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Cuvee Angelique - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 34
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of crnipeter
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paper-wrapping entire bottle instead of printing a label? Printed media should consider new way of delivering newspapers to their readers - every morning fresh issue at the doorstep with extra bottle wrapped in. Something you can't get reading web-news...who says newspapers are getting obsolete?

Pours large, frothy light tan head with good stickage that persists atop of coppery body with good clarity. The head gradually sets to a stable veil and gets revived with each swirl.

The nose is utterly complex and carries rich esters of raisins and plum backed by discrete malt-sweetness with hints of caramel. I pick up clove-like, mild peppery and spicy aromatic (phenols, alcohol).
The perception of body seems quite airy owing to the relatively high carbonation. Restrained malty sweetness interplays with plums and raisins while phenols contribute faint peppery flavor. Towards moderately dry finish emerges light bitterness with earthy-woodsy notes.

Both aroma and flavor exhibit moldy sensation of rotten leaves covering dump forest ground, similar to that found in Rochefort beers, R. 6 in particular. (Bottled 02-23-2010, Best Before 2 years after the bottling, 750 ml into tulip.)

In short, a near-perfect Dubbel with raisiny-plummy character and complex aromatics.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, murky amber with a stable, creamy khaki head. When examined more closely, a little stream of carbonation emanating from the bottom of the glass is evident.

S: The smell is typical Belgian dubbel with aromas of milk chocolate, raisins, and prunes framed against a toasty malt backdrop.

T: The taste is much more complex than the nose, with notes of milk chocolate, dark bread, prunes, and raisins joined by heavy cream, Medjool dates, figs, and vanilla bean. The finish is smooth, sweet, and long with dried fruit, bread, and chocolate notes in abundance.

M: Medium bodied, silky, and luscious, this is the way a dubbel is supposed to feel. As one would expect of the style, the carbonation is reigned in, emerging as a gentle contrast to the silky, off-dry sensations produced by the beer as it hits the palate.

O: Kleinbrouwerij de Glazen Toren has yet to disappoint me in any way, and it certainly did not do so with this beer. Cuvee Angelique is a near perfect dubbel, one that aspiring brewers and/or fans of abbey beers really ought to try. If you like Belgian beers, this is one not to miss.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely russet brown coloring, bright ruby red highlights, beautiful off-white foam, lace-leaving.

Aromatics: soft and creamy, vanilla and spice. Some caramel, a little date. Nice. Very nice.

Taste: Mellow, rounded and groovy. Flavors of apple, molasses, brown sugar. Caramel. Spice, pepper. Raisin and plum.Keen malty flavor, with a great buzz of hoppiness, matched with yeast character. This is a great little tango, medium malt body, sweetness kept in check with hop bitterness, dark fruit and mild cocoa flavor dominates.

It's hard to really make a clear call on this one, for it's unlike any other beer I've ever had, and doesn't fit any style there is. A conundrum, a challenge, and a call to clear the mind and seek out every aspect.
It seems close to an abbey dubbel, but lacks the depth or sweetness. Not that that should be a detriment, not everything has to be thick and rich. This is elegance, it's classic, it's sui generis.

At first I thought I had the key to this, when I read of it's origins as a doubled version of an old style called "speciale belge", and how it wasn't truly an abbey dubbel. But now, I'm getting just enough like one, and a whole lot apart from that, that still spells a terrific Belgian dark ale, regardless of the label.

This is elegant, sophisticated, clean, clear and purposeful. It just is. Damn good, that is. Wow.

Every Glazen Toren beer I've had has been like this, utterly unique and colored outside the lines. This is what's great about Belgian beers, and Kleinbrouwerij Glazen Toren is an excellent example of the non-conformist spirit of Belgian brewing.

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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice take on a Dubbel with an enticing hopped/earthy caramel edge.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and capped brown bottle wrapped in white paper with brown illustrations of the seal of the brewery and a couple playing the drum and… some sort of street organ? The wrap offers a small description, ingredients, and serving suggestions. Blank space for the bottling date, and shows 8.3% Alc. by Vol. in the wrap, whereas the label mentions 8%. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep Amber-brown pour with a very rich and generous head, grate frothy retention with a remarkable surface memory and rich lacing.

S - Malty sweetness… Touch of dark fruits with a hint of hoppy bitterness..

T - …which makes great sense as one explores the flavor. Nice malty sense, crushed caramel, yeasty spiciness.. and an undercurrent hoppy flow pushing up the sweet malt that felt quite unique and tasty.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a nice lingering soft bite in the finish.

O - Quite the memorable Dubbel, maybe a tad too hoppy for the purist, but it is not a driving force but more so an undercurrent, present and structured throughout that I loved.

Notes: Another remarkable brew from Glazen Toren… Quite the offering. Unique Dubbel for me, which pushes the pleasing and comfy style with a longer and far more memorable range. Certainly a brew well worth seeking out.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered this bottle online. Served in a Mikasa goblet.

