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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 186
Gots: 214 | FT: 12
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002)
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Photo of perrymarcus
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass. 2008 vintage.

pours an opaque deep mahogany tone with ruddy highlights; finger plus of a creamy khaki colored head; decent retention, nice walls of lacing. nice looking brew.

the nose is malty sweet, replete with dark fruits, cherry, spice, fig, belgian yeast, and maybe a touch of molasses. pretty much what i look for in my BSDAs.

flavor closely follows the aroma, opening with a strong cherry presence, followed by spices, plum, raisin, fig, and caramel malts. bit of warming alcohol to the finish, but other than that the 11% ABV is very well-hidden. tasty, tasty.

has a full bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation; very drinkable for a beer this big. exceptional belgian strong dark ale.

perrymarcus, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of Tbone
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is for the 2005 vintage with English label and 10% ABV.
They release in April, so it had a bottle age of about 18 months.

A-As per my usual, poured the entire 750 ml bottle at once into a large glass pitcher. It was highly carbonated, filling alomst the whole pitcher with foam. It has a very dark amber color.

S-Very rich and pleasing aroma of plum and molasses.

T-More of the same in the taste. Expectedly sweet, but a complex palate of flavors of plum, molasses, and a nice roasted malt.
I detect no off flavors.

M-A silky and creamy texture with just the right density (although this was in part due to releasing much carbonation through a hard pour).

I will definitely be getting more of this and will seek out other vintages.

Tbone, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of Trizzle
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I was big in to the Belgian Tripels and Quads, this was one of my favourites.. I should point out, I'm not so into Belgians these days, but will be objective.

2010 Vintage.

Pours a very dark burgundy, clear with beautiful highlights. A good dense head fades leaving a great blanket of just off white bubbles with quite good lace. Esp considering the abv.

Belgian yeast strains, christmas pudding, plums, raisins, and oak notes in the nose. Alcohol is vaguely present, along with some candi sugar and port.

Flavour is full of liquor soaked plums and raisins. Sweet malt with the dark malts adding a very complimentary hint of dry earth. Alcohol is in the mix, but perfectly so. Some yeast on the finish.

Mouth is ,edium full, with some great fine carbonation really filling it out.

For a beer of the ABV and sweetness the drinkability is 1st class.

Not as good as the 15yo bottle of this I tried last year, but still a great beer.

Trizzle, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of macster
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage. Pours a fairly clear burgundy-brown with ruby red highlights. Creates a beige thick, rocky head which maintains a thin covering throughout the glass. Lots of sticky web-like lacing as snifter drains. Incredibly rich, intense aromas of brandy-soaked dried dark friuts, plums, cherries, brown sugar, bubblegum and oak all amped up by a big alcohol punch. Mouthfeel is well balanced; smooth, full and silky with a pleasant spritzy carbonation. Big and round for a 10%’er. Flavors very similar to the nose. Head spiningly sweet intense notes of brandy soaked black cherries, raisins, figs, caramel and plums. Just a hint of anise, wood and spice in the background. The 10% abv comes to the rescue here with a faint hop presence to prevent this superb Belgian from becoming too cloyingly sweet. In the final analysis a rich, pleasing, complex and very warming slow sipper to be enjoyed on a cool winter night.

macster, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow this is really something special. on tap at the bull and bush in denver. 10oz goblet for 7 dollars, reasonable. looks like a holiday beer, with a deep mahogany color and a thick thick white belgian head. smells very fruity with a fresh baked bread sort of aroma as well, mild spice. flavor is dried fruits and a touch of spice. its a little sweet but incredibly well balanced and interesting. alcohol pokes through a little in the finish. mouthfeel is fantastic, smooth and fuller bodied. this is an outstanding beer, one i had never heard of before, but one i will absolutely seek out in the future.

StonedTrippin, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle (2011 vintage) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a one finger light cream color with nice texturing around the edge of the glass. Retention isn't that good, unfortunately, but lacing is attractive but sparse.

S: There's a strong aromatic bouquet of raspberries and chocolate, with underlying notes of cream, crisp pears, toffee, brown sugar, honey, and lavender. I really love inhaling this beer, there's so much here to take in and enjoy.

T: Sweetness explodes on the tongue right from the get go - chocolate and malted milk balls dominate the palate initially. It sounds like this will be hella sweet. Luckily, this features the hallmark of most great BSDAs, that being impressive balance to help tie together the great flavors. Some earthy, flowery hops will try to nudge into the flavor profile midway through, while the finish is (balanced) alcohol, honey and tart dark fruits. The complexity is something you can really chew through and analyze while remaining a delicate, subtle suggestion.

