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

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

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Ratings: 1366
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rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%


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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.05/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just a quickie today - lots of football to watch! And honestly, what guy doesn't like one every now and then? This is the 2009 version of the ale, btw...

Pours a dark amber, like dark maple syrup, with good carbonation. Two finger rocky head settles into a nice, short creamy head and leaves sheets of lacing. Nice. You can really smell the 11% ABV in here. Some other things apparent in the smell are sweet apple, some tart berry notes, like strawberry, and some minor metallic notes (which I don't like). Surprisingly subtle, actually. Whoa, the flavor is sweet. Like honey. It's slick and syrupy, but only slightly so. This will be cloying to many. The alcohol is very forward in this. Some other items in the flavor = fig, candy corn, and also a hint of blackberry jam. Very expensive at $11.99/750ml bottle. This is a novelty beer by all accounts.

What I like most: The nice looking pour and aspects of the crazy flavor profile.

What I like least: Price and excessive alcohol notes in the nose and flavor.

Verdict: Too expensive to be worth it, many better in the style can be found.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 20:27:44 | More by SolomonGrundy
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JDV

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at a tasting. Pours dark maroon with a thin beige head. Smell is dark fruit, bubble gum and is slightly vinuous in the nose as well. Taste is dark fruit, winelike and semi dry in the finish with some belgian candi-sugar. Medium to thin body and lightly prickly carbonation. A touch boozy, and pretty nice for the style, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 19:51:50 | More by JDV
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was the 2012 vintage that I got a glass of at a tasting. I've seen this on the shelves plenty and never bothered to pick one up, good thing. Dark brown almost black color. Smell is sickly sweet fruits and belgian yeast. Flavor is more of the same, a heavy melange of spices, fruits, sugary sweetness, just overwhelming. This was not bad it was just too much.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 01:03:09 | More by ArrogantB
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml corked and caged bottle with 2006 printed on the neck label. Poured a medium slightly hazy brown with a 1 finger head, OK longevity and lace. Aromas of candi sugar, sherry, dried fruits and somewhat yeasty and bready. The alcohol really comes through upon tasting. Its sweeter that I expected. Lots of sherry and dried fruit flavors but not as rich as is needed to tone down the 10% abv. If this beer was about 6 or 7% it would be awesome, but the alcohol is just too potent. It's going to be tough to down this 750 myself.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 01:42:48 | More by sabrills70
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bskrtz

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle poured to open beer challice. Served 'chilled' at approx. 55 degrees

A) Very dark brown, clear with small lacy head.

S) Like a bakery -- sweet bread, pie, cookie dough. A lot going on here. Hint of citrus and spice

T) Very sweet, brandy, sticky thick maple syrup. Malty with mild hops

M) A bit flat. Could use a bit more bottle conditioned fiz.

D) A tad too sweet for me

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 22:37:45 | More by bskrtz
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taigor

New York

3.28/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 2008 vintage bottle into chimay glass.

A - Poured dark brown color with huge head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Very boozy with earthy scents. Lots of sweetness, dark fruits, nuts, and bready aroma.

T - Alcohol just explodes at the start hiding almost everything else in this beer. Sweetness is followed and stays there towards the finish.

M - Full bodied with high carbonation.

D - Definitely a sipping beer with alcohol not masked at all. It dominates everything else. I would avoid this beer in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 13:14:26 | More by taigor
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a bottle at the Stuffed Sandwich in Los Angeles. It was served in a paper cup (!) as that's how they do it there. If you ever go there bring a glass... They said the bottle was >5 yrs old, and it was kind of small (25cl). The color was brown and it had a sweet sugary aroma.

The flavor was kind of wierd, almost like a sweet cough syrup. Honestly I don't think it was my style of beer. Maybe it tasted different when it was newer.

Maybe I'll try it again someday to see if it's different fresh.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 22:37:04 | More by TurdFurgison
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SaucyA

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2005.

A - Into da snifta. Pours a hazy, opaque brown with a wispy white head, made of of big bubbles. Kinda ugly. Bits of lacing but nothing standout.

