Cuvee Angelique
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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From:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
 
Belgium
Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #41
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,008
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 8.07%
Ratings:
171
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 18, 2022
Added:
Jul 20, 2007
Wants:
  35
Gots:
  11
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: "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 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 18, 2022
 
4.25 by steverx8 from England on Apr 03, 2020
 
4.41 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Nov 28, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

Really interesting beer. Hard to do in-depth review as it kinda jumped out of the bottle but basically a farmhouse interpretation of dubbel. Light bodied and highly effervescent with tangy, creamy, Belgian aromatic malt flavor with hints of vanilla and clove. Big spicy yeast character and dryness gives it that farmhouse thing. Dark copper colored and hazy with floaties, big beige head. Quite quaffable for 8%, really has a nice palate. Not overly complex.

May 10, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Delicious. Elegant.
If I were to select the ten best traditional Belgians for American crafters to emulate (and interpret), Cuvee Angelique would probably be one. This ale is not over-done and does everything well. Its full head and amber translucence Looks like something good to drink. Smells give me mostly dark fruit from a very active yeast. Taste that caramel ! It stays through the finish while different spices come and go in a well-orchestrated medley. I don't know how these masters do this... but I am glad they do. I will look for this again along with their other offerings.

Sep 15, 2018
 
4 by aztraz from Sweden on Apr 03, 2018
 
4 by XicanoBeerRun from Texas on Jan 27, 2018
 
4.17 by bshefftz from California on Jan 10, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by lmaduells from Spain

When you have to celebrate a great event there is nothing better than an exellent beer. This is it. A well-made, balanced and well-traveled beer, with the right point of gas and alcohol.

Oct 28, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by captaincoffee from Virginia

Possibly the most delicate 8.5% beer I've ever had. It is honestly difficult to rate because of that. Lots of contradictions and points where I'd be tempted to lower the score, but at the end of the day I'm wishing I had more...so that says a lot.
750ml from Bootleggers in Paris, France.
Pours a somewhat unattractive murky brown with a super head that is dense, long-lasting, and leaves great lacing. Already with the contradictions. Nose is light caramel and light white pepper along with some dusty basement notes. However, it lacks some of the esters you might be expecting. Taste is where it is even more subtle. Light residual sweetness holds caramel, and there is a bit of granny smith apple as well. Drinks like a 5% beer, but I'm not sure how to say that in a positive way because in this case it is meant positively. Beautiful delicate mouthfeel with tiny champagne bubbles. Overall, a real treat where the sum is more than the parts.

Jun 24, 2017
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4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mynie from Maryland

Erroneously placed in the "sour" section of my local, usually learned bottle shop. Can't blame them, though, because I had always associated the word "cuvee" with sourness, because I am illiterate.

Anyhow, it pours chocolatey brown, very hazy and fizzy, could easily pass for a quad. The head is excellent.

Smells malty and lightly spicy, with chocolate and caramel ruling the roost alongside some yeasty, very ripe fruit and a little bit of pepper.

Tastes pretty darn good, a similar profile to a good quad only lower octane. Heavy malt up front with yeast mingling with chocolate and fruit, finishing sweet, bready, and dry with some fruit and pepper on the finish. Propped up throughout with a thick, doughy body. Not quite like anything else I can recall having, but very good.

May 02, 2017
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4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

This is what a dubbel is all about. Good complexity. Extreme drinkability. With looks to boot.

De Glazen Toren continues to impress with each rendition of classical Belgian styles.

Nov 16, 2016
 
3.89 by Nurglitch from Norway on Jul 06, 2016
 
3.74 by leitmotif from Romania on Mar 10, 2016
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3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Murky dark orange color with white head. Sweet malts, caramel, molasses and some dried fruits on the aroma. Taste follows, really balanced, you get some sweet malts and dried fruit but also some bitterness on the finish. Body is medium with high carbonation. Not bad but overall it lacks some depth of character.

Mar 09, 2016
 
4.28 by Intlpostman from California on Feb 29, 2016
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3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by mactrail from Washington

This is really just like a Dubble, though not as sweet as some. The usual Belgian musty and grainy aroma. Beautiful big foam on the dark hazy amber brew. Wonderful sudsy mouthfeel.

A grainy and malty brew dark amber brew with just a touch of sugar. Intriguing musty and slightly roasted flavor. Some hints of apple and a nose of pear nectar. Scratchy and slightly bitter aftertaste with the usual yeasty dry finish. Highly drinkable beer with a cleaner taste than a lot of Belgians. From the 750 bottle purchased at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco.

