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

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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 180
Gots: 193 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour of non stop creamy foam and bubbles. OK once its in the glass. Fresh 2004. Corriander clove overdose and almost sugary malts but drinkable with meal. Auburn raisin brown.Bannana in yeast aroma. Alcohol knocked us out. Upped rating based on another tasting 5 months later.
Two and a half years later, tried a 2002 and it was a mellow yeasty treat with an orangey lace colour and taste.
Had a 2002 8 years later and it really mellow and gave forth dark fruit. Smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 05:32:42 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

09-08-2012 00:25:10 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sticker on neck of bottle indicates 2009 vintage.

Pours a clear root beer color with a 1/2 inch tan head that fades to an oily film. Broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is awesome with sweet biscuit-like malt, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, and alcohol aromas. Taste is exactly like the smell with a very sweet and rich set of complex flavors. This beer has a good carbonation level with a crisp and slightly prickly mouthfeel. The alcohol hits the back of the throat with each sip and creates a warming on the drink down. Overall, this is a very good beer with awesome dark fruit/molasses flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 17:23:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13%

11-14-2011 20:59:57 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown mahogany with a decent light brown head.

S: Lots of dark fruits, cherries, and some more earthy dried fruits as well. Plenty of yeasty goodness.

T: Much luck the smell with a little bit of extra sweetness thrown in.

M: Fairly full-bodied and creamy. Not too much alcohol taste.

D: Quite drinkable. Split this one with my wife and glad that we had a whole 750 to split.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 19:36:28 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jaargang 2005. The beer is a gorgeous conflagration of dark bronze, dark orange and dark red, with shimmering edges of bonfire orange. Equally as attractive is a tremendous looking crown of lightly toasted marshmallow-like foam. Cementing BSDA perfection is an array of delicate lace that easily qualifies as eye candy. What a start!

The nose may need a little time to open up, so I'll continue to go back to it throughout the '750'. My initial impressions are of a spicier and less sweet beer than expected. Tobacco notes seem especially prominent. Warming helps to some degree, but the aroma lags behind the flavor profile for sure.

I have no qualms about proclaiming this ale incredibly delicious right from the first mouthful. Man oh man, I love Brouwerij Het Anker beer! The Emperor is a regal sort of BSDA that earns its name with no trouble at all. It's as deep and as complex as all but the very best versions... and it hasn't even warmed yet.

While it isn't quite as spicy as the nose portended, it's definitely on the spicy side of the style average. Let's see... dark caramel, light molasses, dates macerated in tawny port, plum jam, tobacco, clove, maybe even a little bruised banana. The contrast between sweet, tart and bitter (all present in roughly equal proportions) is at least as interesting as the dizzingly display of intertwining flavors.

Cuvee Van De Keizer reminds me that BSDAs are a close second to tripels as my favorite Belgian style. The mouthfeel is as glorious as the rest of the beer. It's no more than medium, yet has a mouthfilling quality and a stick-to-it-iveness that is admirable. I wish all the world's brewers were as proficient with carbonation as the Belgians.

I've now had the four most widely distributed Brouwerij Het Anker offerings and I've been gobsmacked by each and every one. I had no idea this was the case, but on scores alone, this is my favorite Belgian brewery. Grand Cru of the Emperor (as my bottle reads) or Cuvee Van De Keizer... whatever you call it, call it an outstanding example of the brewer's art.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 22:38:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear but very dark brown in color and poured with a two finger high beige head that slowly dissipated and left lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The nose has moderate aromas of dark fruits along with some notes of malty sweetness.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite fruity and has flavors of cherries, plums and raisins. There is a moderate amount of malty sweetness and hints of apples and cherries. Overall, the taste is rather complex and well balanced.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate of carbonation. There is a mild amount of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: The beer tastes like it is strong, but nowhere near the level of 11%, and the well masked nature of the alcohol makes this beer very drinkable compared to others in the style.

Note: 2010 vintage

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 03:02:25 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt caramel color with a pouffy beige head that leaves shards of lace

Smell: All kinds of phenols wafting around - rum raisin, butterscotch, pecans, maraschino cherries

Taste: Starts with a dance of toffee and maraschino cherry flavors that builds in yeasty complexity, mid-palate; after the swallow, a cotton candy sweetness kicks in, to be joined by rum soaked golden raisins in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: As big and complex as any of the Belgians, the sweetness factor limits its drinkability to a modest amount after dinner

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 18:58:20 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-22-2012 16:42:31 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Edition.



A – This poured a very dark, almost a hazelnut color of brown, with a slightly reddish tint to it. Very hazy and cloudy and with a good amount of sediment running through it. A good two inch plus of head formed on the top, a nice tan colored pillow like but sticky head formed on the top and really never faded. It sort of settled , nut even then was still quite strong. This was definitely a full bodied looking brew and something that looked like it was getting ready to sink its teeth in. A good amount of side glass lace flowed down the glass throughout and gave it the final touch of a full looking brew.



