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Cuvée Des Trolls - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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106 Reviews
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 277
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-29-2003

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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 277
Photo of lownote
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of Nickls
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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? (1,206 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter.
Pours hazy golden beer with decent 2-finger white head, good retention. Smell of honey, yeasts, grass, pale malts, troll sweat 8). Flavour is close to russian minibreweries, commonly yeasty, slightly honey, grass and malts. Normal brew for unnormal belgians. Medium body, moderate carbonation. (316 characters)

Photo of Travlr
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Light orangish body; slightly cloudy; no head; effervescent

Aroma: Slight spice; citrusy

Taste: Tangy on the start; semi-sweet mid; with dry, nutty finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores (252 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Clear golden colour, small head that fades soon, minimal lace. Smell is sweet,floral, vanilla, coconut, honey. Light boyd, creamy palate. Taste is similar to the smell: Vanilla, honey and coconut. (196 characters)

Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'ts 1 AM in Belgium, just bought one of these from an open store with a limited stock of beer outside my hotel.

A - appearance is a golden yellow color with a nice white head that seems to be sticking around. lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S - smells of malts and yeast... thats about it, hops might show slightly but not much.

T - malty taste to this beer... more hops in the taste than in the nose, but not by much.

M - bubbles at the tip of my tongue, goes down nicely, somewhat clean finish.

O - decent beer, helps that I'm drinking it late at night in Belgium, but compared to other beers isnt anything too special. (640 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (496 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.23/5  rDev -8%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
3.23/5  rDev -8%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
3.23/5  rDev -8%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)

A- The strong pop of the cork yields a huge foam that overflows the glass and keeps oozing out of the bottle. There is a murky yellow body with a racing carbonation of bubbles supporting the thick bubbly white head.

S- The aroma of wet clay and faint green hop hint are all that come through the aroma.

T- The clean flavor has some lemon yeasty notes with a clean finish of carbonic acid.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel but the big scrubbing fizz fills the mouth. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The fizz dominates this beer with soft notes of hops and some yeast character coming through but not much. This beer turns a bit water after the carbonation burns up. (698 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
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! (459 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at palais des bieres in Geneva. Switzerland .

Pours a golden yellow color with a tinge of orange and a slight hazy transparency. Has a nice 2 finger head with a perfect white head and a lacing that tracks each sip. The aroma is of sour apples, lemon peel and a grassy hay like aroma, slightly sour. The taste is bright and vibrant, lack of malt favors hurt this beer and it's too acidic for my tastes. Nice cleansing feeling with the citrus but overall it's a pass for me if I am looking for a nice Belgian pale ale. (526 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love the little hop-headed troll on the bottle

Pours a chill-hazed honey color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Peppery yeast, grassy notes & apple peels

T: pear & white grape, white pepper, lemony & grassy notes up front. Aspirin & lemons assert along with crackery & dry notes as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit, apple peels & white pepper

MF: Fairly thin, firm carbonation, some grainyness. Carbonation picks up as this warms & becomes a touch prickly

This one was a letdown, I was expecting way more from this one, a supposed limited edition, 10th anniversary release... (624 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (286 characters)

Photo of Jetulio
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

250 ml bottle poured into a Chalice glass
Appearance... cloudy golden straw colour beer with head white of almost 1 finger
Aroma... lemon and malt. Fresh and not too strong smell
Taste... citrus and herbal, a little touch of yeast, the spicy presence that bottle legend announces is not present in my opinion
Mouthfeel... medium body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall...a refreshing beer but nothing remarkable. (414 characters)

Photo of hopdog
2.99/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 (294 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a sensational one finger head over a golden body, but ,erm, I looked away and where had that head gone? Zero lacing.

Aromas of mandarin and Belgian yeast.

Taste is quite tart, mandarins to the fore. Refreshing, needs to be served colder than some Belgian ales.

Mouthfeel is too light for ABV

OK overall - marked down due to price vs 250ml bottle ize. (360 characters)

Photo of sfprint
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of Vancer
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of errantnight
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,248 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 250ml (250?! Low portions from Belgium?!) bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date is listed as "28/09/12."

I picked this bottle just because of the label. Silly, but really good marketing. However, this beer proves itself to be odd. This thing, according to the bottle, is filtered yet there are tons of floaties in it. It does indeed have a clear, golden color, but it doesn't look like other blondes I've had due to the floaties. Strange stuff, but kind of an ugly result.

Smell begins pretty hoppy and sugary... then proceeds to end with an extremely boozy effect, more so than a 7% ABV beer should. This result becomes every time worse as the beer warms up, to the point where the alcohol sweetness becomes sickening. While there is a honey-biscuit aroma in the back, the front is overpowered by the alcohol.

It feels grainy and sugary at first, and then whacks you at the back of the head with way too much alcohol. There are hops and sufficient creaminess that saves the recipe a bit. Honestly, this would probably work better with a lower ABV. There is a comfortable warming sensation, but it really is best enjoyed cold. At lower temperatures, it's pretty refreshing. As it warms up however, this yeasty, astringent flavor comes around and makes it slightly nauseating.

I usually enjoy blondes but I felt that this beer is really unbalanced. It's refreshing to an extent and isn't trying to be something over the top, but I could really do without that extra ABV here. For the low price, not a bad bargain, but there are far, far more interesting Belgian blondes. (1,593 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (400 characters)

Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.