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

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Ratings: 1,490
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 185
Gots: 214 | 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 Tilley4
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%

This beer is just ridiculously delicious...

A dark, murky mahagony color with a huge billowing head... Persistent...

Very sweet aroma of fruits, spice, and sweet malts... Loads of fruit in this...

Deliciously sweet and malty and fruity... Probably the most delicious Belgian I've had to date... Its marvelously complex with all the fruits and spices...

This ones a sipper for sure... The booze is hidden well and will hurt that ass if you're not careful...

What a divine brew!!

Tilley4, May 31, 2008
Photo of josiahschlender
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%

I'm glad I shared this bottle with a friend. Such a big beer in a big bottle is meant to be shared. 2007 Vintage.

Speaking of the bottle, I love the heavy feel and classy look. It poured a hazy dark reddish-brown into a wine glass. A little bit of a tan head going on.

Smell is nice and complex. Lots of sweet malts (sugar, toffee, maybe a bit of molasses?). Also a lot of sweet fruity esters and just a bit of spiciness.

Flavors are sweet and concentrated. Borders on syrupy, with a lot of fruit and spices artfully mingling. I had a hard time picking out individual flavors because they were so well balanced. Nothing trying to steal the show here. I also noted a bit of well masked, yet warming alcohol.

Feel is full and mouth-coating. Well suited to draw out the lingering flavors of this beer.

With their high price point, BSDAs aren't beers I drink too often, but a beer like this is great for a special occasion.

josiahschlender, May 27, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Aroma is fairly strong, malty and yeasty with an undertone of hard apple cider. Color is a clear, dark reddish brown with a thick, fluffy, light tan head. Flavor is malty with a hint of molasses and a fairly strong alcohol bite - not surprising since it has an alcohol content comparable to a barleywine. Texture has quite an edge to it, and the malty aftertaste has a little sweetness. An excellent Belgian, worth seeking out.

Cyberkedi, May 24, 2008
Photo of atigerlife
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Small light brown head that has decent lasting power.

Aroma is malty with sweet toffee and raisins.

Taste is of dark malts, raisins, toffee and alcohol. Strong flavor...not subtle.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium+ bodied.

Overall, a good brew. Nice sipper after dinner.

atigerlife, May 20, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%

A: Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was about a quarter inch of long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Malt, molasses, a melange of different mild fruits. Doesn't knock you over when you smell it, but it is nicely done.

T: The flavor of this beer is pretty potent. Malt, molasses, possibly some caramel, pears and some spices. There is a definite presence of alcohol.

M: A highly carbonated beer, with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is one of those beers I can respect more than love. It's undeniably well made, but there's a certain harshness to it (possibly due to the alcohol in the taste) that would make me think twice before getting it again. Still, you can't argue with quality.

avalon07, May 19, 2008
Photo of hops4me
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%

This was a 2006 bottle. I loved this beer. Deep deep red to brown. Frothy off white head. Smells of peach, plum, raisins. Tastes alot the same except it finishes with a nice vanallia oakiness. I was suprised at how little to no alcohol heat there was. I would buy again if found. Great beer to have after a big meal or sitting around a fire in the winter.

hops4me, May 15, 2008
Photo of reignsong
5/5  rDev +16%

I love this beer!

The aroma, as described by others, has malty and spicy undertones. I drink this very slowly, and enjoyed sniffing it between sips. It's the Gingerbread House of beers in scent.

The flavor is that nice molasses and malt, but the yeast/alcohol smacks it into shape to keep the palate clean upon every sip. The predominant flavor is a mild butterscotch with the base of a good stout. Very smooth and filling, like a big juicy burger.

I had one bad bottle (which was still better than most), but it was stored sideways for a few weeks before opening, and I'm sure that was the problem. I've had several bottles, and they've keep very well. In fact I have one 2007 that I don't plan on opening for a long time.

Dark beer loathers, and pilsner quaffers need not apply! This is exactly the antithesis of lighter beers, in my opinion.

reignsong, May 08, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Thanks to Prototypic for throwing this my way! Very quickly it rises among my top favorite beers.

Caged and corked 750 mL bottle. This one says 10%abv. Pours a dark burnt ruby brown color with a full smooth cream head. Nice patchy sticky lace.

Nose is wonderful, with rich warm grains and dark fruits. Notes of banana bread, pear, date and fig, and some toasty grains. A little alcohol wraps it all up neatly.

