Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red) - Brouwerij Het Anker
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4.15/5 rDev +2%
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
12-17-2008 01:30:56 | More by Gueuzedude
3.33/5 rDev -18.2%
pours a semi-clear yellow-orange with a large white foamy head, heavy carbonation, good lacing.
smell is faint, pear, peach, and some spice.
taste has lots of carbonation to it, sweet fruit, malt, a little caramel in the back, nice ending with a little spicy kick.
12-14-2008 18:25:00 | More by froghop
4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
I bought this nottle (750ml, corked & caged) for $9.99 at Whole Foods in Columbus. This was the first time I've seen this version from Gouden Carolus, "Special Blond of the Emperor". The beer was pale yellow color with a little haze, and a thin but lasting film of bubbles. The smell is really good, honey and sweet malts, similar to Grotten ale from St Bernardus (high praise). The taste is just as good, this could be Barbar or Grotten ale rebottled. Near-perfect flavor and drinkability, this is great beer.
12-09-2008 00:03:58 | More by TurdFurgison
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
(Bottle) Pours golden with a huge white head. The aroma is of doughy, ester-ish and spicy yeast with undertones of candi sugar, pears, red/yellow apples, fresh and dried oranges, tart white grapes, subtle tropical fruits, mild lime, bubblegum, wine gum, vanilla powder, fresh nutmeg, coriander, mild white pepper and almond paste. Also some hospital/clove-like phenols. The malt and the aromatic hops bring tones of grain, dry crackers, white bread, spices, fresh grass and mild flowers. Wood dry hints from the alcohol, yet elegant on the nose. At the same time, there is a good deal of almond paste sweetness present. The alcohol warmth also holds some hints of nail polish. The flavour is of mild citric and fresh spicy with balanced tones of herbal hops, cracker/white bread-like malt, candi sugar and some phenolic hints lurking in the background. Hints of nutmeg, pepper, tart white grapes, apples and pears, black wine gums are all notable. The mouthfeel is dry (some sweetness in the beginning), round and clean without being lifeless with a carbonation that adds some champagne-like qualities. In the aftertaste linger phenols, citrus, candi sugar and a light bitter hop sting. Medium to full bodied. A very well made example of the style.
11-16-2008 03:51:54 | More by Blursimarsi
3.58/5 rDev -12%
750 ml bottle. 2008.
Smell: yeast, different fruits (apricot, pears, mandarin, maybe some peaches as well), some kind of sweet candy, notes of almonds, spices. Nice belgian smell.
Taste: fruity - apricot, mandarin, pear - also some sweet malt, and spices (think I found some mint among them, otherwise they were hard to nail down), and some notes of almonds. Mouthfeel and body are nice, nothing to complain about there; however, there is a lot of alcohol in the taste, which was pretty disturbing.
Overall: nice belgian blonde with lots of flavors, but too much alcohol in the taste.
11-08-2008 18:11:39 | More by simonjohansson
3.65/5 rDev -10.3%
A - Served into a St. Feuillien globe. 2 fingers of frothy white foam, fed by tons of carbonation. Golden, ultra-carbonated body. Frothy lace.
S - Yeasty esters. Tons of flowers and spices. Slight hoppy spiciness. Belgian yeast and Belgian candied sugar.
T - Extremely unique. Sweet, and I mean *real* sweet. Alcohol comes and goes... sweet berries, strawberry, peaches, white pepper, candy sugar.
M - Crisp yet thick. Creamy yet sparkly. Nice.
D - Near-cloying sweetness and alcohol limit this a little more than my other fave BSPA's, but still relatively tasty.
11-02-2008 00:23:34 | More by SaucyA
2.85/5 rDev -30%
Poured into snifter. Color was hazy yellow with half inch white head, dissipating to nothing. No lacing.
Smell was candi sugar, carmel malt, spicy hops, some bready notes and a nice subtle sour woody smell.
Taste was over-carbonated, bursting bubbles in the sharp mouthfell. Goes down a sweet carmel, with some sourness followed by a ornge pell bitterness. I liked the use of hops in this beer, but it all gets lost in the champagne like body.
After letting this beer sit an hour, the flavors came together a little better. Opened this for holloween last night left about 8oz. in bottle overnight, then drank in the morning and it was much more drinkable. Tasting a liitle like a blonde Chimay. My advise would be to let this breath for a couple hours, then drink. Or better yet put this in the cellar for a couple years then enjoy. Not ready now!
11-01-2008 18:26:53 | More by cannabanaceae
3.75/5 rDev -7.9%
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!
10-29-2008 00:46:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.63/5 rDev +13.8%
2008 vintage, 750ml bottle poured into a tulip.