M: As a nitpick, this beer sits a bit too heavily on the palate. Otherwise, it's a silky smooth beer that's clean as a sheet, but with a great residual aftertaste. A little boozy, but nowhere near harsh on the palate. Not quite as carbonated as it seems initially - but maybe that's because I let it rest for about 15 minutes.

O: Wonderfully crafted yet immensely enjoyable. Right up there in the same conversation as Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus 12 in my mind.

ThisWangsChung, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of cultclassic89
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

cultclassic89, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged from 2004.

Pours a very hazy brown, very thin tan head that fades away quick. Teensy spots of lacing. Aroma has alot of alcohol. Vinous notes, cream sherry and black ripe fruit. Sweet spice, clove and ginger.

Taste is very sweet. Candy sugar and black fruit, spiced raisins and cream sherry. Orange zest and coriander. Lots of flavors jockeying for position but somehow they all mesh wonderfully. Mouth is rich and sticky yet wonderfully smooth. A bit sweet but a nice sipper.

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of newton99
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a very dark brown, black almost, with reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, light brown head with excellent retention and very nice lacing. The nose is a spice bomb. A blend of mace, nutmeg and anise, with some eucalyptus, cola, mildly burnt sugar, this is a little too spiced for my liking. The cola notes here bring to mind discount sodas. Alcohol is reasonably well hidden. In addition, there's quite a bit of dark fruit present, with prunes and figs.

newton99, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 corked bottle. Cork explodes out. BE CAREFUL. This is a monster of a beer, not for the faint of heart. Currents, prunes and figs in the nose. sweet with very present alcohol. silky, oily mouthfeel. Tastes kind of bready. Lots of fruit. Makes you want to sip and try more to explore the complex flavors and layers of intrigue. would go well with hearty meats and dessert

Billolick, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of jakester
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a 750ml corked bottle bought at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. Had Jaargang 2004 at the top. It was marked 10% alcohol. I believe them! I reviewed this while drinking it.

Pours a (this was in a Corsendonk glass, sorry!) very slightly hazy deep mahagony/ruby red with a soft brown tint. The head is @one finger, tan colored, with medium sized bubbles. The head drops off to islands after @ 3 minutes. Some carbonation visible.

The smell is of prunes, raisins, musty earth, burnt sugar, gin? Alcohol is also there in the back.

The flavor of this is so smooth I don't know where to begin. Sweet, musty prunes, gin soaked raisins, a soft bittering to counter-act the intense maltiness/fruitiness, maybe a little white pepper? A good deal of alcohol is also prevalent. A long, lingering, brown sugar sweetness finishes the taste.

The mouthfeel should be called mouthful. Intense sweetness, a "peppy" level of carbonation, and a very long aftertaste make this an absolutely scrumptious beer.

As for drinkability, I think after a while, the sweetness would become cloying, and the alcohol would knock your dick in the dirt, but overall, a very fine brew! Kind of reminds me of Kasteel.

jakester, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of degerbah
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light brown cloudy caramel color. Very thick with two fingers of head. For being 11% I taste no alcohol at all. I love the initial taste, but the thick caramel taste follows and stays on the tongue for an extended period of time. Pleasant to drink. More of a dessert beer, or something I'd drink with food than a beer I'd just kick back with. Fortunately doesn't get any worse as it warms up a little because there was no way I was going to finish this quickly. A solid buy but there are better belgians out there.

degerbah, May 01, 2009
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer I'd really been impressed by in my early days of craft beer, I'm giving it a revisit and proper review.

I pour it into a Belgian flute glass held straight up and this produces a huge frothy head. The foam is light and compact and has a tan color to it. The body is almost pitch black save for some hues of grape skin color.

A huge nose awaits me with an abundance of potent dark fruit aroma. Prunes and plums dominate, although I do detect some pineapple, Belgian candy syrup and sweet, thick malt. I do notice some peppery yeast as well.

Many of the aromas find their way on to my palate, but I also get a thick, raisiny malt flavor. Prunes, Belgian candy syrup, and some wine-like grape character are in there.

As far as how this beer drinks, it's alternately sweet, effervescent, creamy and thick, with a slight tartness and wine-like quality. It's enjoyable to drink and quite smooth for a burly beer with numerous flavors and aromas.

I'd say I'm not as blown away as I was the first time I tried this beer, but it's an excellent beer all the same. I may be biased because part of my mind wants me to love this beer as much as I did the first time, but it's not far off from that first experience.

