1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,423 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,423
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 169
Gots: 186 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,423 | Reviews: 823 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage.

Appearance - Dark chestnut brown, nearly black. Pours with half an inch of tan-colored head, which quickly disappears. A small amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Smell - Fruity esters, caramel, toasted nuts, chocolate, port, raisins and subtle spices. A bold aroma that increases in complexity as the beer warms.

Taste - Rich caramel flavors followed by notes of dried fruit, bittersweet chocolate, toasted almonds and spices. The finish is fairly mild and clean on the palate, with no strong aftertaste and only a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A very full mouthfeel. Not as carbonated as I was expecting, but it works to the beer's advantage as it really brings out the many layered flavors.

Notes - This beer has a port-like quality that makes it very unique to me. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 04:04:40 | More by largadeer
Photo of Axic10
Axic10

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage split with my uncle on Christmas Eve.

Appearance: Cola colored with a finger or two of fluffy head that settles after a few minutes.

Smell: Candied fruits, yeast, sugar and an alcohol sting.

Taste: Sweet candied fruits, sugars, yeast, and an alcohol burn on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this for the style, I've passed this up a lot in the past, but that will change after I had this.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 23:24:25 | More by Axic10
Photo of auxiliary
auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark amber color, white head and left some lace.

smell - Dark fruits, like cherries and berries. Has a strong sweet smell. Lots of malt.

taste - Sweet taste up front. alcohol present on the want down. Lots of dark fruit ate here. Heavy on the sweet malt.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - This beer is good. Had it at a beer tasting event, and then had it on tap the next day! Must try, and should be great to age. Website says 10 years!

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2008 20:58:00 | More by auxiliary
Photo of AZbelgian
AZbelgian

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a 2008 and a 2010:

A - Pours a dark carmel color. Dark red if held to the light. Large tan head quickly dissipates to a thin clumpy film, like cirrus clouds.

S - Incredibly sweet smell of carmel and apple cider. Smells like a warm carmel apple.

T - Like the smell, very strong sweet tastes of carmel and apple cider. Candy sugar with some hints of dark fruit. The combination of carmel and sugar combined with fruit and hops give it a dry alcohol character similar to a scotch or TN whisky. Smooth sweet caramel aftertaste with a just a hint of bitterness.

M - Medium in mouthfeel. Sweet and dry with decent carbonation.

O - A really sweet, complex and delicious beer. Quite filling, in fact while it's sweetness and mouthfeel, make it delicious, they also make it very filling. Not one I can have more than one or two of after a meal. I always keep at least one bottle in the cabinet.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 19:47:35 | More by AZbelgian
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown mahogany with a decent light brown head.

S: Lots of dark fruits, cherries, and some more earthy dried fruits as well. Plenty of yeasty goodness.

T: Much luck the smell with a little bit of extra sweetness thrown in.

M: Fairly full-bodied and creamy. Not too much alcohol taste.

D: Quite drinkable. Split this one with my wife and glad that we had a whole 750 to split.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 19:36:28 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Rifugium
Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Damn tasty beer right here. Dark chestnut brown in color, mostly translucent, with a small off-white head that receded to a tiny ringlet, but still left a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma rich with honey and dark fruits. Taste is dominated by rich sugars--honey and molasses, mainly--and prunes, afterthoughts of bready yeast, raisins, cotton candy, earthy hops. Full of flavor, heavy-medium body, and quite a pleasant drink overall. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 12:47:01 | More by Rifugium
Photo of hopdog
hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capones.

Poured a deeper and cloudy/muddy brownish color wih virtually no head. Aromas of dark fruits (prunes and raisins) and fruity. Tastes of the same dark fruitiness (plums and raisins), caramel, toffee, and some lighter spiciness. All around on the sweeter side. Lighter alcohol in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 21:44:18 | More by hopdog
Photo of claytri
claytri

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a dark amber with a lovely white head. The aroma was of toasted caramel and sweet malt. The tase stared with toasted caramel malt and then closed with a fine alcohol burn. The feel was heavy and dry giving a pleasant weight to the drink. A very wonderful grand cru that I will be searching out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 04:05:22 | More by claytri
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

jaargang 2006

A - Poured out a dark brown/burgandy color with a foamy, caramel colored, one-finger head. Left a little lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit and malt.

T - Tasted very malty, and had a strong dried fruit quality. A subtle spicy hoppiness, too. A relatively strong alcohol presence.

