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

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Ratings: 1,421
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 168
Gots: 184 | FT: 11
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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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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this at my cousin's birthday shindig on 8/7 -taken from notes. The 750 was poured chilled into a goblet.

The color is a deep brown color w/ beige crown, there are reddish hues visible when held to the light -the clarity is translucent bordering on opaque. The cap of beiges leaves streaks on the glass that cling as lace. The aroma is full and fruity with slight alcohol note and caramel on first whiff. The sweet candy-like dark fruit odor is dense with gentle hints of toffee and subtle belgian yeast which gives a slight spice accent w/ mild toasted nutty aroma with slight alcohol presence into the first sip. The feel is thick and viscous with plenty of residual sugar drenched texture with the malt sweetness dominating the feel somewhat and the light alcohol tinge with subtle woody texture and mild caramel creaminess.

The feel is less appealing than the taste which carries a nice spice flavor with gentle cinnamon and come cocoa from the malt which also provides a light biscuit element and a mild flavor of apple from the yeast with mild molasses tinges and slight grainy flavor with some dark sugar notes in the the later sips as it nears cellar temperature. The flavor becomes more alcoholic and spicy as it warms with some slight cedar elements and mild medicinal tinges which augment the deep molassess quality from the malt. I enjoyed this -it was certainly a nightcap beer for me -the intensity at 11% makes that seem a reasonable statement and it displays some of the abv in the flavor and aroma which detracts from an otherwise top quality quad.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 20:01:57 | More by Slatetank
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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle
Pours muddy, dark amber/brown. Saw some red at the end of the glass as well. Volumous white head boils down to a small cap. Malt aroma is like a dark and wet forest - woodsy. Alcohol scent present, with some noticeable yeasty sweet aromas. The taste is initially fruity yeast that is very light on the tongue due to the incredible carbonation. Alcohol is present thoughout, with a woodsy flavor appearing. No bitterness - hops hardly discernable. The aftertase is smooth, light and malty. Mouthfeel is strongly malt and especially yeast emphasized - a chewy intricate brew! Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 06:41:12 | More by BrewMan82
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(2008 bottling) Simple, presentable one finger of light brown micro-foam, more lacing than expected, very credible. Offers a red-brown base color with an orange tinge, you can easily see the steady streams of bubbles which reinvigorate the head. The sweetness in the nose is consistent and stays within bounds, mix of poached apricots, maraschino cherry, golden raisins, caramelized brown sugar, glazed nuts and cinnamon stick, looks more for balance and follow-through than any one big thrust. Full-bodied, there's a broad, creamy foaminess to support the concentration and prevent heaviness. Here the caramel, molasses, brown sugar leads clearly into the cherry, apricot, peach, pear fruit, less emphasis on raisin or fig. At times you get banana notes. Serves up nutmeg, cinnamon spice with a hint of clove. Some licorice too. Retains that creamy texture to extend the finish. Even with its relatively high density easy to quaff.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 01:28:36 | More by farrago
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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this based solely on the reviews I read on Beeradvocate.

A: rich thick head that lasts and lingers. Significant carbonation that makes it difficult to pour this without foaming over the edges of the glass. Dark dark beer that has a redish hue when held up to the light.

S: sweet with hints at a very complex beer fruity but malty with a mere suggestion of the alcohol.

T: A very pleasing flavor but not as complex as I had hoped for based on the appearance and smell. I cannot get past the very pleasing flavor. This is what a dark belgian ale should taste like.

M: the carbonation hides any alcochol burn. It is not as thick as I would have expected based on the dark rich appearance.

D: This is a very drinkable beer.

A very good experience. I will buy more.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 04:29:45 | More by NoHipTee
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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008, 750ml, served in a tulip

A - Pours dark brown with just a hint of red that comes through in the right light. The light tan head tops out at well over an inch. Shows good retention. It eventually settles to a nice thick cap. Lacing is moderate.

S - Dark fruit comes through first. Raisin and fig come to mind. Some dark bread and alcohol aromas have a showing about midway. Sweet spice pops in at the end - cinnamon and brown sugar.

T - Wow. I can see why this beer is so highly respected. Big dark fruit flavors - raisin, plum, and cherry. Very bready in the middle. Getting granola and toasted bread crust. Alcohol is present through out but does not get in the way of the other flavors. A heavy spiciness pushes through the tail end. This is a very tasty brew.

M - Fuller bodied with a little too much carbonation. Given time to warm, this issue will correct itself for the most part. Finish is sweet and shows a nice warmth from the alcohol.

