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

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Ratings: 1,505
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 187
Gots: 217 | FT: 13
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Belgium

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 Jimmys
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into tulip. bottled on 11/07/11. lot number 11059.

A: pretty murky chestnut hued body. head is combrised of tight bubbles that are more on the brown than white side. retention is great. TONS of lacing left behind. if the clarity was a little better it would have gotten the 5.

S: a little woody, super sweet. molasses. candied walnuts. caramel. pretty much every visit to the glass is making me think sugar. however, different sugary scents are much appreciated.

T: no glaring alcohol heat might be my favorite thing about this brew. tons of chewy, sweet candied fruit. that with some mild chocolate flavor makes for a lot of complexity on the palate. sweet without being cloying.

M: moderate amount of carb. you can tell there was some conditioning of the bottle variety. however, wouldn't have hated for a touch more fizz. full bodied.

D: do yourself a favor and let this thing warm up. I didn't even realize that this beer had a year plus on it when I picked it up from a Total Wine in VA. Glad it was tucked away on the bottom shelf and out of direct light. im would imagine it is not much different fresher, but I like it just like this. well done.

Jimmys, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Seemore
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%

Seemore, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Brickstore Pub in Atlanta in a logoed small goblet.

Pours one shade less than black that is dark brown when held up to the light. Great one-finger off-white head that is very smooth. Lacing is fun to watch - very smooth at first that gently turns into a cascade.

Smells very sweet and syrupy. Almost like a liquor.

Tastes very good. Again, like the smell, it's very sweet and syrupy. There are hints of dark fruit, and after drinking it when I lick my lips I can still taste the sugars. Just the slightest hint of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is also very good. Very smooth, with the carbonation just enough to bring out the flavors. Pretty thick.

Drinkability is good, but it's too sweet to be great.

Overall this is an exceptionally smooth beer. Good and thick and goes down smooth. It's very sweet, but not quite too sweet. It's almost like a smooth liquor, but in beer form.

glid02, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2008 bottle that is corked and caged. Once opened the beer pours dull mahogany brown. It's opaque on the fringe of clear and leathery looking with a very poor head. There is a constant stream of bubbles that feeds a collar and a light layer of tan suds.

The nose is fantastically diverse. It's an assortment of raisin, breads, caramel and molasses. As it warms some spices become even more evident.

The taste is even better then the nose which frankly doesn't do the beer justice. The spices are subdued and end up being a little peppery and really shines in the finish. Dark fruits like plum and raisins mix with caramel and molasses. Each sip is a slightly different combination of flavors and all of them are pleasing.

The mouthfeel is pleasing. The soft smooth texture is complimented by a peppery spice, slight sizzle of carbonation and healthy warmth of ABV. Quite drinkable. Good thing it was a $10 bottle or I would have bought them all and drank to a problem because it's so easy and good. Great find.

jbphoto88, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of TAMU99
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Grand Cru of the Emperor is brewed yearly in remembrance of Charles the Fifth.
It pours a deep, rich mahogany brown. Clear with a thick persistent foam. The scent is sweet with tones of caramel and candy. The taste is even more forceful. Again with caramel and candy. Aftertastes of toffee and praline. It is very smooth, as you'd expect a beer this sweet to be. It feels like a double or triple and at times is cloyingly sweet which at times detracts from it's drinkability. Overall, this is a masterful brew and definitely should be on the list of ones to try if you can get your hands on some.

TAMU99, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of MrBen
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finished a bottle of the 2003 vintage. This is very dark brew, full of sweetness, dried fruits, nuts, and malty goodness. This is big beer. The alcohol is obvious on the nose and tongue, which accounts for my 4.0 rating on drinkability. Otherwise, the presentation, pour, and overall experience are excellent. This is something to save for a special time.

MrBen, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of lightindarkness
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Prototypic for throwing this my way! Very quickly it rises among my top favorite beers.

Caged and corked 750 mL bottle. This one says 10%abv. Pours a dark burnt ruby brown color with a full smooth cream head. Nice patchy sticky lace.

Nose is wonderful, with rich warm grains and dark fruits. Notes of banana bread, pear, date and fig, and some toasty grains. A little alcohol wraps it all up neatly.

