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

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)

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world-class

1,366 Ratings
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Ratings: 1366
Reviews: 819
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002)
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked bottle picked up at the LCBO; 'best before' June 19 2023 (very precise for a date that won't come for nearly a decade). I picked this bottle up a few months ago intending to hold onto it for a year or two, but I later decided it'd be a good way to celebrate my 600th review. This is the 2013 version, served at cellar temperature.

This strong ale pours a lovely garnet-brown colour, topped with just over one finger of silky-smooth, light beige-coloured head. A virtual army of tiny bubbles constantly rushes to the surface, to reinforce the extraordinarily long-lasted froth floating there. Great retention, lots of lace, and a very enticing aroma that features raisins, sherry, toffee sweetness and dates, in addition to yeast and some ethanol. Quite sweet and fragrant; very fruity.

Very full-flavoured, and certainly leaning toward the saccharine side. Brown sugar, toffee and candi sugar are easily detectable, followed by some sweet orchard fruit flavours including sultanas, dates and plums. The sherry vibes are still noticeable, but not as prominent as on the nose. It finishes with a bit of a rum-raisin flavour, as well as a touch of spicy clove and anise. Sweet, warm aftertaste; the first sip was positively hot but my palate eventually adjusted to the high alcohol content. Full-bodied and silky-smooth on the tongue, with moderate carbonation; perhaps a little less spritzy than I prefer from this style. A delicious sipper that will warm your bones on a cold evening.

Final Grade: 4.26, a fabulous A-. Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw is a world-class beer, but it's definitely not for everyone. The flavours are quite bold and the sweetness can border on cloying at times, with the high alcohol content being immediately noticeable. That being said - none of those are necessarily deal-breakers in this style, and it's probably my fault for cracking open such a young bottle anyway. This is a very solid Belgian strong dark ale that is worth seeking out for cellaring purposes. I know I'll be on the lookout for it, especially if the price remains so staggeringly low - $7.80 for a high-quality 11% Belgian beer is a virtual steal!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 04:32:46 | More by thehyperduck
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dcmchew

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage.
Dirty brown/bronze in color, small one finger head for a short time, thin sticky lace for the rest of the drink.
Red grapes/wine is easy to get right after pouring it. Giving it a closer smell, banana, lots of brown sugar, raisin, fig, faint chocolate, Belgian-type spices.
The smell prepared me for a sweet brew, and the first sip delivered. Dark fruit and caramel meld from start to finish: dry figs, dates, raisins, forest berry jam, juicy plums paired with brown sugar caramel and Belgian candi sugar. A mild toasted malt throughout. Lots of spices, from clove, faint licorice, cinnamon and pepper to vanilla (nice oaky notes from time to time). Warmth of the alcohol gets felt soon enough, reminding of mulled wine and dark rum. Some bittering hops in the finish to counter the sweetness of it all.
Very smooth body, lwo carbonation, silky. A bit too sweet later on, clinging in the aftertaste more than i'd like. Helps cover up the booze tho, so that's ok.
A great tasty BSDA, nicely in control of its abv. Pretty sure a wine barrel aged version of this would be incredible, until then, just very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 15:50:30 | More by dcmchew
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2009 release poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, dark fruit, caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit. Then a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary creating a good balance and there’s some spice in the background that creeps in. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent dark Belgian to sip on for a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 03:41:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2008 Vintage. One of the older beers in my cellar, well by that I mean longest lasting. I have been aging this beer for about 4-5 years now.

Served in a balloon glass. The cork came out with not much effort and without much "pop", but there was a decent amount of head. The glass of beer looks like murky water, with a muddy brown hue that carries highlights of purple rose. The head starts with a thick crown (only when poured aggressively) which slowly dissipates and leaves behind a coating of lace.

The aroma is wonderfully rich. It shows off mature signs of aging, with a sherry and brandy-like quality coming out of the glass. There are hints of molasses and black cherry. Some signs of oxidation. Brown sugar, maple, vanilla bean. There are some sweet aromas here, and I'm not complaining! It really smells excellent.

