Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) - Brouwerij Het Anker
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
4.85/5 rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. 11% ABV, 2010 on the neck.
A - This one pours a muddy mahogany brown color but when held to the light it's surprisingly clear with ruby highlights. Tiny carbonation bubbles trickle up the sides of the glass to the poorly retained (thanks ABV) tan head. Some good arcs of lace from tilting the glass to smell it.
S - Just what I was looking for tonight, a heavily malted, strong, and complex beer. Toasted amber and caramel malts with dark candi sugar really boost the sweetness and alcohol. It actually doesn't come across solvent-rich though. Notes of wood and clay mingle with the strong Belgian yeast and it's esters. Loads of dark cherries and figs, raisins and molasses, and just a touch of cocoa and toffee. Terrific!
T - It's even better than I had anticipated! This is phenomenal! The alcohol is apparent right away and plays a nice role throughout the whole beer. Not too solventy though, it just emerges as a precautionary measure for how good this goes down. Bushels of fruit seem to be added although it's only from esters from the delicious Belgian yeast. Dark cherries, raisin, plum, fig, and even a touch of strawberry are featured among subtle wood, clay, and chocolate notes. Deliciously malty with tons of caramel and amber showcased and a semi-sweet lingering finish.
M - Exquisite balance of sweet maltiness. Never too much, but it's a malt-lover's dream. The warming alcohol plays nice and doesn't burn at all. Medium-full-bodied and very smooth with a velvety texture, this feels awesome going down.
D - I wish I could have split this and shared the experience with someone who would enjoy it as much as I am but, the fact is, I can get this beer any day of the week! How awesome! For the percent and flavor perfection, I can't think of a more drinkable beer in this style. Better yet, I can't think of a better beer in this style period!
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2010 01:35:36 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into Tulip Glass from 750 ML Bottle. 2012 Bottle
A: Deep brown that, under light, turns a deep orangish hue. White to off white small bubbled head. It sticks around for quite a while. Lacing throughout.
S: Belgian yeast. Dark fruits. Cherries. Very light hops... smooth and mellow.
T: Surprisingly sweet. But... FANTASTIC. Cherries, prunes, elderflower. Belgian yeast. Can't find the 11% alcohol at all. Some sips... I wonder if I am tasting a sweet/sour wine.
M: Medium to light body. Hard to believe it is so light for the amount of materials to make style/alcohol.
O: This is very tasty. I have read some great reviews saying I should age longer... I would agree. I think this is fantastic brew, but slightly green. 2 years are just not enough to really pull the flavors that other reviewers are finding.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2014 03:26:46 | More by ahommell
4.83/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This is the 2011 bottle aged for nearly 4 years
This one pours a very dark brown with a reddish tinge to it and has a very delicate long lived head that leaves good lacing down the glass. The appearance of this beer for this style is spot on perfect.
The smell is quite fruity and spicy with notes of bread, caramel, coriander, grass, plums and a tinge of hops.
The taste is sublime and delicate. The beer is rich and lasting in flavors that coats the palate in bliss and finishes clean.
Overall it is a near perfect beer, the alcohol was a bit pronounced, beyond that it is as close to perfect as you can get without being totally perfect.
The recommendation on this one it to age it for at least 4 years, we had a special occasion and had it 6 months early.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2014 22:03:35 | More by AtrumAnimus
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
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