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

Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red)Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red)

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254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%


Brewed by:
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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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KonigObHops

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this beauty at The Anderson's in Reynoldsburg, OH. I was intrigued by the name, "Special Blond of the Emperor" and the story on the back of the bottle.

Poured a hazy copper (on the orange side) with a nice white head that disapeared relatively quickly.

The aroma said, "Hello. I am a Belgian." Very sweet, and fruity. None of the aromas jumped out as being more prominent than the others, but I caught some banana and cloves, and almost a cinamon scent. I did not get the apple that some of the other reviewers noticed. I guess I'll have to try again to make sure... shucks.

The initial taste was sweet, but not overpowering. The cloves were present, and so was the alcohol, but not in an oppressive way.

The middle stayed the same. Nothing new jumped out. This was the only real disappointment of the beer.

The finish was crisp and smooth. The pleasant Belgian bite of alcohol was there at the end with me. The beer was sweet all the way through.

I enjoyed this beer and would recomend it. It is not as complex as many other Belgians that I have had, but it has a nice balance of sweetness and that hint of alcohol that one expects from a Belgian. I think that Charles V would have been happy with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 02:07:49 | More by KonigObHops
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No question about it- it's a Belgian strong ale.
I wish it had a bit more of a nose- but that could be me.
Nevertheless the beer presented itself in such a way as to begin the beer experience on a positive note- nice looking in the glass. Beer produced a nose that triggered something in my mind of granny smith apples-- the green tart crisp apples. I noticed alcohol on its breath as well.

Nice fluffy white head that made it's stance and slowly receded back to the beer's surface.

Flavor- that of tart apples (again), alcohol, some bitter hops, but it's not like most beers-- that's the unique Belgian aspect to beer. It's a bitterness that also brings along tartness and a clean flavor. There's very little malt that I could detect- the flavor borders on a champagne like profile. On one hand it's a beer on the other it's something else-- and maybe there is a "grapes" undertone that one tastes in a sparkling wine. The 10% ABV also ushers the flavor along to make the border something difficult to discern. It is a beer.. I'm not fooled!

The mouthfeel is quite cordial-- while there's a greater than average ABV level, the mouthfeel is still quite polite. Nothing about this libation is over powering or "loud".. as I said-- very polite.

Drinkability- is good. Not stunning but I think that's because there's nothing about this beer that makes itself known (besides the ABV) to tease me into another sip. Don't get me wrong-- the bomber bottle emptied rapidly.. faster than I'd like.

If you're used to Imperial Stouts, or Imperial IPAs you have to do some "aligning" to this beer-- more of a fine wine than strong ale.

I'm going to get another bottle and cellar-- this one's dated 2008- would be fun to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 23:12:34 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my DFH Chalice. The date on the bottle says 2008...most interesting.

Appearance: Pours a slightly opaque, golden bronze color with a good 2 inches worth of frothy head. The retention is pretty decent, it fades down to a thin soapy layer with some mild soapy lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fruity, actually. Not big on the dark fruit like I expected, more light fruit. Apple stands out the most. It's a bit boozy, but it gives the brew a big, warming sort of quality. There's some nice Belgian yeast goodness throughout.

Taste: The apple shines through, but also a little bit of raisin. The booze is a bit more apparent, but it doesn't really take away from the beer. Nice.

Mouthfeel: A Crisp, medium body with almost perfect carbonation. Drinks nice and easy for a big beer.

Drinkability: An easy drinking, tasty brew. Some great, classic flavors all around with a nice surprise regarding the apple flavor. I'd recommend this to anybody that's a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 01:14:20 | More by krisandajt
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illidurit

California

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottling. Pours gold with an orange tinge and a lasting fine whitish head. Pears and pepper on the nose. Strong but not a complex aroma. Flavor is very perfumey but not in an alcoholic way. Very vivid peach and pear notes atop a caramel malty base. The clarity of the esters is unlike anything I've tasted in beer. A rather nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 08:08:02 | More by illidurit
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rebel1771

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008

A: Pours a hazey golden straw color with a thick white head that sticks around forever.

S: Strong yeast aroma along with candied fruits and citrus.

T: Strong sweet candied orange and honey flavor with a strong alcohol burn. Notes of apple, pear, and coriander are present.

D: Really good brew. There is nothing really to say about this one other than it hits all the right notes and is just a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 21:58:20 | More by rebel1771
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:40:49 | More by metter98
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DPFRD

Arizona

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy and golden with a mild head.

S- Sweet candi and malt aside some fruity esters with hints of coriander and some booze.