A = Clear golden yellow with bone white frothy head, very good retention, as head settles it goes slowly from foam to large bubbles leaving intricate spidery lacing. Good steady carbonation consisting of small bubbles.
S = Sweet Belgian candy, like spun sugar with tart fruit or berries extract, some earthy yeast smells.
T = Sweet candy up front, light bitterness appears mid-palate and toward the back of the mouth is some cream which appears but then quickly gives way to the bitterness again.
M = Very fine bubbles like good champagne tickle the mouth and coats it well. Some light alcohol burn contributes positively as well.
D = This one is a very good drinker even with the high and noticeable ABV.
10-21-2008 23:43:11 | More by Traquairlover
2.9/5 rDev -28.7%
Pours a very pale golden color with tons of carbonation and an immense white rocky head that goes nowhere. Great lacing sticks to the glass. Smells of honey, candy sugar, belgian yeast, spices, pear, very pleasant. Smells a lot better than it tastes. Initial sip, while still very cold, was extremely biting with alcohol. Bitter, extremely phenolic. As it warmed up, more flavors came through like doughy malts, the yeast, some honey, hops, but the alcohol presence was still very much there. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, extremely carbonated, with a somewhat dry finish. Drinkability factor definitely lacks.
09-12-2008 10:32:00 | More by Doomcifer
2.68/5 rDev -34.2%
It's a dark golden colored beer with a fully lasting head, purely Belgian, it laces well on the glass. Nose of dough and cookie, bready malts, polish and fruit. Smells Belgian, but doesn't seem to have a lot of refinement. Flavor has a bit too much strength and doesn't have a lot of delicacy or complexity. Sweet, it possesses heavy notes of light fruits and alcohol. This Belgian misses the mark.
08-23-2008 05:10:49 | More by Crosling
4.53/5 rDev +11.3%
It's like a Duvel... on steroids.
It's my first Het Anker beer, and wow, what a way to start. Alex @ Red Carpet told me that the Blue label was his favorite beer, period... well, this alone makes me believe that's possible.
Pours like a Duvel, a brilliant, crystal clear straw gold with massive amounts of creamy, rich, thick, brilliant white head. Awesome organic lacing all the way down.
Aroma is a clean, ester-bomb. Yes, if there's hop bombs and malt bombs, there need be ester bombs. Which isn't to say that there isn't an underlying graininess and sweetness, but a light banana and bubble gum aroma with a warm, nutmeggy spice. As it warms there's maybe the suggestion of fusel alcohol... but this is good stuff. 4.5 might be low.
The taste is a clean, bready sweetness, almost honey-like sweetness, with a crisp, dry, dry finish. The sweetness through the middle is round and substantial without being cloying, very clean in the finish. The bubble gum is stronger than the banana here, but both are present, and the spice really seems more like a hoppy, resiny spice here. As it warms, the alcohol DOES become more noticeable, but it is not overpowering at all, and seems appropriate for a beer this big.
Medium bodied and crisp, spritely carbonic.
This might get slightly higher scores (?!!?) in a couple months, it still seems a TAD on the hot side... hopefully that doesn't correspond to a more subdued aroma, but I can't wait to revisit. This is superb, and immediately a favorite.
08-06-2008 05:40:29 | More by errantnight
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
Review Number 250. Served in my Maudite tulip. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a dense, two-inch bright white head and copious tiny bubbles evident in solution. Strands of sticky lacing spotted the sidewalls of the glass during the tasting. Alcohol was clearly identifiable in the nose, followed by candi sugar, belgian yeast and a hint of tropical fruit (perhaps passion fruit) detectable at the back. Taste consistent with nose, as well as a citrus astringency present up front; however, flavors are somewhat masked by the alcohol. Consistency is between light- and medium-bodied with a considerable carbonation burn concentrated up front and then dispersed throughout the mouth, with a booziness that lingers at the finish. Nice offering, but drinkability is impacted by the over-representation of alcohol imposed on the senses.
07-29-2008 23:58:50 | More by Jwale73
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
Corked and caged massive brown 1 pint 9.4oz glass bottle.
Straw golden transparent body with low carbonation and a huge white head that falls after a few minutes and leaves clumpy lace. Small to large bubbles.
Strong sweet sugary scent with several over ripe fruits and clear notes of alcohol.
Sweet malty flavor with an alcohol bite. Like the scent, the flavor has over ripe banana, cherries, pear and prune notes. The hops are clearly present and imparts a spicy kick. The aftertaste is fairly short but intense while it lasts.
Medium body with lots of residual sugars.
