Cuvée Des Trolls | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Belgium
br-dubuisson.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
372
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
84
Trade:
0
 
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Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 372
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 goodbyeohio
4.54/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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Photo of rallyr32
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer will not satisfy the tripel purists. If, however, you'd like a taste of a fresh doughy, Belgian blonde and taste some orange then this is THE beer for you.

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Photo of BillyBob78
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap at a local Deli/Beer Café.

Pours a nice semi clear/hazy yellow with nice head. Some lacing. Nice carbonation. Bubbly.

Taste was very clean with hints of banana, spices, lemon and some floral. Nice balanced sweetness not over powering. Alcohol came through but not over powering.

Very drinkable. Very tasty.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An increadibly bring and fresh beer taking on the special Belgian spiciness and fruitiness that not only distinguishes the beer from the croud but makes a refreshing mark as well.

The opening pour brings a bright canary yellow with golden hues mixed in. Only a modest haze keeper the beer from brilliant. A froathy white head shows both airy bubbles along with rocky clusters- showing off the great stability and protein quality of the beer. Lacing well is expected and delivered.

Where bold aromas are expected, only moderate aromas of lemon, green apples, and appricots exist. Although fragrant and fruity, I expected more. Light spices of white and dark pepper, along wit curraco orange peel and corriander decorate the nose.

Where the nose allowed for a delicate balance of esters and phenols, the taste does no such thing. Sharper and acidic flavors of lemons, under rippened apples and berries give a vibrant and fresh flavor to the beer and chase it well into the finish. Light herbal and floral hops only add to the estery mix.

Where the fruity esters and crisp malt character start in the mouthfeel, the beer quickly fades to the acidic fruity notes and the dry crisp notes of alcohol and fleeting fruitiness.

Delicious as expeted Cuvee des Trolles gets caught somewhere between a Belgian Pale, a Saison, and a Triple.

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Photo of xylophonica
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25cl bottle into a tulip.

A - Cloudy amber colour with plenty of yeast deposits floating around. Minimal head.

S - Spicy apple and passionfruit and maybe pineapple (very fruity!) Touch of lime as well.

T - Sweet and mild at first. Highly carbonated but with little of that coming through on the palate - most of the sensation is limited to the nose and the aftertaste. Sweet fruits as well - same as smell; mostly apple and passionfruit/pineapple. Strangely acidic but with an odd malty coating that starts from first taste.

M - Should be spicy and vibrant but actually it's fairly mild (due to the malty coating). Aftertaste is fairly acidic.

D - Lovely and pleasant to drink. Definitely unusual and a good aperitif/pre-dinner drink. Aftertaste might be a problem after a while...

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Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cold into branded glassware at the Cheeky Monk. The glass is a frosted tulip with a logo much like the one on the bottle pictured here.

Cuvee Des Trolls is a very pale golden yellow color with sticky white head. The frosted glass makes it hard to determine clarity of the beer but it appears pretty clear.

Aroma is full of lemon citrus and mild sweetness. A little bit of hops come through here.

The taste comes as a surprise as this is a truly hoppy Belgian in a west coast USA way. Lots of lemon and orange peel, sweet/tart citrus goodness. It has an underlying sweetness which gives a nice balance but this is an unexpected Belgian IPA for me.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and appropriately carbonated. Well balanced and full of flavor.

Overall a very nice surprise and worth a try for the American IPA lover who wants to branch into (or re-visit) the Belgian styles.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, lemon zest and yeast. In the taste, lemon zest, a sweet malt and a small hop presence, a bit earthy too. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry yeasty lemon citrus in the aftertaste. Saison like with sweet lemons, I can dig it.

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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 Metalmonk
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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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 BrewMaster
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: silvery-gold hue with a light haze and a very active effervescence. Head poured three fingers of frothy white foam which dissipates somewhat rapidly.

Smell: nice light, sweet malt with hints of orchard fruitiness which are whimsical and refreshing. Just what I like in a BSPA or tripel.

Taste: sweet malt with a lightness and more of the subtle orchard fruit flavors from the aroma. I find it highly satisfying, refreshing and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and bodacious creaminess. Very near perfect; this is exactly what I want out of a beer like this.

Overall: a very tasty and extremely enjoyable beer. This sort of thing is precisely to my taste. I love it.

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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 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 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 GreenCard
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light golden hue, good clarity, poor head development from this sample

Aroma: sweetly malty, lemon zest, clove, wheat, grain, strawberry fruitiness, touch of light caramel, Belgian hops

Flavor: a grainy flavor surrounding a light maltiness, slightly spicey from the yeast character, finish is slightly dry with a clean aftertaste, a touch of hop flavor and bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, some alcohol warmth, terse carbonation

Overall Impression: Tasted this beer at the '03 Belgian Beer Weekend and I liked it quite a bit. However, this sampling wasn't as good as I remembered it. And I seem to remember a nice layer of head on the first one. Even so, a nice little beer.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 750ml bottle of this at home, first day off for the holidays. It poured a cloudy amber color into a chimay glass. Not a lot of head, but yeast immediately seen floating around.

A strong fruity taste, really enjoyed the sensation on the tongue. Fairly strong hops for a Belgian beer, and they come through really well.

Felt good in the mouth, not too light, with just the right carbonation. I really enjoyed this one.

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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 DrJay
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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Photo of Weixiaobao
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a "Best by August 2014" 5L mini keg of this in May 2015 for $9.98 in Kansas City. Gave it a whirl seeing that it's a 7% Belgian.

Luxurious foam and lacing, even on the second day of the keg. The smell isn't too intense on this. The taste is malty and sweet. Has some of the Belgian "spiciness" that you expect from a Belgian pale.

This is a very nice beer. Wish I'd picked up a few more of these "expired" mini kegs when I had the chance. At least I got one!

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Photo of Kendo
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the Merry Monk in Albany, where they served it in the appropriate (named) glassware.

A: Body is bright golden with a 1+ finger white head that fades slowly and leaves a bit of lace on the glass up top.

S: Not too strong in the nose: light, grainy malt, a touch of citrus and some spice.

T: First impression: bready/grainy malt, spice and citrus. "Good citrus vibrancy" I wrote. Also some bread dough, perhaps from the yeast strain, and a lighter malt character. Alcohol isn't noted on the taste, but is felt in the belly as a nice warmth. Finishes fairly balanced between sweet and citrusy bitterness.

M: Kind of crisp, but also nice creaminess to the carbonation. Call it slightly lighter than medium in heft.

D: I enjoyed this - call it somewhere between Duvel Single (the green label) and regular Duvel. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer disembarks the 330ml brown bottle a slightly hazy lemon yellow color with a middling sized semi-creamy bright white head and as it evaporates, the resultant lace forms a thin velum like sheet to surround the glass. Nose is fruity, nice malt, crisp and clean to the senses with the start ambrosial, light malt presence and the top thin. Finish has a benign acidity, the hops delicate upon the palate, dry lingering aftertaste, a nice light way to end the day.

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Photo of rec
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 372 ratings