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

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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 180
Gots: 193 | FT: 12
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002)
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Photo of illidurit


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

2008 vintage.

Pour: 750 mL silkscreened bottle into Westvleteren goblet. Dark mahogany color with an inch of light tan foam. Nice fine carbonation, filmy lace.

Nose: Spicy dark dough with coriander and peppery alcohol. Sweet bread and a slight chocolate tinge. The booze is a little strong, calling to mind notes of nail polish.

Mouth: Flavors of dark caramel, cocoa, pumpernickel, tobacco, banana pith, honey, bubblegum, cherry, dates, peanut skins, and alcohol. Nice complexity but still too hot. Carbonation is obtrusively high; some swirling and time is needed before I can comfortably sip this beer. Dry warming finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 09:33:23 | More by illidurit
Photo of bosco1


4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml jaargang 2008

Look: dark brown with red hues / frothy head with excellent lace (especially for the ABV 11%)thet sticks to glass with every sip.

nose: The nose excites with bready, molasses, brown sugar, raisins, and bannana.

taste: raisins, molasses, peppery spice, bannana bread with sugar on top.

mouth: stickey, sweet then dry ,peppery,
perfect carbonation tickles the tongue.

drinkability: very drinkable beer, especially on a cold winters day. Perfect call in sick and drink all day beer in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 17:25:52 | More by bosco1
Photo of gory4d

New York

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

2007 batch found at the local grocery store a few weeks ago; it's been in the dark on a bottom shelf, so here's hoping it's in OK shape.

The pour yields little head -- just some froth that quickly dissolves. The color is very dark brown, sort of burgundy at the edges. The smell is heavy on the alcohol, with notes of apricot and leather. The taste is sweet up front, almost maple-syrup in intensity, with hints of dried fruit; the middle is dominated by rich malt and yeast, with a sharp alcoholic finish and a lingering aftertaste of grain. It's very mildly carbonated -- I could be convinced it had come out of a cask, almost -- much thinner than I'd expected, which is to say that it is full-bodied without being overly meaty. It's easy to drink, despite the considerable alcohol burn, but this is for sure a sipper. I'm going to hold onto my other bottles for a couple of more years and see if they mellow.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 02:33:59 | More by gory4d
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huh, I'm actually a little surprised to see this beer rated so highly on this site. I thought it to be good, but not exceptional. Part of that opinion is no doubt due to my flavor prejudices where I value hoppiness, sourness, and roastiness; predilections no doubt shared by many members of this site (an opinion backed by the majority of beers in the top-100). This beer doesn't really have those flavors, yet here it is.

Appearance is brown, cloudy, and a little on the flat side (little head). Aroma is very malty: my schnoz detected caramel, spice, wine-like notes, and a certain booziness. There was also a sugary sweetness in the smell. Flavor was also caramel-y and spicey (and boozy), but that sugary sweetness in the nose became a butterscotch taste in the mouth. I also got some floral tastes. Well, I'll give it this - it is complex (there's a lot in there to enjoy). Mouthfeel wasn't flat (as I remember it).

I would recommend this beer. SurlySober brought this over to my house for a tasting with Flyer. We had Beatification, Allagash Black, Westvleteren 8 and Westvleteren 12 before this beer, so maybe it was just upstaged and I might have thought it exceptional on any other night.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 02:26:35 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of midaszero


3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudly blood amber body with little bit of off white head and a little lacing

S - Thick molasses spices with sweet dark fruit

T - Spices, raisins, and sweetness

M - Medium thick body with light carbonation

D - Pretty enjoyable and easy to drink but to strong to session

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 22:50:10 | More by midaszero
Photo of raoulduke37


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

I tried the Het Anker Gouden Carolus Noel on tap at Toronado and that one was certainly a treat. Gouden Carolus D'Or does not fall far behind. Careful when pouring from a bottle, lots of head.

Appearance - Beautiful Spiced Peach Color

Smell - Syrupy, smelling of ripe fruit.

Taste - Superb, no doubt about it: Sour Apple initially followed by Caramel and other sweet, malty flavors. Your burps will taste good.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, with very little hops except for up front. Slight tingle in the middle of your tongue on the way down.

Drinkability - I think someone before said "scary." Definitely. Delicious, alcohol flavor is disguised but abv is high so beware.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 05:21:42 | More by raoulduke37
Photo of cjgator3


4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle
2008 Vintage

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a large tulip glass. Pours a dark brownish color with a little dark red when held up to the light with a huge light tan colored head that possesses amazing retention and lacing qualities. Absolutely beautiful!

S- The aroma is filled with dark fruits (most notably plums and raisins), sweet brown sugar, hints of spices and even a touch or orange and alcohol soaked cherries. The aroma is very aromatic and entices the palate. Can't wait to jump into the taste!

