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

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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 186
Gots: 214 | FT: 12
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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 punkrkr27
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottle. Opaque mahogany pour with little off-white head. Aroma of fig, peat smoke and cinnamon. Deep rich malt flavor with a slight ester character, dark fruit, nutmeg and spices. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

Note: I have a few various ages of this beer now and it tends to develop a very nice sipping spicy, boozy fruit quality right around the 2 year old mark which seems to be the best IMO.

punkrkr27, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I set out today with the agenda of knocking out some more of the top 100s. This is on the list. I have seen it around but didnt previously know what exactly it was. There were plenty of these at Pace - High so I got a bottle. 2008 vintage.

Poured into a Chimay goblet.
A- Deep reds and browns when held to the light. This beer is almost black looking in this big, wide glass. The head gets fairly large and wants to stick around for a while but eventually fades. There is still a pillow floating in the middle, sustained by the laser etching in the glass. Some moderate lacing is thrown from the collar of foam.

S- Nice, big, powerful smell. I could smell it as soon as I popped the cork. Lots of dark fruits. Figs, plums, raisins, cherries, brown sugar, and sour dough. This is pretty complex and really good. Alcohol is there in the nose as well.

T- This is a strong beer. Loads of cherries and raisins. The alcohol is making no attempt to hind amongst the cherries and other dried fruits. The finish has some sour dough and lots more alcohol.

M- Medium body with lots of carbonation. Goes down somewhat warm with alcohol. Finishes with lingering fruits, sour dough and alcohol spice.

D- This is a big, strong beer. I can enjoy this glass by myself very easily. The entire 750ml is another story.

MbpBugeye, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in a bottle poured into a tulip glass at Spagio's in Columbus, Ohio. 750 mL dated 2008.
A: Mahogany, reddish-brown with ruby hues. Poured with a medium cream head that died to a collar.
S: Rustic, cherry sweetbread with brown sugar and leafy, moldy hops.
T: Creamy tart cherry with molasses and a somewhat "moldy" backbone. There is some raisin and slightly apparent alcohol with lingering fruits.
M: Slightly syrupy, but very creamy and frothy.
D: Excellent. I wouldn't even know it was 8% ABV, let alone 11%!

ne0m00re, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of AmberMan22
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

popped open a 750ml of this with my dad last night. Man I forgot how much I missed Belgian beers.
Poured into the tulip glasses we got over in Europe.

Pours a very cloudy plum color with ruby highlights at the edge. One finger of micro-bubbled head adorns the top, fairly good retention thanks to the glass. Not much lacing sticks though.

Smell is a magical wonderland of sweetness. Sugar, plums, tons of malt, and other candied fruit steps forward.

Taste really is fantastic. The amount of malt put into this definitely took me by surprise on my first sip. Even better however, in addition to the perfect mixing of the fruity and sugary flavors, is how hoppy bitterness manages to balance it all out in the end.

Mouthfeel: non-intrusive levels of carbonation, good medium heft to it.

At 11%, you likely won't be drinking much of this beer, but you sure as heck will savor and enjoy it. Positively great BSDA.

AmberMan22, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured in my Grimbergen chalice. 2006 Vintage.

That's a fantastic beer! Really, not much more to say about it. Top 50 Belgium, for sure.

A: Brown cloudy color. Nice small (one finger) creamy head.
S: The nose is just fantastic. Dark fruits (plums), toffee caramel, the wonderful (really wonderful) Belgium yeasts, oak and wine.
T: Even better. Wonderful malt taste. Strong and Fruity. Balanced sweet. And, once again, the wonderful Belgium yeasts taste.
M: Medium body. Very well balanced sweetness-bitterness, medium to low carbonation.
D: Excellent. Despite the high ABV it's very drinkable.

Highly recommended.

eduardolinhalis, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage that Dan shared this weekend. Thanks a bunch, man, this beer was GREAT!

The pour is mildly murky ruby red with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Very pretty.
The nose is great. Red apples, brown sugar, caramel, honey, jaggery are all present. Very fruity, I get some plum character as well. The yeast profile is great,

The palate opens big and fruity with plenty of brown sugarm caramel, mild toffee and jaggery. Just a touch of cocoa is present, lingering into the finish. Did I mention this was fruity? Red apples, plums and maybe, a little stone fruit? Great finish with lingering sweetness, alcohol and fruitiness. The mouthfeel is stunning, medium-high in body with a medium-low level of carbonation that feels just right. The finish is great too, with a bled of sweetness, spicy alcohol. Despite the ABV, this is very drinkable.

