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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Belgium | website

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

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114
Ratings:
320
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
24.79%
 
 
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Photo of heygeebee
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a sensational one finger head over a golden body, but ,erm, I looked away and where had that head gone? Zero lacing.

Aromas of mandarin and Belgian yeast.

Taste is quite tart, mandarins to the fore. Refreshing, needs to be served colder than some Belgian ales.

Mouthfeel is too light for ABV

OK overall - marked down due to price vs 250ml bottle ize.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at Volo in TO the other day, from notes.

Typical pale Belgian in appearance. Frosted glass - dedicated Cuvee des Trolls glass. Who could resists trolls! Apple and soy sauce aromas. The apples also show up in the flavour, along with sweetness, some yeastiness, grain and light hop bitterness in the finish. A little bit boozy and drying. Not the most flavourful for the style, but refreshing. Wouldn't regret having another, but there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 24-06-05. Poors in nicly givving a nice head that lasts and leaves nice laces at the glas. Futher an opalizing golden beecolor. Nose is quiet flat( maybe cause of age) having some malts but lots of esters giving it a fruity nose and a hint of hoparome. Overal not 100% fresh though. Taste is quiet dull too having some malttaste, quiet sweet, alcoholic and then going into a moderate but litle hanging bitterness. Lots of carbonisation makes mouthfeel more lively and litle better then taste but one was enough for me. No bad beer though.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from my Trolls glass. Slightly cloudy apple juice colour. Thin head (though this may result from the glass).

Light fruits in the nose: apples, bananas. Traces of sugar.

Fairly sweet taste; the candi sugar really comes through. Fruit tastes in the taste, especially bananas and sweet apples. Crisp hop finish, almost a lager like taste to it.

A bit thin and watery - if this were more carbonated it would be more reminiscent of a lager. A decent beer, but a little too sweet and weak. One of these every now and then is more than enough.

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Photo of impending
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed dull pale yellow, towering dense head receded slowly, nice lacing.

Aroma is all about yeasty goodness. Nothing complex, just pleasantness. Sweet confectioned dried apricots with a touch of citrus and hay.

Initially fairly sweet it gives way to a finish that begins dry and fades through a bitter that doesn't linger. Again the yeast and light fruits with citrus. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Best near room temp.
cheers
jd

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Photo of Spider889
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Winking Lizard, review from notes: 4/8/11

Served in a wonderful signature Cuvee Des Trolls glass. Very pale straw color, nice clarity, with a short white head. The head stuck around a while.

Smelled initially like a saison, with clove leading into banana.

The taste was really very nice. It was mildly sweet, but also hoppy like a Duvel. Fruity melon and banana notes really made this one shine though.

Lots of light carbonation. Overall a tasty beer but not something I'd go out of my way to seek out.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

250ml served in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours pale a light cloudy yellow color forming a medium white bubbled head. Low retention and only very few lacings left

S: Sweet grains and bread. Flowery hops and a little bit of alcohol in the very end

T: Follows the nose. Sweet and grainy upfront. Notes of honey. Stingy hoppy bitterness in the end. In overall, a dry beer

M: Quite light body to a Strong Pale Ale. Medium carbonation. Aftertaste is a combination of sweet grains and light citrus hops

O: Medium drinkability but I was expecting more from a Dubuisson beer

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.54/5  rDev +29.3%
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 drmeto
2.84/5  rDev -19.1%
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 soulgrowl
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
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 magictacosinus
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 250ml (250?! Low portions from Belgium?!) bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date is listed as "28/09/12."

I picked this bottle just because of the label. Silly, but really good marketing. However, this beer proves itself to be odd. This thing, according to the bottle, is filtered yet there are tons of floaties in it. It does indeed have a clear, golden color, but it doesn't look like other blondes I've had due to the floaties. Strange stuff, but kind of an ugly result.

Smell begins pretty hoppy and sugary... then proceeds to end with an extremely boozy effect, more so than a 7% ABV beer should. This result becomes every time worse as the beer warms up, to the point where the alcohol sweetness becomes sickening. While there is a honey-biscuit aroma in the back, the front is overpowered by the alcohol.

