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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: 1,722
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: 1,722
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours burgundy with a thick creamy tan head that slowly dissipates into rich lacings.

S: Rich sweet chocolate and caramell malt. Dark dried fruits; raisins and cherries. Syrupy and spicey.

T: Very vineous; sweet malt, both chocolate and caramell. Loads of dark dried fruits; cherries, raisins, figs and plums. Complex and well balanced.

M: Long warm aftertaste with mostly sweetness. A bit alcoholic. Full syrupy body with very low carbonation.

D: A very nice beer. This a beer for connoisseurs. I guess it will take me all night to slowly enjoy this one.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

25.4oz bottle from beerhandy as part of BIF 24. Thanks for the opportunity. Neck label notes "Jaargang 2005", corked and caged.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head above the bright burgundy brew. Headgrows for awhile, before settling down to drinkable levels after 10 minutes, with heavy foam lacing. Aroma is lightly spicy, with a banana sweetness . Taste is as good as the nose portended, with perhaps a little room for more flavor intensity, but I'm nit-picking. Mouthfeel is oh-so creamy and smooth, and drinkability is tremendous, especially for something of this abv. Just stupid drinkable. A brew fit for a king, in my book.

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

2002 vintage at 8.5%.

A: Deep amber-brown, light tan head, great retention & lace.

S: Candy floss fruityness, toffee, caramel, bubblegum.

T: Spicy cider, pineapple, brandy, warming alcohol (but not overly assertive), phenolic. Plenty of byproducts from the Belgian yeast, which haven't been tamed with time. Very 'Belgian'.

M: Moderate to full body, moderately high carbonation. Well attenuated & digestable (as a Belgian should be).

D: The yeast character is a little overbearing... I think the fermentation temperature was a little high for my liking.

Thanks for the sample sammy!

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

Clear, deep chestnut with a strong reddish hue when held to the light. It poured with a modest cap of light tan foam that left a solid sheet of bubbles on the glass as it subsided. Subsequent sips yielded plentiful streaky lacing, right to the end of the glass. Sweet, boozy aroma with lots of plum and figs. Notes of caramel and bread crust were also evident, along with brown sugar and plump raisins. Toffee and honey sweetness hit my palate right away, evening out into a more fruity middle with prunes and plums taking over. A little spicy as well, but very subdued. Bready towards the end, it finished with lingering earthy raisins, caramel and soft alcohol. Medium to full bodied, the carbonation was well integrated and supported the near syrupy texture. Significant alcohol warmth, particularly in the finish, with some creaminess. Very tasty and highly recommended. I really liked the way the flavours balanced each other without the need for much bitterness. It went down very smooth, even with the high alcohol, so watch out!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this during Julio's Belgian Beer Festival on August 14, 2011. It pours a handsome looking dark amber to mahogany brown with red hues affixed to the side of the glass. The head is thin but long lasting. There is an enticing balance of sweet malts and a zing of hops on the nose. The body ends up at about medium to good. As for the taste think of smooth candied sweetness and a slightly harsher finish to remind you of what you have just experienced. Very drinkable in the end.

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

I picked this bottle up on my last trip to Ft Collins.

It pours a nice ruby brown colour with a 1" head of foam. It doesn't leave much lacing in my glass and the foam shrinks quickly to a fine ring around the glass but the colour is gorgeous. Hmm..

The smell has some good dark fruit going on with plum being the most noticeable. There's also some candy sugar and some caramel malt and...a bit of alcohol. Ok, more than a bit but it's still a goodish whiff.

The taste is big and tasty. Plum, figs, toffee, candy sugar, a little caramel...overall definitely on the sweet side but in a darn good way.

