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Cuvée Des Trolls - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

Cuvée Des TrollsCuvée Des Trolls

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.63%


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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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rec

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An all-round pleasant beer.

Pours a hazey pear-yellow with creamy white head that laces relatively well. I sure hope it tastes as refreshing and sweet as it looks!

Malt, delicate light-fruit undertones, and spice - all wrapped up in a delightful fluffy mouthfeel and gorgeous aftertaste. Not an outstanding brew in the big scheme of things, but one very easily appreciated...

On a final note; the higher than usual ABV wasn't even noticed during my tasting session - another big plus for this beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 17:49:59 | More by rec
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vancurly

Australia

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

A: Pours a hazy, honey apricot... Some yeast sediment hanging in suspensions Heavy white head, that sinks to a foamy layer.

S: Belgian malt profile, candy spice, and soft, sweet fruit notes.

T: Sweet malts, spice and caramel. The back palate hints at hop herbaceousness, and lingering toast. Nice aftertaste.

M: Chewy malt, slight tang, mild bitterness, clean finish.

D: Very approachable, and, for a strong ale, quite more-ish.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 06:36:28 | More by vancurly
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a orange, yellow color with a thin head and big chuncks of yeast.

Smell is malty with notes of vanilla and honey, light caramalt probably. Smell is yeasty with some sweet peachy and fruity smells.

Taste is yeasty with some solvent and fruity peach notes. There is a light bitter and malt is faintly present. A light spiciness in the back. Actually there were no real complex flavors in this beers. The yeast wasn't really special and hops and malt were not very outspoken. Body was kind of thin. Just a standard blond beer, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 09:13:47 | More by Absumaster
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Vancer

Illinois

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

Lite amber, almost straw yellow. Head tried to make it’s way up, but did not make an appearance.

Aroma was just lite notes of a citrusy malt, along with the quaff. Not much going on here – not a bad brew, just boring. This is one I would pass on while on vaca in Belgium – WAY better brews over there.

And this was a very fresh brew, thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam. I was sent this for the unique chance to enjoy direct from the brewer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 01:30:58 | More by Vancer
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I split a bottle with my friend at De Hopduvel in Ghent.

Appearance: Served in a frosted glass, so I have no idea if this is clear or cloudy, my guess is lightly hazy. Golden in color with a white head that quickly fades to a sudsy film leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Sweet Belgian yeast fruitiness along with light pepper and light grain.

Taste: Sweet banana and berry fruitiness with a peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A little too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 03:14:53 | More by EPICAC
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cuvee de Troll was a beer I found hard to conclude anything on. I had almost written it off after my first few sips but as I got further in I found myself enjoying it more. Not a particularly complex beer - especially not for a Belgian - but it was certainly not bad. Flavours were hard to pin point as - though present - were not at all bold. Some grainy malt, light pepeery spice. A lingering dry finish. Faint alcohol with some fruity airness. What I would consider a decent aroma and mouthfeel as well. Average bouquet with neutral texture and carbonation. Overall it was enjoyable but not rememberable. All the same, a good job by the Dubuissons.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 01:58:19 | More by biegaman
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer arrived in a hazy glass so it could have been a clear beer. The head was white and low, yet persistent to lace the glass.

The aroma was lighty filled with caramel and contained an earthy presence. Also, the aroma was fruity and estery, but caramel was the most notable due to the beer being served very, very cold.

The flavor was lightly sweet with honey and a earthy hop presence with a light Belgian yeast spice character. The flavor was not offending and would be very much a crowd pleaser.

The finish was dry and earthy but without much character into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium and with a moderate carbonation had a creamy mouthfeel. Overall a kinda boring beer.

25 cl bottle served in proper glass at t' Brugs Beertje in Brugge on 9/13/06.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 22:02:08 | More by GCBrewingCo
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last beer of the evening at Smokeless Joe, but don't worry, I remember it. Very small bottle, poured into a wide-mouthed, unlabeled (I think) goblet.

Aroma was faintly fruity, quite sweet, and a little bready. Stood out as subtle and complex among an evening of beers that either lacked aroma or had very straightforward, aggressive aromas.

Flavour is fruity again, with sweeter fall fruits like apples and pears standing out. A little bit of hops in there, but nothing too unusual. Mouthfeel was very nice, smooth without being to oily or thick.

The problem with this beer was that, at least for me, it was good but unmemorable. Then again, after an evening at Smokeless Joe, you have to expect things to become a little 'unmemorable'... will review again at some point to make sure I'm not imagining things.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 21:16:46 | More by crwills
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Chaucer's Pub/Marienbad Restaruant in London, Ontario. Served with its own frosted glass!

A: Very blonde; pours with a fluffy, white head; nice retention and lace.

S: Floral hops with a little yeasty tang.

T: Slightly sweet with a lot of fresh, floral hop flavour (which I wasn't particularly fond of). A little spicyness from the hops and/or yeast. Not a lot of fruity esters, but certainly some phenols.

M: Typical Belgain strong. Given the strength, the body is relatively light. Carbonation is slightly higher than average.

D: Certainly approachable, but I didn't find it overly engaging.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 16:04:58 | More by Derek
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

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

Had this at Volo in TO the other day, from notes.

Typical pale Belgian in appearance. Frosted glass - dedicated Cuvee des Trolls glass. Who could resists trolls! Apple and soy sauce aromas. The apples also show up in the flavour, along with sweetness, some yeastiness, grain and light hop bitterness in the finish. A little bit boozy and drying. Not the most flavourful for the style, but refreshing. Wouldn't regret having another, but there are better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 21:29:16 | More by allergictomacros
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the brewery that brought you Scaldis (known as Bush in its home country), this one has a fantastic label and an annoyingly small 25 cl volume.

