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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. "

Added by BeerBeing on 07-20-2007

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pDev:
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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 Nurglitch
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leitmotif
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Intlpostman
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 desint
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 nathanmiller
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heygeebee
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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Photo of Amalak
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of paleoplant
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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 Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Cuvee Angelique from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 163 ratings
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