Cuvee Angelique | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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. "

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Huge, frothy off-white head leaving sticky and soapy lacing. Aroma is dominated by sweet raisins, molasses and brown sugar. Taste features malt sweetness, dates, raisins....and....something is missing...oh yeah...alcohol! 8.3% ABV and it is perfectly masked. Delicious, easy to drink, smooth in every way and hard to find a flaw.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this one up in a trade earlier this year and to be honest nearly forgot that I had it till I saw it in the back of the cellar. I was just gonna post a ISO :) Anyway served this paper wrapped, 2007 bottle at a nice and comfy fifty degrees and poured into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 12/04.08.

The pour was perfect, what else can I say. Rich dark brown in color and nearly opaque. Nice reddish notes on the sides and bottom of the glass coming through quite nicely. Huge head of tan that reached a height of at least three inches before settling down over the top into a thin layer maybe a quarter of an inch and staying with us throughout the entire session. This was a perfect dubbel.

The aroma was nearly spot on as well. Rich notes of spice, dark fruit, plums, raisins, mostly in the front as a nice grainy and bread like aroma started to peak through as it really warmed up, along with a light hint of a spiced pear or apple. At the first sip I was in love. I am not normally a fan of the style as it is usually rather plain for me, sitting somewhere between the sessionable and the extreme, but a whole new life was brought forward for me here. Key word in this beer was smooth, it was simply breathtakingly smooth and subtle. Rich notes of raisins and plums, hints of light spice, pears, great yeast notes here. There was just such a smooth, subtle flavor here. I really am at a loss, as I rarely find a beer this drinkable. The long aftertaste was rich with a ripe fruit flavor that left an almost funky note that was only detectable after a few minutes after the sip. Just a wonderful expierence.

Overall I was blown away, very seldom does something this good sneak up on me like this, this was a total suprise and really wonderful. Go check this one out if you can find it, it was that damn good.

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Photo of dgallina
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown bottle with haphazardly pasted label and no dating.

Pours almost clear red-brown with very active carbonation and a two-inch creamy white head. The foam and lace persist nicely. The beer smells yeasty and sweet, with peppery caramel, cocoa, and lightly phenolic alcohol overtones. Flavor is very malt-forward. Delicious toasted bread, powdered cocoa, and caramel notes dominate. Gentle fruity alcohol appears in the finish and some light alcohol warmth develops over time. Body is highly carbonated, yet smooth and supple. Rather clean for the style. A rare and delicious treat.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First trip to the new Binny's downtown, and have to say that Clint, the man tending the bar at the time was quite nice. Split this bottle with my brother. Into the wine glasses...

A - Lots of pillowy soft head with great lacing. Cloudy light amber body. A beauty.

S - Intense. The aroma was very typlical for the style, with lots of funk, salt, maple and honey like sweetness, and strawberry like tartness. Great stuff, both balenced and intense.

F - Starts out mild, with lots of earthyness and salt. Fruit and funk seem to balence themselves out well. Finishes up with a very nice dry, balencing finish. Excelent.

M - Crisp, but still full. No complaints.

D - This was really good. I mean really good. A great beer by a great brewery. My favorate Belgian Dubbel. Will seek out again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a minor emergency with this beer, exploded all over the place, never seen so much come out of the bottle before it got into the glass.

The color is something else, a nice burn umber, a deep brown cherry with amber and toasty brown chestnut, this is sort of getting out of hand but this beer really does have a nice glow to it and some very impressive head retention and fluffiness to say the least.

Aroma is really fascinating, incredibly fruity, like I've had lambics that were less fruity than this beer is. Sour cherries, vanilla, oak, raspberries, sweet toasted bread. Nothing dominates, everything is in perfect harmony but nothing feels pulled back or reined in, the aroma, every bit of it, hits you with its entire weight, it doesn't beg for your attention its daring your not to stare (with your nose, i'm sorry that's sort of a bad use of imagery). Fucking good!

Oak, toasty bread, insanely toasty, nutty finish, fruity but not so much as the aroma would indicate, little bit of a horsey tartness coupled with a dry finish, very dry. Mouthfeel is off the charts, full bodies, crisp and dances on the tongue.

This is a wonderful beer apart from the explosion at the beginning, complex, powerful and distinguished a class act all the way.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one at Abe's in Bethlehem for $11. Im really digging the paper wrapper and amazing, simple paper label. 750 mL brown bottle, capped. Opened and shared with a couple friends, poured into a tulip.

Tried to be careful while pouring this, but I still roused up a ton of head, cloudy brown color with light tan head that lasts and lasts, leaves lots of lacing.

