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

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

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2008)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 01:49:18 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour from Wowcoolman’s tasting.

2008 vintage.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, honey, yeast, slight spice, and some floral aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness and a sweet fruity finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. There is also a slight numbing quality in the mouth that I got after each sip. Overall, this is a good beer that is strong but easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 01:13:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Jaargang 2008. Sparkling honey with lemon peel accents. As is often the case with Belgian ale, the alabaster colored crown is colossal in size and pillowy in texture. The foam is rocky as it melts and is beginning to grace the upper reaches of the glass with sudsy streamers of lace.

The aroma features the usual BSPA characteristics (golden fruit and spice), along with assorted herbs and a fraction too much alcohol. Another six months in the cellar might have been the way to go. Looks like the brewery is staying mum on the three different herbs that are added to this brew.

Rood is the first Brouwerij Het Anker offering that hasn't blown me away. Actually, Ambrio was merely good, whereas most of the rest of the lineup is world-class in all respects. This beer is supposed to be similar to Easter Beer. That one was great, so I'm not sure what's up with this one.

It might be the poorly buried alcohol or it might be one or more of the herbs. After several more mouthfuls... it's a combination of both. Whatever the cause, Rood has a disinfectant flavor that is just short of offputting. More age might have softened things somewhat, but it wouldn't have completely righted the ship.

Other flavors include ripe pears and apples swimming in Poire Williams and Calvados, white pepper, ground clove and lemon pith. Cardamom (not one of my favorites) is one guess for things that were actually added. The others... no clue. There's still a considerable amount of hop bitterness, which doesn't do the beer any favors given what else is going on.

Warming turns up flavor intensity even more and might smooth the alcohol and alpha acid edges just a tad. The body/mouthfeel is pure heaven and is easily the highlight. The beer expands like magic on contact and is immensely creamy. Why does generous carbonation only work well in Belgian beer?

The fact that Cuvee Van De Keizer Rood is a bit of a letdown speaks as much to my love affair with Brouwerij Het Anker as it does to this beer. Something is off here and I hope the brewery makes a few changes if they decide to release this ale again.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 21:41:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: Plenty of sweet malts and floral notes in the nose. Slightly sweet citrus along with some yeast, alcohol, and pears.

T: Up front are plenty of sweet malts with a slightly floral and citrusy honey tone. Fruity pear and apple esters along with a fair amount of alcohol flavor.

M: The body is medium in nature with the usual plentiful carbonation.

D: Despite a rather pleasant malt and sugar base, this beer is somewhat "ruined" by the presence of the alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 18:32:25 | More by womencantsail
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 03:08:31 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very strong in sweetness, spice, alcohol, and fruity esters- this Belgian Golden Ale is one bear of a beer.

The pour delivers a very effervescent champagne-like liveliness, forming a billowing and loosely-knit head that retains and laces quite well. Strong straw in color, the beer has a typical yeasty haze.

Spicy with white and black pepper, the aromas move quickly into sweeter honey-like aromas with strong peach, pear, and apple notes.

Flavors of strong sweetness takes on a very honey-ish taste. Combined with the fruity esters of apples, pears, mangos, and appricots, the sweetness seems amplified. Balanced by spicy pepper and alcohol flavors, the beer is big on both ends: sweet & spice.

Expansive and tingly up front because of the abundance of carbonation. But after the initial carbonation settles, the beer's sweetness coats the mouth, once again in a honey-like fashion. Finishing hot and prickly to the mouth, the beer's power leaves these lasting reminders as it attempts to dry in the end.

Similar to Delirium Tremens, Piraat, and Lucifer, the beer seems agressive and over bearing. Where big sweetness needs big spice to balance; I feel that there's too much conflict and not enough roundness to the balance to be more pleasurable.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 01:35:45 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and poured with a two finger high bright white head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of light fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and quite complex; it has some hints of candi sugar and sweetness in the initial taste. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in the overall taste, which becomes more prominent and particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The finish is quite dry.
D: The alcohol is well hidden from both the smell and the smell and taste, which makes this beer rather drinkable considering its strength.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:40:49 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, blonde body with a very tall, very white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, phenolic, a bit boozy, and simply chock full of rich fruitiness. Plenty of spice and fresh herbs as well. Pinch of yeast.