**Edit 27 July 2012**

I shared a bottle of the 2000 vintage with the guys last night. Josh, this was for you.

Sherry, cola, spices (allspice, clove), red apples and candy. The palate is super fruity with lots of red delicious apple, moderate spice, very mellow with mild raisin character. Excellent flavors but the palate is a little thin. Nice sherry notes, along with some cola. Solid.

4/4/3.5

DefenCorps, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of rhinos00
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally decided to pull this one out of the cellar. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a chalice.

2007 vintage

A- Pours a dark brown with ruby / amber hues throughout. Nice clarity, especially when held into light. Produced a fingers width of off-white colored head. Reduced to a ring around the glass as consumed.

S- My god is this intoxicating. Potent...just infiltrates the olfactory senses. Sweet malts, prunes and figs drizzled in caramelized brown sugar. There is a pleasant orange flavor akin to something you would find in a bottle of Grand Marnier. Extremely developed and complex. The aromas come in waves...relentless.

T- Exactly like the aroma, except even more complex. Layers of sweet malts, prunes, figs, caramel, brown sugar, liquor soaked oranges, ripe pears and alcohol just settle on the palate. So much going on, yet so cohesive. Did I mention it passed the burp test?

M- If there was any part I can criticize, it would be here...and that's being really picky! Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation. Left the palate semi-dry.

D- After the first sip, I really took my time and slowly drank it. As drinkable as beers of this style can come, especially at 10% abv.

Overall, probably the best result I have ever had from aging. This beer is just phenomenal. Tons of layer and depth, yet balanced and cohesive. Really wishing I had another bottle in my cellar.

rhinos00, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of jdklks
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a really a nice looking beer. looks a lot like an english barleywine. deep, transparent mahogony amber color with a nicely brownish-tan head that lingers for a good amount of time. The smell is also great. Lots of sugars. burnt caramel, brown sugar, roasted toffee, figs, maybe even some chocolate, and a slightly sweet spiceyness reminiscent of mexican candy. a bit of belgian yeastiness.

Great taste too. a little overwhelming on the sweetness, but definitely good. orange dipped in alcohol. Up front is a lot of burnt brown sugar and caramel. Fruitiness through the middle, especially figs, green apple, and some orange sweetness. The finish is alcohol and toffee. Overall, very good, a little too sweet.

The mouthfeel is lighter than I want it to be, and if it weren't for the sweetness this would help the drinkability. However, the sweetness is a big issue here, and I have to take away drinkability points accordingly.

Overall a great beer. I'm glad I picked it up and will definitely buy it again.

jdklks, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage .75L into a goblet. Well, the same goblet several times.

Marvelous woody brown with a slightly toasty inch head that never lets any beer show. Plenty of lacing, as noted, excellent retention for an 11% beer.

Very warm from the high alcohol, some sweet chocolate and rich malts. A little fruit comes through: all dried stuff like prunes and figs. Some spices like cinnamon are present as well.

Wow. I'm really happy this is as delicious as it is. Simply because life is better because this tastes good. Very, very rich beer - dense yet creamy mouth feel, quick and diverse delivery of flavors... I'll be running out for a second bottle of this to either age - or drink! Rich dried fruit dominates the palate: figs, plums, and a little raisin. Cinnamon and allspice are present as well. Rich malt backbone with sweet chocolate in the mix. Some light metallic flavors towards the end with a smooth, creamy finish and short, dry aftertaste. Hard not to like this, and it really likes you at 11%.

Like aforementioned: creamy and dense, well balanced, good carbonation.

I love it. Great beer, I'll be annually seeking this out - or having others buy it for me and sending it to me.

BillyBoysPie, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.97/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in 2008. Ten and a half ounce pour, served in a tulip. $8 and worth every penny. I've seen cases of 750's for $115 and the purchase is a looming consideration.

