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

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 313
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 18
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of KarlHungus
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of berkey
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,228 characters)

Photo of Albinoh
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of theopholis
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a fairly clear, rich amber body with a small, 1 finger white creamy head. Head has outstanding retention. The body effervesces for a very long time after the pour. Lacing isn't thick, but very sticky.

Aroma- Hint of maltiness with strong notes of, tart, yellow apples and other light fruits. A hint of breadiness alcohol.

Taste- Wow. Huge, pale malt with a nice, subtle blend of hops and some light fruit flavors. Good blend of bittering and floral hops. They accentuate the malt sweetness very nicely. Notes of black pepper and coriander become very evident as the beer warms closer to room temperature.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. A high carbonation level really pushes the flavors to the front of your consciousness. Just sticky enough to leave a nice after-taste, the since the aftertaste doesn't last long, you want to take another swig. This could get to be habit forming!!!

Drinkability- Very good, all-around strong Belgian blond, (956 characters)

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle/ 2008

P: Exits the bottle straw in color, and sits a clear, effervescent gold in the glass. The white head is comprised of medium-sized bubbles with a rocky texture that seems a bit loose and soapy. Excellent retention is shown while lace sticks like glue to the glass as it sinks.

A: Toasted grainy malt, tart apples, floral hops, some spice, light fruits, and a tad of yeast and alcohol.

T: Huge, toasted pale malt bill creates a crushed velvety smooth texture while flavors of apple and banana provide some nice fruity flavors. Floral hops are underneath, while coriander and black pepper deliver an explosive spiciness that detonates on the tip of the tongue. Alcohol is present, but well-hidden flavorwise, while the active yeast appears in the finish.

M: Full-bodied, silky smooth, velvety rich and downright luxurious in the mouth. These guys have this whole mouthfeel down to a T.

Notes: Malty rich, fruity sweet, and explosively spicy, this BSPA is quite enjoyable! This is the second brew from Het Anker that I've had the pleasure of drinking, and while this is not as good as the Van De Keizer Blauw, it is still a pretty damn good brew. Recommended (1,179 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy gold with a huge, rocky white head that exploded out of my Old Guardian tulip glass. Thick white lacing. Tart, apples-and-spice nose with some yeast esters and a slight musty hay aroma. Crisp, effervescent mouthfeel that battles the stickiness in the finish. Sweet taste that was expected from the style. More pear and apples blended with spice and candied sugar. A funky yeast flavor follows along with a boozy finish. The 10% isn't well-masked but it doesn't take over the beer, either. I enjoyed it. (514 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got from Ummagum - many thanks! Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into my DT snifter. 2008 edition. Opened with a loud pop. It was a hazy golden yellow color with tons of carbonation and slight lacing. It had a very large white fizzy head that settled into a thicl foam and thick collar that was fed by the carb from the bottom.

The aroma was very good. Fruity (not dark fruits thank God) and spicy. My nose is a bit of a mess with spring allergies so couldn't pin down the exact aromas but seemed like apple was big player along with some pepper. Really enjoyed what I could smell. The taste followed the aroma. Very good. Nice and fruity at start with a nice spice kick at the end. Finishes a little, but not too, dry. Sweet aftertaste. Sorta like a sweet saison. Very tasty. Surprisingly the high ABV never really showed in the aroma or the taste. Took most of the bottle before you even felt it. I enjoyed this one a ton more than the Van De Keizer Blue.

Overall, an very good BSPA that I really enjoyed. Highly recommend as it's a great example for the style. I'd have another if I could easily get it but since not avail here this will probably be my only one. (1,178 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into a stemmed Tripel Karmeliet glass.

A= This ale poured a chill-hazed straw gold color with a towering 2.5" foamy white head. The head lasted a long time before finally settling to a thin cap, leaving tons of sticky lace down the glass. Lots of active carbonation release visible as well.

S= Solid malt base supports a big green apple aroma as well as spice and yeasty funk. Mild alcohol that was there but not overpowering.

T= Enticing combination of sweet bready malts, green orchard fruits, caramel, pepper, and an absolutely beautiful chalky yeast funk that brought me to my proverbial knees (in a good way). Finish was light, a bit dry, and full of a warming alcohol sensation.

MF= Light to medium body, with an effervescent carbonation level and crisp, spritzy mouthfeel.

D= Wow, what a great beer. This was right in my palate's comfort zone and I am wondering why I haven't pulled the trigger on this one before now. Highly recommended! (998 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a nice big pure white foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of apricot and peach ester is just incredible and must admit that not many brewery can get this much from their yeast. Taste is very smooth with no signs of alcohol and fruity esters are very well balanced with some sweet Belgian malt. Light floral hops are also noticeable. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Another winner from a top Belgian brewery that I have some a tendency to forget about. (563 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy pale yellow in color with a 1/2" head that lasted a while. Light lacing paints the glass.

Smell: spices and green apples are most noticeable, some softer earthy tones are in the background.

Taste: caramel, yeast, pepper, green apples, pears, and a strong warming alcohol are the main flavor components. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied beers. Aftertaste is dominated by alcohol warming.

Drinkability: very flavorful beer that is a slow sipper based on the alcohol level. (529 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge pillowy white head that stays on as a cap for ages and leaves very good lacing.