T- Candi and malt upfront, with some bitter hops, followed by the hint of coriander more malt and a little sourness, finishing with a moderate phenol presence. I like it, sweetness doesn't dominate like a lot of Het Anker Gouden Carolus beers seem to lean on.

M- Moderate carbonation, medium body.

D- I like the beer, it's interesting, strong, and it will keep you coming back for another sip. This one is much better than the blue label and is quite possibly my favorite Het Anker brew to date; however, it's more of a once in a while beer for me, if there are any left.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 08:25:49 | More by DPFRD
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From notes:

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a two finger foamy white head with decent retention, slowly disappearing and leaving small spots of lacing behind.

Spicy aroma with hints of crisp light fruit, pale malts and sweet alcohol.

Tight carbonation up front that lingers throughout affecting the palate in a negative way. The alcohol presence is overpowering and dominates throughout into a very hot finish. There is some peppery, zesty spice and light apple and pear notes but again they are completely overpowered by the alcohol heat. I'm a huge fan of the blue version but this was very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 08:56:29 | More by corby112
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750: Jaargang 2008 on the neck label - Husky and dulled honey gold with a light caramel brown cast to its body. Feathery foamed white top sits a good finger or more in height and keeps very well. Thin sheeted lacing crosses the goblet moderately.

Aroma is tall with spice laced with a light sweetness underneath. Lightly sweetened with lemony candyness, pear, and lighter yet banana. Spices are peppery yet mildingly set with clove, all spice, and maybe cardamom, which gives it a slight ginger ale-esque bouquet over the top. Oddly likeable.

Taste is vibrant and actively set in body as it grips with dull lemony popsicle, duller pear and white grape, over ripe plum and apricot share a bit of its sweeter side as it pulls in a slight under carraige of caramel. Spices aren't as prevalent in the taste, but they find their place with some areas and help establish a late yeastyish dryness and dull peppery notes.

Body is bold and forwardly set in big rounded fullness that tends to settle down some as it sits. But its a bit much. Some aging should smooth it some. Carbontaion grabs a bit heavy at first but does mellow out and overall the beer warms up and mellows.

This one needs to breathe quite a bit before it begins to unfold its complexity. Still a fairly solid Pale and fits with Het Anker.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 23:28:04 | More by tavernjef
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 05:30:43 | More by biboergosum
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jsh420

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 bottle

pours hazy golden yellow with an orange tint - 2 finger head that faded to a film and left no lacing

smells of sweet fruity malt apples and belgian yeast

taste is a bit too sweet for me - sugary candy malt belgian yeast with lots of hoppy spice - lots of booze/heat even after 2 years in the cellar

mouthfeel - medium body - lots of carbonation - little sticky

drinkability - shared some of the bottle and still i could not finish more then about 12oz

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:39:47 | More by jsh420
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ButterScotch

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am currently drinking my 3rd bottle while staying in Mechelen. All bottles were 2010 vintage obtained in Mechelen.

The Cuvee red seems a bit 'strident' with an alchol taste but still quite drinkable. Among the top 5 in my book for this style.

I am a 10-12 time visitor to Mechelen and Het Anker...previous memories of earlier Cuvee reds are about the same.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 17:51:37 | More by ButterScotch
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

750 mL bottle, corked and caged, served cool into the Watou glass.

The red is a very pale straw yellow color with hazy clarity, or lack thereof. The head is very short and short-lived.

Aroma is mostly sweet with apples, yeast, and mild floral notes. There might be a hint of oxidation but the cork was tight and went 'pop' when it came out.

Flavor is strange at first in that it seems about half as strong as the label suggests, almost like it's watered down. The taste is very mild and doesn't suggest seem to hold much excitement. That said, I start to warm to it with each sip. This isn't a knock your socks off beer but more of a slow burner. The mild fruit and floral are still there but then comes some spice, some tart, some funk, and some lemon. It's still all pretty mild but very complex.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with lower than expected carbonation. Way too easy drinking for a 10% beer.

Overall a difficult one to describe. It doesn't wow at first, but the more I get to know it, the more I like it!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 22:59:33 | More by GilGarp
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impending

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy dirty straw. Vigorous carbonation yet the head is not towering.

Sweet hard candied sugars backed by lots of light skinned fruits, quite estery, flowers are in the distance - very pleasant.

Creamy, tingly mouthfeel. A sweet white bread gives way to the light fruits and a subtle citrus tang. Phenols become obvious in the middle and stay on the right side of delicious. Finishes only moderately dry and the warmth of the alcohol perfectly balances the upfront sweetness.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 17:35:03 | More by impending
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 01:35:45 | More by BEERchitect
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Mora2000

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is extremely boozy. Once I got past the alcohol, I got some flowers and spices. The flavor is alcohol, wheat, spices and flowers. The alcohol is very hot and makes the beer tough to drink. As it warms, the other flavors come out a little more but the alcohol is always very present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice beer, but the alcohol could be hidden better.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 02:20:01 | More by Mora2000
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 18:32:25 | More by womencantsail
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750 mL 2008 vintage cork and caged bottle.