M - The mouthfeel was crisp and soft. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Belgian beer. Great character and flavor. Next time I'll try an older Grand Cru.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 15:58:11 | More by zeff80
Photo of WesWes
WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a 1/4" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a warm and spicey scent that boasts of a complex crystal malt arrangement and fruity Belgian yeast. The taste is great as well. It has a very smooth and sweet crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and warms a little on the finish. It is sweet with malts and a fruity on the aftertaste; very mellow and flavorful. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine brew and an excellent drinker. It has everything that I look for in a beer: good aroma, complexity, and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 23:33:54 | More by WesWes
Photo of jdubjacket
jdubjacket

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the definition of dessert beer at its best. Pours a deep brown - nearly black. Moderate carbonation in this one. Smells like sugar, prunes, dried fruit, and a lot of yeast. Taste is brown sugar, alcohol, caramel, and sweet fruit. VERY tasty. One of the better Grand Crus I've had in a while. The moderate carbonation makes this one go down easy without making it feel flat. A little strong to drink more than one, but this is one outstanding brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 00:17:14 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of taez555
taez555

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 edition, 750ml

This beer poured a thick white/tan head with a ruby and brown body.

The nose was a mix of raisins, phenols, dark fruits, sugar, alcohol, caramel, brown sugar, dark pears, dark cooked fruits and faint chocolate. This is one of those noses you could just sit and smell for hours without even taking a sip. Really quite something.

The taste was medium to full bodied. Alcohol, ripe fruits, raisins, plums, some pear, caramel, brown sugar and phenols. Very mellow and well balanced from start to finish. It already has mellowed touch. Very sugary with a non-spicy black pepper sort of taste. The carbonation level is very light and fine.

What a rich rich beer. Reminded me of eating a rich chocolate cake. Very yummy and a beer I wouldn’t hesitate substituting for or including with a rich dessert.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 07:37:17 | More by taez555
Photo of number1bum
number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Pours a dark mahogany color with a scarlet tint to it when held to the light. About two inches of tan head settle to a thin lace, although it does leave some nice webbing on the sides of the glass as it falls.

Smells of rich candied fruits, brown sugar, caramel, candi sugar, raisins, black cherry and other dark fruits. Some alcohol wafts over the nose as well, which gives it a sort of brandy-like quality. Very nice.

Taste is also very rich and robust, with lots of dark malts - caramel, brown sugar, candi sugar - and dark fruits as well. Raisin, in particular, is a strong flavor, as is plum and fig. Like the nose there is some booze here, although it doesn't remind me quite as much of a brandy as the nose did. It's sweet yet pretty clean in the finish, and not cloying.

Mouthfeel is a medium-full body which at first feels a touch thin for the strength of the beer, but then as the sweetness takes over the mouth it begins to coat and feel fuller.

This is a very nice sipper, a robust, warming sort of beer that's perfect on this snowy evening. It's a little hot and I'd like to try a vintage with a couple of years on it to see how it melds together and smooths out. I'm sure it's a real treat with a couple of years on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 01:33:59 | More by number1bum
Photo of oelergud
oelergud

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 2007.
Opaque mahogany body with a light brown head of tiny to medium bubbles. Retention is pretty good but there is not much in the way of lace.
Strong smell of prune, raisen and alcohol. Lots of spice and an overall heavy element to the scent.
Ripe and sweet dark fruit flavors swirling around a rather alcoholic core with a cone of hop poking through here and there. Pear and cherries appear as the beer warms. Sweet, spiced and sparsely hopped aftertaste.
Full body, plenty of residual sugars and decent coating.
This is a very drinkable and delicious sipper of a beer. Full, sweet and very aromatic.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 21:28:35 | More by oelergud
Photo of joepais
joepais

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage, 750ml bottle Poured a wonderful burgundy color with a slight white head . Aromas of wine fresh bread and malts . Medium-bodied and slight carbonation . This Ale drinks like a cognac . Big fruity flavors along with some malty sweetness but not overly sweet .This bottle was a well balanced. I will enjoy this Ale watching the Red Sox’s tonight nomatter what the outcome (Go Sox’s)

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 00:11:32 | More by joepais
Photo of aubuc1
aubuc1

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle dated 2008 poured in to a chimay goblet.

pours a hazy dark brown with a light tan clingy head

Smooth spicy malt an plum smell. Very nice.

Grapy malt with a biting carbonation. Some alcohol sweetness.

A great beer that is strong yet not hot.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 01:13:21 | More by aubuc1
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage:

A - Pours a dark mahogany with a rich red hue into my goblet. Only about a finger of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, apples, brown sugar, clove, spice, raisins and cherries with a touch of alcohol.

T - Very sweet and candy-like, caramel malts, clove, brown sugar, apple and banana, raisin and a bit of alcohol warmth.

M - Medium in body and fairly well balanced.

D - Very tasty sipper! A little on the sweet side for my personal preference, but overall really nice and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 05:36:53 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Photo of gford217
gford217

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Brick Store poured into a tulip.

