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

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Ratings: 1,481
Reviews: 826
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 187
Gots: 208 | 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 gerardoluna


4.47/5  rDev +3.7%

[Eyes] Wonderful deep color, excelent foamy creamy head.
[Nuse] Floral malty and hoppy flavor, with notes of caramel and alcohol.
[Mouth] Sweet malt, fruit and fresh. Strong and sweet. notes fruit of apple and bananas, a little touch of yeast. i will storage some bottles for the next year.

09-17-2008 22:28:56 | More by gerardoluna
Photo of aforbes10


4.68/5  rDev +8.6%

pours a nice dark mahogany, though clear. Bubbles nicely, with a soft light brown head, bordering on pillow-y. Laces uniformly. Smells of sweet malt, red fruits, strong alcohol...though not overwhelming. Plummy, pruney, malty flavor...rich and caramel-filled. Mildly roasted quality to the malt. I also get flavors of demerera sugar, cherry juice. Overall impression is a smooth, malty treat with a slight spiced note and a nice warming alcohol presence. Very, very good. Extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel. An eminently drinkable and digestible quad. Delicious on many levels and a real treat to enjoy.

09-17-2008 02:20:39 | More by aforbes10
Photo of tonytuffnuts


4.63/5  rDev +7.4%

Somehow this 2008 sat in my cabinet for 4 months, something I suppose is ultimately for the better.

A rich, brown, opaque body trimmed w red hues cascades from a beautiful, classy bomber. Huge, rocky head leaves a sticky lace and a full ceiling that tells stories about the yeast.

From the second the cork loudly popped off, I caught a whiff of berry, prune, dried fig, dark cherry, and boozy rum. A rich toffee malt and finest quality Belgian yeast complete the scent.

Tastes very rich: 2-1 ratio of dark to caramel malts, plus some unmalted barley. Dark, dried fruits start front and center, then the spiced-rum/booze sweeps front of my tongue, vanilla & toffee the back, and fine carbonation massages all over.

Especially after airing out for 5 minutes, the dark, dried fruit character hides beneath the alcohol.

I'm a strong dark ale fan, and this is just heaven... esp a $12 bottle bought at $5 on clearance! I had no idea what a gem this was when I came across it at Charles St Liquors, Beacon Hill.

09-14-2008 02:20:37 | More by tonytuffnuts
Photo of dumontm

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -13%

I have had the 2006 only, and have had it in goblet and tulip glasses. It pours nicely with a nice head but it eventually thins out. Someone told me they think it needs to age a little more and I tend to agree. It doesn't come across as smooth, just sharp, although as it warms, the flavors tend to round out. I still enjoy the taste and it feels like it has potential. I've put a bottle away.

UPDATE 18MAR12: I forgot I reviewed this. I had an aged version of this beer last year and wow, did the flavors ever come together nicely. It rounded out to be a very smooth and rich tasting beer, from what I recall.

09-13-2008 00:29:42 | More by dumontm
Photo of KeefD


4.53/5  rDev +5.1%

Review from tasting notes. Dark red/brown, lots of foam, nice amount of lacing. Very boozy aroma, with a strange hint of Cachaca, Rum and Cola. Lots of chocolate notes in the nose and the palate. Cola, rum, dark fruits and chocolate brownie flavors round out the palate. Creamy and buttery feel on the tongue, average carbonation. Very boozy, alcohol can be felt. A sipper, but wonderful nonetheless.

09-11-2008 02:28:10 | More by KeefD
Photo of abfraser


4.22/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Pours a nice reddish brown. Small head and no lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruit, boozy

T: Sugary, caramel malt with distinct cherry. Can taste the booze, but doesn't overpower an otherwise excellent flavor

M: Very smooth, lower carbonation, a little heat from the alcohol.

D: A great sipping brew, very drinkable.

An excellent Belgian strong ale. Liked the cherry and dark fruit overtones. Maybe a little bit too alcoholic but overall great.

09-10-2008 02:42:54 | More by abfraser
Photo of Duffman


4.47/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a tan head. Powerful nose. Caramel, cherry, and oak tones are notable. Powerful caramel taste builds off the nose with a slightly sour and acidic cherry balancing. Very unique for a quad and surprisingly good. Well-balanced and highly drinkable. Medium to heavy body that is slightly oily and clingly with an overriding smoothness to it. Very drinkable and very enjoyable as well.