Light sweet aroma with light fruits and hints of spices on top. There is plenty of Belgian yeast and bubble gum sweetness as well with a bit of citrus.

The taste is slightly sweeter than the aroma with lots of light sweetness featuring apples and pears. The Belgian yeast forms a solid backbone with a slightly dry finish with some citrus hops.

The moutfeel is fairly light with tons of carbonation and lots of sticky sweetness throughout.

This isn't the biggest or most complex Belgian pale but it's extremely drinkable. Recommended. (693 characters)

Photo of hopmonkey
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeasty nose is slightly offputting. But the initial sweetness with apricots, pears, and clove is very nice. Boozy with a hot alcohol finish that is nice in that it is dry, but does not balance as well as it should. Nice carbonation. I don't get the sick-sweetness that some others have alluded to. I think there is enough spiciness here to firm it up a bit so that it is more refreshing than syrupy. Overall, not a classic, but very good. (438 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 bottle 750 picked up at the Coop over the weekend for about $9.50.. shared with Brenda .. slightly .. mostly poured into my New Belgium snifter... I was very happy that Matt was able to get this one in.. I did NOT want to try and trade for it.. yet really wanted to give it a go around because the BSDA from this brewery is always stellar and a cellar favorite of mine.

The cork comes out.. so does a fizzy creep that makes me pour it fast.... 2 finger head died back incredibly quick .. sounded like rice crispies.. only touches of lace atop a hazy golden yellow brew... the lace only shows as the brew in the glass drops... but it is a very nice sheet with every sip.

Nose is fruity with notes of pear and green apple... peppery and spicy but not nearly as much as most BSPA's.. quite a bit of sugar as it warms... flowery and clove.. some cardamom (I don't like cardamom)..

Very sweet maltiness throughout the palate.. again.. pear and apple essence.. but the sugary taste may be a bit much... phenolic and spicy.. more cardamom and white pepper.. some clove.. but IMHO.. waaay too sweet.. an odd honey essence that reminds me of the honey bear in the cupboard...

I can see how many brew connoisseurs will like this one .. even love it.. but for me.. it is just too sweet.. the spicy phenols help.. and fruity esters are there with every burp.. but overall.. it just seems outtawhack.. too much of a good thing and never really comes together.. the body is fairly thick with a big burning carbonation.. the drinkability suffers horribly with me because of the residual sweetness.. otherwise a pretty great beer that just needs to be dialed back a couple of notches.

I will try and buy another couple of these just to stick in the basement and forget about.. I would worry about the carbonation.. it was already creeping out of the bottle as soon as I cracked the cork. (1,883 characters)

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

Caged and corked Jarang 2008.

Poured into Pilsner Urquell flutes, enjoyed with my brother as an appertiff on Boxing Day.

App: very pale straw, light golden akin to Bohemian Pilsners and Duvel in color. Nice two finger thick dense white head, very effervescent.

Smell: Belgian yeast spice and cracked white pepper, some rosy perfume alcohols and just ripe pear and baked apple. Some notes of faint minty hops.

Taste/MF/Drinkability: Clean with a light belgian yeast derived spice character, a touch of hops but scrubbed very quickly by the big carbonation. Slight alcohol warming but extremely palatable and quaffable for the overall strength. Deceptive like a fine Belgian Strong Pale should be. (699 characters)

Photo of thekanna
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with quite a large white, foamy head that sticks like none other.

Smell: Alcoholic, spicy, yeasty. Like a rum-soaked spice cake straight out of the oven.

Taste: Somewhat reminiscent of Delirium Tremens, but more well-rounded. Spice hits strongly on the palate: cloves, pink peppercorns, anise seeds, and a little bit of cardamom all flesh out a nice, buttery floral bouquet on the palate. Finishes dry with a strong phenolic aftertaste.

Overall: This is a nice complement, if not antithesis of the Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer Blauw/Bleu. Great for sipping, and very full-bodied overall. (638 characters)

Photo of baos
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bottle into Atlas Mason jar.

A: Nice white three finger head over a slightly hazy blonde body. Very nice lacing and head retention.

S: Big boozy nose with the Belgian yeast shining through.

T: This is a strong one. Booze and orange zestiness and clove and bitter grape peel on the get go then pepper and spices that go back to an almost vodka flavor then to a dry almost cracker taste.

M: Nice medium to full body on this strong lass with lots of nice natural carbonation.

D: Woo this is a strong one. Just one bottle please. But this bottle can last half the night if sipped on properly. A great strong ale! (617 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/20/08. Bottle. What a gusher!! Watch out for this one. Pours a dull colored orange with a huge thick, foamy white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spices, light fruits (apple, pear). Flavor is initially quite spicy with some hop bitterness and alcohol, finishes sweet. A bit on the boozy side and not that much flavor.
7/4/6/3/14 (3.4/5) (351 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden color and formed a huge pillowy foamy snow white head that refused to subside and coated the glass with lace. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, citrus, Belgian yeasts, hops and spices. The flavor was of malt, hops, bread, pepper and phenolics. The body is fairly light and the finish rather sprite yet peppery. (369 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (2,366 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (266 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (510 characters)

Photo of Blursimarsi
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (1,248 characters)

Photo of simonjohansson
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (588 characters)

Photo of SaucyA
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (569 characters)

Photo of cannabanaceae
2.9/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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! (850 characters)

Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red) from Brouwerij Het Anker
89 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.