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

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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 186
Gots: 214 | FT: 12
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of jrallen34
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

jrallen34, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of adamette
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 750ML bottle that I purchased about 2 years ago for $8.99 but I could not tell you where I bought it (there is a price tag still on it). "Jaargang 2007" written on the neck label. The following stamped on the left side of the label: L 0751 28/3/17 so I suppose that it means that it is good until March 28th, 2017. Poured into my silver rimmed Westvleteren goblet.

A Light brown, thick creamy head but too short lived as it lasted for only a minute, it is now a single ring around the top of the beer. Body is a nice solid brown but in front of direct light there is a nice dark mahogany glow. Beer poured from the bottom of the bottle revealed more sediment floating about than that from the top of the bottle. Good look but a better head, lacing would have garnered a bigger rating from me. 4.0

S Medium roast sweet malt, almost molasses like full of dark fruits, maybe some anise and a sense of alcohol as well. 4.0

T Oh yes, all of the promise of the smell comes through in the taste. Dark fruits of raisins, dates are washed in a thin molasses (which is still quite thick by liquid standards mind you) along with a dose of alcohol. If anyone is looking for that dark fruit, Belgian bigness in a beer look no further than this one. The aftertaste carries the strongest taste of dates that I can recall experiencing. Very interesting. 4.5

M Thick with the dark fruit, molasses tastes but also syrupy sweetness, like a nectar really. With a nice creamy head that stuck around it might have also featured a nice smoothness. 4.0

D Only fair. This is a huge beer with a robust 10.0% ABV and so I cannot report that it is particularly drinkable. This is an apertif beer meant to be savored and enjoyed. I plan on doing just that after typing these words. 3.0

adamette, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of fairdinkum2
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip glass. First impressions - creamy, off white head that formed from a not too vigorous pour. Lasted for several minutes.Glass coating. Earthy, dried fruit aromas of figs, dates and roasted malt. Another excellent Belgian beer offering.
High degree of drinkability. Excellent carbonation and balance of dried fruits, some initial sweetness on the front palate with a crisp finish at the back. The high gravity is masked by the complexity of this beer.

fairdinkum2, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 31, 2009

750ml bottle, 2009. Pours very dark copper/brown with a one finger light beige head. Very nice, complex beer that evolves and changes.

Aromas range from very fruity, dark fruits, cherries, light apple, some yeast.

Flavors are predominantly fruity, cherries, dark fruits, sometimes some chocolate really comes through, some pear, yeasty, bready belgian goodness. Alcohol is quite present. Only real knock I have, but I think it will get better with age.

Mouthfeel is rich, but with high carbonation for the style.

Very rich and delicious beer overall. Glad to finally try this one.

elgiacomo, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Minotaur
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 2008 bottle.

A golden, hazy with light brown shadow: honey colored with a thick head that leaves little lacing but hangs as a bubbly skim atop the chalice.

The aroma is yeasty and bready, also having elements of clove and honey. There is a significant hop spice and sourness present in the aroma.

It has a robust, thick and filling mouthfeel and satisfies with a high level of drinkability.

The taste of this ale is totally unique. it is unmistakably Belgian but has a strong element of honey and herbs. It almost grants a metheglin/mead like quality. The malt presents a sweet but crisp background along with significant flavor hops. There is a sour/spice flavor that distinctly comes from hops but there is little bitterness to upset the malt-honey interplay. There is an apple-pear flavor on the sides of the tongue that lingers after each sip.

One of the more interesting and challenging Belgian ales I've tasted.

Minotaur, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I chose this beer to ring in the New Year (which, at time of the start of this post is still 8 minutes away). A 2009 bottle.

A: Deep brown, to the point of being almost black. A creamy, pale brown / light sandy coloured head tops it off and maintains a nice retention forever.

