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

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Ratings: 1,433
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 176
Gots: 190 | 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 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
Photo of tmoneyba


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
Photo of DoubleJ


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
Photo of dino213aa


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
Photo of soultrain19


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
Photo of antilogic


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
Photo of 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
Photo of Goliath


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
Photo of sevopie


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
Photo of everetends


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

750 ml bottle. 2006 edition.

Earthy, dark pigskin brown body. Yeasty haze. Thick, rocky dirty light khaki-beige head. Good lacing. Big, intense, complex nose on this one! Rich, sweet, stewed fruits (pear, fruit cocktail, Concord grapes) mix with raisins, rum, doughy caramel roll, and even some tangy vinous notes. Exceptional

Lightly toasted malts are a quick prelude to sweet, doughy caramel and toffee malts. Sugary, yet not cloying. Very caramelly. Deep fruit notes mix in. Rummy pears, cooked apples (think apple pie), and a fruit punch/tropical milieu. Figs and dates near the finish, with hints of vanilla and sweet cherry. Wow. Yeasty, sweetish finish with a mild earthy bitterness--very mild. Amazing complexity and off the scales delicious. Full-bodied and almost chewy with a smooth feel. Fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 00:32:04 | More by alexgash
Photo of jtothamo


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

Suggestion: The bottle purchased is large...several servings. So, it's best shared among friends or to be consumed by a "seasoned pro".

A- A beautiful maple syrup brownish color. A beautiful off-white, airy head.

S- Incredible! Fruity, with hints of alcohol, and reminders of the woods. In fact, my wife who is not a beer drinker (she prefers cosmo's) mentioned, "Wow, that smells amazing!"

T- Superb! For the ABV, it goes down extremely smooth. Just a beautiful blend of the ingredients. Incomparable!

M- Playful! A good amount of carbonation that tickles the mouth and throat. But, also extremely smooth.

D- This ale is amazing!

This beer, referred to by many as Grand Cru of the Emperor, is by far one of my favorite beers. Due to the price and ABV, it's not an every day beer. But, it's excellent for special occasions! I am thankful to have been introduce to this beer by a friend!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 01:40:16 | More by jtothamo
Photo of KarlHungus


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

This beer pours a dark mahogany color. The head is a billowy three inches in height, and recedes very slowly into a thick cap of lacing that lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of anise, dates, caramel, and a soft candy sweetness. The taste is well rounded. Largely sweet, with enough spices to make things interesting, and a slight alcohol presents in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a silky texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very good Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I will certainly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 00:18:24 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of IBUnit63


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

From corked and caged 750 to Ommegang chalice...

Only a subtle "poof" as the cork comes off. Don't fret, as there's ample carbonation from the deep bourbon barrel-colored body rising to a 2-finger, ginger-colored bready head that is thick, dense and lumpy. Awesome.

Beautiful scent of apple and pear esters are first wave. With warmth, more banana, yeast and malt emerge. Bountiful and beautiful.

Silky, sweet, thick malt presence with well-balanced esters of banana, pear and apple. Carbonation blends in Beautiful Chemistry with yeast, copious amounts of malt and mild ginger, clove and cinnamon. Malt and spice emerge even more profoundly with warmth.

The power of this offering rests in a full, deep finish. Carbonation provides tingle as a counterweight to cut the fat. Stellar effort.

Complex with balance in abundance. This is immense and a pleasure. Sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 13:07:07 | More by IBUnit63
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

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

2006 vintage

A - deep, dark red, gently poured (to fit the entire 750ml bottle into my 750ml snifter... you really need one of these if you don't already have one), dense tan head, tons of fine carbonation bubbles racing upwards. Leaves a big solid sheet of lace down the glass.

S - plump juicy raisins soaked in smooth alcohol, treacle, powerful aroma, could easily smell while pouring

T - jumping jesus! Smooth, smooth, smooth, and soft as can be, yet the flavours are deeply intense and complex. Burnt sugars (not roasted) and lucious dark fruit dominate, spice shows up as it moves to back of the throat. It is quite sweet up front, but doesn't come across as unbalanced. Finish is dry, the alcohol finally shows up, and whadda ya know? It's smooth!

M - lucious mouthfeel. Soft and light. Carbonation is full, but has no harshness or bite. Alcohol is almost nonexistant, which is insane for an 11% beer.

D - incredible drinkability, or as the belgians say "digestability." I am floored by how easy this is to drink.

Staggering complexity of flavours and aromas, but what really gets me is the smoothness and how easy it is to toss this beer back (of course you want to take your time and contemplate the beauty). I'm a big fan of the Gouden Carolus beers, and this one is the best I've tasted.

I've got another one of these stashed away, and I can hopefully track down a few more before they disappear off the shelves, but right now, I'm going to enjoy every last drop of this bottle on my own.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 01:45:32 | More by markaberrant
Photo of Chinon01


4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is of stewed apples and cinnamon, pear and candied fermented cidre. Taste is sweet similar to nose with cidre, leather. Honeyed and candied. Shoe polish solvent with apple and acidity from yeast (presumably). Bready and malty. Finishes clean with Belgian yeast flair.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2008 03:10:38 | More by Chinon01
Photo of Yesac


3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

2007 Vintage - Let this brew warm up before consuming it gets much better.

A - Pours a solid dirty brown. Off brown head. Some debris is poured out as well.