T- The taste is dark fruits and spices and unbelievably smooth. The alcohol is definitely there but is incredibly integrated into the flavor. This is an extremely well-crafted brew. This bottle is also very fresh at less than a year old, it will be great to see how this one mellows out even more with some age.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- As mentioned in the description of the taste, this one is pretty drinkable considering the high ABV but it will eventually catch up to you as the bottle gets a little emptier. This review is based on a fresh bottle, things should get even better with some age. Highly Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 04:48:40 | More by cjgator3
Photo of GilGarp


3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. Dated good though November 2017 but I just couldn't wait.

Pops softly but soon starts gushing out of the bottle. Luckily, I have a glass in hand and pour it in carefully. Color is a dark redish brown with lots of sediment in suspension despite careful handing. The head settles quickly to a thin layer on top.

Aroma is rich, malty, and full of fruity esters. There also seems to be a hint of sherry or bourbon but that may just be the alcohol.

The taste is surprisingly sweet with cherries, plum, apricot, and fig. The Belgian yeast is very pleasant adding dark bread, nuts, and spice. Although there is a wide variety of flavors at work here, it's the sweet dark fruits that really dominate.

Mouthfeel is good, nice level of carbonation and good body. All appropriate for the style.

Drinkability is alright for the style but it's intense, sweet, and strong so a little goes a long way.

All in all a good BSD but the lumpy appearance and overly sweet flavor hinder this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 00:09:43 | More by GilGarp
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

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

2006 Bottle, Aged nicely

Pours a dark brown with a pale small head that dissipates quickly. Smells of plums/raisins, rather sweet, similar to a sherry. Taste has a lot of grapes, sweet but yet the alcohol content leaves the taste buds a with a dry red wine flavor. Mouthfeel is syrupy, not like a RIS in terms of heaviness but rather heavy like a bristol cream, having texture but still viscous. Drinkability is scary, the dryness has you asking for more and the alcohol content can sneak up on you.

notes: This is a very different strong belgian ale, shares little in comparison with a traditional SBA like any of the Chimay's. This is one that I will come back to again. Age helps this brew achieve an amazing flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 02:01:24 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of aubuc1


4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle dated 2008 poured in to a chimay goblet.

pours a hazy dark brown with a light tan clingy head

Smooth spicy malt an plum smell. Very nice.

Grapy malt with a biting carbonation. Some alcohol sweetness.

A great beer that is strong yet not hot.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 01:13:21 | More by aubuc1
Photo of yemenmocha


4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy brown with thin head that doesn't last long.

Nose is plummy, cola-like, raisin-like.

Palate reminds me of soft fig newtons, raisins, and has a viscous jammy character. Not much in the way of hop influence.

Finish is on the sweeter side and alcohol is disguised.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 01:13:49 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of charlesw

New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful head with great lasting power and lasting. Opaque brown/dark brown in a clear way (not muddy but you can't see through it). Smells like candi sugar - cooking gently on the stove. Rich, dark, sweet, mouth-watering, bitter. Some brown sugar, bitter right in the middle of the tongue (not back or sides at all), tiny hints of grapes up front but not much else in the way of fruit. Fizzy, of course. Interesting. If I could get it easily I'd have it more often given that I think it's pretty good and the wife loves it!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 00:04:35 | More by charlesw
Photo of froghop


4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2008.

pours a deep dark brown with a medium size tan head, heavy carbonation, and good lacing.

smell is of cocoa, caramel, and dark fruits.

taste is fizzy, then creamy, dark fruit, cocoa, malt, some sweetness, roasted nuts.

overall a little too heavy on the carbonation for me, but still a good brew.

appearance - 4.0
smell - 3.5
taste - 4.0
mouthfeel - 3.5
drinkability - 3.5
overall - 3.8

grand cru of the emperor ABV 10%, so i am assuming that it is a 2003 vintage.

pours a deep dark brown with a medium size tan head, heavy carbonation, and good lacing.

smell is of cocoa, caramel, and dark fruits.

taste is fizzy, then creamy, dark fruit, grapes, cocoa, malt, some sweetness, roasted nuts, ends sweet on the lips and slightly dry.

overall emperor did not seem as carbonated as the blue.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 23:31:33 | More by froghop
Photo of tr4nc3d


4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a gift from my wife. Came in a 1PT 9.4Fl.OZ bottle that was corked(which I hate corked bottles). There a bitch to take off.

Poured this into my chalice, it was a light brown mahogany like color with a huge off white head that fades away decently and leaves sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

Smells of dark brown sugar, rasins, plums, figgy, caramel.