D - Drinkability is good. This is a very well rounded Belgian ale. The only real flaw is a light over carbonation. All other aspects of this brew are very nice. The 11% stays out of the way and only adds a nice subtle heat throughout. Het Anker has something special with the Cuvée Van De Keizer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 01:30:45 | More by csmiley
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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had the beer for a little while now, and it says that it is the 2006 vintage on the neck of the bottle. I have been pretty anxious to try this beer, and now seems like a good time.

Appearance: Pours a mostly cloudy reddish brown color with a small 1/8" head of tan bubbles that fades pretty quickly back into the beer. I didn't pour it aggressively at all, but there are quite a few bubbles rising to keep the surface of the beer turbid...but none of them stick really.

Aroma: I got a lot of sweet malt and spices at first with a defined dark cherry fruitiness. There are some woody notes in here and some vanilla to boot. I don't see that it was wood aged in the description, but it sure smells like it. There is lots of sweetness in this beer and I get a variety of sugars noticeable as it warms up some.

Taste: This beer has a very bold flavor. The woodiness that I got in the aroma isn't apparent in the flavor. It is really sweet and malty with a bold spiciness from the alcohol, and plenty of sticky mouthfeel to keep the palate at bay while the alcohol comes in and torches the back of the throat...not to be noticed for a few minutes after the sip. There is a whole lot of fruitiness in this beer, and it circles with complexity the entire sip. The finish is up to the malt and alcohol, and I really don't get any hops to speak of at any point. The burn that sets in late in the finish is quite aggressive, and bordering on hot.

Opinion: This is a really nice beer, and is wonderfully complex. The alcohol is a bit much for me, and I wish that it was a bit more subtle. Other than that, it has a really nice depth of flavor and doesn't leave you wanting for anything...except maybe a glass of water to keep the palate fresh between sips. Either way, I have never been disappointed with a beer from Gouden Carolus, and this is no exception. I really like their tripel, but this is a fine brew nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 23:04:07 | More by SkeeterHawk
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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottle. Opaque mahogany pour with little off-white head. Aroma of fig, peat smoke and cinnamon. Deep rich malt flavor with a slight ester character, dark fruit, nutmeg and spices. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

Note: I have a few various ages of this beer now and it tends to develop a very nice sipping spicy, boozy fruit quality right around the 2 year old mark which seems to be the best IMO.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 19:57:46 | More by punkrkr27
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North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ML bottle poured into a snifter . vintage 2011.

pours a darker brown color with a very light head. smell is very sweet and the taste is even sweeter. strong raisin / fig taste. i wasn't expecting this to be so sweet, but it's a very nice surprise. tastes more like a quad. alcohol is very well hidden, i'd guess this was an 8%er as opposed to the 11% ABV. overall obviously this one is a sipper but one i'd seek out again. i'd like to try different years to experience the difference aging makes.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 01:46:11 | More by Axnjxn
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 2009 vintage 750 ml poured into a sambuca snifter

A: Brown syrup sugar with slight yellow on the bottom, a decent brown head that does not stick around but leaves a thin covering on top with nice lacing on the side.

S: Caramel, malt, apples, syrup and dough.

T: Caramel, fruity, apple, doughy, finishes syrupy.

M: Heavy though with carbonation, finishes a little thick on the throat.

D: Thick with a lasting taste in the back, lots of flavor and high alcohol does limit how much one can drink of this beer.

Overall: What a beer! I tried it to soon, it has a lot of potential. I couldn't stop myself from trying it and it was still delicious. It has a lot going on and is as complex as some great wines.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 01:49:21 | More by ianjsullivan
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Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is, indeed, a beer fit for a king — as the name suggests.

It poured from a 750 mL bottle into my goblet a chestnut colour with a bubbly, compact one-finger head that formed a creamy ring. The brown colour was only slightly tinged with some ruby highlights, though not so much to make it resemble cola.

Underneath a dominant alcoholic aroma laid a complex mix of sweet brown sugar, powdery yeast, cinnamon and a medicinal smell not unlike cherry cough syrup.

On the palate, the sugar flavour took on a burnt, carmelized character. Also bubblegum and more sweetness from a syrupy port taste. Spice, too, with some cinnamon and nutmeg flavours. Overall, very sweet like a tripel and only the slightest alcoholic burn — amazing for 11 per cent ABV.

Tiny bubbles let you know the carbonation is there, but they didn't break up the smooth, easy-drinking texture. I downgraded the drinkability slightly only because I found the sweetness a bit overbearing after awhile.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 03:28:29 | More by vanrassel
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gouden Carolus Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw has a cloudy dark brown colour and a cream-coloured head that starts out about 5 mm thick and fades to excellent lacing (especially considering the ABV). The smell is very malty with a hint of toffee and alcohol. The taste is very sweet, dark and fruity. The finish is extremely smooth and sweet. There may be a hint of sourness there too. The texture is thick and slightly syrupy. This is a very nice and very strong Belgian. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 02:28:36 | More by vandemonian
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 ounce bomber, corked-and-caged, opened and poured into my New Belgium Globe glass.

