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

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1,580 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,580
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 191
Gots: 241 | FT: 15
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Belgium

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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Photo of philipquarles
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the proper glassware at the Ankertje (Het Anker brewpub) in Mechelen.

A nice copper brown with a tan head that has decent staying power and decent lacing. Little carbonation evident and no sediments.

Smells of malt, dark caramelized sugar, and plums. Alcohol is well masked.

Taste is very much like what I had expected from the nose, but even richer and more full bodied. The malt really comes through here, as does the sugar. Certain spices, along with the plum-like esters again. Pretty complex.

Mouthfeel is great; very thick, just what one would expect a 'quadrupel' to be.

Pretty drinkable beer, though the ABV doesn't really allow for it. Overall, pretty impressive.

Photo of Crimsontider22
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Getalegup
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Neffbeer
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle marked 2011
poured into a tulip

A: It pours a deep amber color with burgundy hues. A soft pour yields a solid looking two finger off white head. It is a very firm cap with tight little bubbles that fade away really slowly coating the sides of the glass with lacing.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, and stone fruits emerge first from the glass. Some apples and spices are also present; clove, vanilla and cinnamon. There is a sweet biscuit/bready aroma in the background that leans towards dessert.

T: Up front it is very sweet with caramel, and a sugary sweetness coming through initially. That smoothly transitions into some figs, plums and raisins with a hint of apple. As it moves to the back of my palate the sweetness vanishes and it finishes rather dry with a slight metallic tang.

M: Medium to thick. There is a chewy feel going on that is really viscous, accentuated by the lush carbonation.

O: A very good example of the style. It is a bit young and bold right now, but with another year in the cellar I can see this one becoming something extraordinary.

Photo of Atomicskis5
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Dirty25
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mdwalsh
3.6/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Sort of a orange/golden/amber color beer with a little haze and some pretty good active carbonation. The head poured huge and is still about a finger tall. Way to light and foamy, though the bottle does call it a blonde.

S: Vanilla, a little fruit, particularly bananas. Also just a little of that standard Belgian smell. Though you know, there is almost just the slightest hotness of alcohol to the smell. And it's not that strong.

T: Taste is pretty identical to the smell, though no alcohol. Very smooth, but I wish it was more hard hitting. I don't find it particularly dark or hard, but the bottle's description was accurate enough. I don't know, I'm not finding a lot to say about this beer, I'm just not finding much there. Maybe there's some corriander or something that I'm getting just at the very end.

M: Kinda has a little bit of carbonationy sharpness to it. But other than that, nothing to complain about, sort of thick, but not heavy? Does that make sense?

D: Drinkable, but not very high drinkability to me. Much too light, though the ABV is well hidden.

Photo of jeremiahoden
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

The bottle states 2004, 10% alc, and Grand Cru of the Emperor. When I popped the 750ml bottle which was caged and corked, it immediately started to foam out the top. I lost a couple of ounces.

Pours out a cloudy dark brown with a small head that seems to be building. The smell is superb. Reminds me of Ommegang. Chocolate, raisins and figs come through. Solid malt and brown sugar as well.

Taste is a bit sweeter than I expected. At least in the beginning. The middle and end give way to more of the chocolate and sugar as well as a slight alcohol note. Overall a wonderful beer. I would love to try any of their other beers as well.

Photo of crwills
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a tasting with northyorksammy, biegaman, grub, and derek. Thanks guys!

This is the second bottle of this I've reviewed, a vintage 2002 (the other was 2005, I think).

Poured a cloudy, brownish gold into the sample glass. Aroma is boozy candy sugar.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and oily. Dominant flavours are toffee/caramel malts with a lot of sherry or port flavour showing up at it warms. Alcohol also becomes more and more obvious at room temperature.

Very nice, not sure which I liked better.

Photo of mjl21
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of beerpirates
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml vintage 2010
Poured into my tulip glas

A: Pours a dark brown mahogany with a decent light brown head.

S: Lots of dark fruits, cherries, and some more earthy dried fruits as well. Plenty of yeasty goodness.

T: Much luck the smell with a little bit of extra candy sugar sweetness thrown in, raisin , dried fruit

M: Fairly full-bodied and creamy. Not too much alcohol taste.

D: Quite drinkable. Split this one with my wife

Photo of damienblack
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy 24th birthday to me!