Taste very fully expands on the nose, with a nice sweet fruit bread overtone supported by plenty of grain and alcohol. Again, notes of fig and date, banana bread, pear, and plum. Nice bready middle, on the brink of fullness without being overdone. Finishes with some sweetness lingering and soft bread fading with alcohol warmth.

Feel is smooth and full, with a medium body and plenty of soft carbonation. Sweetness adds a mild syrupy feel to the body, but not unpleasant.

Not at all weak or thin, this dark ale is very satisfying and full with good fruit depth. Very well crafted, only lacking in drinkability due to strength of abv, and the sweetness that makes it great for sipping.

lightindarkness, May 06, 2008
Photo of meatmallet
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

2007 750 ml bottle. Dark reddish brown color with a thick head that that quickly dissipates. Heavier alcohol smell than I was expecting but was not bad. Also smells of yeast, rasins, and spices. Taste is sweet with a bit of alcohol burn at the end. A heavy malt taste with fig and rasins. Feels good in the mouth with the right ammount of carbonation.

meatmallet, May 01, 2008
Photo of halfP1NT
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%

Deep brown with ruby highlights, creamy off white head that left some foamy lacing. Subsides and leaves a foamy cap.

The first smell to hit my nose was light fruits; apple, apricot, pear. Upon further inhalation and warming of the beer, darker fruits came across; raisin, plum, lots of alcohol.

Taste is very complex and delicious! Dark fruits dominate; cherry, raisin, plum, dried apricot. Alcohol is very evident but works well in this beer. Reminds me of a very strong dubbel. Leaves a sugary sweet taste in my mouth, but not at all cloying. All the flavors work really well together in this beer.

Mouthfeel is almost creamy, really nice amount of carbonation. Not syrupy like some Strong Belgian Ales can be. Although it took me almost 2 hours to finish a pint, it was very enjoyable from start to finish. This beer was so delicious, I will absolutely pick it up again.

halfP1NT, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of TasteTester
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

2007 750-ml bottle.

Nice belgian.

A-Pours a nice, off-white/beige head. Doesn't stick around. Deep amber, red color. Little sediment floating.

S-Strong, fruity, malty, alcohol. Notes of caramel.

T-Surprising at first, but a great, smooth drink. Not overpowering but not too weak. Citrus.

M-Smooth and sticky. The right flavors last as you down a sip.

D-Too much for more than 1 750-ml bottle at a time. Could drink a couple of 12-ozers.

TasteTester, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

2007 Edition

Appearance: It pours a dark amber color with a nice twist of red. Head leans toward a tan color and is about two fingers deep. It dissipated pretty quickly and left a very light coat of lace sticking to the glass. It's a very solid looking beer with a unique color. Falls short of being spectacular.

Smell: A little disappointing in this department as it fails to reach its full capacity. There are strong spicy notes up front, predominantly clove. It's malty and sweet smelling. Plum and a bit of raisin emerge and add some complexity. It's a nice smelling beer, but it's a little disappointing.

Taste: The Emperor's preferred Grand Cru finally springs to life. This is an excellent tasting brew. Clove, banana, and dark fruit flavors explode on the palate. It's an extremely zealous mix that tastes fantastic. Very spicy and sweet. It features a predominantly sweet, malty base that's an excellent foundation. It's slightly bitter, but not in a hoppy sort of way. Alcohol is lightly noticeable in taste. That's a huge compliment considering its profile. It provides just a slight burn on the tail.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has an excellent feel to it. Carbonation is great and it's so smooth and drinkable. This bottle since it's 10% abv rather than 11%. One would anticipate its 10% abv to hinder drinkability, but that's clearly not the case. This is one easy drinking monster. If I had another 750, I might seriously consider opening it. It's that good.

So, the Grand Cru of the Emperor, eh? Well, the emperor has excellent taste. I'll give him that. This is an excellent beer. Go find one...now!

prototypic, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from 1 pt 9.4 oz bottle into snifter. 2005 edition.
A: Cloudy dark brown with hints of yellow hue. Thin dark tan head (I assume due to diminished carbonation with aging). However, aggressive pour still produces nice thick head with good retention.
S: Dried fruit (raisin, date), malt, and background yeast notes.
T: Initially very similar to aroma. However, as this brew warms, more complex aspects arise. Notes of butterscotch, caramel, and toffee. Nice complexity.
M: Medium body and very smooth. Well balanced sugar and ABV.
D: Very drinkable. A solid, great Belgian brew. Not quite excellent, but close. Strong similarity to St. Bernardus Abt 12. It has aged very well over 3+ years.

mwilbur, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of marksto
3.6/5  rDev -16.5%

Pours dark with a reddish tinge when held to light. Medium tan head, large effervescent bubbles stream the sides of the glass to maintain a light froth on top.