The full-bodied beer isn't supported much by carbonation. It isn't flat, but the carbonation is fairly low. The flavor is a jam-packed mix of dark malts and dark fruits. The various flavors of brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, raisins, cherries, alcohol, and a light tartness all cross the palate in waves of flavor. The alcohol makes it's presence known in the aftertaste and at the swallow. But there is no burn here....it's not "hot" which is very important for a higher abv beer.

This is an excellent beer. The aroma and flavor are strong, complex, and truly delicious. Aging has worked for this beer. The oxidation qualities have completely worked alongside the already complex and delicious flavor. I didn't drink this alone, but I could have. It's a very good beer that deserves more attention than it gets. I wish I would have tried this side by side with a new bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 05:06:03 | More by MusicaleMike
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dlcoblen

South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled in year 2012.

A: Murky dark brown, Henna color. Small head, the bottle describes the head as velvety and I would agree.

S: Sweet Caramel upfront, with the smell of fruity sweetness. Also I smell apples.

T: I gave this a 5.0 for taste. It has everything im looking for when buying a Belgium strong ale. Its very sweet, has a dark fruit complex aided with roasted pecans. Plus the belgium yeast gives so much dimension.

M: I'd say not quite full bodied but close, the carbonation cuts through the sweetness leaving the mouth feeling refreshed so your tongue doesn't mistake it for syrup.

O: A perfect belgium beer, I will be buying again for sure

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 00:51:00 | More by dlcoblen
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage Sampled January 2014

APPEARANCE- Deep bronze with ruby highlights, chill haze that gradually improves with warmth, and low, off-white head with very poor retention and little lace. No legs.

NOSE- big spicy red grape aroma hits first, pinot noir?,...notes of licorice and of course, big, deep, caramel maltiness, cherry skin and plum skin, dates, creamy character of vanilla and cinnamon probably attributable to oxidized alcohol, some acetlaldehyde and a hint of fusel, complex, intense, and deep aroma. Lovely.

FLAVOR- thick base of caramel, cream, and amber honey supports very subdued phenols, moderate-strong dark fruit esters including a notable blackberry, and a brighter raspberry character. More licorice character, a dusting of walnut, hints of dark rum, very faint hint of orange rind lurks far beneath the surface, pleasantly minty here and there... damn. Huge vanilla in the finish. Maybe a little diacetyl, but you really gotta hunt for it w all the other stuff going on... no noticeable hop bitterness, though I suspect some portion of the licorice/mint/blackberry thing must be hop-derived. I swear for split second I get a note of kiwi. I'd do desperate things to get crème brulee next to this beer, cuz I swear theres one in it, garnishes and all.

MF- The hallmark of all Het Anker's ales is unquestionably the rich, luxurious, velvety, creamy mouthfeel. This is full-bodied, naturally, but never heavy on the palate. I will fault this vintage for retaining a little heat over the years, and going lightly astringent...probably from oxidation. Medium and beautifully fine carbonation.

OVERALL- I have at this point had 3 or 4 bottles of Cuvee van de Kaizer, both blue and red. I am in the habit of consuming them between 3-5 years old. I have been both beautifully rewarded and horribly disappointed. I'm sure it all comes down to storage practices. If you are into cellaring beer, this is certainly one to try, and I'm sure a vertical project would be a very enjoyable experiment. I am always caught off-guard over and over by how Het Anker's huge, full-bodied beers float on the palate and offer up so many bright and spritely flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 07:38:56 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Belgian Orval Trappist glass.

Dark ruby color with a 1 finger head.

One can smell the aroma from the corked bottle which is more prominent in the glass- fruit, esters, raisins, figs, highly complex.

The mouth feel is very carbonated and suits the style transitioning well into the taste.

