1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,495 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,495
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 186
Gots: 216 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,495 | Reviews: 827 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mentor
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle provided by my good buddy crosling...thanks for the opportunity. Pours a clear brown-red with full finger of frothy fine tan head. Very pretty to look at. Smells stinky cheese and green apple. Some chocolate. It's cold, I will add more here as it warms. Warm, chocolate and floral. Light esters candi-sugar and raisins.

Cold, it tastes rich caramel strongly of soft fruits. Chocolate is mild and overall wet, but not killingly sweet. A bit edgy phenolic, but not enough to drive me away (and I'm pretty sensitive to it). Quite smooth flavored, almost a silky oatmeal character about it. Warm, the edge is stronger, but not piercing. Esters of banana, cherry, pear, and nectarine. Brown sugar and green raisin. Needs a bit more caramel to work with the chocolate, as there is a bit of 'empty' on the palette. Alcohol is present just barely as a reminder of heat, with a smidge of fusel edge.

Thick mouthfeel and heavily carbonated. Nice, but not one I'll buy for myself. The phenols got a bit over-persistent for my funk-sensitive palette by the end.

mentor, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gouden Carolus 2003 on tap at Lucky Baldwin's, served into a mini Chimay goblet.

This is a beer to enjoy after dinner. Extremely well balanced, nice caramel and toffee sweetness balanced by coriander sort of spicing and some dark fruits with a nice rich, creamy mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious, and the drinkability is extremely high considering the alcohol. I'm sure the 3 years of aging didn't hurt.

One of the best beers I've had during the wonderful Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beer Festival. I really cannot fault the beer in any way. It's just a delicious beer. Try it if you get the chance!

rallison, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of Beersignal
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep crystal clear copper in colour under a decent cap of sand coloured foam that leaves some lace but also leaves somewhat quickly. Gentle bead calmly rises to build a thin film atop the beer.

The aromas are intensely yeasty and fruity with a medley of tropical goodies up front. Pineapples, bananas and mangos with firm notes of malt and caramel rise up from the depths of the glass to drown the nostrils. Hints of vanilla and alcohol warm the olfactory in the middle and end. There's a wonderful balance to all the aromas, where none are heads above the others but some do give direction to the profile.

The flavour profile is equally deep serving up loads of sweetness, maltiness, fruitiness, and spiciness with an equilibriun lightly tilting towards the heady side. Sip after sip yields a complexity that is a challenge to pin down... but here it goes. Thick caramel with vanilla bean and some cinnamon and nutmeg to open things. As the sample warms the fruit surfaces and you are treated to ripe pears and peaches. The only bitterness present comes from the high alcohol content as I detected no hints of hops. This beer is thick and full bodied... a bomber shouldn't be drunk alone but shared with some friends. I'm alone and Ottawa beat Montréal so I'm celebrating.

Finishing off a bomber is a daunting task, even for such a great brew. This is highly drinkable but is so tasty and complex that it must be shared with friends.

Got this beer in a trade with Goldorak. He got two tickets to a MMA gala tournament at the Bell Center in exchange for this beer. I think I got the better deal! ;)

Santé

Beersignal, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of DrJay
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep chestnut with a strong reddish hue when held to the light. It poured with a modest cap of light tan foam that left a solid sheet of bubbles on the glass as it subsided. Subsequent sips yielded plentiful streaky lacing, right to the end of the glass. Sweet, boozy aroma with lots of plum and figs. Notes of caramel and bread crust were also evident, along with brown sugar and plump raisins. Toffee and honey sweetness hit my palate right away, evening out into a more fruity middle with prunes and plums taking over. A little spicy as well, but very subdued. Bready towards the end, it finished with lingering earthy raisins, caramel and soft alcohol. Medium to full bodied, the carbonation was well integrated and supported the near syrupy texture. Significant alcohol warmth, particularly in the finish, with some creaminess. Very tasty and highly recommended. I really liked the way the flavours balanced each other without the need for much bitterness. It went down very smooth, even with the high alcohol, so watch out!

DrJay, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of vanrassel
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is, indeed, a beer fit for a king — as the name suggests.

It poured from a 750 mL bottle into my goblet a chestnut colour with a bubbly, compact one-finger head that formed a creamy ring. The brown colour was only slightly tinged with some ruby highlights, though not so much to make it resemble cola.

Underneath a dominant alcoholic aroma laid a complex mix of sweet brown sugar, powdery yeast, cinnamon and a medicinal smell not unlike cherry cough syrup.

On the palate, the sugar flavour took on a burnt, carmelized character. Also bubblegum and more sweetness from a syrupy port taste. Spice, too, with some cinnamon and nutmeg flavours. Overall, very sweet like a tripel and only the slightest alcoholic burn — amazing for 11 per cent ABV.

