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

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Ratings: 1,558
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 185
Gots: 232 | FT: 15
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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

2009 Vintage

Poured into Duvel glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige tan head. Color is a ruby hued copper. Very appealing color.

Aroma: Sweet caramel, dark dried fruits, raisins, molasses, apples. Big malty aroma. Caramel apples.

Taste: Rich and malty. Sweet. Caramel, raisins, toffee, dark dried fruits, more raisins. Booze showing. Then grapes and apples in the background. Lots of solid flavors.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, creamy, and a bit warming. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with some spice notes, booze showing, and a bit of dryness.

Overall, a very well done BSDA. Lots of good flavors. A sipper at such a big beer, but I do like it. Fairly drinkable. This is a beer that you need to be in the mood for big time.

mothman, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of Lukie
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first beer review in a long time, and what better to do it with, then the speciality from one of my favourite Belgian Brews.

2009 Edition.

Pours out an off-dark brown, with hints of ruby. Hard to see through. Big frothy head, that drops into a cm of foam sitting atop the liquid.

Notes of honey, brown sugar, toffee and dark fruits (fig, dark plum). Hints of an orange-citrus in the background.

First mouthful is heavenly. Absolutely remarkable. Big hits of sweet, dessert-like dark fruits, with that sugared fig predominant in the regular version, coming across in such an amazing way here. Big brown sugar flavour resonates in the back of the pallate, adding more, and bringing forth the big fruit flavours. Port-like characters is a good way to call this one. Just so much happening.

Silky smooth mouthfeel, with a lower end of carbonation. A slight stickiness, like a good dessert wine, lingers in the mouth with every sip. The beer just overtakes the entire mouth, and ever tastebud. Dangerously drinkable for a beer that is 11% alcohol. If this is how good this is now, I must put a couple away to see how it mellows with age.

Exceptional.

Lukie, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of thetomG
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage...

Pours a very nice murky dark brown with some lovely tan foam that leaves lacing around the glass.

Aroma is good but quite mild compared to the HUGE flavors coming out of this one... massive notes of funky yeast, dark fruits, and alcohol.

Seems well carbonated with just a nice slightly syrupy coating in the mouth. It is a very flavorful beer, and I'm glad I tried it but not sure I'd seek it out again - the funky taste and alcohol flavors that come through just don't really float my boat.

thetomG, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of HeckYeah
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2007 edition of the beer that is only brewed once a year.

A: after carefully removing the wire cage I slowly worked the cork...which proceeded to eject out of the bottle and ricochet off the ceiling. The bottle then immediately erupted with more force than any bottled beer or champagne that i have ever seen. My entire room is covered in this beer so I hope it ages well.

After it calmed down i only had about 2/3 of a pint left, but it looked interesting still. The enormous foamy head dissipated into a thin line. The beer itself is a dark copper with lots of floating sediment that appears to stay suspended in the fluid no matter how long it sits.

S: the sweet smell of buttery toffee comes through immediately, but this smell isn't overpowering or lingering.

T: Very sweet up front with a creamy caramel/toffee flavor with a raisin-y backdrop and ends with a sweet and only slightly more bitter boozy tingle.

M: Soft and velvety with more creamy viscosity than a normal amber-colored beer.

D: With an excellent mouthfeel and the mellow alcohol taste, this beer is all too drinkable. The only thing preventing me from drinking another one back-to-back is the somewhat cloying taste that just seems too much to repeat right away.

I'll likely buy another one of these bombers (and open it in the shower) to see if my opinion changes after attempting to avoid an eruption. I will update this post When I do. Despite the overflow, this beer is intriguing, but too sweet to drink repeatedly.

HeckYeah, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of ianjsullivan
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 2009 vintage 750 ml poured into a sambuca snifter

A: Brown syrup sugar with slight yellow on the bottom, a decent brown head that does not stick around but leaves a thin covering on top with nice lacing on the side.

S: Caramel, malt, apples, syrup and dough.

T: Caramel, fruity, apple, doughy, finishes syrupy.

M: Heavy though with carbonation, finishes a little thick on the throat.

D: Thick with a lasting taste in the back, lots of flavor and high alcohol does limit how much one can drink of this beer.

Overall: What a beer! I tried it to soon, it has a lot of potential. I couldn't stop myself from trying it and it was still delicious. It has a lot going on and is as complex as some great wines.

ianjsullivan, May 31, 2010
Photo of portia99
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle (2009 vintage) poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - A careful pour yields a muddy brown color with a very thin skim coat of foam that never really goes away. No real lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Very fruity in the nose with tons of Belgian yeast character. Heavy on bubblegum and banana esters, raisins, light caramel and some buttery diacetyl.

