Cuvee Angelique - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
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4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
03-16-2014 22:35:32 | More by SLeffler27
4/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
01-16-2014 05:34:50 | More by biboergosum
3.93/5 rDev -4.6%
Smell: nutty with subtle orange notes and malts
Taste: rich-woody notes, mild ginger, raw almonds, dark chocolate malts (75% dark), unfiltered apple juice, and subtle hints of piney hops
Pairs great with honey baked ham and steamed carrots with mashed potatoes. Ask for the extra gravy
05-20-2013 20:37:22 | More by Blindpigbiz
Cuvee Angelique from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
91 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.