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

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BA SCORE
96
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1,436 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 177
Gots: 191 | FT: 12
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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flagmantho

Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 15:02:17 | More by flagmantho
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bark

Sweden

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

Vintage 2005.

The liquid is somewhat cloudy; the colour is deep, deep amber. The low foam looks nice with the beige colour, the fine lacing and the small bubbles. There are more bubbles in the liquid than I have seen in any other beer.

A note of cacao/dark chocolate dominates the semi-sweet smell. I found a particular rum-flavour that usually indicates that the beer is matured on wooden casks and a sweet note of dried fruits (raisins).

The taste is sweet and creamy with a complex of dried fruits, raisins, strong wine and caramel sauce. There is no bitterness at all. It finishes with a strong flavour of dark, matured rum. The aftertaste is sweet with a dry, almost roasted touch of raisins and creamy chocolate.

The carbonation is gentle with small bubbles; the mouthfeel is creamy.

I have some friends that are almost religious when it comes to this beet. OK, it is a very fine Belgian ale, but not exceptional. Maybe it needs some more time to mature?

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 15:10:44 | More by bark
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

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

Wow I wish I picked up more then one bottle of this. Pours a dark reddish brown with good head. Tastes on the sweet side, with dark fruits and brown sugar coming through. Incredibly easy to drink for being 11% alcohol. I was really suprised by that, no burn what so ever. This is one of the better belgian strong dark ales I have had in awhile. Delicious stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 03:22:39 | More by WeedKing4
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raoulduke37

California

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

I tried the Het Anker Gouden Carolus Noel on tap at Toronado and that one was certainly a treat. Gouden Carolus D'Or does not fall far behind. Careful when pouring from a bottle, lots of head.

Appearance - Beautiful Spiced Peach Color

Smell - Syrupy, smelling of ripe fruit.

Taste - Superb, no doubt about it: Sour Apple initially followed by Caramel and other sweet, malty flavors. Your burps will taste good.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, with very little hops except for up front. Slight tingle in the middle of your tongue on the way down.

Drinkability - I think someone before said "scary." Definitely. Delicious, alcohol flavor is disguised but abv is high so beware.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 05:21:42 | More by raoulduke37
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a 75cl bottle into a chalice
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: A careful pour yields a 2 finger, medium looking, off-white head with great retention. Rosewood red or seal brown in color with very little carbonation evident. Head fades very slowly and eventually settles into a thick foam cap that clings to the sides of the glass. A good foam cap remains until the end and leaves some good lacing down the glass. Good looking brew.

SMELL: A big, enticing nose on this one. Dark and caramel malts with lots of fruits and spicy yeast notes. Plumbs, dates, grapes and some red cherries in there. Some sweet brown sugar and spicy yeast notes with pepper, coriander and even oregano is worked in there really well. Great stuff.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness up front with lots of fruits and spices. Raisins, dates and plumbs, with a noticeable dose of red cherries again, brown sugary sweetness, moving into a spicy yeast finish. Coriander, pepper and oregano make an appearance once more, as well as some light, bitter dark chocolate that tries to balance out the fruity and sugary sweetness. Aftertaste is bold and lingers nicely on the palate. Really enjoyable, and just a touch more bitterness after the swallow would give it the perfect score it otherwise deserves.

PALATE: Medium body and medium, soft carbonation. Creamy on the palate, lighter as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. A bit of a bite at the swallow and some heat lingers. Perhaps a little more weight in the feel would have given the support to push the flavors over the edge.

OVERALL: Really flavorful and enjoyable, but could have used a touch more bitterness after the swallow. A slightly heavier feel would have added a touch as well. Still, these are minor points, as this is a world-class brew for sure and I’m not surprised it gets such high scores on this site. Worth drinking lots of, and worth tracking down if it isn’t distributed to your area, especially if you’re a fan of the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 15:05:01 | More by Jeffo
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goschool

California

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

I first tried this beer at Bohemian Caverns in Washington, D.C. when I was getting into craft after my 21st birthday. One of the regulars gave me a chalice full of the bottle he was drinking from (I don't know why he drank it from the bottle), which I loved for the taste and for the novelty of a $20 beer brewed once a year. I never saw, or noticed (I had forgotten what it was until semi-recently), this beer around LA until tonight when I was checking out the Belgian section of Whole Foods.