The alcohol is very well hidden, the mouthfeel is fairly light bodied, and the carbonation is light but perfectly suited for this brew. This is very very tasty and very enjoyable but I may not be able to finish the entire 750 at this one sitting. No worries, I'll put a stopper in it and finish it tomorrow. I want a fine drinking experience, which I am having,...I don't want to get drunk. ;^)

I've seen this brew in Colorado before and have always passed on it. I'm glad I decided to give it a try as it is some seriously good beer!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
2008 Vintage

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a large tulip glass. Pours a dark brownish color with a little dark red when held up to the light with a huge light tan colored head that possesses amazing retention and lacing qualities. Absolutely beautiful!

S- The aroma is filled with dark fruits (most notably plums and raisins), sweet brown sugar, hints of spices and even a touch or orange and alcohol soaked cherries. The aroma is very aromatic and entices the palate. Can't wait to jump into the taste!

T- The taste is dark fruits and spices and unbelievably smooth. The alcohol is definitely there but is incredibly integrated into the flavor. This is an extremely well-crafted brew. This bottle is also very fresh at less than a year old, it will be great to see how this one mellows out even more with some age.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- As mentioned in the description of the taste, this one is pretty drinkable considering the high ABV but it will eventually catch up to you as the bottle gets a little emptier. This review is based on a fresh bottle, things should get even better with some age. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into Unibroue chalice oct22 2009

A clear brownish amber with two finger tan head that has average retention and leaves decent lace

S lots of brown sugar and toffee with some dark fruits

T very nice indeed, the dark fruit becomes focused on cherries, lots of toffee, a bit of rum, molasses, and some booze but not even close to the 11% I read on the bottle. I'm loving this beer it's one of the best beers I've tasted recently. I pick up on some spice that I could not smell too, If your not opposed to a sweet beer this one is a winner.

M thick but no knife and fork needed, good carbonation makes it feel quite creamy.

D this beer is dangerously drinkable, you could tell me it has half the booze it dose and I would not doubt it, well maybe not half but not the listed 11% that's for sure. I could see this beer causing problems If I had more then the single bottle I have, it's just that smooth

drink this beer whenever you get the chance, it is worth looking for if not available at your local beer store. I'm so pleased with this beer I'm wondering if it's worth aging

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Slightly murkey caramel/chestnut color. Poured a 1 finger beige head that dissipated to a skim; thick on the edges. Lacing washed down the glass.

S: Sweet and fruity; figs, raisins, cherries. Toasted malts and candi sugar. Alcohol. Very complex nose.

T: Figs, raisins and cherries up front. Toffe, candi sugar and butter. Lots of flavors linger in a mild bitter that ends with warming alcohol.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Hearty, dry and warming with genrous alcohol bite.

D: Big beer. Complex. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time on this one. Pours a hazy brown/ruby, big off white head, nice lacing, great retention. Smell is sweet, tons of toffee, alcohol, spices, yeasty, some banana, real strong. Taste is very sweet at first, big toffee and apples, alcohol, spices and banana. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, lots of heat, but a nice strong Belgian.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, murky looking burgandy tone. Thin cream of light brown coloring tops the brew. Retention is adequate. Lacing more than sufficient. Aroma is quite pleasant. Notes of yeast, candy, musty, raisin, rum and fruitbread. Palate follows suit. Boozy rum cake. Raisins, dates... Sweet candy tones. A nice unassuming body and mouthfeel. Light and airy. This is a beer I'd return to, although I'm not sure if it'll be available again soon.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.4.13
2012 Vintage

A - Pours a very dark ruby-black with a foamy dark tan head with good retention.

S - Spices, Belgium yeast, cola-like.

T - Tart, spicy, earthy. Belgian - plum colas.

D - Good carbonation with a mediumb body.

O - A touch of tartness adds a twist to the Belgian spices and earthiness.

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

Vintage 2005.

The liquid is somewhat cloudy; the colour is deep, deep amber. The low foam looks nice with the beige colour, the fine lacing and the small bubbles. There are more bubbles in the liquid than I have seen in any other beer.

A note of cacao/dark chocolate dominates the semi-sweet smell. I found a particular rum-flavour that usually indicates that the beer is matured on wooden casks and a sweet note of dried fruits (raisins).

