Cuvée Des Trolls | Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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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:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-29-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
338
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
14.45%
 
 
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11
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70
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Reviews: 121 | Ratings: 338
Photo of rvdoorn
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured into a Westmalle glass. The beer pours a hazy, golden-yellow color with a two finger-thick snow-white head, which slowly disappeared to a nice lacing.

Smell: Very mild, some fresh fruits (banana and pineapple), floral hops, grain and spicy yeast.

Taste: very soft with some vague taste layers. Yeast, followed by some sweet orange and banana, and a bitter hoppy dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Soft, creamy. Medium-high carbonation and very easy to drink

Overall: Decent brew, but not too special for the style. Very easy to drink, but lacks body. Will not refuse another one though

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Photo of errantnight
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well my first review in a long, long time is from some notes from my recent trip to Paris and this disappointing brew. After a trip to a local beer store yielded a dozen different brews we brought this one back and cracked it open.

A straw, slightly hazy yellow with moderate head and lacing.

Aroma is a bit of a mess... some high alcohols around a slightly buttery (?!) grainy pale malt, alcohol esters are only faintly fruity and Belgian to my nose. A bit of a hint of noble hop aroma, kind of earthy and a bit spicy. It's not bad, but it doesn't quite work together.

Taste is rounded, but the buttery grain malt flavor really rolls over everything as a part of this, unfortunately. It's just barely letting any yeast character around.

Mouth is overfull, sticky and a bit heavy.

There's nothing awful or off-putting, but this was hustled through to go on to something else worth tasting.

It's a bit of a misnomer to consider this a Belgian Strong Pale in the Duvel tradition which this clearly is not attempting to be... rather, it fits into the Belgian tradition of not giving a flying fuck about style guidelines. It's a strong Belgian ale that happens to be pale. And not terribly exciting. And maybe with a diacetyl problem. That's all.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I split a bottle with my friend at De Hopduvel in Ghent.

Appearance: Served in a frosted glass, so I have no idea if this is clear or cloudy, my guess is lightly hazy. Golden in color with a white head that quickly fades to a sudsy film leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Sweet Belgian yeast fruitiness along with light pepper and light grain.

Taste: Sweet banana and berry fruitiness with a peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A little too sweet.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Light orangish body; slightly cloudy; no head; effervescent

Aroma: Slight spice; citrusy

Taste: Tangy on the start; semi-sweet mid; with dry, nutty finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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Photo of sfprint
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes June on 6th. Had in Tourcoing, FR.

A: Clear and bordering on neon yellow. Cottony head.

S: Tangerine, lemon, sweet but not particularly strong.

T: Not as sweet as it smells, unpleasant bitterness, mild flavor but also citrusy.

M: Larger carbonation bubbles, light.

O: Ok, but not great. The strong bitterness isn't pleasant (especially for the style) which prevents me from jumping for this beer.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden color with a slight white head giving way to a nice ring on the edge. The nose of the beer was slightly hoppy and citrus but subtle as you don't get kicked in the head with hops as the label may have you believe. The taste is also not overly hopped. there is a slight malt character and hops notes to round out a decent beer.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25 cl. bottle, nice label of a troll with a hophat.

This beer looks great with it's massive carbonation and floaty bits it gives turbulence in my Chimay glass.

Fresh smell of malts and citrus, taste is soursweet, lightly hoppy bitterness.

Refreshing drink, slight bitter aftertaste, well masked alcohol.
All in all a great and easy beer. Maybe not as vicious as you'd expect from a beer called troll, but good nevertheless.
25 cl. is gone very quickly.

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Photo of crwills
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last beer of the evening at Smokeless Joe, but don't worry, I remember it. Very small bottle, poured into a wide-mouthed, unlabeled (I think) goblet.

Aroma was faintly fruity, quite sweet, and a little bready. Stood out as subtle and complex among an evening of beers that either lacked aroma or had very straightforward, aggressive aromas.

Flavour is fruity again, with sweeter fall fruits like apples and pears standing out. A little bit of hops in there, but nothing too unusual. Mouthfeel was very nice, smooth without being to oily or thick.

The problem with this beer was that, at least for me, it was good but unmemorable. Then again, after an evening at Smokeless Joe, you have to expect things to become a little 'unmemorable'... will review again at some point to make sure I'm not imagining things.

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Photo of Nickls
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Like other reviews, the appearance was difficult to discern with the 'frosted' Cuvee des Trolls glassware. I'm pretty sure that I picked out a light yellow color that seemed a little hazy and poured with a pure white finger of foam with decent retention.

S - I have to admit it is hard to pick out anything in there. Slightly sweet, a touch fruity (more like pineapple or apple), could be due to the hops...hard to tell.

T - Pretty muted taste, and just a little sweet and a bit of citruis and fruit flavors. I'd be lying if I could come up with more here, just didn't really deliver much.

M - Light, almost a little silky to me, and even the carbonation just passed on like it was barely there. Way too light for the style.

D - Just OK drinkability given the lack of complexity. The beer was so light that it wouldn't be difficult to drink a few without your palate noticing.

Overall, there are so many better brews within the style. Still glad to have tried just for the sake of something new. I read on the bottle that it is a filtered brew, which might explain the lack of depth and character of the brew. Perhaps an unfiltered or bottle-conditioned version would be better?

