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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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Reviews: 140 | Hads: 315
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (601 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 jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.

Beer is light golden with a large white head.

Smell contains light fruit (peach, banana), spice. Rather perfume-like. Some yeast.

Taste is very nice. Quite fruity, a variety of light fruit flavours dancing around. Peach and banana stick out for me, but it is rather varied. Some spicy notes, white pepper perhaps the closest. Yeast, a bit bready. Slightly sweet, but finish is quite dry.

Full bodied, highly carbonated. A bit irritating, but beneath the carbonation the beer is quite soft and creamy.

Overall, very nice. A very good BSPA. (558 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +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. (503 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours hazy-orange with a short lasting white head and a lot of carbonation. Aroma is of Belgium yeast, pale malt and sulfur. Body is medium, tangy. Taste is cherry, pears, peach, yeast, candy sugar, peppery hops, biscuit malt. Finish is long, spicy and dry. Taste is much better than nose. (297 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks hazy and orangey yellow with a big 'ol white head and lots o lacing.

Smells like lots of spice, lots of orangey citrus and a touch of toasty bread.

Still more spice and orange in the flavor. But nothing new, maybe a touch of licorice.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy but with a strong level of carbonation. A bit prickly and foamy with a bittersweet dry finish.

Moderate drinkability, a bit too heavy to drink a lot but otherwise good.

Really great beer, though too orangey for a Belgian strong pale ale.

Edit: suddenly, BANANAS! (535 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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." (2,657 characters)

Photo of ipahunter
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft in a tulip glass

Nice golden slightly cloudy color.

Pleasant nose, nothing spectacular.

This is a delicious beer. Crisp and refreshing. Nice belgian flavor with just the right hop. Had with a chile relleno at Beer Kitchen in Kansas City and it paired well with the spiciness. (284 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A - A nice golden yellow body with a large white head that looks quite nice.

S - Banana, clove, caramel, light fruit, tough of spice.

T - A fruity sweetness that doesn't dominate the nose comes through prominently here and is nicely balanced by a spicy finish. A definite presence of alcohol, but working with the flavors.

M - light and smooth, aggressive carbonation

O - This is pretty good, but kind of boozy and perhaps a bit too sweet. Nice beer though, can see this aging well. (500 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured in a Duvel tulip glass.

2011 vintage bottle.

A: Beautiful bottle art. Painted bottle with a cork written "Brouwerij Het Anker" on top. Pours an orange color with a huge white bubbled head. Medium retention and tons of lacings left

S: Sweet. Very strong on honey, candy sugar and yeasts. Caramel malts, grassy hops and alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Sweet upfront with strong notes of honey and candy sugar. Belgian yeasts, caramel malts. In overall, a sweet taste and a mild grassy hoppy bitterness in the end

M: Heavy body. Molasses sensations. Medium carbonation

O: Great beer. Belgian to the bone (623 characters)

Photo of chi16brew
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010 bottle.

A - Pours with a huge 3 finger head that lasts for a few minutes. Slight lacing but 1/4 inch of head that remains with small bubbles.

S - Tart fruit and a fragrant with just a hint of alcohol and spice. Nose is very muted though, a bit disappointing.

T - Pear and apple notes and the yeasty quality you expect from a belgian ale. Some sweetness from the malt but balanced by the tart fruit. Not overly spicey. As is warms the pear flavor is hightened and the tart apple subsides.

M - Medium-high carbonation. Really does improve this beer. Smooth with some body.

O - This really is a well balanced beer. It is not the most complex or the best that I have had. Will definately come back to it.

Bought this beer cold and the review is based on a beer at about 40-40 degrees. As this warms to between cellar and room temp it completely changes. Not as balanced, looses all of the tart fruit. Still has some pear but it is not half the brew it is colder. Strange, this is usually not the case with strong belgians. (1,037 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy light yellow/gold a quick to fade, thin head. No lacing to speak of...nothing special.
S: fruit and spice are dominant. Apples and pears pair up with a sharp earthy spice..pepper? Yeast is a big player as well.
T: fruit and yeast are evident up front, very sweet. Some apples and citrus, maybe a some lemon. Toward the back, a pinch of hops break though and provide some slight bitterness. Spices are present there as well.
M: low to medium carbonation. This brew takes on a slighty creamy body as it sits. A very pleasant, dry, finish.
O: a good beer, this. Highly quaffable and the 10% ABV is barely noticeable. I would like a bit more balance on this. A bit more hops to balance the fruit. Nice brew though. (726 characters)

Photo of unclejazz
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage. I had this in a Belgian Brunch tasting and was my least favorite. This beer looks pretty good, but I wonder if the aging had cause it to go too sweet. I barely notice the 10% ABV on this because it has this overwhelming brown sugar nose and taste. It tasted light a really floral quad. This could be good as a share for dessert, make a fruit crumble or a cheese plate. I wonder if the b lue is as sweet. (417 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.08/5  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. (694 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 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 AgentMunky
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.93/5  rDev -2%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of weller1js
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

Cheers!! (507 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (851 characters)

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