Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) - Brouwerij Het Anker
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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
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
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
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
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
3.9/5 rDev -9.5%
Poured from a 1PT9.4FL.OZ. bottle purchased at Green's, Atlanta, GA
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
4.6/5 rDev +6.7%
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
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
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
4.53/5 rDev +5.1%
Drank from a 1PT9.4FL.OZ. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
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
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
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
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
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
4.2/5 rDev -2.6%
The beautiful bottle is just the tip of the iceberg where this beer is concerned. The beer pours a very rich brown color with a rocky tan head. The aroma is great. A spicy aroma that shows off the nice belgian yeast charecter and aromatic spices. No hops. It has a very smooth and sweet malt flavor. The mouthfeel is good. Lots of alcohol and Belgian lace. It is a full bodied beer with good co2. A really nice Belgian Strong Ale that is good year round.
07-25-2008 20:32:30 | More by bigbelcher
4.7/5 rDev +9%
Appearance: Deep dark brown with a slight bit of creamy head.
Smell: Strong scent of sweet malt, dark fruits, caramel, and alcohol mingle very nicely.
Taste: Like the nose. Big taste with malt and dark fruits up front. The background is chocolate, caramel, and alcohol and a bit of oak as well. Very nice complex taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy. Leaves a nice taste behind that runs the gambit of all the flavors ending with a good amount of alcohol burn. Very nice.
Drinkability: Very good beer with great complexity and great flavor. 11% ABV may limit your amounts, but this is a great beer and definitely worth picking up. Highly recommended.
07-25-2008 02:49:08 | More by hellcatsjg
4.78/5 rDev +10.9%
This bottle labled 2007, deep garnet clear color, nice head with lace left. Very inviting.
The nose has sweet malt, deep, deep nose of plums, cherries, and a bit of alcohol, very nice.
This may be the perfect Belgian stong dark ale, intriguing deep malt taste, beyond plums and a bit of oak, tastes include a sign of port, chocolate, yeast esters, yes that deep, very good, super!
Perfect fizzy mouthfeel, so it doesn't get to sweet on the tongue, just right.
Despite the abv, very drinkable, after dinner for sure with figs, chocolate, pie, whatever, love this beer.
As these are made in Feb, this one 2007, it has aged nice for almost 1 1/2 years, great.
07-23-2008 00:23:43 | More by robbyc1
4.23/5 rDev -1.9%
I picked this bottle up on my last trip to Ft Collins.
It pours a nice ruby brown colour with a 1" head of foam. It doesn't leave much lacing in my glass and the foam shrinks quickly to a fine ring around the glass but the colour is gorgeous. Hmm..
The smell has some good dark fruit going on with plum being the most noticeable. There's also some candy sugar and some caramel malt and...a bit of alcohol. Ok, more than a bit but it's still a goodish whiff.
The taste is big and tasty. Plum, figs, toffee, candy sugar, a little caramel...overall definitely on the sweet side but in a darn good way.
The alcohol is very well hidden, the mouthfeel is fairly light bodied, and the carbonation is light but perfectly suited for this brew. This is very very tasty and very enjoyable but I may not be able to finish the entire 750 at this one sitting. No worries, I'll put a stopper in it and finish it tomorrow. I want a fine drinking experience, which I am having,...I don't want to get drunk. ;^)
I've seen this brew in Colorado before and have always passed on it. I'm glad I decided to give it a try as it is some seriously good beer!
07-20-2008 21:56:46 | More by Bitterbill
4.28/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured into the proper glassware at the Ankertje (Het Anker brewpub) in Mechelen.
A nice copper brown with a tan head that has decent staying power and decent lacing. Little carbonation evident and no sediments.
Smells of malt, dark caramelized sugar, and plums. Alcohol is well masked.
Taste is very much like what I had expected from the nose, but even richer and more full bodied. The malt really comes through here, as does the sugar. Certain spices, along with the plum-like esters again. Pretty complex.
Mouthfeel is great; very thick, just what one would expect a 'quadrupel' to be.
Pretty drinkable beer, though the ABV doesn't really allow for it. Overall, pretty impressive.
07-19-2008 23:48:31 | More by philipquarles
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
On draft at Tyler's in Durham;
Draft arrives shimmering in its own gold-rimmed chalice, sporting a hazy blonde-orange-toffee body capped with a bulging finger of marshmallow-thick white foam that retains well and leaves a bit of fine lacing on the glass.
Smell is fruity, floral, yeasty and wonderful.
Taste is malty, juicy, and refreshing. Notes of ripe apple, banana, cloves and green melon rinds crispen and freshen the drink, but are kept in check by a solid, refined bitterness.