2005 edition. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. The off-white to tan head starts off at about two fingers and fades to a small ring of lace. The nose has dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, fig, liquorice, mocha, yeast, and booze. The taste starts with sweet malts, brown sugar, dark fruit, liquorice, and mocha with the 10% ABV constantly looming. I'm glad to revisit this gem now that I've have the palate and experience to truly appreciate it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 06:56:54 | More by goschool
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

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

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a chestnut-mahogany color with some red highlights shining through. Upon pouring there is a small tannish colored head that forms on the surface of the brew. The head fades very slowly over time, leaving a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet of dark fruits, with a big dose of prune and raisin as well as a small amount of cherry. Mixed with the sweet fruit is a caramel and candied sugar aroma as well. While heaviest in the sweeter aromas there are other nice aromas present as well. An oaky and woody aroma as well as a nutty aroma meld well with the fruit sweet aromas. When all are mixed with a nice boozy rum like smell, a very pleasingly sweet and warming smell is put forth.

Taste – The taste begins with the big dark fruit aromas detected in the nose. Raisin, prune, cherry and fig all show up big at the start and are mixed with a bit of a roasted malt and vanilla. Some light yeasty notes bring with them a light banana and spice flavor more toward the middle of the taste. Along with the yeasty tastes so too comes a light caramel sweetness as well as a little bit of a woody taste. More toward the end a light booziness, much lighter then what would be expected from the nose, is sensed by the tongue. Overall a nice sweet and robust lightly warming flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side for a Belgian strong dark of 11% abv with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are nice for the sweeter dark fruit flavors of the brew and make this one a little too easy to drink even though it is at 11 % abv.

Overall – A rather nice Belgian strong dark with a big sweet dark fruit flavor and a nice lighter boozy and yeasty spiced flavor that rounds out the sweet well when mixed with a lighter malty taste. It is overall quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 01:22:04 | More by Darkmagus82
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Drew966

Florida

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

Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or - Grand Cru of the Emperor 2006 pours a medium brown that has cherry highlights when held to the light with a thin off white head from a brown 750 ml Bottle into my Cuvee Van De Keizer chalice. It has a nice aroma that's mostly dark fruit, perhaps some honey on bread too. The mouthfeel is quite nice, a little on the thick end of the spectrum. The flavor is nice, dark fruit and brown sugar come to mind. A very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 23:47:41 | More by Drew966
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mickeymac

California

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

Serious looking bottle: 750 ml brownie with a black and gold label and "Grand Cru of the Emperor" on a blue band running diagonally across the label. The cork was a bit tough to pull out (fortunately my teeth are in good shape). Pours a deep cherry that looks nice when held up to the light. The smell is a mouth-watering mix of dates, raisins, plum, toffee, and just a hint of hops. At 10%, the smell of alcohol also comes through but it just balances everything else nicely. The taste is amazingly complex. I'm probably drinking this stuff too soon, but I really don't care. It's a real knock-out. Every time it seems to be on the verge of cloyingly caking up the mouth, something new jumps in to keep things working: a bit of sour apple, hops, and just a bit of the good old barnyard funk. The mouthfeel is nice and chunky. I'm going back for more.

I just tried this again six months later and am upping my review. It has opened up a bit more. It still has an amazing array of ripe fruit, but it's not quite as overwhelming as it was at the beginning of the year. This may be one of my top 5 beers by '05.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 06:55:36 | More by mickeymac
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

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

Vintage: 2008 holding on to this for a while.

Pours a dark, very clear (when held up to a light), ruby/mahogany with a 1-finger, tan head that has splotchy chunks of lacing after a fairly quick falling head.

The smell is dark, dried fruits (figs, raisins plus just about any other that comes to mind).

The taste is comprised of the dark, died fruit in the aroma plus plum. A very light spiciness shows up in the taste and it's a pleasant addition. There is also a fairly high level of sweetness that borders on being cloying or just too sweet but holds off on being too much. There is an alcohol awareness here but it doesn't slap you in the face.

Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Really good on your own or sharing with a friend. This beer deserves it's ranking (on BA) above many other BSDAs only behind 2 really great beers. This one is a natural with a nice, strong flavored cheese. A great one worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 21:28:03 | More by meatyard
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MSchae1017

Georgia

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

This beer was tasted in a Goblet from the 750mL bottle.

The beer pours a burgundy-brown with a frothy tan head. The head dissipates down to a thin film, leaving minimal lace. The aroma is full of caramel and sweet dark fruits. The taste is up front with chocolaty and caramel flavors and is then followed up by some dark fruity sweetness. The beer finishes with a spicy yeasty character. The alcohol presence is surprisingly at a minimum. The body is medium-full bodied with a creamy carbonation. Overall, it is a good Belgian Strong Dark Ale with plenty of complexity. Quite a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 00:54:14 | More by MSchae1017
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Shaw

Florida

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

Very dark, only allowing light through around the edges. It doesn't have much of a head, just a thin ring of foam.

The smell: Wow! It's so complex. Rum mixed with raisins and grapes and sugar plus a whole lot more I can't identify.

