Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) - Brouwerij Het Anker
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Reviews by manleyphoto:
4.78/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I tend to be pretty conservative with my money, I prefer to call it frugal but most of my friends call it cheap. As a result, when I see a beer listed as $7.00 for 12 ounces, I need to do some serious weighing of the cost benefit ratio.
One taste, however, and you know where your money went. This beer is cram-packed with flavor. The wispy sweet aroma of cloves and raisins preview the crazy complex taste of the beer. The flavor is filled with dark fruit, and a hint of caramel apple with a pleasant warming alcohol that really makes this a cool weather treat.
Don't let the fancy name throw you. Carolus D'or Cuvee Van de Keizer is simply the Belgian way of saying, good beer of the emperor. More specifically it's a birthday beer commemorating one of Belgium's greatest sons, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V's birthday on February 24th 1500 A.D. in Ghent, Belgium. The beer is brewed once a year in limited quantities and intended for aging.
Admittedly, this beer is not cheap but in this case the kingly price tag does reflect the quality of the product inside. Almost always listed as one of the best beers in the world, I have to imagine that the Grand Cru of the Emperor would please the palette of Charles V and meet his holy roman hopes.
Serving type: on-tap
02-14-2008 18:03:08 | More by manleyphoto
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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
96 out of 100 based on 1,421 ratings.