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Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red) - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red)Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red)

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293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 15
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2008)
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage, sampled in August 2012

LOOK- Hazy golden with a huge, billowing, bright white saison-esque head and effervescent carbonation, visible legs

AROMA- candied fruit, honey, rich pils malty sweetness, spicy phenols, perfumy but no alcohol, lovely herbal tone..licorice..? fresh cupcakes...all intense..absolutelly mouthwatering..

FLAVOR- Wow. I have never tasted anything quite like this. Creamy with cake-like sweetness rounded out with stone fruit, cherry, vanilla, spice,...moderate hop bitterness keeps things grounded though no real identifiable hop character. Very refined and soft clove, anise, fennel, maybe even a wisp of coriander?...just an awesomely complex mix of botanical characters peeking out in the finish. Which is btw very clean. Alcohol gives just the softest touch of warmth. This beer is serious.

MOUTH FEEL- Medium-full, well carbonated, and creamy creamy creamy.

OVERALL- This was a fantastic beer that really made me re-think the style. Has almost nothing in common with the "Devil" beers. Popped it open because the brewery reccomends aging no more than 3 years but I think it could go longer.

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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2009 Vintage poured into tulip.

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2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very pale golden color with tons of carbonation and an immense white rocky head that goes nowhere. Great lacing sticks to the glass. Smells of honey, candy sugar, belgian yeast, spices, pear, very pleasant. Smells a lot better than it tastes. Initial sip, while still very cold, was extremely biting with alcohol. Bitter, extremely phenolic. As it warmed up, more flavors came through like doughy malts, the yeast, some honey, hops, but the alcohol presence was still very much there. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, extremely carbonated, with a somewhat dry finish. Drinkability factor definitely lacks.

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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is extremely boozy. Once I got past the alcohol, I got some flowers and spices. The flavor is alcohol, wheat, spices and flowers. The alcohol is very hot and makes the beer tough to drink. As it warms, the other flavors come out a little more but the alcohol is always very present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice beer, but the alcohol could be hidden better.

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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy gold with a huge, rocky white head that exploded out of my Old Guardian tulip glass. Thick white lacing. Tart, apples-and-spice nose with some yeast esters and a slight musty hay aroma. Crisp, effervescent mouthfeel that battles the stickiness in the finish. Sweet taste that was expected from the style. More pear and apples blended with spice and candied sugar. A funky yeast flavor follows along with a boozy finish. The 10% isn't well-masked but it doesn't take over the beer, either. I enjoyed it.

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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber honey tone slightly hazed body with a nice chunky white bright fine bubbled head, carbonation screams effervescence. Lacing left behind is thick in certain spots with scattered specks in others.

Aromatics offer up huge fruit esters such as green apple and ripened honey dew melon, with a touch of honey sweetness added to the mix. Also a mix of yeast spiciness with additions of a peppery herbal flow, classic Belgian pale. Alcohol is evident and carbonation tickles the nose hairs, time to taste this beauty.

Flavor has a rolling malt sweetness with a crisp pronounced dryness bringing spices and yeast notes about. Along with fruit laiden sweetness comes a rather peppery finish, fruit notes include tropical fruits, with green apple and ripened melon. Again flavor is dry almost vinous like in many ways.

Mouthfeel Slghtly thick and cloying with a sprizy champagne like carbonation flow. The dry finish works well with the style.

Drinkability is solid alcohol is evident but dangerously shadowed by the rest of the beers characteristics. Overall very enjoyable brew and one that I may have to revisit especially at 8.99 in the state of Ohio.

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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 750 ml poured into a chalice. 2008 vintage.

A: Cloudy orange-gold with a very thin head that lacking retention. After only a few seconds only a patch of light foams is left in the middle. It does leave some lacing.

S: Funky yeast, lemon zest, candied Belgian sugar, fruity esters. It also has an aroma similar to rum or tequila (I even thought sour whiskey at first).

T: Lots of spice, candied sugar, lemon, orange, lots of floral notes and slight sour.

M: On the lighter side of medium and on the dryer side.

O: This is the first beer I both aged and reviewed. It certainly became more subdued due to its age. The flavors were more restrained and the body lighter. It is very easy and pleasant to drink, and it is more elegant due to its age.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked, 2009 vintage, painted red sash-adorned bottle...shared with my newly Belgian beer-loving better half.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some chunky swaths of sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly fades away.

It smells very fruity - orange, tangerine, and pineapple, all of the sweet, caramelized and honeyed variety - boozy, kind of over-aged white wine, yeast, subtly spicy clove, and as it slightly warms, some soft pale grainy malt. The taste is more sweet, fruity, candied caramel and pale malt - orange, peach, and tart pineapple essences abounding - demerara sugar, peppermint, yeast, honey, and a still evident, don't-you-forget-about-me, rum-like alcohol warming.

The carbonation is very soft, but nicely frothy at the same time, the body a sturdy medium weight, fairly smooth, and perhaps a tad creamy - all very pacifying. It finishes well off-dry, the big fruity malt only tempered thus far by the lingering yeast, spice, and bicameral booze.