T - Flavor follows the aroma pretty well - intense and complex. Bubblegum, banana, raisins, more caramel than in the aroma and a lot more buttery diacetyl. Additional complexity with some straight up, sweet and sugary malt (too much?), alcohol and some light breadiness. Very much a liquid candy bar.

M - Pretty full bodied beer. Carbonation is medium and extremely creamy. Some light alcohol warmth. Very sweet overall.

D - Not an especially easy drinker. All of the flavors are on the intense side, alcohol is noticeable, diacetyl is high and a bit distracting (but I am especially sensitive to diacetyl). Came in really wanting to like this beer, I do - but not nearly as much as I wanted to.

portia99, May 26, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= Pours a dark brown not quite black color. The head is a one finger high off white color with some everage retention and some pretty nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Bubblegum comes to mind first. Loads of bannanas. There is a slight estery undertone as well as some nice caramel malts in it.

T= The taste is a lot of bubblegum and bannana. There's a little bit of a caramel malt taste to it. The yellowest bannanas in the world mixed with dubble bubble bubble gum. Put a little caramel in your mouth and you got this beer.

M= A nice thick mouth on this with a short lasting flavor that keeps you coming back.

D= Great beer. I would drink this again in a heartbeat. Worth every sip. A little different but what you want in a good Belgian. Worth seekng out.

jjanega08, May 25, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle. pours a dark amber color with good to large off white head and lacing. lively fizzy carbonation. sweet raisin like smell, taste is the same with hints of carmel, and molasses. very sweet with a slight bitter finish. medium body, thin oily texture, and average flavor duration. very good brew. alcohol is fairly well hidden but creeps up on you fast.

berpwillie, May 24, 2010
Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.25/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

A- Body is a dark brown, nearly black that pours with a 1/2 finger head and leaves traces of light lacing in the glass.

S- Biscuity raw dough, strong alcohol, toffee, licorice, anise, raisin, a hint of butter.

T- Lots of licorice and anise upfront with an offensive buttery biscuit backbone. There is a good amount of spicy belgian yeast underneath. Finish is quite medicinal with a bite of alcohol.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium to heavy weight full body that has a slightly doughy consistency.

D- I'm really hoping that this was a bad bottle. The buttered biscuit is quite overwhelming and masks the more complex components of the brew. I am willing to give this another try-but couldn't finish it this time- luckily this was shared amongst a few of us do it didn't go to waste. Side note- I don't like their tripel either...

PittBeerGirl, May 24, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours dark ruby red with a hint of haze, light tan creamy head and good lace left behind.

S-the nose brings lots of bready malts, notes of diacetyl, toffee and caramel behind, a good bit of anise, rum soaked cherries in the back.

T-follows the nose, bready malts, diacetyl, toffee and caramel, anise, rum soaked cherries in the back.

M-smooth and creamy on the palate, chewy and full body, good carbonation and nice crisp finish.

D-seems to be a bit of a mess and shows a good bit of alcohol in the back. also has a fair amount of diacetyl. must need age or something imo.

cpetrone84, May 20, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. 2007 vintage served at 53 degrees in my Gouden Carolus chalice. Poured a hazy mahogany with a half inch, loose, off-white head that quickly dissipated into a broken skim and a band that coalesced around the shoulders. Nose is vinous, with lots of dark fruit (figs and plums) and a slightly caustic alcohol nose that somewhat drowns out the other characteristics. Taste follows nose, but there's also a hint of chocolate in the mix, as well as an artificial sweetener quality, toffee and a buttery character. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth, even carbonation. I've been looking forward to trying this one for a while, but I have to say that I was a little let down. The alcohol is a little too forward and it definitely crosses the line between complex brew and muddled mess. Probably my least favorite offering from this brewery.

Jwale73, May 18, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured into my Westvleteren chalice. Poured a deep brown color with a little bit of some ruby highlights when held to the light. It poured with a thin bubbly and fizzy covering which quickly dissipated.

Aroma has a big malty and sweet flavor to it. It has a lot of dark fruits going on with plums, figs and raisins all present. It has a rum like alcohol presence in the nose as well. It showcases the malt very nicely in the aroma overall.

The taste like the nose is not surprisingly malt focused. It has a bit more caramel and cherries then the nose suggested but it does have the dark fruit, plum and fig flavors to it. It has a little alcohol in the finish but not too bad for being 11%.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side and carbonation is low. Drinkability is very good, the malt flavors are delicious. This is usually one of my least favorite styles but when done so well as this I really enjoy them. I love the big malty and fruity flavors this one had. One of the best of the style I've tried for sure.

billab914, May 14, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage. Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to spimptastikx for this one.