Incredible taste. One of the best Belgian strong ales( if not the best) I have tasted. Figs, plum, raisins, sweetness and more.

Strong alcoholic finish, worthy of the complexity of this beer.
A major league sipper.

Overall: a classic which should be on every beer geek's list.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 02:34:11 | More by brureview
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MaillardRx

Kansas

4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the beautiful bottle and into an oversized wine glass

A: Dark and luscious. Looks almost like a Coca-Cola: deep auburn. Not much head (may be because of my pour) but leaves a great lace

S: Malts, fruit, serious fig notes, brown sugar (you make me feel so good)

T: Figs, and lots of it! Cherry, and maybe like a hint of cognac. Sweet candi, brown sugar, red grapes. So much flavor, it's ridiculous. It's like a port or dessert wine almost, yet without an overbearing alcohol content.

M: Medium bodied, silky smooth. It soaks the tongue.

O: Great, well crafted beer. Very delicious. Could drink it over and over. A good drunk too.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 21:20:50 | More by MaillardRx
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BierJager89

California

4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, slight red hue, nice brown head.

S: Grapes and caramel in the nose.

T: Sweet grapes, caramel and apple flavors with a slight taste of alcohol.

M: Extremely smooth, and a nice medium body.

O: Among the best belgian ales I've ever had. A great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 00:17:02 | More by BierJager89
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LVituri

Brazil

4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Uma cerveja com certeza muito poderosa e de valor. Uma coisa que me incomodou um pouco foi o excessivo dulçor. Mas mesmo assim ela tem muita personalidade. É forte, marcante e com uma notável licorosidade. Foi uma honra degustá-la. Uma ótima experiência.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 17:59:59 | More by LVituri
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ryannosaurus

Arizona

4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 poured to snifter

Dark reddish brown, opaque appearance. Nice tan head that settles to a consistent film.

Smell is sweet and spicy: brown sugar, banana and clove most evident

Loads of residual sugars... flavor is very sweet with caramel and molasses and fig notes on the front.... banana, spice, brown sugar and a hint of hop bitterness and alcohol on the back end

Mouth feel is nice: significant body thinned by the alcohol, and sharpened by the carbonation

I expect a big Belgian to be on the sweet side, and this certainly hits that... maybe a little too sweet on the front of the tongue. Slight hop bitterness adds some needed contrast, and while some fruit esters are evident, they are somewhat mixed and indistinct under the sweetness. It would be interesting to see how this one ages further, but overall just too sweet for a 5 star rating in my estimation.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 00:18:37 | More by ryannosaurus
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage.
Hazy, dark mahogany, about one finger of foam. Retention is pretty good while some sparse, tattered lacing is left. Aroma is awesome: candied dark fruits soaked in rum, more than a little bit of alcohol, a bit of yeastiness underneath.

Loads of sweetness upfront, to a fault. Gouden Carolus Classic is quite sweet, but there's enough bitterness to maintain balance; not so here. Plenty of dark candi sugar in this, for sure. That's really the only major fault, though. Tons of rum-soaked, candied dark fruit. Some clove/banana in the background. Carbonation is nicely restrained. Alcohol definitely rears its head, but stops short of being boozy.

This is really a great dark Belgian ale, but the sweetness is almost cloying and holds it back from being epic. Still makes a great after-dinner sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:07:45 | More by gr0g
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark mahogany with ample cherry glints. The smallish, crackly off white cap is pretty shortlived. The aroma is rich caramel malts, raisins, field berries. An intense wall of malt hits in the first sip. Rum soaked Christmas cake, sangria, plum, cinnamon, vanilla and a million other flavors fill the palate. Hops are scarce, as is the lofty 11% ABV. Its amazing how well the booze heat is hidden. The mouthfeel is full bodied verging on viscous with a medium carbonation level. The finish is fruity with a light hop bitterness and a bit of herbal hop character.