Smell is not what I was expecting, I'm so used to very dark, sugary dubbels. This was fruity, a little funky, pretty hard for me to describe, really. There was a lot of different stuff going on from the yeast, nice malt backbone that doesn't get overly sweet and cloying, alcohol is subdued but detectable. This one is very unusual and good, I almost thik I got some hefe type smells in there as well, but I'm not sure.

Taste is also very complex, nice play between malts, booze, and all sorts of yeast esters. You really have to experience this one to understand. Simply amazing. Mouthfeel is fairly light, medium high carbonation, very easy to drink and enjoy. Its actually refreshing. If you see this, pick it up immediately--it is fantastic. Highly recommended.

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Photo of merlin48
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paper wrapped 750 ml, as shown, pours about fifty percent creamy ecru hued foamy head, atop a mostly clear amber body that is distinctly ruby colored when held to a light. Retention is excellent and sheets of lacing drape the sides of the Duvel chalice.

Aroma begins very fruity, with prominent notes of kiwi, honeydew, and strawberry. Floral and perfumey hops quickly follow to the nose. Belgian yeasty notes are spicy and contribute soft coriander and freshly cracked white peppercorns.

Airy, medium body seems lighter than it really is. Carbonation is average in intensity but has a soft and satiny feel. Nice!

Taste opens with fruity melon and strawberry. Yeasty spiciness adds white pepper and coriander. Solid caramel malt backbone supports lots of gentle complexities. There is a soft floral hop bitterness that grows stronger as it warms. Pastoral and earthy notes from the hops and yeast add what can only be called a Saison character. Finishes very even handed with the honey and caramel sweetness fading meekly into the soft and pastoral bitterness.

Exceptional drinkability for a dubbel. This one has such complexity of character that it evokes traits of a saison, Belgian IPA, and dubbel, and deftly wraps them all into a very pleasant final product. Sorry to see this bottle go dry.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on February 4th 2008, the wrapping says that it is best before 2 years after the bottling I just missed it...

Pours light brown/ruby red. Decent sized, slightly fizzy, off white/light tan head that fades quickly. Lacing slides down the glass.

The smell is pretty amazing. Sweet, rich spice cake. Candied dark fruits. Brown sugar, cinnamon, figs, dates, raisins, and maple syrup.

The taste begins sweet like the smell but is countered with dry and spicy flavors. Cardamon, ginger, and cinnamon with a good amount of roasty flavors. The alcohol is subtle but has a nice spicy warmth.

It has a medium body with pretty low carbonation, but it's dry enough that it doesn't feel lagging.

Complex fruit and spice flavors, with a good amount of sweetness might inhibit the drinkability, but the finish is surprisingly dry which makes it quite drinkable.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet.

A - poured with a big fluffy white head that spills over the rim of the glass. Beer has an orangey cloudy glow.

S - Aromas of sweet malt, toffee, and figs

T - First sip is of toffee, figs and a slight alcohol burn. The burn becomes more pronounced as the beer warms in the glass.

M - Mouthfeel is medium, mouth coating, but not cloying. Becomes dry toward the end of the sip.

D - Drinkability is dangerous at 8% and it sneaks up on you toward the end of the first glassful.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of Beerzebub
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a big wine glass at 60 F/ 15 C.

Hazy amber color, bulging cream colored head, thick pocked sheets of lace.

Heady aroma of spice, sweet bready malt, dried apple, light brown sugar and caramel, mild chocolate, a bit of juicy white grape, and some fruity solvent and light booze.

Tastes like warm cookie spices, toasty brioche, toffee, cocoa, baked apple, and black tea. Some explicit sweetness is well balanced by a touch of bitterness and gentle astringency. Exotic yet familiar. Great cohesion and balance, and very tasty.

Grippy powdery texture. Quite drinkable for what it is.

Great beer.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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 jamie2dope
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this brew that I have never seen available before at Winchester Wine and Spirits. Poured in to my new Dogfish Head sniffer strawberry/pink color, with a big bad heading that eventually dropped down in to a good looking lace. Aroma gave me the wow factor that some talk about, with strawberries. pomegranate, blackberries, raisins, extremely fruity and complex nose. Taste is more of the same vinous dark fruits, with a keen alcohol presence that livens things up. Body is very well carbonated and right in your face. It drinks very well too, although this is certainly one to sip slowly so as to let all the tiny complexities show themselves. This is definitely a wow beer for me. Pairing this with a few different types of cheese (Brie, Goat, Feta) was truly amazing.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a amber copper... a tad on the red side. foam an off white of that hue. every bottle i get from this brewery upon opening creeps a heavy foam. upon pouring the foam takes up about half the glass. contracting slowly leaving heavy lace. the colder, the less lava like. smell is sweet candy at first, then herbal notes, and a light toffee, hop and malt. the taste is carried by the smooth volume. very light weight for a dubbel. smooth like a feather. wonderful toffee velvet with notes of spice behind it. all works well with the sugar notes. complex yet effective blend. light hop lingers in mouth. one of my favorite breweries so its easy to say i can drink it all the time. excellent example of the style. hands down one of the best i've had!!!

