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

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 315
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 18
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2008

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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%

2011 bottle
Golden haze color. Very sweet grain smell, but also a lot of spices as well. Cloves and peppery smell.

Flavor is very nice. Very sweet up front. Pepper comes through as well as the cloves and some cinnamon. The alcohol content is noticeable, but not overpowering at all. Spicy, dry finish. Excellent mouthfeel. Overall a very good beer. (361 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a nice big pure white foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of apricot and peach ester is just incredible and must admit that not many brewery can get this much from their yeast. Taste is very smooth with no signs of alcohol and fruity esters are very well balanced with some sweet Belgian malt. Light floral hops are also noticeable. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Another winner from a top Belgian brewery that I have some a tendency to forget about. (563 characters)

Photo of beeronesse
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this into a Duvel goblet. Very pretty, deep golden; a bit cloudy because I gave a gentle turn on the counter before opening.

First smelled and tasted ice cold and I was immediately impressed but decided it had to be drunk at 50-55 degrees because the nose spoke of great complexity: apples, spice and herbs.

Mouth feel is delightful; soft and creamy, not too effervescent.

Taste: stunning; one of the most beautiful beers I've ever tasted. Floral hops, great citrus notes but what really hit me are the tropical fruits and fine herbs. I am a Belgian freak and this one has recently joined my favorites. (613 characters)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
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. (1,134 characters)

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an amazing beer! It pours a great pure golden color with a pure white foamy head that explodes once it hits your glass. The nose on this was absolutley fantastic, I could hardly stop smelling this long enough to take a sip. You pick some great spice notes on the nose along with a sense of tropical fruit. The palate fantastic with flavors of orange zest, and baking spices that are immediatley noticable with some notes of caramel, anise and corriander coming through in the mid-palate. (492 characters)

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 2008 bottle into my Delirium Tremmens glass

A - hazy golden w/ massive 3 finger(and growing out of the glass!) frothy head w/ excellent retention.

S - apples, pears, over-rippened bananas and some peppery spice w/ a light hop aroma.this is gonna be good!

T - this is a very complex beer. it's hard to note all of the flavors. but overall it achieves a beatiful balance of fruity esters(as earlier mentioned in the nose), belgian spice and just the right amount of hops to hide the alcohol and finish beautifuly dry.

MF - very highly and coarsely carbonated. light and fizzy in the tongue

D - goes down surprisingly easy dispite it being a 10% beast. 750ml is the perfect nightcap. I will seek this one out again. amazing! (738 characters)

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottled in 2009 and tasted on 2/21/2013

A: Golden, yet looks murky (reddish/brownish)and has large carbonation. with white head.

S: smell somewhat skunky, lost of cherries, raisins, pineapples, and toasty

T: notes of grapefruit/citrus, cherries, its sweet yet has mellowing bitterness

M: Large carbonation, large body. yet feels like your drinking a soda

O: Letting this beer develop really helped mellow the booziness. the alcohol is slightly notable (457 characters)

Photo of jeepcj85
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on draft at the Dive Bar in Worcester a few days ago. I was dreaming about it all day today to the point that I went back and had another at 17:30 today!! (opening) Its a light blonde in color but the flavor is big...exactly what Id expect from a Carolus big blonde. A bit of a pleasant bite at the end. I dont think the 10% really comes through. Im sipping a 2005 cuvee van de Keizer blue right now...just to pay respect to this anniversary beer!! (462 characters)

Photo of Traquairlover
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage, 750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Clear golden yellow with bone white frothy head, very good retention, as head settles it goes slowly from foam to large bubbles leaving intricate spidery lacing. Good steady carbonation consisting of small bubbles.

S = Sweet Belgian candy, like spun sugar with tart fruit or berries extract, some earthy yeast smells.

T = Sweet candy up front, light bitterness appears mid-palate and toward the back of the mouth is some cream which appears but then quickly gives way to the bitterness again.

M = Very fine bubbles like good champagne tickle the mouth and coats it well. Some light alcohol burn contributes positively as well.

