Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) - Brouwerij Het Anker
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3.76/5 rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2009 release poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains brown sugar, dark fruit, caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit. Then a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary creating a good balance and there’s some spice in the background that creeps in. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent dark Belgian to sip on for a while.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 03:41:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.16/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
2008 Vintage. One of the older beers in my cellar, well by that I mean longest lasting. I have been aging this beer for about 4-5 years now.
Served in a balloon glass. The cork came out with not much effort and without much "pop", but there was a decent amount of head. The glass of beer looks like murky water, with a muddy brown hue that carries highlights of purple rose. The head starts with a thick crown (only when poured aggressively) which slowly dissipates and leaves behind a coating of lace.
The aroma is wonderfully rich. It shows off mature signs of aging, with a sherry and brandy-like quality coming out of the glass. There are hints of molasses and black cherry. Some signs of oxidation. Brown sugar, maple, vanilla bean. There are some sweet aromas here, and I'm not complaining! It really smells excellent.
The full-bodied beer isn't supported much by carbonation. It isn't flat, but the carbonation is fairly low. The flavor is a jam-packed mix of dark malts and dark fruits. The various flavors of brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, raisins, cherries, alcohol, and a light tartness all cross the palate in waves of flavor. The alcohol makes it's presence known in the aftertaste and at the swallow. But there is no burn here....it's not "hot" which is very important for a higher abv beer.
This is an excellent beer. The aroma and flavor are strong, complex, and truly delicious. Aging has worked for this beer. The oxidation qualities have completely worked alongside the already complex and delicious flavor. I didn't drink this alone, but I could have. It's a very good beer that deserves more attention than it gets. I wish I would have tried this side by side with a new bottle.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 05:06:03 | More by MusicaleMike
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,418 ratings.