A: Pours a deep hazy murky shade of brown, with a big luscious light brown head on top, thick and full, two fingers worth. Picture-perfect.

S: Rich notes of raisins, dates, and other dark fruits... maybe toffee as well. All done at a fairly strong volume.

T: Taste follows the nose. This is a very sweet beer. Candied sugars seem to dominate, but yeasty breadiness couples with toffee nicely underneath. Flavors of dark fruits don't shine through as well on the taste as they did the nose.

Despite it's dry finish, this is certainly not a "balanced beer". It leans towards the sweet side, yet for some reason it's really working for me here.

M: Very light and creamy in the mouth, and finishes with plenty of dry tongue-coating, leaving me wanting more.

D/O: As I worked through the 22-ouncer, the sweetness began to wear on me. It's a good beer, but I think I only really enjoy it in smaller quantities.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 03:40:09 | More by psuKinger
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a fantastic brew.

After a round or two this gives off a great smell of cherry.

Smell is of cherry and wood like.

Taste Again with with the cherry and woodlike taste.

The mouthfeel is almost dry.

D - While this is a bit expensive for a bottle you get a lot so is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 07:28:06 | More by Casey10
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy brown color with some copper highlights. Short 1" head slowly falls to a surface foam.

Smell: general sweetness from molasses, honey, and caramel. Some alcohol is detectable by the nose.

Taste: sweetness dominates but does not offend. Brown sugar, raisins, prunes, molasses, honey, hint of licorice, mild alcohol, and a soft bitterness are all easily detectable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth at the start, and the finish leans towards syrupy. Sweetness lingers well into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: very enjoyable slow sipper, but the alcohol reminds you this can be a dangerous brew if several glasses are consumed. This is a must find and try.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 14:31:31 | More by Gavage
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 vintage at 8.5%.

A: Deep amber-brown, light tan head, great retention & lace.

S: Candy floss fruityness, toffee, caramel, bubblegum.

T: Spicy cider, pineapple, brandy, warming alcohol (but not overly assertive), phenolic. Plenty of byproducts from the Belgian yeast, which haven't been tamed with time. Very 'Belgian'.

M: Moderate to full body, moderately high carbonation. Well attenuated & digestable (as a Belgian should be).

D: The yeast character is a little overbearing... I think the fermentation temperature was a little high for my liking.

Thanks for the sample sammy!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 03:17:17 | More by Derek
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally typing up a review of this Belgian classic.

Dark mahogany body, creamy head. Bubblegum, toffee, and praline on the nose. Flavor is complex and unique. Boozy toffee malt then a gang of flavors that do not fit the appearance. Esters are reminiscent to a good hefe: clove, mace, banana even. Brown sugar sweetness may be over the top for some. Creamy smooth texture.

One of those beers you can can sit down with and really inspect the rainbow of flavors. It is a bit sweet for me, but that said, an incredible beer. The interesting mix of flavors could best be described as the love child of a Belgian Quad and a German Hefe.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 15:11:39 | More by BradLikesBrew
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #100! Served on tap in a 9oz snifter. Never had this one and saw it on tap, even better.

A- Van De Keizer came to me with a very faint off white head that eventually left the building. The color is a mixture of dark red and brown really giving off a maroon color almost mahogany like. Very dark all around.

S- Cuvee gives off some vinious scents with dark fruits and some grapes present. Some burnt sugars as well as roasted malt. More brown sugar with warming as well as molasses and a hint of vanilla. Raisins as well as cinnamon and pear come through with time.

T- Wow, now this is a well rounded BSDA. A lot of the dark fruit comes through initially with apple and pear following and brown sugar. A lot of sweet malts in the middle as well as figs dates and cinnamon. The 11% is well masked but alcohol does make an appearence. A bit of clove and banana.

M- Very smooth with a creamy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Liked the way the fruit appeal stuck around for a bit. This 11%er gave off some warming hints which was expected. You get the whole array of flavor from the smallest coating the mouth. Medium to full bodied. Thick and full flavored, good stuff.