D = This one is a very good drinker even with the high and noticeable ABV. (759 characters)

Photo of Hawthorne
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Closed out my trip to the Lions Pride in Brunswick with this impressive ale and I have to say, it was the most complex beer of a day filled with beers of great complexity.
Served in a snifter, this thing pours a nice light color with a thin head. To be honest, my memory of the initial taste is a bit overpowered by the fine licorice/ fennel taste that comes on during the finish. Indeed, fennel is all I could think about by the end of the beer. Loved it! (457 characters)

Photo of errantnight
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's like a Duvel... on steroids.

It's my first Het Anker beer, and wow, what a way to start. Alex @ Red Carpet told me that the Blue label was his favorite beer, period... well, this alone makes me believe that's possible.

Pours like a Duvel, a brilliant, crystal clear straw gold with massive amounts of creamy, rich, thick, brilliant white head. Awesome organic lacing all the way down.

Aroma is a clean, ester-bomb. Yes, if there's hop bombs and malt bombs, there need be ester bombs. Which isn't to say that there isn't an underlying graininess and sweetness, but a light banana and bubble gum aroma with a warm, nutmeggy spice. As it warms there's maybe the suggestion of fusel alcohol... but this is good stuff. 4.5 might be low.

The taste is a clean, bready sweetness, almost honey-like sweetness, with a crisp, dry, dry finish. The sweetness through the middle is round and substantial without being cloying, very clean in the finish. The bubble gum is stronger than the banana here, but both are present, and the spice really seems more like a hoppy, resiny spice here. As it warms, the alcohol DOES become more noticeable, but it is not overpowering at all, and seems appropriate for a beer this big.

Medium bodied and crisp, spritely carbonic.

This might get slightly higher scores (?!!?) in a couple months, it still seems a TAD on the hot side... hopefully that doesn't correspond to a more subdued aroma, but I can't wait to revisit. This is superb, and immediately a favorite. (1,498 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into a stemmed Tripel Karmeliet glass.

A= This ale poured a chill-hazed straw gold color with a towering 2.5" foamy white head. The head lasted a long time before finally settling to a thin cap, leaving tons of sticky lace down the glass. Lots of active carbonation release visible as well.

S= Solid malt base supports a big green apple aroma as well as spice and yeasty funk. Mild alcohol that was there but not overpowering.

T= Enticing combination of sweet bready malts, green orchard fruits, caramel, pepper, and an absolutely beautiful chalky yeast funk that brought me to my proverbial knees (in a good way). Finish was light, a bit dry, and full of a warming alcohol sensation.

MF= Light to medium body, with an effervescent carbonation level and crisp, spritzy mouthfeel.

D= Wow, what a great beer. This was right in my palate's comfort zone and I am wondering why I haven't pulled the trigger on this one before now. Highly recommended! (998 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

Pours gold with a large foamy white head with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is sweet, and has apples, pears, spices, and Belgian yeast.

The taste is just like the aroma. Sweet with apples, pears, spices, and Belgian yeast. The alcohol is somewhat detectable, but not enough to get in the way of the other flavors.

Medium plus bodied with plenty of carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink, with an apple and pear aftertaste. Finishes somewhat dry. Just like most everything else Het Anker makes, this is a great beer. (543 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 purchased at Total Wine in Raleigh. Ten bucks or so.

Appearance: I mean, it just looks perfect. Its perfectly clear very light yellow-orange. The head is absurdly big and fluffy and tries to escape the glass. It dissipates leaving 1/4 inch or so of head and laces the glass nicely.

Smell: Sweet, tart fruit is the most dominant smell. Maybe apples, pears, grapes, but not so much citrus. Not real spicy smelling. Yeasty. Almost like a sweet smelling yeasty champagne.

Taste: Its really pretty tart and dry. The taste, like the smell is not unlike a champagne with strong yeast flavor. The fruitiness is more tart and less sweet than it smells, but is is still pretty sweet. This one is awesome to roll around in your mouth and experience all the different flavors. It finishes abruptly dry at first, then a nice long bready finish takes over.

Mouthfeel: The awesome carbonation makes this beer very tingly, but doesn't feel thin and fizzy. Its actually rather full feeling and almost creamy when the carbonation explodes in your mouth. At the end, it coats with deliciousness.