A very strong, very pale, and very good Belgian ale, the prominent, yet in the end, balanced sweetness rendering this as a readily enjoyable sipper, though the masked ABV will eventually make me pay for generally ignoring its duly specified, but not perceptible at the given time, potency. A bloody good BSPA, but alas, poor Rood, I still prefer the Blauw.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

750 mL bottle, corked and caged, served cool into the Watou glass.

The red is a very pale straw yellow color with hazy clarity, or lack thereof. The head is very short and short-lived.

Aroma is mostly sweet with apples, yeast, and mild floral notes. There might be a hint of oxidation but the cork was tight and went 'pop' when it came out.

Flavor is strange at first in that it seems about half as strong as the label suggests, almost like it's watered down. The taste is very mild and doesn't suggest seem to hold much excitement. That said, I start to warm to it with each sip. This isn't a knock your socks off beer but more of a slow burner. The mild fruit and floral are still there but then comes some spice, some tart, some funk, and some lemon. It's still all pretty mild but very complex.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with lower than expected carbonation. Way too easy drinking for a 10% beer.

Overall a difficult one to describe. It doesn't wow at first, but the more I get to know it, the more I like it!

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3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imported a case of this for the Toronto gang. A stong blond that grows on me. 2008 edition. Generous white head on golden that generates rising carbonation bubbles, heavy lace. A story of yeast. Interesting yeast, even somehwat funky and certainly creamy as the glass is downed.

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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009, consumed 5/11/11

Huge fluffy white head over a clear golden blonde body, laces nicely.

Smells great; Belgian yeast, traces of alcohol, a bit of banana ester; quite mellow, but for a trace of black pepper.

Taste is nice as well; very Belgian (would have a hard time distinguishing this from some tripels). Tastes like blonde, slightly hoppier Gouden Carolus. Tart and yeasty, with a clean finish; well-balanced.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, if a bit fizzy and coarse in terms of carbonation.

Overall quite nice, though (and I know it's apples and oranges), I definitely prefer the Keizer Blauw, though it's almost undrinkably rich, whereas this is pleasant and could be had all night, were it not for the price and ABV. This could go well with steak or chicken.

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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P: Poured out of a bomber dated 2008 into a Koenings Hoeven chalice.

A: Poured a 1.5 finger billowing white course head that dissipated relatively quickly and left heavy lacing. Appearance was golden yellow with a twinge of orange.

S: Tangerines and other citrus fruits that I couldn't quite put my finger on. Also fructose and orange rinds.

T: Ever had a peach gummy? f they liquified peach gummies and made it into a beer, this is what you'd get. This taste hits strong at the beginning and lingers toward the middle, covering a hint of Belgian yeast flavor. As the peach dissipates, a strong, sharp alcoholic finish takes over and lingers on my palate.

M: Medium bodied, course and relatively highly carbonated for this type of beer I thought.

D: A delight to have, I could cradle of bottle of this all night and come back to it the next morning.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage

Carolus Van De Keizer Rood pours a pale blonde color. It's transparent. The Sam Adams glass certainly produces a lot of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. A foamy white head caps it off nicely. It's about three fingers or so deep and takes a very long time to dissipate. Lacing was sticky and thick. Very impressive looking beer. Not much to complain about here.

The nose is good, but falls well short of greatness. It smells a little weak for that. It's primarily fruity and spicy. Apple and pear seem to be the prominent fruit notes. Clove is the strongest spice. There's a little ginger, pepper and some other spices, but they're not all strong enough to identify. It smells a little on the sweet side. Smells like there are some light honey notes. Belgian yeast is fairly strong. That's a big plus here. I like that. Alcohol is noted. 10% is difficult to hide. I was expecting some. Good stuff. A little more strength would help.

Rood is very solid BSPA. It's a little on the sweet side up front. It has a nice pale malt body that's complemented with a touch of honey. It works well. Spices are noted, but aren't overly heavy. Ginger, clove, and pepper seem to round out the field. Belgian yeast is definitely in the mix and has a very strong impact on the overall flavor. It's tremendous. Brouwerij Het Anker knows how to work with Belgian yeast. Alcohol is more prominent in the mix than I anticipated. It definitely has a warming effect and actually tastes a little too strong. It finishes fruity and dry. I like the flavor quite a bit here. If the alcohol weren't so strong, I'd like it a little better. Small gripe. Very good stuff nonetheless.

Rood has a medium body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation is active, but doesn't seem too distracting. It never reaches a creamy level, but it's not far off. I'm waffling a little on drinkability. It's easily above average, and very close to good. But, the alcohol's just a little too warm (and strong). Close call though.

Carolus Van De Keizer Rood is a strong BSPA from Brouwerij Het Anker. It's not quite the masterpiece that Cuvée Van De Keizer is, but not many beers reach that level. The only thing really holding this one back is the alcohol. I think it would be a little better at 8%. As it is, it's really warm and the flavor is a bit strong. Other than that, it's a solid BSPA. Not good enough to compete with the likes of Duvel, but very good. Easily recommended if you have the opportunity.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red) from Brouwerij Het Anker
91 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.