09-07-2008 23:28:44 | More by Duffman
Photo of Gehrig


4.85/5  rDev +12.5%

I sauntered around Friar Tuck for a while and, when coming upon this gem from Gouden Carolus, knew it was probably well worth my attention. Goodness, was it ever. Jaargang 2008 pours a great, cloudy ruby-brown with three dense, durable fingers of slightly tan froth. Ample, decorative lacing and impressive durability make this a sight to behold. Full marks in the presentation.

For a good stretch, the nose had me torn between being very good and being too restrained. While it is too restrained, that in fairness comes in comparison with the sublime taste and some uncharacteristic patience from me. Much confronts the nose--berry, chocolate, spices--but all are a bit too subtle for such a big BSDA.

That this is so really emerges in the taste, a nearly perfect melange of flavors and creamy smooth texture. There's so much to ponder with this--chocolate, coffee, cherry, orange--sweet but also somewhat spicy with a bit of pepper and coriander. I can't say how impressed I am. A fantastic texture also does much to enhance the flavor for this beauty, creamy, smooth, but complex--a great BSDA. Truly great.

Gouden Carolus Jaargang 2008 is a great BSDA, one of the very best I've ever had without question and probably one of the top 2 or 3 on my personal list. This is not to be missed. Brilliant.

09-07-2008 04:23:09 | More by Gehrig
Photo of Matty1918


4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks to deepsouth for allowing me to sample this.

Pours a nice dark brown color with a nice off white head. Good amount of lacing too.

Aroma was very nice....ripe, sugary fruit...plums, bananas, cherries..there was also hints of maple syrup and molases.

Taste was of molases and ripe fruit. A slight dry bitterness was there also but blendid well with the sweet malts. The alcohol is well hidden but there is a little hint of it at the end. Very nice tasting.

Mouthfeel was smooth and syrupy.

Glad I got the chance to try this. I'd buy this if I could find it. Very sippable.

09-03-2008 21:06:11 | More by Matty1918
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

2008. And I must say that is quite the pretty bottle. Got a gusher here. Slightly fogged gold with a thick off-white head. Nose is sugars and citrus. Slight funk. Flavor is nice. Sugary citrus funk and a slight alcohol burning edge. But it doesn't really mess with things. Real rounded flavor profile. Feel has a smooth liquid touch and the carbonation is low. Extremely easy to drink. I don't really want to think about this one too much. I just want to sip, savor, and enjoy.

08-26-2008 02:37:47 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of glid02


4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Got this on-tap at Brickstore Pub in Atlanta in a logoed small goblet.

Pours one shade less than black that is dark brown when held up to the light. Great one-finger off-white head that is very smooth. Lacing is fun to watch - very smooth at first that gently turns into a cascade.

Smells very sweet and syrupy. Almost like a liquor.

Tastes very good. Again, like the smell, it's very sweet and syrupy. There are hints of dark fruit, and after drinking it when I lick my lips I can still taste the sugars. Just the slightest hint of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is also very good. Very smooth, with the carbonation just enough to bring out the flavors. Pretty thick.

Drinkability is good, but it's too sweet to be great.

Overall this is an exceptionally smooth beer. Good and thick and goes down smooth. It's very sweet, but not quite too sweet. It's almost like a smooth liquor, but in beer form.

08-23-2008 01:35:30 | More by glid02
Photo of Floydster


4.05/5  rDev -6%

8 ounce glass at Naja's Place for $7.50 as my nightcap a couple nights ago, Blauw version, reviewed from notes

A-Ruby reddish brown with some orange highlights, small 1/4 inch off white head that was bubbly, flattened quickly, not much retention or lacing
S-Prunes, dates, figs, tart accents, bready aromas, sweetness, lots of malt, spices, maple syrup, oak, and black cherries
T-Starts off with brown sugar and the same dark fruits I found in the smell, some malt and sweet accents in the middle, finish is slightly dry with some distinct Belgian hops, cherries become stronger later on, lots of wood too, this beer would probably age wonderfully, lots of fruit throughout, a little sweet at times but not overwhelming, enjoyable
M-Needs carbonation badly, medium body, sweet, boozy, and syrupy mouthfeel, taste lasts a long time which was actually nice
D-Could not drink much more than this glass because its strength, not too heavy for its ABV though, alcohol is not hidden very well either, especially later on

Never considered forking over fourteen dollars for a bottle of this stuff, so I figured I should try it on draft while I could, probably will not drink it again at its price but glad I tried it, recommended

08-21-2008 17:36:31 | More by Floydster
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

I have had the beer for a little while now, and it says that it is the 2006 vintage on the neck of the bottle. I have been pretty anxious to try this beer, and now seems like a good time.