Pours a dark, dark amber-brown. One finger head, but nice and full. Always leaves neat lacing all around the glass, like it was spray-painted on. Whenever it's disturbed, there's always a burst of fizz going on - a great looking beer. Smells strongly of raisins, a little other stuff like date, maybe fig. A bit tart. Very sweet at the same time, also very boozey.

On the sweet side, lingering impression on the palate is very sweet malt. Also got something funky going on that's hard for me to pinpoint, either it's licorice, or something similar. Sweet malt and candied sugar, raisiny, very lightly hopped. A very rich, thick beer with those layers of complexity that you love to feel. A bit spicy at the end. Chewy, yet super smooth, and it just loves to roll off the tongue. Pretty high carbonation for the style. Drinkability is high because of the above, but I also think it's a bit boozey, and that detracts a bit. It's been a great sipper for me tonight, where normally I would be all over something like this. Still very worthy, though.

Photo of GoHabsGo
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of perrymarcus
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass. 2008 vintage.

pours an opaque deep mahogany tone with ruddy highlights; finger plus of a creamy khaki colored head; decent retention, nice walls of lacing. nice looking brew.

the nose is malty sweet, replete with dark fruits, cherry, spice, fig, belgian yeast, and maybe a touch of molasses. pretty much what i look for in my BSDAs.

flavor closely follows the aroma, opening with a strong cherry presence, followed by spices, plum, raisin, fig, and caramel malts. bit of warming alcohol to the finish, but other than that the 11% ABV is very well-hidden. tasty, tasty.

has a full bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation; very drinkable for a beer this big. exceptional belgian strong dark ale.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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

This is a very good beer that I am happy I could get the opportunity to try. Appearance is thick like velvet with a dark brown hue and slight head. Smell and taste are fairly similar, however the complexities of the beer are just more overwhelmingly apparent in the taste. Brown sugar, milk chocolate are the dominating flavors up front. Very sweet but not overpoweringly so. Lots of dark fruit esters make the slight boozy taste fade away at the end. Very complex and delicious. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety, amazing. Drinkability is so good, expecially given the alchohol content.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Trappist in Oakland in the proper Gouden Carolus glass.

A: Pours a murky brown with a thick white head. Lots of lacing and outstanding head retention.

S: Some brown sugar in the nose along with some ripe dark fruits. The alcohol is also rather apparent.

T: Lots of sweet overly ripe dark fruits such as raisins and figs. There is also some caramel, toffee, and maybe a little bit of molasses. It's very complex and a joy to sip. It is also very alcoholic. The alcohol nips at the end and slightly burns the back of the throat. It seems to mellow a bit as it warms.

M: Outstanding creamy mouthfeel with excellent carbonation.

D: A dinged it a bit on drinkability due to the alcohol. The delicious flavors make it an outstanding beer. A great brew for my 100th review.

Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Lothore
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, dark reddish hue with a nice little eggshell white head which stays on top of this brew for quite a while.

S- Smell is dominated by a sweet banana character which kind of dominates the nose but lying behind it are spices and a yeasty distinctly belgian character to it.

T- Taste is super sweet at the begining, dark yet fruity sustained by a deep malt breadiness which leads into an alcohol warming. The alcohol is covered up masterfully. Not my usual beer but it is making me reconsider the Belgian Strong Dark Ale Style.

M- Thick and creamy with a just the right amount of carbonation bite at the end.

D- I really wanted to not like this beer. I often find myself not liking a lot of Belgian beers unless they are done really well ... and this one is. That being said it is going to be hard for me to finish this whole bottle, I think sipping on one glass is awesome though.

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of treyrab
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Teresa's and tasted with jac5084 and nittanybeerfan.

A: Incredible red wine color with a hint of brown. This one yields no head nor does it lace. Neither of which I was expecting.

S: Wow I feel like I'm at a wine tasting or something. Smells like red wine, vinegar, dark fruits (raisins, plums), and some alcohol with yeast funk.

T: Absolutely incredible. Very wine-like merlot with vinegar notes and fruits. It is a syrupy feel, but there is also ample carbonation that makes the beer just perfect.

Overall, this one lives up to its name. It is like no other beer I have had

Photo of MarcWP
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,580 ratings.