Aroma displays lots of esters and some phenolics. Bubble gum, dark fruit, and sweet malt all interplay nicely. Flavor displays strong bubble gum phenolics, along with significant sweetness and cherry-like fruit. Some alcoholic flavors in the background as well.

I find the phenolics in this one a bit overpowering - would like to see more complexity and balance with other flavors. This is a very highly rated beer and it was not as good as I had expected. Overall, certainly a good Belgian dark but I believe there are better examples of the style out there.

marksto, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of slvrmon82
4/5  rDev -7.2%

This one is a really nice find in Delaware.

Just picked up the 2007 release.

It pours a deep dark amber to brown color. Not a lot of head on it though. A little surprised by this.

The smell is very fruity with Bananas upfront and malts behind it.
Very much like bananas

Taste is very complex. Almost reminds me of a dubbel. It has lots of fruit upfront with lots of malt in the middle and end. The very end is a heavy alcohol taste but a good one.

The mouthfeel is very light actually. It is not as syrupy as some. Not a lot of carbonation though. A little disappointed in that.

The drinkaibility is good. It is a little sweet and fruity to drink a lot especially at 11% abv.

A very deep dark and rich Belgian ale. A must try if you enjoy big Belgians.

slvrmon82, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of mellocello2003
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

Simply exceptional.
This beer comes in wooden crates. 'Nuff said, according to the person I bought the beer from. It's made once a year on February 24th, the birthday of some emperor... forgot.

A - lovely, orange brown hue with excellent lacing and a moderate foamy head.

S - smell of figs, molasses - actually smells a lot like the 5-year old aged aventinus.

T - similar to the smell - simply exceptionally complex. A long, very balanced finish that just diminishes into eternity. My god this is one of the best beers I've had.

M - this was perhaps the best out of all. Creamy, delicious, foamy.

D - exceptional. of course.

mellocello2003, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Good one . Burgundy color . Big white head, moderate lacing. Nice astringent aroma. Sweet, Belgian candy sugar, astringency,banana and love flavoriing. The mouthfeel isrich and drinkability is good for this high abv.

Would definitely try this one again.

JayQue, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of Mudpuppet
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Thanks to kaimcm for recommending this one.

A- Poured from a 750ml cage and corked bottle with the date of 2006 on it. Poured into a chalice. Pours a chestnut brown with a hazy orange highlight. Very little head on this one. I expected a nice thick dense head but did not get it. Maybe the alcohol content is affecting that.

S- Very light nose. Definite sweetness on the nose. Some darker malty notes also. I smell a bit of nuttyness too.

T- First I will say this is a pretty sweet beer. Nice sweet malt notes in the beginning changing to a slightly metallic taste like I expect from a quad then back into sweetness. Notes of nuts, sweet dark dried fruits and candi sugar. This is a very nice example of a Belgian Quad.

M- Creamy and sweet. The carbonation cuts though just a bit but this is how a quad should feel in your mouth.

D- Other than the 11% ABV which isn't that noticeable, I could and might have a couple glasses. This is a really nice Quad!

Mudpuppet, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of bort11
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

750 ml corked and caged bottle, 2006 vintage, poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series goblet. Tight tan colored head that stands a half inch high. Recedes to a thin film with some spotty lacing. Color is a dark cola brown that is almost purple.

Smell is a very rich caramel and banana with a bit of a yeasty spiciness. Taste is a complex mixture of dark fruits, banana, dark brown bread, black pepper, chocolate, and caramel. Very bold and pleasing.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and full bodied. Sticks nicely to the surface of the mouth and leaves that sweet taste. Mild carbonation leaves just a hint of prickling on the tongue. This is a very, very tasty beer and one that I will be going back to.

bort11, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of Paddez
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%

Vintage 2003

Hands down one of the best dark brews I've ever had.

A: Pours a very dark brew which has a copper hue once you hold it against the light. A hard pour produced a medium head that disappeared after a few minutes leaving a small layer of tannish foam.

S: Interesting, but weird, very weird. It had something that reminded me of applepie somehow but nevertheless I couldn't quite place it. Sweety aroma's & funky fruits dominate the smell. There's a vague trace of malts and a whiff of alcohol. But really after 5 years in my cellar the beer's had so much time to mature & assimilate its many aspects that the only way to accurately describe its perfume is "One big mix of bizarre Funkyness".

