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

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Reviews: 860
Hads: 1,699
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 225
Gots: 286 | FT: 17
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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 rjp217
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle.....

Dark brown, slight head with minimal lace. Lots of cherry, raisins, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee. There is so much going on with this beer. It's utterly fantastic. The only thing stopping this from being world class is it is a tad sweet. It doesn't take much away for me but I could see how this would hold it back. Medium body and slick feel. ABV is quite hidden considering this is 11%. Excellent offering. (429 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a corked and caged 750ml bottle a dark ruby red with a thin head that fades quickly. Aroma of brown sugar and sweet malts. Tastes similar to the nose with some spice. (177 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage.
Bought at Systembolaget, Sweden in april - 2014.

Dark mahogny colored, clear beer with a three finger high, beige, creamy head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Caramel, raisin, fudge, toffee, butter, oak, dried fruit, vanilla, sugar and yeast.
Taste: A complex, sweet taste of dried fruit, red berries, nuts, molasses, roasted malt, nutmeg, spices, malt and syrup.
Body: Smooth, complex texture. Light carbonation.

Beatiful beer! (462 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage
Pours a deep brown with brick red highlights in the light. A dense and creamy tan head. Spotty lace all down the glass.
The aroma is toffee, fig, raisin and winey.
The taste? It's complicated and layered. Toffee, caramel, fig, raisin, plum, prune. It's vinous
and sweet with a bit of banana in the aftertaste. Just a hint of warming alcohol, which is a bit surprising, given its strength.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with very little carbonation.
Overall, a great after-dinner sipper. Need to put a few away for some extended cellaring... (557 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2013. I think (and hope) this one will improve with age. Not to say it was an awful beer.

Semi-opaque, wine-dark brown. Nearly black. As I drink it and look down, brightens nearly to bronze or sienna. Foamy, medium-retention head. Film forming and quite lacy. Aromatically, it's boozy sweetness, light banana and other esters, spicy phenols, roasted malts. Together, very much like balsamic vinegar. Tastes a bit too estery for my normal drinking palate, but that's okay since this beer is meant to be sipped. Good opportunity to pair it with something that will make it seem less sweet. Other than that, it's pretty much all malt. Alcohol is mostly blended with esters and there is no hop-character or even spice to speak of. Plenty of carbonation, but gentle and smooth drinking. Thick, a little chewy. ABV and sweetness make for a wet finish, with a little bit of that warming/tingling sensation, and a slight burn going down. In the mouth, overall, it's like cola syrup with rum and tonic water. (1,008 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

-look is black with nice brown head but long lasting and micro bubbles look great
-smell is dark fruits mostly with some roasted grains
-a wine like finish and roundness but alot of plum and fruit notes with some grains
-feel is pleasant not really any carbonation real smooth
-to date my favorite strong dark ale, the smoothness is incomparable (346 characters)

Photo of breakingbland
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 7/4/2014 with a 1/2 finger head with fine to medium-fine bubbles. The aroma was roasty sweet (candy). The taste was like the aroma but with the sweetness accentuated. There was no hops presence. The aftertaste was of caramel. This is a medium full-bodied beer with very nice carbonation.

Overall, this is a very good beer, but it was too sweet -- almost cloying. Maybe the advice on the bottle that this beer can (should?) be aged is good advice. I'd love to try a bottle that had less sweetness and a deeper flavor profile. (552 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 10.99/750 mL bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
2014 vintage dated 03/04/2014 at 50 degrees into hand washed and dried snifter
Aroma of dates and figs
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 2 -4 mm uneven frothy ring and layer
Lacing spotty: the ring drags and occasional small islands of tiny bubbles are left behind.
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins very sweet with dates, figs, and brown sugar; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.25 (579 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown, minimal light seeping through. Small cream colored head, dissipates quickly. Active bubbles.

S - Malt, dates, prunes, rains, cherry, sweetness.

T - Very sweet and malty. All the fruity smells come through in the taste. Minimal alcohol taste and almost no bitterness.

M - Some carbonation burn, very smooth.