A: BEAUTIFUL! Dark, cloudy garnet body. Small tan head fizzes out quickly. No lacing. I can look past the small head and lack of lacing since I'm not sure these qualities ever stood a chance really. Besides, the richness and depth of the body alone more than make up for it. This beer wants to be still. A vigorous swirl will bring about a small head but, within seconds, it will be gone again.

S & T: Incredible complexity, somehow intense but extremely delicate at the same time. Malt forward. Toasty. Aroma is of molasses and dark, overly ripe alcohol soaked fruits: Raisins, prunes, plums & dates. Brown sugar plus caramel mixed with a moderate amount of earthy spiciness which showcases the clove. Harmonious blend of ALL flavors. At 11%, it's no surprise and not to a fault, that a warm yet soft alcohol flavor/aroma comes through a bit. Perfect.

M: Smooth, velvety, plush. Admirable alcoholic warmth and mouth coating sweetness is perfectly balanced by the champagne-esque effervescence. Semi cloying, creating an incredibly long lasting flavor duration.

D: Each sip is better than the last. This brew is single-handedly responsible for my recent pursuit of BSDA's. Unfortunately for me, nothing has even come close to stacking up to this. As I'm sure my score will reflect, this is my all time favorite beer.

Note: I've had the bottled version from 2009 as well which was not nearly as impressive. This brew improves SIGNIFICANTLY with age. Draft might be important as well.

FeDUBBELFIST, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Flashsp2
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw 750 into oversized pinot noir glass,Feb 2008 vintage in July 2009

Super deep mahogany with gold highlights. A pretty aggressive pour (for a bottle conditioned Belgian anyway) reveals a two inch light tan head, good retention and spotty stick on the way down.

Sweet malt and granny smith apple peel. Nice tartness, not intense, just enough to have a refreshing aroma. Some other dark fruit in there, under ripe plum comes to mind.

Caramel sweet bread, dry yeast, more tangy green apple peel, More of the plum, a touch of raisin, and a good tartness that is unexpectedly tasty and brings a brightness to an otherwise dark tasting beer. Their is a touch of bitterness on the finish as well, hard to tell if its from the hops of some other aspect. The alcohol makes a warming presence on the palette as it warms, but still doesn't overpower the beer.

Mouthfeel starts heavy and almost syrupy, but then the prickly carbonation breaks it up and makes it feel a bit more lively and lush.

Pretty high on the drinkability for the ABV (11%). Nice balance of sweet and tangy, I like this quite a bit. Top 100 worthy, maybe, maybe not. Probably so, just quite a bit different than what I was expecting.

Flashsp2, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bit of a gusher on opening, but nothing too extreme. Pours a dark brown body with ruby-red highlights. Up top, over a finger of creamy off-white head with good retention and stellar lacing.

Aroma: A mix of ripe bananas, a host of various other dark fruits, mustiness, and sweet brown sugar malt.

Flavor: Essentially, the same profile found in the nose--dark fruit, mustiness, spiciness, and rich caramel malt. The alcohol is masked excellently, adding just a dash of spice and heat. Raisins and brown sugar in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and just a hint of warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Tasty and deceptively quaffable, this drinks a lot faster than the alcohol content would suggest.

Verdict: While I'm a little disappointed that it didn't quite live up to the hype I've seen, Cuvée Van De Keizer is still a solid, complex, and thoroughly drinkable Belgian Strong Dark Ale well worth a try.

BeanBone, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/ruby pour with a monster 3 fingers of cascading head that leave being some nice lacing and retention.

The aroma is dark fruits up front with surprisingly subdued spiciness. Yeast, earthy hops, and some alcohol heat round out a nice nose.

The flavor starts out quite odd and unique. Dark fruits and a sweetness that is difficult to pinpoint engulf the mouth with tons of flavor. There are some spices in the finish, but they are subdued for the style. Alcohol is very slightly noticeable, but this drinks pretty damn well for 11%

The body is on the full side of medium and the carbonation is soft. Very good for the style.

Overall, this beer is a winner and is most definitely a world class BSDA. Rich and complex, yet easy drinking for the ABV. Right up there in the conversation with any top Belgian beer you can name.

alcstradamus, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Poured into my goblet the beer is a dark red purple with tons of sediment floating around. About one finger of tan head dissapates rather quick. Just a tiny bit of soapy lace.

