corkyrory66 (1852) - BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Spéciale belge d’Aalst, tournée dans un esprit quad, mais d’un niveau abv légèrement inférieur
de 8,3 %. Son inspiration est aussi féminine puisque Angélique était un personnage local sur les
marchés et foires, avec son orgue de Barbarie, et elle a inspiré des brasseuses locales.
Malts d’orge et de blé. Mon exemplaire avait 18 mois de mise en bouteille, et ceci à mon sens
a grandement contribué à son appréciation...
Grand bien en soit-il pour Angélique …
Couleur ambre profond à châtain moyen, à la clarté nette.
Bulles par myriades, partout, vives et tourbillonnantes.
Mousse beige clair à la texture veloutée, stable à 9 mm.
Arômes de malt grillé, fruits mûrs, pointe de whisky du Speyside, pointe de cannelle et foin séché.
1ère bouche souple, à l’ensemble étonnant malt/épices.
Arrière-bouche riche, dense, complexe.
2ème à la superbe combinaison malt/houblon/levure.
Arrière-bouche aux nuances infinies, avec beaucoup d’impressions de bois.
3ème à l’exceptionnel ensemble malt/épices/levure.
Arrière-bouche merveilleuse, vineuse, boisée.
Longueur à la sublime évolution avec classe, nuances, finesse, élégance et force, harmonie.
Jambes denses, serrées, fines.
Levure douce, fine, nuancée, très grande ligne.
Alcool superbe, il donne plus que son niveau, il dirige l’orchestre...
Finale avec encore d’autres nuances, dont une pointe de figue.
CONCLUSION : il est strictement inconcevable qu’une bière pareille attende son 319 ème rating
pour recevoir un 5 !!! Évidemment, il faudrait savoir combien de dégustateurs ont attendu 18 mois
pour la boire … Ceci restreint déjà sensiblement le chiffre …
Angélique est merveilleuse, qu’on se le dise !!!
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - JAN 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Birra che non so descrivere bene nelle componenti aroma e gusto ma a me piace tantissimo, scura tanta schiuma, molto invitante, retrogusto dolce amaro e molto duraturo!
Dayz2112 (13) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a hazy orange-brown colour with a cream coloured head. Smells floral, spicy, citrus, and spruce. Taste is a medium sweetness with a light bitterness. Flavours are very well balanced between the clove, fruit, yeast, and caramel. A very smooth beer. A little bitter and short on the finish yet somehow refreshing. Very enjoyable!
Grzesiek79 (4246) - Radom, POLAND - JUN 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
leather, barnyard, basement aromas, spruce, herbs, floral, chocolate, bread, caramel, banana, cough drop, bubblegum, amber, cloudy, sparkling, white foam, tan foam, rocky head, light sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, salty, full body, oily feel, creamy, average carbonation, bitter, long finish,
blackmetal (228) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 9, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a very pleasant sweet smell. Has that typical Belgian ale taste with a little more on the sweet side, but not quite like a Delirium.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml paper wrapped bottle from The Keg, in Clarksville, Indiana. Pours a mostly clear ruby body topped by an immense creamy ecru hued head even with a careful pour. Lavish sheets of lace drape the Duvel chalice. Aroma opens with fruity kiwi and strawberry, followed quickly by perfumey and floral hops. Spicy belgian yeastiness is also prominent, adding freshly cracked white peppercorns and dried coriander. Airy medium body seems lighter than it really is. Silky carbonation is almost utopian. Taste begins fruity with prominent melon and strawberry notes. Yeasty spiciness is unashamed, and grows bolder as this warms. White pepper and coriander... Floral hop bitterness is quite playful with the senses. Honey and caramel from the malt backbone add a pleasant balance. Finishes with a pastoral dry bitterness, much like a world class saison. Exceptional Belgian ale here, that seems to marry the better traits of several Belgian styles into an ideal whole. One of the better beverages I’ve enjoyed in recent memory.
nearbeer (5290) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml. Opaque, darkish copper-brown with a creamy quarter inch of head that ices the glass. Aroma of toffee, raisin bread, musty dark fruit, and hints of tart cherry. Flavor is musty dark fruit, chocolate, toffee and toasted nut; all balanced well against a complex finish of more roast malt flavors, oak, some tart berry, funky leather and slight citrus. Medium-heavy body is mostly smooth and finishes surprisingly dry.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Date April 2007, Sampled November 2007
A careful pour still produces a six-finger thick head that quickly overflows the top of my glass. I only lose a couple tablespoons of beer to the billowing, frothy, tan colored foam though. The beer shows a dark plum color as it sits in my glass, but portrays a brilliantly clear cherry-syrup red color when held up to the light. Quite malty in the nose, with notes of brown sugar, browned bread notes, toasty malt and raisin flavors all quite noticeable as I inspect the head. A touch of tartness in the nose adds aromatic notes reminiscent of plums, aromatic apples and a certain vinous character. Spicy, high fermentation character is also noticeable with touches of black pepper, earthy spice-like coriander notes, touches of ginger, lightly-phenolic clove aromas and a certain musty, almost woody note that mixes in with malty notes of chocolate. A very complex, interesting nose; I am really digging the interplay of malt, hop and fermentation driven notes of fruit, spice and light funk.
Sweet tasting up front, yet fairly light on the tongue; the sweetness accentuates a nice fruit character, in fact the sweetness is even perceived as being derived from a mix of apples, plums and figs. The sweetness also is bit reminiscent of darker / unrefined sugar; perhaps a touch of a caramel, notes of brown sugar and even something a bit more exotic like palm sugar. Towards the end of a sip some dark malt notes add a touch of chocolate, some definitely toasted grain notes, a touch of chalky-browned grain husk flavors. The beer finishes with some spicy fermentation character as well as some warming, higher alcohol flavors. Despite being fairly light in body (at least for its strength), this really has a nice richness to it. The carbonation definitely helps to lighten things up too, though if drunk right after a pour it is really too carbonated and froths up as it hits the tongue. A touch of tannic woodiness is found in the finish, as is a very light bitterness.
While the beer definitely has a spiciness to it & some almost hot higher alcohol notes, it still remains very smooth, rounded and drinkable. It is a bit more funky in the nose than in the flavor, but it is so well integrated that I am not really needing any funky flavor notes. Another just awesome beer from this brewery. I have been really impressed by each of the beers I have had from these guys. Dubbels are actually a style I have trouble getting into at times, but this one just hits the spot and is probably the best I have ever had.
after4ever (8017) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, capped and paper-wrapped. Beautiful crystal clear ruddy dark amber. Thick creamy white head. Big toffee and green apple nose. Cocoa there as well. Fizzy, creamy body. Passionfruit, cocoa, and toffee on the mid-palate. Long cocoa finish. Subtle, complex, and amazing.