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

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Ratings: 1,642
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 198
Gots: 265 | 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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Ratings: 1,642 | Reviews: 855
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

2010 Vintage:

A - Pours a dark mahogany with a rich red hue into my goblet. Only about a finger of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, apples, brown sugar, clove, spice, raisins and cherries with a touch of alcohol.

T - Very sweet and candy-like, caramel malts, clove, brown sugar, apple and banana, raisin and a bit of alcohol warmth.

M - Medium in body and fairly well balanced.

D - Very tasty sipper! A little on the sweet side for my personal preference, but overall really nice and very enjoyable.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

uncorked at 12:02 am and poured into my St. Berbardus goblet.

ruby red body with a reddish head that looked nice and stayed for a few seconds.Nice lacing on the glass and the lacing sparkled.that was nice to look at.

cherrys and booze come to mind when i smell this stuff.I smell the candi sugar in this fine brew.

sweet candi and plum and dark fruit taste.

Im supprised how smooth this stuff goes down.It really has a great taste to it.easy on the carbonation.

Im gonna buy another bottle and age me one of these for a year or so.This is one mighty fine brew, I love it alot.This is a great style for everyone to try and to explore.Im glad I bought this stuff.

My first beer of 2007

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of rdilauro
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok, this one was extremely interesting. The pour was beautiful. A medium to full dark color, less than any stout or porter, but bold. The creamy yellow white frothy head stood on top for a good while.

I spent a long time just enjoying all the bouquets and various aromas in this brew. I could sense a lot of malt, a good amount of barley, and just a hint of hop. What I would expect out of a Belgian ale.

The first taste, the ale exploded inside my mouth filling every possible part of my tongue with different tastes and spices.
But honestly, none of them seemed to blend themselves in any type of harmony. Instead I felt a series of different tastes that really didnt match all that well

I tasted a bit of burnt caramel with some degree of sweetness, almost what I would see from an ale seasoned inside a bourbon or rum wooden cask.

I think my expectations, especially from the look and feel of the bottle, the initial pour and visualization, it just didn't meet up to what I was looking for.

I think this is part of what beer tasting is all about. There have been some brews that I have enjoyed more than you can imagine and can not wait to have it again, while there are some while others rave about its characteristics, it all becomes so subjective in the end

Photo of quine
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HipHopsHooray
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of plinythederek
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jaluria
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A highly drinkable & rich beer that is hard to put down.

Pours a rust-brown color, almost crimson with loads of foam that rests at the top of my glass and dissipates slowly leaving behind some lacing. Aromas of alcohol, plums, baked peaches, and melted sugar. The taste is just incredible with a blend of sweetness from different souces (various fruits, candy, etc.) that never overpowers but simply persists. Subtle spices and fruit flavors seem to pop up at different times. An elegant beer that exudes excellence and smoothness. The softness of this beers texture leaves a bit too be desired in the mouthfeel and aftertaste. However, the alcohol is well masked (seems more like a 7%-8% ABV) and the richness of the beer lends itself to be had again and again.

Photo of PVMT
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Had this on-tap at Roman's Pub. Poured a very dark brown with a small off-white head. Smells like ripe, almost overripe fruit, cherries, and kind of like licorice. Also smells faintly spicy, and with a deep breath you can smell the 11% alcohol. Tastes intensely of Twizzlers licorice. The alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms. Very thick, coating mouthfeel. One of the most interesting beers I've ever had, and one of the best.

Photo of bulletrain76
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl, 2008 vintage bottle split with LarryLSB at Brasserie Beck. Dark caramel brow color with a lasting beige head of fine bubbles. Vinous, yeasty, and fruity aroma with dates and cherry. The flavor is sweet, yet well balanced, with complex yeast, brown sugar, and dried fruit flavors of dates and prune. Medium-full is body with lively carbonation that lets it glide over your tongue. This was outstanding with chocolate mousse for dessert. Wonderful on its own, but the pairing was truly sublime. I was looking forward to this, and it more than delivered.

