As a number of people have noted here in the comments recently, Thierry Mugler generally does decent flankers...just as well, perhaps, since they're relatively slow to release new pillar fragrances. Angel Eau Sucrée, the latest flanker to 1992's Angel, "celebrates the sweetness of Angel" and has a matching Fauchon éclair (and a 'sugar'-frosted bottle) to drive home the point. Celebrating Angel's sweetness may or may not be appealing to you, of course, but if it helps, it's not the noisy sort of celebration likely to leave you with a headache in the morning.
Angel Eau Sucrée starts with 'red berry sorbet' — it's sweet, and it packs some sillage, but it's more airy and fresh than thick or jammy. The dry down adds 'caramelized meringue': a vanilla marshmallow, lightly toasted. At times it smells creamy, at times it smells almost biscuit-y, but either way, it's likewise done in a fresh and airy style that isn't likely to overwhelm in heat and humidity. There is just enough patchouli and spice in the far dry down to make a nod at the original Angel, but no more, and it's a noticeably cleaner and smoother patchouli in any case. After several hours wear, Eau Sucrée is a warm musky skin scent, with a hint of vanilla and a velvety finish. A slight touch of berry lingers long into the dry down.
Angel-haters (of which there are many) will find Eau Sucrée much easier to wear. It's not likely you'd smell Angel Eau Sucrée blind and peg it right away as a flanker to Angel, in fact, there are so many fifth-generation Angel copies on the market now that it could be the latest fresh gourmand from just about anybody.
Verdict: Nicely done, and a perfect balancing act between modern preferences for fresh fragrances and timeless / universal preferences for sugar. If you're a gourmand fancier looking for a summer fix, do give it a try, especially if you're a big fan of berry notes. I don't really fall into either category, and so I liked Angel Eau Sucrée well enough without having any desire whatsoever to add a bottle to my collection. So far, the only Angel flanker that I regret not owning is Angel Liqueur de Parfum.
Have a favorite flanker to Angel, or a favorite Angel dupe? Do comment.
Thierry Mugler Angel Eau Sucrée is a limited edition. It is available in 50 ml Eau de Toilette, $80.