Cuvée Des Trolls
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #351
ABV:
7%
Score:
81
Ranked #42,097
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 14.21%
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
373
From:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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Cuvée Des TrollsCuvée Des Trolls
Notes: he Cuvée des Trolls was created in 2000 in the tanks of microbrewery Le Brasse-Temps, which was established in Louvain-la-Neuve by Brasserie Dubuisson.

It is an unfiltered blonde beer with a natural cloud. The beer is produced using only yeast, malt, hops, sugar and water and has an alcohol volume of 7%.

Thanks to the addition of dried orange peel during the boiling process, the beer has very pleasant fruity aromas that are in beautiful harmony with its delicate, fully rounded taste.
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Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 373
Photo of ThaneMcC
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With a best by date of 20/05/2020 - poured this straw colored ale into a tulip glass with about a finger breadth of white head which rapidly dissipated.
Smell is citrus, tropical fruit, toasted malts and a bit of floral notes. Taste is sweet malts, orange peel and a hint of pith, astringent hoppy midnote witha bit of piney resin and leading to a clean finish. Mouth feel is medium with a good amount of carbonation and astringency - very clean finish with only the slightest sweet residue.
Great with bbq, pizza - astringency is a good palate cleanser and easily quaffable.
Like a love child between a blonde ale and a belgian pale - all the best elements of each.

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Photo of Sarah_Bearah
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not a bumbling oaf like many of his cousins, this troll is far from lacking in social graces. Blondes have more fun, and with aromas of ripe apricots and lush tropical gardens, this is no exception. His breezy disposition, however, is tempered by a champagne-like palate that reminds one of his rapier wit. And with the satisfying hop finish of a perfectly timed exit, he leaves the lasting impression of being the one friend that everyone likes.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle - dated 30/12/2017

Cuvee Des Trolls poured out a little cloudy golden hue that has a bubbly 1-1/2 finger white head that held very well. The head dissipated to a foamy collar and spotty lacing. The aroma is clean, of citrus, yeast, and light spice. The taste begins with citrus, light fruit then becomes lightly sweet. There is just enough hops to balance the ale. Mouth feel is medium with active carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable and tasty beer that is an easy drinker.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly unclear yellow with fine, quickly dissipating foam.

Smell is very fruity with pears, esters, yeast and Sevile orange making an almost cider like smell.

Taste is also very fruity, again almost cider like. A lot of aples and pears and a bit of yeast. Very easy to drink for the ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium with fairly high carbonation.

Overall, a very refreshing Belgian, that is almost too easy to drink. Could sneak up on you...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brasserie Dubuisson "Cuvée Des Trolls"
330 ML brown glass bottle coded "27/10/2017 D 3 17 6 10:34"

Notes via stream of consciousness: How odd, the bottle I just poured foamed up with a three-finger thick head while the one last night went nice and easy. Maybe I was just a little too rough, or hit the glass at a bad angle. ... OK, it's settled to a pillowy white head of about a finger and a half thick now, so that's good. The body is a cloudy yellow that looks almost orangeish in the full glass. The aroma is yeasty with sweetish malt, displaying some apple, orange, something akin to white grape juice, and light spice. The flavor follows but it's much brighter. The malt is sweeter as well, but some graininess remains. Orange, apple, a hint of lemon, the white grape, peach, banana, subtle spice with perhaps some clove, and mildly herbal notes all dance around each other. A moderate to median bitterness keeps everything in line and it finishes drying with some light citrus, a hint of vanilla, banana, and soft spice and herbs lingering. That might make it sound like it's really rich and full but it's actually not, it's only medium-light in body and it's overall fairly mild, it's just fairly complex as well. Which is actually a good thing for a Belgian pale ale, you want to drink it, not spend an afternoon with it - leave that for the quads. Looking back it's maintained a thin but solid surface covering, and there's some decent lacing. It's very drinkable, and I'm surprised at how nuanced it is. Worth trying.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours with a frothy, thick, three finger head golden amber body, appears well attenuated.
S: Apple cider, white wine/blanc grapes, subtle hints of sweet malt and an even more understated boozy warmth, some hints of peach as well.
T: an interesting immediate marriage of biscuity malt and mild tartness, followed by apple notes, and a very mild bitterness, hints of stone fruit
M: very dry
O: A very crisp and enjoyable beer that I will definitely be buying again, at points like drinking sparkling apple juice, my only complaint is that I wish it were a tad less sweet. A nice offering, you should definitely try it.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Optimus Beer. InbTeku glass. After dinner. In Roquetas de Mar. In shaker glass. Overcarbonated. Light sourness at first but dissipates quickly. Fruity notes to lemon, orange, white grapes mixed with belgian yeast notes