S - Grape brandy, brown sugar, cinnamon, prunes, alcohol, Belgian yeasty goodness.

T - Booze, dark fruits like plums, raisins, cherries all make an appearance. Also a big molassesy, brown sugary sweetness. A wet cardboard staleness jumps in for a moment, and finishes quite sweet. REALLY sweet.

M - Should have more carbonation. My biggest gripe about the entire brew.

D - Cloying, plus lack of carbonation makes this rather unappetizing. Getting through this 750 is proving to be rather tough.

Notes: I had lowered my expectations after trying the Rood, but this didn't even meet those. It smells and even tastes good, but the lack of carbonation threw me off quite a bit.

I may blame this on a bad bottle, but I won't pay the price of admission on this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 21:44:29 | More by SaucyA
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mikedotnet

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark reddish-brown translucent body with very minimal head that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing and the carbonation looks a bit low.

S - Very sweet, fruity aroma; a very faint hint of alcohol. I can smell hints of plums and cherries, but they are very faint (even more so than the alcohol).

T - Not much to write home about, the taste is moderately sweet and has a bit of warmth at the end. There is absolutely no bitterness at all. This one is far from complex.

M - Surprisingly thin body and very little carbonation make this a bit unimpressive for me. It's not bad; just average.

O - This 2010 bottle isn't very impressive. It's not a bad beer, but just rather average. Reading some other reviews, it seems I may be in the minority with my opinion, but when compared to the various Trappist strong dark ales, this one just doesn't stand up.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 02:02:10 | More by mikedotnet
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Lupin

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pop the cork in a sink to be safe. Mine overflowed, but I had a glass ready and only lost about a half an ounce.

Wow.. I have to agree with anyone who said that the odor of bananas was profound. That's pretty much all I smell. This is going to be a sweet quaff.

Poured into a thin 12 oz pilsner. Head is pretty standard for the style. Minimal lacing. Thick, tiny bubbles. Head settles to about 1/4". Pours a little darker than the brown glass bottle.

First taste, my buds are inundated by the banana odor and I can think of nothing else. Phenols, yeast, sugar. Too sweet. Very thick. Malt and earthy fruits dominate this beer, as they should any belgian ale, but this is almost absurd. If you like that sort of thing, more power to you. The flavors are just a little too intense here, and they cling to the palate for a long time after you swallow a sip. Even swishing with water can't clean things off.

There is no need for me to have 750ml of this beer. Unless you are sharing this with someone else, there is no reason for you to do the same.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 00:40:12 | More by Lupin
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bashiba

Iowa

3.35/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a murky dirty brown with a thin off white soap ring head.

The smell has some nice belgian yeast notes along with hints of fig, raison, and plum with a touch of banana esters. Very sweet candy like.

The flavor is overly sweet to me, almost just a big blast of brown sugar and dark fruit, not much else going on.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and silky smooth.

Not real high on my list of Belgian Darks.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 00:18:40 | More by bashiba
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goatgoat

Arizona

3.38/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2008 on neck. Served in Chimay goblet.

Pours a clear dark ruby-brown. A finger's worth of tan head falls quickly. About half the glass is covered in sheets of foam that diminish to a fine lace.

Aroma is strong and prominent during the pour. Brown sugar and dark fruits. Doughy bread. Spice with a hint of clove. Heavy handed alcohol.

Flavor starts heavily sweet, syrupy, which is cut by spice. Alcoholic heat and dryness take over the finish. A medium light body but with a syrupy quality. Lively carbonation that is alternatively tamed by the syrup and distractingly prickly.