4.0 A: Clear dark amber brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy light tan head with average retention and some spotty lacing.

4.5 S: Very nice. Dark fruits with a lot of plum. Sugary cake icing. Light to moderate booziness. Touch of raisin and touch of tobacco. Peppery spiciness.

4.0 T: A ton of peppery spiciness. Way more than in the nose. Raisin and tobacco are also more prominent while the plum is less so. Moderate to high booziness this time, which is okay for 11% ABV, but not ideal.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. This is the first time I've ever thought this for a Belgian brew, but I'd say there's too much carbonation. I'm producing some formidable belches. Otherwise, the carbonation is spritzy. Boozy throughout and a little extra on the finish.

3.5 D: Good brew, but the carbonation is too high and the brew itself is a bit too boozy for this to be very drinkable. I bet this ages well.

DavoleBomb, May 12, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw | 750 ml. | 2009 vintage | 11% ABV

Brewer: Het Anker, Belgium
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale (BDSA)

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw is brewed on February 24th every year on the birthday of Charles V.

On the label:
"The unique brewing of the Cuvee Van de Keizer, with only extra fine Belgian hops and a higher alcohol level of 11%, guarantees this beer to age excellently over several years time with a complexity and intensity usually reserved for the finest of wines. Attesting to the inate mystery and intensity of a cellarable beer is this brew's beautiful ruby brown, almost henna color. With a light brown, velvety head and sweet, powerful notes of wood, yeast and plums, the Cuvée Van De Keizer surprises one's palate with subtle hints of caramel and even fresh green apples. Drinking a Cuvée Van De Keizer is a fully sonsory experience, so be certain to breathe in its fruity, almost delicate aroma that compliments a richly roasted malted, yet softly dense body. It's a truly sugary brew in every sense, erring on the natural fresh and refreshing side of sweetness."

Presentation:
The bottle features a stylized thick white line drawing of Charles V on a horse (presumably) with a couple five point stars in the background. A blue sash covers the diagonal of the bottle. Written on it in gold is the name of the brew. The neck features more gold writing that says "Jaargang 2009". The bottom of the bottle has "Gouden Carolus" also in gold lettering. It looks fittingly imperial.

Appearance:
Pours a beautiful deep burgundy into an Ommegang chalice. The off-white head barely rises above 0.5", and quickly recedes to a swampy, languid film.

Aroma:
Dried fruit: figs, plums, raisins and cherries. Sweet brown sugar and toffee. Big, bold, bready malts and a murmur of potent alcohol in the background closes out the whiff.

Taste:
The first sip sucked me into a dizzying whirlpool of sumptuous, tart dark fruits, chewy caramel, fresh bready malts, and a downpour of alcoholic heat at the finish. Estery flavors are prominent, while spices are largely left out of the picture. Drinking the Keizer is like biting into some succulent mythical fruit: tangy skin, sumptuous flesh dripping juicy flavor, and a hearty infusion of boisterous alcoholic aftertaste. Minutes after my last sip, I am left with a sweet syrupy texture mixed with some mild green apple tartness.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and silky. Medium to heavy-bodied. Tingly carbonation is uniform throughout.

Harmony:
Everything about this drink is confident but tempered by a sort of regal refinement. The alcohol is bold and noticeable, and it's not so much masked as embraced. The dark fruits, sweet caramel and brown sugar coat the bready malts which feel like they've been soaked in alcohol. The sweetness and tasteful infusion of alcohol sets this BSDA apart from its peers. It probably won't appeal to everyone, but it is certainly a high quality but decidedly different take on the style.

Brewed on: Feb. 24, 2009 (bottled 14 months ago)

BeerNemesis, May 11, 2010
Photo of TrippnFiasco
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Looks almost like a light-colored red wine (not so light as to be rose though). No head or lacing. Maroon color.

S: Smells fairly sweet, mostly of apples with a hint of caramel. The most prominent smell being a slightly cidery apple aroma.

T: Tastes of green apples/cider. Very mild tartness that enhances, rather than inhibits, the flavor. Caramel taste on the back of the palate after swallow. Sweetness is perfectly balanced with flavor.

M: Very smooth, medium-bodied. Refreshing.

D: Very drinkable Abbey Ale, one of these large bottles is great to split with one other, or have alone if you feel like getting a good buzz while enjoying a refreshing sweet beer

TrippnFiasco, May 04, 2010
Photo of Pahn
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. 2008 vintage.