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Photo of Yoann
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip
A - Hazy gold with a solid white head
S - Roasty malts with herbal hops
T - Good balance
M - Well carbonated
O - A classic Belgian ale, no defects but not exceptional

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/27/2017. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, peach, pear, apricot, apple, coriander, white pepper, honey, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, orange peel, peach, pear, apricot, apple, coriander, white pepper, honey, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness and light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, peach, pear, apricot, apple, coriander, white pepper, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate drying from yeast spiciness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 7%. Overall this is a very nice Belgian pale ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and quite refreshing to drink with the balanced spicy/drying finish. Great well rounded yeast/hop complexity; with a nice balancing malt backbone. Never overly prickly/foamy on carbonation. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad but was left searching for more flavor. There was a sour note that was surprising, but not off-putting. Very yeasty flavor, as many belgians tend to have.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There must be some characteristics of the water that just makes Belgian brews unique. It works to the advantage of this nice ale.

It pours a nice rich golden color with just a bit of fizz and a fair amount of haze. Nice haze. The aroma is a yeasty warning of the taste that will follow - a twangy, yeasty boozy taste. I need to make appoint of trying their bigger ones.

The overall experience is a unique, flavorful, Belgian taste that totally works. Recommended, and I want to try the special and trippel.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a strange one indeed, a lot going on and overly hoppy.

It looks pretty good, a light hazy golden body with a foamy head, which does dissipate fairly quickly to leave a thin floating topping.

Aroma is a little sour, and those hops seem a bit too overkill.

The taste is the same, carries those hops into a sour taste, and definitely acquired.

It is a little wish washy in feel, and could do with beefing up a bit, but strangely leaves an aftertaste wanting more.

Overall, something just doesn't quite fit for me, looks great, tastes a bit below par, as complex a brew as it is.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a beer that hides its alcohol very well. Not much of a head (size-wise), but the retention is good. Lovely sweet aroma, with a lot of complexity. The flavor is much more straightforward but intense and with lingering aftertastes of vanilla and some banana. A great beer indeed.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A practically clear gold with tiny little floaty, yeastie bits and mini bubbles flowing up to create a classically high frothy crown, pure white. I have noticed the Belgian styles tend to dissipate very slow and leaving a high top directly in the middle, while the outside drops slowly around it.

Aromatics include : earhty wheat yeastie funk, sour herbs, subtle spicy hops and a very light crisp malt. The malt is rather tangy, much like an American adjunct lager. Which seems a bit odd, but never the less interesting. A hot day in a wheat field after a warm summer rain and maybe some decaying leaves is what it reminds me of.

A very light, but smooth feel, jazzy with a long and lush finish. Not dry but very light and airy.

Flavors have a nice crisp golden wheat and light malt, only slightly sweet with a kick of sour yeast and very herbal hops. Not the most complex Belgian blond, but the flavors are lush and work very well together. A rather easy drinker, extremely refreshing and interesting enough to sip and savor.

I love the hop-headed troll on the lable and the creepy, dark faces in the background. Authentic Belgian brews are just endlessly interesting to me, especially the very unique and different yeast flavor's. Be sure to pour into a proper glass, to allow the aromatics and unique flavor's to open up properly.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at L'Unic (Aix-en-Provence), served in a 25 cl Cuvée des Trolls tulip. Pale hazy gold with a whispy head of white foam. Smell and taste of pale malt, orange citrus, tropical fruit, spicy yeast and raw sugar. Finishes relatively dry and clean, but with only slight bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Overall drinkable, but sugary fruit notes overtake more interesting aspects of a typical Belgian ale.

