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Cuvee Angelique - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 34
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.06/5  rDev -1.5%

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but smells slightly better in my opinion.

05-09-2013 01:01:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-08-2013 00:41:38 | More by JDavidRice
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-01-2013 20:30:38 | More by BartMcStout
Photo of samEBC


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-27-2013 20:36:59 | More by samEBC
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


4.18/5  rDev +1.5%

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a light amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head that quickly recedes to a film. Lacing is very good.

S: Belgian yeast brings out must, peppercorn, clove, lemon zest, and light spices. A bit of prune brings some sweetness.

T: Surprisingly quite dry. Lemon zest pairs with slight dark fruit sweetness for a refreshing flavor. The finish is some booze and a nice amount of clove and peppercorn.

M: Quite dry with medium to high carbonation.

O: I was expecting this to be a bit sweeter and more full. However, it was nicely complex and the flavors worked quite well together. Certainly on the lighter side of BSDA, this was quite enjoyable.

03-13-2013 02:23:18 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of Evil_Pidde


4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-09-2013 17:19:22 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of rangerred


4.09/5  rDev -0.7%

Saw a 750ml of this on the shelf for $4.99 so I decided why not. Never heard of it before. There is no date or any kind of code anywhere on the bottle that I could find.

Poured into a goblet, it is slightly hazy and medium reddish-brown. A white head with ok retention caps the beer and is not especially impressive.

The aroma seemed quite oxidized at first with lots of wet cardboard/sherry notes. Underneath it is dark brown sugar and tofee along with dark fruit. Letting the beer warm really brings out some character.

More sherry and brown sugar on the taste along with a healthy dose of raisins and plums. Mouthfeel is on the sticky side but just stops short of being too sweet. Alcohol is fairly well hidden and provides just a little bit of warming.

Overall, I feel like this probably has some age on it as it tastes oxidized but it is really complimentary to the other flavors. Not sure I would pick it up again as this is not my favorite style but I'm glad I took the chance.

02-19-2013 02:29:40 | More by rangerred
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.06/5  rDev -1.5%

A: deep amber, a little hazy...mildly-silky, off-white head - decent retention, misty cap

S: on a quick pass, smells like a fruited gueuze....likely not as bright in fruitiness, but more balanced toward mellow candy-like malt and phenols

T: this was my third time I had this - tasted better/fresher this time - my immediate impression is that of a dubbel blended with a gueuze.... musty-sour, budding Brett "infection"...bit of a muted sour cherry or raspberry...some vaguely caramelized malt sweetness that gets buffed out a bit by the wild-yeast bitter-funk... light roasted nut or nutty malt late in the aftertaste

M: very much like (see above) a dubbel blended with a gueuze - of the dubbel, some rounded, lightly dextrin-ous body, somewhat soft and smooth, with a nice bit of alcohol warmth in the finish....of the gueuze, a bit of an unfiltered, flour-y funk/tang, the touch of tartness tingling the tongue with acidic bitterness...maybe a little residual body, but with the lightly-funky finish comes a dry, cleansing wash

O: an interesting effort, to say the least - definitely worth trying once

02-07-2013 00:27:18 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%

Reviewed 1/13/13

Thanks for this one that totaly flew under my radar, DaftCaskBC!!

Appearance. Pours a cloudy amber-orange with over a finger of amber-tinted head.

Smell. Very fruity! Dark fruits, oranges, caramel, green grapes, raisins, and a little brown sugar and spicy belgian yeast.

Taste. Caramel, brown sugar, spicy belgian yeast, raisins, even a little coffee and maybe some cocoa powder. Nothing is overpowering or even especially stong, but the flavours blend in a very nice way. Just fantastic tasting!

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-low, smooth carbonation. Just a little bit sticky, but not much of a complaint.

Overall. A fantastic beer!! Amazingly easy to drink and very nice flavours in a great balance. Really enjoyed it, thanks again DaftCaskBC.

01-17-2013 04:29:28 | More by Rutager
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-16-2013 05:23:45 | More by Antnyd82
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

01-03-2013 23:31:43 | More by Davihaw
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-28-2012 02:30:35 | More by BillyLrsn
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9%

12-22-2012 13:49:08 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-03-2012 00:02:22 | More by ShemRahBoo
Photo of wisrarebeer


4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

A: deep copper color, clear, rich creamy, dense head with incredibly tight bubbles
S: medium to full, creamy roasted malt, yeasty
T: a very nice beer, rounded, well-made with deep roasted malt up front with strong nuttiness, good hop finish that is very balanced, some yeasty finish
M: rounded and well-made beer, a bit astringency in finish but nothing too distracting

11-10-2012 02:43:11 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of brbrocc

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

10-26-2012 23:08:03 | More by brbrocc
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

A: 1/2" tan coloured head over cloudy brown liquid.

S: Prunes, raisins, pears, flowers and grass.

T: Caramel, dry red wine, prunes, raisins, pears, with walnuts in the finish.

M: Quite dry with medium to thick viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: Quite a bit different than most of the style. Firstly, it is more dry than sweet. Secondly, the flavours are also quite unique. But this is not a bad thing, because I enjoyed this beer a lot.

10-23-2012 02:48:06 | More by DaftCaskBC
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

10-02-2012 23:43:05 | More by grumpygerman
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

09-23-2012 21:43:44 | More by Archemedies
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

09-04-2012 15:49:40 | More by jbertsch
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

08-22-2012 18:23:21 | More by frontalot
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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled 4/28/2007(over 5 years!) Pours lightly hazy dark reddish copper color with a small 1 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big prune, raisin, toast, molasses, apple, caramel, toffee, earth, herbal, biscuit, red grape, and yeast spices. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity. A bit malty sweet, but it was expected with the age of this bottle. Taste of caramel, toast, molasses, toffee, raisin, prune, earth, herbal, pepper, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, and yeast spices on the finish for a short bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; but slightly light and dry on the finish. No cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. This is definitely a sipper. Overall this is a very nice Dubbel. This held up well and definitely caramelized over time. A lot of flavor complexity and nice balance. Would not mind trying a less aged bottle in the future.

08-10-2012 04:02:23 | More by superspak
Photo of TheBeerWatcher


4.23/5  rDev +2.7%

Bottle from web shop Belgian Beer Station. Hazy amber. Moderate carbonation. Very beautiful tan foam, creamy and stable. Aroma is sweet, toasted malts, caramel, fruity freshness. Very inviting. Taste: wonderful and unique, rather complex with sweetness, sourness and bitterness, all well balanced. Full and sweet finish with a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel: medium body, not too sticky sweet Overall: a very well balanced "Dobbel Speciale Belge": a mix of 2 styles, a perfect blend of the malty sweetness of a double and the freshness of a speciale belge

08-07-2012 14:21:19 | More by TheBeerWatcher
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-16-2012 22:06:02 | More by theminutemen
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

07-13-2012 17:44:22 | More by ajs4bd
Cuvee Angelique from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
91 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.