Cuvee Angelique - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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145 Ratings
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 34
Gots: 7 | 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:
"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. "

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 07-20-2007)
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3/5  rDev -27%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of jrallen34
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Map Room into a tulip...Pours a medium iced tea brown with red highlihgts. A light tan head with ok retention but great lacing. A very creamy head...The aroma ia light faint hint of dark fruits and inverted sugar, some spices as well, with a hoppy finish...The taste is super weird for the expectation of getting a dubbel, this is certaily not a traditional interpretation. It has a little dark fruits and figs, but its spciy and to me lightly sour.

This is a new take on a dubbel which if you want to explore give it a try. If you want a traditionalesque trappist dubbel stay far away from this.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of sweemzander
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Aug. 23, 2008 bottled date.

(A)- Pours a deep brown sienna color that produced a huge fluffy off-white head with near perfect retention. Tons of lace all over the place.

(S)- Rather fruity actually. Bits of fig and raisin with a light airy earthy yeast and biscuit. Hints at spice.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A figgy fruit aspect. Earthy and dry with a biscuit-like wood.

(M)- A light and crisp carbonation level. A fine balance too of earthy, fruit, and dry.

(D)- Definitely a unique take on a Dubbel; the age has changed this into something very unique. I would like to see how this is fresh, but if you are looking to trying a Dubbel for the first time, look elsewhere; this is a unique one.

Photo of cjacobsen
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sweenzander for sharing this one.

(A) This was a gusher. Pours brownish with red and orange hues. Nice foamy head. Leaves some lacing. Somewhat murky.

(S) Spices. Earthy. Somewhat fruity. Figs. Biscuit. Has a wooded sense to it.

(T) Figs with wood notes. Almost twiggy. Earthy with a pale, old grassy sense to it.

(M) Dry. It kind of flattens out (carb wise) half way through which is a little strange.

(O) Has almost an old ale characteristic to it. Pretty decent brew. Interesting to say the least.

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very spicy, dry and effervescent- this sprite Belgian Dubbel shruggs off the notion of balance fruitiness for a peppery bite and champagne-like drinkability.

The beer errupts from the bottle with nearly volcanic foam. Capturing what I can of the beer, a careful decantment reveals a mildly hazed, deep glowing amber color that allows for a diffused glow to emmit. The quick-forming head of loosely knit and large bubbles settle into the second half of the glass with a clingy creme of off-white foam. All the while, steady streams of carbonation gives a sparkling wine bubbly appearance.

Aromas capture the essence of wine must, cork, and black peppercorn. Surpressed fruity esters reveal a glimse into toasted currants, tart berries, and grapes. Tartness and dusty wood notes round out the aroma profile with an extra 'twang' note that's more suitable for Lambics and Wild Ales.

The taste of the beer fare similarly: tart berry-like esters with lime rind, grape, plumb, and fig seem to weave into a hop bitterness and near-sour notes. The dry malty taste of medium toast, caramel, and confectioner's sugar gives more of an impression of sweetness than actual sweetness. This paves the way for the highly peppery notes of white pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, and alcohol to bounce from the prickle of champagne (brut or noire) in much the same way as tanic red wines.

Moderate to light in body; it's hard to get a read on the texture because of the zesty carbonation that provides a heavy carbonic bite, but also lessens the weight of the beer. It seems to pull the liquid off of the surface of the mouth and then evaporate before having a chance to swallow. Very dry and whimsical from start to finish with the dry warmth of alcohol and peppery bite.

Aside from the heavy spew to start the session, I appreciate the bone-dry and highly effervescent nature of the beer. But the off balanced taste that favored yeasty spice over esters so strongly kinda upset the apple cart and revealed a wild yeast character of light sourness that seems out of character for well made Dubbel Ales.

Photo of Amalak
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
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 drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on draft at a local beer in D.C. Served in a tulip glass. It is an attractive beer. Amber / brown / red, white head, sweet and sour smell (almost flanders). Lacing on the glass (not that I care) head falls away quickly as the beer is consumed. Flavor is boring, nothing really to report. A little sour, not much sweet, no bitterness, no alcohol. Overall drinkability is high and mouthfeel is good. The flavors are not complex but it is a good tasting / feeling beer. I can see why this is rated so high.

Photo of CWiggins
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at McSrooge's in Knoxville, Tennessee on 3/6/09. Poured into a Duvel tulip, and enjoyed alone while the wife and dog are out of town!

Pours a dark chestnut brown, with a substantial ecru head that erupts quickly and hangs around for the duration of the beer's life. Smells of dark sugar, rich ripe fruit, yeast, and candy are certainly discernible, even with the weakest sniff. The flavor is very nice: it's full of sweet, dark fruity flavors, and a delightfully surprising mildly bitter finish. There's also just the hint of anise in the center. Very nice! It's not overly carbonated, so the mouthfeel is really smooth and liquid-y. I find this beer very drinkable for the intense flavors and slightly higher ABV. Glad I took a chance on it!

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into Duvel glass north of 40 degrees.

Pours with a thick, soft, and pillowy peach-colored head over a deep maroon colored body, with plenty of carbonation flowing up. Light lacing.

Smells are wild - so much spice! Smells very similar to a Captain Morgan and Coke, with a lot of sweet caramel added in

Flavors are also full of spices - mouthfeel is a wee bit thin from the high carbonation, and there is noticeable alcohol presence. Some orange zest, chalky asprin, and a fairly strong minty finish all come thru in the flavor.

It's a bit messy overall and not quite as smooth as some top-notch Dubbels, but it has some unique qualties.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, opaque tawny brown with a solid quarter inch cream head that lingers as a thin layer of foam.

Bruised dark fruit (plums, dates), brown sugar, belgian yeast, and lactic acid comprise the aroma.

A wine-like sourness underlies the flavor profile, which has a backbone consisting of slightly sweet malt. Subtle hints of wood and pepper add complexity, with a bit of belgian yeast character surfacing mid palate. An overly toasted note lingers in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with moderate to high carbonation and a zesty, crisp finish.

Overall, an interesting beer. Caught between a belgian dubbel and a sour, it offers interesting contrasts. Would have preferred a bit more malt complexity.

Photo of Bananaman
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I get the feeling that this beer may be a bit "hyped" here at BeerAdvocate, but anyway, here goes my review!

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a large white/beige head. When I opened the bottle the beer came rushing out of the bottle, so I hurried to get a glass under the bottle to avoid wasting beer.

Aroma is nice with lots of belgian yeast, spices and some orange peel. There are typical notes of roasted malts in the background. Nice, the smell is really promising.

Well the, how does it taste? To begin with it's a quite thin-ish beer. The taste is nice but a bit weak of belgian yeast, rosted malts and some spices. It's a quite fresh taste but I'm slightly dissapointed.

To sum it up, a good beer, but there are lots of better beers for a cheaper price. I'd have a regular, fresh, 33cl bottle of Chimay Blue instead of this one anyday.

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Cuvee Angelique from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
91 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.