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

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Ratings: 1,611
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 190
Gots: 251 | FT: 16
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Belgium

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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Photo of dnichols
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was a 750 ml caged and corked bottle poured into a challis. This was one of several beers imacoug returned to Washington with after a vacation in Florida. We got together to share a few newbies and watch some pro-football…the beer trumped the games!

A: This beer has a warm oolong tea hue that is largely opaque. At first pour it was reminiscent of a bottle of light chocolate coco. It had a modest caramel head that lasted long into the experience.

S: The aroma was fruity with hints of plums and malty with a strong presence of milk chocolate and a splash of caramel.

T: The taste was strongly influenced by the lightly roasted malts. It had sweetness akin to milk chocolate with hints of dark brown sugar hints. The finish has a nice light malt flavor with a wonderful warm dry note influenced by the alcohol.

M: It was medium bodied and richly smooth throughout its residence in my mouth. There was a slight aftertaste that was sweet and warming.

D: It was a nice smooth beer with excellent subtle complexity and great character. It’s a nice after dinner brew that may be too sweet for a long day of drinking. However, it is a beer that deserves to be returned to over and over again.

Comment: After a couple of brews that left a bitter chemical aftertaste this was a treat. It really makes one appreciate it when a brewer gets the concepts of balance and subtlety.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2008 bottle that is corked and caged. Once opened the beer pours dull mahogany brown. It's opaque on the fringe of clear and leathery looking with a very poor head. There is a constant stream of bubbles that feeds a collar and a light layer of tan suds.

The nose is fantastically diverse. It's an assortment of raisin, breads, caramel and molasses. As it warms some spices become even more evident.

The taste is even better then the nose which frankly doesn't do the beer justice. The spices are subdued and end up being a little peppery and really shines in the finish. Dark fruits like plum and raisins mix with caramel and molasses. Each sip is a slightly different combination of flavors and all of them are pleasing.

The mouthfeel is pleasing. The soft smooth texture is complimented by a peppery spice, slight sizzle of carbonation and healthy warmth of ABV. Quite drinkable. Good thing it was a $10 bottle or I would have bought them all and drank to a problem because it's so easy and good. Great find.

Photo of Callmecoon
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of jayhawk73
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark brown color w/ perfect one finger head, which sticks around a little bit. Decent carbonation and excellent lacing. 2011 vintage, served in my Gouden Carolus glass. While this beer isn't quite a black hole, you can't see through it at all. Very serious and tasty looking.

S- Smell is very complex. Lots of smells going on here. Malt, yeast, sweetness, spices, fruit, alcohol. Very well balanced, in spite of all the amazing aromas happening here. Gets markedly better the warmer it gets. Needs to be close to room temperature to get the full greatness of this beer- that really opens it up.

T- First off, I've had the 2007, 08, 09, and 2010 vintage, and 2011 is by FAR the best I've had. It's simply amazing. This particular 2011 ranks right up there w/ Rochefort 10 as one of the best Belgian beers I've ever had. Best beers, even. Only Westy 12 is possibly better among the beers I've enjoyed. There seems to just be something extra special about this one, and I'm going to have to go buy several more.... soon!

M- Mouthfeel is amazing. It's smooth, sweet, super luxurious feeling... Words cannot do it justice, you just have to experience it. Everything about this beer is balanced, including the feel. Perfect- I wouldn't change anything.

O- This vintage of Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emperor is simply the best I've had. It's definitely one of the best beers I've ever had, and I will continue to look for this one everytime I go beer shopping. Highly recommended, especially if you like this style. Cheers!

Photo of DavidST
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet 2010 edition. Popping the cork I can smell the dark fruit from 3 feet away, I have high expectations. This pours a hazy dirty dark brown with a small off white head which almost instantly dissipates. The smells are strong full of ripe dark fruit along with a little alcohol. Feel is medium with high carbonation. The taste is like it smells, lots of ripe dark fruit, some brown sugar a little alcohol born all around tasty.

Photo of beeragent
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a bottle.

A - pours a deep brown, forming a fluffy off-white head. Medium spots of lace on the glass.

S- strong aroma of candied dark fruit with a noticeable alcohol presence as the beer warms.

T - Belgium candy sugar coats the palate, followed by a sweet plum/raisin taste with the caramel malt infused throughout the taste. Very complex!

M - heavy bodied and very smooth. Low carbonation with the taste remaining long after the swallow.