Nice warm caramel like flavor, roasted almonds.

Medium body with decent carbonation, smooth, no bite at all at the end.

Decent beer, would go good with desert.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 01:08:24 | More by tr4nc3d
Photo of Philly82785


5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(2008 bottle) Pours like a cola with a slight red tint; very minimal carbonation. Has a spicy taste that flows off the palate. The only beer that remotely resembles this one is the Delirium Noel for is spiciness.This has a fantastic lingering finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 17:06:34 | More by Philly82785
Photo of TMB0424

New Jersey

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

750 ML cork-caged bottle. Poured into chalice. Dated 2006

Pours a deep, murky mahogany brown, with almost orange-ish edges when held to the light. A nice off-white head that steadily reduces to a fine ring. Nice lacing throughout, streaky, with tons of bubbles rising up to meet the head.

Smells of heaven. Sweet caramel, sugar, ripe fruits. Black cherries even. A touch of maple and a touch of banana-like yeast. Wow. Somewhat wine-like.

Tastes absolutely amazing. Red wine-like (Cab/Merlot/maybe even Port) with smooth caramel/maple syrup thrown in there. Great balance of a little hop kick with a dash of funkiness from the yeast. Incorporates sweetness, twangs of funkiness, bitterness, and pepper perfectly. One aspect never overpowers the other in a way that is undesirable. Delicious. It just doesn't get any better than this. It's aged splendidly after 2 years, and I can only imagine it getting better with time.

This beer is so smooth and so clean on the palate. It has a syrupy mouthfeel and a slightly light, but perfect amount of carbonation. It finishes well and the aftertaste is somewhat funky/bitter to me... but it's so good.

Definitely a drinkable brew. Perfect for sipping throughout the night, or during dessert, whatever. The alcohol content is a plus in my opinion, as it's hidden pretty well and feels great. It's just so enjoyable.

Definitely, by far, the best Belgian strong I've encountered. If you can find this... pick it up. Well worth it!

As it warms, this beer only becomes smoother and more enjoyable. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 04:33:37 | More by TMB0424
Photo of geokills


3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 2008 large bottle pouring chestnut brown with an intense frothy head and a mild fruity nose. Sweet on the tongue, a hint of cherries in the backround with a forward alcohol flavor (which at 11% abv, I suppose is not all that surprising!). Best served with dessert -- some kind of pie and fresh raspberries, dare I suggest a scoop of vanilla to cut the thick molasses of it all? This one is rich!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 01:53:02 | More by geokills
Photo of MisterClean


4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Manderes' (Folsom) 1 year anniversary pour.

A - Pours a light brown, almost mahogany, with a peanut clored head, which dissipates fast. Leaves a light trail of lacing.

S - Roasted caramel, hazelnut, and dark belgian candi sugars.

T - Dark candi sugars, hazelnut and roasted caramel.

M - Overly sweet. Wow! Full mouthfeel and little to no hop presence.

D - Good overall, but slightly too sweet and rich for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 17:53:43 | More by MisterClean
Photo of thekanna


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

Appearance: Beautiful mahogany hue that looks like rich apple cider; espresso and milk foam-like head that settles to a thin white froth.

Smell: Where to begin? Pervading maple-syrupy sweetness gives way to toffee, cloves, molasses, and faint phenols.

Taste: Mildly tart inception with hints of dark coffee. A chocolate brownie-like middle which is almost chewy; I get a similar mouthfeel from eating good caramels. Slight spice at the end that is reminiscent of cloves, cinnamon, and peppercorns. The alcohol finally rears its head near the end.

Notes: This is definitely a sipping beer; very wine-like. Good for complimenting desserts made with dark chocolate or dark chocolate itself.

UPDATE: Had a 2006 Vintage bottle of this; found at The Beer Depot in Ann Arbor, MI. This bottle was similar to the vintage above but with even greater pungency in smell and taste. Especially in taste, the "chewiness" of the middle completely shines through with a Belgian truffle/ maple syrupy-flavor. Absolutely gorgeous. However, this needed to be taken in even smaller quantities to fully appreciate the aroma and the complexity of every meaningful sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 02:12:29 | More by thekanna
Photo of treyrab


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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 22:39:37 | More by treyrab
Photo of magictrokini


4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a 2003 bottle from Old Town Liquor. Pours thick, clear, orange-brown, with very little head. Aroma is heavily candied fruits, sugars, and raisins. Taste is caramel and candied fruits, with strong malt and holiday spice. Syrupy feel with a slight alcohol burn. Very enjoyable beer, but only a bottle at a time.
2007, on tap at Pizza Port, Solana Beach. Much better this time. hazy mahogany pour with a short white head. More sherry and plum aroma and taste. More vinuous. Lighter mouthfeel. Less syrupy sweetness. All around an excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 20:01:46 | More by magictrokini
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New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage 750 ML cage & cork > Chimay Goblet

The color is of a really dark, purple-hued red wine with deep ruby hues in direct light. This brew is REALLY fizzy, it's not overlly warm, but it's popping fizzy and crazy. a smoooth, soft crown develops over a bubbly, scattered head that is eaten alive by the carboantion insanity. It's totally gone within a few seconds. After the dust settles and carboantion mellows, it looks rather flat although totoally clear.

