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

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Ratings: 1,422
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 168
Gots: 184 | FT: 11
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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
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geokills

California

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
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MisterClean

California

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
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thekanna

Maryland

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
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treyrab

California

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
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magictrokini

California

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.
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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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GratefulBeerGuy

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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SaucyA

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2005.

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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CrellMoset

Virginia

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
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Atron67

Wisconsin

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
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, I found this on tap?!?! at Teresa's in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Had to give it a try...

It is such a dark a beautiful amber, with a great white head and some slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

One whiff is not enough, for there is such much to be fournd in the smell. I had a difficult time deciphering flavors, but I got some vinegar, molasses, tons of brown sugar, some vanilla, some dark grapes which added a sense of dryness in the nose. There is just so much to be found and explored.

As seen in the aroma, this beer is just as complex on the palate. So many flavors coming out it so many directions (all listed above in the scent). It all blends so nicely together, with nothing standing out, or too over powering. There are some sweet bourbon tastes to be savored here.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2008 08:33:19 | More by CoolJosh
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pwoods

Ohio

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

750 corked and caged brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a Chimay chalice. '08

A: Pours a nice ruby tinted shoe leather. 2 fingers worth of light tan head forms and holds for a good bit. Some pretty damn good lacing.

S: Good alcohol level. Very spicy, phenolic. Plenty of alcohol soaked dark fruits, fiberous. Caramel sweetness as well as that delicious candi sugar. Spicy yeast.

T/M: Yowzuh, the alcohol is damn potent but sooo good. Nice caramelly sweetness with a bit more of the candi sugar to bust the 'candy' sweetness up above the 'savory' sweetness. Loads of spices and added spiciness from the hops, yeast, and alcohol. Loads of alcoholic dark fruits, very boozy. Maybe a touch of toffee with the caramel. Body is about full with great Belgian carbonation.

D: So damn tasty that I don't want to stop drinking it. The potent flavor and very present alcohol slows ya down, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 02:46:38 | More by pwoods
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JDV

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at a tasting. Pours dark maroon with a thin beige head. Smell is dark fruit, bubble gum and is slightly vinuous in the nose as well. Taste is dark fruit, winelike and semi dry in the finish with some belgian candi-sugar. Medium to thin body and lightly prickly carbonation. A touch boozy, and pretty nice for the style, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 19:51:50 | More by JDV
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midnite2sixman

Michigan

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

Poured this from a 25.4 oz corked bottle into a Koningshoeven goblet. Pours a deep molasses color with a caramel cream colored head. Very active. Smells like a candy store that specializes in caramel and chocolate covered cherries. Taste is sweet with a slight tingle on the tongue and a cherry aftertaste. This is a great Strong ale and definitely a must try!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 06:50:00 | More by midnite2sixman
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amberish red to a burgundy in color, no head retention at all, plain redish beer.

Smell is grainy, with touches of raison, fortified wine sort of smell, yeasty, a shy alcohol smell, sherry port like flavours.

Taste as some cherry flavours with hints of vanilla, cherry coke flavours too, some shy alcohol notes followed by hints of spices.
There some flavours of sweet rum a sweet alcohol hint that comes in and tickles the palate with a shy carbonated herbal notes, very smooth and end with a very shy caramel touch.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 06:26:21 | More by 3Vandoo
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tmoneyba

Ohio

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

Corked Bottle from Party Source, KY.

Poured a clear brown color with an average creamy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

Moderate to heavy caramel yeasty aroma.

Medium body with a smooth tingly texture.

Medium sweet malt flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Nice beer to have with spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 23:42:47 | More by tmoneyba
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DoubleJ

California

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last night's decible caused by Hardcore IPA will be tough to recover from. To help ease the pain, I have prescribed Gouden Carolus D'Or. 2007 vintage bought recently at the Wine Exchange (Orange, CA), on to the beer:

Poured into a chalice, the head pours a good thickness, but has a loud fizzying nose on top this ruby brown beer with reddish and violet hues. The color is good, the head is so-so. There's a great mix of aromas pleasing my nose. Where to start? Toffee, ripe dark fruits, yeast, hint of chocolate, figs, brown sugar. Good good. Now to drink.

Now I understand what all the fuss is about....sort of. Tasty....and very alcoholic (my bottle is listed at 10%). Big snap of hot booze and spicy pepper on the palate at first. Soft fruity yeast creeps in, apples and... HOT HOT HOT!! Jalapenoes? It sure feels like it. Assorted dark fruit flavors apply, but again this is a very hot beer.

No question this is a good beer, but the alcohol cut into the overall enjoyement of this beer. My bottle is one year old, so maybe more time underneath the cork will cool it off. But how much remains the question.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 05:55:25 | More by DoubleJ
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dino213aa

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep cordovan reddish-brown with some haze. Beautiful tan head that maintains and clings to the side of the glass.

S: Hints of fruit, grass, malty with a light nuttiness.