D- 11%, you kidding me. A night time beer for sure. The 9oz serving I had was a good size portion for a beer this complex. I would never think of drinking a whole bottle to myself, even though i would like to try a bottle to compare. I was not impressed with Het Ankers Noel offering but this restored my faith in this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 17:09:29 | More by BARFLYB
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt caramel color with a pouffy beige head that leaves shards of lace

Smell: All kinds of phenols wafting around - rum raisin, butterscotch, pecans, maraschino cherries

Taste: Starts with a dance of toffee and maraschino cherry flavors that builds in yeasty complexity, mid-palate; after the swallow, a cotton candy sweetness kicks in, to be joined by rum soaked golden raisins in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: As big and complex as any of the Belgians, the sweetness factor limits its drinkability to a modest amount after dinner

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 18:58:20 | More by brentk56
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown in color with a large, creamy tan colored head. Head disappears a little quickly and leaves some sticky lacing along the side of the goblet. Smell is of belgian candied sugar and some sweet malt. The taste on this beer resembles somewhat of chimay at first then other flavors come in and almost overpower. Figs, raisins, molasses, almost overpowering... but good. Medium to full bodied makes this a sipper with a slight warming presence. At 11% this is a nice heavy beer that I am intimidated to finish since I work early tomorrow, but I think I will enjoy it!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 02:14:44 | More by genog
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with some ruby hues in the light. A half inch light tan head sits on top and lingers with nice retention leaving some good lacing behind.

The aroma is quite nice. A good bit of fruit, raisins and dates. It's kind of boozey as well with some phenolic action going on. I'm diggin it.

The taste is nice. Pretty malt forward, and it hides some of those beautiful fruit notes from the nose. Caramel like and fairly boozey on the finish. Fruit tones are there, raisin dominates but some of the delicate notes from the nose are nowhere in sight. Some medicinal qualities are also present. A really tasty beer nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. I really enjoy the mouthfeel.

Drinkabilty is moderate. This bottle has a little age on it and it's still boozey, I wonder how aggressive it would be fresh. It's a good tasting beer and I love the mouthfeel though. Definitely a nice sipper, especially on a cool evening. Consider me a fan.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 20:12:02 | More by Goliath
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New York

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one and a half fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two to three minutes and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of dark fruits, spices, Belgian yeast, sweet fruity malts, and molasses. Smells really great, no signs of alcohol at all.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, Belgian yeast, molasses, spices, fruity malts, molasses, and some alcohol. A nice complex Belgian taste.but it is 11% ABV afterall.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

d - A very good Belgian dark ale. It smells really great and has a great mouthfeel. The smell and taste are very complex and enjoyable; I wish there was a little less alcohol in the taste but at 11% ABV what can you do. None the less a great beer I've had several times and will certainly have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 00:08:44 | More by mdfb79
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours dark brown but clear with a huge tan head that quickly dissipates to leave a thin layer of foam and nicely sticky head.

S: cloves, earthiness, sweet malt, and apple. Maybe some tobacco in there.

T: huge taste with spicy yeast up front, then fruitiness and sweet malt followed by a slight crisp bitter taste at the end along with more malt. It's fairly sweet.

M: medium-heavy body with very good carbonation that pops once in your mouth. The carbonation hides the sweetness well for a while.

O: very good beer, but tough to drink half of the bomber. I'd grab it again some time, even at $8 per bottle or whatever it was. The sweetness I got from this 2011 version kept this beer from being absolutely fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 00:43:56 | More by Holland
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt copper hue which leaves a one finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is really strong boozy alcohol and i mean strong with also raisins soaked in brandy and xmas pudding,the mouthfeel is like a liquid pudding its thick and fullfilling with tastes of cherry brandy,raisins,candied figs,brown sugar,port,apple crumble and the finish is like a nice port sweet,warming,dry and very boozy and overall this one bottle is more than enough thank god i didnt get a 6litre but its a great Xmas drop in my eyes and palette cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 03:26:33 | More by ADZA
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New Mexico

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - a really nice dark brown caramel color with a cafe late-colored head on top. Some nice bubbles as well.

S - caramel, brown sugar, spice, raisins and dark fruit. Malt sweetness.

T - everything in the nose is here, with a little more sweetness than expected. This sweetness fades a bit as the beer warms, which is a good thing.

M - really nice carbonation and flavors that leave my palate wanting more.

D - the only thing that will slow me down is the 11%. Otherwise, I could drink this baby all night.

Really nice Belgian dark ale here. One of the best I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 23:55:08 | More by GabrielM
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2009

Pours a very dark, burnt brown with a one inch head.

Rich dark fruits in the nose, light booze. Very Port-like.

Huge dark fruits, very sweet. A slight earthiness.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel. This is a big one. Light carbonation and heavy booze and all the flavors coat your mouth and stay for long after a sip.

Thick, syrupy, and delicious. A nightcap sipper and should be shared with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 07:27:23 | More by dbmernin83
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,421 ratings.