Pours a very nice red-brown with a huge, huge, huge off-white head. The retention was persistent to the point of being annoying as I've wanted to try this one for awhile and I wanted to jump right in. Loads and loads of thick lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer could not look any better.

The nose carries plenty of dark fruit and a bit of brown sugar and molasses. Some light cherry notes there as well, along with a bit of faint spice. The flavor is fairly complex with a bit of a light tartness to accompany a bit of sweetness. Good dark fruit character throughout. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Really interesting and tasty. This dubbel is a winner.

Photo of impending
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep copper orange garnet, massive frothy head with a gentle pour, an eternity to recede, ridiculous lacing.

Aroma is a delight. Clean, bright and complex, yeasty sweet spicy goodness. Classic but light on the dark skinned fruits. Perhaps some saison yeast joined the mix.

Taste is equally complex. Figs, green grapes, caramel, leather and a brief dry twang. Notes of a saison are present in the flavor as well. A mild dry earthy bitterness defines the aftertaste. Warms well. Thin to medium bodied lively mouthfeel.
unique
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jd

Photo of cjacobsen
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
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 BeerImmediately
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
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 aasher
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a medium bodied, murky leathery brown with a billowing cream colored, two finger head. It smelled of an array of spices and yeast. The spices are both interesting and complex. It tasted of sweet caramel malts, yeast, and a bombardment of interesting spices. There is a lot going on with this flavor profile. It's probably the most unique "Dubbel" I've had so far. It's kind of like a Dubbel mixed with a saison. It's a very nice beer and an interesting drink. It has nice body and it makes you think while you drink it.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light brownish body w/ massive head that dies slow and leaves a lace ring. Typical yeast smell I associate w/ Belgians but also a mild sweet malt smell as well as nuttiness (thanks to yeast) and a touch of tart fruit. Real smooth and creamy, a lighter body for a dubbel than I am used to. The fruit flavos like sour apple or pear and a touch of orange/citric are somewhat muted behind sugary sweet caramel and even some syrupy sticky sweetness. The yeast and carbonation make it easy to drink and crips/lively on the backend, and it is pretty well-balanced. I enjoyed this dubbel but found the flavor profile more maltythan balanced and while a damn good sipper just not my favorite.

Photo of thepeter
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy Light Amber in color, short head that went away yo film fairly quickly.

S - Got some grape, dark fruit, some musty funk, and booze

T - So much going on with this beer. Lots of competing flavors. Not as sweet as I expected but certaily a brown sugar toffee element, I also got some wood adn what I would have called a Bretty flavor. Nice hop bite in the middle and a smooth dry bready finish that left little aftertaste and was just really great.

M/D - Medium to light bodied beautiful dry finish which made this extremely drinkable.

A very complex and wonderful Dubbel
I should add that this bee was about 2 years old.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at TJ's. Poured into a deep and thin tulip glass.

A mostly-clear body that is a coppery and garnet combination in color. The head is about 1-finger deep. The body glows in the light. Lacing is minimal, pretty much non-existent.

The aroma is more complex and inspiring than was the appearance. The bouquet is deep and complex. Dark fruity esters of figs, dates, and raisins. There is also dry cocoa powder that comes through with caramel malt, and it culminates is a tart cherry finish. The taste is similar, with a bit more emphasis on the tart characteristics of the cherries. There are also toffee flavors that interject themselves into the middle of the palate.

The consistency is medium with an appropriate medium level of carbonation. As a result, the feel is good, overall. There's something about this dubbel that keeps me from getting overly excited about it. It could just be that I have been spoiled my the trappist renditions of the style.

Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been looking for this for quite almost a year, happy to finally run across a couple bottles. The last of the "regular" De Glazen Toren offerings, I'm excited to finally try this.

Bottled on February 23rd, 2010. Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

A careful pour fills the chalice half-full of rocky active foam none the less. When the beige head settles down a bit, you can observe the glossy liquid, coppery and not quite clear with ochre highlights. Massive lacing takes the form of three dimensional figures dancing and fighting one another aginst the sides of the glass surrounding a may-pole like mound of merengue.

Brown sugar, English biscuits or graham crackers, vague maple, in the nose, followed by bready yeast notes and a light yet complex hoppiness. Spiced fig spread is suggested with the esters as well.

Mildly tart palate entry - like berries submerged in sourdough/buckwheat starter. Phenolics come out in force with the next sip - the yeast and malt working together to hint at black pepper, coriander, clove, and more. "Old attic" and aspirin notes are in there as well. Very low grassy bitterness fades into jammy alcohol notes (more currant than raisin though) and a dry-ish yet still quite malty finish with a touch of leather. Unique and flavorful.

Medium-bodied, quite effervescent, soft mouthfeel. Lightly warming.

Delicate but delicious - superbly crafted (like all their ales), yet distinct from other examples of the style. Well worth trying.

Cuvee Angelique from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
91 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.