Appearance: Rather vigorous pour yields a one inch frothy, off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring of lacing. Pours a dark amber/ruby that approaches black and is almost fully opaque. Leaves occasional spots and swatches of lacing.

Smell: Right away, the smell is huge. Very boozy at first, with a ton of dark fruit notes (fig and raisin mainly), sugar, cake, fresh bread, and some dungeony (yes, dungeony) mustiness. As it warms, a dominant Belgian yeast aroma emerges, with the fig and raisin notes staying strong. Smells like a deep, chewy, sugary, Belgian strong dark ale. No complaints.

(Oddly enough, the cork smells strongly of cinnamon)

Taste: First sip: beautiful; sweet and a little tart, very bready (especially the finish), with just as much dark fruit estery complexity as in the nose. Lots of sugary caramel, Belgian yeast, and fresh bread. Really mellow alcohol in the taste. Mildly spicy, but more sugar and ester flavors than spice. This is a delicious and rewarding, straight ahead, big Belgian ale that's worth cellaring for a few years then savoring.

Mouthfeel: A little fuller than medium bodied--really fills up the mouth, but not unpleasantly. Mild carbonation. Approaches sticky and "very sugary" but doesn't get there. Rather, the feel is nice and balanced.

Drinkability: The 11% ABV has mellowed with age, but it's not exactly hidden. A great sipper.

There isn't much I can verbalize to set this apart from other top notch Belgian strong dark ales. I guess I'll just say that it delivers on the promise of its style, and its unique character is (like most beers) easier to appreciate by drinking than by reading about it. It's a solid representation of the style; not the exemplar, but possessing a delicious flavor and no flaws in the aroma, taste, or feel to note.

Pahn, May 03, 2010
Photo of compass40204
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours darker than expected. Maple syrup sort of color. Big head on it but disappears. No lacing to speak of. Aroma of plum and dark fruit. Flavor also has the plum or prune flavors. Dark candi sugar comes out after fruit subsides. Thin body. Sweetness grows as it warms. Starts a little sour. 2007 vintage has aged nicely, but its on the verge of cloying.

compass40204, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Bottle. Opaque mahogany pour with little off-white head. Aroma of fig, peat smoke and cinnamon. Deep rich malt flavor with a slight ester character, dark fruit, nutmeg and spices. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

Note: I have a few various ages of this beer now and it tends to develop a very nice sipping spicy, boozy fruit quality right around the 2 year old mark which seems to be the best IMO.

punkrkr27, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I set out today with the agenda of knocking out some more of the top 100s. This is on the list. I have seen it around but didnt previously know what exactly it was. There were plenty of these at Pace - High so I got a bottle. 2008 vintage.

Poured into a Chimay goblet.
A- Deep reds and browns when held to the light. This beer is almost black looking in this big, wide glass. The head gets fairly large and wants to stick around for a while but eventually fades. There is still a pillow floating in the middle, sustained by the laser etching in the glass. Some moderate lacing is thrown from the collar of foam.

S- Nice, big, powerful smell. I could smell it as soon as I popped the cork. Lots of dark fruits. Figs, plums, raisins, cherries, brown sugar, and sour dough. This is pretty complex and really good. Alcohol is there in the nose as well.

T- This is a strong beer. Loads of cherries and raisins. The alcohol is making no attempt to hind amongst the cherries and other dried fruits. The finish has some sour dough and lots more alcohol.

M- Medium body with lots of carbonation. Goes down somewhat warm with alcohol. Finishes with lingering fruits, sour dough and alcohol spice.

D- This is a big, strong beer. I can enjoy this glass by myself very easily. The entire 750ml is another story.

MbpBugeye, Apr 11, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in a bottle poured into a tulip glass at Spagio's in Columbus, Ohio. 750 mL dated 2008.
A: Mahogany, reddish-brown with ruby hues. Poured with a medium cream head that died to a collar.
S: Rustic, cherry sweetbread with brown sugar and leafy, moldy hops.
T: Creamy tart cherry with molasses and a somewhat "moldy" backbone. There is some raisin and slightly apparent alcohol with lingering fruits.
M: Slightly syrupy, but very creamy and frothy.
D: Excellent. I wouldn't even know it was 8% ABV, let alone 11%!

ne0m00re, Apr 11, 2010
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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

popped open a 750ml of this with my dad last night. Man I forgot how much I missed Belgian beers.
Poured into the tulip glasses we got over in Europe.

Pours a very cloudy plum color with ruby highlights at the edge. One finger of micro-bubbled head adorns the top, fairly good retention thanks to the glass. Not much lacing sticks though.

