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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:
No notes at this time.

(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 Anatole
1.75/5  rDev -50.3%

Anatole, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Hellrob
1.78/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

not good! not good! Not good! not good not good not good not good. I think that you can go over by this beer! ...sour also the taste. with yeast. not good not good not good -- not good not good not good not good. we don't like it. there are a lot of strong ales more good!

Hellrob, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of IMFletcher
2/5  rDev -43.2%

IMFletcher, Aug 31, 2014
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 Bellonc
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Bellonc, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of vinny21bal
2/5  rDev -43.2%

vinny21bal, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of TRICKYD1CK
2.13/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

*Transcribed from notes taken in my beer journal

Had on tap at Mayflower in the 5ème arrondisement in Paris on rue Mouffetard.

A - Clear, golden color. Creamy head.

S - Smells like cane sugar and malts.

T - All of the things I dislike about Belgian beers with none of the things I like. Too sweet and thin. Not particularly complex. Tasted like a melted Jolly Rancher. Didn't help that the pour sucked.

M - Creamy, sweet mouthfeel. Meh.

O - Didn't like it. Chouffe is much better than this one. If you're not a sweet tooth, steer clear.

TRICKYD1CK, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of stcules
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.

stcules, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of Jose9e
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

Jose9e, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.33/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

.33cl bottle into Guinness brewhouse true imperial pint glass in Belfort, France. Reviewed live.

A: One finger head of no cream, poor thickness, and bad retention. Clear yellow colour.

Sm: Fresh cream and barley.

T: Barley and cream. That's literally it. Some bland hops add nothing of substance or value. Simple. Crap build and mediocre balance.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not really refreshing. Sort of complements the taste.

Dr: Easily downable - not that you'd want to - but it's well priced. ABV is high.

kojevergas, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Mjdoyon
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Mjdoyon, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -29%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Noyt
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Noyt, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

desint, May 24, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
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.

musicforairports, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of errantnight
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

errantnight, Dec 08, 2008
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 Vancer
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.

Vancer, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of magictacosinus
2.85/5  rDev -19%
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.

magictacosinus, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of hopdog
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
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

hopdog, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of heygeebee
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

heygeebee, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of deebo
3/5  rDev -14.8%

deebo, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of Keegan
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Keegan, Mar 11, 2012
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Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.