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

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1,491 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 185
Gots: 214 | FT: 12
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002)
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5/5  rDev +16%

strangebrew321, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

FunkyFibes, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev -7.2%

zenwatts, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of mdagnew
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk... 2008 bottle...

Poured a deep burgundy red / brown colour with a slight haze... Creamy tan head poured quite foamy but faded very quickly to thin covering with thick edging... fair amount of carbonation bubbles... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Dark spicy fruits (raisins, prunes, some blackcurrents), strong toasted toffee maltiness, some molasses notes, light aniseed hints, some light rum traces, vanilla, light oakiness, some nuttiness, peppery hops...

Taste - Sweet and spicy fruits (definite raisins and prunes, spicy apples, some strawberries and blackcurrents), brown sugar / toffee sweetness, toasted bready maltiness, strong Belgian yeastiness, light herbal notes, nice warming alcohol, liquorice hints, spicy hops...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry then some smoothness coming through after.. Medium / full bodied... Pretty drinkable considering the strength...

Overall - An excellent beer... Up with the best of the dark Belgain ales... Highly recommended...

mdagnew, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of CWhite
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

CWhite, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

smakawhat, Jan 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16%

touchmeimsac, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

N8DAGR8, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of UpToMeBeer
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Choice City Butcher in Fort Collins.
A: Copper-brownish with a thin sudsy head featuring many many tight bubbles. Lots of lacing.
S: Fig and dark candied fruits.
T: Light and sweet. A bit of booze that's muted by the sweetness. Subtle fruits.
MF: Moderate carbonation. Pleasant and gentle. Underwhelming. Lacked body.
O: Decent. Given the ABV, I was expecting more intensity or something more pronounced in the flavors.

UpToMeBeer, Jan 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -53.6%

bbadger, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Brushkanna
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am drinking desert. This is as far away from a traditional beer as I have had. I’m a novice when it comes to Belgian dark strong ales. The Grand Cru of the Emperor pours with a short creamy head, there are great strong flavors of sweet dark raisins, caramel, brown sugar & hints of fine chocolate.

My wife who likes darker sweeter beers said, "this is the best beer ever". Some have said that the high ABV was noticeable and a negative but I did not get that feeling. It has 11% ABV but it fits well, reminds me of a fine desert wine.

We really enjoyed this beer I will be looking for it again as a great holiday treat.

Brushkanna, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red and brown...almost wood-like color.

Smells of dark fruits, caramel and clean alcohol. Hints of bread and sugary cake.

The flavor is intense. Raisins, tart cherries, other dark fruits, cake, caramel and grains. The sweets are balanced with molasses, mixed spices breads and hints of citrus peel. Alcohol flavors are well blended and actually aid in the taste.

Rich and creamy mouthfeel compliments the heavy dose of flavors.

I bought this on a whim and I'm glad I did!

ElGrecoVerde, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Archemedies, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

tclapper, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

throwback, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

A finger of off white/faint brown head is produced. The body is brown with an abundance of ruby red hues when held to the light. Dare I say this is a sexy looking beer? I must. Lots of eye candy lacing is left.

On the nose this has a definite alcohol presence which at 11% it gets a little hard to totally hide. There is also some caramel sweetness, dark fruits, and bready notes to balance out that alcohol and make it a pleasant smelling brew.

Mmm...big bready notes, a bit of molasses, caramel, dark fruits like raisins and figs with an alcohol kick.

There is a full body here that is fairly smooth. The carbonation isn't too much and works nicely. Slightly sticky on the lipsss.

This thing is pretty wonderful. I was hoping to keep it around for a little bit before cracking it, but I broke down and I'm glad I did. If the sweetness and alcohol levels were toned down ust a tad this would be a home run. It's still amazing, like a Bengie Molina triple.

MattSweatshirt, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow this is really something special. on tap at the bull and bush in denver. 10oz goblet for 7 dollars, reasonable. looks like a holiday beer, with a deep mahogany color and a thick thick white belgian head. smells very fruity with a fresh baked bread sort of aroma as well, mild spice. flavor is dried fruits and a touch of spice. its a little sweet but incredibly well balanced and interesting. alcohol pokes through a little in the finish. mouthfeel is fantastic, smooth and fuller bodied. this is an outstanding beer, one i had never heard of before, but one i will absolutely seek out in the future.

StonedTrippin, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of fx20736
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle at cellar temp into a pint glass.

Turbid dark ochre with cream colored head. Nice lacing.

Aroma of caramel, granny smith apples, raisins & alcohol esters.

Mouthfeel: soft medium.

Taste: Like the aroma. Brown sugar, apples, raisins.

Notes: smooth, sweet & warming. I can hardly wait to see what cellaring will do to this tasty beer.

fx20736, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of mariposafan
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours bright, clear garnet. Not quite as bright as a ruby port but close. The head a little on the short side, both in height and durability.

Super sweet aroma with lots of yeast an plenty of sweet, dark fruit. Some toffee aroma as well.

Sweet flavor, though there's a little sharpness there as well that reminds me, again, a little of port. The alcohol is pretty upfront. Plenty maltiness but I'd like to taste more of the yeast that was so prominent in the aroma. The flavor also doesn't linger at all and a little longer finish would be nice.

The mouthfeel is a little on the light side but otherwise excellent. The carbonation is just right.

Overall I like this but I'm wondering if it would benefit from some aging as it's a little hot and a little one dimensional. I plan to pick up another bottle or two and try it again after some time.

mariposafan, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

danedelman, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Mahlik
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a red wine glass. 2009 vintage.

A - Pours a murky brown with ruby hues. Pours with a puffy off-white head that dissipates after a few minutes. Nice lacing covers the sides of the glass.

S - Rich, sweet aroma you would expect from a bigger Belgian beer. Aroma consists of plums, rum-soaked raisins, molasses and candied sugar. Some underlying bready malts. Subtle hints of alcohol.

T - Lots of sweet raisins, figs and candi sugar take over the palate. Molasses, toffee and caramel malts break into the middle to help balance out the sweetness. The taste is more sweet than rich and malty. A slight alcohol burn hits the

M - Smooth medium body with light carbonation. The alcohol gives a warmth that fades quickly. There is a slight syrupy feel.

O - Overall, this is pretty good. A little sweet but still has enough going on to make it an enjoyable beer. It's not quite in the same league as some of the other major Belgians dark ales and quads. Would recommend giving it a try.

Mahlik, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

cdwil, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of ADZA
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt copper hue which leaves a one finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is really strong boozy alcohol and i mean strong with also raisins soaked in brandy and xmas pudding,the mouthfeel is like a liquid pudding its thick and fullfilling with tastes of cherry brandy,raisins,candied figs,brown sugar,port,apple crumble and the finish is like a nice port sweet,warming,dry and very boozy and overall this one bottle is more than enough thank god i didnt get a 6litre but its a great Xmas drop in my eyes and palette cheers.

ADZA, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of DrSuds
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

DrSuds, Dec 22, 2011
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,491 ratings.