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

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)

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Reviews: 865
Hads: 1,724
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 233
Gots: 300 | FT: 16
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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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Reviews: 865 | Hads: 1,724
Photo of warrenout330
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle

A- pours a deep mahogany color brown... Ruby highligths to the light... off white head... dissolves to a thin cap over the beer ... moderate to minimal lacing

S- dark candies sugars, caramelized raisins and figs.... sweet bready malts... muskat grapes for overly sweetness

T- we'll pronounced dark sugars, burnt caramelized raisins.. dried figs, earthy suagry malt...

M- sweet sugary candy.... thick oily body... decent carbonation for a sugary beer

O- damn good... up there with the trappiest quads

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Photo of FleeVT
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown bomber poured into a Chimay goblet. Bottle born on date is presented as a year on the neck label and in the story of how it is brewed every year on February 24th on the birthday of Charles V.

A: Pours a beautiful crimson brown which glows on the edges. Capped by an off-white thick head that sticks to the glass and looks like it would require chewing.

S: Delicious. Red delicious apples, brown sugar, caramel, raspberries, and a firm but not overpowering alcohol backbone.

T/M: Big beer! A decadent mix of caramel, chocolate covered berries, oak soaked in dark rum, overripe cherries, and a touch of spice. Just a perfectly balanced beer with hint a hops. The body has a creamy texture that is cut nicely by the higher alcohol volume. Carbonation is moderate.

Like a fine port this seems like it would get better with age. Go slow with this one and savor every last drop.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of counselor
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown and unasuming. Smells deep, dark and malty. Aromas of caramel, tobacco and leather. The taste is deep malt, spicey, sweet, but not sugary. Caramel flavors dominate with very little alcohol, despite the 10% abv. Wow, drink slowly and enjoy, this is a dark, enjoyable beer. I highly recommend it

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Photo of ojiikun
3.43/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage. Shop also had the 2001, but it was twice the price.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip glass. Body is a deep reddish-brown, and suprisingly clear with a bit of suspended particulate matter. No fogging whatsoever. Head was off-white and dissipated slowly but steadily.

Smell has lots of up-front booze and an incredible amount of old brandy oak. There is a bit of a bacterial lambic-ish fruity smell as well. Minor notes are of caramel and raisins.

Taste is at first sour then immediately sweet, then with another bit of sour at the end. Initial brandy notes continue, along with good dark german bread. The sour notes of the smell develop into cherry and currant as the sweetness comes into play. What hops are there are all herbal, no bitter or floral notes of which to speak. Belgian funk goes without saying for the style. I suspect a bit of spontanious fermentation in this vintage, that lactic smell is just signature.

Mouthfeel is aggressive thanks to good, strong carbonation and high ABV. The constant balance between sweet and tart is a bit much at times, but the best parts of the flavour that hide inside each sip are enough to keep you going.

I realized about halfway thru the first glass that I am drinking this beer MUCH too early. 9 months wasn't long enough for this beer to really finish conditioning. The flavours are all there and are brilliant, but they haven't yet come together in a way that only age can bring.

I will have to grab another 2006 while they're cheap and put it away for two years, and update accordingly. I think this could be an incredible icon of the grand cru world, given it's time.

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Photo of TripelJ
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Gouden Carolus D'or 750 ML

Pours a ruddy reddish-brown with a dense tan head that recedes after a few minutes. Aroma is simply sweet, with a hint of spicy alcohol. Taste is much more mellow than I remember, although I have only previously had this beer in the smaller, 12 oz. bottle. Mostly sweet apple and light caramel with just a hint of acidic bitterness. A small piece of "Red Delicious" Apple with the peel, dipped in caramel... Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and drinkability is very good, when considering the 8% abv.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown-orange color. The head was slight and looked tan and slightly green. Head left a nice ring about the glass and left some lacing. Smell was a melange of fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste was overall very sweet and was composed of chocolate and fruit with a hint of spice. Mouthfeel was smooth and rich. This was a wonderful beer, but, in the end, the sweetness proved to be overpowering.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of gonzo138
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2003 edition, enjoyed in august 2006
A- pours extremely dark, almost looks blood red when held to the light, a bit cloudy, whitish head, dissapates quicklly, doesn't really retain or lace too well

S- fruity sweet smell, with notes of alchohol very present

T- very dark, rich, smooth sweetness, fruity taste, alchohol is not as pronounced in taste

M- thick, good carbonation despite low head, coats mouth with flavor for quite a while, feels bubbly

D- only lower than the rest because this is a serious beer, a definite sipping beer, Grand Cru's are very strong

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Photo of Boppar
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a truly remarkable beer. I had the pleasure of sharing a 750 mL bottle (vintage 2006) with a very good friend of mine.

After pouring into a chalice, I noticed that the head quickly disappeared into a few seductive strands of lace that simply would not take "no" for an answer, and remained in my glass for the duration.

The beer itself is a hazy reddish-brown (the red is even more noticeable when the glass is held up to the light). It smells like sweet, resinous fruits, with an underlying alcoholic warmth due to the 10% ABV. Take note of the 10 points when you smell the glass, because you certainly cannot taste them.

