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Cuvee Angelique - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 33
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 07-20-2007

"The "Speciale Belge" beer style was created in 1904 for a brewing contest that was organized by the Universities of Belgium. The goal was to improve the quality of Belgian beer. The winner was a new style, called "Belge". Due to the success in the contest, a number of brewers decided to brew the style and called it "Speciale Belge".
A "Speciale Belge" is pale amber in color (slighly darker than a pilsner) as brewers tried to copy the color of pilsner in a top fermenting ale. Later the color became darker as pilsners became very common to prove that the style is something special.

After the second world war, when the quality of life in Belgium increased, several brewers created a "Speciale Belge" with a higher alcohol content, called a "Dubbel Special Belge".

The beer has a big body, high effervescence, and a deep caramel flavor. There's a slight amount of yeast based sourness that creeps in to offer balance, with a flavor that reminds of dates or caramel covered apple.
Today the "Dubbel Speciale Belge" no longer exists, the current higher gravity beer styles are trappist, abbey ales and so on. Therefore Brouwerij de Glazen Toren decided to recreate this special beer style. "
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Ratings: 150 | Reviews: 86
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4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

these guys are fast becoming one of my favorite breweries. everything they make is traditional but unique, rustic and raw, yet highly refined at the same time, always impressive and fairly priced if you can find it. this was consumed under unusual circumstances. an oven fire roared in my kitchen last night, and after hitting it with a chemical fire extinguisher, and having the fire department come, i had hours and hours of cleanup work with my brother and my lady, who were both catalysts to restoring order in the home. we drank this beer somewhat in celebration of not losing our home, somewhat to drown our sorrows of not being able to just relax, somewhat to welcome my brother into town, and somewhat to get a little buzz going on a casual wednesday. good times right? well its a wonderful brew, deep brown with amber, mocha, and ruby flashes, clear until the bottom third or so of the bottle when chunky yeast splashes into the glass and dissipates in a cloudy burst, muddying the liquid under the head, which is tan, but textured like the stiff peaks of well beaten egg whites. nose isnt as funky as some other beer from these guys, no wild yeasts it doesnt appear, but definitely a cool belgian strain, farmy without being wild, i like that. notes of hay and dried apple, and then the deep caramelized grain base. i would call it a dubbel only loosely, and only because i wouldnt know what fits it better, but its a lot more than that. dried fruit in the taste, layers of malted barley and wheat, some deeper crystal and some lighter toast. raisin and date come to mind, as does red apple, molasses, and honey, although the beer is super dry for what it is. creamy full bodied feel, with enough carbonation to make it seem a lot lighter than it is, and a well hidden alcohol strength than can be felt but not perceived in any other way. beer of quality and distinction here, i will pretty much always buy their stuff when i see it now, been extremely impressed every time.

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3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heygeebee
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Basically a caramel and molasses bomb. Amazingly sweet to almost point of cloying. Nothing to balance :-(

Photo of Amalak
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer is insanely sour. Fruity and bitter. Good, but only in short amounts.

Photo of paleoplant
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of keithmurray
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - ruby red/brown body with beige head

Smell - caramel, toffee, belgian yeast, allspice

Taste - caramel, toffee, nutmeg, allspice

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront and belgian spicyness in the back and finish

Overall - good Belgian ale worth a shot for lovers of the style. Difficult to find

Price Point - $12.99/750ML bottle

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of SLeffler27
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear, dark copper (SRM 14-16) in a DeGlazen tulip glass. A one-half inch, creamy, off-white head dissipates to a thin blanket, leaving fine lacing. Viscous legs are deposited with each swirl.

Sweet candied fruit, including cherry, date, and mandarin orange. A background of toasted malt includes light spices and floral notes.

The flavor is surprisingly bitter, but otherwise follows the nose. A long, dry finish is less fruity or sweet.

Full body with warming alcohol, woolly texture, and light astringency.

This is a nice contemplative beer and was enjoyed with a hunk of strong, crystalline parmesan on a cool, drizzly autumn day.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, once again wrapped in thin, crinkly paper - the label, it would seem, upon further unsurprising investigation. On to the beer - the "Angel's Cut" - very nice, evocative of fine whiskey, and whatnot.

This beer pours a hazy red-brick amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, thickly foamy, and amusingly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some sudsy tree branch lace in spots around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells rather lightly, but still pleasantly, of biscuity caramel malt, a semi-sweet indistinct nuttiness, some ethereal citrus rind notes, a peppery clove/coriander spiciness, earthy, and almost prickly yeast, and a quite faint prune and plump raisin dark fruitiness. The taste is more grainy, moderately biscuity pale and caramel malt, edgy baker's yeast, a subtly informing zesty lemon and sour orange fruitiness, some thin demarara sugar, equally understated black fruit esters, hints of generic mocha, and a soft red wine mustiness.

The bubbles are pretty equitable in their plain, inoffensive rendering, the body a strange, heretofore unexpected medium-light weight for the style, and smooth in a hard water sort of sense. It finishes barely off-dry, the grainy pale, somewhat bready malt hangin' tough, while the yeast, black fruit, and lingering zesty spice all perform well as far as their coda is concerned.

Once again, this brewery goes and messes with my expectations of entrenched Belgian styles. This time, it's a much less sweet version of the BSDA than I've come to know and love, and yet still be happy to throw my money and liver at. Tasty - weirdly so, and somehow beguiling (angelic?) in its dryness, this one's drinkability cannot, and shall not, be assailed - the big ABV be damned.

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Cuvee Angelique from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
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