O - Wonderfully tasty beer. Even non-beer drinkers could enjoy this one. (406 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

***2014 Vintage***

Best before 02/04/2024.

Opaque brown body. ecru colored head with a bit of lacing but not as much as i would expect from a Belgian ale of this pedigree. Smell of dried fruits and chestnuts. Getting a real nutty flavor mixed with dark fruits, a bit sweet. The feel isn't really full and while good, it ends a bit too abrupt. I expected more from this one and have to admit to being disappointed. (415 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful deep brown, almost black, with ever so slightly maroon hues under direct light. Creamy head with great retention.

Beautifully complex aroma. Mostly sweet with caramel and Belgian candi sugar, with notes of dark fruit (fig, cherry, etc.) and raisin. Very faintly spicy yeast is hiding in the background.

Tastes very similar to the smell, but a little less sweet overall. A bit more fruity tartness, but notes of Belgian candi, plum, cereal malts, and a little more earthy spice.

Smooth and thick mouthfeel balanced by a very soft acidity and slightly dry/earthy finish from the yeast/carb.

Pretty sweet overall, but also very complex and well-balanced for a dark Belgian strong. (691 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a shaker pint. Three fingers of tan head settle to a nice cap and patches of lace leave evidence of the once great height. The beer is dark drown and mostly clear with sediment coming with later (or less gentle) pours. Aroma contains raisins, fig, caramel, cherries, and alcohol. Taste is sweet with molasses, candi sugar, dark fruits, and raisins. There is some spicy and mildly hoppy bitterness as well. Certainly a boozy burn on the swallow, but it doesn’t detract. Medium-full body, lots of creamy carbonation, creamy texture, semi-dry finish that allows the residual sugars to leave their mark. (626 characters)

Photo of Wanne
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brown beer, with a beige head. Malty aroma, combined with plum and raisin accent. The alcohol is remarkably present in the taste which causes for a port- or sherry-like taste. There is also a taste of spices to detect. Unfortunately the bottle was already opened a while before I drank of it, which compromised the taste a bit, especially the aftertaste. Will rate this again in the right circumstances. (413 characters)

Photo of stortore
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into a tulip, 2014 bottle dated 4/3/14.

Dark for the style. Decent, tight head. Clings to the glass after the head dissipates. Smells of malt, caramel. A little yeasty, a hint of coffee. Taste is pretty incredible. Sweet and malty. Getting some raisins and dates, caramel continues from the nose. Very nicely carbonated, coats the tongue.

This is an awesome beer that should be on everyone's list to try. Seeing other recent reviews, I guess I should get another and let it age? Where's my car keys? (518 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown with massive head that leaves heavy lacing

S: aroma of biscotti, dark overripened plums, caramelized sugars, and light malt

T: dark purple plum overripened to the point where you can taste the fruit has completely finished ripening and is completely sugar / no starch remaining. The biscuit aromas carry through for the true Belgian strong dark ale flavors mixing with yeast and stale brown bread dough.

M: Very light in carbonation, and relatively thick in mouthfeel.

O: Overall this is a very smooth beer. This beer has been crafted carefully over time and it is a mature and very well crafted brew. Strongly recommended if you have never tried this before. I had seen this for years and passed it by, probably due to its labeling which for whatever reason did not appeal to me. (822 characters)

Photo of JasW
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The 2014 edition pours a splendidly foamy 3 finger tan head over a dark chestnut body. There is a pleasantly musty yeast aroma. The mouthfeel is spectacular: lightly carbonated for the style but nonetheless with a lingering effervescence that I found unusual, and quite pleasing. The dark fruits, banana, and yeast are there with a mild sweetness that just manages to stop short of being too upfront. The higher alcohol content is virtually unnoticeable. This is a spectacular BSDA that is a must try for anyone who is a fan of the style, or just anyone. (555 characters)

Photo of cichief
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bottle of the 2014 edition. Very dark brown, nice light brown head. Smells nice and spicy. Overall very well balanced. I would like to put one of these down for a year. (174 characters)

Photo of ojv
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is for a 2009 bottle, so about 6 years old. Held up remarkably well (the high alcohol content, no doubt). I would have wished to have a more recent vintage for comparison to better gauge the aging process.

