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Cuvée Des Trolls (Speciale) - Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Cuvée Des Trolls (Speciale)Cuvée Des Trolls (Speciale)

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very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BDTyre on 03-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A smooth Belgian ale with stronger lemon tones than others, though not so much that it hijacks the experience. Nice even profile with fairly even consistency. I mean, it's an "okay" ale for an anniversary release, but not something that's really blowing me away. Very nice drinker though. Smooth.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had no idea Cuvee des Trolls was 10 years old. I had never heard of it, until kegs were offered a couple of years ago. Those Belgians and their love of little people. The gnomes of Brasserie d'achouffe, the "erthels" of Urthel, and one of the most famous cartoon character out of Belgium, Peyo's Smurfs.

To get myself in the proper mood, I put on a movie. Not "Troll 2", that's about goblins, no matter what the director will tell you. I'd never seen the original "Troll" from 1986, but what a delight. Swinging Sonny Bono, lovely June Lockhart, a surprisingly non-wooden Michael Moriarty, and an evil Troll trying to turn an apartment building into a fantasy forest /alternate dimension. He just about turns every tenant into a horrible rubbery creature, except Julia Louis Dreyfus, who becomes a scantily clad wood nymph, which is how it should be, of course.

Ah, but the beer. Here's what I had to say:

Cuvee' des Trolls Cuve'e Speciale, Belgian Ale Refermented in the bottle. I pint, 9.4 fl. oz. , 10th Anniversary Cuvee Speciale, Product of Belgium, 7% Alc., by Vol.
From Brasserie Dubuisson, makers of the Bush/Scaldis line. I like them.
Brewed in limited quantities, Troll's 10th Anniversary special edition accentuates the delicate qualities and fruity aroma of Cuvee des Trolls thanks to it's secondary fermentation in the bottle. Enjoy!
Brewed with: water, malt, sugar, hops, and yeast.

Clouded, golden-hue, large, snowy-white head, lacy and long-lasting.

Aromatics of yeast, light malt, light hops, citrus-y hops and considerable spice. Air-y, lemon-y, and delightful. Mmm, mmm.

Now, let's taste it: light, spritzy, carbonated, lemon and orange, yeasty. Mmm. Now, how is this different from regular Trolls? I can't think of it. I don't have a regular Trolls next to me to compare to it. But, what can I say, it's Mmmm, mmm.
So good. A little sharp, a little smooth, a bit creamy, and altogether mmmm.
Another gulp, another sip, and it's more mmm, yeah.

Again, I can't say there's anything better than the regular Trolls, and I tried it for the first time two years ago….more yeast, more smooth, more creamy, more Mmmm.

Light bodied, light textured, fluffy mouthfeel…mmm, and yum, I just keep saying'…cream and orange, lemon and yum, not too this, not too that, just altogether ahhh….

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Quebec SAQ for $8

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a very high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, hops, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some lemon and some clove/coriander. There is also some hop and corn flavours. It ends with a nice balanced bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall - A well crafted delicious very drinkable beer. Had my bottle while sitting on a patio on a warm evening and it was perfect. I haven't tried the non special edition of the beer, so I don't know how much better it is.. but this is a winner for me.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a tight, clinging white head.

S: Aromas of orchard fruits, citrus, and grass are present on the nose. Of the ales produced by Dubuisson, this one has by far the mildest smell.

T: Notes of green apple, spiced pear, lemon, lime, grass, herbs, biscuits, nougat, and roasted almonds make their way across the palate. The finish is balanced with an even mix of biscuity, nutty malt and grassy, herbal hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied, very dry, and prickly. Though it is initially lively, this beer quickly wilts in the mouth. Overall, it feels rather thin and watery.

O: This beer is solid as is, but would be greatly improved by a heftier, thicker mouthfeel. It simply doesn't have the feel of a bottle conditioned strong ale. In the end, I'm glad I tried this one, but would not likely purchase it again. I just don't see it as being a significant improvement over the regular Cuvee des Trolls.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before end 2013 - poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Lightly cloudy naples yellow body with a pearling fist of magnolia merengue. Dense sticky, undulating lacing - superior retention.

Grassy faintly spicy noble hop aroma backed by a biscuity malt note and hints of lemon zest and yeasty phenols. Hay and light funk emerge as the ale warms.

Gentle yeast-based flavors accompanied by star fruit, melon, and lemon notes. Well integrated and light profile overall. Finishes medium-dry with a touch of candi sugar. Delicate and refreshing (though I could see how some might call it weak).

Soft, effervescent, and well carbonated. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Usually anniversary editions pile on the flavor, but this seems to emphasize the lighter qualities of the original recipe...not sure I could distinguish between the two really...still quite tasty none the less.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BDTyre
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10th anniversary bottle conditioned version of the standard brew. Similar golden apple juice colour with a thin, white head. Candi sugar, bananas and apples on the scent. A bit more mellow than the regular version, and more evenly balanced.

A slight bit hoppier taste, and the fruitiness is toned down. The malt profile is noticeably more bready and yeasty. Smooth brew, a bit thicker and all-in-all a more drinkable product (even in a 750ml bottle).

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of jpro
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL corked and caged bottle into a Mikkeller tulip glass.

A: Pours a light golden / orange, with an effervescent, white head - about two fingers; no lace.

S: Light Belgian estery-ness / yeast aroma; bready; a little spicy; a touch of alcohol.

T: Bread / dough; white pepper; coriander; some medicinal notes toward the finish; pretty dry and earthy.

M: Light-bodied and champagne like; tingly and zingy; nice.

O: Not too exciting; good, but kind of a blend between a Belgian Pale Ale and a witbier.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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Cuvée Des Trolls (Speciale) from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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