Overall this is a sweet but not overly so beer. Lots of malt complexity and fruityness and the very high ABV is surprisingly (and dangerously) well hidden. Try this.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 21:18:56 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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IPA35

Netherlands

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a great fan of their Classic and the Christmas, but being the only true beerlover in the household I decided to pick up a bottle even though I will have to drink it by myself.

2013 version

Look very dark amber/ruby. No yeast on the first pour ofcourse.
The head dissappears quickly.

Smells good, nice dark fruits and caramel malts. Just as one would expect really.
One of those beers you will love if you like dubbels and quadrupels.

Taste much like the smell. A tasty beer. Nice and sweet, warming alcohol and nice dark fruits and caramel. Some spice too. Good stuff!

Some more fresh fruity notes too, light red apple and maybe red grapes.

The alcohol does not overpower it.

Mouthfeel is medium to full. Smooth and the carbonation is perfect for this kind of beer.

Very good. Worth trying if you like their other dark ales or Rochefort for example.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 19:51:50 | More by IPA35
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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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BeerGod27

South Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (2012)
This beer seems to be enjoyed by most and came highly recommended, yet it did not live up to the fanfare. This was recommended based on my love of quads, yet this is a strong dark ale, not a quad. I don't know why two different guys at two different beer stores told me this was a quad.
This pours a dark brown, looks beautiful and rich. Minimal head.
Nose is very sweet and when swirled brings out a pungent smell of alcohol.
Taste is very sweet, to a fault. Dark fruits, brown sugar and alcohol are prominent on the tongue. Have I mentioned it's far too sweet?
I shared this with several friends and no one else liked it either. We can't all be wrong about this highly rated beer can we? Is it possible I got a bad bottle? I hope so.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 15:48:20 | More by BeerGod27
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a large wine.

Root beer colour. Dark brown with light brown highlights. Quarter in beige head that thins to a surface of foam. Fair lacing with solid lacing.

Smells of raisins and phenol. Mild chemical smell. Caramelized sugar.

Very sweet taste. Candied fruit, prunes, molasses with a bright edge. Boozy warmth but no alcohol taste.

A full rich, creamy feel. Mild buzz throughout the mouth.

Overall this ale is delicious. The sweetest beer I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 02:56:10 | More by ssmack
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don1481

Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 9.4 oz bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: pours with a lingering head. Not obnoxiously so, was able to pour cleanly into the glass.

Smell: smells sugary with a little booziness. Some hints of cloves. Sweet smelling for sure.

Taste: first sip is... Different. A little less sweet and a little more boozy than what others have said. After waiting for a moment, another sip definitely gives that sweet, smooth delicious taste. So good. Wow.

Mouthfeel: very very smooth. Doesn't really linger.

Overall: wow. Just... Wow. Yes please more.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 01:38:22 | More by don1481
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rand

California

4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From 750 mL bottle to Mikasa tulip glass

2009 batch...been looking forward to this.

A: The brew appears deep mahogany in color, cloudy and completely opaque. It seems effervescent, but the beers own weight prevents any real chance of a head. Tiny patches of lacing speckle the glass.

S: The bouquet is rich and sweet and layered, with prominent notes of ripe fruit and butter-rum. Drying notes of oak attempt to contain the big, yeasty aspects and banana esters. Distinct buttery notes linger.

T/M: Ripe fruit hits the palate first, more prominently than the nose led to expect. The butter-rum notes are there, but they're tucked under a layer of sweet, chewy bread and oak. You can parse subtleties all day with this, but it seems age has formed a singular experience on the palate, as none of the nuances overlap the others. Booze is noted, especially toward the finish, which helps dry and cleans, leading to a medium and slightly sweet close.

