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 weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, murky brown with a light tan head that quickly fades into a mild cap.
Smell is of raisins, prunes, figs, grapes, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, mushrooms, and yeasty bread.
Taste is of aromas with a standout earthiness and fruity raisin bread. Just a mild smack of bitter hops comes through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, sweet, with fruit, and vanilla lingering. Mild citrus along the palate too.

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Photo of Travlr
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium dark cloudy chestnut color with a brisk coca-cola type head that rises rapidly and falls quickly, but then sticks around. Aroma of toffee, raisins and scotch with lots of malt apparent. Tstes at first like butterscotch candy without too much sweetness, then develops an edge os pepper and spice, finally finishing with a lightly hopped bitterness. Very nice example of the style, more spiced than most.

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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 Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml wrappered bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy dark brownish orange, huge and thick off white head forms, massive and climbs up the glass, tons of lacing sticks, great retention, looks pretty good.

Smell is nice, sweet and spicy, heral, candi sugar, very fruity, raisins, grapes, alcohol, lightly funky, earth and leather, bread, floral, very interesting.

Taste is similar, sweet up front, iron, caramel, bread, spices, very herbal, funky, some brown and candi sugar, yeast, grapes and raisin, pretty neat.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, feels pretty full, nice body to it. Pretty drinkable and interesting dubbel, I liked it. Thanks Russ!

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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 grub
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one in a recent trade with rgtravers. thanks ryan!

750ml bottle. bottled feb 14 2008.

bottle opens with a good pop. pours hazy dark orange with a thick fluffy tan head. the bulk of the head falls quickly, leaving chunky lace behind, but maintains a a steady layer on top of the beer.

aroma is good. at first it seemed a touch funky, but it has now faded to a more typical dubbel character. light alcohol. caramel and dark fruit. light belgian spice. bit of lemon. whole wheat bread. cracker. bit of malt vinegar. horse blanket and old leather.

taste is good. light alcohol. leather and horse blanket. dark fruit - date, raisin, plum. caramel. bit of belgian spice. medium-low bitterness level. whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit. grain. definitely seems like there's some brett in there drying it out and giving it the light funky character.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a nice light funky dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance, hiding its alcohol pretty well. light on the palate from the bit of funk. not your typical dubbel, but good stuff!

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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 mwilbur
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. The paper wrapper says it was brewed and bottled on 14 Feb 2008.
A: Large amount of carbonation causes this to rush out of the bottle upon opening (and before actually pouring...yikes!). Luckily I had my glass at the ready. Pours a cloudy blood orange with large 2-3 inch off white billowy head that finally settles after several minutes with good retention.
S: Nice citrus and floral notes, candi sugar, and faint belgian spice and alcohol.
T: Mild and sweet citrus hops, candi sugar, belgian spice...follows aroma fairly closely. It's good, but I wish there was a bit more here...taste is a bit thin.
M: Medium body and effervescent (the carbonation does finally calm down after opening and pouring). Pleasant feel.
D: Not your typical dubbel, that's for sure. I like it, but if you're looking for a more traditional take look elsewhere. This is sweeter, lighter, and more citrusy. A good summer brew in fact. Very drinkable.

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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 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 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 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 Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful beer and it was a treat to have this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a beautiful dark amber with a huge, creamy head that sticks around and leaves some lacing. Smells fruity with citrus and melon and exhibits notes of sticky malt and spice. The taste is similar, but with a caramel corn butteriness and sweetness as well as some darker malt flavors, approaching toffee in taste. Very smooth and delicious beer from a great, and underappreciated brewery.

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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 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 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 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 emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shimmering ruby scar with bright, large, tight white head. Aromas of candy sugar, raisins, and deeply complex malts. hops are faint and an afterthought in the background. Taste is sugary sweet with dense malt complexity. Bread, raisins, various other sugary fruits, and a bit of phenolic yeast complexity mixed with baked bread in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lush. Drinkability is good. solid dubbel.

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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 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 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 shbobdb
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Picked up this on recommendation from our local Beer Guy Cole over at Kahn's Fine Wines. I asked him to recommend a beer I hadn't had, and we were in the Belgian section, so he suggested this. Said it was one of the best dubbels he had ever had.

I can see why he liked it. It is very assertively hopped for a Dubbel. So the inherent dryness of the beer is amplified by a finish that is surprisingly bitter. The aftertaste is nice minty hops.

That's the after party. The actual party itself is a little more subdued. Toffee, almonds, weak coffee, chocolate, jujubees, and allspice at the big guys up front.

The one problem I have is that the very high level of carbonation (normal for a dubbel, not knockin' here) combines with the hop bitterness to create a very astringent experience. If I swirl the glass to lose some of the carbonation, the mouthfeel becomes too thin. A tricky balance.

A very good Dubbel. I'm having no problems finishing the 750. It isn't a contemplative beer, though. I'm drinking it just below room temperature. I think this beer would actually benefit from being a little cooler. It has a lot of refreshing characteristics (not something I normally associate with dubbels!), and adding a pinch of cool to that would benefit the beer. You know, maybe, high 40s, low 50s?

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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 Kraken
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Experienced this tastee beverage on draft at Max's. Served in Chalice. 2 finger bright white head diminishes over time leaving nice lacing. Somewhat cloudy amber/gold in color. Smells of light toffee, candy sugars, and belgian yeast. Tastes of light toffee, and candy sugar, well done. Bit of a dry finish, Highly drinkable. Looking forward to sampling additional styles from de Glazen.

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