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

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Ratings: 1,502
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 187
Gots: 217 | FT: 13
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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 philipquarles
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

philipquarles, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

cvstrickland, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

MSchae1017, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Allagashkegger
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Allagashkegger, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of julian
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

julian, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of dauss
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%.

dauss, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

pinotboy007, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of mhewes
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : Poured a dark brown with a good tan head that stuck around for a while.

S : Really sweet with a strong malt aroma. I picked up some brown sugar, caramel, and fruits.

T : Really sweet and malty. A lot of good fruit and spice flavor in it. A pretty complex brew

M : Syrupy, rich, and chewy

D : An awesome beer. The alcohol sneaks up on you. Definitely one I will have again.

mhewes, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the definition of dessert beer at its best. Pours a deep brown - nearly black. Moderate carbonation in this one. Smells like sugar, prunes, dried fruit, and a lot of yeast. Taste is brown sugar, alcohol, caramel, and sweet fruit. VERY tasty. One of the better Grand Crus I've had in a while. The moderate carbonation makes this one go down easy without making it feel flat. A little strong to drink more than one, but this is one outstanding brew.

jdubjacket, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of Vancer
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer sent by brent56 in a nice trade - thanks many!

Pour was the standard dark oak, thin but persistent ivory head - not bad considering this thing is packin' a 10% punch. The aroma is where this one excels - plenty of juicy dark fruits fermenting in a Belgian barrel of yeast. Strong taste of boozy Belgian, mixed with caramel and sugar cane.

Very nice brew, sweet and tasty. Oh, and it looks superb in my Maredsous tulip glass. Presentation is everything.

Vancer, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of bilyboy65
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 1pt p.4 oz bottle from the 2006 vintage into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown and hazy. Tan head that was very bubbly and clingy. Head stuck to glass almost the entire life of glass.

S: Very sweet scents with a heavy carmel, brown sugar, honey and pears mixture.

T: Phenomenal with its fruits up front in the caramel coated pear flavor gave way to honey coated apples and finally finished very sweet with a brown sugar taste.

M: Med bodied, low carbonation. Left a decent film behind to enjoy the beers flavor longer.

D: Very sweet beer. Probably couldn't drink a couple bottles of this, but would make an excellent desert beer.

bilyboy65, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Edmund
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer in Whole Foods, of all places. I figured: it's brewed on the birthday of the most powerful man in the 16th century so it must be good.

Turns out I was right.

Appearance: Clear mahogany. Significant, even head that diminishes steadily.

Smell: Caramel and fruit and a little bit of maple syrup sweetness.

Taste: Malty, strong taste of raspberries and figs, with more of the maple coming through. A bit like a fine port!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and a little syrupy. Carbonation is a little sharp, but in a good way.

Drinkability: After a big bottle I feel ready for another one. Not a session beer, but definitely something to sit and enjoy on a rainy day.

Edmund, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 09, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,502 ratings.