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

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Ratings: 1,422
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 168
Gots: 184 | FT: 11
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002)
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Photo of pentathlete


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

I've had this on-tap at CAH and out of the bottle at least a half dozen times. Then I noticed, I've never reviewed it. So, with a steak fresh off the grill, I popped the cork on a bottle and enjoyed.

Pours the color of fine cognac with a large bubbly head, plenty of lacing, and fountains of carbonation. Nose is bread soaked dark fruits with some alcohol. Taste is a delicious blend of citrus, malt, raisins, cough syrup, and bing cherries. It's a beer sangria, only with a wonderfully full mouthfeel. This big beer goes down smoother than a lot of lighter brews. This is a personal favorite.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 01:12:57 | More by pentathlete
Photo of tkdchampxi

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16%

08-11-2013 23:15:22 | More by tkdchampxi
Photo of Franchise


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

This offering has been aged since 2004, so it is about 3 years old. It pours a dark brown, with some light penatration. Leaving no head at all, the aroma is dark pitted fruit, plum, pears, raisins, dark syrup, wow so complex and sweet leaving a port like quality for all to admire. The taste starts cordial, moving to just a faint amount of hops but showcasing a malty, sweet, syrupy delight. The taste mirrors the nose dark fruit, raisins, plums, prunes, and finishes syrupy in the back of the palate. This is one fanastic aged brew and I'm glad I got a full growler of this one.

Serving type: growler

03-13-2007 23:38:48 | More by Franchise
Photo of Westuh


3.75/5  rDev -13%

05-16-2013 18:35:49 | More by Westuh
Photo of Mphis


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

07-18-2013 03:41:58 | More by Mphis
Photo of Erdinger2003


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

The head poured out well and left s little small lacing. The smell was very nice with sweet and very dry tones. The taste was very nice and dry with the sweetness that wasn't too dry. The mouthfeel was very nice and not unpleasant at all. Overall this was a great beer and I will have more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 11:16:32 | More by Erdinger2003
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-18-2012 17:44:27 | More by erlenmeyer
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3/5  rDev -30.4%

10-25-2013 21:21:33 | More by desint
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

11-04-2013 01:32:32 | More by mythaeus
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North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml corked and caged bottle with 2006 printed on the neck label. Poured a medium slightly hazy brown with a 1 finger head, OK longevity and lace. Aromas of candi sugar, sherry, dried fruits and somewhat yeasty and bready. The alcohol really comes through upon tasting. Its sweeter that I expected. Lots of sherry and dried fruit flavors but not as rich as is needed to tone down the 10% abv. If this beer was about 6 or 7% it would be awesome, but the alcohol is just too potent. It's going to be tough to down this 750 myself.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 01:42:48 | More by sabrills70
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

05-22-2013 16:53:35 | More by aflies
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-09-2014 22:21:40 | More by MarcWP
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3/5  rDev -30.4%

09-02-2013 20:22:35 | More by UncleAddie
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

07-10-2014 06:26:51 | More by YeastEnthusiast
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4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a Goblet from the 750mL bottle.

The beer pours a burgundy-brown with a frothy tan head. The head dissipates down to a thin film, leaving minimal lace. The aroma is full of caramel and sweet dark fruits. The taste is up front with chocolaty and caramel flavors and is then followed up by some dark fruity sweetness. The beer finishes with a spicy yeasty character. The alcohol presence is surprisingly at a minimum. The body is medium-full bodied with a creamy carbonation. Overall, it is a good Belgian Strong Dark Ale with plenty of complexity. Quite a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 00:54:14 | More by MSchae1017
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-15-2013 04:40:19 | More by srgj88
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a foil top glass bottle. 11.2 oz.

A- Rich, dark brown. Milky head that settles to a ring of tiny foam.

S- Smooth buttery, caramel, coffee, pecans.

T- Incredible. Sweet, like caramel with notes of coffee towards the end. Almost like a milk stout but much lighter and smooth. Sweet like pure cane sugar or maple syrup.

M- Sweet and luxurious. Leaves a slight residue as the simple sugars begin to break down on your tongue. Very little carbonation but so well balanced it doesn't need it.

D- Very sweet, but it would go great with something sweet and sour I think. This is luxury in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 21:32:20 | More by Rudgers73
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4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Clear deep ruby/mahogany with a frothy finger head.

S- Caramelly rum and raisins, very rich without being obnoxious. Faint notes of alcohol exsist as well, no hop aroma to speak of.

T- Sweet rich caramelly malt abounds, though not simple. Elegantly complex without being "busy". Rum, raisins, toffee are all here complimenting each other in near harmonius perfection. The alcohol note with it's assertive dryness is all that serves to keep this beer from being cloying. It serves as a most welcome finish to this beer.

M- Carbonation is quite evident yet very much needed to lighten up this otherwise sryupy beer.

O- Pure decadence from start to finish. A must try for any belgian fan. Also a great beer to have in the cellar for an impromtu celebration. So stop reading the reviews and just get some already.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 13:49:05 | More by Pauly2X
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Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-19-2013 01:34:01 | More by Krakpoff
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-30-2012 03:05:30 | More by RyanGoodman
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4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at Good Karma on 8/15/2012. Reviewed from notes.

Pours an opaque reddish brown that reminds me of cedar. A wispy tan head doesn't quite cover the surface and clings to the edge of the Gouden Carolus chalice (gotta love the proper glassware). Lots of berries - cherries, black berries, pit fruit - in the nose to start. Some alcohol/wood presence as well. Dark berry flavors are evident up front with some mild wood characteristics. Some hard alcohol tendencies and flavors follow - bourbon comes to mind. Candied sugar makes its presence known, but it doesn't dominate and blends in with the other flavors well. Feel is super dry and viscosity is low, almost water like.

This is one of my favorites. The fruit aroma is so strong and the malt presence in taste is so different. A very complex sipping beer that hides its alcohol well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 05:24:20 | More by Philousa
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep murky brown. almost completely opaque but in better lighting there are nearly neon bright red highlights 3 fingers of off-white foam slowly dissipate showing great retention. Leaves thick webs of lacing.

S - the nose is sweet. Very desert-like. Brown sugar and chocolate. Lots of fruit esters. Mostly raspberries, figs, and raisins.

T - sweet flavors upfront. Brown and granulated sugar. Hints of flaky bread crust underneath. The center is full of juicy dark fruits. Raisins, figs, pomegranate, raspberries and dried cherries. The fruit flavors blend nicely with the yeasty flavors. Finish is slightly peppery.

M - full bodied. High carbonation. Creamy texture. Tight bubbles.

O - great dessert beer. A bit on the sweet side but still very drinkable and very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 01:09:03 | More by Teleweizen2
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

01-22-2014 21:27:31 | More by razorsdescent
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

06-13-2013 22:45:58 | More by Thomas_Picton
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4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 (2009 batch) into a delirium snifter. Very light white head that does remain with a lot of legs. Smells uber fruity and tastes like the entire spectrum of fruit. There is a lot of alcohol present and it hits you fast. It may taste great but that booze catches up fast. I split a bottle but could have had it to myself but was careful. Great for the price. I recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 06:56:22 | More by beerhan
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
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