Cuvee Angelique | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Cuvee AngeliqueCuvee Angelique

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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 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 mrfrancis
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, murky amber with a stable, creamy khaki head. When examined more closely, a little stream of carbonation emanating from the bottom of the glass is evident.

S: The smell is typical Belgian dubbel with aromas of milk chocolate, raisins, and prunes framed against a toasty malt backdrop.

T: The taste is much more complex than the nose, with notes of milk chocolate, dark bread, prunes, and raisins joined by heavy cream, Medjool dates, figs, and vanilla bean. The finish is smooth, sweet, and long with dried fruit, bread, and chocolate notes in abundance.

M: Medium bodied, silky, and luscious, this is the way a dubbel is supposed to feel. As one would expect of the style, the carbonation is reigned in, emerging as a gentle contrast to the silky, off-dry sensations produced by the beer as it hits the palate.

O: Kleinbrouwerij de Glazen Toren has yet to disappoint me in any way, and it certainly did not do so with this beer. Cuvee Angelique is a near perfect dubbel, one that aspiring brewers and/or fans of abbey beers really ought to try. If you like Belgian beers, this is one not to miss.

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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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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 Thorpe429
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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 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 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 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 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 aasher
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a medium bodied, murky leathery brown with a billowing cream colored, two finger head. It smelled of an array of spices and yeast. The spices are both interesting and complex. It tasted of sweet caramel malts, yeast, and a bombardment of interesting spices. There is a lot going on with this flavor profile. It's probably the most unique "Dubbel" I've had so far. It's kind of like a Dubbel mixed with a saison. It's a very nice beer and an interesting drink. It has nice body and it makes you think while you drink it.

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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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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 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 augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been looking for this for quite almost a year, happy to finally run across a couple bottles. The last of the "regular" De Glazen Toren offerings, I'm excited to finally try this.

Bottled on February 23rd, 2010. Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

A careful pour fills the chalice half-full of rocky active foam none the less. When the beige head settles down a bit, you can observe the glossy liquid, coppery and not quite clear with ochre highlights. Massive lacing takes the form of three dimensional figures dancing and fighting one another aginst the sides of the glass surrounding a may-pole like mound of merengue.

Brown sugar, English biscuits or graham crackers, vague maple, in the nose, followed by bready yeast notes and a light yet complex hoppiness. Spiced fig spread is suggested with the esters as well.

Mildly tart palate entry - like berries submerged in sourdough/buckwheat starter. Phenolics come out in force with the next sip - the yeast and malt working together to hint at black pepper, coriander, clove, and more. "Old attic" and aspirin notes are in there as well. Very low grassy bitterness fades into jammy alcohol notes (more currant than raisin though) and a dry-ish yet still quite malty finish with a touch of leather. Unique and flavorful.

Medium-bodied, quite effervescent, soft mouthfeel. Lightly warming.

Delicate but delicious - superbly crafted (like all their ales), yet distinct from other examples of the style. Well worth trying.

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Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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 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 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 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 ToasterChef
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a goblet as part of the Lion's Pride Belgian Beer Festival. This dubbel has a light brown/dark orange hue with a think skim of off-white bubbles. There is a bit of a coat that clings to the walls of the glass as I swirl the beer around. There is a bit of Belgian yeast in the aroma, but mostly I smell sweet and sour apples. I like it a lot. The flavor is crisp and slightly sour. I can taste green apples. I think I could also taste some caramel malts. It also had a slight nuttiness. The body was of medium intensity and there was a good amount of sharp carbonation that played on my tongue. It left a slight coat, but nothing too big. I found it to be pretty drinkable. There was a tartness to the aftertaste that may be a limiting factor as one approaches the end of a bottle. This would be an excellent beer to split with a friend, especially if you were both fans of the style.

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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 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 JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inflatablechair brought this over a long while back.... reviewed from notes... Thanks Sam!

Pretty big gusher.. foamy pour produced a hazy brown brew with a 3 finger head.

Nose is big raisin and caramel.. quite a bit of fruity esters remind me of bananas and dried cherries.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a nice spike of cloves... lesser caramel.. minerally .. body is fairly big and carbonation is even bigger.

Thanks Sam... I need to take better notes.


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Photo of peabody
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out kinda murky after all the fizz left. Man be careful opening this baby up.
Lots of suds and great big bubbles with lacing and creamy heaping mounds.
Smell is coriander and bread pudding and fig and plum. Very spicy.
Taste is a little dirty but sweet enough for the bitterness. Could have more in the flavor catagory.
Mouthfeel is not at all sticky and the bitterness leaves a spicy aftertaste.Great aftertaste here. Wonderful
Drinkability is only OK but if this were offered in keg form I would love it.
All in all not a bad dubbel.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky brown with a few fingers of bubbly tan head that stays for a bit before it settling to a thin later of foam.

S - Caramel, dark fruits, whole wheat crackers, spice with some yeasty notes.

T - Toasted wheat bread, toffee and caramel, dark fruits of raisins, plums and figs. Some spicy and yeasty flavors. A little leather and funk as it warms.

M - On the light side of medium with bubbly carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable, complex and smooth for the 8%+ abv.

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Cuvee Angelique from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
4.12 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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