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

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 13
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of dgilks
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this would be a fantastic New Year beer but it appears that it will be the pre-New Year beer and I will be drinking some fantastic Single Malt for New Year.

Anyway, this pours a beautifully clear golden colour with a big, fluffy, white head. Good head retention and nice, chunky lacing.

Sharp, spicy aroma with moderate clove. Lots of fruitiness with the pear notes and stone fruit really coming through. Good balance on the whole.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Big, fizzy and like a Tripel should be.

I quite like this. The earthy notes really complement the classic pale strong ale flavours here. Good.

dgilks, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Archemedies, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of josefnewsong
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

josefnewsong, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -1.5%

jophish17, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of daysinthewake
5/5  rDev +23.2%

daysinthewake, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -1.5%

animal69, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev -1.5%

kayrex, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honeyed orange with a big foamy white head. A skim and a ring now, no lace.

Some light grain and straw in the nose, some fruit and alcohol. Too cold?

Nice. You don't notice the 10% at all. A creamy note, with some pear juice and light bitterness mixed with a little booze. Some light grain. This is the 2008 and it has mellowed nicely. Nice juicy notes as the palate clears with fruit and light bitter notes. A hint of vanilla and wood at the very end.

Medium body, not a ton of carbonation. Very smooth.

Loved this. Nose is a bit weak, but the rest of this just shines. The age on the bottle probably helped. This is not overly boozy or hot. Fruit, grain, and alcohol. Grab a bottle.

OtherShoe2, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of mjyoung
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

mjyoung, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of bbb099
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

bbb099, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.5%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Exiled, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. Vintage 2011. Brewed 24 February 2011.

A: Regally white head about a finger high. Hazy straw-yellow that grows marginally more lustrous when backlit.

S: Sweet and fruity. Banana and other tropical scents. Yeast is omnipresent and lightly spicy. Quite muscly and impossible to ignore.

T: Yum! Quite tasty, but nothing life-changing. Lightly tart (a nice sort of surprise), the tropicality noted in the smell is present here as well. Guava? Mango? The endtaste is quite sweet, candy-sugarly so, and fades only with time in the aftertaste. Some yeast throughout, but not as spicy as I'd hoped.

M: The mouthfeel elevates this to an A-level beer. Smooth, clean, spritely, and ever-so-drinkable.

O: A light, sweet beer whose flavour belies its strength. Elegant. Noticeably Belgian. Quite recommended, but it doesn't find the same favour with me as have some other Brouwerij Het Anker beers. Still, a good buy. Would have again.

AgentMunky, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of CopeTech
4/5  rDev -1.5%

CopeTech, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of allouez86
4/5  rDev -1.5%

allouez86, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A -Pours a hazy Golden straw colour with a two fingered head that retains well and laces.

S - Lemon zest and spicy yeast.

T - Lots of peppery spice up front followed by some sour lemon. Candied sugar is present as a balanacing flavour.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - Nice balaced beer with subtleties that really make this and enjoyable BSPA. Would benefit with a couple of years ageing. The alcohol is very well hidden.

eric5bellies, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of ianjsullivan
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

ianjsullivan, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of weller1js
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a cloudy golden-brownish yellow, with a decent foamy white head, and carbonation that dissipates quickly (I suppose aging for three years in a bottle will do that), a swirl of foam an yeast lingers on the glass.

smell: yeast is velvety and sweet, with lemon-citrus notes that are reminiscent of a refined tequila, complex yet pleasant.

taste: begins watery and subdued, velvety but light; hops are light yet floral, finishing crisp yet tangy.

overall: very enjoyable overall, I wasn't sure what to expect as a result of the aging process, but my expectations were not in line with my actual experience, but that is not a bad thing, lighter character was indicative of age, but I was expecting more complexity from the scent than what I got in the taste.

weller1js, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Blonde as straw and a dense white head. Very tiny bubbles rise in lines racing to the fast gone head of this semi-transparent 'Special Blond of the Emperor'. Smells of apple and champagne sweet like an asti. Taste is very similar to the smell almost like a wine but bordering on that tartness of a wine. There is a thicker feel to this than a champagne and lots of undertones of sugars like those in a belgian triple, which seem to come out more with warmth. A very good beer and worthy of praise.


JordanEllwanger, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This is a 2008 vintage bottle.

Appearance: light gold hue with plenty of haze and a finger of frothy white foam. Plenty of apparent effervescence in this one.

Smell: bready, yeasty malt aroma with a little bit of fruity complexity. I'm getting some apples and pears along with the somewhat dank mustiness of it all. I like it.

Taste: the bready, yeasty, peary flavor follows the aroma quite faithfully. I personally like the musty bread quality of this beer. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a great carbonation and concomitant creaminess. This is what a beer should feel like.

Overall: I really like this beer. It does lack some of the complexity you might expect from a 10% ABV brew from the Low Countries, but I really like the base flavors here. I'll look forward to having this beer again.

flagmantho, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL 2008 bottle into a tulip.

Golden straw color w/ a monstrous white head, vigorous carbonation. A few yeasty floaties.

Aroma is spicy, slightly citrusy, lots of fruit, flowers, pepper, and subtle yeast.

Taste is sweet, caramel, spice, and dried apricots. Sweetness from candi sugar? Hints of rum, brown sugar, and raisins. Almost syrupy, but just almost. Slight alcohol burn, which is actually working here. Taste has an almost dessert wine quality.

Nice crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is really great on the refill, sustains a creamy 1-finger head.

The sweetness dictates that this beer be sipped slowly and savored. Not one I'd drink every day but this beer is unique and one I'll come back to again.

draheim, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

zaphodchak, May 12, 2011
Photo of BMoney575
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-7-11
2008 Vintage

Pours a very cloudy and very cool pale orange color, with a huge, foamy white head that sits in a thick layer. Lacing covers the entire glass, and slowly slides down.

Smell is sweet, slightly aged, with lots of light and fruity hop character. The Belgian-ness is there, adding a nice complexity right at the end. There's a little sourness there too, if you look for it.

Taste is tart hops and alcohol, with the sweet malt helping to even things out. Very acidic, I'm having a hard time placing any specific flavors. The finish is very dry and decently bitter, leaving a mineral-y aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, which does nothing to help the slightly astringent flavors. Carbonation is high, and foams in your mouth.

Drinkability would be decent, but the mouthfeel kills any redeeming qualities.

Overall, I expected the age to have mellowed this beer more, but it didn't seem to help tame the hops and alcohol.

BMoney575, May 07, 2011
Photo of Rizalini
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a hazy golden yellowish, orange color, with a very foamy 3 finger white head. Leaves great lacing behind as it slowly fades.

S - Good begian smell to it. Fruity notes are present, as well as some yeasty aromas, almost bready. Slightly citrus as well.

T - Has a mildly sweet, bright fruit taste, with a slight alcohol burn. Leaves a little citrus aftertaste as well, mainly orange.

M - Light, semi-syrupy mouthfeel. A little over carbonated.

O - A good belgian strong ale. Strong, but drinkable. Slightly syrupy, but not tongue-coating. I will probably buy another, and let it age in the cellar.

Rizalini, May 04, 2011
Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red) from Brouwerij Het Anker
91 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.