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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:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-29-2003)
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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 endovelico
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

endovelico, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of gregmurer
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

quite easy to drink.. maybe too easy to drink for a 7% beer... it's an average thirst beer, nice, enough bitter but sweetely strong...
drunk on the bottle, it'll be even easier. A really nice beer in deed. Served on it's awesome glass, it's transformed into a mid-strong lightely ambered belgian style beer... but it can be compared to a strong california ale, so it can be drunk even on hot summer and cold winter... really interesting indeed...

gregmurer, Dec 10, 2008
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 thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

thierrynantes, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of schroe58
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

schroe58, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

ViveLaChouffe, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of soulgrowl
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

soulgrowl, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
3.48/5  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.

ggaughan, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of rec
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

rec, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of vancurly
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, honey apricot... Some yeast sediment hanging in suspensions Heavy white head, that sinks to a foamy layer.

S: Belgian malt profile, candy spice, and soft, sweet fruit notes.

T: Sweet malts, spice and caramel. The back palate hints at hop herbaceousness, and lingering toast. Nice aftertaste.

M: Chewy malt, slight tang, mild bitterness, clean finish.

D: Very approachable, and, for a strong ale, quite more-ish.

vancurly, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Absumaster, Mar 04, 2007
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 EPICAC
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

EPICAC, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

biegaman, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer arrived in a hazy glass so it could have been a clear beer. The head was white and low, yet persistent to lace the glass.

The aroma was lighty filled with caramel and contained an earthy presence. Also, the aroma was fruity and estery, but caramel was the most notable due to the beer being served very, very cold.

The flavor was lightly sweet with honey and a earthy hop presence with a light Belgian yeast spice character. The flavor was not offending and would be very much a crowd pleaser.

The finish was dry and earthy but without much character into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium and with a moderate carbonation had a creamy mouthfeel. Overall a kinda boring beer.

25 cl bottle served in proper glass at t' Brugs Beertje in Brugge on 9/13/06.

GCBrewingCo, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of crwills
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last beer of the evening at Smokeless Joe, but don't worry, I remember it. Very small bottle, poured into a wide-mouthed, unlabeled (I think) goblet.

Aroma was faintly fruity, quite sweet, and a little bready. Stood out as subtle and complex among an evening of beers that either lacked aroma or had very straightforward, aggressive aromas.

Flavour is fruity again, with sweeter fall fruits like apples and pears standing out. A little bit of hops in there, but nothing too unusual. Mouthfeel was very nice, smooth without being to oily or thick.

The problem with this beer was that, at least for me, it was good but unmemorable. Then again, after an evening at Smokeless Joe, you have to expect things to become a little 'unmemorable'... will review again at some point to make sure I'm not imagining things.

crwills, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Chaucer's Pub/Marienbad Restaruant in London, Ontario. Served with its own frosted glass!

A: Very blonde; pours with a fluffy, white head; nice retention and lace.

S: Floral hops with a little yeasty tang.

T: Slightly sweet with a lot of fresh, floral hop flavour (which I wasn't particularly fond of). A little spicyness from the hops and/or yeast. Not a lot of fruity esters, but certainly some phenols.

M: Typical Belgain strong. Given the strength, the body is relatively light. Carbonation is slightly higher than average.

D: Certainly approachable, but I didn't find it overly engaging.

Derek, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.53/5  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.

allergictomacros, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Metalmonk, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.53/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

25cl bottle.. why so small for 7%
bought 10/04. best by 3/05. consumed in 1/06.

label kicks ass, an elfish troll holding a white dildo and wearing a hopleaf helmet. ok, so maybe its ripped paper and not a dildo. either way, the art is nice and the label is worth collecting. the image itself says to me, 'this hop creature is busting out and coming to get you!' blah, blah.. gimme the beer already.

sunny and bubbly orange/yellow blend. creamy foam, solid and thin lacing all the way down the tulip. looks belgian and looks golden. sweet.

nose resembles the creaminess of a tripel, without any of the usual buttery accents. well-executed in the nose and barely hopped at all. sweet prune odor complimented by faint sugar-syrup apricots and honey dipped sticky buns. mouth-wateringly sinful.

very rich, thick mouthfeel brings some alcohol, but primarily a sweet belgian maltiness. sublime yet layered in its sweetness. burps are buttery, but the beer suffers from no diacetyl residue. hops are still alive, and a sour cherry essence lingers on the back of my palate.. fruity. concentrated goodness. amazing balance for something aged past its supposed prime.

in my opinion, this is the perfect age to drink this beer. developing some of those old belgian pale characteristics (the good ones) without picking up any of the funk. did i care for this bottle? yep, for the last year it survived closet conditions. the flavors really know how to intensify here.

this brew, if you can track down a bottle, is liquid gold.

goodbyeohio, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of revdrjbob
3.85/5  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!

revdrjbob, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of BrewMaster
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

BrewMaster, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

DrJay, Jun 26, 2005
Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
80 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.