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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 jrallen34
3.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Map Room into a tulip...Pours a medium iced tea brown with red highlihgts. A light tan head with ok retention but great lacing. A very creamy head...The aroma ia light faint hint of dark fruits and inverted sugar, some spices as well, with a hoppy finish...The taste is super weird for the expectation of getting a dubbel, this is certaily not a traditional interpretation. It has a little dark fruits and figs, but its spciy and to me lightly sour.

This is a new take on a dubbel which if you want to explore give it a try. If you want a traditionalesque trappist dubbel stay far away from this.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.42/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very spicy, dry and effervescent- this sprite Belgian Dubbel shruggs off the notion of balance fruitiness for a peppery bite and champagne-like drinkability.

The beer errupts from the bottle with nearly volcanic foam. Capturing what I can of the beer, a careful decantment reveals a mildly hazed, deep glowing amber color that allows for a diffused glow to emmit. The quick-forming head of loosely knit and large bubbles settle into the second half of the glass with a clingy creme of off-white foam. All the while, steady streams of carbonation gives a sparkling wine bubbly appearance.

Aromas capture the essence of wine must, cork, and black peppercorn. Surpressed fruity esters reveal a glimse into toasted currants, tart berries, and grapes. Tartness and dusty wood notes round out the aroma profile with an extra 'twang' note that's more suitable for Lambics and Wild Ales.

The taste of the beer fare similarly: tart berry-like esters with lime rind, grape, plumb, and fig seem to weave into a hop bitterness and near-sour notes. The dry malty taste of medium toast, caramel, and confectioner's sugar gives more of an impression of sweetness than actual sweetness. This paves the way for the highly peppery notes of white pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, and alcohol to bounce from the prickle of champagne (brut or noire) in much the same way as tanic red wines.

Moderate to light in body; it's hard to get a read on the texture because of the zesty carbonation that provides a heavy carbonic bite, but also lessens the weight of the beer. It seems to pull the liquid off of the surface of the mouth and then evaporate before having a chance to swallow. Very dry and whimsical from start to finish with the dry warmth of alcohol and peppery bite.

Aside from the heavy spew to start the session, I appreciate the bone-dry and highly effervescent nature of the beer. But the off balanced taste that favored yeasty spice over esters so strongly kinda upset the apple cart and revealed a wild yeast character of light sourness that seems out of character for well made Dubbel Ales.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on draft at a local beer in D.C. Served in a tulip glass. It is an attractive beer. Amber / brown / red, white head, sweet and sour smell (almost flanders). Lacing on the glass (not that I care) head falls away quickly as the beer is consumed. Flavor is boring, nothing really to report. A little sour, not much sweet, no bitterness, no alcohol. Overall drinkability is high and mouthfeel is good. The flavors are not complex but it is a good tasting / feeling beer. I can see why this is rated so high.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
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 CWiggins
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at McSrooge's in Knoxville, Tennessee on 3/6/09. Poured into a Duvel tulip, and enjoyed alone while the wife and dog are out of town!

Pours a dark chestnut brown, with a substantial ecru head that erupts quickly and hangs around for the duration of the beer's life. Smells of dark sugar, rich ripe fruit, yeast, and candy are certainly discernible, even with the weakest sniff. The flavor is very nice: it's full of sweet, dark fruity flavors, and a delightfully surprising mildly bitter finish. There's also just the hint of anise in the center. Very nice! It's not overly carbonated, so the mouthfeel is really smooth and liquid-y. I find this beer very drinkable for the intense flavors and slightly higher ABV. Glad I took a chance on it!

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, opaque tawny brown with a solid quarter inch cream head that lingers as a thin layer of foam.

Bruised dark fruit (plums, dates), brown sugar, belgian yeast, and lactic acid comprise the aroma.

A wine-like sourness underlies the flavor profile, which has a backbone consisting of slightly sweet malt. Subtle hints of wood and pepper add complexity, with a bit of belgian yeast character surfacing mid palate. An overly toasted note lingers in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with moderate to high carbonation and a zesty, crisp finish.

Overall, an interesting beer. Caught between a belgian dubbel and a sour, it offers interesting contrasts. Would have preferred a bit more malt complexity.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Bananaman
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I get the feeling that this beer may be a bit "hyped" here at BeerAdvocate, but anyway, here goes my review!