Taste: Sweet, sugary maltiness mixed with a herbal gentian taste, star anise, dried orange peel, and heavy-handed dose of pepper and spices. Fairly phenolic throughout. Fruity flavors of white grapes, peaches, green apples, and under-ripe plums. Minor hint of vanilla upon warming. Oh, and a big wallop of booze near the end. Candi sugar taste perks up now and again. Finishes dry and warming with a lingering mingling of perfumy, grapefruity components.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: It's certainly not subtle, as there's tons going on here. A bit alcoholic initially, but once it starts coursing through your system you learn to live with it, even enjoy it, and focus on the expressive fruit character and punchy phenols. Still though, I'd stick with the blue, babies!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 00:46:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 05:30:43 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cuvee van de Kaiser Rood (Red). Jaargang 2011. 10% ALC. Vol. "Special Blond of the Emperor."…I will skip the further descriptions on the label, so as not to influence my thoughts.

30/05/11 reads the bottleneck.

I've had the Blue (Blau) before, and tapped it at the Nile. Incredible stuff. More coveted than this one, but that's because the beer geek's taste typically run to the darker flavors.

Let's untwist the cage, pop the cork, and get down to it.

Clouded, opaque orange-ish coloration, no head at all. Starts, tries, and falters.

Aroma: Slight. Citrus and straw, spice, but quiet, meek, mild. Not showing much of anything. (I've been battling a cold, though, so maybe that interfered with my senses?)

Taste: Big hops up front, bristling bitterness, then Belgian yeast character, and splashes of citrus and spice. Deep and complex, a rising richness, reminiscent of a good triple, but murkier, messier, much more wild and unrefined. Flavors are all over, and the alcohol rises high. Brisk, effervescent, and turning slightly sour. Interesting, complex flavors. A bit quirky. Not normal. The Emperor has a taste for crazy blondes. A lot of nasty yeast action going on. Buzzing carbonation. Bright lemon-y flavors persist, delicate spice plays on the palate.

It's taken me many years to get to this one, compared to how long I've loved this brewery. Typically, I'm not nuts about blondes, but I do like and appreciate them. They're damned tasty, easy to pass down the gullet, and utterly enjoyable. Not as complex and rich as darker Belgian brews, but this one takes a twist. It's vast in it's own way, and terribly tasty. It's easy to fall into the trap of the dark ales, and sink into the viscous chocolate malt, the cocoa, the coffee, the dark fruit, etc. Just let that thickness fall all over, and succumb. With a crazy blonde, you don't know what you're in for. You didn't expect this, you just thought it would be light and pretty. you thought it would be a hayride, a romp, a jump in the sack, but, no. It's starting to pound on your brain, and the complex flavors are a little confusing.

Candied orange, coated with champagne. Coriander and cardamom, still ring true in here, pithy lemon, zesty and delicious. Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm.

Let's look at that label copy now: " Cuvee van de Kaiser Rood is brewed once a year on the 24th of February on the birthday of Charles the Fifth. It is brewed in a limited quantity by the Anker Brewery of Mechelen, one of the last remaining classic producers in Belgium. This blonde ale of top fermentation illustrates the subtle balance between the different natural ingredients. Bottle fermented."

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 07:05:01 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is served in a tulip, beer is dark yellow / amber with a nice white head, small bubbles, low carbonation, some lacing, decent retention.

Aroma is apple, sweet, yeast, malt.

Beer is light in body and sweet throughout, mildly dry finish but overall a nice beer. The yeast character on the palate is strong and sweet, floral with nice fruity esters. I'd have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 15:44:12 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 02:20:01 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2009 - consumed in July 2012.

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity - dried fruits. Some spicy notes, too.

T - Good dried fruit flavors - apricot, apple and plum. Good yeasty, spicy bite of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is really good with years of age on it. I imagine it would be just as good fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 19:12:17 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Bottling; Sampled December 2008
A soft pour produces a voluminous, initially three-finger thick, that quickly grows to five fingers (including a finger and a half above the rim of my 25cl tulip glass) and rolls over the sides of the glass a bit before I can suck off some of the pillow-like, tightly beaded, pale, tan tinged head. Of course lots of lacing accompanies a slow falling of the head as well. The beer is a brilliantly clear, bright gold color that wonderfully shows an excited, bountiful carbonation of streaming bubbles. The aroma is also quite expressive with a vibrant spicy fruitiness to it that is noticeable as I pour. Aromas of ripe melon, honeysuckle, pear, some Macintosh apple and star fruit are supported by spice notes of phenolic clove, sweet ginger, an herbal pepper note and a touch of lemon grass. There is a nice pale malt character here that accentuates a touch of wildflower honey, some grassy grain notes and a nice finish of crushed whole grain crackers.