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Photo of HipCzech
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
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 rallyr32
4.52/5  rDev +28%
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 ThaCreep
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Former Bush 7, the Troll has a bunch of strong citrus flavor bitter. The taste is long on the palate, a pleasant roundness and is easily tasted the flavor of orange peel. The power of these returns even citrus aftertaste as a somewhat sweet syrup. Neither acid nor hot, it offers a finish of good bitter hops with a return to delay. A beer with the power of the Dubuisson brewery without that alcohol is ubiquitous.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.2/5  rDev +19%
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 ne0m00re
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

01/25/11- Had this one on-tap at the Winking Lizard on Bethel.
A: Clear pale gold, with a thinner creamy collar.
S: Creamy pale malts, corny, yeasty bread, and lemon.
T: Golden crisp apple and sweet corn with a slight coconut and some floral notes. This is OK. The whole thing kind of comes off like Blue Moon with a dry finish and less citrus. There is something... off here.
M: Thinner but creamy and frothy.
D: OK. I don't want more than one.
I'm not really impressed with this.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly hazy yellow-gold w/white head, good retention, slight amount of tracing. Best by Oct 8, 2010.

S-Pale malt, pear, banana, orange and lemon, coriander and spice, faint hops.

T-Yeast, spice, and pale malt upfront. Sweetness throughout w/notes of yellow fruit, but finish is nice and dry.

M-Prickly carbonation, lighter mouthfeel, on the sweet side but still decently-balanced thanks to dry hops in finish.

D-Good sipper, and the light body makes it dangerously easy to drink. This is a lighthearted brew w/nice fruit notes, and it won't kick your ass like a lot of other strong pales.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Augustiner719
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at palais des bieres in Geneva. Switzerland .

Pours a golden yellow color with a tinge of orange and a slight hazy transparency. Has a nice 2 finger head with a perfect white head and a lacing that tracks each sip. The aroma is of sour apples, lemon peel and a grassy hay like aroma, slightly sour. The taste is bright and vibrant, lack of malt favors hurt this beer and it's too acidic for my tastes. Nice cleansing feeling with the citrus but overall it's a pass for me if I am looking for a nice Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of Zet
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
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 bobbyhands
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I get a licorice taste that nobody else seems to taste but wow it grows on you and is very good. People say lemon. Either way whatever I made my choice its good

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Photo of musicforairports
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Ruck in Troy.

Pours cloudy, more golden than straw in color, with no real head or lacing to speak of.

Smells of bananas and pineapples.

Taste is full of the above fruits, with a bit of Belgian yeast. Not very complex and rather juice-like.

Medium carbonation and a bit thick. Juice-like, as I said before.

Not a tough one to put down, but really not among my favorite of the style.

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Photo of benfons
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25cl bottle 7% ABV

A: Hazy straw blond, smal head that dissappears fast.

S: granny smiths, lemon, some floral tones.

T: a bitter sweetness, with the citrus and the granny coming up again. Some herbal aftertaste.

M/D: Carbonation bit thin, a bit too alcoholic (but what can you expect from the brewery that makes the most alcoholic beer in Belgium),

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Photo of Travlr
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale blond appearance with medium white head that settles quickly; not much lacing.
S: Aroma of bread and black pepper.
T: Malts dominate the palate, with some light spice and summer fruit in the background.
M: Light body.
D: Not a bad beer, but on the plain side.

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Photo of Spica66
1.76/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sent fresh from Belgium as an extra from MeGriggs - Thank you, Megan!

Best by date of 02/04/11. Poured from bottle into tulip.

A: Bright yellow and hazy. Head retention is o.k. Medium level of carbonation.

S: This smells like someone dumped chemicals in my beer! I wonder if they used some kind of hop extract to make this?

M: Slightly sticky. Decent level of carbonation.

T: Very "off". Artificial and chemical. Tangy and bitter. Not good is an understatement!

D: Between the horrible taste/aftertaste and the high alcohol, I would have to say this is one of the worst beers I have ever had.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
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 endovelico
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes. Drank at 'The Irish Bar' in Viseu. Date of review: 28 December 2008. Best before date: 18-02-2009. Poured into a Goblet.

Presentation: First of, the design... Delightful. It's full and colorful, and the artwork is extremely appealing. The color schematic itself is ideal, with yellow and other darker earthy tones being the most predominant on a blackish bottle. It really sets the mood for the following experience.

Appearance: One inch head that quickly fades into thin cap. Slightly hazy Pale yellow brew. Perceived effervescence is low. Weak lacing.

Smell: Really straightforward banana slap across the face. Some clove on the second stage. Not much hop aroma to speak of. All in all, it actually works great.

Taste: Taste is of wheat, banana, bubblegum and slightly citrusy. No obvious hop or spice flavor. Slightly Disappointed; some clove or coriander seeds could really make the flavor that much more bold and rich.

Mouthfeel: Medium Carbonation. Texture is slightly watery. Finishes sweet. Medium Hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability considering its ABV and lackluster mouthfeel. Could go unnoticed as a session Belgian beer.

Overall: A very enjoyable experience in itself, that starts from the moment you see the label until the last sip you take from your Banana perfumed glass. Will have again.

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Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
3.53 out of 5 based on 338 ratings.
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