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Cuvée Des Trolls - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 277
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of endovelico
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes. Drank at 'The Irish Bar' in Viseu. Date of review: 28 December 2008. Best before date: 18-02-2009. Poured into a Goblet.

Presentation: First of, the design... Delightful. It's full and colorful, and the artwork is extremely appealing. The color schematic itself is ideal, with yellow and other darker earthy tones being the most predominant on a blackish bottle. It really sets the mood for the following experience.

Appearance: One inch head that quickly fades into thin cap. Slightly hazy Pale yellow brew. Perceived effervescence is low. Weak lacing.

Smell: Really straightforward banana slap across the face. Some clove on the second stage. Not much hop aroma to speak of. All in all, it actually works great.

Taste: Taste is of wheat, banana, bubblegum and slightly citrusy. No obvious hop or spice flavor. Slightly Disappointed; some clove or coriander seeds could really make the flavor that much more bold and rich.

Mouthfeel: Medium Carbonation. Texture is slightly watery. Finishes sweet. Medium Hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability considering its ABV and lackluster mouthfeel. Could go unnoticed as a session Belgian beer.

Overall: A very enjoyable experience in itself, that starts from the moment you see the label until the last sip you take from your Banana perfumed glass. Will have again. (1,361 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (999 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (596 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,164 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (765 characters)

Photo of revdrjbob
3.84/5  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! (1,114 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,099 characters)

Photo of impending
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 (463 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (583 characters)

Photo of bobbyhands
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I get a licorice taste that nobody else seems to taste but wow it grows on you and is very good. People say lemon. Either way whatever I made my choice its good (160 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (268 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.
Pours a cloudy yellow-orange amber. Foamed out of the bottle on opening, aggressive carbonation. Massive white head and nice lacing. Pleasant light fruit (apples and citrus) and light Belgian spices aroma. Taste is similar, nice sweet light fruit, light Belgian spicing and a bit of hop kick. Fairly understated, but the flavors are well balanced and tasty. Not as good as the better Belgian Belgian strong dark ales, but I enjoyed drinking this. (507 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of rec
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
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! (501 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (749 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the Merry Monk in Albany, where they served it in the appropriate (named) glassware.

A: Body is bright golden with a 1+ finger white head that fades slowly and leaves a bit of lace on the glass up top.

S: Not too strong in the nose: light, grainy malt, a touch of citrus and some spice.

T: First impression: bready/grainy malt, spice and citrus. "Good citrus vibrancy" I wrote. Also some bread dough, perhaps from the yeast strain, and a lighter malt character. Alcohol isn't noted on the taste, but is felt in the belly as a nice warmth. Finishes fairly balanced between sweet and citrusy bitterness.

M: Kind of crisp, but also nice creaminess to the carbonation. Call it slightly lighter than medium in heft.

D: I enjoyed this - call it somewhere between Duvel Single (the green label) and regular Duvel. I'd have it again. (847 characters)

Photo of Weixiaobao
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a "Best by August 2014" 5L mini keg of this in May 2015 for $9.98 in Kansas City. Gave it a whirl seeing that it's a 7% Belgian.

Luxurious foam and lacing, even on the second day of the keg. The smell isn't too intense on this. The taste is malty and sweet. Has some of the Belgian "spiciness" that you expect from a Belgian pale.

This is a very nice beer. Wish I'd picked up a few more of these "expired" mini kegs when I had the chance. At least I got one! (467 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,196 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +14%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of SmokinSmyth
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 750ml bottle of this at home, first day off for the holidays. It poured a cloudy amber color into a chimay glass. Not a lot of head, but yeast immediately seen floating around.

A strong fruity taste, really enjoyed the sensation on the tongue. Fairly strong hops for a Belgian beer, and they come through really well.

Felt good in the mouth, not too light, with just the right carbonation. I really enjoyed this one. (426 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: silvery-gold hue with a light haze and a very active effervescence. Head poured three fingers of frothy white foam which dissipates somewhat rapidly.

Smell: nice light, sweet malt with hints of orchard fruitiness which are whimsical and refreshing. Just what I like in a BSPA or tripel.

Taste: sweet malt with a lightness and more of the subtle orchard fruit flavors from the aroma. I find it highly satisfying, refreshing and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and bodacious creaminess. Very near perfect; this is exactly what I want out of a beer like this.

Overall: a very tasty and extremely enjoyable beer. This sort of thing is precisely to my taste. I love it. (760 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (934 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cold into branded glassware at the Cheeky Monk. The glass is a frosted tulip with a logo much like the one on the bottle pictured here.

Cuvee Des Trolls is a very pale golden yellow color with sticky white head. The frosted glass makes it hard to determine clarity of the beer but it appears pretty clear.

Aroma is full of lemon citrus and mild sweetness. A little bit of hops come through here.

The taste comes as a surprise as this is a truly hoppy Belgian in a west coast USA way. Lots of lemon and orange peel, sweet/tart citrus goodness. It has an underlying sweetness which gives a nice balance but this is an unexpected Belgian IPA for me.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and appropriately carbonated. Well balanced and full of flavor.

Overall a very nice surprise and worth a try for the American IPA lover who wants to branch into (or re-visit) the Belgian styles. (887 characters)

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