This beer tastes somewhat sweet, but still manages to finish with a dry effect. Spicy, estery, higher alcohols, a soft, clean hop bitterness and a lingering phenolic spice character help to dry the finish out. Substantial notes of clove (especially towards the lingering finish), lemon zest, a touch of cardamom, some white pepper and perhaps a touch of sweet ginger round out the spice flavors. This gets quite phenolic in the finish and the alcohol accentuates this quite a bit. Up front the esters produce fruit notes of pear, honeydew melon, citrus honey, golden raisin (this can almost have a desert wine sort of note to it at times), . The beer is definitely light for a beer of this strength, though the piquancy of the phenolics and alcohol keep this from being quaffable (which, ultimately is a good thing).

On my second pour, I still end up with a voluminous head that threatens to over flow the sides of my glass. Repeated gulps of foamy, pear-scented cotton candy like, head finally has the head settled in. If this wasn't so phenolic in the finish it would be a phenomenal beer. This is a fairly minor flaw, but it is the last thing one notices after each sip. All in all this is a very tasty beer that is quite enjoyable; visually this beer is stunning, it is exactly what I could ask for in a pale, strong, Belgian beer.

Purchased: Liquor Max, Loveland CO

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 01:30:56 | More by Gueuzedude
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 19:02:47 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy pale yellow in color with a 1/2" head that lasted a while. Light lacing paints the glass.

Smell: spices and green apples are most noticeable, some softer earthy tones are in the background.

Taste: caramel, yeast, pepper, green apples, pears, and a strong warming alcohol are the main flavor components. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied beers. Aftertaste is dominated by alcohol warming.

Drinkability: very flavorful beer that is a slow sipper based on the alcohol level.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2009 19:08:56 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a translucent yellow, with a firm white head with prerequisite Belgian lace.

S: Tree fruit - apple and pear esters with peppery spice.

T: Heavy on the pear and yellow apple. Complexity is gained with some nice white pepper and coriander on the back end, with real earthy, musty hops.

M: Smooth, medium/full-bodied with some ethanol.

D: Another real nice ale from the fellows at Het Anker, they know what they are doing when it comes to making great Belgian beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2009 20:43:33 | More by Halcyondays
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, caged and corked bottle purchased from Slowbeer by @epiclurk. Shared this with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a very clear golden hue, with a frothy, but bubbly and large-bubbled head of white. Lacing is streaking and falling, but solid enough. Body is exceptionally light. Looks pretty solid.

Nose is classically Belgian: big rounded sweetness, soft malt and honey characters, with just the hint of some esters and fragrant greenery from the yeast. There's a touch of acidity to it, but it's all very well integrated.

Similar characters on the palate, slightly earthy Belgian tones, sweetness and spice on the finish. Mild, stretchy funk adds an odd overtone, but it's all just part of the rich tapestry. Overall, it's all the classic, slightly redolent, earthy, funky and rounded Belgian characters in a bigger and more expansive format. I really just takes me back to one of the squares of Bruges or Antwerp. Tastes of nostalgia.

Overall, it's good: I mean, it was always going to be good. It's good, in a standard, comfortable and recognisable way. It's good so that you know it's good, and so you can't disagree with the fact it's good. It's comfortable, it's warm, it's familiar.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 06:42:48 | More by lacqueredmouse
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger white pillowy head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Light cloudy amber color. Light citric nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is citrus, some sweetness, smooth, clean finish. $5.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 23:26:21 | More by jdhilt
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From notes:

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a two finger foamy white head with decent retention, slowly disappearing and leaving small spots of lacing behind.

Spicy aroma with hints of crisp light fruit, pale malts and sweet alcohol.

