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Cuvée Des Trolls - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BA SCORE
80
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224 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | 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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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

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

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

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!

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

Pennsylvania

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
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

Appearance: In a style filled with stellar-looking brews, this one isn't particularly special. Somewhat hazy honey-yellow with a white head and poor retention.

Smell: Yummy English pale ale-ish buttery notes are the first thing I notice, reminiscent of crackers and marron glacés. A sweet, caky Belgian yeast character is noticeable in the background, along with some clear vodka-like alcohol, orange peel (which expresses itself sort of like Cointreau) and subtly fruity-floral hops, redolent of apples, pears, cider, and carnations.

Taste: Very English, in a way, with a pronounced hard water quality that doesn't quite gel with the beer's otherwise delicate estery tones. Orange is quite pronounced in a subdued way (if that makes sense), like pleasant background music. Vanilla, buttery biscuits, honey, nutmeg-like spice, and triple sec round out the flavor. Finish is very yeasty, with a lingering bready tang.

Mouthfeel: Airy and medium-bodied; dry, but not too dry.

Drinkability: This is a very nice beer with a somewhat unique character for the style. The alcohol comes through rather strongly for a beer of only 7% ABV, but somehow this doesn't make it less drinkable. Recommended!

03-09-2008 14:38:26 | More by soulgrowl
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elNopalero

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%

This beer is a foamy, light golden color. There’s some musty hop aromas both muted and floral. A light, crisp Belgian fruitness on the palate. It has a smooth—real smooth—and effervescent finish. A solid if not terribly exciting expression of a Belgian pale ale.

12-21-2011 19:10:39 | More by elNopalero
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%

On tap at Cheeky Monk on Colfax the beer is served to a tulip. Arrives a brilliant hazy golden color with a 1.5 finger white head, some retention and lacing. The nose is rather mild with a strong biscuity malt character and a hint of citrus and pepper. The flavor is an improvement with an increased citrus character. Light biscuity malt blend nicely with a mild bitterness. Very approachable. No hint of alcohol. Finishes with a clean malty citrus flavor. Crisp and well carbonated and lighter medium bodied. Overall, an easy drinking Belgian for sure. I'd have another, refreshing.

04-05-2012 19:21:15 | More by hopfacebrew
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

250ml bottle, a so-called 'loan' from a friend's 6-bottle, 1-glass gift pack. Not really sure how this one differs from the "Speciale" listing on this site.

This beer pours a very hazy, finely sediment-strewn medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of thinly puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves nothing but a low wash of shoreline lace around the glass as it rather quickly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy, bready pale malt, earthy yeast, very mild generic citrus pith, and some understated floral, leafy hops. The taste is fairly consistent, with a sweet grainy, somewhat toasty malt, laid-back yeast, a subtle fleshy orange fruitiness, and somewhat perfumed leafy hops.

The bubbles are rather sedate, the body a decent medium weight, and generally pretty smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready pale malt still most prevalent, as the yeast and hops dwindle to a dull echo.

A pleasant enough BSPA, one whose alcohol and yeast are kept well in check, which makes things all the more agreeable to this camper. I may have to bogart another of these little bottles from my source.

12-28-2012 05:40:03 | More by biboergosum
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impending

California

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

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

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

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%

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!

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

Minnesota

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
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BoitSansSoif

France

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
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

04-30-2010 00:53:12 | More by PittBeerGirl
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

05-20-2011 17:45:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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RuudJH

Netherlands

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
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tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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

District of Columbia

3.76/5  rDev +6.5%

On draft at Café Hollander in Tosa, WI.

The beer is hazy and yellow with a half inch of pure white head. The aroma brings fruity esters, yeast, booze, grain. Notes of pineapple and grass with a mild but present alcohol. A tad sweet with a mild warmth in the finish. Light bitterness in the finish with lingering tropical fruits. This was pretty good.

06-23-2014 03:13:57 | More by Huhzubendah
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ant1

France

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

06-03-2012 20:50:02 | More by ant1
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Reem

France

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

09-28-2013 15:07:28 | More by Reem
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frontalot

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

02-17-2014 18:38:21 | More by frontalot
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

03-30-2013 16:10:40 | More by Kunstman
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kurgan3

Poland

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

03-17-2013 15:50:26 | More by kurgan3
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FreshHawk

Illinois

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
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pathman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

07-10-2013 02:02:16 | More by pathman
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Mark_Eck

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

01-21-2014 11:20:58 | More by Mark_Eck
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

09-12-2013 22:50:43 | More by EmperorBevis
Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.