S – Whew, that was strong. Now this meant business. There was definitely an alcohol presence here, but not in an overpowering or derogatory way, more of a subtle, just letting you know it was there. Lots of dark spices here. I could pick up even some dark fruits, plums and maybe even a bit of grape in the nose. The deep caramel like sweetness was also present here and gave it a good lifet and a nice fullness.



T – For as strong as this was, I would actually consider the overall flavor profile to be nice and mellowed compared to what it probably could have been. First notice was a very nice warming feeling coming over as I took the first sip. Lots of mellowed yeast here. Some apples and plums, maybe a fig mixed in seemed to bring out the lighter notes. Meanwhile, underneath that was a deep caramel like flavor that blended in with a earthy or bready like back. Very complex and yet remarkably smooth. There were just enormous flavors here, but yet it was so finely blended that nothing really dominated, nor did it really overwhelm. Just a really well crafted thing here and something that was just better as it kept going on. The finish was a touch brandy like and left you a bit dry, good and very solid.



M – Very full, and I mean very full. The carbonation here was more then adequate and really helped to pull the overall profile together and really tighten it up. There was just a smooth, very smooth fell to it. The carbonation was very light and it made it pretty much roll over the tongue and let the flavors to the work. A slight warming and a good overall robust feel.



D – This was definitely a sipper, there was just no other way about it. It was so full that you had to just sit back, relax, let it warm up and enjoy. I can see why they only brew it once a year, that it really all that you need to be honest. This was not overally powerful that you could not have it, but you really just did not need more then one. Very solid and one of the best after dinner relaxers I have had in a very long time.



Overall I really like this. I did not know what to expect when going in, but this was really quite fantastic. It had a full body and feel, and such a robust and complex flavor profile, that at times you just did not know where to turn to next. A more then balanced feel and approach led to this being one of the favorites of the night. Now don’t get me wrong this was not for the faint of drink, rather something that was to be appreciated by those who knew how to appreciate it. A fine choice that you should definitely try and seek out.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 00:22:56 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Bottle: Poured a rusty and cloudy amber ale with a medium brown head with surprisingly great retention. Aroma is quite port-like sweet with strong malt also noticeable. Taste is sweeter then expected and I was glad I drank this after dinner since the sweetness would have been too overpowering before a meal. Body is quite full and alcohol is not discernable which I always appreciate. Overall, I would say that this si another great beer from a sometime underappreciated brewery – I very much appreciated the creamy, fruit/sweetness of this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 16:59:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A perennial favorite beer since arriving on locals shelves a few years ago. I am always taken back and question why my refrigerator isn't stocked with the beer.

The beer opens with a highly carbonated pour that allows a 1/3 pour before the foam breaches the top of the chalice. The first pour from the 750 delivers nearly perfect clarity and aggressive effervescence. Subsequent pours bring much more haze (from bottle conditioning) and lightened carbonation. A lightly tanned foamstand carries sprinkles of spices and yeast while taking on an airy and loosely-knit appearance.

Aromas strongly favor the fruity esters. Plumbs, grapes, figs, dates, apples, cherries, raisons, and prunes all culminate for a complex and richly sweet sensation to the nose. Candied malts ride along, just beyond the fruitiness. Finally spicy orange, white pepper, paradise seed, and cinnamon all seem yeast derived (not added later) and decorate the aromas quite nicely.

Flavors, like the aroma, show aggressive fruitiness up front and ultimately dominate the beer. While pilsner malts provide the slightest of foundations for flavor, the candi-sugars have as much (maybe more) of an impact than do the softer grains. Fruitcake flavors, spices, and a alcoholic, rum-like flavor balances out the fruity esters and spicy phenols and give another layer of complexity. Finishes with some residual sugar flavors on the tongue that at times resemble cola.

The textures straddle the fence of dry and drinkable vs. sugary and mouth coating. Alcohols and well attenuated maltiness ultimately drive the beer into a dry finish with light residual sweetness left on the palate. Otherwise, full, rich, and expansive because of the onslaught of carbonation and sweetness.

The first pour from the bomber brings cleaner fruit flavors with a less muddled character; however it may lack richness and complexity. Later pours bring a deeper, maltier flavor from the sediment in the bottle, and left the beer less dry and palatable. I prefer the later pours after the sediment had been aroused. As for Strong Dark Belgian Ales, this beer applies a very fruit-driven signature rather than a malt-forward base as do most.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 01:31:21 | More by BEERchitect
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

01-05-2012 08:32:14 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12-06-2011 18:41:01 | More by kjkinsey
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark red, no lacing really. single finger head.

S: musty with apple notes.

T: tons of dark fruit. Prune and cranberry mostly. Some woody notes.