This is a tricky brew. Light, but sweet, coating, and filling. The alcohol and sweetness make it interesting for a glass, but wearying after that.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 00:47:14 | More by goatgoat
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marc77

California

3.43/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2002. Murky chestnut brown hue. Creamy beige head with homogenously sized bubbles. Intricate webs of lace remain. Vinous waft of sherryish fruit upfront in aroma tapers, allowing sugary dark caramel and clove to emerge. Hint of must and butter. Mellow banana esters surface as the beer breathes. Functional, but not overly enticing aromawise. Mild honey like sweetness hits the palate initially, then yields to a bitterish melange of bread crust and powdered baker's chocolate. Sweetness then resumes, this time of a clean, molasses tinged dark caramel nature. Herbal, clove phenol appears late, and detracts from the malt character, which had almost developed into a rich, carob undertone. Lightly bodied and well attenuated, but the paltry hop bitterness leaves overall balance well skewed towards malt sweetness. Finishes with a snap of clove laced sweetness, but otherwise dry and clean. It's certainly a flavorful brew, but residual and caramel malt derived sweetness clashed somewhat with the phenols, thus preventing greatness. This bottle was quite young. Definitely a beer worthy of cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 17:34:18 | More by marc77
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texashammer

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

very dark but shows red notes in light. extremely thick head. very pretty.
smells of candy sugar and earthy sweetness and alcohol. tastes like molasses. warming alcohol. some floral notes, and caramel, and more molasses.
mouthfeel is somewhat slick, very full and kind of syrupy. not something I'm terribly excited about.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 15:52:46 | More by texashammer
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. 2011 vintage.

Appearance - Pours a deep mahogany with a nice khaki head. Decent retention and some lacing. Looks quite nice.

Smell - Bananas, cherries, strawberries, and just a hint of caramel. Excessively fruity, but it's nice. Looking for a bit more depth from it.

Taste - Wow, it's sweet and extremely fruity. Tons of banana and cherry. Again, not much depth to the caramel, but it's got a tremendous amount of sugar in it. Sweet and boozy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and thick. Boozy with medium-low carbonation. The sweetness makes it quite sluggish.

Overall - It's got good flavors but so much sweetness and booze that it's not quite a good beer. Above average at best. I'm surprised by the reviews. Perhaps this needs time to mellow.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:36:16 | More by Alieniloquium
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ojiikun

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage. Shop also had the 2001, but it was twice the price.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip glass. Body is a deep reddish-brown, and suprisingly clear with a bit of suspended particulate matter. No fogging whatsoever. Head was off-white and dissipated slowly but steadily.

Smell has lots of up-front booze and an incredible amount of old brandy oak. There is a bit of a bacterial lambic-ish fruity smell as well. Minor notes are of caramel and raisins.

Taste is at first sour then immediately sweet, then with another bit of sour at the end. Initial brandy notes continue, along with good dark german bread. The sour notes of the smell develop into cherry and currant as the sweetness comes into play. What hops are there are all herbal, no bitter or floral notes of which to speak. Belgian funk goes without saying for the style. I suspect a bit of spontanious fermentation in this vintage, that lactic smell is just signature.

Mouthfeel is aggressive thanks to good, strong carbonation and high ABV. The constant balance between sweet and tart is a bit much at times, but the best parts of the flavour that hide inside each sip are enough to keep you going.

I realized about halfway thru the first glass that I am drinking this beer MUCH too early. 9 months wasn't long enough for this beer to really finish conditioning. The flavours are all there and are brilliant, but they haven't yet come together in a way that only age can bring.

I will have to grab another 2006 while they're cheap and put it away for two years, and update accordingly. I think this could be an incredible icon of the grand cru world, given it's time.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 07:13:40 | More by ojiikun
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crnipeter

Slovenia

3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, 2008.

Appearance: as expected from the style.
Smell: sugar. Taste: sugar. A very single-layered brew lacking complexity and subtleness. Great for birthday occasions: I was stunned by sugary might of this beer, against which cake's sweetness has no chance of prevailing.
Towards finish gets syrupy like anti cough medicine for children.
Alcohol is barely noticeable and the beer is easily drinkable, both probably due to high level of sweetness.

Guys at Het Anker should realize that art of brewing is more than just adding tons of sugar to the ingredients.

