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

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Ratings: 1,609
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 190
Gots: 249 | 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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Photo of WynnO
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this twice recently, both times from a sixth-barrel.

Let us proceed to the chase. The taste cuts you like a knife loaded with...only God knows. My palette cannot discern all the goodness in this beer. It is super complex; an in your face "HELLO". Malts? Yes, yet the accompanying flavors threw me for a loop. It's just FLAT OUT GOOD. You will sense a significant sweet factor on your first taste. Then it tapers off a bit, landing on a steady flow of "What the Hell is going on in my mouth?"

Its pour is a very dark brown milky brew. Smell is surprisingly weak but the mouthfeel is terrific---you can partake many pours without it ever having a disagreement with your tasting cavity.

Overall? LORD YES. If you pass this up count yourself a fool. Remember Het Anker for it is a world-class 19th Century Belgian jewel. And YES I did stay overnight there in 2012.

Photo of BoRaeCho
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of mmilyko
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle consumed 9-8. Split 4 ways. Reviewed from notes.

A: Thick brown with a fluffy lasting head. Sticks to the glass.

N: Malty raisins. Lots of estery yeast. Cloves. Plume and caramel/toffee. Candi sugar.

T: Belgian yeast, raisin, bananas. Plums and raisins. Noticeable alcohol, but as is the case with most BDSAs, it melds well with the flavor profile. Lots of the sweet sugar flavors, caramel and toffee.

M: Very smooth with a light, airy overall feel.

O: It is so incredibly difficult to match what the Belgians do so easily with their big beers. In an era when sub 300 bottle counts are king and the readily available is oft avoided, this is a reminder to pick up these traditional beers off the shelf more often.

Photo of Garlicjosh
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Dwarf
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of yossarian14
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of beerFool28607
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of beerpadawan
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009.

Deep copper brown color. Dense head of lively foam with terrific retention.

Exquisite nose that is highly complex. Cake, shortbread cookies, dark fruits, dates, fig, pudding.

Very wine like in flavor. Port wine, huge sweetness, red grape juice, fig, wine alcohol, blackberry brandy and simple syrup. Deep complexity.

Awesome feel of velvety smooth fullness.

A beer like a fine port wine. Lots of sweetness and complexity. Wonderful brew for sipping.

Photo of Philousa
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at Good Karma on 8/15/2012. Reviewed from notes.

Pours an opaque reddish brown that reminds me of cedar. A wispy tan head doesn't quite cover the surface and clings to the edge of the Gouden Carolus chalice (gotta love the proper glassware). Lots of berries - cherries, black berries, pit fruit - in the nose to start. Some alcohol/wood presence as well. Dark berry flavors are evident up front with some mild wood characteristics. Some hard alcohol tendencies and flavors follow - bourbon comes to mind. Candied sugar makes its presence known, but it doesn't dominate and blends in with the other flavors well. Feel is super dry and viscosity is low, almost water like.

This is one of my favorites. The fruit aroma is so strong and the malt presence in taste is so different. A very complex sipping beer that hides its alcohol well.

Photo of crazyfraser
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 1Pint 9.4oz bottle.

Appearance is dark brown with a slight mahogany tones, very beautiful. With almost an Oatmeal like head as far as color goes.

Smell .. kinda caramely, toffee, a little boozy smell

Taste smooth and strong, boozy but not to boozy. very malty,
caramel, coffee

Mouthfeel bubbly boozy,

Overall A very good brew, will drink again

Photo of Cylinsier
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a deep ruddy brown, cloudy, with a brownish yellow head at an inch. Slow dissipation.

Smells of apples, butter, caramel, figs, cloves, cinnamon and a hint of yeast ester and hop.

Tastes of oak, apples, caramel, molasses, cloves, red grapes and hints of something like rum.

Full, syrupy body with light tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth. Some booze warmth going down.

This beer is monstrous and rich, very heavy, and definitely a sipper. It's almost overwhelmingly rich and flavorful and borders on being just a tad too much. It's very sweet and will not appeal to fans of dryer, more tart, or hoppier beers because of this. However, it is quite good for what it is and I am going to thoroughly enjoy this experience. However, there are a number of other Belgian ales in this class that I think balance their flavors a little better.

Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Back label says 11/07/11.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a full inch of light tan head that retains a good while before dropping down to an 1/8 head and bubbly surface foam. Soft, sticky lacing.

S- Sweet and very rich with jabs of alcohol fume coming through here and there. Notes of pecan and hazelnut.

A- Oh boy. Incredibly balanced flavors of yeast, sweet malt and alcohol. Notes of Belgian candy sugar, light butter and nuts. The sweet-to-booze ratio is nearly spot-on with the booze just barely inching ahead. Taking sip after sip to unlock the mystery only leads to a warming sensation in the stomach that's totally welcome.

M- Slick and smooth with some alcohol bite and a perfect amount of snap from the medium carbonation.

O- Now I see why this has such high acclaim. Sure, it's a bit hot but it's a perfect wintertime brew...too bad it's August but that's why I'm definitely cellaring one of these bad boys!

Photo of GruberMeister
1.86/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I tried this beer based on the amazing ratings. It tastes like wine. I don't recommend this beer if you are a fan of IPAs, ales, or beer. It tastes like wine. Pick up a St Sebastians golden Belgian ale instead. I would have trouble picking this over even budweiser to be honest.