Tiny bubbles let you know the carbonation is there, but they didn't break up the smooth, easy-drinking texture. I downgraded the drinkability slightly only because I found the sweetness a bit overbearing after awhile.

vanrassel, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of shroompod
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 in the cellar about 1 year.

Not much of a pop when opening, smallish head.Pours a deep brown color.

Not much in the smell department for me. Slight sweetness.
'
Tasting this beer opens it up for me. Grape juice sweetness, bubblegum, plum,with very little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel seems medium ,not overly thick considering is sweet taste. Carbonation is adequate.

Overall this beer is a sipper and worth aging, will stock the cellar with a few of these.

shroompod, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 bottle purchase in 2006, cellared 6 months at 55-60 degrees F.

Pours a bubbly dark chestnut, almost mahogany with purple-ruby highlights. Lace is thick, clingy, and with minute yeast particles floating in it.

Smells very yeasty with rum, raisons, fruit bread, toffee, and some licorice. Kind of boozy and quite candy like.

Tastes immediately warming and boozy with a real sweet, candied sugar sensation. Smooth and mellows as you drink it but manages to keep a zesty edge. Toffee, orange-chocolates, sugarcane rum, cloveish spice, and raisons swell into torrents of flavor.

Very drinkable. Strong and boozy yet easy to down. A 750 is gone in minutes.

DaPeculierDane, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of macster
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage. Pours a fairly clear burgundy-brown with ruby red highlights. Creates a beige thick, rocky head which maintains a thin covering throughout the glass. Lots of sticky web-like lacing as snifter drains. Incredibly rich, intense aromas of brandy-soaked dried dark friuts, plums, cherries, brown sugar, bubblegum and oak all amped up by a big alcohol punch. Mouthfeel is well balanced; smooth, full and silky with a pleasant spritzy carbonation. Big and round for a 10%’er. Flavors very similar to the nose. Head spiningly sweet intense notes of brandy soaked black cherries, raisins, figs, caramel and plums. Just a hint of anise, wood and spice in the background. The 10% abv comes to the rescue here with a faint hop presence to prevent this superb Belgian from becoming too cloyingly sweet. In the final analysis a rich, pleasing, complex and very warming slow sipper to be enjoyed on a cool winter night.

macster, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head poured out well and left s little small lacing. The smell was very nice with sweet and very dry tones. The taste was very nice and dry with the sweetness that wasn't too dry. The mouthfeel was very nice and not unpleasant at all. Overall this was a great beer and I will have more in the future.

Erdinger2003, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage. Shop also had the 2001, but it was twice the price.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip glass. Body is a deep reddish-brown, and suprisingly clear with a bit of suspended particulate matter. No fogging whatsoever. Head was off-white and dissipated slowly but steadily.

Smell has lots of up-front booze and an incredible amount of old brandy oak. There is a bit of a bacterial lambic-ish fruity smell as well. Minor notes are of caramel and raisins.

Taste is at first sour then immediately sweet, then with another bit of sour at the end. Initial brandy notes continue, along with good dark german bread. The sour notes of the smell develop into cherry and currant as the sweetness comes into play. What hops are there are all herbal, no bitter or floral notes of which to speak. Belgian funk goes without saying for the style. I suspect a bit of spontanious fermentation in this vintage, that lactic smell is just signature.

Mouthfeel is aggressive thanks to good, strong carbonation and high ABV. The constant balance between sweet and tart is a bit much at times, but the best parts of the flavour that hide inside each sip are enough to keep you going.

I realized about halfway thru the first glass that I am drinking this beer MUCH too early. 9 months wasn't long enough for this beer to really finish conditioning. The flavours are all there and are brilliant, but they haven't yet come together in a way that only age can bring.

I will have to grab another 2006 while they're cheap and put it away for two years, and update accordingly. I think this could be an incredible icon of the grand cru world, given it's time.

ojiikun, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

uncorked at 12:02 am and poured into my St. Berbardus goblet.

ruby red body with a reddish head that looked nice and stayed for a few seconds.Nice lacing on the glass and the lacing sparkled.that was nice to look at.

cherrys and booze come to mind when i smell this stuff.I smell the candi sugar in this fine brew.

sweet candi and plum and dark fruit taste.

Im supprised how smooth this stuff goes down.It really has a great taste to it.easy on the carbonation.

Im gonna buy another bottle and age me one of these for a year or so.This is one mighty fine brew, I love it alot.This is a great style for everyone to try and to explore.Im glad I bought this stuff.