ONovoMexicano, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of fairdinkum2
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip glass. First impressions - creamy, off white head that formed from a not too vigorous pour. Lasted for several minutes.Glass coating. Earthy, dried fruit aromas of figs, dates and roasted malt. Another excellent Belgian beer offering.
High degree of drinkability. Excellent carbonation and balance of dried fruits, some initial sweetness on the front palate with a crisp finish at the back. The high gravity is masked by the complexity of this beer.

fairdinkum2, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Edition

Appearance: It pours a dark amber color with a nice twist of red. Head leans toward a tan color and is about two fingers deep. It dissipated pretty quickly and left a very light coat of lace sticking to the glass. It's a very solid looking beer with a unique color. Falls short of being spectacular.

Smell: A little disappointing in this department as it fails to reach its full capacity. There are strong spicy notes up front, predominantly clove. It's malty and sweet smelling. Plum and a bit of raisin emerge and add some complexity. It's a nice smelling beer, but it's a little disappointing.

Taste: The Emperor's preferred Grand Cru finally springs to life. This is an excellent tasting brew. Clove, banana, and dark fruit flavors explode on the palate. It's an extremely zealous mix that tastes fantastic. Very spicy and sweet. It features a predominantly sweet, malty base that's an excellent foundation. It's slightly bitter, but not in a hoppy sort of way. Alcohol is lightly noticeable in taste. That's a huge compliment considering its profile. It provides just a slight burn on the tail.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has an excellent feel to it. Carbonation is great and it's so smooth and drinkable. This bottle since it's 10% abv rather than 11%. One would anticipate its 10% abv to hinder drinkability, but that's clearly not the case. This is one easy drinking monster. If I had another 750, I might seriously consider opening it. It's that good.

So, the Grand Cru of the Emperor, eh? Well, the emperor has excellent taste. I'll give him that. This is an excellent beer. Go find one...now!

prototypic, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer. Poured a dark red with a tan head and a bit of lacing. Smelled and tasted of dark fruity malts with a touch of yeast. Taste is a mix of plum and raisony goodness. A thick, rich and sweet beer, the kind you can sip for a couple hours. Go find a bottle and split it with your best friend.

tempest, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into my new Duvel snifter.

A: Pours a murkey orange and brownish black with a one and a half inch tightly packed and constantly bubbly sandy brown head. The head dissipears into a ring in a mintue or two with a bit of lace on the glass.

S: Cherries dipped in carmel molasses and brown sugar with a yeasty funk undertone but not so much as to disturb the wonderfully indulgent fruit and sugar aromas.

T/MF: Carmel and brown sugar opening with that same cherry flavor in the middle but much more decadent this time as it tastes as if the cherries were dipped in brandy. The beer feels a bit viscous on the tongue, a bit greasy with a smooth finish aside from a bit of dusty yeast texture and a nice alcoholic heat that gives the lingering sensation of molasses on the tongue. The malt bitterness is low with the roof of the mouth left relativly unscathed with a mildly bitter hop presence that only tingles the back of the tongue.

D: Not a beer for a summer day that is for sure, an interesting beer to try and not bad at all, just very sweet and rich so it would be a good idea to share this bottle or buy a smaller one for personal use.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of philbe311
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers worth of chunky light khaki colored rapidly fizzes away in a slightly mesmerizing fashion leaving a thick rich creamy lacing... A murky caramel coloring with a faint crimson colored hue... A modest bit of small bubbled slow paced carbonation can be detected when back lit...

S - An absolutely stellar aroma... Sweet and fruity without becoming cloying... Fig... Rum soaked raisins... Cherries... Touches of toffee and brown sugar... Apple... A modest bit of booze... Wonderful complexity...

T - The complexity alluded to by the nose continues through to the palette... First is the fruit in the form of fig, raisins, and cherries... Next is the increasing sweetness of brown sugar and buttery toffee... Then the alcoholic warmth rises on the finish... Simply this one is yummy...

M - Medium to full bodied... Sleek and slightly sticky... Hearty... A bit chewy... Just a the slightest carbonated bite... Some serious alcoholic heat on the finish...

D - This is a big time offering... Enjoyable all the way around... Memorable... A stellar BSDA that is bursting with complexity... Sophisticated and worldly... A sipper that is terrific to relax with...

philbe311, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of wcudwight
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a nice fluffly marshmellow light brown head. I could sit back and star at this beer the same way one admires a fine painting. Smells of maple(both the wood and syrup) and fresh pipe tobacco. Taste like raisin bread, plums, lot's of sugary sweet flavors. Overripe banannas and what sets this apart from others is the big bold grannysmith apple flavor. I love Grannysmith apples. Carbonation is spot on and the body is on the lighter side of full. This one is a sipper for sure but it's nice to just enjoy over the course of an evening. Great beer!!

wcudwight, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of Proteus93
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I chose this beer to ring in the New Year (which, at time of the start of this post is still 8 minutes away). A 2009 bottle.

