Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) - Brouwerij Het Anker
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3.9/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 1PT9.4FL.OZ. bottle purchased at Green's, Atlanta, GA
Used a pint glass - no chalice, which I would have liked
appearance - Opaque, rust-brown, lacy lasting foam
Poured a somewhat dark, semi-opaque, rusty brown with decent caramel-tinted dense foam head.
The foam stayed for a long time, which was nice, and clung to the periphery of the glass. Foam lacing actually stuck to the glass even when the liquid was gone. The miracles of beer science.
smell - Kind of subtle and malty and yeast-y.
When I could get I smelled spice, prunes/fgs and maybe some brown sugar and molasses, though I can't be sure that the color of it didn't influence me on this last bit.
taste - Sweet on the front, strong alchol on the way down.
The tase was a sweet malt with dried fruits like golden and brown raisins and that sugary finish. Super raisiny. the taste lasts and seems fairly complex, making this a nice sipping beer.
mouthfeel - Medium body, but smooth.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Not too much carbonation, despite the thick head.
drinkability - This beer is nice as what I like to call "an appetizer". Can't drink a bunch, and really who would want to? It would spoil the treat of having just one.
Considering that strong, dark ales are not my "thing" and I actually really like this, I think that those who love this style would be missing out if they didn't give it a try. Plus, I suppose because of the ABV, it stores well - mine was labelled 1996 and here I am drinking it in 2008 and it is outstanding! If you see it, pick it up...
Serving type: bottle
08-08-2008 21:41:42 | More by kirkmichel
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