My first beer of 2007

MmmIPA, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of Gmann
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 750ml cage & corked bottle. Pours a cola like brown color with an average tan head that dissipated into a ring around the glass. The smell is of figs and the newton, brown sugar, prunes, roasted/bready malt, spicy. The taste is of alcohol soaked rum raisin bread, cane sugar, and red grape juice. The feel is moderate to well bodied with tight and fizzy carbonation that finishes slick and syrupy; sticky and sweet. A very flavorful brew but is almost cloyingly sweet and sticky and the ABV can put a small horse down.

Gmann, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of scottoale
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage 750ml. cork/caged brown bottle.

Poured into a 13.5oz snifter, a dark cherry-mahogany with just a bit of haze and a small finger of off-white head that settles leaving some nice thick lace behind. Good looking brew.

Healthy sweet malty nose that excels as it warms. Rich sweet cherries, bananas, candi-sugar, spices and yeasty notes coming through. Waivering alcohol in the back-drop comes forth as it warms.

The taste is of the smell but refined, yet amplified. Very tasty sweet malt character of booze-soaked cherries, raisens, bananas and a spicy yeast, wrapped in a candi-sugar envelope. A nice warming as it washes down. There is a balance from the hops that takes the sweetness to a dry, warm finish. Damn tasty Belgian here!

Big body, big alcohol that leads to big smooth and full mouthfeel...rich and rewarding, thus highly recommended. You really don't want to pass this one by...truly, Belgian!

scottoale, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of fido
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy red color, big white head and nice lacing; Smell is sweet, alcohol, spices, maybe some wood and fruity; Taste is very sweet at first, alcohol, spices and fruity; Mouthfeel is a little bit dry.

A very nice brew; really tasty.

Excellent Belgian beer.

¡Salud!

fido, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I split a 750 mL bottle with a friend at Bierhuis Kulminator in Antwerp.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown with a reddish tint. A thick off-white head fades to a sudsy quarter-inch layer, leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Sweet and very fruity smelling. Lots of bananas and peppery alcohol. Swirling brings out notes of cherry and raisins.

Taste: Very sweet with nice fruitiness: bananas, raisins and light tartness. There's a very mild alcoholic spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth and sweet. Neither the alcohol nor sweetness is overpowering.

EPICAC, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of paterlodie
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2002. Not much head and a brown beer with wite fog under it. Nose is lots of port , musty, burnt arome, alcoholic andvery heavy oxidised overall. Taste is also strong and porty, quiet sweet, wood, roastyness decent but there and backed by medium bitterness that's quiet far gone and warming alcohol. Certainly well brewed but kind of shocked that this one ages obviously quiet hard and don't think it will gain much more but certainly some will disagree. Still good adchievement and something ellse as the fresh version. Must like port though to really like this.

paterlodie, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of jabocu
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown caramel color with a one finger cap that settled to thin fish-eye lacings. Aroma of dark caramel, raisins, toffee, rum-soaked currants, vanilla, oak, sour cherry, slight banana, candy and earthy wheat. Some alcohol on the nose. Flavor is powerfully full of fruity esters of raisins, sour cherry, and pomegranates. Deeply malty with caramel and honey. Vanilla and Oak hang in the background and there's a slight sourness to break up the sweetness. Bitterness is mild with slight spicy/peppery notes. Alcohol is noticible and warm. Body is medium-full, and carbonation is medium. Very excellent beer!

jabocu, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of TAMU99
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Grand Cru of the Emperor is brewed yearly in remembrance of Charles the Fifth.
It pours a deep, rich mahogany brown. Clear with a thick persistent foam. The scent is sweet with tones of caramel and candy. The taste is even more forceful. Again with caramel and candy. Aftertastes of toffee and praline. It is very smooth, as you'd expect a beer this sweet to be. It feels like a double or triple and at times is cloyingly sweet which at times detracts from it's drinkability. Overall, this is a masterful brew and definitely should be on the list of ones to try if you can get your hands on some.

TAMU99, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger head that recedes to long lasting surface skim, some decent lacing. Body is a hazy dark garnet. Looks quite beautiful.

Smell - horse blanket sourness, sour plums, sour cherries, raisins, malt bread, and medicinal alcohol. Mouthwatering sourness.

Taste - like the smell. Horse blanket, sour cherries, plums, raisins, malt bread, all washed down with spicy, and medicinal, but not harsh, alcohol. Very good.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, fluid, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is excellent ale, very complex and rewarding. High abv obviously limits sessionability. Enjoy with food.

ultralarry2006, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Viggo
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time on this one. Pours a hazy brown/ruby, big off white head, nice lacing, great retention. Smell is sweet, tons of toffee, alcohol, spices, yeasty, some banana, real strong. Taste is very sweet at first, big toffee and apples, alcohol, spices and banana. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, lots of heat, but a nice strong Belgian.

