Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) - Brouwerij Het Anker
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4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2006 Edition, in the beautiful blue-black 750ml corked and caged bottle. The Grand Cru of the Emperor looks absolutely regal, and it's not even poured in my glass yet.
Popping the cork emits a spicy, red-wine aroma into the air. The beer pours a dark caramel-ruby hue, rich in appearance. A little cloudy. The head is impeccable, forming instantly and retaining its fine consistency of tiny bubbles, giving it a rich, smooth as vanilla ice-cream look. A few gentle swirls in your chalice should give the glass a lovely coat of lacing, as fine as the head. Stunning appearance here.
The aroma is unapologetically bursting with candy sugar and spices. Extremely sweet aroma, but absolutely mouth-watering. Sugary, yes, but somehow balanced perfectly, effectively giving it a magnificent brown-sugar, rum-soaked-raisin appeal without spilling over into cloying sickly sweetness. Beyond the initial hit of sugar, a whole cornucopia of aromas are falling into place: ginger snaps, chocolate chip cookies, sweet mandarin oranges, mocha, coffee cream, vanilla, black tea, brown sugar, mollasses, maple syrup, raisins, cherries, candy-apple, etc, etc. I could go on and on with the fruit and candy comparisons, but suffice to say this is a monster-sweet aroma, and ambrosial. Extremely complex, changing from time to time. Freshly poured, the yeast gives its range of smells, and towards the bottom of a glass, the beer exudes sweet rum, or port. Indeed, the alcohol itself is quite detectable, reminding me of some malt-heavy Scotches. Stunning.
The taste, like the aroma, is divine with the first sip. One sip and you'll know you've found a classic Belgian ale here. And again, this is mostly about sweetness. Very low bitterness, even in the finish. No detectable hopping, save a wee dry spell at the very end of the aftertaste. The malts are good backing, but the sugar really defines it all. We get all sorts of port and brandy comparisons, even some lighter Scotches. Plums, raisins, dried dark fruits of all kinds, chocolate, maple syrup, and plenty of mollasses. Stunning taste. The only hole I could pick in it is that the sugar CAN become a bit much after a bottle. But I don't think many will be consuming more than one bottle a sitting.
Mouthfeel is light, airy, and extremely pleasant. No harsh carbonation, no sickly-sweet oiliness. Just a very full sweetness, with a relatively low carbonation that makes it go down quicker than it should.
Besides the accumulative sweetness of the beer, this is a masterpiece. A true treat for anyone. After having tried a string of mediocre Belgian beers, this is one that made me stop and remember just why the Belgian's are masters at this craft. Prosit!
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2007 06:15:23 | More by Cwrw
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