Cuvee Angelique
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #45
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,622
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 8.27%
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
170
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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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DaftCaskBC from Canada (BC)

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Oct 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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Blindpigbiz from California

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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

May 20, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Oct 28, 2017
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Silke_Neryn from Sweden

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Nov 16, 2016
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Intlpostman from California

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 29, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Sep 15, 2018
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Nurglitch from Norway

3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jul 06, 2016
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ummswimmin from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 28, 2019
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Brent from Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Packed with dark fruit (raisin, fig, prune, date) and dark sugar (brown sugar, raw cane sugar, molasses, sorghum) - quite a bit of complexity, almost a cacophony. Some alcohol pepper bite at the finish. I'm giving a good drinkability score, but still a beer best enjoyed in small quantities.

Oct 05, 2010
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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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francisweizen from Alaska

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shimmering ruby scar with bright, large, tight white head. Aromas of candy sugar, raisins, and deeply complex malts. hops are faint and an afterthought in the background. Taste is sugary sweet with dense malt complexity. Bread, raisins, various other sugary fruits, and a bit of phenolic yeast complexity mixed with baked bread in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lush. Drinkability is good. solid dubbel.

Oct 02, 2008
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Nov 13, 2011
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, murky brown with a light tan head that quickly fades into a mild cap.
Smell is of raisins, prunes, figs, grapes, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, mushrooms, and yeasty bread.
Taste is of aromas with a standout earthiness and fruity raisin bread. Just a mild smack of bitter hops comes through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, sweet, with fruit, and vanilla lingering. Mild citrus along the palate too.

Nov 14, 2009
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Gavage from Nevada

4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear reddish orange in color witha big fluffy 3"+ head that looks like merangue and lasts forever. Nice thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: yeast, fruit sweetness, and a hint of spiciness is easy to detect.

Taste: there is a grainy and earthy malt profile here with some sweet plums, a hint of sour cherry, honey, yeast, pepper, and a hearty bitterness. Alcohol is mild but adds to the complexity of this beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp to start but is not crisp at the finish. Super long aftertaste as the flavors seem to stick to your tongue. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: wonderful beer to drink on a cold winter evening in front of a fire. You could easily drink more than one bomber bottle in a session, but it would sneekily catch up to you from the alcohol. Must try for everyone.

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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy amber color ale with huge foamy head with perfect retention and good lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with candi sugar and some fruity ester. Taste is also dominated by some fruity ester which are well mixed with Belgian caramel malt and light residue of candi sugar. Body is quiet full with perfect carbonation and no signs of the alcohol. Not overly complex but well done nonetheless.

Oct 13, 2009
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date April 2007, Sampled November 2007
A careful pour still produces a six-finger thick head that quickly overflows the top of my glass. I only lose a couple tablespoons of beer to the billowing, frothy, tan colored foam though. The beer shows a dark plum color as it sits in my glass, but portrays a brilliantly clear cherry-syrup red color when held up to the light. Quite malty in the nose, with notes of brown sugar, browned bread notes, toasty malt and raisin flavors all quite noticeable as I inspect the head. A touch of tartness in the nose adds aromatic notes reminiscent of plums, aromatic apples and a certain vinous character. Spicy, high fermentation character is also noticeable with touches of black pepper, earthy spice-like coriander notes, touches of ginger, lightly-phenolic clove aromas and a certain musty, almost woody note that mixes in with malty notes of chocolate. A very complex, interesting nose; I am really digging the interplay of malt, hop and fermentation driven notes of fruit, spice and light funk.

Sweet tasting up front, yet fairly light on the tongue; the sweetness accentuates a nice fruit character, in fact the sweetness is even perceived as being derived from a mix of apples, plums and figs. The sweetness also is bit reminiscent of darker / unrefined sugar; perhaps a touch of a caramel, notes of brown sugar and even something a bit more exotic like palm sugar. Towards the end of a sip some dark malt notes add a touch of chocolate, some definitely toasted grain notes, a touch of chalky-browned grain husk flavors. The beer finishes with some spicy fermentation character as well as some warming, higher alcohol flavors. Despite being fairly light in body (at least for its strength), this really has a nice richness to it. The carbonation definitely helps to lighten things up too, though if drunk right after a pour it is really too carbonated and froths up as it hits the tongue. A touch of tannic woodiness is found in the finish, as is a very light bitterness.

While the beer definitely has a spiciness to it & some almost hot higher alcohol notes, it still remains very smooth, rounded and drinkable. It is a bit more funky in the nose than in the flavor, but it is so well integrated that I am not really needing any funky flavor notes. Another just awesome beer from this brewery. I have been really impressed by each of the beers I have had from these guys. Dubbels are actually a style I have trouble getting into at times, but this one just hits the spot and is probably the best I have ever had.

Nov 24, 2007
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uturn from Florida

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Dec 01, 2011
Cuvee Angelique from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 170 ratings