Overall, not a bad brew, but definitely not worthy to be put among giants like Chimay Blue or Rochefort 8. Its average rating of 4.3 is way to much.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 15:08:11 | More by crnipeter
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midaszero

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudly blood amber body with little bit of off white head and a little lacing

S - Thick molasses spices with sweet dark fruit

T - Spices, raisins, and sweetness

M - Medium thick body with light carbonation

D - Pretty enjoyable and easy to drink but to strong to session

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 22:50:10 | More by midaszero
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2000.
Hazed chocolate cranberry color. Yeast pours adds chunks of globular sediment. Looks like the contents of a broken lava lamp. Thin, wispy tan head.
Overpowering nose of raisins, shoe polish and rubbing alcohol. Some of the more subtle fruit and spice notes get trampled underfoot, but are noticed in the periphery.
Taste falls along the same line. Raisins are noted first, and continue to linger throughout. Large amounts of toffee/butterscotch. Fairly resembles scotch in some of the alcohol tones. More in taste than perceived strength. Some subdued pear juiciness is recognized. There is a plastic flavor that stays steady for the duration, serving as a major distraction and seems to eat up all the spices. Powdery chocolate hues enter towards the finish. Yeast pours turns this softer and breadier. Rides out with residual prunes notes.
Decent, yet nothing remarkable in the mouth. Yeast helps bolster a slightly thin texture.
ABV% is well hidden, as it should be.
While this is decent, and somewhat interesting, a few critical flaws keep this from being anything special.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 22:45:09 | More by cokes
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dgallina

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml 2004 edition. Sampled April 2005. Pours a deep cloudy brown with small tan head which diminishes quickly and leaves light lace. Smells of sweet candi malts, dark fruit, and vinous alcohols. Tastes quite sweet. Lots of sticky malt sweetness on aged, port wine-like base. Slightly dry and yeasty finish. Quite syrupy in the mouth, with only a slight prickle of carbonation. Not a bad beer by any means, but too sweet for my palate and lacking any significant layers of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 01:23:09 | More by dgallina
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david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if this is a new brewery. It seemed to have popped up out of nowhere. I saw the beer on tap at my local and now it's available in numerous varieties at numerous beer stores.

Strong Dark is not my favorite Belgian style but this is pretty good considering. Very strong in flavor, a little lighter than expected in color, more coffee than chocolate, great carbonation, decent aroma. I'm looking forward to trying some of their other varieties.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 15:34:32 | More by david18
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JustinOSU99

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark Amber, short head that quickly dissolves.
S: Strong caramel smell with hints of toffee, malts and smoke.
T: Very strong maple syrup taste that isn't something I particularly enjoy. Can definitely taste the high alcohol content.
M: A little too carbonated and thick for my liking.
D: Would only have one of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 02:55:39 | More by JustinOSU99
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RyanPB

New York

3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was thrilled to have this, especially after the Kwak I had two days ago that was God awful (similar beers, for those who don't know, but avoid the Kwak like death). Poured with a slight 1/4 inch head. Balanced taste, with the hoppiness undercutting the sweetness, but a nice a finish. Very drinkable, and I could certainly see buying it again later on.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 22:15:24 | More by RyanPB
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Flachs

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a great beer to drink. I just know what I like and this us one that works for me. I liked the way it pored into my tulip glass. At first it was a little over powering but as I got further into the beer it turned out great? Will be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 00:38:02 | More by Flachs
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Yesac

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

2007 Vintage - Let this brew warm up before consuming it gets much better.

A - Pours a solid dirty brown. Off brown head. Some debris is poured out as well.

S - Strongextra sweet caramel on the nose. Caramel middle. Strong alcohol, Belgian yeast, some biscuity hints

T - Along with the smell, a strong caramel taste, roasted malts, brown sugar, and some alcohol burning. Reminds me of a Rochefort 8. I'm not keen on such a strong alcohol taste though.

M - Excellent mouthfeel, not sticky and

D - Very sweet caramel overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 20:35:20 | More by Yesac
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,366 ratings.