Pours a tiny head that disappears quickly. A clean and radiant golden color. Lotsa lotsa lace.

Aroma starts off funky...not in a "barnyard" way, more like a ripe mustard brie cheese. Also musty malts and floral hops.

Wow, the taste! Quite hoppy--not something Belgians are known for--though not cloyingly so. What a great balance of flavors: peppery sweetness, bitter hoppiness, mild funk, fruitiness and malts. All combine for a pale ale that doesn't taste like any other I've had, in the style or outside of it.

Light, crisp mouthfeel with a mild tingle and good presence.

This would definitely be a pleaser amongst a variety of beer enthusiasts, as it's not your typical pale ale, it really has something all its own. Another fantastic beer from the Dubuisson brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 23:38:08 | More by Metalmonk
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 16:36:39 | More by goodbyeohio
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revdrjbob

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had in the Heritage Belgian café after lunch at the Lowenbrau Keller with Teaser. This was one of their new "beer of the month" offerrings.

Poured into the frosted Trolls goblet, similar but smaller than a Duvel goblet. Shame it was frosted, couldn't really see the beer too well, but through the thick white foam, it looked to be a clear pale yellow colour, with plenty of carbonation.

Aroma of hops? I am drinking a Belgian beer? The bottle mentions it being spiced with orange peel, but all I can just about smell is big citrusy hops, like Cascade! Very strange. I read a few of the other reviews for the Trolls, and most mention the "aroma of spices", but not hops. Slight hint of malt and yeast.

Flavour was strange again, but if I'm not insane, a perfect melding of a Belgian pale ale and an American pale ale. Like Duvel and Little Creatures... what a perfect match! Starts sweet and malty on the palate, turns hoppy and resiny, with hints of citrus/pine, then off to a bitter finish, with hints of honey sweet malt. So horrendously easy drinking, and an awesome bottle design too.

I'm in love!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 10:09:10 | More by revdrjbob
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BrewMaster

California

4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was consumed on the terrace at La Cervoise in Mons, Belgium.

Appearance: Pours a nice reddish orange color with a light tan ring of a head. Served in a sniffer with the beer logo on it. The beer leaves excellent lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Light, malty aroma with a sweet fruity scent. Mostly pear and apple.

Taste: Big malty flavor with a light coating of fruitiness on top. The flavor is rich with cereal flavors like wheat, oats, and granola. Other flavors include hay, dry white grapes, and a very aromatic lavender.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing. Medium bodied and comfortable on the palate.

Drinkability: Excellently smooth, well balanced and enjoyable. To me this beer tastes like a better version of the Bush Blonde that stands at 10%. At 7% this tastes like a more realistic and natural interpretation of the same beer. I tasted the two beers side by side and I definately prefer this Cuvée Des Trolls.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 16:21:02 | More by BrewMaster
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden beer with a big, rocky, white head. Quite a bit of lacing ended up on the glass. Light fruit and spice in the nose, quite sweet with some alcohol. Flavour is sweet up front with some pear. Light bitterness that leads into a medium dry finish that has some pepperiness and alcohol warmth at the end. Texture is a bit creamy, medium body, carbonation on the lower side.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 18:40:11 | More by DrJay
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stcules

Italy

2.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Amber golden color. A lot of floating bodies. Head: few, and quickly falling to just a veil.
Smell of orange, alcohol, yeast. Some spicy (pepper), honey and flower. The alcohol impression, after some while, falls down.
At the taste is vert slipping. Malt and honey in the start, citric and orange. Nothing remarkable.
Not so much body, well carbonated, aftertaste with the same notes, but nothing remarkable, again. Maybe some flowers and hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 14:45:07 | More by stcules
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An acceptable Belgium. Yeast and sugar. Sweet syrup sugar at the start, with a long yeasty finish. Dry aftertaste. Hard carbonation on tongue. Yeast and floral aroma, nothing too strong. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol kicks in, and is masked by the sugar. Smokless Joe's has the dedicated mug . A little more appreciated in bottle had 7 years later.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 03:42:02 | More by Sammy
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paterlodie

Belgium

3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 24-06-05. Poors in nicly givving a nice head that lasts and leaves nice laces at the glas. Futher an opalizing golden beecolor. Nose is quiet flat( maybe cause of age) having some malts but lots of esters giving it a fruity nose and a hint of hoparome. Overal not 100% fresh though. Taste is quiet dull too having some malttaste, quiet sweet, alcoholic and then going into a moderate but litle hanging bitterness. Lots of carbonisation makes mouthfeel more lively and litle better then taste but one was enough for me. No bad beer though.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 19:38:12 | More by paterlodie
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tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden into its distinctive frosted glass which makes in a little difficult to rate its appearance. Floral aroma, passion fruit, nice dessert smell. Taste was a lot of piney hops, and some fruit. Mouthfeel was crisp from the hops, yet still quite smooth, quite a duality. I had had a few too many by the time I had this, so I would like to try it again just to make sure my notes are correct.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 20:51:48 | More by tatterdash
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer disembarks the 330ml brown bottle a slightly hazy lemon yellow color with a middling sized semi-creamy bright white head and as it evaporates, the resultant lace forms a thin velum like sheet to surround the glass. Nose is fruity, nice malt, crisp and clean to the senses with the start ambrosial, light malt presence and the top thin. Finish has a benign acidity, the hops delicate upon the palate, dry lingering aftertaste, a nice light way to end the day.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2004 23:17:41 | More by Gusler
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GreenCard

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 20:19:20 | More by GreenCard
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Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.