This is up there with the best of the Belgian Strongs I've had. YOu could use this for a clinic...the esters, the oak-y dryness, the body and balance. I'd like to see what this tastes like after a few more years in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 10:16:06 | More by rand
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Durge

Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh from Ohoove's cellar into a pint glass this fine 2008 vintage brew shows a deep dark root beer color with a solid but thin light tan head and a nice broken sheet of lacing. The aroma brings a delicate but sweet currant and red wine theme with dark fruits. Very refined with none of the classic Belgian traits I often expect. Very nice but definitely concentrated on the wine idea. The flavor hits with more dark fruits over deep chocolate malt and champagne - red wine. There are some floral hints and cotton candy sweetness, but again, the dominant flavor combines red wine and sugary malt. The body is at least medium with modest carbonation and a pretty aqueous feel. Quite a tasty treat worth waiting for!!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 06:14:20 | More by Durge
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $7.80 CDN. Nice value on this volume of what appears to be a world class beer. Left out for about 40 minutes after being in fridge for a few days. Served into oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Dark chestnut brown color with 1.2 finger of off-white head. Head fizzles away moderately leaving a nice soapy feature the edges of the glass and wispy accumulation of foam on top of the beer.

Smell - Burnt sugar, and a bit of booze here and caramel. Second time around a few dark fruits begin to creep in and also the faint hint of peach-like smells. Butterscotch, toffee as well as the funky Belgian yeast although it is not overly pronounced here. Also a bit of a cooked marshmallow smell to it.

Taste - Sugar, caramel and that booziness on the aromas shines through. Also tons of that toasted marshmallow flavor in conjunction with the aforementioned dark fruits namely dates, prunes and cheery. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall really delicious but definitely a sipping type of beer.

Mouthfeel - Super smooth, rich and great warmth in the back of the throat. Medium carbonation and medium bodied, but shading towards the lighter side which is impressive given the breadth of flavors and high ABV here.

Overall - World class all the way, one of the best with other greats in the style but really enjoyed the toasted marshmallow feature here which seemed more pronounced than I've had in other beers in the style. Definitely would recommended but you may want a couple of friends around or risk feeling light headed after a bottle of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 04:15:14 | More by DenisKolkin
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dar482

New York

4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark brown mahoghany with a bit of red coming through. There's a bit of off white/light brown head.

The aroma has just tons and tons of sweetness dark caramel, toffee. It moves onto overly painfully sweet dark fruits like raisin, figs. A bright red wine character as well, which is a surprising note.

The flavor follows with almost a port like quality. Tons of overly sweet raisins, figs, and then some grape and bittering tanins. The general theme is the brown sugar and toffee sweetness that just lingers along with fruit bread.

A medium silky mouthfeel without much carbonation.

The alcohol is well hidden. Granted, I'm having a 2012 vintage and it is over a year old, but still, so drinkable. A lovely sweetness and a great dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 02:01:47 | More by dar482
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Flachs

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a great beer to drink. I just know what I like and this us one that works for me. I liked the way it pored into my tulip glass. At first it was a little over powering but as I got further into the beer it turned out great? Will be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 00:38:02 | More by Flachs
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REDAMI

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Pour is a muddy, copper-brown topped with a paper-thin ivory foam.

S - Sharp alcohol on the nose. Buttered bread, raisins, toffee sugar.

T - Moderately sweet, metallic, raisins or plums, with a cereal aftertaste.

M - Fine, light carbonation, moderate to thin mouthfeel, not overly hot from the alcohol.

Has a sharp alcohol nose but the sweetness and mouthfeel hide the alcohol well. Slightly warming with a distinct raisin-like quality. Lacked the yeast candy of a bottle conditioned beer, it would be better with this extra yeast.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 18:52:39 | More by REDAMI
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked and caged bottle, 2012, so between 1 and 2 years old.

appears chesnutt brown. thin head of very fine bubbles. good retention and lacing from the head. rich malty and slightly boozy aroma as it warms. a little nutty & earthy. taste is similar. great balance of sweetness & a dry finish. very complex, smooth. easy to drink, super smooth as silk mouthfeel. low carbonation.

overall a great dark Belgian

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 02:50:45 | More by jmdrpi
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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,366 ratings.