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

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Reviews: 862
Hads: 1,712
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 231
Gots: 292 | FT: 16
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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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Reviews: 862 | Hads: 1,712
Photo of Lupin
3.38/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.38/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
3.39/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of marc77
3.41/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.43/5  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.

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Photo of texashammer
3.43/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.46/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dgallina
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of midaszero
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
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

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Photo of RyanPB
3.51/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of atpben
3.51/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured 2008 bottle into a Duvel glass. Appearence of dark reddish brown with a rather quickly dissipating head. Aromas of mostly raisins and dates with light brown sugar. Quite sweet in the taste. Tastes of mostly raisins and brown sugar. Has a long sweet finish that lingers for a while (the best aspect of the beer). I think this beer will pair well with Creme Brulee. I couldnt have more than one glass in a sitting. Not bad.

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Photo of Flachs
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of Yesac
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of JustinOSU99
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. 2007 vintage served at 53 degrees in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured a hazy mahogany with a half inch, loose, off-white head that quickly dissipated into a broken skim and a band that coalesced around the shoulders. Nose is vinous, with lots of dark fruit (figs and plums) and a slightly caustic alcohol nose that somewhat drowns out the other characteristics. Taste follows nose, but there's also a hint of chocolate in the mix, as well as an artificial sweetener quality, toffee and a buttery character. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth, even carbonation. I've been looking forward to trying this one for a while, but I have to say that I was a little let down. The alcohol is a little too forward and it definitely crosses the line between complex brew and muddled mess. Probably my least favorite offering from this brewery.

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Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one pours a dark brown with a good, tan head that that is slow to fade. The carbonation is high and it continues in sheets of bubbles long after the pour. The aroma is heavy in overripe and dried fruits with a noticeable alcohol presence. The body is very sweet, almost cloying and heavy in the overripe bananas and raisins. Perhaps it woudl be a tad better if it were dried out a touch, but it’s possible the alcohol would be too strong and unbalance the beer that way.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours dark ruby red with a hint of haze, light tan creamy head and good lace left behind.

S-the nose brings lots of bready malts, notes of diacetyl, toffee and caramel behind, a good bit of anise, rum soaked cherries in the back.

T-follows the nose, bready malts, diacetyl, toffee and caramel, anise, rum soaked cherries in the back.

M-smooth and creamy on the palate, chewy and full body, good carbonation and nice crisp finish.

D-seems to be a bit of a mess and shows a good bit of alcohol in the back. also has a fair amount of diacetyl. must need age or something imo.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.62/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Sort of a orange/golden/amber color beer with a little haze and some pretty good active carbonation. The head poured huge and is still about a finger tall. Way to light and foamy, though the bottle does call it a blonde.

S: Vanilla, a little fruit, particularly bananas. Also just a little of that standard Belgian smell. Though you know, there is almost just the slightest hotness of alcohol to the smell. And it's not that strong.

T: Taste is pretty identical to the smell, though no alcohol. Very smooth, but I wish it was more hard hitting. I don't find it particularly dark or hard, but the bottle's description was accurate enough. I don't know, I'm not finding a lot to say about this beer, I'm just not finding much there. Maybe there's some corriander or something that I'm getting just at the very end.

M: Kinda has a little bit of carbonationy sharpness to it. But other than that, nothing to complain about, sort of thick, but not heavy? Does that make sense?

D: Drinkable, but not very high drinkability to me. Much too light, though the ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of marksto
3.62/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with a reddish tinge when held to light. Medium tan head, large effervescent bubbles stream the sides of the glass to maintain a light froth on top.

Aroma displays lots of esters and some phenolics. Bubble gum, dark fruit, and sweet malt all interplay nicely. Flavor displays strong bubble gum phenolics, along with significant sweetness and cherry-like fruit. Some alcoholic flavors in the background as well.

I find the phenolics in this one a bit overpowering - would like to see more complexity and balance with other flavors. This is a very highly rated beer and it was not as good as I had expected. Overall, certainly a good Belgian dark but I believe there are better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of papat444
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

***2014 Vintage***

Best before 02/04/2024.

Opaque brown body. ecru colored head with a bit of lacing but not as much as i would expect from a Belgian ale of this pedigree. Smell of dried fruits and chestnuts. Getting a real nutty flavor mixed with dark fruits, a bit sweet. The feel isn't really full and while good, it ends a bit too abrupt. I expected more from this one and have to admit to being disappointed.

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Photo of WTexas
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jaargang 2008 served from a 750ml bottle into chalice.

Poured a medium mahogany color with an insubstantial light tan head, though it did retain some nice lacing. Initially smelled of figs and currants though later I detected a woody scent. Easy to drink with little to no alcohol detected despite the advertised 11% abv. Taste was on the thin side -- not a lot of complexity while in the mouth or after swallowing. Easy on the pallet but harder on the wallet.

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Photo of themind
3.66/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok this is a well crafted beer. Has a slight kinda sour aspect to it and had a broad flavor profile. I really cant narrow it down, almost slightly sweet. Has very good carbonation and the taste is good. It's very different, then again I just drank an Everett which was Legendary. All in all this is a good beer and worth drinking.

Bottom Line: Well made beer!

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
95 out of 100 based on 862 ratings.