and the light body makes it dangerously easy to drink. This is a lighthearted brew w/nice fruit notes, and it won't kick your ass like a lot of other strong pales.
11-30-2009 17:39:08 | More by BoitSansSoif
3.13/5 rDev -11.3%
Bottle at Chaucer's Pub in London, Ont- A hazy yellow pour is capped with a thick finger of bleached white head, that leaves moderate lace. Aromas are faint, but balanced. Spicy, slight floral, some bread, grass, and hops. A mild bite of spices and fruit enter the mouth. Mild bready flavours, with some sweetness, and mild alcohol. Soft carbonation, an easy drinker considering the ABV. Probably a touch under-rated IMO. Thanks for getting this one in Milos!
11-12-2009 18:18:56 | More by mrmanning
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
First, thank you weissbierdrinker for an awesome trade
The beer exits the bottle with a woderful golden color and a nice lace clinging to my glass. There is a thin head despite a high level of carbonation.
This beer has an amazing aroma of hops and malt. There appears to a hint of honey in the aroma. Likewise, this beer has many fruit aromas from the esters.
The taste is very smooth and sweet up front, progresses to a nice level of hops, and followed with a pleasant bitter aftertaste of hops.
The mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer are exceptional. In all an excellent thirst quencher. In fact, the beer is gone and resting happily in my belly.
09-20-2009 01:59:47 | More by cudmud
3.7/5 rDev +4.8%
Look: Poured into a Westmalle glass. The beer pours a hazy, golden-yellow color with a two finger-thick snow-white head, which slowly disappeared to a nice lacing.
Smell: Very mild, some fresh fruits (banana and pineapple), floral hops, grain and spicy yeast.
Taste: very soft with some vague taste layers. Yeast, followed by some sweet orange and banana, and a bitter hoppy dry aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Soft, creamy. Medium-high carbonation and very easy to drink
Overall: Decent brew, but not too special for the style. Very easy to drink, but lacks body. Will not refuse another one though
09-16-2009 18:41:51 | More by rvdoorn
3.85/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
08-22-2009 04:39:40 | More by feloniousmonk
3.6/5 rDev +2%
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.
08-20-2009 02:19:34 | More by glid02
3.35/5 rDev -5.1%
Good Summer Ale. Beer poured from tap a hazy yellow color, which just a bit of head. Nothing altogether of note in the smell other than the hops. Taste was fruity with just a slight bit of bitterness. The beer drank easily - light without much carbonation.
08-18-2009 00:31:12 | More by lownote
District of Columbia
3.3/5 rDev -6.5%
A - Like other reviews, the appearance was difficult to discern with the 'frosted' Cuvee des Trolls glassware. I'm pretty sure that I picked out a light yellow color that seemed a little hazy and poured with a pure white finger of foam with decent retention.
S - I have to admit it is hard to pick out anything in there. Slightly sweet, a touch fruity (more like pineapple or apple), could be due to the hops...hard to tell.
T - Pretty muted taste, and just a little sweet and a bit of citruis and fruit flavors. I'd be lying if I could come up with more here, just didn't really deliver much.
M - Light, almost a little silky to me, and even the carbonation just passed on like it was barely there. Way too light for the style.
D - Just OK drinkability given the lack of complexity. The beer was so light that it wouldn't be difficult to drink a few without your palate noticing.
Overall, there are so many better brews within the style. Still glad to have tried just for the sake of something new. I read on the bottle that it is a filtered brew, which might explain the lack of depth and character of the brew. Perhaps an unfiltered or bottle-conditioned version would be better?
04-03-2009 02:29:20 | More by Nickls
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
I pour my Cuvee des Trolls into my nifty Cuvee des Trolls glass and it's hard to tell if the beer is cloudy or not. (the glass is frosted) It seemed fairly clear as I poured it. There is a very white head. Nose is airy. Barely any perception of grains there. Flavor is quite sweet at first. A bit too much I would have to say. It mellows a good bit, but still remains slightly too much. Citrus is there, yes. Beyond that there isn't much. The overpowering nature of the sweetness at first sets the tone for a not so thrilling ride. Feel is full on carbonation and the liquid is slightly thin for the style. An okay beer. Cool glass though.