Smell is a magical wonderland of sweetness. Sugar, plums, tons of malt, and other candied fruit steps forward.

Taste really is fantastic. The amount of malt put into this definitely took me by surprise on my first sip. Even better however, in addition to the perfect mixing of the fruity and sugary flavors, is how hoppy bitterness manages to balance it all out in the end.

Mouthfeel: non-intrusive levels of carbonation, good medium heft to it.

At 11%, you likely won't be drinking much of this beer, but you sure as heck will savor and enjoy it. Positively great BSDA.

AmberMan22, Apr 02, 2010
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4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured in my Grimbergen chalice. 2006 Vintage.

That's a fantastic beer! Really, not much more to say about it. Top 50 Belgium, for sure.

A: Brown cloudy color. Nice small (one finger) creamy head.
S: The nose is just fantastic. Dark fruits (plums), toffee caramel, the wonderful (really wonderful) Belgium yeasts, oak and wine.
T: Even better. Wonderful malt taste. Strong and Fruity. Balanced sweet. And, once again, the wonderful Belgium yeasts taste.
M: Medium body. Very well balanced sweetness-bitterness, medium to low carbonation.
D: Excellent. Despite the high ABV it's very drinkable.

Highly recommended.

eduardolinhalis, Apr 01, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage that Dan shared this weekend. Thanks a bunch, man, this beer was GREAT!

The pour is mildly murky ruby red with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Very pretty.
The nose is great. Red apples, brown sugar, caramel, honey, jaggery are all present. Very fruity, I get some plum character as well. The yeast profile is great,

The palate opens big and fruity with plenty of brown sugarm caramel, mild toffee and jaggery. Just a touch of cocoa is present, lingering into the finish. Did I mention this was fruity? Red apples, plums and maybe, a little stone fruit? Great finish with lingering sweetness, alcohol and fruitiness. The mouthfeel is stunning, medium-high in body with a medium-low level of carbonation that feels just right. The finish is great too, with a bled of sweetness, spicy alcohol. Despite the ABV, this is very drinkable.

**Edit 27 July 2012**

I shared a bottle of the 2000 vintage with the guys last night. Josh, this was for you.

Sherry, cola, spices (allspice, clove), red apples and candy. The palate is super fruity with lots of red delicious apple, moderate spice, very mellow with mild raisin character. Excellent flavors but the palate is a little thin. Nice sherry notes, along with some cola. Solid.

4/4/3.5

DefenCorps, Mar 31, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally decided to pull this one out of the cellar. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a chalice.

2007 vintage

A- Pours a dark brown with ruby / amber hues throughout. Nice clarity, especially when held into light. Produced a fingers width of off-white colored head. Reduced to a ring around the glass as consumed.

S- My god is this intoxicating. Potent...just infiltrates the olfactory senses. Sweet malts, prunes and figs drizzled in caramelized brown sugar. There is a pleasant orange flavor akin to something you would find in a bottle of Grand Marnier. Extremely developed and complex. The aromas come in waves...relentless.

T- Exactly like the aroma, except even more complex. Layers of sweet malts, prunes, figs, caramel, brown sugar, liquor soaked oranges, ripe pears and alcohol just settle on the palate. So much going on, yet so cohesive. Did I mention it passed the burp test?

M- If there was any part I can criticize, it would be here...and that's being really picky! Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation. Left the palate semi-dry.

D- After the first sip, I really took my time and slowly drank it. As drinkable as beers of this style can come, especially at 10% abv.

Overall, probably the best result I have ever had from aging. This beer is just phenomenal. Tons of layer and depth, yet balanced and cohesive. Really wishing I had another bottle in my cellar.

rhinos00, Mar 25, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a really a nice looking beer. looks a lot like an english barleywine. deep, transparent mahogony amber color with a nicely brownish-tan head that lingers for a good amount of time. The smell is also great. Lots of sugars. burnt caramel, brown sugar, roasted toffee, figs, maybe even some chocolate, and a slightly sweet spiceyness reminiscent of mexican candy. a bit of belgian yeastiness.

Great taste too. a little overwhelming on the sweetness, but definitely good. orange dipped in alcohol. Up front is a lot of burnt brown sugar and caramel. Fruitiness through the middle, especially figs, green apple, and some orange sweetness. The finish is alcohol and toffee. Overall, very good, a little too sweet.

The mouthfeel is lighter than I want it to be, and if it weren't for the sweetness this would help the drinkability. However, the sweetness is a big issue here, and I have to take away drinkability points accordingly.

Overall a great beer. I'm glad I picked it up and will definitely buy it again.

jdklks, Mar 23, 2010
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,558 ratings.