Taste very fully expands on the nose, with a nice sweet fruit bread overtone supported by plenty of grain and alcohol. Again, notes of fig and date, banana bread, pear, and plum. Nice bready middle, on the brink of fullness without being overdone. Finishes with some sweetness lingering and soft bread fading with alcohol warmth.

Feel is smooth and full, with a medium body and plenty of soft carbonation. Sweetness adds a mild syrupy feel to the body, but not unpleasant.

Not at all weak or thin, this dark ale is very satisfying and full with good fruit depth. Very well crafted, only lacking in drinkability due to strength of abv, and the sweetness that makes it great for sipping.

lightindarkness, May 06, 2008
Photo of BelgiumBill
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010, consumed July 16, 2011.

750ml caged bottle purchased at Costco for about $7

Poured at 43 degrees into a Duvel Tulip glass which yielded a 1.5 inch beige head. Beer was dark caramel in color and the head held up for several minutes, slowly receding leaving good lacing all around.

The fragrances were of sweet malts, raisins, banana bread, warm caramel syrup.

The flavors were of sweet raisins, caramel, brown sugar, molasses. The bottle said something about erring on the side of sweetness - they definitely did that. It was sugary sweet with dark candied fruit flavors in abundance. I got some of the banana and date bread but didn't pick up any apple as the bottle and other reviewers claim.

It was complex on the sweet end of the spectrum.

The mouthfeel was silky, lingering sweet, desert-like finish. I found the 11% alcohol to be barely noticeable unless you interpret the sweetness as alcohol. There was no alcohol drying or boozy effects (like I got with the Leviathan Quad).

Overall, exceptional so long as you are in the mood for sweet.

BelgiumBill, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of ToasterChef
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my tasting notes of a bottle dated 2009. The beer has a big soapy tan head. The liquid is clear and ruby colored. Great film and lace are left behind after each swirl. The aroma is sweet, with notes of dark chocolate and black cherries. Also present is some black licorice.

The flavor is quite big. Alcohol is noticeable, but it is tempered by some black cherry sweetness. Also produced by the malts are some crystallized brown sugar and/or molasses flavors. I can also taste some burst, woodsy flavors. It's all very complex. I think I taste quinine. There is a slight burn going down, but it isn't unwelcome.

The body is of medium consistency, but kind of syrupy. There isn't much carbonation. A sweet coat is left behind, but it isn't all that sticky. Long after I swallow I can taste and feel the alcohol left behind. A glass of water to accompany this beer would not be uncalled for.

For a strong Belgian dark, I find this beer to be very drinkable. The heat makes me think it would be better to consume it during the cooler months. I'll finish this 750ml, but it is certainly worth sharing if you think you may not like it (or want to consume that much strong beer at once).

ToasterChef, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008. And I must say that is quite the pretty bottle. Got a gusher here. Slightly fogged gold with a thick off-white head. Nose is sugars and citrus. Slight funk. Flavor is nice. Sugary citrus funk and a slight alcohol burning edge. But it doesn't really mess with things. Real rounded flavor profile. Feel has a smooth liquid touch and the carbonation is low. Extremely easy to drink. I don't really want to think about this one too much. I just want to sip, savor, and enjoy.

RblWthACoz, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich red-brown body. Light beige head. Quickly recedes leaving behind nice lacing.

S: Dark fruits. Raisins, figs, caramel, grape skins. An ever so slight hint of booze.

T: This delicious beer is defined by delicious dark, sweet fruits. Almost like a fig newton with prominent raisin and grape components. Slight caramel, chocolate, toffee malts.

M: Medium-full bodied. Clean carbonation. Rich.