But the complex array of flavors is where this beer truly shines. Dates and figs dominate the palate, with raisins following closely behind them, yet somehow, this beer is not overly-sweet.

I gave this beer a "3" in the drinkability category only because with a beer as rich and complex as this, I really wouldn't want to drink these all night. In fact, I was glad I didn't have to tackle that 750 alone. That being said, I wish I had one right now...

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010, consumed July 16, 2011.

750ml caged bottle purchased at Costco for about $7

Poured at 43 degrees into a Duvel Tulip glass which yielded a 1.5 inch beige head. Beer was dark caramel in color and the head held up for several minutes, slowly receding leaving good lacing all around.

The fragrances were of sweet malts, raisins, banana bread, warm caramel syrup.

The flavors were of sweet raisins, caramel, brown sugar, molasses. The bottle said something about erring on the side of sweetness - they definitely did that. It was sugary sweet with dark candied fruit flavors in abundance. I got some of the banana and date bread but didn't pick up any apple as the bottle and other reviewers claim.

It was complex on the sweet end of the spectrum.

The mouthfeel was silky, lingering sweet, desert-like finish. I found the 11% alcohol to be barely noticeable unless you interpret the sweetness as alcohol. There was no alcohol drying or boozy effects (like I got with the Leviathan Quad).

Overall, exceptional so long as you are in the mood for sweet.

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Photo of GabrielM
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - a really nice dark brown caramel color with a cafe late-colored head on top. Some nice bubbles as well.

S - caramel, brown sugar, spice, raisins and dark fruit. Malt sweetness.

T - everything in the nose is here, with a little more sweetness than expected. This sweetness fades a bit as the beer warms, which is a good thing.

M - really nice carbonation and flavors that leave my palate wanting more.

D - the only thing that will slow me down is the 11%. Otherwise, I could drink this baby all night.

Really nice Belgian dark ale here. One of the best I've tasted.

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Photo of Chinon01
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is of stewed apples and cinnamon, pear and candied fermented cidre. Taste is sweet similar to nose with cidre, leather. Honeyed and candied. Shoe polish solvent with apple and acidity from yeast (presumably). Bready and malty. Finishes clean with Belgian yeast flair.

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Photo of Bananaman
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, this is a really wonderful beer. It reminds me quite alot of Pannepot Grand Reserva 2005, at least in the smell.

Deep brown/red colour with a nice white/beige head. The head lasts until the beer is finished, nice!

Smells nicely of red berries, nuts, maltiness. Slightly wineous too. Pretty amazing smell actually, but not perfect.

The taste is like the smell, but even more. This is quite a sweet beer actually. But there is a huge complexity to the sweetness. Some notes of caramel, nuts and raw sugar are found in there too.

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Photo of fido
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy red color, big white head and nice lacing; Smell is sweet, alcohol, spices, maybe some wood and fruity; Taste is very sweet at first, alcohol, spices and fruity; Mouthfeel is a little bit dry.

A very nice brew; really tasty.

Excellent Belgian beer.


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Photo of gimmehead
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note: 2003 vintage consumed 6/15/05

A rich, burgundy brown hued brew with a soft, sticky beige head that lasts forever and lovingly coats the glass. Smell is very sweet; candy sugar and buttery malts, cotton candy springs to mind. I just couldn't get enough of the aroma, I stuck my face in the chalice and breathed deeply for the better part of half an hour. It has a beautiful estery, vinous quality which fades to rich sweetness and hints of lush dark fruits. Amazing. If it tastes like it smells I'm afraid I'll weep. Nothing for it but to part lips and pour... sweet mercy, it does! Holding back sobs of joy I enjoy the soft vinous character, the ripe apples and cherries. The buttery malts and candy sugar are toned down a bit compared to the nose but still very flavorful. The finish is very winey and has a perfect alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel is perfect as well, thick and substantial with some soft carbonation tickle. Just right.

I have never reviewed a beer as a perfect 5 before, and I do so with some trepidation. How can a beer be perfect? Can it not be improved upon? Questions that I don't take lightly. The only answer I can come up with is that this is simply the best beer I've ever had. Every aspect was perfect in my mind: sweetness, fruityness well blended alcohol, etc. This is the standard to which I'll hold all Quads and Belgian Strong Darks to. The bar is set.

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Photo of Matty1918
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to deepsouth for allowing me to sample this.

Pours a nice dark brown color with a nice off white head. Good amount of lacing too.

Aroma was very nice....ripe, sugary fruit...plums, bananas, cherries..there was also hints of maple syrup and molases.

Taste was of molases and ripe fruit. A slight dry bitterness was there also but blendid well with the sweet malts. The alcohol is well hidden but there is a little hint of it at the end. Very nice tasting.

Mouthfeel was smooth and syrupy.

Glad I got the chance to try this. I'd buy this if I could find it. Very sippable.

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Photo of Trizzle
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I was big in to the Belgian Tripels and Quads, this was one of my favourites.. I should point out, I'm not so into Belgians these days, but will be objective.