Viggo, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Sam's the bottles says 2005. Poured into a chalice a hazy dark brown with warm red high lights. The head rises to a nice thickness and then slowly dissipates to a point and lingers, leaving lacing all around. It smells predominantly of sweet malts, candied apples, or even the smell of a half eaten apple set out a while (which honestly is nice because the sugars come more forward) brown sugar, figs, caramel, bread and minor toasted notes. For me some of the fruit esters really come into their own and then fall back on old, but excellent standards. The taste is sweet with mildly bitter caramel notes, then some brown sugar onto a slightly carbonated taste of banana, apple bread. The drink finishes with a mellow cooked green apple flavor coupled with well-balanced raison and supportively helpful hops. The mouthful is nice on this one. Honestly the 11%abv was not present in the smell, but has come to full strength after the beverages was imbibed. This is a wickedly strong, yet tasty brew, totally Belgium and kick ass in a very pleasing way. Its like every sip evokes a history and intoxicates me all the more. There is no question that I will buy this again, its more do I buy one to show a friend or two so I always have one around for special occasions.

mmcave, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance - Pours a very murk dark orange/brown. The head is about one finger and somewhat soapy and tan at first. It quickly settles at a thin but very creamy light-tan head that leaves good lacing on the way down.

Smell - Rich dark ripe fruits, mainly fig and cherry. Some slight smokey character, and some peppery spiciness with just a hint of clove. A huge bread pudding-like malt character that acts as a foundation for the rest of the aroma. Some background sweetness of rich caramel and molasses. Slight warmnth on the nose from the alcohol.

Taste - Lots of ripe cherry and fig right away, with some moderate alcohol warmnth. Some earthy notes right away, though they are mild. Floral and herbal hops mixed with some caramel and candied fruit sweetness. Again a huge bready malt with more earthiness mixed in. The finish mellows from the fruits and transforms into a mild sweetness with a full and rich malt character which tasts slightly toasted (but only toward the finish). Alcohol warmnth all the way through, but mainly at the beginning of a taste.

Mouthfeel - Luxuriously smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Would have been a perfect mouthfeel (it really is heavenly), but the beer turns completely to foam toward the finish. Extremely smooth, though, and no unpleasantness at all from the carbonation.

Drinkability - Very strong flavors and at 11% ABV and noticeable, this beer takes a hit in this category.

A wonderfully full-flavored Belgian strong dark ale. The flavors are fantastic and complex, and it has a sublime mouthfeel. A must have!

dblinkhorn, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - 2003 Vintage - Thanks to AKSmokedPorter

Pours a murky chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is alive with sweet malt and dark fruits that meld with the Belgian yeasty and bready scent. A slight booziness is also present.

Oh man, this tastes fantastic. A wave of sweet malt and dark fruity flavors comes first, followed by a rather subdued yeasty breadiness. It finishes with more dark fruitiness and never really reveals the booze in the taste.

Full body, solid carbonation.

I think that a few years in the bottle really allowed this beer to some into it's own. I haven't yet reviewed a young sample, but the ones I have tried are not as smooth and complex. It's insanely drinkable for the ABV and just a stellar beer all around. If you have this one available to you, throw it in your cellar for a few years - it will certainly be worth the wait.

MaltyGoodness, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of BeerIsland
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge fan of the Belgians but this beer was enough to almost turn my head around. Had it on tap at Max's this week and I'm glad I did. It came out in a goblet without any head to speak of but had a deep, rich mahogany color that hinted of complex flavors yet to come. This is probably the best smelling beer I’ve ever had, lush and malty with toffee, plumy notes. It just wafted out of the glass. The taste was great, all kinds of malt, not sweet at all, jammy, pruney flavors and no real alcohol bite. It’s a sipper but why hurry? The mouth feel was extremely smooth and drinkability was right up there. Wow! I like these pleasant surprises. Truly a great beer and a once in a long while on tap availability.

BeerIsland, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a foil top glass bottle. 11.2 oz.

A- Rich, dark brown. Milky head that settles to a ring of tiny foam.

S- Smooth buttery, caramel, coffee, pecans.

T- Incredible. Sweet, like caramel with notes of coffee towards the end. Almost like a milk stout but much lighter and smooth. Sweet like pure cane sugar or maple syrup.

M- Sweet and luxurious. Leaves a slight residue as the simple sugars begin to break down on your tongue. Very little carbonation but so well balanced it doesn't need it.

D- Very sweet, but it would go great with something sweet and sour I think. This is luxury in a glass.

Rudgers73, Sep 26, 2006
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,495 ratings.