Good drinkability. An improvement would be toning down the alcohol presence.
07-23-2008 21:17:17 | More by oelergud
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
A - Light golden with 2 fingers of fluffy white head.
S - Spicy Belgian yeast, candied fruits mixed with tropical fruit, ripe bananas and bubble gum.
T - Ripe, spicy, candied fruit followed by floral and citrus finishing dry with an earthy, spicy pepper.
M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation, somewhat biting mixed with the spiciness but not in the fizzy sense. Warming alcohol, slightly noticeable in the taste, with a dry finish.
D - Complex and tasty. A little sweet. I would like to try this one with a little age on it.
07-22-2008 23:31:30 | More by brewcrew76
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
On tap at Max's in Baltimore
A: Light golden yellow with a fluffly white head. Great lacing on this one
S: Wonderfully complex with mild hops, bubble gum, spices - mace and fennel. Delicious
T: Starts off sweet and spicy with sugary sweetness followed by a floral character. Dries up on the finish with a definite peppery and earthy character. Great stuff.
M: Light in body, great carbonation and great finish
D: For a 10% brew, this is dangerously drinkable
07-05-2008 18:48:53 | More by DefenCorps
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
750ml bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a golden yellow hazy body with a good inch of off-white head. Smells fruity and spicy. Tastes citrussy (orange/grapefruit) with spice (coriander? clove?) and the slightest hint of caramel malt toward the finish. On the lighter side of medium in body with ample carbonation. A fairly easy drinker considering the ABV, and a solid example of the style. I'll definitely be getting this again.
06-23-2008 00:35:13 | More by MrHurmateeowish
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
In honor of my 200th review, I'm celebrating with a couple of very nice Belgians. This is the first.
A- Light gold, crystal clear with a huge, fluffy white head. Beautiful.
S- Deliciously fruity and spicy. Ripe banana dominates, along with a healthy dose of medicinal phenols. Sweet aromas of vanilla and tropical fruit are also present. The smell is rich and complex, yet subtle. Very nice.
T- Starts out sweet with a banana fruitiness, then goes dry as a medicinal flavor washes over the tongue. Hops are evident throughout, adding a spice that is accentuated by the carbonation and a strong alcohol presence. Finishes dry with a cracker-like malt and moderate bitterness, along with lingering fruity and yeasty flavors.
M- Medium-bodied, exceptionally smooth with very active carbonation. Beers like this make me wonder why I bother to drink anything that isn't bottle-conditioned.
D- The alcohol is high and it's noticeable. Still, the beer is so interesting that you want to keep drinking more of it, so I can't knock it too much.
I tried this at a beer tasting at a local store and had to buy a bottle. It's interesting, complex, and full of character. It is also quite young and certainly has not reached its full potential. This is a very good beer now, but in a couple years I can almost guarantee it will be outstanding. I am definitely going to have to buy a couple bottles to put down. I suggest anyone who comes across this buy at least two bottles, drink one now and lay the other down for a year or more. Highly recommended.
06-20-2008 01:27:09 | More by vtfan77
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
I got this confused with the other Cuvee Van De Keizer - the dark, and was a little baffled when I poured a glass of this, so had to go to the page to see what was happening.
A: A clean, golden-straw colour. Long lasting, white, 2 finger stack of head rests on top, fed from the bottom of the glass.
S: Fresh, spiced fruit... apple and pear. The yeast esters in this are very nice and rich, providing one a very nice aromatic brew.
T + M: A pretty intense bite on the first few sips! A sharp sting of carbonation assaults the tongue, and almost immediately foams. It needs to warm up a little to stop that from happening, but it's a little unpleasant when it does. It makes it a bit difficult to taste until it calms. When the flavours do come through, however, it's quite nice... again, ripe fruit, and a spicy alcohol - it's still rather hot, and would likely do well with some good cellar time.
D: A slow sipper with a big ABV... pleasant to nurse over an evening, and let the day slip away. One to try again with a bit of age on it.
06-16-2008 23:35:22 | More by Proteus93
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
05-31-2008 20:51:28 | More by John_M
4.63/5 rDev +13.8%
Had this beer on draft at the Dive Bar in Worcester a few days ago. I was dreaming about it all day today to the point that I went back and had another at 17:30 today!! (opening) Its a light blonde in color but the flavor is big...exactly what Id expect from a Carolus big blonde. A bit of a pleasant bite at the end. I dont think the 10% really comes through. Im sipping a 2005 cuvee van de Keizer blue right now...just to pay respect to this anniversary beer!!
05-25-2008 06:51:37 | More by jeepcj85
Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red) from Brouwerij Het Anker
91 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.