S + T: The nose isn't wildly robust and overpowering... rather, a number of pleasant scents are a bit modest, but once they blend together, complementing one another, it becomes a wonderful aroma to take in a few times over. I find a sweet breadiness to be very presents - like a fruitbread or the like. Something darker, sweet, and fresh. Dark fruits are a part of that fruitiness... date and fig, in particular. They are far more apparent in the taste of the beer, and it's a great flavour. Some hints of toffee and vanilla slip in, as well. It almost has the flavour of a quad, in many ways.

M + D: Full bodied and almost creamy... there's not a great amount of carbonation, and it doesn't have that bottle conditioned sparkling feel or any sorts of force carbonation feelings. It is almost perfect when taken in small sips... were it to be maybe a little crisper, I'd be feeling it more.

... and with the last words written, it is 12:03 AM! Happy New Year, 2010, and prost!

Proteus93, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL 2009 bottle poured into a snifter.

I have been meaning to try this for a few years and finally got around to picking up a bottle. Pours a deep, dark clear mahogany with a thick, dense tan head that appears to have an imaginary slight pinkish hue. Glass is coated sticky lacing and overall has nice retention but eventually fades a large bubbly cap. At cooler temperatures the aroma is rich with dark fruits, yeast, sugars, etc and is very pleasant but as it warms up the alcohol dominates and detracts from the nose. The mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer. Medium full, silky with light carbonation and a rich, sweet fruity finish. Like the nose, the flavors become dominated by alcohol as this beer warms up. Even when cold, flavors are dominated by ripe, dark fruits, sugars, caramel malt, light spices, occasionally tart and all of these flavors are intensified as it warms up. Overall, an amazing Belgian, probably should have let this sit a little longer and a little too sweet for my own personal tastes, but the amazing mouthfeel and carbonation nearly makes up for those points.

yourefragile, Dec 28, 2009
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.

cnally, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of ryanonline
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours deep dark mahogony with a thick foamy off white head and great lacing.

cherries and figs on the nose with a little raisin and sugary candy also. a deep alcohol scent is present.

a deep sugary sweetness resounds right off the first sip. the cherry and fig still present, not as raisiny as the nose would imply. what's weird about this beer is that the body leads me to think i should be tasting the yeast, but i don't.

mouthfeel is nice, the bubbles leave an initially foamy presence but they quickly fade into the clean somewhat rich body. It's thick but not heavy.

I love the taste in this beer, and the overall experience is excelent (body is even, not overly carbonated and what is there is very delicate), but it is very complex and i don't think i could have more than one maybe two. but at 11 % abv that is all you really need.

i tried it once and for some reason, i don't think i liked it (or it was another beer from gouden carolus im confusing this one with), but having re-tasted it i can say this beer is awesome. i wanna cellar a bottle.

ryanonline, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In 2008, the brewery made 2 different versions of this beer to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this beer. This is the red-striped bottle from that year. This was opened in early Dec 09. The style is a belgian strong blonde ale at 10%.

A: hazy golden amber also some light cherry hues. pours into a tulip with a thick frothy and creamy head that swiftly bubbles up to the rim of the glass. The head receeds slightly but sits at a half cm forever. The lacing is a wall of foam. Could not be more perfect for a Belgian blonde.

S: lots of white grapes, a bit of alcohol heat, and some well balanced spices combines with a yeasty funk almost like that of a belgian saison.

T: tastes a lot like a white wine, with a hint of alcohol heat. Spiciness is also there...pepper, belgian yeasts. There is also a farmhouse flavor, with just a hint of horseblanket. Where most versions of this are almost port-like, this 2008 offering is a nice change...still very vinous but completely different than years past.

M/D: nicely carbonated like any good Belgian blonde ale. Medium texture that is pretty easy to drink. Lighter in both color and texture than other years'. Alcohol is still a little too hot, but you could definitely drink a full 750 mL by yourself in an evening.

2008 bottle rating: 5, 4.5, 4, 4, 4

Opened a bottle of the 2006 at our tasting. Number 22 overall.

