Cuvee Angelique | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Belgium
glazentoren.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#5,651
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
168
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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36
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Trade:
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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 168
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of lmaduells
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of Rutager
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheBeerWatcher
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Cuvee Angelique from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 168 ratings