S - Strongextra sweet caramel on the nose. Caramel middle. Strong alcohol, Belgian yeast, some biscuity hints

T - Along with the smell, a strong caramel taste, roasted malts, brown sugar, and some alcohol burning. Reminds me of a Rochefort 8. I'm not keen on such a strong alcohol taste though.

M - Excellent mouthfeel, not sticky and

D - Very sweet caramel overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 20:35:20 | More by Yesac
Photo of gford217


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

Bottle at the Brick Store poured into a tulip.

Pours a slighly hazy dark copper with a big off-white head that shows great retention and lots of lacing. The aroma is dominated by the sweet sugary malts and dark fruits - figs, raisins, grapes. The taste is just as sweet as the aroma would indicate. Huge caramel and candy sugar sweetness with vanilla and dark fruit. The mouthfeel is sticky and the sweetness just coats the mouth from the first sip. This is a very complex and enjoyable Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 03:31:11 | More by gford217
Photo of dstc


4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark with ruby highlights. Big foamy head that fell to nothing with little to no lace.

Smells very sweet and malty. Yummy.

Big sweet malts, raisins, plums and brandy come to mind. Nice alcohol finish. Just perfect.

Full and smooth in the mouth with a nice alcohol bite.

My favorite at the moment, almost the perfect beer. Hell, maybe it is the perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 13:47:20 | More by dstc
Photo of roadhouse


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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle of 2007 vintage into a snifter.

Appears a dark brown, ruby when held up to some light. Creamy off-white head just short of an inch thick. Massive sheets of lacing on the side.

Aromas of plums, figs, sweet sugars, and bubble gum esters.

Taste begins with a spicy, yeasty character then plums come out followed by a sweet syrupy taste while the spiciness lingers on. Very light amount of earthy hops at the very end.

Mouthfeel is medium, and extremely creamy. It just slides down the throat.

This is an excellent beer for sure. Highly recommend picking up a bottle of this if available.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 01:23:25 | More by roadhouse
Photo of Tdizzle


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

2008 vintage purchased at Vendome Fullerton.

A- Poured from a 750mL corked and caged bottle into a Chimay chalice, this beer pours a slightly opaque brownish-red color with an effervescent dark-tan head that sticks around in the form of a thick layer over the beer. Each sip yields some beautiful webs of lacing.

S- Big malty sweetness is backed up by dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, and maple syrup. The alcohol is very noticeable.

T- The taste is primarily malty and sweet, with all of the above mentioned characteristics emerging towards a warming finish that leaves a lingering flavor of dates and figs along with a mild tea-like bitterness.

M- A full-bodied and syrupy mouthfeel, but the carbonation is just a tad overly aggressive given how rich this beer is.

D- The 11% ABV isn't exactly well-hidden, but the deliciousness of the flavor offsets this minor grievance.

This is an absolutely outstanding Belgian Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 05:44:08 | More by Tdizzle
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


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

Poured from a big C&C bottle to a snifter the liquid is dark caramel, cloudy and has very good carbonation. The head is tan very thick and leaves some nice lace.

The smell is alcohol poured over caramel, a very nice treat.

The taste is very good lost of caramel, sweet sugars, and alcohol. Very yummy.

The mouthfeel is thicker then medium almost syrupy, and the carbonation is very good.

The drinkability is very good a very well done brew some thing I way try to cellar. Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 03:25:13 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage, have had in the beer fridge since may of 08.

A: Poured a deep red, brown, almost a purple tint if looked at right, a faint white head that quickly dissipated. Some sediment. All in all very nice looking. Nice garnet accents when held to the light.

S: Apples and figs, dark fruits, a slight trace of alcohol a slight hint of chocolate as well...kind of out of place, but its hidden in the back.

T: Very rich and sweet, apples are still present, figs still there, almost a brown sugar feeling as well, the alcohol is well hidden but surfaces a little towards the end.

M: Relatively thick for the style, nice dry, clean finish, not very sticky at all. Somewhat sticky on the lips but nicely finishes in the mouth. Top notch!

D: Goes down very easily, almost too easily for the ABV this is a very balanced, sweet, drinkable beer. Easily one that could get someone in trouble!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 02:10:47 | More by pokesbeerdude
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4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red/brown color with a nice white head.

Smells excellent, vinous, notes of berries, some nuttiness. Nice.

The taste is very complex and good; lots of bitter berries, liquorice, caramel, brown sugar, fruityness. Sweet, but not too sweet. Some warming alcohol in a good way.

It's very filling in the mouth. Also very smooth and nice.

Drinkability is rather hig for such a high abv beer, but of course you cannot drink a lot of it...

One of the best belgian beers I've had. Amazing!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 07:31:32 | More by Ljunkan
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,433 ratings.