Smooth, full mouth feel. Sweet, complex fruits and mellow spice. An enjoyable beer, worth the wait. (312 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle.
This was poured into a snifter and shared with a good buddy for Christmas.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing was left in rings here and there.
The smell had a nice sweet raisin to light champagne-like effervescence. Nice and sweet booze amplifies in a sticky Belgian sort of way.
The taste had a modified sweetness, light boozy sweet raisin again with a standard light Belgian spice. There's a nice Belgian sweet semi-yeasty/bready raisin aftertaste leading to a sweet sticky finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. The carbonation was fairly smooth and rolled nicely across my tongue.
Overall, this was a really nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It really held up well from 2013. (844 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In my tulip at cellar temperature. A bottle from 2013!

Beautiful burgundy color with a small, frothy tan head. Lively carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is an enticing mix of sweet and yeasty bread, raisins, dates, currents, cherries, citrus, molasses, and vanilla. Smells quite similar to a dark fruitcake I made just today, in fact.

What a stunning flavor profile... the initial onset of those dark fruits followed by a downright velvety breadiness as notes of molasses, chocolate, earth, and toasted nuts unfold throughout the finish.

It's got a nice full body with sprightly effervescence, just like a Belgian ale should.

I'm really fond of this one. It has potency of flavors, and also balance. Not too sweet, nor too bitter. A quintessential example of a dark Belgian ale, if I do say so. (796 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle (2012 vintage) into a chalice.

A-A normal pour produces about a half-finger of long lasting mocha colored head. Retention is really impressive. The beer is very dark with just a little bit of ruby coloring getting through the edges of the glass.

S-The aroma is fruity and sweet. I get plum, raisin, and cherry mostly, along with a bit of alcohol burn and some mild phenols. The sweetness comes in the form of brown sugar and fruity alcohol.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely. There is lots of dark fruit, as well as some earthy tobacco flavor and burnt sugar/brown sugar. There is no attempt to hide the alcohol here and it burns just a bit, even in this two-year bottle. Phenols are mild.

M-The beer is medium in heft with an ultra creamy carbonation. It is slightly sticky on my palate.

O-I had been sitting on this bottle for a while and I'm glad I finally popped the cork because it was great. There is no barrel aged business to alter the flavors or provide unnatural sweetness and there is no effort to bury the alcohol -- you get what you get here, and what you get is a great, big beer. (1,130 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some ruby hues shinning through. It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves great lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (raisins, plums, figs), caramel, toffee and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet dark fruit upfront (loads of raisins, plums, figs) followed by caramel and toffee, Belgian yeast and some breadiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Fantastic Belgian Dark!

Serving type: bottle (676 characters)

Photo of GrandpaCarp
4.75/5  rDev +11%

In addition to previous comments, I'd say that the carbonation, although present, is very light so it doesn't get in the way of a spectacular flavor. After nearly 2 years of searching for a beer to match or exceed my favorite - I have found it! (245 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly reddish brown, with a huge 3 inch head, and a lot of lacing. Classic Belgian look.

Smells really, really strongly of dark fruits, plums and raisins. Smells slightly musty, in a good way.

This is very sweet, but fortunately doesn't verge on cloying territory. There's some yeasty esters, chocolate, caramel, toffee, Candi sugars, plums, and raisins. Classic, amplified quad flavor- so intensely flavored. It's great.

This has a very creamy mouthfeel, with a very low amount of carbonation. It's pretty syrupy and thick bodied.

One of the better quads you can find. (653 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated Nov. 21, 2013, pours a deep brown with a short-lived beige head. Light soapy lacing. The aroma has hints of dark fruit, caramel and spice. The taste is nothing short of spectacular. The aroma, plus vanilla and a delicious sweetness. Incredibly smooth body. This is a world-class Belgian beer. (305 characters)

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
95 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.