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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

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Photo of AlexCorleone
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold with a white head, good cling & lacing.

Smell: Tropical fruitiness and spices (orange, pineapple, papaya and hints of banana), light phenol spicing & earthiness.

Taste: Alcohol is the first strike, spicing comes through a little more in the flavor. A little earthiness from the yeast, sweet toffee is balanced by decent hop bitterness. Alcohol is remarkably.

Aftertaste: Orange, Alcohol, and carbonation are almost modest for the style.

AlexCorleone, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cuvée Van Der Keizer (Rood). 750 ml. 2008 vintage.

The bottle is really impressive looking, exuding a strong and confident aura of royalty. There's a heavy golden "2008" silk screened onto the neck along with a minimalist and modern line representation of Charles V in dark silver. A red sash, thrown diagonally across the bottle, indicates that this is the "Rood" (red - i.e. Belgian Strong Pale Ale) version of the Cuvée Van Der Kaizer. "Gouden Carolus" is emblazoned in gold across the lower circumference.

Pours a swirling cloudy pale yellow with a massive 5" head! The pure white head mushrooms upwards in the glass like it's nobody's business with even the slightest provocation -- a hint of what a tenacious beer this really is. Near perfect.

Oh what bliss this is to smell! I'm getting something truly unique as far as beer goes: The perfectly reproduced aroma of freshly baked peach cobbler! There's also a nice yeast backing, followed by even more fruitiness -- mango, papaya, banana and others. This is one of the most substantial and nose-tickling aromas I have ever had the pleasure to whiff. Perfection.

This has aged for 2 years and, from what I hear, the cellaring process actually strengthens the flavor in this case -- and this is an unusually potent and flavorful beer! I'm immediately getting a hint of delicious citrus zest, Belgian candi flavor, and that peach cobbler. Oh but then there's a deluge of sweet fruit drenched in alcohol that has shotgun-like stopping power. As it warms, delicious yeasty flavors kick in, and the citrus intensifies. I can't quite describe how all this sensations combine to form a gestalt that transcends the peach-cobbler-soaked-in-acohol cum thick yeast, and bright candi flavors that meld into each other beautifully. All I can say is that the alcohol is not warming, rather it's just potent: It's hard to describe since I don't feel the usual burn, yet I'm constantly aware of the impact it's making on my taste buds. The finish is slightly sweet, fruity, and astringent. About 30 minutes after the fact there's still a noticeable aftertaste. Stunningly different than anything else I've ever had.

The huge head was not only an indicator of the level of funk in the Van Der Keizer, it also presaged a healthy dose of carbonation. The beer enters the mouth in a medium-bodied wave that slowly thins and induces a bone-drying pucker. I don't feel that it's cradling my taste buds, it's attacking them. The aggressiveness is both a gift and a curse.

The potency of this brew makes it hard to drink with any celerity. In fact, this is a really sipping beer (probably excellent with food, though I had it alone). Again, I've never had anything like it, so each sip was an attempt to understand this kingly brew.

$10.29 @ Joe Canal's

BeerNemesis, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Xul, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of SShelly
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

SShelly, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of beeronesse
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

beeronesse, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Hawthorne
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Hawthorne, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of cavedave
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

cavedave, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of saintwarrick
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage
Golden pour with a big foamy white head on it that makes me glad I used my Duvel glass on this brew. Aroma is very sweet, almost like A Belgian IPA, very thick with the Belgian sugars. Taste lacks some of the sharpness of the better beers in this style but is still tasty; malty with a touch of hops. I wish it was a bit more peppery. This brew is still a bit hot, not really boozy, but the alcohol still shines through pretty clear.

A very tasty brew that does not disappoint, but might stand with a little more aging.

saintwarrick, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of jminsc76
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a wine glass, pours a large foamy white head atop a murky golden body. The head is large and takes weeks to die down (well, maybe not weeks), but the lacing is sloppy and inconsistent.

Aromas are slightly toasty, very spicy, and include fruits such as melon, kiwi, and guava. A little bit of coriander in the nose as well. Kind of nice.

Lovely flavors of Belgian spice, hops, some of the aforementioned fruits, and a bite on the finish. Reminds me of Duvel, and exhibits comparable quality with a wide range of flavors.

The consistency is thin and boozy. Not a lot of carbonation, so the palate is not as cleansed and the mouthfeel not as crisp as I would like.

Overall, an enjoyable beer. If you have had Duval or Delirium or La Chouffe, you have had this, but I wouldn't pass it up if you are in the mood for something Belgian-y (i.e., fruity and spicy). It does the job well.

jminsc76, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Jungle Jim's.

Poured clear amber color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate malt, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium complex sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met with an above average brew.

tmoneyba, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

prototypic, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Pencible
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Pencible, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 edition. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head. Very good retention of the head. Lots of little sediment particles are suspended in the liquid. Aroma is herbal, with some citrus and tart apples.

This beer doesnt really do it for me. There is some spice, along with some tart fruit and a bit of underlying sweetness. It almost has a skunkiness to it. I dont believe it is really skunked, I just think the combination of the tartness and spice combine for that flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Finish is dry. I wont try this again.

hckyfn9999, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

rapidsequence, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.75/5  rDev +17%
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!

bonsreeb85, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Halcyondays, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with the missus at the Abbott on the Hill. It gets the thumbs up from by of us, and my better half enjoyed her glass despite not usually liking higher alcohol beers.

So, when our server popped the cork on this one, the beer instantly began to gush out and do its best imitation of La Jete d'Eau in Lake Geneva. Obviously a pretty active Belgian. Wonderfully clear and radiant gold - its the sort of beer that looks magical when held up to candlelight, as if King Midas himself had brewed it. A huge white head crowns this beauty, and leaves big patches of lace as it recedes, never diminishing further than a tight cap.

Full-on Belgian yeast aroma, with grain and tropical fruit thrown into the mix, and a touch of drying alcohol. Nice estery flavours off the bat, with some peach and mango, subtly flavoured with clove, coriander and maybe even pepper. The brewery's description states that herbs were used, and they do mix in nicely with the yeast profile to produce some clean but complex flavours. After the initial hit we experience herbal hops in the middle, accompanying a shovel of grain, before closing in a drying, lightly alcoholic finish. Considering the strength of the Rood, its hard to fault its drinkability. The alcohol is excellently hidden, the flavours are well-melded, and its a delightful all-round experience. The only possible drawback is the effervescent nature of its body, which probably won't sit too well with some folks, but its what I expect from a Belgian.

At $16.95, you could argue that the price is steep, but I'd point out that this is the equivalent of three pints of regular beer, and damn good ones at that. Goulden Carolus have an excellent line of beers, and this one (even if it is just the Easter rebranded) will only add to their reputation.

bobsy, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow-orange color. The head is a huge three inches in height, and doesn't recede. The aroma is of lemon and orange peel, leather, fresh cut grass, and a general yeastiness. The taste leans more toward the leathery, yeasty side than the aroma does. The orange and lemon peel are there, but they are tucked into the background. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very nice beer, that I would certainly drink again.

KarlHungus, May 27, 2009
Photo of berkey
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

berkey, May 22, 2009
Photo of Albinoh
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Albinoh, May 21, 2009
Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red) from Brouwerij Het Anker
91 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.