Appearance: Pours a mostly cloudy reddish brown color with a small 1/8" head of tan bubbles that fades pretty quickly back into the beer. I didn't pour it aggressively at all, but there are quite a few bubbles rising to keep the surface of the beer turbid...but none of them stick really.

Aroma: I got a lot of sweet malt and spices at first with a defined dark cherry fruitiness. There are some woody notes in here and some vanilla to boot. I don't see that it was wood aged in the description, but it sure smells like it. There is lots of sweetness in this beer and I get a variety of sugars noticeable as it warms up some.

Taste: This beer has a very bold flavor. The woodiness that I got in the aroma isn't apparent in the flavor. It is really sweet and malty with a bold spiciness from the alcohol, and plenty of sticky mouthfeel to keep the palate at bay while the alcohol comes in and torches the back of the throat...not to be noticed for a few minutes after the sip. There is a whole lot of fruitiness in this beer, and it circles with complexity the entire sip. The finish is up to the malt and alcohol, and I really don't get any hops to speak of at any point. The burn that sets in late in the finish is quite aggressive, and bordering on hot.

Opinion: This is a really nice beer, and is wonderfully complex. The alcohol is a bit much for me, and I wish that it was a bit more subtle. Other than that, it has a really nice depth of flavor and doesn't leave you wanting for anything...except maybe a glass of water to keep the palate fresh between sips. Either way, I have never been disappointed with a beer from Gouden Carolus, and this is no exception. I really like their tripel, but this is a fine brew nonetheless.

08-20-2008 23:04:07 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of tobyandgina


4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

Enjoyed thin one in a tulip glass.

Dark brown in colour, clear. Nice tan, frothy head, diminishes a little too quick.

Great aroma. Honey, molasses, caramel, burnt sugar, alcohol, a little maltiness and yeast.

Pretty good mouthfeel - not too lasting.

Very sweet on the palate. Caramelized sugar, molasses. A little thick. Alcohol that warms your chest.

Really enjoyed this one.


08-18-2008 03:47:24 | More by tobyandgina
Photo of tpd975


4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

A: Pours a nice chestnut brown hue with tinges of red showing thru. No real head, basically flat looking. No lace either.

S: Nice big blast of dark fruit and sweet malt. Hints of brown sugar and booze.

T: Wow very nice. I really like this beer. Tons of ripe dark fruit. Bold charred brown sugar with hints of cinnamon, banana, and booze.

M: Medium in body, very smooth. Despite the lack of noticible carbonation this one is rather creamy.

D: Very, I really enjoyed sipping this one until the bottle was empty.

Wonderful beer, one of the best Belgian Strongs I have ever had.

08-16-2008 19:14:56 | More by tpd975
Photo of Nowhereman529


4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

This poured a nice dark dark amber color into a wine chalice with a good bit of white bubbly head.

Smell is very heavy on the alcohol combined with a good bit of fruit, something along the lines of apples, pears.

Taste does not disappoint. I didn't know what to expect exactly, but this beer tastes of fall fruit, a good bit of sweetness with a bit of a honey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is what I would expect from a good ale, a good bit of bubbliness, but it's not overwhelming.

I would for sure drink this again, but wait until winter time. It's definitely not a summer time beer at all. Flavor, alcohol content, even bottling suggests a solid cold weather beer.

08-10-2008 03:39:57 | More by Nowhereman529
Photo of kirkmichel


3.9/5  rDev -9.5%

Poured from a 1PT9.4FL.OZ. bottle purchased at Green's, Atlanta, GA
2006 vintage
Used a pint glass - no chalice, which I would have liked

appearance - Opaque, rust-brown, lacy lasting foam

Poured a somewhat dark, semi-opaque, rusty brown with decent caramel-tinted dense foam head.
The foam stayed for a long time, which was nice, and clung to the periphery of the glass. Foam lacing actually stuck to the glass even when the liquid was gone. The miracles of beer science.

smell - Kind of subtle and malty and yeast-y.

