Cuvée Des Trolls
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #334
Ranked #44,712
3.6 | pDev: 14.17%
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, yeast, light fruits. Taste is a bit funky, apples, pears, malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Mar 21, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Draught at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Hazy golden / amber colour, decent head. Not very exciting aroma, just some faint notes of malts, hay and apples. Flavour has some malty sweetness and weak spices. Rather alcoholic. This is no masterpiece to offer a real Norwegian troll - and I should know what I’m talking about!

Feb 25, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- A lighter shade of golden, poured with a tinyhint of sediment with some sediment still in the bottle. 5Cm pillowy white head.
S- Quite bright, it's a Belgian yeast note and reminds me of a cross between freshly cut timber and leather.
T- Ooh Bright on the front! [on 1st sip of beer today]. Well hopped, some of the leather/timber^ follows in the taste. The hop-level seems to calm as I drink on, and I'm now getting some balancing richness at mid-way/finish.
F- Mad CO2 in the mouth, it's not easing either meaning gas is going to get swallowed tonight - oh oh! I take a sip, notice the CO2, then it's as if it's suddently foaming up creating a large amount of foam *within* my mouth. That's different! It balances hops with some richness very nicely.
O- The first sip of beer today was a surprise but by palate adapted and I like it. Mad CO2 in the mouth when freshly poured. I'd happily drink it again.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! ... labled as a Blond Ale and not the BE-Pale Ale in the Description^. Incl. both malt+sugar, and the water is 'drawn from beneath the brewery'.
330ml bottle BB: 24/12/2021 £2.95 Bought from BeautifulBeers/BurySt.Edmunds as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Feb 25, 2021
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sjrider from California

3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle - turbid and murky ,lots of sediment floating around , dark gold honey color with quickly dissipating white head leaving zero lacing. Nose is yeasty and bready with hints of citrus and spice. Taste is a sharp fall off from the nose ,mostly mildly sweet with a flat and almost dry finish.

Jul 17, 2020
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Reef from South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml. Bottle with 18 49 code
Hazy gold color with a white meringue
head, curtain lacing
Lemon, vanilla, clove, white grape,mineral aromas
White wine, citrus, bread, pear, yeast flavors which develop with warming
Medium bodied, prominent hop bitterness but not quite astringent, no alcohol heat.
Beautiful pale ale that unfolds as you drink.

May 24, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville SC.
Pours with a pale amber body with a fine, durable white head. Slightly hazy.
Aroma. Distinctive fruity - spicy - bready.
Flavor. Stronger than the aroma suggests. Light funky farmhouse aspect and mildly spicy. Low bitterness.
Medium-light body with lively carbonation.

Feb 18, 2020
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Jun 21, 2019
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Sarah_Bearah from California

5/5  rDev +38.9%
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.

Feb 12, 2019
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Jan 07, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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...

Mar 02, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Nov 28, 2017
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Nov 12, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 Jul 2017. 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 Avg 3.5.

22 Marzo 2020. En copa Grimbergen. Jugando a Big Paintball con Rodrigo. Bastante mas insipida y seca de lo que la recordaba. Vaya forma de celebrar un 250 aniversario. O ha sido victima de maltrato por ECI?

Jul 21, 2017
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Yoann from France

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Jun 11, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

May 20, 2017
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rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Apr 27, 2017
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Apr 14, 2017
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The_Bujon from Ireland

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Apr 06, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Dec 29, 2016
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Oct 25, 2016
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HipCzech from Texas

3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Sep 23, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Aug 07, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Jul 03, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled almost one year ago. While not crisply fresh, it is still quite good.
Looks happy (a full head and dancing protein.) Smells mostly malt wanting to be citrus and fall fruits (let's say respectively, orange, pears, apples.) Tastes the same with the malt, house yeast and a dose of brewers sugar all kept in balance by some hops that penetrate at the finish. Sits in my mouth just fine; bubbly, cleanses the palate for another bite. What it lacks in a dominant yeast character, Cuvee' clearly makes up for as a gentle table beer. I'm sure this will pair well with many foods from northern kitchens and many from the south also.

"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 he is not specific. But these 4 pages are a good reminder that Dubuisson is worth being revisited more than once, say, every four years.

6/14/20 Revisited ! Bottle cap indicated Dubuisson just had its 250th birthday. (That's an accomplishment since the U.S. hasn't gotten that far.) At any rate, I'm glad I revisited. My edit makes me satisfied with this review and, hence, I keep count over at UnTappd.

May 07, 2016
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Dzu from Russian Federation

3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Apr 18, 2016
Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 389 ratings