D: This is a wonderful beer. A bit to rich to be more than a slow sipper. Can't wait to get this beer again every year.

callmemickey, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage poured into a chalice. The label says Grand Cru of the Emperor as opposed to the french translation. The percent by volume also says 10% as opposed to 11% which both this site and the brewery's official site list. Perhaps this was brewed specifically for the American marketplace?
Pours with a moderate head and is opaque deep deep red so that it's almost black; appears ruby red when held to the light.
Smells very much like quadruples I've had (this probably qualifies as one), and specifically reminds me of Three Philosophers by Ommegang.
The flavor profile is also like the afformentioned- dark fruit flavors, most noteabley prunes, raisins and dark, dark cherries. Very deep, dark and rich flavors, with a sweet malty mouthfeel and taste; similar to a dopplebock in finish with that lingering sweetness.
Alcohol is very well hidden in the taste but makes itself known through a warming of the cheeks.
Definately worth a try. I payed $9 for the 750mL bottle and I'd consider doing it again.

ommegangpbr, May 04, 2005
Photo of brewcrew76
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage

A - A deep ruby brown/mahogany with a thin off white head.

S - Sweet caramel, rum soaked raisins, spice, bready yeast and candy sugar.

T - Candy sugar and booze with some dark fruits, spice and rum soaked raisins.

M - Medium body with light carbonation, slightly sweet but with a nice dry finish.

D - Boozy but still extremely drinkable.

brewcrew76, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of tpd975
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice chestnut brown hue with tinges of red showing thru. No real head, basically flat looking. No lace either.

S: Nice big blast of dark fruit and sweet malt. Hints of brown sugar and booze.

T: Wow very nice. I really like this beer. Tons of ripe dark fruit. Bold charred brown sugar with hints of cinnamon, banana, and booze.

M: Medium in body, very smooth. Despite the lack of noticible carbonation this one is rather creamy.

D: Very, I really enjoyed sipping this one until the bottle was empty.

Wonderful beer, one of the best Belgian Strongs I have ever had.

tpd975, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL 2009 bottle poured into a snifter.

I have been meaning to try this for a few years and finally got around to picking up a bottle. Pours a deep, dark clear mahogany with a thick, dense tan head that appears to have an imaginary slight pinkish hue. Glass is coated sticky lacing and overall has nice retention but eventually fades a large bubbly cap. At cooler temperatures the aroma is rich with dark fruits, yeast, sugars, etc and is very pleasant but as it warms up the alcohol dominates and detracts from the nose. The mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer. Medium full, silky with light carbonation and a rich, sweet fruity finish. Like the nose, the flavors become dominated by alcohol as this beer warms up. Even when cold, flavors are dominated by ripe, dark fruits, sugars, caramel malt, light spices, occasionally tart and all of these flavors are intensified as it warms up. Overall, an amazing Belgian, probably should have let this sit a little longer and a little too sweet for my own personal tastes, but the amazing mouthfeel and carbonation nearly makes up for those points.

yourefragile, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of ark57
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 Vintage - I has cellared this particular beer for a little over a year and it has made a huge difference in it. Its cloudy, dark-ruby color is not much to look at, but that is the worst part of it. The aroma has vanilla, oak, and maple in the nose. The taste has more of the same plus other complexities. It is very smooth and finishes mellow. I wish there were more of these in my cellar.

ark57, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of instrumentality
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A label marked "Jaargang 2006" was wrapped around the neck, and unlike in the photo uploaded, the blue stripe running diagonally across the front label read, in English, "Grand Cru of the Emperor." Imported in Lorton, VA.

I had never heard of this beer and purchased it based on a recommendation from the liquor store manager. He had never tried it either but had heard it was good, so I was REALLY going out on a limb, especially at $10.99 for the bottle.

I poured this brew into a Stone IRS tulip glass. It emerged an opaque and very dark reddish brown with a 2 finger bubbly tan head that settled to a thick halo.

The first scent that hit my nose was that of alcohol. After swirling the glass a bit and straining to identify the odors, the first image that was conjured was that of candied plums, followed by caramel and toffee. Not terribly intense, but mouth watering nonetheless.

First sip: wow, very nice. This one starts off with that candied fruit sweetness, then evolves to carmelly, and finally settles into a warming mixture of alcohol and subtle hints of coffee. Yes, the alcohol definitely makes its presence known, but what can you expect at 11% ABV? It works well with the other flavors, countering the fruity/candy sweetness and making for a richer and more full-bodied drinking experience.

After several additional sips, the flavor continues to impress and bloom.

