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

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Ratings: 1,590
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 188
Gots: 243 | FT: 15
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Belgium

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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Bottle: Poured a rusty and cloudy amber ale with a medium brown head with surprisingly great retention. Aroma is quite port-like sweet with strong malt also noticeable. Taste is sweeter then expected and I was glad I drank this after dinner since the sweetness would have been too overpowering before a meal. Body is quite full and alcohol is not discernable which I always appreciate. Overall, I would say that this si another great beer from a sometime underappreciated brewery – I very much appreciated the creamy, fruit/sweetness of this one.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 9.4oz. bottle poured into tulip shaped glasses:

A: Dark amber like a medium grade maple syrup with an egg shell colored frothy half inch thick head. Leaves thin lacing all over the glass as the beer is consumed.

S: Sweet green apple, banana, maple syrup drizzled on warm Belgian waffles, finishing off with a touch of black strap molasses. All scents blending together harmoniously creating an enticing aroma... to say the least.

T: Warm apple pie, maple syrup, hazelnuts, all coated with brown sugar, and cinnamon. Then some banana bread pulls through along with hints of clove bringing together all the delicious complexities of this wonderful Belgian.

M: Syrupy body, low carbonation, alcohol warmth in the chest... all in all outstanding.

D: Cuvee can Van De Keizer us anytime(We know it doesn't make sense but it sounded good at the time).... this beer was exceptional! We paired it with a Brown sugar spiral ham, and they complimented each other beautifully.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an official Gouden Carlous small chalice. Vintage 2011. About time I've reviewed this it's one of my favorites.

A faint caramel tan colored head that is quite foamy, settles quite quick but seems to keep a thin bubbly puck. Body color is a real nice ruby brown, edges and hues of all colors abound, orange, some yellow along the base. Very nice looking beer, head formation aside, but it laces up like nobodys business after numerous pours from the bottle, just sick looking.

Ripping smelling barley grain on the nose, with chewy raisins and dates and dark fruits. Slight sweetness, but nothing overpowering. Smells great.

Vinous almost texture with a very tight fizz that doesn't upset the palate. The palate rolls with a great chewy dates and sweetness, mixing in with a faint brown sugar. Aftertaste is high on raisins and fig newton qualities. Light sweet maraschino cheries seem to come out later.

Overall, just another winner from Het Anker.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Pours a dark belgian with a huge creamy head that sticks to the glass throughout. This is a big boy no doubt about it. Smells of fig, dried fruit, molasses and malt. Tastes nicely sweet with sugar, caramel, fig, apricot, and butterscotch. Feels like a delicous dessert with alcohol warming throughout. Medium to thick on the tongue. Nice carbonation finishes this tasty brew. If you want a trappist like beverage this dark beauty is a winner. Could have another but I would be drinking my dinner. A must try.

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This is a beer to enjoy after dinner. Extremely well balanced, nice caramel and toffee sweetness balanced by coriander sort of spicing and some dark fruits with a nice rich, creamy mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious, and the drinkability is extremely high considering the alcohol. I'm sure the 3 years of aging didn't hurt.

One of the best beers I've had during the wonderful Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beer Festival. I really cannot fault the beer in any way. It's just a delicious beer. Try it if you get the chance!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head poured out well and left s little small lacing. The smell was very nice with sweet and very dry tones. The taste was very nice and dry with the sweetness that wasn't too dry. The mouthfeel was very nice and not unpleasant at all. Overall this was a great beer and I will have more in the future.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 pt 9.4 oz bottle into snifter. 2005 edition.
A: Cloudy dark brown with hints of yellow hue. Thin dark tan head (I assume due to diminished carbonation with aging). However, aggressive pour still produces nice thick head with good retention.
S: Dried fruit (raisin, date), malt, and background yeast notes.
T: Initially very similar to aroma. However, as this brew warms, more complex aspects arise. Notes of butterscotch, caramel, and toffee. Nice complexity.
M: Medium body and very smooth. Well balanced sugar and ABV.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a goblet.

A: Pours a dark brown with light tan head that dissapates after pouring. Has nice lacing that holds to the glass.

S: Very complex smell. Dark fruits, bananas, sweet malt, and a slight brandy or alcohol scent.

T: Complex as well. An alcoholic taste at the onset but not bad. Like a fine brandy rather than a burning grain alcohol taste. Bananas and dark fruits come in next. That is followed by a caramel and rich malt taste.

M: Medium carbonation and slightly alcoholic mouthfeel.

D: This was a great beer. I have had this before but never have i enjoyed it this much. As it warms the bouquet of flavors came out even more. This was an incredibly complex and great ale.

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,590 ratings.