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Cuvee Angelique - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 34
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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Photo of SLeffler27
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of pixieskid
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of gory4d
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Mendicant
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jayhoppin
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of crosendahl
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Style/abv: dubbel/8.3%

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

Photo of Liquoric3
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JDavidRice
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BartMcStout
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of rangerred
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rutager
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Antnyd82
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Davihaw
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Cuvee Angelique from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
91 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.