Tight carbonation up front that lingers throughout affecting the palate in a negative way. The alcohol presence is overpowering and dominates throughout into a very hot finish. There is some peppery, zesty spice and light apple and pear notes but again they are completely overpowered by the alcohol heat. I'm a huge fan of the blue version but this was very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 08:56:29 | More by corby112
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I never cease to be amazed by the stuff Casey gets on tap at Max's. On draft today....

The beer pours a brilliant gold color with outstanding head retention and lacing. This beer looks very impressive. The nose is a bit simple, but what there is, once again is very impressive. I get a lot of sweet honey, butter and cherry. On the palate it's amazing how well the beer carries its 10% abv. One notices a bit of warming from the alcohol, but I don't get it much on the palate. The beer has a long, rich, viscuous mouthfeel. It is moderately sweet, and is very long in the finish. I get flavors of ice tea and a hint of juniper. I also pick up a bit of alcohol at the very end, but still... this beer is amazingly light on its feet for such a big beer.

Quite impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2008 20:51:28 | More by johnmichaelsen
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 bottle 750 picked up at the Coop over the weekend for about $9.50.. shared with Brenda .. slightly .. mostly poured into my New Belgium snifter... I was very happy that Matt was able to get this one in.. I did NOT want to try and trade for it.. yet really wanted to give it a go around because the BSDA from this brewery is always stellar and a cellar favorite of mine.

The cork comes out.. so does a fizzy creep that makes me pour it fast.... 2 finger head died back incredibly quick .. sounded like rice crispies.. only touches of lace atop a hazy golden yellow brew... the lace only shows as the brew in the glass drops... but it is a very nice sheet with every sip.

Nose is fruity with notes of pear and green apple... peppery and spicy but not nearly as much as most BSPA's.. quite a bit of sugar as it warms... flowery and clove.. some cardamom (I don't like cardamom)..

Very sweet maltiness throughout the palate.. again.. pear and apple essence.. but the sugary taste may be a bit much... phenolic and spicy.. more cardamom and white pepper.. some clove.. but IMHO.. waaay too sweet.. an odd honey essence that reminds me of the honey bear in the cupboard...

I can see how many brew connoisseurs will like this one .. even love it.. but for me.. it is just too sweet.. the spicy phenols help.. and fruity esters are there with every burp.. but overall.. it just seems outtawhack.. too much of a good thing and never really comes together.. the body is fairly thick with a big burning carbonation.. the drinkability suffers horribly with me because of the residual sweetness.. otherwise a pretty great beer that just needs to be dialed back a couple of notches.

I will try and buy another couple of these just to stick in the basement and forget about.. I would worry about the carbonation.. it was already creeping out of the bottle as soon as I cracked the cork.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 09:33:14 | More by JohnGalt1
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011, small bottle, poured into an official Gouden Carolus chalice.

Off the pour not much head is created, faint off white, but leaves a small puck and collar. Body is a nice opaque I guess unfiltered orange color. Kind of nice but really looks like orange or some sort of fruit juice.

Nose is a real nice fruit of pear, melon, some nice honey notes and floral sense. Really fantastic, there's some alcohol heat but not too bad.

Taste however, does not seem to match the nose. Highly carbonated, a bit fizzy and gaseous tasting. A good sense of banana on this also, but more gassy than anything. Yeast punch comes in with more pours and as the beer warms up.

Overall, It's got a wonderful nose but I am not feeling keen on this one or desiring it ever again. Nice to try it though.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 23:37:31 | More by smakawhat
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/9/2009. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apricot, pear, golden raisin, apple, banana, bubblegum, honey, candi sugar, herbal, light pepper, clove, floral, and herbal earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy esters; with zero alcohol presence. Taste of apricot, golden raisin, pear, apple, banana, honey, candi sugar, clove, herbal, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, honey, candi sugar, clove, herbal, light pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy notes; with a great malt balance and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with and slick and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong pale ale! Great complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy esters; and very smooth to sip on for 10%. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold with a white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Nice tropical fruitiness (pineapple, mango, papaya and hints of banana), light phenolic spicing & earthyness.

T: Nice tropical fruitiness, but the spicing comes through a little more in the flavour. A little earthiness from the yeast, sweet toffee is balanced by a decent hop bitterness. Alcohol is remarkably well-hidden.

M: Light residual sweetness, very smooth, carbonation is almost modest for the style.

D: A little sweet (not as 'digestive' as some Belgians), but a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

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