No hint of alcohol whatsoever detected in the amazingly-smooth drink. The drink is deceivingly burly! It was gone in a curious sip plus five intrigued near-gulps. I could have enjoyed this light-medium bodied beauty all day...or at least right until it knocked me flat on my ass!
07-12-2008 19:52:16 | More by cvstrickland
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
This beer was tasted in a Goblet from the 750mL bottle.
The beer pours a burgundy-brown with a frothy tan head. The head dissipates down to a thin film, leaving minimal lace. The aroma is full of caramel and sweet dark fruits. The taste is up front with chocolaty and caramel flavors and is then followed up by some dark fruity sweetness. The beer finishes with a spicy yeasty character. The alcohol presence is surprisingly at a minimum. The body is medium-full bodied with a creamy carbonation. Overall, it is a good Belgian Strong Dark Ale with plenty of complexity. Quite a nice beer.
07-09-2008 00:54:14 | More by MSchae1017
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
2008 Vintage 750 ml corked.
When I uncorked this bottle there was an explosive pop from the cork and an incredible aroma of berries and other fruits that made my mouth water...I figured I was in for a treat.
Appearance - Dark Red with a thick creamy off white head.
Smell - berries, many different fruits, port-like
Taste - again, port-like. Get a lot of wine flavors; This beer will get really great with some aging.
Mouthful - Mildly carbonated and really light.
Drinkability - with the exception that it's 11 percent alcohol, I could drink numerous of these. Very easy to drink, not to over the top and really well balanced. Does not drink like an 11 percent ABV.
07-03-2008 00:16:17 | More by Allagashkegger
4.53/5 rDev +5.1%
2007 version. 750ml caged and corked bottle from QFC U-Village in Seattle.
This one had a weak "pop" when de-corking.
A: Pours a beautiful, rusty amber color, somewhat reddish when held to light. very good clarity. head is a sandy white color with a creamy essence that quickly dissipates from 1 finger's worth but remains as a thin layer till the very end. Lacing is very spotted and heavy. Only visible on the opposite side of drinking. visible carbonation but judging from the pop this might not be very fizzy, which is not necessarily bad.
S: Mmm this smells goood. immediately noticeable is the dark fruits, cherries, plums, berries of some sort. The sweetness is strong to the nose proving that there is a generous amount of rich malt going on here. There's also a bready quality to this aroma. Nice sweet smell, no alcohol noticeable.
T&M: Oh man this is fantastic! Very sweet, rich and creamy. Goes down extremely smooth and with ease. Alcohol not present in initial taste but warms the deep recesses of your stomach just the right amount. There's a lot of complexity in this, not so much as Maudite, but there are so many flavors and sensations in my mouth right now that it's hard to pinpoint what each of them are. The flavor is mostly comprised of dark fruits like cherries, plums, figs, maybe some light berries. There could be some sweet ripe pear in here too.There was clearly a high level of commitment and time put into this beer. Almost perfect in terms of mouthfeel except for the slightly weak level of carbonation. As for taste, perhaps a little too malty preventing some of the other flavors to really stand out.
D: I don't care what the ABV is, this is one delicious beer that I could drink until I passed out. I still think Maudite is amazing, but this one is very, VERY close. Drinkability 4.5
07-02-2008 02:30:33 | More by julian
4.15/5 rDev -3.7%
Presentation: 750ml, caged and corked. “Jaargang 2004” bottle here. 10% ABV. Cork came off easily with a loud “pop”. Very effervescent, would have gushed out of the bottle if I didn’t have my glass ready.
Appearance: Large tan head, poor retention probably due to the high alcohol. Dark amber color with a ruby tinge.
Aroma: Extremely fruity, plums, raisins, cherries, figs. Sweet hints of alcohol, molasses and honey. Very sweet smelling beer with a lot of malt.
Taste: Upfront sweet malty body, with caramel, raisins, figs, fruity esters, and a spicy alcoholic warmth. Not hot or solventy, but very smooth and refined. The phenols have really mellowed out as well. Caramel and raisins stay on the palate in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Body on the thin side, but probably due to the high alcohol content.
Notes: Incredibly nice beer. Although now it is 4 years old and all the hops are gone, it still has a good balance, though now slightly leaning towards the malt. The beer is sweet and very dessert like, but it’s not cloying. Dangerously easy drinking for 10%.
06-30-2008 01:22:32 | More by dauss
3.95/5 rDev -8.4%
Purchased at Total Wine, Chantilly, VA. "Jaargang 2007."
A - Looks like root beer; mahogany with a mocha cap and some lacing.
S - Bubble gum, root beer, malt.
T/M - Sweet banana with cinnamon on toast; cream soda; toffee. Light, creamy, complex.
D - Very good, but at 10% ABV, there's only so much drinkability.
Bottle says it improves with age, but I didn't have the patience!
06-27-2008 22:29:53 | More by pinotboy007
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
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