When I could get I smelled spice, prunes/fgs and maybe some brown sugar and molasses, though I can't be sure that the color of it didn't influence me on this last bit.

taste - Sweet on the front, strong alchol on the way down.

The tase was a sweet malt with dried fruits like golden and brown raisins and that sugary finish. Super raisiny. the taste lasts and seems fairly complex, making this a nice sipping beer.

mouthfeel - Medium body, but smooth.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Not too much carbonation, despite the thick head.

drinkability - This beer is nice as what I like to call "an appetizer". Can't drink a bunch, and really who would want to? It would spoil the treat of having just one.
Considering that strong, dark ales are not my "thing" and I actually really like this, I think that those who love this style would be missing out if they didn't give it a try. Plus, I suppose because of the ABV, it stores well - mine was labelled 1996 and here I am drinking it in 2008 and it is outstanding! If you see it, pick it up...

08-08-2008 21:41:42 | More by kirkmichel
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

"Jaargang 2007"

Pours out a rusty red-shaded cola color...and speaking of cola, the lack of any significant head reduced this one to looking like a Coke or Dr. Pepper...not really want I'm wanting in the ol' Moinette goblet at the moment. As this is a big bottle, I'll try a more aggressive pour the second time and report back. [No problem attaining a sizzling inch-thick head on the second pour, but it fizzles quicker than Ralph Nader's 2008 presidential bid. This is a clean glass too. Definite head-retention problems here.]

Aroma puts forth an abundance of fruit--dark stuff like plums and figs, as well as citrus--with the sweetness of just barely burnt sugar and significant input from the yeast. Of course, without any head whatsoever (it's still sitting there taunting me in all it's Cola-ness...), the aroma is very hard to glean seconds after the initial pour. Swirling doesn't do much to awaken it.

The flavor is top-notch. Up there with Gulden Draak in its category, an explosion of succulent dark fruit, maltiness that can only be described as "magic", tingling dessert-y spices, glow from alcohol, and that certain something about the way Belgians can use yeast that's hard to define but easy to detect...and love. Quite dry, leaving nothing in the finish but a slight pucker and the desire for another sip. Round, buttery texture, with more carbonation zing than expected, making for an enjoyable one to swirl around and let dazzle the tongue. Even if it tasted like bathwater, I'd let it roam around my mouth as long as possible...wonderful stuff.

Although you get alcohol warmth with this, it's well-controlled for a 10% beer (says 11% on this site, but 10% on the label). Along with its exquisite flavor profile, it's an amazing, slow-sipping, near-transcendent Belgian ale.

08-05-2008 22:13:42 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of DrDogbeer


4.05/5  rDev -6%

Shared with Tom at the Brewhouse- Thanks, TP!
2008 vintage, Poured from bottle into a Tulip. Pours a hazy dark yellow/orange with a huge pilowy white head. Smells of alcohol, some citrus and some spice.
Tastes strong. I get a good amount of alcohol, and a decent fruit bitterness. Nice flavors working together, though.
Good amount of carbonation feel and pretty drinkable, even though the abv is high and the fact I can really taste the alcohol. Great belgian style!

08-04-2008 10:59:59 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of smcolw


3.75/5  rDev -13%

This is the 2008 Jaargang versions of Gouden Carolus. This one has 10% ABV.

Very thick bright white head. Settles on the glass leaving a large dollop of froth in the glass center. Fluffy and spotty lace. Clear and very light color of straw.

Fresh and crisp aroma. More malt than anything else. Lots of tropical spice (bitter orange zest, anise, ginger). Some alcohol warmth.

Very potent flavor--lots of alcohol to the sip. Almost seems like a lowland malt scotch. The body is so surprising--the liquor coats the tongue. Some cream in the swallow and aftertaste. Definitely a Belgian.

This is a strong beer with strong flavors. It's great as an extreme beer but I couldn't regularly drink it.

