Cuvée Des Trolls
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #351
ABV:
7%
Score:
81
Ranked #41,922
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 14.21%
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
372
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Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  14
Gots
  84
SCORE
81
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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: 372
Reviews by Beginner2:
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 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 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 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 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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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned and pretty much bought and sold on the picture of the little creature wearing an acorn as head wear on the label.

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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

After a few stellar strong ales, this one is a little disappointing. Very pale in color, thin head dissipates quickly, aroma weak and taste is slightly bitter. Not a bad beer, but in comparison to recent strong ales, it falls to the side.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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

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2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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

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3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arras 2019. Hazy gold with an exceptional head. Fruity, fresh Belgian yeast nose. Light- medium body with great drinkability. Very good.

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Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 372 ratings