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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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#3,273
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
163
pDev:
8.31%
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Huge amount of carbonation feeds an absolute beautifully dense beige head with amazing retention. Body is opaque medium brown.

S: Sweet smelling fruity belgian yeast

T: Tremendously balanced between carbonation, esters, alcohol and bitterness.

M: Just a bit too carbonated in the mouthfeel for me. Not a major issue.

O: Great heavily carbonated bright dubbel.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Cuvee Angelique from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 163 ratings
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