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Photo of BWH3
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The 2007 Vintage from a Tulip at 50 F.

A thick appearing cloudy brown with a slight orange hue topped by a tan head that pours big and bubbly before settling to a nest of island lacing. Smells of raisin and dark fruit and that inexplicable must of noble hops and the house yeast strain. Tastes similar but with the addition of a nice earthy hops bitterness. Absolutely delicious. Not quite as complex as I might have expected for a Cuvee, but goes down flawlessly and finishes with a peppery spice on the lips and throat. Great carbonation that actually augments the tasting. A special brew well worth a taste.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.45/5  rDev +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 BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing blood orange that is polished gem-like when the goblet is backlit with sunshine. Abundant carbonation has produced three full fingers of pastel gold foam following a gentle pour. The head doesn't have a great deal of character, but it develops some rockiness during the descent. A lack of stickiness hurts a little.

The aroma is impressive. Since the styles are somewhat similar, it isn't surprising that this dubbel also smells like a BSDA. The yeast esters are especially spicy, to go along with the usual notes of medium-dark fruit and caramel. This might be the best of the KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren brews yet.

The flavor is all kinds of impressive as well. It has only taken one mouthful to tell me that Cuvee Angelique is one of the most flavorful, most complex dubbels that I've had in quite some time. Good thing I still have about 720 ml to go. Once the carbonation settles a bit, my other sock doesn't have a chance in hell.

Time and warming deliver even more boldness, more spiciness and more depth of flavor than initially thought. The lineup includes toasted brown bread, English toffee, ripe figs, bitter black tea leaves and a massive amount of clove and black pepper spiciness. This offering is (or was... it might no longer be brewed) released every year in honor of Mother's Day, but it's definitely a manly brew. No offense intended to the fairer sex.

The borderline excessive carbonation calms down before too long, though it never does impart the creamy voluminousness that I expect from all world-class Belgian beer. Still, it isn't far off. Maybe I just need to slow down even more and give the bubbles time to dissipate.

Neither Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel nor Canaster Winterscotch Ale (although both are fine beers) prepared me for the magnificence that is Cuvee Angelique. This is one of the best versions of this style that I've ever had, so I'm not surprised to see that it has gotten a good bit of love on this site. Bottom line: delightfully delicious and dangerously drinkable dubbel.

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Photo of thepeter
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of Daniellobo
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of impending
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Burnt orange brown/amber color with a huge, thick, creamy, sticky off-white head. Extremely thick with a meringue or marshmallow fluff like texture. Excellent retention with a thick creamy lacing left.

S - Well spiced with a good amount fruity esters and a strong orange presence. Caramel malt is strong along with some candi sugar and very minimal yeast aroma.

T - Sweet candi sugar and caramel and spiced bready malt base. Strong orange citrus presence as well along with a mix of golden and dark fruit. Much more golden fruit than other Dubbels I have had, and generally on the side of lighter flavors for the style. Also more pale/lighter malt flavors with graininess and breadiness, and not as much dark malt kind of flavor. Just faint hints of hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Zesty feel, but once it settles it is quite smooth and has a lasting stickiness to it.

D - Very drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden and the flavors are well balanced. Not overly strong and the flavor has a bit of a subtlety to it.

Notes: Bottled 12, Sep. 2009. A very enjoyable beer that isn't as dark as other Dubbels, but it still fits the style. Well spiced and a good amount of fruit (particularly orange, apple, pear, and raisin) and a nice bready malt with plenty of caramel/toffee. Easy to drink and enjoyable; definitely worth a try.

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Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy chestnut brown color with a huge frothy three finger frothy, pillowy tan head. Good retention, slowly fading to a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing in it's path.

Spicy roasted malt aroma with hints of peppery zest, chocolate, caramel, coffee and toffee. Dark fruit notes, mostly plum and dark berries.

Roasted malt flavor with hints of dark chocolate, cherry, plum, raisin and fig. Slightly carbonated up front with a creamy body, sweet estery dark fruit and a sweet yet bitter dry finish. Alcohol is extremely well masked and the ABV is almost undetectable. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Cuvee Angelique from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
4.12 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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