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

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)

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Ratings: 1,609
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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...

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!!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2000 Vintage.

Served in a St.B chalice.
Pours a brown color with a rose tint to it. Slight off white head that quickly recedes to nothing.
Smell is belgian candy sugar with some fruits and a bit of underlying alcohol. This bottle has held up incredibly well for being 7 years old.
Taste is incredible! This is a very good beer. You get more of the fruits in the taste. Especially what seems to be plums, and rum soaked raisins.
The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. This beer goes down a little too easy. This is a very good candidate for cellaring. One of the best, highly recommended.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a foil top glass bottle. 11.2 oz.

A- Rich, dark brown. Milky head that settles to a ring of tiny foam.

S- Smooth buttery, caramel, coffee, pecans.

T- Incredible. Sweet, like caramel with notes of coffee towards the end. Almost like a milk stout but much lighter and smooth. Sweet like pure cane sugar or maple syrup.

M- Sweet and luxurious. Leaves a slight residue as the simple sugars begin to break down on your tongue. Very little carbonation but so well balanced it doesn't need it.

D- Very sweet, but it would go great with something sweet and sour I think. This is luxury in a glass.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a clear dark amber to brown in color with a half finger tall beige head. The head reduces to some extremely thin patches and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: A very sweet yet inviting aroma to this beer with some sweet malts as well as lots of dark fruits (fig) and just a hint of spice.

T: Dark toasted/charred and sweet malts including some bready and caramel notes as well, followed by some serious amounts of dark fruits (primarily figs), and just a hint of the yeast spices in the finish. There is also a light hint of oak or wood.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Very creamy.

O: Very enjoyable, the taste and the smell of the alcohol are very well hidden. A really great beer though I would recommend more sipping (considering the ABV) than as a session beer. I will get this one again.

Photo of grub
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

quarterly tasting party feb 21/07 with northyorksammy, Derek, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. northyorksammy contributed this one, so thanks sammy!

corked and caged 750ml bottle, 2002 vintage.

pours a hazy red-brown with a huge dark tan head. drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is awesome. yeast. bit of spice. molasses + caramel + toffee. bit of honey. lots of dark fruit. dried cherries. bit of alcohol.

taste is good. tons of malt. alcohol. dark fruit. toffee and caramel. bit of molasses. very light spice. yeast. this one was maybe served a bit too warm.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation works. good body.

drinkability is good. alcohol is kind of warm, but very nice.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $7.80 CDN. Nice value on this volume of what appears to be a world class beer. Left out for about 40 minutes after being in fridge for a few days. Served into oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Dark chestnut brown color with 1.2 finger of off-white head. Head fizzles away moderately leaving a nice soapy feature the edges of the glass and wispy accumulation of foam on top of the beer.

Smell - Burnt sugar, and a bit of booze here and caramel. Second time around a few dark fruits begin to creep in and also the faint hint of peach-like smells. Butterscotch, toffee as well as the funky Belgian yeast although it is not overly pronounced here. Also a bit of a cooked marshmallow smell to it.

Taste - Sugar, caramel and that booziness on the aromas shines through. Also tons of that toasted marshmallow flavor in conjunction with the aforementioned dark fruits namely dates, prunes and cheery. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall really delicious but definitely a sipping type of beer.

Mouthfeel - Super smooth, rich and great warmth in the back of the throat. Medium carbonation and medium bodied, but shading towards the lighter side which is impressive given the breadth of flavors and high ABV here.

Overall - World class all the way, one of the best with other greats in the style but really enjoyed the toasted marshmallow feature here which seemed more pronounced than I've had in other beers in the style. Definitely would recommended but you may want a couple of friends around or risk feeling light headed after a bottle of this stuff.

Photo of mariposafan
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours bright, clear garnet. Not quite as bright as a ruby port but close. The head a little on the short side, both in height and durability.

Super sweet aroma with lots of yeast an plenty of sweet, dark fruit. Some toffee aroma as well.

Sweet flavor, though there's a little sharpness there as well that reminds me, again, a little of port. The alcohol is pretty upfront. Plenty maltiness but I'd like to taste more of the yeast that was so prominent in the aroma. The flavor also doesn't linger at all and a little longer finish would be nice.

The mouthfeel is a little on the light side but otherwise excellent. The carbonation is just right.

Overall I like this but I'm wondering if it would benefit from some aging as it's a little hot and a little one dimensional. I plan to pick up another bottle or two and try it again after some time.

Photo of Boppar
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a truly remarkable beer. I had the pleasure of sharing a 750 mL bottle (vintage 2006) with a very good friend of mine.

After pouring into a chalice, I noticed that the head quickly disappeared into a few seductive strands of lace that simply would not take "no" for an answer, and remained in my glass for the duration.

The beer itself is a hazy reddish-brown (the red is even more noticeable when the glass is held up to the light). It smells like sweet, resinous fruits, with an underlying alcoholic warmth due to the 10% ABV. Take note of the 10 points when you smell the glass, because you certainly cannot taste them.

But the complex array of flavors is where this beer truly shines. Dates and figs dominate the palate, with raisins following closely behind them, yet somehow, this beer is not overly-sweet.

I gave this beer a "3" in the drinkability category only because with a beer as rich and complex as this, I really wouldn't want to drink these all night. In fact, I was glad I didn't have to tackle that 750 alone. That being said, I wish I had one right now...

Photo of depechemode1983
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep mahogany with reddish hues. Has a brown fluffy head with excellent retention. Plenty of lacing on this one.

S- Super sweet and winy. Lots of grape, sugars and other dark fruits. Smells like a port. Also some alcohol coming through with a bit of grains.

T- Sweet maple and caramel notes up front with grape, cherries and toasted sugars. Very malty. With a bit of alcohol warmth. Awesome.

M- Smooth soft and bordering full bodied. Carbonation is low on this but work great with all the flavors and aromas.

D/N- So drinkable and flavorful. Lots of fruit flavors in this one. Excellent beer. Im going to buy some more for sure. Try this if you get a chance.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby highlighted brown with a very minimal beige head in an authentic little Gouden Carolus "Cuvee of the Emperor" 5.5 oz. chalice. Pruney like fruit smells; medicinal and dark roasted malt and candi sugar aromas, too. The taste is equally pruney and medicinal, how I'd like my Geritol to be when and if I get to that stage in life :). Light chocolate reminiscence as it warms. Slight sweet/sour finish. Lower carbonation level is perfect for a "nightcap" type of beer that this is. Mouthfeel is nice, slick on the tongue. I'm glad this beer was only served 5.5 oz. at a time, because 12 oz. would have taken me too long to drink.

Photo of flagmantho
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2012 vintage.

Appearance: very dark brown/amber hue which shines a beautiful ruby when held up to the light. There's a nicely active effervescence, and head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam. Nice.

Smell: nice mixture of sweet caramel and dusty dark fruits. Cherry, plum and raisin are evident. I like it.

Taste: huge, rich flavor with a much greater intensity than the aroma. Caramel sweetness provides a backdrop for more of the same fruits as in the aroma, but everything is brighter and bigger. Alcohol bite and fruitiness contribute a lot to the flavor. Toward the end, the flavor rounds out with a light breadiness. I love it!

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a big carbonation and a big, thick creaminess. Love it.

Overall: what a delicious beer. I was worried from the low-key smell that this beer would not be as wonderful as I'd hoped, but in the end it's delicious and drinkable despite its huge ABV. Wonderful stuff.

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,609 ratings.