The rum aromas carry over to the taste. This is a complex beer with lots of dried fruit notes mixed with malt sweetness and a nice warmth from the alcohol. Plus flavors of dark candy sugar.

The body is slick and substantial. It has chewy qualities but that's balanced by glassy alcohol qualities.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Especially considering its price. Highly recommended and well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 02:59:34 | More by Shaw
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billab914

Virginia

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

2008 vintage poured into my Westvleteren chalice. Poured a deep brown color with a little bit of some ruby highlights when held to the light. It poured with a thin bubbly and fizzy covering which quickly dissipated.

Aroma has a big malty and sweet flavor to it. It has a lot of dark fruits going on with plums, figs and raisins all present. It has a rum like alcohol presence in the nose as well. It showcases the malt very nicely in the aroma overall.

The taste like the nose is not surprisingly malt focused. It has a bit more caramel and cherries then the nose suggested but it does have the dark fruit, plum and fig flavors to it. It has a little alcohol in the finish but not too bad for being 11%.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side and carbonation is low. Drinkability is very good, the malt flavors are delicious. This is usually one of my least favorite styles but when done so well as this I really enjoy them. I love the big malty and fruity flavors this one had. One of the best of the style I've tried for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 01:51:50 | More by billab914
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tewaris

Minnesota

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

One of my favorite beers that I believe doesn't get enough press. Classy looking 750 ml cork & caged bottle (2009 vintage) poured into a snifter at approximately two and a half years of age.

Pours caramel brown with moderate clarity and a medium light brown head. Medium retention, good lacing. Smells dark and sweet from the Belgian candi sugar used I suppose. Dark fruits, prominently raisins, hint of figs, prunes and dried cherries. Touch of spice, and perhaps some oxidation.

The taste is decadent with a great balance of sweet and dark: very fruity (raisins, dates, figs), slightly chocolaty, with a moderately tannic finish very reminiscent of the said fruits. Very vinous, with some sherry like notes. The sweetness lingers.

The body is bigger than most Belgian ales, but still in the Belgian territory; the carbonation is alive and kickin'. As noted, there's a tannic note in finish but it's still sweet, and the beer damn smooth.

Overall, a very unique and great beer. Stands out from other Quads in its heightened sweetness and proximity to English Barleywines.

Appearance 4/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 4.5/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Overall 4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 08:31:43 | More by tewaris
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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

I picked up this bottle in Buffalo based on its reputation as one of Belgium's top beers.

Pours a murky deep oak, with a finger of tan head that quickly drops to a collar. Only a few sticky fingers of laces touch the edge of the glass, and the ho-hum appearance belies the fact that this is an extremely impressive beer. Rich nose of dark fruit, chocolate, and clove. I found the alcohol a little prominent at first, but once the palate had acclimatised I realise what a smooth, easy drinking beer this is, and apart from that initial burst, the alcohol is not remotely apparent. Extremely malt-forward, with an emphasis on milk chocolate, dates, figs and plums. Some brown sugar and spicy cloves in the finish. Smooth, full body with restrained carbonation, which accentuates the richness and decadence of the flavours.

Certainly one of the better Belgian Strong Dark Ales I've come across, and more complex and balanced than many of its compatriots. Only a slightly mediocre appearance lets things down, but that aside this is a phenomenal brew, and one of the best from an excellent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 14:31:11 | More by bobsy
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mhewes

Colorado

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

A : Poured a dark brown with a good tan head that stuck around for a while.

S : Really sweet with a strong malt aroma. I picked up some brown sugar, caramel, and fruits.

T : Really sweet and malty. A lot of good fruit and spice flavor in it. A pretty complex brew

M : Syrupy, rich, and chewy

D : An awesome beer. The alcohol sneaks up on you. Definitely one I will have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 14:24:38 | More by mhewes
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SLeffler27

New York

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

Pours dark brown walnut with ruby red highlights while a slight, beige head produces little lace.

Has the full, rich aroma one would expect with spice and dark fruits. Rather sweet with plums, fresh figs, and brandy. Caramelized sugar continues to develop with warmth.

A mélange of dark fruits and spices just as the nose had suggested. This one is rich and complex and could easily be considered a benchmark for the style. The balance is slightly to the sweet side but still well in check. A lingering finish. Warms amazing well.

Full body with modest carbonation and syrupy texture. Alcohol is present but a minor player.

Perfect for contemplation of memories or reading as one sips. Enjoyed this in a tulip glass, as that is what was available, however, I would have preferred a chalice or snifter.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 11:47:40 | More by SLeffler27
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big C&C bottle to a snifter the liquid is dark caramel, cloudy and has very good carbonation. The head is tan very thick and leaves some nice lace.

The smell is alcohol poured over caramel, a very nice treat.

The taste is very good lost of caramel, sweet sugars, and alcohol. Very yummy.