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a large white/beige head. When I opened the bottle the beer came rushing out of the bottle, so I hurried to get a glass under the bottle to avoid wasting beer.

Aroma is nice with lots of belgian yeast, spices and some orange peel. There are typical notes of roasted malts in the background. Nice, the smell is really promising.

Well the, how does it taste? To begin with it's a quite thin-ish beer. The taste is nice but a bit weak of belgian yeast, rosted malts and some spices. It's a quite fresh taste but I'm slightly dissapointed.

To sum it up, a good beer, but there are lots of better beers for a cheaper price. I'd have a regular, fresh, 33cl bottle of Chimay Blue instead of this one anyday.

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Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clouded brown chestnut, off-white firm head, leaving some lacing and having good curtains.

Smelling slightly chemical, some chalk, a slight whiff of sweet whine.

A sweet dextrose start, grapes and apples, white wine and a touch of lemon zest.

Medium carbonation, small foamy bubbles, smooth and refreshing, yet a good body, a soft dry finish.

A well balanced nice and modest dubbel, and that is a good thing.

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Photo of KeefD
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, my girlfriend of nearly three years just broke up with me, and her name is Angela, so I figured I should get around to trying a beer named "Angelique." Close enough, right? Pours a nice brown color with an enormous 4 finger head in my La Fin tulip glass leaving big chunks of lacing. Aroma is fruity, a little musty, yeasty, some apple cider is present along with some raisin. Dark fruit flavors, with raisins, and yeast dominate the flavor, very much carbonated, enough so that I have to let it sit for a while before drinking anymore. Apples skins are also present in the flavor along with some light chocolate and caramel notes. Medium bodied, too much carbonation is cloying at times. Tastes good, but I've had much better dubbels in my day.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Phyl21ca
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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 mactrail
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Risser09
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottling date of September 2007, this one is quite young! - Thanks to mughugger for the opportunity - poured into a cantillon glass

Appearance: This beer pours a chestnut color, brown and black highlights are a part of it. The tan head rose way up to the top of my glass. It was about 3.5 inches in height. It is quite cakey, with plenty of lace left over.

Smell: Brown sugar, slight hop aroma, fresh ground black pepper, licorice and raisin.
This is a nice one. Belgian spices and hop bitterness is a unique twist on this style.

Taste: Caramel, belgian spice, pepper, hoppy bitterness and hazelnut.

Mouthfeel: Probably the biggest disappointment of this beer. It is thin and watery to me, with a booziness that would be preferably hidden. .

Drinkability: Overall, a good beer, but it fell short at the end.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- There was a lot of foam that slowly gushed out after prying off the cap of this bottle. After getting that under control, I poured into a chalice. Pours a dark reddish brown color with an off-white head that leaves a ton of lacing around the glass and has great retention as well.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, dark fruits, bread, raisins, and yeast. Very nice, I love the smell of Dubbels and this one is no exception.

T- The taste is dark fruit with a bit of a peppery spiciness along with yeast with some yeast and hops in the finish as well as some alcohol. A little on the hoppy side when compared to other beers in this style.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carboaton.

D- Overall, this is another great Dubbel that is definitely worth a shot for those who enjoy the style. Recommended!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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 LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium red-orange amber with aggressive carbonation. Massive light brown head is persistant, leaving massive lacing. Faint aroma of light fruit and sweet malt, a bit sour. Taste is light fruit, orange, a bit of dark fruits, sweet and caramel malt. Somewhat subdued in flavor. Dry middle and finish with a slight hop kick. Very well carbonated and interesting to watch in the glass. A bit understated, but an interesting take on a dubbel with a somewhat dryer aspect taming the sweetness. Nicely made and interesting to try.

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Photo of ATPete
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml paper wrapped bottle

Pours a warm honey/golden yellow color with a cinnamon brown head that leaves some sticking. That classic De Glazen Toren yeast note first greats the nose a nutty malt aroma rises up as well. Very highly carbonated, explosive in the mouth without becoming a nuisance. Great malt structure, caramelized brown sugar comes to mind although i dont think they brew with candi sugars although i could be mistaken. Full to medium in body with a dry finish. A unique representation of the style from a brewery that is quickly becoming one of my favorite Belgian houses.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Cuvee Angelique from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
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