Appearance has a slightly off pale yellowish golden color with a thin bubbly white head with minimal retention and lacing. Aroma is alcohol heavy, almost like rubbing alcohol with some fruity esters, candi sugars, sweet spices and Belgian yeast. Medium full body with strong, active carbonation. Very effervescent, but finish has a strong alcohol presence detracting from the overall perception of the body and flavor. Flavor is super sweet, tons of candi sugar, ripe sweet fruit, and yeast. Very uniquely flavored, not particularly dry, crisp or earthy, but the extreme booziness and sweetness makes this a challenge to consume.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 00:27:22 | More by yourefragile
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bernardus1212

Florida

3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 vintage poured into a Bernardus Blond glass. I have been looking forward to this one. Not so much any more. The beer pours a light golden color. A little tint of yellow in the head. No lacing in sight. The alcohol was super strong in the taste. at 10%, it tasted way over that. I decided to let it rest in the glass for a minute or two. I wanted to see if it would soften up a bit. It did a little. I started to pull out some of the flavors; lemon zest and some floral characteristics came to mind. I did finish it, but I was not overly empressed.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 17:54:03 | More by bernardus1212
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden honey color with a very large foamy and slightly creamy white head with good retention and a good amount of creamy lacing that sticks to the glass.

S - Plenty of golden fruit (apple, pear, some apricot and peach) and some coriander and other typical BSPA aromas. A touch of honey and malt sweetness. A good amount of alcohol present.

T - Sweet malt and honey base along with a lot of golden fruit, similar to the nose. Fairly typical BSPA, with plenty of fruit and spice present with plenty of apple, pear, some peach, apricot, melon, lemon, coriander, pepper, and a touch of clove. Some Belgian candi sugar and yeast are present but not extraordinarily so. A bit of lemony grassy flavors and a touch of bitterness is present mid sip. Alcohol is fairly present throughout. It's not incredibly hot but definitely present. Fairly sweet, spiced, and alcoholic.

M - Medium, starting to near full body, with above average carbonation. Quite smooth and creamy.

D - Fairly good drinkability. The alcohol gets to be a little much, especially when paired with the other flavors. That said I did finish the 750 mL bottle by myself. The flavors are nice and pretty refreshing.

Notes: Vintage 2008. A bit surprised by the amount of alcohol flavor is still present after 2 years, it's not necessarily hot or really off-putting but it is a little higher than I'd like. Fairly typical BSPA flavors. A fairly enjoyable beer from a solid brewery. I was expecting a little more from this beer, but it is a solid offering. Definitely worth a try, but there are some better BSPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 20:15:16 | More by FreshHawk
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WhatsNewinBooze

Colorado

4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an amazing beer! It pours a great pure golden color with a pure white foamy head that explodes once it hits your glass. The nose on this was absolutley fantastic, I could hardly stop smelling this long enough to take a sip. You pick some great spice notes on the nose along with a sense of tropical fruit. The palate fantastic with flavors of orange zest, and baking spices that are immediatley noticable with some notes of caramel, anise and corriander coming through in the mid-palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 14:12:19 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
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jdklks

Nevada

3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Piss golden with just a touch of amber and a nice fizzy white head on top. Smells a lot like champagne, with a little citrus fruit, alcohol, and belgian yeast.

It's hard to believe this beer is 10%. It's real light and easy to drink. Until the finish, when the alcohol burn confirms the claim on the label. It's super sweet up front, with very little complexity but a whole lot of fizz bursting all over the palate. even here it's a lot like champagne. There is, of course, the ever present belgian yeast, along with a citrusy note and a little hop presence. Drinkable, but not really my thing.

The mouthfeel is seemingly light at first, but the amount of carbonation is simply misleading, giving off an "airy" feeling that makes it seem much lighter than it actually is. It's rather thick, and settles heavily in the stomach, which doesn't help its case for drinkability a whole lot either.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 05:19:48 | More by jdklks
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AlexCorleone

Mexico

3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 16:20:29 | More by AlexCorleone
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Presentation:
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.

Appearance:
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.

Aroma:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Drinkability:
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.

Notes:
$10.29 @ Joe Canal's

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 04:04:56 | More by BeerNemesis
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Xul

California

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 03:34:55 | More by Xul
Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red) from Brouwerij Het Anker
91 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.