D - amazingly complex and full flavor. Body and aroma are everything you would expect from a Belgium beer. Definitely a beer to savor and sip.

Photo of ahommell
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Tulip Glass from 750 ML Bottle. 2012 Bottle

A: Deep brown that, under light, turns a deep orangish hue. White to off white small bubbled head. It sticks around for quite a while. Lacing throughout.

S: Belgian yeast. Dark fruits. Cherries. Very light hops... smooth and mellow.

T: Surprisingly sweet. But... FANTASTIC. Cherries, prunes, elderflower. Belgian yeast. Can't find the 11% alcohol at all. Some sips... I wonder if I am tasting a sweet/sour wine.

M: Medium to light body. Hard to believe it is so light for the amount of materials to make style/alcohol.

O: This is very tasty. I have read some great reviews saying I should age longer... I would agree. I think this is fantastic brew, but slightly green. 2 years are just not enough to really pull the flavors that other reviewers are finding.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.98/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I really don't see what all the buzz is about with this beer. Had the 2008 version. It was way too sweet with a super thick mouthfeel. I can't put my finger on it but I think it is the huge amount of Belgian esters combined with a ton of candy sugar and malts. I think it's too much and I drain poured.

Photo of throwback
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of IanSpindler
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Getalegup
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Westuh
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of gshak
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of anticipation23
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of valianes
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured (vintage 2010) into a tulip with a half-finger head despite my best efforts and very faint, but clingy and pleasant lacing. Dark garnet body for an understated, elegant beer.

Nose has classic Gouden Carolus banana, toffee, and sweet fruit.

Taste is phenomenal, super-rich banana and caramel but with a dry enough finish to keep going. Traces of cherry as it warms. Impressively, almost cloyingly sweet. Not a trace of hops. Basically liquid candy.

Mouthfeel has a very fine-grained texture, and the carbonation is necessary to complement and balance the sweetness.

So incredibly rich that it might be difficult to finish. This is absolutely one to share, so while tasty, this begs for moderation.

Photo of auxiliary
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark amber color, white head and left some lace.

smell - Dark fruits, like cherries and berries. Has a strong sweet smell. Lots of malt.

taste - Sweet taste up front. alcohol present on the want down. Lots of dark fruit ate here. Heavy on the sweet malt.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - This beer is good. Had it at a beer tasting event, and then had it on tap the next day! Must try, and should be great to age. Website says 10 years!

Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of csmalley
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of hoppymeal
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. Pours a cloudy dark brown with amber hues, a medium sized light tan to cream head slowly recedes with minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet dark fruits, plums and raisins and overripe fruit. Also a softer sweetness of brown sugar and caramel, nice breadiness and hints of banana as well as some vinuous qualities like cherries, very complex. Outstanding aroma, at times there are some classic Belgian qualities while at others it is like a nice aged English barleywine, sweet and malty. Taste follows suit with strong aged barleywine characteristics of sweet dark fruits and caramel malts. Still some hoppiness in this vintage with some hints of crispness mixing with a bite of the alcohol strength. Medium to heavy in body, carbonation is low, but soft and creamy where present. Outstanding beer, very unique and quite complex, can’t wait to try some older vintages and see how it progresses.

Photo of EPICAC
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I split a 750 mL bottle with a friend at Bierhuis Kulminator in Antwerp.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown with a reddish tint. A thick off-white head fades to a sudsy quarter-inch layer, leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Sweet and very fruity smelling. Lots of bananas and peppery alcohol. Swirling brings out notes of cherry and raisins.

Taste: Very sweet with nice fruitiness: bananas, raisins and light tartness. There's a very mild alcoholic spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth and sweet. Neither the alcohol nor sweetness is overpowering.

Photo of atigerlife
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Small light brown head that has decent lasting power.

Aroma is malty with sweet toffee and raisins.

Taste is of dark malts, raisins, toffee and alcohol. Strong flavor...not subtle.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium+ bodied.

Overall, a good brew. Nice sipper after dinner.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. 1/2009 vintage. Light tan head, moderate retention on a hazy, murky greyish, tudor brown body. Aroma includes notes of vanilla, cherry, some alcohol still, fig, raisin, molasses. Taste follows suit, actually no alcohol noted on tasting and the syrupy/molasses dominates with some sherry and port notes added in. Amazing beer, highly drinkable with such a high abv. Extra layers of complexity added with the 4 years of age.

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,611 ratings.