2010 Vintage.

Pours a very dark burgundy, clear with beautiful highlights. A good dense head fades leaving a great blanket of just off white bubbles with quite good lace. Esp considering the abv.

Belgian yeast strains, christmas pudding, plums, raisins, and oak notes in the nose. Alcohol is vaguely present, along with some candi sugar and port.

Flavour is full of liquor soaked plums and raisins. Sweet malt with the dark malts adding a very complimentary hint of dry earth. Alcohol is in the mix, but perfectly so. Some yeast on the finish.

Mouth is ,edium full, with some great fine carbonation really filling it out.

For a beer of the ABV and sweetness the drinkability is 1st class.

Not as good as the 15yo bottle of this I tried last year, but still a great beer.

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Photo of Mudpuppet
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kaimcm for recommending this one.

A- Poured from a 750ml cage and corked bottle with the date of 2006 on it. Poured into a chalice. Pours a chestnut brown with a hazy orange highlight. Very little head on this one. I expected a nice thick dense head but did not get it. Maybe the alcohol content is affecting that.

S- Very light nose. Definite sweetness on the nose. Some darker malty notes also. I smell a bit of nuttyness too.

T- First I will say this is a pretty sweet beer. Nice sweet malt notes in the beginning changing to a slightly metallic taste like I expect from a quad then back into sweetness. Notes of nuts, sweet dark dried fruits and candi sugar. This is a very nice example of a Belgian Quad.

M- Creamy and sweet. The carbonation cuts though just a bit but this is how a quad should feel in your mouth.

D- Other than the 11% ABV which isn't that noticeable, I could and might have a couple glasses. This is a really nice Quad!

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle in snifter glass at 1 year and 4 months
A: sudsy subtle 1 finger head, deep brown almost opaque with subtle hints of ruby
S: instant pilsner malt, some thick chocolate richness and dark fruit, full and sweet
T: wow this beer is sweet, I mean not even a hint of hoppy bitterness, caramel malts and a lighter bodied chocolate dominate this beer, but there's a bit of that pilsner malt that hangs around and is odd but not off putting, some cherry notes come in and marry with the caramel malts and add a tartness to the sweet
M: a bit dry but not too dry, pleasant, the sweetness in the taste distracts from the dryness in a way that I wish it did not
O: quite pleasant, but too sweet for me, I think the prominence of the pilsner malts is a nice and interesting touch, would be a great introduction to belgian strong dark ales, very accessible, but suitably complex, not my favorite, but not bad, will age some in hopes that the sweetness will dissipate some

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Photo of jhu1995
2.83/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a rich brown color with minimal head. Smell is malty and sweet with some mild fruity notes - prune and plums mostly. Taste was sweet with lots of caramel flavors and some mild chocolate. Thought it was close to a dubbel with the high caramel taste. Sticky sweetness on the tongue. Overall, I thought this was tough to drink, but I am not a fan of dubbels and this one reminded me too much of that style. Not a bad beer but not a fan of beers with lots of caramel flavors and taste.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 25.4 oz corked bottle into a Koningshoeven goblet. Pours a deep molasses color with a caramel cream colored head. Very active. Smells like a candy store that specializes in caramel and chocolate covered cherries. Taste is sweet with a slight tingle on the tongue and a cherry aftertaste. This is a great Strong ale and definitely a must try!

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Photo of Mahlik
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Snamnoum
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle of 2008 with 2 years on it

Appearance - pours a deep, dark, brown/garnet with a smallish beige head. Giant clumps of lace all over the glass. Think and syrupy looking.

Smell - is metallic. Notes of fruit, biscuity malt, and warming heat from the alcohol dominate my nose.

Taste - Is massively rich and complex, a ton of stuff going on here. Malt, malt, malt, up front followed by crazy fruit. Plumbs and cherries mostly. A little tinniness then boom here comes the alcohol. Smacks you square across the face and warms your throat and stomach, very whiskey-like. Finish is spicy with more fruit, malt, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel - is full bodied and chewy. Low to medium carbonation. As it is being drunk it creamily envelops you mouth, tongue, and taste buds, causing the favors to linger luxuriously. Finish lasts minutes.

Drinkability - this beer is IMO stunning. One bomber is absolutely enough for one person but Had I access I would definitely buy a case. This beer is truly orgasmic :)

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Photo of kitch
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml corked and caged bottle. 2014 vintage with a best before date of 29th April 2024. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a dark brown colour with a slightly less than one finger tan head which quickly settles to a nice thin creamy layer leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma: Strong aromas of caramel and toffee, also lots of dark fruits, plum, raisin, prunes, dates, fig with hints of butter.

Taste: On the sweet side with dark fruits dominating especially plum, raisin, fig and prunes. Caramel and toffee are in the background and hints of banana and bubblegum sweetness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, light warmness, medium bodied, light carbonation.

Overall: A very good beer that is a must buy for me. Even at 11%, you don’t taste the alcohol. Great for a late night sipper. I’m going to age a few bottles and see what happens!

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
95 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.