M: smooth, thick and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I am picky about my belgian strong dark ales beers and this one is not one I loved.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 23:32:00 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-14-2013 00:48:12 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beer that dont come around often,pours a deep brown with some reddish tints with to be expected a hug rocky head.Aroma is of spiced cherries and alcohol,taste is spices and of dried fruit(cherries) and ginger-like and the alcohol really comes thru as it warms.It would be tough to finish a bottle of this brew but it is very appetizing to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 03:03:17 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-09-2013 22:26:33 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a brownish red color in the light. The head was fluffy and light tan in color. The smell of the beer is slightly sweet, lots of Belgian yeast and dark malt aromas in this one. The taste of the beer gets better as it warms up, it had some really nice spices in there that mixed well with the malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and had a pretty good amount of carbonation to it. Overall it's a pretty good Belgian brew, not much to complain about here.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:28:59 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

jaargang 2006

A - Poured out a dark brown/burgandy color with a foamy, caramel colored, one-finger head. Left a little lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit and malt.

T - Tasted very malty, and had a strong dried fruit quality. A subtle spicy hoppiness, too. A relatively strong alcohol presence.

M - The mouthfeel was crisp and soft. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Belgian beer. Great character and flavor. Next time I'll try an older Grand Cru.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 15:58:11 | More by zeff80
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-10-2013 23:13:19 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle, sashed and mounted regent image on the bottle - solid.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark ruddy amber hue, with a teeming tower of creamy, foamy pale beige head, which leaves some consistently abstract layered lace around the glass in its well-strewn wake.

It smells of sweet dark bready malt, tangy black fruit, a touch of stewed apple, softly oily nuts, spicy Belgian yeast, and mildly astringent alcohol. The taste is more sweet, grainy dark caramel malt, candi sugar, zingy aged black fruit - plum, cherry liqueur, and blackberries, a strange bit of cough syrup warming, and sedate, but not for the lack of trying, earthy hops.

The carbonation is mostly average, but frothy in a playful way at times, the body medium-full in weight, predominately from the dense sugary malt, and smooth by default, with a well-established attendant creaminess. It finishes still fully stuffed with fruity, malty goodness, barely tempered by a goofy, somewhat try-hard, and less-than-obvious booze edginess.

Despite the very perceptible sweetness quotient, a decent balance is deftly maintained - so no real sugar overload manifests - all amidst an agreeable, and at times, locally inexplicable drying character, though booze and underground hops seem to be the prime suspects. Not so weirdly drinkable, as flavour trumps strength, until that inevitable wall is met, QED.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 04:09:54 | More by biboergosum
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largadeer

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage.

Appearance - Dark chestnut brown, nearly black. Pours with half an inch of tan-colored head, which quickly disappears. A small amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Smell - Fruity esters, caramel, toasted nuts, chocolate, port, raisins and subtle spices. A bold aroma that increases in complexity as the beer warms.

Taste - Rich caramel flavors followed by notes of dried fruit, bittersweet chocolate, toasted almonds and spices. The finish is fairly mild and clean on the palate, with no strong aftertaste and only a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A very full mouthfeel. Not as carbonated as I was expecting, but it works to the beer's advantage as it really brings out the many layered flavors.

Notes - This beer has a port-like quality that makes it very unique to me. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 04:04:40 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-14-2011 16:48:38 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 750 ml brown bottle, corked and caged. 2002. Cellared at 60F. The label reads 8% alc by volume (although it may actually be a bit stronger).

The Grand Cru of the Emperor (Charles V) pours a clear dark chestnut brown body with ruby highlights beneath a frothy head of ivory foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves very nice, wide sheets of thin Brussels lace. Very nice!!!

The nose entices you to partake with notes of toffee; darkened brown sugar; sweet, crusty, honey-glazed bread; some dark fruit (mainly raisins); brandy; and a quick spritz of orange.

In the mouth it's delicately zesty on the tongue, and then quite creamy with a very fine, natural-carbonation and medium body.

The flavor offers a briliant, sugary mix of raisins and rich toffee with a hint of orange-chocolate in the background. The yeast also tosses in some mild bubblegum-like phenolics (sugar and clove-like spice) that turns it a touch candyish. Some herbal hops appear at the swallow and lend it an earthy, mineralish edge that helps to round out its candyish character. The bitterness is a touch limited as might be expected, but it punches through the malt midway, and there's enough there to keep it from becoming cloying in the long-lingering finish. The alcohol appears once it warms a bit, but keeps to the wings (except in the finish); and it actually adds a touch of spiciness that's welcome against the candyish malt.

Tasted side by side with a bottle of the Classic Carolus, this is clearly just a bumped up version of the standard that might include better malts (perhaps some Munch malts) and a longer, cooler fermentation and maturation period. They are very much the same beer, but this one is much more nicely done. It's thoroughly enjoyable, and as it can age at least 3 years, I'd highly suggests you grab a few bottles and pull one out during special occassions each year. I can easily see this working with a Thanksgiving dinner (before, during, or after), or as a toasting beer during the holiday season. It will work with numerous food pairings, including glazed pork chops, BBQ ribs, and char-grilled steak. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 23:51:09 | More by NeroFiddled
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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.