It feels grainy and sugary at first, and then whacks you at the back of the head with way too much alcohol. There are hops and sufficient creaminess that saves the recipe a bit. Honestly, this would probably work better with a lower ABV. There is a comfortable warming sensation, but it really is best enjoyed cold. At lower temperatures, it's pretty refreshing. As it warms up however, this yeasty, astringent flavor comes around and makes it slightly nauseating.

I usually enjoy blondes but I felt that this beer is really unbalanced. It's refreshing to an extent and isn't trying to be something over the top, but I could really do without that extra ABV here. For the low price, not a bad bargain, but there are far, far more interesting Belgian blondes.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
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 ViveLaChouffe
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Paters Vaetje in Antwerp, Belgium...

A lightly hazy but bright yellow color with a thinnish white head. An earthy, yeastiness in the nose, a hint of herbal hops and some sweetish pale malt.

There is a fairly earthy quality to this blond ale but that's where the distinctiveness ends. Herbal hops but overall a quite sweet blond. Medium bodied with a sweetish aftertaste. Nothing earthshattering but it was an enjoyable and drinkable brew. Worth a shot if you can find it on draft.

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Photo of Stigs
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz-ish pour at Sharp Edge Creekhouse, served in a mini snifter/tulip hybrid

A - strong golden color with minimal loose bubbly white foam. looks a lot like apple juice/cider.

S - fruity in the nose with some dry and lightly sour red apples, belgian yeast, and grains with a slight twinge of alcohol.

T - sweet and fruity, apples and pears...just a touch sour yet a bit stale. grainy and bready malts carry and dominate throughout most of the drink.

M - thin bodied and quite flat, very dull.

D - despite not having a great appearance, nose, flavor, or mouthfeel this one oddly went down easily. maybe i was just trying to finish it quickly and move on. not a terrible beer, about the best compliment i could give it now.

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Photo of Radome
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a 330 ml bottle in Strasbourg, France.

L - Cloudy orange-gold color. White head faded quickly.

S - Boozy alcohol mixed with earthy hops. No malt but a bubblegum yeast note. Hops seem aged or slightly skunky.

T - Green, moderately bitter hops dominate. Some bready malt in the background.

F - Fizzy carbonation. Medium to heavy body; chewy. Alcohol not obvious, despite aroma.

O - Good but not outstanding. Aged hop aroma and non-smooth carbonation distract from the good characteristics.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a hazy gold with a quickly dissipating small head. Floral to the nose. Taste is good and this makes it easy to drink. Beware the trolls!

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Photo of mrmanning
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at Chaucer's Pub in London, Ont- A hazy yellow pour is capped with a thick finger of bleached white head, that leaves moderate lace. Aromas are faint, but balanced. Spicy, slight floral, some bread, grass, and hops. A mild bite of spices and fruit enter the mouth. Mild bready flavours, with some sweetness, and mild alcohol. Soft carbonation, an easy drinker considering the ABV. Probably a touch under-rated IMO. Thanks for getting this one in Milos!

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Photo of vancurly
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, honey apricot... Some yeast sediment hanging in suspensions Heavy white head, that sinks to a foamy layer.

S: Belgian malt profile, candy spice, and soft, sweet fruit notes.

T: Sweet malts, spice and caramel. The back palate hints at hop herbaceousness, and lingering toast. Nice aftertaste.

M: Chewy malt, slight tang, mild bitterness, clean finish.

D: Very approachable, and, for a strong ale, quite more-ish.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cheeky Monk on Colfax the beer is served to a tulip. Arrives a brilliant hazy golden color with a 1.5 finger white head, some retention and lacing. The nose is rather mild with a strong biscuity malt character and a hint of citrus and pepper. The flavor is an improvement with an increased citrus character. Light biscuity malt blend nicely with a mild bitterness. Very approachable. No hint of alcohol. Finishes with a clean malty citrus flavor. Crisp and well carbonated and lighter medium bodied. Overall, an easy drinking Belgian for sure. I'd have another, refreshing.

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Photo of janubio
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Clear golden colour, small head that fades soon, minimal lace. Smell is sweet,floral, vanilla, coconut, honey. Light boyd, creamy palate. Taste is similar to the smell: Vanilla, honey and coconut.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -19.4%
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%
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 sfprint
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
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 -1.1%
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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Cuvée Des Trolls from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
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