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Cuvée Des Trolls - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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231 Ratings
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | 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 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.

Spica66, Jul 22, 2010
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),

benfons, Jul 02, 2010
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.

sfprint, Jun 24, 2010
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.

Stigs, Jun 17, 2010
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 06, 2010
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.

bark, May 22, 2010
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 30, 2010
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.

Boto, Apr 20, 2010
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.

TurdFurgison, Apr 14, 2010
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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

womencantsail, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of RuudJH
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

RuudJH, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of tang3nt
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!

tang3nt, Mar 14, 2010
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.

FreshHawk, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

ThaCreep, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Travlr
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Travlr, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BoitSansSoif, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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!

mrmanning, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of cudmud
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

cudmud, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of rvdoorn
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

rvdoorn, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

feloniousmonk, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

glid02, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of lownote
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

lownote, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of Nickls
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

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?

Nickls, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 19, 2009
Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.