The taste is sweet and creamy with a complex of dried fruits, raisins, strong wine and caramel sauce. There is no bitterness at all. It finishes with a strong flavour of dark, matured rum. The aftertaste is sweet with a dry, almost roasted touch of raisins and creamy chocolate.

The carbonation is gentle with small bubbles; the mouthfeel is creamy.

I have some friends that are almost religious when it comes to this beet. OK, it is a very fine Belgian ale, but not exceptional. Maybe it needs some more time to mature?

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Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 8$

Appearance - Dark brownish copper colour with an above average size fizzy and frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, banana, and some caramel. There is also a lot of ripe dark fruit flavour and a bit of leather and a hint of chocolate/vanilla. It ends with a dark fruit and banana aftertaste with a bit of a lingering spiciness.

Overall - Quite the beer.. the scent is pretty basic for a belgian dark, but the flavour is very complex. I can pick up on the booze a bit but this is a 2012 so some age would help with that I'm sure. Every beer from this brewer is a winner in my books.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle from 2007. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a hazy dark brown/mahogany color with a very thin tan head that went away quickly. Not much lacing at all. The aroma is mostly dark fruit (raisins, plums, cherries), along with some molasses, banana and Belgian yeast. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some booze and licorice noticable. But like the aroma, the dark fruit taste is the strongest compared to the other flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink and goes down smooth. However, this one is a sipper because of the 11% ABV. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd buy it again in the future.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle capped and corked. Dated 2005 and also says 10% abv.

Appearance- Pours a liquid brown with slight blood highlights. Head lasts about a minute tops, but leaves a ring of foam for the entire 750ml inbibery. No visible lacing.

Smell- A mild sugary sweet malt aroma mixes well with the light dry hopped floral essence. Black, black, BLACK cherries mxed with dar vanilla nde hints of black licorice mixed with burning.

Taste- Starts out with a hint of cinnamon mixed with browned malts in a reduction sauce of brown sugar and black cherries, and roasted pine wood.

Mouthfeel- Good carnonation mixes weel with this light to medium bodied brew. Lots of strong sugars that remind me of molasses.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. 2010 vintage.

(A)- Pours a fairly dark mahogany with reddish highlights. Produced a great off-white head with decent retention. Lots of lacing.

(S)- Lots of dark fruits: plum, raisin, dates, and cassis or cherry. Hints of a creamy vanilla and lightly earthy clay/yeast.

(T)- A huge fresh burst of the above mentioned dark fruits. A big creaminess to it. A bit sweet. Finishes dry and very subtle earth. Its very Jam/Jelly-like.

(M)- A bigger yet great carbonation level and balance. Smooth, rich, and creamy. Superb ABV integration. Just a tad too sweet.

(D)- A world class Belgain Strong Dark. Ripe full of jammy flavors. Easy on the palate and downright enjoyable to drink, but it definitely fills you up with how rich & sweet it is.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.33/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a bottle at the Stuffed Sandwich in Los Angeles. It was served in a paper cup (!) as that's how they do it there. If you ever go there bring a glass... They said the bottle was >5 yrs old, and it was kind of small (25cl). The color was brown and it had a sweet sugary aroma.

The flavor was kind of wierd, almost like a sweet cough syrup. Honestly I don't think it was my style of beer. Maybe it tasted different when it was newer.

Maybe I'll try it again someday to see if it's different fresh.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Color is dark brown with an off-white head that disappeared quickly. Virtually no lacing.

Smell is very sweet and boozy, lots of caramel, banana, and spice -- maybe some fig/prune in there too. Taste is very similar, the yeast comes through a bit more here though and is pleasant.

A very good beer, although the feel was a bit thin, but not in a way that really detracted from overall enjoyment.