Jan 25, 2016
 
3.84 by desint from Belgium on Dec 29, 2015
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by drpimento from Wisconsin

Nice beer. Aroma is malty, fruit, yeast, almost bubblegum. Flavor's similar to nose, plus has some tang and a little bitter in the finish. Texture is soft, maybe too soft. A bit of warmth in the finish too.

Dec 20, 2015
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

750ml bottle served in a tulip. Bottled 14 Feb 15 printed on the bottle wrap. Mild gusher off the pop. Pours with a rocky, three inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a rocky skim. Thick textured swaths of lacing are revealed during the tasting and exhibits excellent adhesion. Color is slightly lighter than unpasteurized cider with a clarity that is only slightly more translucent. Nose is fairly subdued - light toasted malts and some faint herbal/medical phenols. Nice complexity to the flavor profile - in addition to the elements noted in the nose, I also get currants, tart cherries and tannins. There's a a suggestion of candied fruit, but it's not overly sweet and comes off a bit dry. There's also a light piney/medicinal character hidden in the background. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a soft carbonation and a light acidity. Overall, a complex and interesting beer. Not as malt forward as a typical BSDA, but really quite enjoyable. I'd like to see what 3-5 years in the cellar might do.

Dec 03, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

On-tap 8/10/2015 at Julian’s, in Providence, RI served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains Belgian yeast, apples, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: Given what I had read about this beer I was expecting stronger sweetness up front. It does start with flavors of caramel and apples. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Aug 10, 2015
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4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

these guys are fast becoming one of my favorite breweries. everything they make is traditional but unique, rustic and raw, yet highly refined at the same time, always impressive and fairly priced if you can find it. this was consumed under unusual circumstances. an oven fire roared in my kitchen last night, and after hitting it with a chemical fire extinguisher, and having the fire department come, i had hours and hours of cleanup work with my brother and my lady, who were both catalysts to restoring order in the home. we drank this beer somewhat in celebration of not losing our home, somewhat to drown our sorrows of not being able to just relax, somewhat to welcome my brother into town, and somewhat to get a little buzz going on a casual wednesday. good times right? well its a wonderful brew, deep brown with amber, mocha, and ruby flashes, clear until the bottom third or so of the bottle when chunky yeast splashes into the glass and dissipates in a cloudy burst, muddying the liquid under the head, which is tan, but textured like the stiff peaks of well beaten egg whites. nose isnt as funky as some other beer from these guys, no wild yeasts it doesnt appear, but definitely a cool belgian strain, farmy without being wild, i like that. notes of hay and dried apple, and then the deep caramelized grain base. i would call it a dubbel only loosely, and only because i wouldnt know what fits it better, but its a lot more than that. dried fruit in the taste, layers of malted barley and wheat, some deeper crystal and some lighter toast. raisin and date come to mind, as does red apple, molasses, and honey, although the beer is super dry for what it is. creamy full bodied feel, with enough carbonation to make it seem a lot lighter than it is, and a well hidden alcohol strength than can be felt but not perceived in any other way. beer of quality and distinction here, i will pretty much always buy their stuff when i see it now, been extremely impressed every time.

Mar 26, 2015
 
3.4 by nathanmiller from New York on Mar 19, 2015
 
3.52 by mendvicdog from Maryland on Feb 24, 2015
 
3.96 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Feb 14, 2015
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by heygeebee from Australia

Basically a caramel and molasses bomb. Amazingly sweet to almost point of cloying. Nothing to balance :-(

Jan 22, 2015
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3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by Amalak from New York

This beer is insanely sour. Fruity and bitter. Good, but only in short amounts.

Dec 28, 2014
 
4.12 by paleoplant from New York on Dec 19, 2014
 
3.75 by GRG1313 from California on Dec 01, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by keithmurray from Connecticut

Look - ruby red/brown body with beige head

Smell - caramel, toffee, belgian yeast, allspice

Taste - caramel, toffee, nutmeg, allspice

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront and belgian spicyness in the back and finish

Overall - good Belgian ale worth a shot for lovers of the style. Difficult to find

Price Point - $12.99/750ML bottle

Nov 28, 2014
 
3.75 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Oct 08, 2014
 
3.5 by mattfancett from England on Aug 27, 2014
 
4 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Jul 27, 2014
 
4 by KAF from Iowa on Jul 09, 2014
 
4 by Jspriest from Pennsylvania on Jun 24, 2014
 
4.5 by afsdan from Colorado on May 29, 2014
 
4 by Latarnik from New Jersey on May 27, 2014
 
4.25 by AndrewScottPentland from Florida on May 16, 2014
 
3.75 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida on May 09, 2014
 
3 by darcange from Massachusetts on Apr 27, 2014
Cuvee Angelique from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 171 ratings