Pours a slighly hazy dark copper with a big off-white head that shows great retention and lots of lacing. The aroma is dominated by the sweet sugary malts and dark fruits - figs, raisins, grapes. The taste is just as sweet as the aroma would indicate. Huge caramel and candy sugar sweetness with vanilla and dark fruit. The mouthfeel is sticky and the sweetness just coats the mouth from the first sip. This is a very complex and enjoyable Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 03:31:11 | More by gford217
Photo of Urbancaver
Urbancaver

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage
Thanks Carl!!

Pours a hazy brownish orange. A nice touch of yellowed head. Looks pretty decent. Smells heavily of raisin and plum. A nice touch of vanilla. Tastes boozy and sweet. Raisin and vanilla with a nice thick mouthfeel. Caramel and burnt sugars. Smooth and rich, well carbonated and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 19:03:59 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of Matty1918
Matty1918

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to deepsouth for allowing me to sample this.

Pours a nice dark brown color with a nice off white head. Good amount of lacing too.

Aroma was very nice....ripe, sugary fruit...plums, bananas, cherries..there was also hints of maple syrup and molases.

Taste was of molases and ripe fruit. A slight dry bitterness was there also but blendid well with the sweet malts. The alcohol is well hidden but there is a little hint of it at the end. Very nice tasting.

Mouthfeel was smooth and syrupy.

Glad I got the chance to try this. I'd buy this if I could find it. Very sippable.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 21:06:11 | More by Matty1918
Photo of keithmurray
keithmurray

New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage poured into a chalice

Appearance - reddish brown liquid with a small amount of tan head

Smell - raisins, plums, dates, cherries, brown sugar

Taste - raisins, dates, prunes, plums, caramel, grapes

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, lighter carbonation, very sweet upfront and in the finish, flavors linger, boozy but the alcohol isn't overwhelming

Overall - nice Belgian ale worth a shot

Price Point - $17.99/4 pk 11.2 oz bottles

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 23:30:42 | More by keithmurray
Photo of armock
armock

New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a mahogany color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of dark fruit with some alcohol

T - Follows the nose but its a little sweeter with the dark fruit and some spice comes out

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - Just about as drinkable as you can get for an 11% Belgian very good taste that I enjoyed a lot worth trying

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 16:36:43 | More by armock
Photo of bonkers
bonkers

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a 750 ml bottle with a friend, poured into oversized wine glasses. The pour is a muddy plum color with a moderate white head, light lacing. The aroma is sweet, spicy and has a hint of bubblegum? The flavor is great, cotton candy, bubble gum, and dark fruit, with a lingering sweet finish. The beer is full/medium in body, average carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden. The beer went down way too easy for such a big beer, highly recomended.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 16:50:11 | More by bonkers
Photo of brewandbbq
brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005, "Grand Cru of the Emperor" moniker. 52 degrees from the cellar.

A creeping gush began after disgorgement, no hurry to get in the glass but I was surpised at the meager head that developed.
Barely a trace of any foam on the surface after a few minutes and very little lacework.

Aromatics lead off with candied figs, rum-soaked raisins, caramelized brown sugar, dark fruit, and clovey phenols.
Hints of grape jam, sweet malt, and spiced rum follow through.

On the chewy side of medium bodied with a creamy, tacky mouthfeel. Slightly syrupy.

Ripe stone fruits, sugar-dusted figs, plump raisins, and grape jam start the palate. Boozy dark rum notes step forward along with hints of burnt sugar, sugared dates, and caramel-drizzeled cotton candy.

Finishes with a building warmth, lingering sweetness, and dark fruit.

Still quite sweet after four years, and the carbonation is low. Otherwise a world-class Strong Dark or Quad.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 00:37:51 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of theWrkncacnter
theWrkncacnter

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz corked bottle. 2006 vintage. Pours a deep mahogany brown that's very opaque. Moderate head with minimal lacing. The smell is somewhat strange. I want to say that it smells like turpentine, but in a good way, if that makes any sense. The alcohol is definitely there in the nose, but in a very nice way. It combines with citrus and other fruit scents to make a very interesting and very good nose. Taste is amazing. I loved this beer instantly. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, which makes it very easy to drink. Once the head is gone, it's very hard to tell this appart from a dessert wine. The taste is sweet with citrus and sugar and only a moderate alcohol taste. Do I taste a bit of chocolate on the aftertaste? Maybe I'm crazy but I think there's some there. Complex would be a great way to describe this beer. As the beer warms, the alcohol comes out more but only reinforces the dessert wine quality of this beer. Perhaps this is a bit too sweet, and that might push away some hop-heads like myself, but I think for this style it's not a problem.

Bottom line: this is a killer brew, pick some up now while you can; I'll definitely be picking up another bottle soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 01:05:10 | More by theWrkncacnter
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,423 ratings.