Photo of chugfest
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of nyrblue2
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with an off white head. Splashy lace that lasts.

Dark fruit; boozy bread (really good bread notes), some yeast, sweet malt, boozy cherry.

Nice brew. Boozy malt up front, but not overly chemical in flavor. Some brown sugar, dark fruit, sweet bready bite, some cocoa powder, a little bitterness. Dries out a touch in the end with more sweet than bitter.

Full bodied, carbonation is right.

Great beer. A brew that will sneak up on you at 11%. Easy to drink

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Nice off-white one finger head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark and caramel malt, dark and dried fruit, slight cherry and a hint of Belgian spicing. Flavor is intense dark and dried fruits, caramel malt and delicious light tartness with fruits dominating middle and finish with slight hops in the finish. A bit on the sweet side, but the complex flavor carries this ale through. Medium to heavy bodied with some creaminess. A very nice dark Belgian.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flute glass. Vintage 2010 bottle served 08/07/2012.

Appearance: Very very dark brown, almost amber. It is not purely opaque with a off white maybe orange-white head that rose to 1/3", looks good believe me.

Smell: Rich berries borderline wine that's how deep it is.

Taste: Ridiculously complex, it is definitely not for every drinker but most will appreciate a quality brew like this. Lightly bitter with a honey sweet taste.

Mouth: Incredibly sticking taste, I mean seriously it is a notch "sweet" but so sweet that you will love it.

Overall: This beer is a gem, I honestly couldn't push it any more. You want to talk about a quality brew this is it. I absolutely cannot complain, well maybe only one I want more! Salud

Photo of kojevergas
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage! 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass (it was all that was available) in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery and style. I'm hoping it beats Chimay Blue.

Served after a rest period from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki colour head of nice cream, good thickness, and excellent retention for the high ABV. Colour is a very dark yet vibrant and evocative brown. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent. Opaque.

Sm: Magnificent dark malts, biscuit malt, clean malts, dark malts, biscuity yeast, fantastic caramelization, cream, plum, and heavy wine notes (mostly red, with even a tannin-like character). Surprisingly acidic. A delightfully fruity, rather subtle aroma. Really quite remarkable. I can't wait to try it.

T: Great cream throughout, with plum, wine grape, and other indistinct fruit notes. The gentle malt backbone lends it body but doesn't intrude on the flavour. Hops are floral if present; no bitterness comes through at all. Nor does any alcohol, which is quite a feat at this ABV. Some nectar on the back end. It's nicely yeasty, which I think helps complement those fruit notes. Some raisin here and there. It's not as winey as suggested by the aroma but still maintains that distinct character, especially on the climax. Tinges of caramelization help keep it interesting. It's full of surprises, and boasts an impressive depth of flavour as well as an interesting complexity. Quite subtle. It's brought off quite well; I adore it. A touch too acidic.

Mf: Just enough cream. Smooth and wet, aiding the drinkability. Supports the flavours without intruding upon them. Good (though fairly high) thickness. It can feel a bit viscous at times, but overall it's quite alright. It could use a touch more coarseness, but I'm nitpicking. Carbonation is near perfect; it drinks well now - even after five years.

Dr: I think the age likely did it well. Maybe one more year and it'd peak. Very drinkable for its incredibly well concealed ABV. I'd definitely get this again. Worth picking up some bottles for the cellar as well. A fantastic beer in the style, giving even Chimay Blue a run for its money in my book. Indeed, I think I prefer this one. And it isn't even priced all that highly for its quality. This is something of an overlooked treasure. I'd definitely recommend it to friends. One thing that does bother me is the proliferation of grapey notes, which can tip the balance of the flavour off at times.

B+

Photo of Chrily
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage bottle purchased for me a year ago by @epiclurk. Shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable. So around 2 years of age on it.

Pours a deep ruby red tending to brown, with a hazy, bubbly and somewhat inconsistent head of off-white. Lacing is patchy but fine and streaking. Colour is amazing, weight in the body is very pleasant. Looks really great.

Nose is deep, complex and pungent, with big dark fruit characters carrying spicier, drier notes and even a hint of acidity. Everything is smoothed by a big, slightly estery vanilla character, and a big whack of rounded Belgian yeast. Fantastic stuff: another effortless example of Belgian superiority.

Taste is phenomenal. Smooth and sweet, with a balance that somehow keeps it from being too cloying. It has a bright, slightly dry, slightly coppery feeling on the edges that stops the sweetness from overwhelming the palate. There's spicy poached oranges coming through as well: it's like the suggestion of bright fragrance, that still gets covered with brown sugar and toffeed up into subjugation. Absolutely amazing stuff. Complex, but so, so well balanced.

Feel is incredibly smooth and perfectly weighted. It aids the palate in every respect.

Absolutely fantastic stuff. Clean, balanced but also masterfully complex and deep. The alcohol is so well hidden, and hidden in a light, airy way that only the Belgians do. It makes it supremely drinkable despite its hefty ABV. Oh yes, this is a phenomenally good beer: and so effortless. Absolutely amazing.

Photo of mychalg9
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,609 ratings.