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

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Ratings: 1,432
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 175
Gots: 189 | FT: 11
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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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Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-19-2013 01:34:01 | More by Krakpoff
Photo of RyanGoodman


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-30-2012 03:05:30 | More by RyanGoodman
Photo of Philousa


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
Photo of Teleweizen2

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
Photo of Thomas_Picton


3.75/5  rDev -13%

06-13-2013 22:45:58 | More by Thomas_Picton
Photo of gory4d

New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 batch found at the local grocery store a few weeks ago; it's been in the dark on a bottom shelf, so here's hoping it's in OK shape.

The pour yields little head -- just some froth that quickly dissolves. The color is very dark brown, sort of burgundy at the edges. The smell is heavy on the alcohol, with notes of apricot and leather. The taste is sweet up front, almost maple-syrup in intensity, with hints of dried fruit; the middle is dominated by rich malt and yeast, with a sharp alcoholic finish and a lingering aftertaste of grain. It's very mildly carbonated -- I could be convinced it had come out of a cask, almost -- much thinner than I'd expected, which is to say that it is full-bodied without being overly meaty. It's easy to drink, despite the considerable alcohol burn, but this is for sure a sipper. I'm going to hold onto my other bottles for a couple of more years and see if they mellow.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 02:33:59 | More by gory4d
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

05-28-2014 18:36:29 | More by mtrog313
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12-30-2013 04:54:20 | More by kkmiller76
Photo of beerhan


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
Photo of King_KongDCO93


4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having a 2003 bottle oh my goodness the cork was aching to get out. At bottling was was at 10% ABV

A: Dark Belgian brow color that you can't see through but now the

Smell: aroma is AMAZING!!! Fruity and floral more complex than traditional Belgian beers

Taste: incredibly smooth for how old this beer is. Nice notes of caramel, toasted malts, and fruit. Really got a lot of dark fruits flavors mixed in with mild bitterness complex of a pungent Belgian quad.

Mouthfeel: wet

Overall: all around great Belgian beer. Verdict A+

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 19:31:10 | More by King_KongDCO93
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-21-2013 04:24:48 | More by Azrael
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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split with a friend on a night of fantastic beer. This was a great find at Total Wine in Cherry Hill, NJ. 2006 Vintage.

APPEARANCE: A very dark brown that has bright ruby red highlights when held to the light. A thick head forms at first and develops into a rocky collar and foamy patches all across the glass.

SMELL: A bready and fruity aroma. Belgian yeast, cherry, raisin and other dark fruits. Vague hints of alcohol. Overall the aromas are not that strong.

TASTE: Taste is very strong on cherries with a sharp pungent breadiness and hints of alcohol. The finish comes quickly and is very clean but a belgian yeastiness lasts almost forever. The beer is not so much sour as it is a little musky. I'm much more appreciative of Belgian Strong Darks after this.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied and syrupy with a fine sharp carbonation. Nice.

DRINKABILITY: The 10% is hidden very well despite being able to detect some alcohol presence in this. The carbonation almost makes this a thirst-quencher. This is a very easy drinking beer.

A real eye-opener. I've had countless Belgian Strong Darks before, but this one really showed me what one can be, and how well this can represent the style. I'm very appreciative of what they've done with this and will seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 02:29:34 | More by jmalex
Photo of keithmurray

New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage poured into a chalice

Appearance - reddish brown liquid with a small amount of tan head

Smell - raisins, plums, dates, cherries, brown sugar

Taste - raisins, dates, prunes, plums, caramel, grapes

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, lighter carbonation, very sweet upfront and in the finish, flavors linger, boozy but the alcohol isn't overwhelming

Overall - nice Belgian ale worth a shot

Price Point - $17.99/4 pk 11.2 oz bottles

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 23:30:42 | More by keithmurray
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Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

06-23-2013 18:55:38 | More by polloenfuego
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New Jersey

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

2010 Vintage split with my uncle on Christmas Eve.

Appearance: Cola colored with a finger or two of fluffy head that settles after a few minutes.

Smell: Candied fruits, yeast, sugar and an alcohol sting.

Taste: Sweet candied fruits, sugars, yeast, and an alcohol burn on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this for the style, I've passed this up a lot in the past, but that will change after I had this.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 23:24:25 | More by Axic10
Photo of cnally


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

And for tonight's offering...

This has a massive off-white to tan head, which falls to a decent cloud, with some lacing. The body is a beautiful dark brown with a bright red as the light shines around the edges.

Very nutty aroma. Estery cherry, dark caramel malt.

The flavor is absolutely amazing. Creamy, caramel malt is the largest component. But there is such is a fruity flavor as well, with cherry, white grape...and an underlying nuttiness, buttery. The flavor is hot, as the alcohol is certainly noticible, but under control.

Slick, yet highly carbonated mouthfeel.

Just heavenly, dangerously alcoholic, filling, great looking, what more can I say. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 02:19:55 | More by cnally
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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2014 03:26:46 | More by ahommell
Photo of claytri


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

The beer poured a dark amber with a lovely white head. The aroma was of toasted caramel and sweet malt. The tase stared with toasted caramel malt and then closed with a fine alcohol burn. The feel was heavy and dry giving a pleasant weight to the drink. A very wonderful grand cru that I will be searching out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 04:05:22 | More by claytri
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

02-22-2013 03:24:41 | More by Supergenious
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

06-23-2012 22:57:29 | More by guezarka
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4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bit of a gusher on opening, but nothing too extreme. Pours a dark brown body with ruby-red highlights. Up top, over a finger of creamy off-white head with good retention and stellar lacing.

Aroma: A mix of ripe bananas, a host of various other dark fruits, mustiness, and sweet brown sugar malt.

Flavor: Essentially, the same profile found in the nose--dark fruit, mustiness, spiciness, and rich caramel malt. The alcohol is masked excellently, adding just a dash of spice and heat. Raisins and brown sugar in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and just a hint of warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Tasty and deceptively quaffable, this drinks a lot faster than the alcohol content would suggest.

Verdict: While I'm a little disappointed that it didn't quite live up to the hype I've seen, Cuvée Van De Keizer is still a solid, complex, and thoroughly drinkable Belgian Strong Dark Ale well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 23:55:14 | More by BeanBone
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -13%

12-10-2013 00:23:39 | More by Alex5
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has risen towards the the top in my list of favorites. One of the great Belgians. On the sweeter side of the style, but only by a shade. Great taste and full body. ABV very well hidden. So much better than the GC classic, so don't confuse the two. Once you get past Westy and Rochefort (which we can't get anymore anyways), and possibly St. Bernardus 12 - this is as good as any other Belgian as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 02:36:47 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of drewbage


4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown with low fluffy tan head.

Aroma is figs and dark jellied fruits and a large fruited wines

Molasses and caramelized brown sugars with a spicy ginger and pepper like gingerbread rides through to the finish.

Overall an interesting spin on a Belgian dark, leaning towards a holiday brew with its intense spiciness, even though the nose is more like the complexity of a port.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 07:41:46 | More by drewbage
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-02-2014 07:40:47 | More by Dirty25
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
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