Cuvee Angelique | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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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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162
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92
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
8.23%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Elegant wrapped bomber. A very smooth feather touch mouthfeel. Yeasty aroma. Brown with white head. A background spiciness,behind toffee and some sugary fruit, certainly not a bold flavour so it accompanies poultry and quiche well. Tremendously drinkable.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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 GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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 oriolesfan4
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tracked this elusive beer down at PartiPak in Indy, only to find a bottle at a corner store in Chicago weeks later. Paper wrapper is stamped: 29 SEP 2007.

Served in a broad mouthed Moinette chalice. Attractive reddish auburn color, little floaties dancing around, and a puffy cap of generous foam that sounds like rice krispies. It has an ultra-fine whipped latte texture, and very creamy.

Some bready cookie sweetness in both aroma and taste, tempered by bitter herbal hops, that linger long into the dry aftertaste. The hop profile is mildly spicy, bolstered by some phenolic notes. Very full of toasty malt. Distinct Belgian yeast in the nose that reminded me of Fantôme. Delicate, fine carbonation that was very smooth. Easy to finish the bottle with no hint of the 8+% abv. A fairly simple and refined Dubbel.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
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 -5.6%
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered this bottle online. Served in a Mikasa goblet.

Pours a very nice red-brown with a huge, huge, huge off-white head. The retention was persistent to the point of being annoying as I've wanted to try this one for awhile and I wanted to jump right in. Loads and loads of thick lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer could not look any better.

The nose carries plenty of dark fruit and a bit of brown sugar and molasses. Some light cherry notes there as well, along with a bit of faint spice. The flavor is fairly complex with a bit of a light tartness to accompany a bit of sweetness. Good dark fruit character throughout. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Really interesting and tasty. This dubbel is a winner.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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 mactrail
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
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 nathanmiller
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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 dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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 mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown that is fully clouded with a lighter tan head that stays around for a bit and leaves a pretty high amount of lacing on the way down. Nose is not very active with a small amount of funk on there. Flavor is very consistent with a nice amount of sugar in the mix. Doesn't scream in the mouth, but it does have a good profile. Mild tangy edge. Feel has a higher amount of carbonation to it. Slightly interferes with the flavor rush. Overall though this is a very good BSDA that is easy to drink and is on par with other good brews in it's class. Nothing showy. Just even and smooth.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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
4.13 out of 5 based on 162 ratings.
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