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

2009 Version:
Aromas of dark fruits (cherries are predominant but also some raisins, figs), typical Belgian yeast banana and clove notes, fairly strong in fact, some sweet brown sugar/burnt caramel fruity malts or maybe from some dark candy sugar. Smells really great, no signs of alcohol at all.

Tastes of strong dark fruits, banana, clove, with some lesser caramel malts, brown sugar and treacle. A nice complex Belgian taste, but the alcohol does make an appearance here, but it is 11% ABV after all.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Very smooth and creamy. Thick but not the least bit syrupy or cloying.

Overall, the extreme malt bill and high ABV are so well-integrated that any warming present is easily mistakable for the spice of Belgian yeast. This is one of the most velvety smooth and crazy drinkable Belgian quadruple/dark ales I've had to date.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a brown body with minimal head that dies and leaves lace patches. The malts come out in full force in the aroma, complete with a dry woodiness/nutty yeastiness and there is a minor sweet touch and some fruit flavors I pick up. Smooth, medium-bodied, almost creamy mouthfeel that makes for an easy to drink brew. I pick up tart fruit like cherry and something akin to apple or plum and also a touch of citric like orange. Also a good deal of residual sticky sweet malt. Caramel, figs, possibly chocolate (possibly) - no matter there is some definite sugary goodness in here and it is balanced w/ the fruits and combines with the yeast for a sweet and also dry (also bready) malt balance. Lots going on and then it finishes real crisp, not due to ABV which is well-hidden, but due to some minor clove and pepper spices. All in all a fruity, sweet and dry ale that doesn't taste heavy and is a dangerously great sipper.

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Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Brickstore Pub in Atlanta in a logoed small goblet.

Pours one shade less than black that is dark brown when held up to the light. Great one-finger off-white head that is very smooth. Lacing is fun to watch - very smooth at first that gently turns into a cascade.

Smells very sweet and syrupy. Almost like a liquor.

Tastes very good. Again, like the smell, it's very sweet and syrupy. There are hints of dark fruit, and after drinking it when I lick my lips I can still taste the sugars. Just the slightest hint of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is also very good. Very smooth, with the carbonation just enough to bring out the flavors. Pretty thick.

Drinkability is good, but it's too sweet to be great.

Overall this is an exceptionally smooth beer. Good and thick and goes down smooth. It's very sweet, but not quite too sweet. It's almost like a smooth liquor, but in beer form.

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was about a quarter inch of long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Malt, molasses, a melange of different mild fruits. Doesn't knock you over when you smell it, but it is nicely done.

T: The flavor of this beer is pretty potent. Malt, molasses, possibly some caramel, pears and some spices. There is a definite presence of alcohol.

M: A highly carbonated beer, with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is one of those beers I can respect more than love. It's undeniably well made, but there's a certain harshness to it (possibly due to the alcohol in the taste) that would make me think twice before getting it again. Still, you can't argue with quality.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a very carbonated mukry gold with a little honey color. The head is white very carbonated, rises about 3 fingers and has good retention and lacing.

The aroma is light to medium a little grass, hops, and a very small amount of spice.

The taste is awesome, it starts out smooth with a light sweet start, then fades to some complexity with some light hops, and finishes with a little hops. This is what a light beer should taste like. Easy to drink, tons of flavor and filling.

The feel is nice and incredible drinkability.

Overall, this beer is excellent. I would consider this best session beer ever because of its drinkability, and with abv it'll get your cracked twice as quick.

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Photo of Gusler
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a bemused cherry red color, the head prodigious, creamy in its texture, the lace fine sheets to cling to the glass. Nose is malt, ripe cherry sweet, hints of fusel alcohol, also present to this old nose. Front is sweetly malt; the top is middling in feel. Finish is potently acidic with the hops being apropos to the style, quite dry aftertaste. The high ABV, warms the tummy, and adds that just right character to the beer. I could not wait to sample this beer, but I have two more to age away as recommended. It will certainly improve with age, as I think it needs to mellow a bit, which what a year or two in the cellar will do.

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