The aroma is rich and sweet. Dark fruits drizzled with candied sugar are mainly what comes to mind. Some malt and belgian yeast can be picked out.

The flavor is much the same as the nose. Rich dark fruits. Lots of sugary sweetness. A bit of pears and apples. Along with some yeast in the finish.

Medium to full body. Lively carbonation.

Overall a nice Belgian Dark.

beerwolf77, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

david18, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of HeroJH
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was great. A real treat. Some really fun fruity flavors to pull out of this. This review is for the 2009 bottling.

A - Dark brown. lasting stoft head, good lacing

S - A lot of different aromas to pick out here. A lot of fun. Light sweet sugar. Celery. Honey Dew Melon. Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream. Cherry Coke.

T - Cherry sweet and full (not fake cherry flavor, and not overdone). Honey Apple. Plume. Prune. Takes time, starts strong and tart but worth sticking with. It becomes very easy to drink and delicious once your palette gets acquainted.

M - Coating w/sweet tart dry back and front.

D - Well, it's great if you have enough, hehe.

HeroJH, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 2009 bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a brilliant reddish brown with heavy amber highlights and a velvety khaki head that sticks around a long while.

S - Overwhelmingly sweet. Brown sugar dominates with some faint dark fruits, malt, and other assorted nasal curios. Sort of mild earthy yeast aroma like in a lot of other strong Belgian beers.

T - Again, quite sweet. Lingering alcohol flavor on the tongue. Just a little bit of raisiny flavor. Dark brown sugar.

M - Waterier than I expected. Mouthfeel usually isn't a huge issue for me but this detracts just a bit from the overall quality.

HeyItsChili, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of haz77
2.63/5  rDev -39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - 2005 vintage. Pours a deep, clear chestnut brown, with a couple of fingers of light-tan head. If allowed to settle it falls to a thin ring leaving behind plenty of lacing, but is easily refreshed to a finger in depth.

S - Masses of sweet dried fruit - dates/raisins/fig, molasses, dark rum, cinnamon, orange peel buried in the back. There's more there, but tough to define what it is. Really appealing.

T - Rich, dried fruit comes to the fore immediately. The alcohol is fairly well masked, but only because sweetness dominates. Unfortunately this also stops any other flavours showing prominence. Long, lingering aftertaste of tobacco. Huge letdown.

M - Very coating, syrupy mouthfeel. Cloying. Carbonation is very light, which doesn't help to cleanse the mouth and add some balance. Disappointing, possibly due to its age.

D - I'd held high hopes here and the beer showed initial promise. Let down by its complete imbalance. Might revisit with a fresher bottle, but can't imagine the overpowering sweetness being brought into check.

haz77, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby red/brown into my St. Bernardus chalice, with virtually no head and little lacing.

S: Aromas of dark candi sugar and dark fruits. Very pleasant.

T: Quite sweet. Hints of brown sugar and dark fruits, as suggested by the aromas, including raisins and grapes. Mild spiciness at the finish, probably due to the ABV. Speaking of the high alcohol content, with the exception of the spicy finish, it is almost undetectable. A very drinkable brew.

M: Somewhat syrupy, but that is to be expected with this type of brew. The high sweetness is probably a reason for this. Middle of the road carbonation and a moderately full mouthfeel.

D: Not as complex as some other Strong Dark Belgian ales, (Chimay Grand Reserve) but still amazingly drinkable. I think the first time I had this, I thought it was going to be a golden ale, and was disappointed to find it was a dark ale. This second time around, knowing what I was getting, I've appreciated this that much more. Excellent interpretation of the style, and quite possibly one of the top ten in the style. Wine drinkers, or those who do not like excessively hoppy or bitter brews, could appreciate this one.

irishking1977, Feb 21, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Once poured in my goblet "Gouden Carolus". Look: Purplish brown, thin foamy head with a thick finger, seems ice cream, very good lacing; Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, purple grapes and figs; Taste: Similar, roasted malt, coffee, purple grapes and sugar, few traces of alcohol without being disagreeable, grapes prevails over the other ingredients; Mouthfeel: Clean, very bitter with sweet moments, extra thick body, creamy and robust; Drinkability: Like drinking wine-beer, very good, combining the warmth of the wine with the freshness of beer.

roddwolff, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is dark brown and clear. Carbonation is steady and moderate. Made up of small bubbles that rise through the beer with medium velocity feeding a thin tannish head of small bubbles that is diffuse but leaves a lot of lacing on the glass and managed to stay contiguous.

