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

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289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 14
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.7%

t0rin0, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

djrn2, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

acurtis, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Thorpe429, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.7%

nmann08, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

metter98, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

BEERchitect, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 15, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1.7%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 17, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
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!

ChainGangGuy, Oct 29, 2008
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

SocalKicks, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

zeff80, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

RblWthACoz, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

drabmuh, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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."

feloniousmonk, May 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

mendvicdog, Jul 17, 2013
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Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red) from Brouwerij Het Anker
91 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.