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

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

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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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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

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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+

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For Belgian Independance Day Week.

Body is more brown than black, but its dark for sure. The light produces a few translucent brown hues. Initial white head fades into big bubbles and a ring around the glass.

Booze laden smell. Lots of prunes and sweet dark cherries. Thick booze smell still dominates. Slightly sweet, kind of like sweet cherry syrup.

Not overly complex, but exactly what you want from a Belgian Dark. The booze is all but gone. Yeast comes out straight away, blitzkrieging away. It fades, and you get the underlying sweet dark fruits that are just great. Then comes this insanely smooth sweet monster. It finishes out just so smooth. Just sweet enough to be great, but not overly sweet. Notes of black cherries, plums, and sweet, sweet blackberries. Finishes light and slightly sweet.

Yeast is perfect here. Only enough of it to make a Belgian ale, but adds a nice presence. Low carbonation also helps the drinkability.

Feels light (way too light for 11%). Slick from the dark fruits, but still enough body to make it great.

What a gem and a lucky find on my part. Now I have to try to find a better BSDA (which is going to be tough).

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, murky purple/black/brown with a small tan head that lingers.

Smells of sweet, bready malt, plum, some fig, and dark, burnt sugar character.

Taste is sweet plum, cherry up front that goes into a more bready yeast character before ending on a sweet, dark fruit note with a big note of alcohol.

Full body with nice carbonation. A bit too boozy at a young age.

Fantastic, non-hyped beer that I can't wait to age.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of draheim
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (2010) into a chalice. Pours a crystal-clear mahogany w/ a thin head that subsides to a film sustained by vigorous carb. Nice sticky lace clings to the glass.

Aroma is sweet dark fruits - prunes, raisins, figs - and bready yeast/malt. Like most Het Anker beers, there's a prominent fruity candi sugar presence. Smells so clean.

Taste follows nose. Sugary sweet, w/ lots of fermented dark fruits and bready malt. Fruity and light. 11% alcohol expertly concealed. So smooth and drinkable for a high-ABV beer.

Mouthfeel is where this one really shines. Velvety smooth, carbonation and body are just right. Finishes super clean and dry.

Overall this is exactly what I was hoping it would be. So glad I took other BAs' advice over the year and picked up a few bottles from each vintage: 2010, 2011, and 2012. Will continue to do so as long as they keep making it.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of tbeckett
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Slowbeer. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a deep red colour. Strong carbonation and a two finger, creamy head of a beige persuasion. Great lace rings and great retention.

S - Tons of dark fruit. Plum, raisin, etc. Really lovely. maybe a hint of spice and a touch of booze but really dark fruit dominated.

T - Sweet fruits, lot's of dark fruit again, some yeast ester, mild sugar, dates, and a touch of booze. A beautiful flavour combo. A bit of light spice was there too and the alcohol was so mild that is was complimentary. Lovely.

M - Mild carbonation, medium to full creamy body, slightly sweet/fruit finish. So smooth.

O/D - Absolutely delicious. A great example of a dark Belgian beer. Flavourful and so balanced. Easy to drink but so worth savouring. Probably one of the best beers I've ever had.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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