Mouthfeel is dominated by the burning of alcohol, and while its intensity is not uncomfortable, it is just strong enough to slightly detract from my drinking enjoyment. Again, the alcohol doesn't disrupt the flavor, just the mouthfeel. Outside of that minor flaw, everything else is fantastic: the carbonation is just right, and the finish is amazingly clean given the richness of flavor going in; clean enough to average out the mouthfeel to "good."

This is just an awesomely flavorful and comforting beer. After only consuming about half of one bottle, I can already say that this one definitely beats out Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Special Brown and takes over as my new favorite Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It actually reminds me a bit more of quadrupels like St. Bernardus 12 and Rochefort 10, and is almost as good.

That $10.99 for 750mL doesn't seem so bad anymore. I must get my hands on some more of these, some for immediate consumption with friends and some for storing. I bet after a year or two of cellaring, this beer would be bordering on perfect.

However, electing to select this beer for consumption while attempting to work from home was a bad idea. My head started getting fuzzy before I had even finished half the bottle.

instrumentality, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of jjanega08
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= Pours a dark brown not quite black color. The head is a one finger high off white color with some everage retention and some pretty nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Bubblegum comes to mind first. Loads of bannanas. There is a slight estery undertone as well as some nice caramel malts in it.

T= The taste is a lot of bubblegum and bannana. There's a little bit of a caramel malt taste to it. The yellowest bannanas in the world mixed with dubble bubble bubble gum. Put a little caramel in your mouth and you got this beer.

M= A nice thick mouth on this with a short lasting flavor that keeps you coming back.

D= Great beer. I would drink this again in a heartbeat. Worth every sip. A little different but what you want in a good Belgian. Worth seekng out.

jjanega08, May 25, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 750ml cork'n'caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Served just under cellar temp.

A: After removing the rather recalcitrant cork through the good old fashioned bite and pull technique, a slow, careful pour fills the tulip perfectly: beer up to the middle of the letters and creamy tan head everywhere else. The body is a shockingly clear persimmon hue, and the head demonstrates remarkably fine retention and leaves some frothy lace in patches around the sides of the glass. Stunning beverage - a little more lacing would have made it a perfect 5.

S: Big, bold, vinous aroma. I'm shocked at how much this reminds me of a light, spicy red wine more than a typical BSDA - the substantial alcohol throughout definitely helps bring out its winey side, but the real culprits are the notes of grape skins, plums, raisins, and pepper. Some candi sugar, molasses, and malt assert themselves at it warms, but the vinous nature remains noticeable. I like it, but it's not quite up there with my favorite examples of the style.

T: Much lighter on the fruit and heavier on the malt than the nose, with molasses, port, cocoa, and brown sugar all standing out. Dates and raisins are present as well, and everything is bound up in a finish redolent of fruity, lightly spicy booze - perfect for an 11% sipper. Amazingly smooth for the strength. Delicious beer.

M: Only one word comes to mind to describe the feel of this one: supple. The body is a little north of medium, and the moderate dose of velvety carbonation waits just long enough to makes its satisfying presence felt. Fabulous.

D: I'll be sipping on this 750 for a while, and that's fine with me. A bit boozy, but it's a style that definitely allows for that.

Notes: Great beer. At almost three years old, this bottle is holding up terrifically, and could probably have benefitted from more time still. If the store where I got this has more of this vintage, I'll definitely scoop them up. Otherwise, I may start setting up a vertical with more recent ones - I have to imagine that this beer would be a bit of a beast fresh out of the gate. I'll certainly be including it whenever I get around to doing a Quad/BSDA tasting - I'm curious to see how it would compare side by side with something like Pannepot, St. Bernardus 12, or Unibroue La Terrible.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Idler
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had the 2009 vintage, Christmas 2010. It's not Christmas beer, but I think that it is. This beer feels like a mouth full of liquid velvet, thanks to the unctuousness of the liquid and its myriad tiny bubbles. Divine. The aroma is fruity, vinous. The taste is complex, definitely, banana, dates and figs. Only its cloying over-sweetness (excessive caramel?) lets it down. Great with Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, or to send you off to the land of nod when a day with the relatives has been just too exacting.