08-02-2008 19:11:48 | More by smcolw
Photo of Damian


4.53/5  rDev +5.1%

Drank from a 1PT9.4FL.OZ. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
2007 vintage
Served in a tulip

Poured a deep, dark, semi-opaque, mahogany-brown with an enormous, four-finger, mocha-colored, sea foam head that faded to a thick, lasting cap. Excellent retention. Tons of chunky lacing stuck all down the glass and lasted long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was absolutely amazing. Rich, spicy, pruney and figgy with notes of brown sugar and molasses. Ultra sweet and fruity with a powdery, distinctly Belgian yeast note. Some banana came through as well.

The taste was loaded with tons of dark fruits and sweet, Belgian candi sugar. Super raisiny. Boozy and bourbony with rich, sweet malts. Lots of fruity, estery notes from the Belgian yeast strain. Slightly oaky. The finish was boozy as well with a potent yet welcomed alcohol warming in the back of the mouth and the throat. The alcohol presence intensified as the beer warmed. Overall, quite an intense flavor profile.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Rich, creamy and smooth on the palate. Crisp and fizzy with a fine, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability was quite good. At 10% ABV, this is definitely a sipping beer, but a smooth and relatively easy drinking one. Makes for a terrific nightcap.

If you like your Belgians sweet, fruity and boozy, I would definitely recommend you try this Belgian strong dark ale. Pair it with some raw milk morbier and summer stone fruits for a savory after dinner treat.

08-01-2008 05:41:58 | More by Damian
Photo of jwinship83


4.63/5  rDev +7.4%

A- this is about the deepest darkest red you can get. small white head that bubbled fiercely and then quickly went away.

S- Sweet malts with dark ripe fruits (plums, figs, cherries). faint odor of alcohol. its pretty well hidden for something this strong (10% is what the bottle claims, not the 11% its listed here as).

T- Very complex. Similar to how it smells, but everything comes off as magnified. delightful.

M- medium body with a perfect level of carbonation. leaves the mouth feeling a little dry.

D- Way too strong to drink all day, but if it tastes like this id be tempted. the bottle i had is just over 18 months old (bottled feb 24 07). im going to search this one out fresh. highly recommended

08-01-2008 03:33:50 | More by jwinship83
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

appearance - Dark amber color, white head and left some lace.

smell - Dark fruits, like cherries and berries. Has a strong sweet smell. Lots of malt.

taste - Sweet taste up front. alcohol present on the want down. Lots of dark fruit ate here. Heavy on the sweet malt.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - This beer is good. Had it at a beer tasting event, and then had it on tap the next day! Must try, and should be great to age. Website says 10 years!

07-30-2008 20:58:00 | More by auxiliary
Photo of ShrLSU


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a 750ml into a goblet.

A: Pours a dark brown with light tan head that dissapates after pouring. Has nice lacing that holds to the glass.

S: Very complex smell. Dark fruits, bananas, sweet malt, and a slight brandy or alcohol scent.

T: Complex as well. An alcoholic taste at the onset but not bad. Like a fine brandy rather than a burning grain alcohol taste. Bananas and dark fruits come in next. That is followed by a caramel and rich malt taste.

M: Medium carbonation and slightly alcoholic mouthfeel.

D: This was a great beer. I have had this before but never have i enjoyed it this much. As it warms the bouquet of flavors came out even more. This was an incredibly complex and great ale.

07-29-2008 05:43:42 | More by ShrLSU
Photo of ryrust5301


4.88/5  rDev +13.2%

Poured from a 750 ml. corked and caged bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance - Dark brown in color with amber hues in the back giving it a little bit of a low light effect. Head is a wonderful thick dark white color that puffs up to the top of the glass. Heavy lacing hangs around the side of the glass for a little more brilliance.

Smell - An extremely thick, spicy, peppery, dark malt smell. Sweetness has wafts of honey, brown sugar, and dark fruits (raisins). Also a citrus can be detected maybe some banana?

Taste & Mouthfeel - Little bit of carbonation in the mouth, but is very heavy, creamy, and malt based. All the flavors meld well in this one. The sweetness is perfect! A dark fruit mixed with a port taste gives it a real heavy feel. Definitely has some banana and sweet caramel honey in there. Some more raisin and a touch of spiciness finish this bad ass mofo off.

Drinkability - I would kick another man in the nuts to drink one of these fresh! An example all other Belgian dark brewers should follow or bow down too. It's July and 100 degrees and this is incredible. I would destroy bottle after bottle of this during the holiday season.

07-29-2008 04:46:11 | More by ryrust5301
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,481 ratings.