A: Deep brown, to the point of being almost black. A creamy, pale brown / light sandy coloured head tops it off and maintains a nice retention forever.

S + T: The nose isn't wildly robust and overpowering... rather, a number of pleasant scents are a bit modest, but once they blend together, complementing one another, it becomes a wonderful aroma to take in a few times over. I find a sweet breadiness to be very presents - like a fruitbread or the like. Something darker, sweet, and fresh. Dark fruits are a part of that fruitiness... date and fig, in particular. They are far more apparent in the taste of the beer, and it's a great flavour. Some hints of toffee and vanilla slip in, as well. It almost has the flavour of a quad, in many ways.

M + D: Full bodied and almost creamy... there's not a great amount of carbonation, and it doesn't have that bottle conditioned sparkling feel or any sorts of force carbonation feelings. It is almost perfect when taken in small sips... were it to be maybe a little crisper, I'd be feeling it more.

... and with the last words written, it is 12:03 AM! Happy New Year, 2010, and prost!

Proteus93, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Tdizzle
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage purchased at Vendome Fullerton.

A- Poured from a 750mL corked and caged bottle into a Chimay chalice, this beer pours a slightly opaque brownish-red color with an effervescent dark-tan head that sticks around in the form of a thick layer over the beer. Each sip yields some beautiful webs of lacing.

S- Big malty sweetness is backed up by dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, and maple syrup. The alcohol is very noticeable.

T- The taste is primarily malty and sweet, with all of the above mentioned characteristics emerging towards a warming finish that leaves a lingering flavor of dates and figs along with a mild tea-like bitterness.

M- A full-bodied and syrupy mouthfeel, but the carbonation is just a tad overly aggressive given how rich this beer is.

D- The 11% ABV isn't exactly well-hidden, but the deliciousness of the flavor offsets this minor grievance.

This is an absolutely outstanding Belgian Strong Ale.

Tdizzle, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance was dark brown with 1 finger of head. great lacing, and head retention.

smell- very complex, sweet raisin bread, hints of cinnamon

taste - sweet bread, raisins, dates, figs, spice. very complex and pleasing malt sweetness. dark chocolate showed up as well. a great dessert beer.

mouthfeel - nice and viscous, just like i would expect from a beer like this.

drinkability: very easy to drink almost like a dessert. went great with carrot cake. however, alcohol became present about 2/3 of the way through, and i would recommend sharing it with someone if you get a 750ML.

OutlawJoseyWales, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful clear mahogany with tow fingers of tan head and good retention.

Smell: sweet fruity caramel malt, dark fruit and bananas, some yeast spice.

Taste: very sweet, malty, hints of banana, dark fruits, caramel. Yeast spice, mildli bitter with some warm alcohol in finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, mildly syrupy, tingly carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: very smooth given the abv. Good mix of flavors, would have it again.

oline73, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of shroompod
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 in the cellar about 1 year.

Not much of a pop when opening, smallish head.Pours a deep brown color.

Not much in the smell department for me. Slight sweetness.
Tasting this beer opens it up for me. Grape juice sweetness, bubblegum, plum,with very little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel seems medium ,not overly thick considering is sweet taste. Carbonation is adequate.

Overall this beer is a sipper and worth aging, will stock the cellar with a few of these.

shroompod, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of claspada
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Version:
Aromas of dark fruits (cherries are predominant but also some raisins, figs), typical Belgian yeast banana and clove notes, fairly strong in fact, some sweet brown sugar/burnt caramel fruity malts or maybe from some dark candy sugar. Smells really great, no signs of alcohol at all.

Tastes of strong dark fruits, banana, clove, with some lesser caramel malts, brown sugar and treacle. A nice complex Belgian taste, but the alcohol does make an appearance here, but it is 11% ABV after all.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Very smooth and creamy. Thick but not the least bit syrupy or cloying.

Overall, the extreme malt bill and high ABV are so well-integrated that any warming present is easily mistakable for the spice of Belgian yeast. This is one of the most velvety smooth and crazy drinkable Belgian quadruple/dark ales I've had to date.

claspada, Jan 07, 2011
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,491 ratings.