03-19-2009 02:42:42 | More by RblWthACoz
2.93/5 rDev -17%
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
02-11-2009 14:31:34 | More by hopdog
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
Taken from notes. Drank at 'The Irish Bar' in Viseu. Date of review: 28 December 2008. Best before date: 18-02-2009. Poured into a Goblet.
Presentation: First of, the design... Delightful. It's full and colorful, and the artwork is extremely appealing. The color schematic itself is ideal, with yellow and other darker earthy tones being the most predominant on a blackish bottle. It really sets the mood for the following experience.
Appearance: One inch head that quickly fades into thin cap. Slightly hazy Pale yellow brew. Perceived effervescence is low. Weak lacing.
Smell: Really straightforward banana slap across the face. Some clove on the second stage. Not much hop aroma to speak of. All in all, it actually works great.
Taste: Taste is of wheat, banana, bubblegum and slightly citrusy. No obvious hop or spice flavor. Slightly Disappointed; some clove or coriander seeds could really make the flavor that much more bold and rich.
Mouthfeel: Medium Carbonation. Texture is slightly watery. Finishes sweet. Medium Hop bitterness.
Drinkability: Very good drinkability considering its ABV and lackluster mouthfeel. Could go unnoticed as a session Belgian beer.
Overall: A very enjoyable experience in itself, that starts from the moment you see the label until the last sip you take from your Banana perfumed glass. Will have again.
01-06-2009 03:59:52 | More by endovelico
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
quite easy to drink.. maybe too easy to drink for a 7% beer... it's an average thirst beer, nice, enough bitter but sweetely strong...
drunk on the bottle, it'll be even easier. A really nice beer in deed. Served on it's awesome glass, it's transformed into a mid-strong lightely ambered belgian style beer... but it can be compared to a strong california ale, so it can be drunk even on hot summer and cold winter... really interesting indeed...
12-10-2008 09:05:58 | More by gregmurer
2.8/5 rDev -20.7%
Well my first review in a long, long time is from some notes from my recent trip to Paris and this disappointing brew. After a trip to a local beer store yielded a dozen different brews we brought this one back and cracked it open.
A straw, slightly hazy yellow with moderate head and lacing.
Aroma is a bit of a mess... some high alcohols around a slightly buttery (?!) grainy pale malt, alcohol esters are only faintly fruity and Belgian to my nose. A bit of a hint of noble hop aroma, kind of earthy and a bit spicy. It's not bad, but it doesn't quite work together.
Taste is rounded, but the buttery grain malt flavor really rolls over everything as a part of this, unfortunately. It's just barely letting any yeast character around.
Mouth is overfull, sticky and a bit heavy.
There's nothing awful or off-putting, but this was hustled through to go on to something else worth tasting.
It's a bit of a misnomer to consider this a Belgian Strong Pale in the Duvel tradition which this clearly is not attempting to be... rather, it fits into the Belgian tradition of not giving a flying fuck about style guidelines. It's a strong Belgian ale that happens to be pale. And not terribly exciting. And maybe with a diacetyl problem. That's all.
12-08-2008 03:25:50 | More by errantnight
3/5 rDev -15%
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.
11-29-2008 09:24:50 | More by thierrynantes
3.35/5 rDev -5.1%
a- pours a clear deep hey/yellow color with a relatively healthy head that quickly fades
s- mix of citrus, hay, must and that "belgian" smell.
t- taste is very light with very little to offer at first, just a slight citrus and slight grassy and a tiny bit of sweet malt flavor finished with again a slight hop bitterness. not a whole lot of flavor but very pleasant and refreshing.
m- feels thin then builds a little and leaves an effervescent feeling on the tongue. finishes a little on the dry side. different.
d- very drinkable, as i said, not a ton of flavor but it's pleasantly light. at 7% you could get ahead of yourself with this one on a hot day. i like it. give it a try.
10-25-2008 20:39:49 | More by schroe58
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
Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.