The nose is an intensely sweet malt with fermented red fruits, caramel covered apples, sugar covered dates and an impressive heat tingle.

THe flavor, much like the aroma is really sweet, with dense and sweet caramel malts, maple syrup, ripe red fruits, fermented red grapes and sugar crusted dates. The balance from this barage of sweetness is the yeast and hops which provides, black pepper herbalness and bitter finish. The alcohol throws the balance out of whack though, feeling like a really hot grain alcohol adding even more bitterness to the end. The hops finish with an earthy grainy feel.

The feel is soft and smooth to begin with, zippy in the middle as it evaporates on the palate. As time goes by, the malt is slick and cloying, sticky at the end.

The flavor's are not in perfect harmony, you will not find the balance of something like a Westy 12, but the flavor's are intense and unique. Age this puppy!!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 22:17:52 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


A - Into da snifta. Pours a hazy, opaque brown with a wispy white head, made of of big bubbles. Kinda ugly. Bits of lacing but nothing standout.

S - Grape brandy, brown sugar, cinnamon, prunes, alcohol, Belgian yeasty goodness.

T - Booze, dark fruits like plums, raisins, cherries all make an appearance. Also a big molassesy, brown sugary sweetness. A wet cardboard staleness jumps in for a moment, and finishes quite sweet. REALLY sweet.

M - Should have more carbonation. My biggest gripe about the entire brew.

D - Cloying, plus lack of carbonation makes this rather unappetizing. Getting through this 750 is proving to be rather tough.

Notes: I had lowered my expectations after trying the Rood, but this didn't even meet those. It smells and even tastes good, but the lack of carbonation threw me off quite a bit.

I may blame this on a bad bottle, but I won't pay the price of admission on this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 21:44:29 | More by SaucyA
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, bottle from Five Points Bottle Shoppe, Athens, GA. Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a dark, rich-looking brown, glittery and smooth, and though the head is initially foamy and dull-looking (that sort of "I'm about to fade quickly look"), it eventually settles out into something solider, smoother, more permanent. Very permanent, in fact, and the one-finger tan head actually sat right at the top of my cervoise until I began sipping. The lacing is glittery, puffy, and forms outcroppings and formations all over the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Mainly delicate fruits here, tart, sweet, ripe, underripe, a huge array of cherries, candied figs, and spiced plums. Pleasant, though not as dynamic as the taste.

Taste: Wow, where to begin. Firstly, there're a ton of fruits here. On the darker sides, you got your raisins and figs. Moving on up the scale, you get grapes, cherries, pears, and banana in varying intensities. Brown sugar and molasses add a nice layer of complexity to this one, as well. Delicate spices complement the alcohol heat nicely - clove, white pepper, a number of nondescript phenols which really open up the sinuses. There is unfortunately still a hint of alcohol heat, which is where we lose the half point. Other than that, this is an exemplary Belgian Strong Dark.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and fantastically even. Carbonation is mild, but enough to lighten the body somewhat. What should be cloying really isn't here.

Drinkability: Just a really great beer in about every category imaginable, and well-deserving of the praise it gets. This is drinking pretty well at 2 years old, but I imagine another few years could still do a little more for this beer, so if you got 'em, save 'em - you'll thank yourself. The alcohol is a little high on this one ... "you know you're a BA when 11.0% is 'a little high'" ... but it's for the most part hidden well, so that's where the dock comes from, but it's a minor quibble. This is one of the better Belgian beers out there, and is truly an impressive exemplar of the style. Seek it out, age it, drink it, enjoy it. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 03:00:20 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of Atron67


3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2000 bottle.

Poured a flat headed brown ale foggy. not unexpected for an old strong ale, but everything else combined didnt leave me too impressed. smell was of fig and raisen, some dark maltiness. taste was very smooth, but not much else beyond the necessary fig and raisen and other dark fruits. some light cherry. heavy body, remarkably high in alcohol, but a lil bit of a disapointment. all indications are that it aged exactly as it is supposed to, and this is a style that should age well, so im not gonna go crazy with my ratings.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 00:33:52 | More by Atron67
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.