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Cuvée Des Trolls - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 285
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 24.5%
Wants: 10
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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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: 109 | Hads: 285
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Boto
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of schroe58
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- pours a clear deep hey/yellow color with a relatively healthy head that quickly fades

s- mix of citrus, hay, must and that "belgian" smell.

t- taste is very light with very little to offer at first, just a slight citrus and slight grassy and a tiny bit of sweet malt flavor finished with again a slight hop bitterness. not a whole lot of flavor but very pleasant and refreshing.

m- feels thin then builds a little and leaves an effervescent feeling on the tongue. finishes a little on the dry side. different.

d- very drinkable, as i said, not a ton of flavor but it's pleasantly light. at 7% you could get ahead of yourself with this one on a hot day. i like it. give it a try.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. The cork flew across the room when popped and I always like that. Sampled on May 1, 2015.

Basic yellow pour with a lot of yeast sediments floating about. Small white head that dissolves.

The aroma is at first malty but it is also quite fruity along the lines of banana.

The body is light to medium.

Very sweet tasting with fruit elements. More sweet than anything else. Sorry, not worth $14.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky yellow with a white head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, grape juice, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from my Trolls glass. Slightly cloudy apple juice colour. Thin head (though this may result from the glass).

Light fruits in the nose: apples, bananas. Traces of sugar.

Fairly sweet taste; the candi sugar really comes through. Fruit tastes in the taste, especially bananas and sweet apples. Crisp hop finish, almost a lager like taste to it.

A bit thin and watery - if this were more carbonated it would be more reminiscent of a lager. A decent beer, but a little too sweet and weak. One of these every now and then is more than enough.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

250ml served in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours pale a light cloudy yellow color forming a medium white bubbled head. Low retention and only very few lacings left

S: Sweet grains and bread. Flowery hops and a little bit of alcohol in the very end

T: Follows the nose. Sweet and grainy upfront. Notes of honey. Stingy hoppy bitterness in the end. In overall, a dry beer

M: Quite light body to a Strong Pale Ale. Medium carbonation. Aftertaste is a combination of sweet grains and light citrus hops

O: Medium drinkability but I was expecting more from a Dubuisson beer

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Photo of ggaughan
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden color with a slight white head giving way to a nice ring on the edge. The nose of the beer was slightly hoppy and citrus but subtle as you don't get kicked in the head with hops as the label may have you believe. The taste is also not overly hopped. there is a slight malt character and hops notes to round out a decent beer.

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Photo of Morningstorm
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on bottle at the Beyerd, Breda, The Netherlands. The troll on the bottle is quit intriguing.

A: Pours a big fluffy head which stays for quite a while on the beer. A nice lacing stays the entire beer. Color is deep golden, quite what you expect for this style. Bravo.

S: Smell is moderate, no sharp smells of hop or grain. A bit citrusy.

T: This is what bothered me, the taste was not really strong, not what I would've expected. Hints of spices and citrus. Nice aftertaste but dissappeared rather quickly.

M: Mildly carbonated. Easily drinkable.

O: Quite a beer to clench your thirst with.

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Photo of FLima
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow golden color with a thin aired head with short retention, but leaving some laces.
Initially malty aroma followed by notes of oranges, booze, pineapple and honey.
Flavor of booze, spicy yeast at the beginning of tasting, Cointreau liquor, hard center of a pineapple, yeast, some hay, pear, banana and a mild sourness. And some faint herbal hop around.
Light body with appropriate carbonation, alcohol is apparent but does not bother.
A decent ok beer, tasty and assertively light with a booze kick. Not bad, not extraordinary.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep golden ale with a white foamy head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt with some sweetness and some notes of dry European hops. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt notes with light bitter and dry notes of hops. Medium body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I find it difficult sometimes to adequately assess/appreciate a "wrench-in-the-gears" (just made that up) beer like this. Perhaps I've been drinking too much of the same general type of beer lately.

This is a fine ale - "surprisingly pleasant", as they say on their website, is a perfect summary.

Lit-up foggy, silky-champagne color, smart-foamy transient head. Vague malt and musty/floral Belgian-yeast aroma. Surprisingly (pale-ale-)malt forward flavor, low-on-juicy white fruit essence. Rounded, finely-frayed edges and strangely dull on the tongue. Dry, mostly, yet allowing a sweatened-skin dampness. Not what I expected - thrown off by its almost cereal malt boldity. Nice, but not at that price.

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Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of 77ships
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright yellow, with thin sparkling white head that quickly disappears rather quickly.

S: Minor citrus and floral tones, some sweetness but not much.

T: Bitter hops and citrus flavours. Most of the bitterness comes in the aftertaste, surprisingly pleasant considering the bitterness and minor acidity.

M: Light body, very carbonated, smooth to drink.

D: Not particularly spectacular or anything but very easy to drink and very refreshing. Nice one for the summer.

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Photo of Zet
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good steady head of foam with a hazy yellow colour, though the colour looks a bit too yellow (as in chemical) for me. Nice fresh earthy smell with hints of orange. This continues in the taste with malt and spice also being present there. Nothing too complicated or extraordinary going on here, just a fine and refreshing belgian blond.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.52/5  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.

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Photo of tang3nt
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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!!

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Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.