Cuvée Des Trolls - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Rifugium
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.

Photo of rfgetz
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.

Photo of TheGrunt
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.

Photo of Spider889
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

Photo of musicforairports
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.

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 TheManiacalOne
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.

Photo of ne0m00re
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.

Photo of 77ships
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.

Photo of SmokinSmyth
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.

Photo of xylophonica
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...

Photo of GilGarp
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.

Photo of BillyBob78
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
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.

Photo of Spica66
1.7/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sent fresh from Belgium as an extra from MeGriggs - Thank you, Megan!

Best by date of 02/04/11. Poured from bottle into tulip.

A: Bright yellow and hazy. Head retention is o.k. Medium level of carbonation.

S: This smells like someone dumped chemicals in my beer! I wonder if they used some kind of hop extract to make this?

M: Slightly sticky. Decent level of carbonation.

T: Very "off". Artificial and chemical. Tangy and bitter. Not good is an understatement!

D: Between the horrible taste/aftertaste and the high alcohol, I would have to say this is one of the worst beers I have ever had.

Photo of benfons
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25cl bottle 7% ABV

A: Hazy straw blond, smal head that dissappears fast.

S: granny smiths, lemon, some floral tones.

T: a bitter sweetness, with the citrus and the granny coming up again. Some herbal aftertaste.

M/D: Carbonation bit thin, a bit too alcoholic (but what can you expect from the brewery that makes the most alcoholic beer in Belgium),

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

From notes June on 6th. Had in Tourcoing, FR.

A: Clear and bordering on neon yellow. Cottony head.

S: Tangerine, lemon, sweet but not particularly strong.

T: Not as sweet as it smells, unpleasant bitterness, mild flavor but also citrusy.

M: Larger carbonation bubbles, light.

O: Ok, but not great. The strong bitterness isn't pleasant (especially for the style) which prevents me from jumping for this beer.

Photo of Stigs
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of bark
2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The liquid is a bit hazy - it looks like there are small dust particles floating in the beer. The colour is gold with a tint of orange. The large off-white compact head is very high; it sinks slowly, leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is light: Some chemical, artificial flavours, unclean and dusty sweet flavours.

The taste I sweet with some notes of honey. Sour hints and a quite chemical flavour (bitter almonds, ammonia). Some fruit esters. Rhubarb in the aftertaste with sour notes, some minerals and a dusty sweetness. The finish is sweet.

The carbonation is medium strong; the small bubbles are light. The liquid is a bit sticky.

One of the worst Belgian brews I have had.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Boto
3.38/5  rDev -4%
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 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 Stinkypuss
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.

Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.