Drinkability: Do I want another? Not now, hell no, this is a 10% 750. On another day, hell yes. This is an awesome Belgian strong pale ale. This is the kind of thing you could pop for a special occasion and get all sorts of non-beer drinkers to enjoy it. (1,357 characters)

Photo of Albinoh
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good head, settles to a lace, with a slightly turbid yellow/amber color. Fruity/malty smelll. This is carried over to the taste buds with some spicy flavors, and yeast. I simply loved the taste, perfectly balanced, little carbonation, alcohol hidden... nice very nice. I love how these type of beers are so deceiving.

Highly recommended, will get some more soon. (364 characters)

Photo of berkey
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Trappist earlier tonight from notes. One of my all time favorites and most frequenty ordered bottles but first time on draft. Served in a Gouden Carolus glass.

Bright yet hazy pale blonde body. Small to medium head fades quickly. Lacing is excellent.

Initial aromas are of citrus, yeast, and some great flowery hops. Deeper perusal brings out even more malt sweetness including cane sugar, apricot, and unless I'm losing it something reminiscent of bubble gum. Really a lot going on here, I find myself spending a lot of time taking it all in.

Tastes follow the sweet aroma at first with even more complexity. In addition to the citrus fruitiness and sugar I'm picking up some toasted marshmellow, not an insignificant herbal component, and some peppery spice notes. Alcohol warmth is very present of course but in a good way. As this one approaches room temperature it gets even more fruity with strawberry and other berry flavors. Sweet and somewhat alcoholic but this truly is a boozy beer done right.

I know the some might find this beer off putting because of the malt sweetness but the complexity keeps me coming back. Once again, one of my all time favorite brews from one of my all time favorite brewers. (1,228 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008, Cellar temp., into a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a beautiful, cloudy with fine yeast, light golden, topped by an incredibly full five finger head of purest white. Think Duvel. It drops finally to a thick cap, leaving chunks of clinging foam, and it stays there. As near to a perfect look as beer artistry is capable of producing.

First impression of the aroma is a yeast smell that is very alluring, just a bit tart, and lots of unique esters. Funny, drinking it in a Unibroue glass reminds me that all the Unibroue's feature the same smell/taste of their house yeast. This is so different, sort of a fullness to this yeasty smell, very pleasant. Citrus, light malt aromas, and a sort of herbal edge to it round the bouquet into something delectable.

It is a bright sip, full-flavored, with delicious citrus zest flavors, clean candy notes, light grain, and gentle undernotes of light fruit. It finishes on the dry side of juicy, a bit of sour joining in, and ends very clean and bright, with citrus and candy lasting on the tongue. Different than anything I have tried. As it warms the yeasty flavors really start to kick in, so do the sweet/tart/of the citrus, and it combines very well. I liked this at cellar temp. Now, it has become very blended. Don't know how to explain that the flavors have all grown stronger, yet have evolved into a taste that is more its own, rather than a sum of parts. Funny, words may fail at describing those very things they were designed to express best. Artistic, delicious, satisfying- are the three words most suited to the job.

Nice mouthfeel. The huge head predicted massive carbonation, and there is plenty of carb., but it is very tasteful and carries the beer well. The feel manages the difficult, and keeps a big beer light, and keeps a difficult flavor profile shiny. My only qualm with this world class brew is the cling could have been a bit cleaner, it sort of built up in my mouth as I went through the bottle.

Drinkability is so insanely "eleven" that I had to double check the bottle to make sure this wasn't a "near beer". No alcohol taste, smell, and super delicious to extreme degree. Increasing the alcohol level of my bloodstream to flammability would be no problem were I to have access to a large enough supply of this.

Impression: Couldn't resist trying last year's before this year's, but now I may not taste this year's, and just put it away. With a year this beer is astoundingly tasty. If you like this style, this beer is a must try. (2,505 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this nottle (750ml, corked & caged) for $9.99 at Whole Foods in Columbus. This was the first time I've seen this version from Gouden Carolus, "Special Blond of the Emperor". The beer was pale yellow color with a little haze, and a thin but lasting film of bubbles. The smell is really good, honey and sweet malts, similar to Grotten ale from St Bernardus (high praise). The taste is just as good, this could be Barbar or Grotten ale rebottled. Near-perfect flavor and drinkability, this is great beer. (510 characters)

Photo of Xul
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color capped by a frothy, two finger white head. Retention on the head is good but it leaves very little lacing as it dissipates.

S: Spicy notes up front, along with a lot of tropical and citrusy aromas. There's a general earthy characteristic in the background but the spices and citrus are the main components.