Ruby colored pour, and lots of pressure in the bottle. Carbonation looks light in comparison to many Belgians. The nose is full of red apples, brown sugar, caramel. A sweet yeasty fruitiness complements the other aromas nicely. Palate is characterized again by esters of apple, peach, and a ton of caramelized and brown sugars. Caramel leads to a touch of cocoa in the finish. The aftertaste is phenomenal, as all the flavors linger. High, nice Belgian carbonation (despite the appearance) makes for a delightful feel. This stimulates my palate, and I feel like I could drink this entire bottle myself. What a great beer.

2006 Bottle Rating: 4.5, 4, 4.5, 4.5, 4

NittanyBeerFan, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (have not seen this on tap at too many places).

The beer pours a reddish amber color that is just a bit murky. On the nose... this is what Belgian beers are all about. I get a huge aroma of sugar daddy, cherry, chocolate, orange citrus, and a hint of root beer. This smells just incredible. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose almost exactly and are just as impressive. There's a bit more anise then there is on the nose, but that only helps to buoy the moderate sweetness a bit more. This beer is just incredibly delicious. Mouthfeel is good, with decent length and a full, fairly long finish. Alcohol is fairly well disguised, but lets not kid ourselves. This is clearly a rich, heady, no holds barred Belgain strong ale. Unless you're a masochist, you're not going to be pounding down pints of these bad boys.

Fabulous stuff. If you don't like this, then you probably don't like beer. Yummm....

John_M, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of garymuchow
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A guy just has to do a top 100 every once and awhile.
Jaargong 2006. Thanks Linda, it's greatly appreciated.
Chimay goblet. Chilled on my deck to a perfect 45 degrees. Ahhh, late November fall weather in MN.
Rich, sweet dark malt and dark fruit. Alcohol sweetness and slight heat.
Surprisingly small head (largely a creamy brown low cap). Brown with a pretty red highlights in light. quite clear.
Boy this is rich and creamy. Minimal heat considering the alcohol. (I'm gonna' need something to eat with this to cut through the richness). Pleasant sweetness with different fruit than aroma (more berry like). The finish is quite short really. This increases the desire to take another drink and the richness slow ti down. Vanilla! Slight banana. Cherry. Pineapple. Wow!
Best feel I ever recall for this style. Creamy and soft with low carbonation that matches body well.
Funny contrasts (see flavor notes) that ultimately leaves me wanting more (even with the richness). So many flavors appear. Each drink is a new experience. This leads to higher drinkability. Sweet enough to use as syrup on ice cream. Lives up to its ranking. Even my youngest chillin' could tell this was an exceptional beer.

garymuchow, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of KCHopHead
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How is this beer not ranked higher? First chance I get I'm going to do some side by side comparisons with this beer. It is quite amazing.

A - Pours a dark plum, brown.
S - Tons of complexity with yeasts, fruits and not much alcohol.
T - Just as complex as the smell. I was mainly getting raisins, but there is so much going on there. Alcohol is sitting in the background.
M - Lots of carbonation but not a bomb when you open the bottle. Just enough for the effervesence.
D - I am happy this is in 750 ml and not just 12 oz. I could drink a bottle of this in a night and be quite satisfied.

KCHopHead, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of bskrtz
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle poured to open beer challice. Served 'chilled' at approx. 55 degrees

A) Very dark brown, clear with small lacy head.

S) Like a bakery -- sweet bread, pie, cookie dough. A lot going on here. Hint of citrus and spice

T) Very sweet, brandy, sticky thick maple syrup. Malty with mild hops

M) A bit flat. Could use a bit more bottle conditioned fiz.

D) A tad too sweet for me

bskrtz, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bottle in Buffalo based on its reputation as one of Belgium's top beers.