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Photo of drmeto
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

L:
-pours a hazy pale golden with a small to medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-acidic,lemon,leather,pineapple,slight peach,sugar,Pilsener malt,white wine,grainy,apple
T:
-faint overall
-sugary,spicy,grassy,pineapple,grainy,cooked rice
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
-finishes dry
F:
-high carbonation
-light to medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
O:
Meh

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Bert's
Hazy deep straw color with a huge frothy white head that persists. Spicy light pepper with sweet bread on the nose. Sweet malt pits of pepper and clove with a light ashy metallic to round it out. Decent beer, light flaws.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled almost one year ago. While not crisply fresh, it is still quite good.
Looks happy (a full head and dancing protein.) Smells mostly of fall fruits (pears, apples.) Tastes the same with the malt, house yeast and a dose of brewers sugar all kept in balance by some refined hops. Sits in my mouth just fine.
Glad I bought a four pack of this... and a reminder to grab Bush and Scaldis again whenever I see it.

"Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium" spends quite a bit of time (4 pages) on Dubuisson (who he obviously likes), but gives only a short review (a line) of this Cuvee' and indicates it is different than the family brewer's line.. but not specifically.

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Photo of Dzu
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice.
L: Turbid light-amber with a medium white foam head.
S: Triple-like, fruit notes, caramel.
T: Banana, caramel. Little bitterness.
F: Watery body , medium carbonation.
O: Good but ordinary beer.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The flagship of Brasserie Dubuisson is not their best offering. Quite sweet it shows some off notes as carboard. Still better than a leffe but more expansive

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Photo of Shanex
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yet another Belgian Pale Ale and you might want to try it. Very sweet and fruity aroma. I gathered it's pretty available in America, it's my almost everyday beer and that's because it's at a reasonable price in Belgium and Europe. The perfect beer for 'aperitif' and appetizers most definitely. If you happen to obtain a keg, I assure you'll throw a decent party.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a belgian pale ale with strong sour notes, more like a farmhouse ale or something like that. Orange taste is very aggresive and tartness is high. Smell is citric and fruity. Pours hazy, very pale with a very nice white foam head.

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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trolls are typically associated with ugliness but Cuvée Des Trolls is drop-dead gorgeous; resplendently golden in colour, the beer is bright and clean, has Champagne-esque bubbles and a fine yet mousy head. Served in the proper chalice there's probably no tastier looking item on the table.

The typical orchard fruit esters and yeasty phenolics are all accounted for; this one leans towards crisper, more acidic green apple varietals and has a softer, more inconspicuous spiciness. There are notes of hay and farmhouse grain but they're partially submerged in golden corn and white sugar.

Cuvée Des Trolls is indeed a bit thin and sweet but it's not a deal-breaker. The hint of citrus, light-as-a-feather body and strong, sparkling carbonation suggests this is intended as more of an aperitif, which would forgive its plainness and the lack of lasting impression. It's an introductory Belgian ale.

Belgian beers are varied but most fall into one of two categories: rich, complex ones that demand slow, contemplative sipping and those that are straightforward and refreshing, perfectly suited to the bistro or paired with a simple meal. Cuvée Des Trolls is definitely one of those more casual, everyday beers.

Cuvée Des Trolls is not the pinnacle of Belgian beer but it does exhibit the most quintessential qualities: easily digestible and drinkable, it has wide appeal and flavours that are both extravagant and austere at the same time. The brewery is mistaken promoting it as a 'Triple' but it's quite nice nonetheless.

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Photo of Zet
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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 jlindros
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tap at kaiba pub in Shanghai.

Big creamy 2 finger head fades at a med pace, foamy lacing, hazy golden color.

Nose fruity Belgian esters, mild phenols, light blond malt, grassy hop notes, light booze esters.

Taste brings mild blond malt, toasty notes, into grassy hops, hint spicy hop note and earthy. Then Belgian fruity esters all over, with big pop of phenols, hint of booze warmth with it, spicy phenols. Finish drier slight sticky, lingering phenols, fruity esters, mild spicy grassy hops.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb fluffy, hint booze.

Overall eh.

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Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 373 ratings