I could smell this beer when I was pouring it. It is bright, sweet, tons of fruity esters. Smells great. Aroma is quite complex.

Beer is sweet and has a nice fruit character to it. I would like maybe a bit of bitterness to balance out the sweetness but overall its really good. Medium bodied so it drinks nicely. Drinkability is good. Not much carbonation in the mouth. I would definitely buy this beer again.

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Serving type: on-tap

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at a local beer bar. Served in a slender tulip. I've already reviewed this beer in the bottle, but on draft it was significantly different enough to warrant a second review. This is one of those beers that I totally think should be served in a bottle and not NOT on draft. My experience was totally different.

Beer is dark brown and clear. Carbonation is low. Head falls away to almost nothing, leaving very little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly malt and caramel with a hint of alcohol. A little boozier than the bottle I had but overall a great smelling beer.

Beer is initially sweet but then it hits you, in the face with alcohol. VERY VERY BOOZY! I noted the taste of alcohol in my first review, this time it was the dominant and really only flavor there. It overwhelmed everyone else.

Seriously, if you like liquor you may like this way better than the bottle version, my wife did. I don't like a beer that tastes too much like liquor and use the descriptor "unbalanced" to describe it. Both flavor and drinkability suffer.

drabmuh, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Chambic
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02.02.10 at City Beer, courtesy of Frank

A: beautiful dark brown, with a ruby tint

S: like booze, fruit, and sugar

T: ripe, dark fruit, caramel, and jammy; sometimes it almost tastes like liquid Reese's Pieces

M: nice and rich, really malty

D: love this beer, though I've never had the whole thing myself

Love the beer, love the bottle -- GC can do no wrong.

Chambic, Feb 04, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007
Poured a deep reddish brown color with great caronation.Nose is rich caramel, dried dark fruits and candy. Taste is caramel, sweetness, dark fruits, booze and candy. Mouthfeel is booze, sticky, sweet and dark fruits. This is a big, rich beer and it is very good.

barleywinefiend, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of jbphoto88
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2008 bottle that is corked and caged. Once opened the beer pours dull mahogany brown. It's opaque on the fringe of clear and leathery looking with a very poor head. There is a constant stream of bubbles that feeds a collar and a light layer of tan suds.

The nose is fantastically diverse. It's an assortment of raisin, breads, caramel and molasses. As it warms some spices become even more evident.

The taste is even better then the nose which frankly doesn't do the beer justice. The spices are subdued and end up being a little peppery and really shines in the finish. Dark fruits like plum and raisins mix with caramel and molasses. Each sip is a slightly different combination of flavors and all of them are pleasing.

The mouthfeel is pleasing. The soft smooth texture is complimented by a peppery spice, slight sizzle of carbonation and healthy warmth of ABV. Quite drinkable. Good thing it was a $10 bottle or I would have bought them all and drank to a problem because it's so easy and good. Great find.

jbphoto88, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage in a 750 mL attractive cork and cage silkscreened bottle. Pours a dark crimson color with an ample, creamy light tan foam. Great retention and lacing, fabulous looking beer.

Nose is sweet malt with more than just a touch of sour fruitiness. Pears, plums, grape Nerds candy, cherry Now 'N' Later candy, dark whole wheat bread yeastiness, honeydew melon, lemons...so much going on in the aroma of this beer it is ridiculous. Amazingly complex, interesting and deep. If someone asked what a Belgian beer should smell like, this is it.

Sweet, and I mean very sweet, malts mingle with an uber-heavy Belgian yeast bread and fruit ester profile. Very crazy beer, even a bit sour. Residual sugars are high, but there is a nice alcohol and grape-esque clensing of the palate. It is kind of like a quad, shall we say quasi-quad? ABV is fairly well hidden but still noticeable. I think a few more years on this would be a good idea and plan on aging the other 2 bottles I have for a while. Could use some more melding of the flavors.

twiggamortis420, Feb 03, 2010
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,491 ratings.