Pours a murky deep oak, with a finger of tan head that quickly drops to a collar. Only a few sticky fingers of laces touch the edge of the glass, and the ho-hum appearance belies the fact that this is an extremely impressive beer. Rich nose of dark fruit, chocolate, and clove. I found the alcohol a little prominent at first, but once the palate had acclimatised I realise what a smooth, easy drinking beer this is, and apart from that initial burst, the alcohol is not remotely apparent. Extremely malt-forward, with an emphasis on milk chocolate, dates, figs and plums. Some brown sugar and spicy cloves in the finish. Smooth, full body with restrained carbonation, which accentuates the richness and decadence of the flavours.

Certainly one of the better Belgian Strong Dark Ales I've come across, and more complex and balanced than many of its compatriots. Only a slightly mediocre appearance lets things down, but that aside this is a phenomenal brew, and one of the best from an excellent brewery.

bobsy, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 corked and caged, 2008 vintage, shared courtesy of Bobsy - thanks for bringing this gem over! Pours a murky purple-brown with a finger of eggshell head which dies down fairly quickly.

Initial burst of bready malt which scares me a bit but settles down to a smooth, complex brew worthy of a Top 100 spot. Rich raisiny fruit, hints of orange, cloves, caramel malt, cocoa powder, figs, hint of nuttiness, almost a hint of port. Ridiculously smooth drinking, light carb, not hint of alcohol aside from a slight warming as you progress. A sipper but only because you want to take it all in, I could probably guzzle it if need be.

Perhaps not as rich or complex as a few other examples I've tried but those few would be hard pressed to match the smooth drinkability of this one - well put together, everything blends seamlessly.

ritzkiss, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a color similar to the bottle it came from. Very dark cherry-oak with red highlights and an off white foamy head that sustains quite well.

The nose suggests familiar belgian yeast properties, packed with dark fruits, pepper/clove spice and over-rippened bananas.

The taste is spicy and yeasty. The initial flavor is a bit tart with an underlying sweetness that drys up for the finish.

The feel is smooth and full. It's not as overly carbonated as so many other beers of this style tend to be. Slightly syrupy.

Very easy sipper. A good way to end a chilly sunday evening.

bonsreeb85, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jaargang 2007. Enjoyed November 2009.

The Keizer isn't much to look at. My chalice isn't filled with a drink that looks suitable for a king, but rather some sort of mucky, scummy, possibly prune derived nectar seemingly better fit for the peasants. Light yields no change to the beer's clammy, lifeless complexion. And what is a Keizer without his crown? Its head is entirely bare of bubbles.

The aroma, on the other hand, has an essence fit - not for royalty - but for the Gods. This sweet, ambrosial serum exhumes a potent and rather pacifying character, one that puts the soul (or, more accurately, the senses) at peace with the world. (*In the interest of full disclosure it should be noted that perhaps a snippet of that tranquility might very well be derived from the rather immodest and lulling 11% alcohol.)

The beer's soothing character could reasonably be equated to a tawny port, and this is in large part because of its flavour profile. Fans of the fortified wine would enjoy this Belgian ale not only for its commanding sweetness but also the lush and nuanced notes of oak, peppery spice and tannic fruitiness. It shows its strength, albeit modestly.

I taste black currant but I'm thinking Cassis. I get maybe a hint of orange but it much more closely resembles Grand Marnier or Triple Sec than it does anything that's grown on a tree. The yeast also plays games - there's a slight hint of bruised banana and it wouldn't be at all far fetched to note herbs or spices, I get clove especially.

Upfront the fruits taste lively and ripe (i.e, plum, grape and black cherry). By finish, however, they become dry (now prune and raisin). The palate, too, seems to dry out alongside them. The tastes that linger most are those of strawberry jam, elderberries, and, just perhaps, a drop or two of coffee. Warming does it no harm, only good.

Cuvée Van De Keizer is only brewed on one day a year, February 24th. I don't see much need to brew it more often than that. It seems to be in fairly wide distribution and, although it is, in all respects, a very good beer I would consider the other Gouden Carolus offerings to be great beers. Keep in mind, however, as the high score posted above shows, that even this brewery's "good" beer ranks above the average brewery's best.

biegaman, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage

A- poured red-brown with a small frothy head into a Chimay glass.