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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep mahogany with reddish hues. Has a brown fluffy head with excellent retention. Plenty of lacing on this one.

S- Super sweet and winy. Lots of grape, sugars and other dark fruits. Smells like a port. Also some alcohol coming through with a bit of grains.

T- Sweet maple and caramel notes up front with grape, cherries and toasted sugars. Very malty. With a bit of alcohol warmth. Awesome.

M- Smooth soft and bordering full bodied. Carbonation is low on this but work great with all the flavors and aromas.

D/N- So drinkable and flavorful. Lots of fruit flavors in this one. Excellent beer. Im going to buy some more for sure. Try this if you get a chance.

Photo of ThaBobfather
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes at Catskeller's Internationally Inspired Beer Tasting: Thanks Adam and Brandon

Pours dark brown, almost like syrup color. Well bodied with few bubbles of head.
Smell of sweet, yeast, caramel and very ripe fruit.
Tastes like thick fruit, almost like fruit juice concentrate. Sugary and there is an abundance of caramel.
The tastes coats incredibly well. The caramel sweetness stays with me for a long time.
Sometimes it's too sweet to be sessionable, but very drinkable.

Photo of IPA1978
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very rich, a real sipper. taste of sweet raisins, tobacco and leather. need to share this one too rich to drink a full bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ricke
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. 2009 vintage.

The pour is dark reddish brown with a big off-white head that leaves nice lacings.

The smell is big an spot on. Lots of malty aromas of caramel, brown sugar and toffee. Pleasant heavy fruit aromas, yeast and alcohol.

The flavor is really sweet. From start to finish this one is all about sweetness - toasty malts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee. Notes of vinous fruits, wood, yeast and grass. The finish has some bitterness to it, more sweetness and notes of alcohol, hops and spices.

It has a full body and quite a lot of carbonation, which is welcome here since it lightens the heavy character, if only just a bit.

All in all, a complex, balanced and tasty beer. Due to the sweetness, it gets quite demanding after a while.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of JLeet
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Yesdog
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of BrewClint
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the 2011 bottle aged for nearly 4 years

This one pours a very dark brown with a reddish tinge to it and has a very delicate long lived head that leaves good lacing down the glass. The appearance of this beer for this style is spot on perfect.

The smell is quite fruity and spicy with notes of bread, caramel, coriander, grass, plums and a tinge of hops.

The taste is sublime and delicate. The beer is rich and lasting in flavors that coats the palate in bliss and finishes clean.

Overall it is a near perfect beer, the alcohol was a bit pronounced, beyond that it is as close to perfect as you can get without being totally perfect.

The recommendation on this one it to age it for at least 4 years, we had a special occasion and had it 6 months early.

Photo of markaberrant
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage

A - deep, dark red, gently poured (to fit the entire 750ml bottle into my 750ml snifter... you really need one of these if you don't already have one), dense tan head, tons of fine carbonation bubbles racing upwards. Leaves a big solid sheet of lace down the glass.

S - plump juicy raisins soaked in smooth alcohol, treacle, powerful aroma, could easily smell while pouring

T - jumping jesus! Smooth, smooth, smooth, and soft as can be, yet the flavours are deeply intense and complex. Burnt sugars (not roasted) and lucious dark fruit dominate, spice shows up as it moves to back of the throat. It is quite sweet up front, but doesn't come across as unbalanced. Finish is dry, the alcohol finally shows up, and whadda ya know? It's smooth!

M - lucious mouthfeel. Soft and light. Carbonation is full, but has no harshness or bite. Alcohol is almost nonexistant, which is insane for an 11% beer.

D - incredible drinkability, or as the belgians say "digestability." I am floored by how easy this is to drink.

Staggering complexity of flavours and aromas, but what really gets me is the smoothness and how easy it is to toss this beer back (of course you want to take your time and contemplate the beauty). I'm a big fan of the Gouden Carolus beers, and this one is the best I've tasted.

I've got another one of these stashed away, and I can hopefully track down a few more before they disappear off the shelves, but right now, I'm going to enjoy every last drop of this bottle on my own.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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