T: Now here's where the real quality of this brew shows. An increbidbly complex armada of different flavours roll into eachother. This stuff has so much depth to it, it's really hard to actually describe it. It's sweet & powerful with lots of spicy, fruity & candy-like flavours mellowed into one harmonious wave of flavour. The yeast creates a unique nutty and almost vinious finish that reminded me of sherry & port.

M & D: Full bodied with a gentle carbonation; this beer is a real sipper. I wouldn't go as far as to call the brew syrupy but it's definitely thick. At 11% it hits like a sledgehammer, however it does so gently. The alcohol is present, but not overwhelming and blends in well so it doesn't become a nuisance. It's obviously not one of those "I'll have another one"-beers. But finishing a 75cl bottle with a friend works great.

Conclusion: I've had different vintages of this brew before which failed to impress me nearly as much. Most probably I was just too impatient though because this 2003 brew shows me what a helluvah beer the Cuvée van de Keizer can actually be. If conserved right & long enough, this one's a true gem.

Paddez, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a mixture of white grapes and licorice. In the taste, grapes and licorice, again, also a small corriander bite and just a hint of alcohol. A somewhat bitter mouthfeel with a dry licorice aftertaste. Quite easy to drink, and lots going on in this beer. Very complex and good.

OWSLEY069, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked from Gary's in Madison...
"2007" year on the neck...
The beer pours a deep, dark, mahogany-brown hue with a tremendous frothy head that exhibited impressie staying power...
Strong, sweet, alcohol-tinged smell, bursting with plums, figs, and candied sugars...
Equally powerful, dominating taste, spicy and pepperish on the tongue, with noticeable sweet, candied sugars... Flavor replete with dark caramel, toffee, rich malts, and a hint of vanilla... Overall, the malt profile is huge on this one...
Equally thick, spicy mouthfeel, with the hefty ABV certainly noticeable at first, and than gradually dissappearing...
Drinkability took a hit due to the ultra-rich and super-sweet flavor along with the hefty alcohol percentage which is not well-masked...
Otherwise, really good stuff...
Worth a try...

dsa7783, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Domingo
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

One of those beers I've been seeing and meaning to try, literally for years. Not sure why I waited so long, but here we go!

Pours a pretty standard dark brown color. Carbonation seems heavy initially upon popping the cork, but after a few seconds it's normal. I poured the equivalent of 4 glasses worth, and there's really only a rocky head initially.

Smells sweet and spicy. Not picking up any weird funk or anything unusual.

The taste is of figs, nuts, maple syrup, cocoa, and maraschino cherries. Not really getting a ton of hop flavor, but the hops do keep the finish in check with a little bitterness.
WOW. This is terrific. A malt bomb on par with any I've had. I really get a lot of maple and molasses notes, which are a soft spot for me.

Mouthfeel's spot on for the style, although as I mentioned earlier, the carbonation is heavy at first and then very light afterward.

I split a bottle of this, but I'd have no problem drinking one by myself. Is this really over 10%? Could've fooled me. I didn't get any heat from it at all.

Wish I hadn't waited so long for this. I'm going to revisit this ASAP. Seems like a great social beer for hanging out.

Domingo, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of Lothore
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

A- Pours a deep, dark reddish hue with a nice little eggshell white head which stays on top of this brew for quite a while.

S- Smell is dominated by a sweet banana character which kind of dominates the nose but lying behind it are spices and a yeasty distinctly belgian character to it.

T- Taste is super sweet at the begining, dark yet fruity sustained by a deep malt breadiness which leads into an alcohol warming. The alcohol is covered up masterfully. Not my usual beer but it is making me reconsider the Belgian Strong Dark Ale Style.

M- Thick and creamy with a just the right amount of carbonation bite at the end.

D- I really wanted to not like this beer. I often find myself not liking a lot of Belgian beers unless they are done really well ... and this one is. That being said it is going to be hard for me to finish this whole bottle, I think sipping on one glass is awesome though.

Lothore, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Matteox3
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%

Consumed from a 25oz Bottle purchased over 6 months prior at Wine and More, Delaware. Tulip glass.

Poured with a 1/4 inch head, slightly malty aroma. Taste matched the aroma spot on, but with surprising dryness at the end.

Very impressive beer. My girlfriend is a huge fan of tripels and I am more into the dubbel and strong dark ale. However, this beer caused her to re-evaluate her attitude towards the darker belgians.

I would buy again next time I make a trip to Delaware.

Matteox3, Feb 15, 2008
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,490 ratings.