S- Rum cake, dried raisiny fruit, port- like grapiness and a doughy yeastiness. Rich and complex.

T- Powerful plum and raisin notes, caramel and apple, fruity yeast character and light carbonation with full body hits about mid-palate, swift alcohol. Similar to a Rochefort 10 but with bolder flavors IMO.

A really solid, loveable Belgian. A pleasure, too bad it's the last one of these at my local store.

brownbeer, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of ricke
3.88/5  rDev -10%
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.

ricke, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very happy to see this on tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA. Had just a sip at the Sharp Edge's Great European Beerfest this year & wanted more.

Poured into a tulip the color of dark, amber maple syrup with a thin head. Some gold highlights, little lacing.

Smells wonderful, of dark fruit, heavy malt. The smell carries very well & hits you hard, like you just walked into a kitchen cooking some delicious plum pudding & stuck your head over the pot. The fragrance just wafts up. Awesome.

Taste of maple, kind of nutty, some holiday spice (cinammon, nutmeg), orange, rich malt, plum, raisins, cherries. Very complex taste, the alcohol picks up as it warms & becomes warming itself.

Mouthfeel is smooth & full, coats the mouth without being slick. There's some residual sweetness that's not sticky.

This is a keeper! One to sip & enjoy & hope it never ends.

OneDropSoup, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of TheKingsOfHop
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 9.4oz. bottle poured into tulip shaped glasses:

A: Dark amber like a medium grade maple syrup with an egg shell colored frothy half inch thick head. Leaves thin lacing all over the glass as the beer is consumed.

S: Sweet green apple, banana, maple syrup drizzled on warm Belgian waffles, finishing off with a touch of black strap molasses. All scents blending together harmoniously creating an enticing aroma... to say the least.

T: Warm apple pie, maple syrup, hazelnuts, all coated with brown sugar, and cinnamon. Then some banana bread pulls through along with hints of clove bringing together all the delicious complexities of this wonderful Belgian.

M: Syrupy body, low carbonation, alcohol warmth in the chest... all in all outstanding.

D: Cuvee can Van De Keizer us anytime(We know it doesn't make sense but it sounded good at the time).... this beer was exceptional! We paired it with a Brown sugar spiral ham, and they complimented each other beautifully.

The Kings Of Hop

TheKingsOfHop, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of rvdoorn
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Poured into a het Anker glass. The beer pours a nice dark-reddish brown color with a fluffy light-brown head leaving a decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel, dark fruits, maple syrup, honey, warming alcohol and spicy hop

Taste: Similar to the smell. Caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits (plum, figs) but also some red fruits (cherries, but not sour, bit wine like), sweet honey, and warming alcohol. The taste is mostly sweet, but this beer is nicely balanced with some nice bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, thick, fantastic. Medium carbonation. Alcohol very well hidden.

Overall: Great beer, love it. Also had 5 or more year old vintages several times, and I can tell you, it is even better than the fresh one! Highly recommendable.

rvdoorn, Nov 02, 2009
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4.7/5  rDev +9%
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

wordemupg, Oct 23, 2009
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Appearance of the beer was fantastic, It poured a really dark burnt amber/ruby color with a Large 3 finger dark tan head with medium lacing that stuck to the glass very well.

The Smell was of dark fruit, raisins, brown sugar, rum, bread, banana, cane sugar, molasses and walnut.

The mouth feel was somewhat thick and sticky, almost creamy mouth feel with decent carbonation.

The taste consists of brown sugar, honey, rum, banana, figs, dates, and raisins, very sweet with a good amount of alcohol that leaves a lingering warmth in the back of the throat.

Overall I say that this is a nice winter warmer, a little too sweet for my taste in Belgian dark ales/quads but good non the less.

Would be great with Thanksgiving food, say Pumpkin pie and turkey.

KALIKGOLD, Oct 16, 2009
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,491 ratings.