The mouthfeel is thicker then medium almost syrupy, and the carbonation is very good.

The drinkability is very good a very well done brew some thing I way try to cellar. Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 03:25:13 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage poured in to snifter.

A -Very dark ruby, almost opaque with one finger of light brown head.

S - Caramel, toffee, raisins, spice and hints of rum.

T - Sweet caramelized sugar, rum soaked raisins, sticky toffee, figs and spice. A really nice flavour profile.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 02:34:27 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time I had it was on bottle at Lakes Brew Festival. Bought a new bottle so my notes would be more accurate.

Pours dark, ruby hues on the edges when held up to the light, good head and retention.

Smell is an assortment of goodies, some fruitiness to it coupled with chocolate and caramel and other spices.

Taste is very close to the smell department, with lots going on from the dark fruits to the malt to all the various spices intermingling with each other. Carbonation was a bit low but it worked for this, although I couldn't see myself drinking too much of this beer, the complex tastes would be too overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 02:15:11 | More by deltatauhobbit
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 corked and caged, 2008 vintage, shared courtesy of Bobsy - thanks for bringing this gem over! Pours a murky purple-brown with a finger of eggshell head which dies down fairly quickly.

Initial burst of bready malt which scares me a bit but settles down to a smooth, complex brew worthy of a Top 100 spot. Rich raisiny fruit, hints of orange, cloves, caramel malt, cocoa powder, figs, hint of nuttiness, almost a hint of port. Ridiculously smooth drinking, light carb, not hint of alcohol aside from a slight warming as you progress. A sipper but only because you want to take it all in, I could probably guzzle it if need be.

Perhaps not as rich or complex as a few other examples I've tried but those few would be hard pressed to match the smooth drinkability of this one - well put together, everything blends seamlessly.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 04:53:19 | More by ritzkiss
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From corked and caged 750 to Ommegang chalice...

Only a subtle "poof" as the cork comes off. Don't fret, as there's ample carbonation from the deep bourbon barrel-colored body rising to a 2-finger, ginger-colored bready head that is thick, dense and lumpy. Awesome.

Beautiful scent of apple and pear esters are first wave. With warmth, more banana, yeast and malt emerge. Bountiful and beautiful.

Silky, sweet, thick malt presence with well-balanced esters of banana, pear and apple. Carbonation blends in Beautiful Chemistry with yeast, copious amounts of malt and mild ginger, clove and cinnamon. Malt and spice emerge even more profoundly with warmth.

The power of this offering rests in a full, deep finish. Carbonation provides tingle as a counterweight to cut the fat. Stellar effort.

Complex with balance in abundance. This is immense and a pleasure. Sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 13:07:07 | More by IBUnit63
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark mahogany color. The head is a billowy three inches in height, and recedes very slowly into a thick cap of lacing that lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of anise, dates, caramel, and a soft candy sweetness. The taste is well rounded. Largely sweet, with enough spices to make things interesting, and a slight alcohol presents in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a silky texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very good Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I will certainly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 00:18:24 | More by KarlHungus
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DCon

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PINT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this from the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $15 and shared w/ Rosa from the Wolf. Poured from the caged&corked bottle with gold and blue highlights all over the bottle into a Golden Carolus Goblet w/ a golden rim and the bottle has a bottled on date of 02/03/11.

Aroma- Very complexed from the start. Has sweet and rich aromas from the beginning with tons of caramel and roasty notes. May just be me but almost the same aroma as a Double Brown Ale would be! Also, no alcohol aroma here and this is awesome that all the complexity of the brew covers this 11% strong ale up!

Appearance- Pours a 2+ finger of dark brown head that keeps around for a good time. Has a Reddish-Copper color body and has good clarity. Awesome lacing follows up this brew.

Flavor- Very sweet and malty from the beginning with the once again caramel taste. Has a medium bitterness at the finish and what a taste! Complexed and delicious.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High carbonation, A bit gritty(dig it), and a small amount of alcohol warming here. Leaves a nice caramel taste on the palate.

Overall Impression- For having a ton of Belgian Strong Darks lately (multiple Grand Crus), this one is highly recommended by me! Rich, Complexed, but even better has a gritty taste that makes you want more of it throughout each drink. Perfect brew to share with someone. I'm not sure if I would drink a whole 750ml by myself, unless I was only having 1-2 in a night.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 21:54:52 | More by DCon
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antilogic

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it on tap @ beachwood BBQ. Good head, swirls nicely releasing aroma of raisin and brown sugar. Lighter bodied than I imagined it would be. Dark, good head, slightly carbonated. Better as it warms up, the tastes of fruits, possibly citrus and sugars really come out.

Tasty, but not a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2008 06:41:40 | More by antilogic
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,436 ratings.