T&M: Very fruity almost bordering on syrupy. Wonderful luscious mouthfeel with a good dose of malts. Finishes with some notes of vanilla and sweet caramel

D: This just goes down too easy. Very well balanced in every way. This beer is just so rewarding to drink. If I had to be nit-picky I'd say it might be a little sweet, but it really doesn't bother me at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 22:18:58 | More by dino213aa
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soultrain19

Texas

2.35/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I had very high hopes for this one. 2007 750ml. I poured it into a pint glass (sinful). As I pored the dark concoction into my glass it seemed thicker than I expected, almost like a stout. There was very little head but it was a very nice tan that left plenty of lacing. Here's where it went downhill. The aroma... full of raisin and fig and brown sugar. All kinds of maltiness. Usually that's the start of something good, but it was overwhelming. Too sweet. The flavor was once again too sweet. Just a thick mouthful of sugary raisin-like liquid. No hops what-so-ever. No underlying teaser of complex flavors inherent to Belgian beers. It was lightly carbonated and very creamy. But in the end I begrudgingly poured the rest down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 16:42:46 | More by soultrain19
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antilogic

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it on tap @ beachwood BBQ. Good head, swirls nicely releasing aroma of raisin and brown sugar. Lighter bodied than I imagined it would be. Dark, good head, slightly carbonated. Better as it warms up, the tastes of fruits, possibly citrus and sugars really come out.

Tasty, but not a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2008 06:41:40 | More by antilogic
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hoser

Alberta (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My local store still has 3 cases of the 2006, have revisted this beer twice in the last two weeks and tonight I followed it up with a Rochefort 10. Let just say not even close. Guess I am going to buy a case of the 2006 for my cellar.My local store still has 3 cases of the 2006, have revisted this beer twice in the last two weeks and tonight I followed it up with a Rochefort 10. Let just say not even close. Guess I am going to buy a case of the 2006 for my cellar.

Serving type: growler

11-03-2008 06:36:34 | More by hoser
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Goliath

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with some ruby hues in the light. A half inch light tan head sits on top and lingers with nice retention leaving some good lacing behind.

The aroma is quite nice. A good bit of fruit, raisins and dates. It's kind of boozey as well with some phenolic action going on. I'm diggin it.

The taste is nice. Pretty malt forward, and it hides some of those beautiful fruit notes from the nose. Caramel like and fairly boozey on the finish. Fruit tones are there, raisin dominates but some of the delicate notes from the nose are nowhere in sight. Some medicinal qualities are also present. A really tasty beer nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. I really enjoy the mouthfeel.

Drinkabilty is moderate. This bottle has a little age on it and it's still boozey, I wonder how aggressive it would be fresh. It's a good tasting beer and I love the mouthfeel though. Definitely a nice sipper, especially on a cool evening. Consider me a fan.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 20:12:02 | More by Goliath
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sevopie

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights - Thick tan head that dissipates to a light coating, never fully leaving.

Smell - Right away I smell raisins and caramel, with a heavy malt presence and sweet candy smells. Also some brown sugar and possibly dates/figs.

Taste - Brown Sugar is more prominent in the taste with the fruit tastes becoming slightly more dulled. There is a faint alcohol flavor, but nothing like what I would expect from 11%. Finishes sweet and slightly tart.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy with a lively amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - This bottle is going to do me just fine I can tell, but its going to be no hassle to finish it. Fine tasty brew here.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 01:14:16 | More by sevopie
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everetends

Alabama

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. 750 ml bottle I purchased from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Served up in a goblet. Lets ride the lightning.

A: Pours a nice wood like, dark brown. Light filtering through lightens this puppy up and turns it a bit red in color. This beer really doesn't want to let light in. Got a half finger of white head that didn't have much in the retention department. The patchy froth on the top leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Very nice to look at.

S: Smell is pretty nice. Lots of alcohol soaked fruit. Plum raisins and prunes are there. A bit of sour Granny Smith apple coming in there. Sweet citrus orange in there. Malt comes in with some sweetness. Along with the malt comes some caramelized brown sugar. This is very nice. Sweet and sour in the nose. Very appetizing. This beer smells juicy.

T: Taste is fantastic. FAN-tastic. There is a sense of semi-sour good rock candy coming over first. Just a perfect balance of sweet and sour. Big, juicy green apple comes in first. Then come the dark fruits in the form of dark cherries, plum, raisin and prunes. These fruits come in with a touch of sour but are tamed by a touch of sugar and alcohol. These flavors approach the nice brown sugar flavors. Malt is there as well. This is just a tasty brew. Candied and tasty. So damned good.

M: Medium to full in body. The carbonation is perfect, adding to the flavor experience. Making this crisp and refreshing as if you were eating fruit. A touch of tartness lingers on the palate. This beer works slowly across the palate and down the throat. Must be savored and demands you to enjoy this beer.

D: This beer is so easy to drink. Goes down nice and crisp. The flavors and smells are just damned perfect. I want more. Lots more. These flavors are awesome. This beer is amazing. Big props to Will at Five Points talking this brew up. This beer should be enjoyed by all. It truly is an experience. Fine beer. Expertly crafted.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 05:41:19 | More by everetends
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slowhead

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage

A: Dark-Amber with a slight haze. Fizzy head with large bubbles and descent retention. Medium-high carbonation is apparent.

S: Aromas of dark fruit with a slight coffee scent. Tons of plums and figs. In the back there's some malty sweetness; very slight alcohol. Slightly spicy yeast character.

T: An initial tangerine sweetness followed by an abundant amount of dark caramel. Sweet maltiness dominates, with a moderate clove-like spiciness lingering in the background. No apparent hop flavor, but the actual bitterness is enough to back up the residual sweetness and overall maltiness of the beer. Finishes sweet; very complex.

M: Medium-high carbonation; very slight burning as swallowed.

D: Definitely a treat. Exceptionally drinkable for the ABV. Great example of a BSDA. I think it might actually do better with some more age on it. I have an '06 that I'll probably keep around for at least 5 more years.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 20:34:12 | More by slowhead
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,422 ratings.