T: Follows the direction of the nose, but with more complexity and breadth of flavors. Spicy notes are still easily detectable - licorice along with something I can't quite put my finger on - but the citrus cuts through a little more, balanced by a caramel base and a touch of earthy bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with low/moderate carbonation - below what you'd expect for the style, but it lends a velvety smooth feel that really works.

D: ABV is well hidden and each sip is a refreshing invitation to drink more. Goes down far too easy for a beer this big. (915 characters)

Photo of SShelly
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright light yellow, with giant white poofy head, very very carbonated.

Aroma is citrus and esters, no malt or hops, very lemony.

flavor follows the aroma, light esters, with lemon and other citrus, light and bubbly this fills your mouth pretty pleasantly.

I really like this, very drinkable, bubbles make you want to drink more. (340 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. This poured a hazy straw color with white head. It smelled like faint lemon and mild Belgian yeast, with powdered sugar and honey and a bit of coriander. It tasted like candied lemons and oranges and honey, with coriander and sourdough yeast and confectioners sugar. It was somewhat thick with smooth carbonation, and had a mild bitter aftertaste. Overall this was one of the best light Belgians I've ever had. It was very delicate and clean, but still flavorful and delicious. It had a very refined body with the natural carbonation, and it hid the alcohol amazingly well, so it was quite easy to drink. I could enjoy this beer often, and highly recommend it. I need to find a fresh bottle, since my sample was over a year old, and I'd also be curious to try one with several years on it. I have a feeling this is one of only a few light Belgian ales that could improve after multiple years of age. Great stuff. (926 characters)

Photo of bbb099
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle reviewed on 12-01-2011

A - Cloudy but bubbly golden orange color with egg white colored head. Head was foamy and plentiful.

S - Lemon citrus and belgian yeast. Simple, yet great aroma.

T - Crisp and dry grain flavors. Somewhat bready, and hints of the yeasty taste. Not too complex, but who cares, it tastes awesome.

M - Medium carbonation, bubbly. Full bodied, nice consistency.

O - Great flavors and mouthfeel. One of the best belgian strong pale ales I have had. (483 characters)

Photo of mjyoung
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split w/ bbb099. Drank 11/30/11. 2009 vintage.

What a way to bring in the Finals season.

A: Thick frothy vanilla cream head that sticks around on top of a slightly hazy off goldenrod.

S: Mmm golden fruit and spice, with a hint of something I can't quite put my finger on. Definitely a hint of lemon now that it's mentioned, but I was hard pressed to find it without the suggestion. Good, but not very robust.

T: I'm glad we sat on this bottle for so long. Not a hint of booze, and the beer is smooth and well rounded. Nice Belgian with light fruit (pear?)

M: Nice medium body with good carb and good balance. Creamy and delicious. Not much more to say there.

O:Delicious. I approve wholeheartedly. In reading other reviews, many people complain of a bit of heat and off flavors. All I can say is that this one is fantastic and well worth sitting on. (858 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of Blursimarsi
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Bottle) Pours golden with a huge white head. The aroma is of doughy, ester-ish and spicy yeast with undertones of candi sugar, pears, red/yellow apples, fresh and dried oranges, tart white grapes, subtle tropical fruits, mild lime, bubblegum, wine gum, vanilla powder, fresh nutmeg, coriander, mild white pepper and almond paste. Also some hospital/clove-like phenols. The malt and the aromatic hops bring tones of grain, dry crackers, white bread, spices, fresh grass and mild flowers. Wood dry hints from the alcohol, yet elegant on the nose. At the same time, there is a good deal of almond paste sweetness present. The alcohol warmth also holds some hints of nail polish. The flavour is of mild citric and fresh spicy with balanced tones of herbal hops, cracker/white bread-like malt, candi sugar and some phenolic hints lurking in the background. Hints of nutmeg, pepper, tart white grapes, apples and pears, black wine gums are all notable. The mouthfeel is dry (some sweetness in the beginning), round and clean without being lifeless with a carbonation that adds some champagne-like qualities. In the aftertaste linger phenols, citrus, candi sugar and a light bitter hop sting. Medium to full bodied. A very well made example of the style. (1,248 characters)

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red) from Brouwerij Het Anker
89 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.