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 colour (slightly darker than a pilsner) as brewers tried to copy the colour of pilsner in a top-fermenting ale. Later the colour 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 flavour. There's a slight amount of yeast-based sourness that creeps in to offer balance, with a flavour 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.
750ml bottle, 8.3% ABV