Idler, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is fairly strong, malty and yeasty with an undertone of hard apple cider. Color is a clear, dark reddish brown with a thick, fluffy, light tan head. Flavor is malty with a hint of molasses and a fairly strong alcohol bite - not surprising since it has an alcohol content comparable to a barleywine. Texture has quite an edge to it, and the malty aftertaste has a little sweetness. An excellent Belgian, worth seeking out.

Cyberkedi, May 24, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark mahogany with ample cherry glints. The smallish, crackly off white cap is pretty shortlived. The aroma is rich caramel malts, raisins, field berries. An intense wall of malt hits in the first sip. Rum soaked Christmas cake, sangria, plum, cinnamon, vanilla and a million other flavors fill the palate. Hops are scarce, as is the lofty 11% ABV. Its amazing how well the booze heat is hidden. The mouthfeel is full bodied verging on viscous with a medium carbonation level. The finish is fruity with a light hop bitterness and a bit of herbal hop character.

Overall this is a sweet but not overly so beer. Lots of malt complexity and fruityness and the very high ABV is surprisingly (and dangerously) well hidden. Try this.

CAMRAhardliner, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a 2003 bottle from Old Town Liquor. Pours thick, clear, orange-brown, with very little head. Aroma is heavily candied fruits, sugars, and raisins. Taste is caramel and candied fruits, with strong malt and holiday spice. Syrupy feel with a slight alcohol burn. Very enjoyable beer, but only a bottle at a time.
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2007, on tap at Pizza Port, Solana Beach. Much better this time. hazy mahogany pour with a short white head. More sherry and plum aroma and taste. More vinuous. Lighter mouthfeel. Less syrupy sweetness. All around an excellent beer.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of cjacobsen
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sweemzander for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy brown with a slim, tan head on it. Slight reddish hints around the edges in the light.

Smells of dark fruits, cherry, lots of raisin. Plum was suggested.

There is a lot of flavor and it hits you big right out of the gate. The blend is flawless. Very fruity with plenty of sweetness to it. Blackberries and black cherry is prevalent. The alcohol is hidden very well.

There is a slight bite up front but its smoothes out well afterward.

The Belgians really know what they are doing. This brew has a hefty percentage attached to it, but it drinks very very easily. It was pretty filling due to the sweetness.

cjacobsen, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of n2185
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009, 2010, and 2011 bottles side-by-side.

Appearance:
2011--pours a clear ruby-mahogony with a finger of khaki head recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.
2010--pours a brown-mahogony with two fingers of khaki head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.
2009--slightly darker still, but other than that the same.

Smell:
2011--lots of dark, sweet fruits. Plums, raisins, dates, etc. There are also bubblegum aromas along with sweet apple notes. Slight alcohol aroma as well.
2010--similar to the 2011, lots of dark, sweet fruits along with a touch of bubblegum. There is a faint aroma of butter as well along with sweet breads and no alcohol presence.
2009--again, sweet dark fruits along with some bubblegum aromas. The sweet apple aromas return in this one as well with sweet bready aromas.

Taste:
2011--again, dark, sweet fruits. Plums, dates, raisins,etc. Sweet, bready flavors along with bubblegum follow. Slight alcohol burn.
2010--dark, sweet fruits again with only a hint of bubblegum. Sweet bready yeast flavors bring up the finish with a very slight bitterness and alcohol burn.
2009--again, dark fruits dominate with some bubblegum as well. Sweet bready and yeasty flavors on the finish with no real alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel:
2011--medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer manages to be both light and creamy
2010--medium body with higher carbonation, this beer is a lot drier than the 2011.
2009--similar to the 2010, this vintage manages to be light, crisp and creamy.

Overall:
2011--quite good. Sweet, but still light and tasty with only a slight alcohol presence to hint at its abv.
2010--very good, it actually seems less sweet than the 2011. Very tasty.
2009--also very tasty and crisp. Sweet and creamy, yet light and dry.

Ultimately, there isn't much sifference between the 3, but they're all very good. I prefer the 2009, but it's a very slight difference. It's just a bit smoother and not quite as sweet. Still, I think this beer could age well for 5+ years.

n2185, Oct 17, 2011
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,505 ratings.