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

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Ratings: 1,587
Reviews: 839
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002)
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Photo of asabreed
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and Caged bottle into a Duvel pint glass. This is my goodbye to Carytown Wine and Beer in Richmond, which is now closed. I got this in the final week they were doing liquidation, in the back, in a cooler. It was a great place, and will be sorely missed.

Appearance: A deep dark amber, and since this glass had been in the cabinet and needed a wash, I gave it one. And the head seemed to billow nicely but then died down immediately. I used mainly hot water, but there's probably a lot that got in here. The taste and smell haven't undergone huge changes, but I imagine that's the reason for what presented itself. Still, the color's amazing, and there's still some nice lacing going on to boot.

Smell: Huge presence of candied raisins, vanilla, and ripe cherries, apples, banana cream, wood bark and earth, biscuit and dough yeast, with a slight hop citrus presence. So much going on here, with more each pour, swirl, and degree of warmth.

Taste: The presence of candied raisins again comes through the most, with a rich fruit backbone of tart cherries, ripe berries, minimal citrus twang, rich apples, and lemon grass. Along with some visceral earth, slight barnyard, and tree bark, mild bread crust and dough. The finish is wonderfully long, with a burst of alcohol, followed by mild tartness, rich strawberry, and citrus rind, backed by yeast and candi sugar. Just incredible.

Mouthfeel: This is a very rich brew, and that means carbonation levels are fairly minimal, which in this case means great things. More so and the flavors would be hidden. Some might find it cloying, but I think it's where it needs to be, extremely coating and heavy, and taken in small sips and enjoyed over a period of time that works perfectly.

Drinkability: A brew that I imagine could certainly be cellared for a long, long time. It was around $8 for the bottle, which is good considering how long it took me to drink it by myself, as this is certainly a sipper. The Gouden Carolus Trippel is one of my favorites, and this ranks up there with it. Huge complexity, tons of flavors, and continually changes and grows as it gets warmer. I have another bottle cellaring, and I hope I can wait at least a few years until it gets cracked open. A fantastic brew overall -- pick it up if you can.

Photo of drseamus
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark mahogany body with a thick off white head. There is a bunch of visible carbonation rising from the glass.

S: Dark fruits like raisins dominate. The malt provides a very rich caramel aroma with a good amount of sweetness.

T: Very good flavor even if it is a bit on the sweet side for me. Incredibly smooth throughout the entire sip. Great raisiny caramely flavor. It finishes very nicely.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with good carbonation.

D: Pretty damn good beer all around. A bit high in the ABV for drinking too much.

Photo of Overlord
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I say goddamn! This is a sparkling gem of a beer. Better work on your beer muscles, though, as this is overpowering in aroma, taste, and alcohol content.

Pours a sardonyx, carnelian laced brown with little to no head, just some bubbling and a slight rim of white foam.

The smell, and taste, are aggressively sweet and boozy. Almost more in common with port than your standard macrolager. Gigantic banana flavors, spices, sweet caramel malt, some sort of candi/molasses background, and maybe some figs or prunes mixed in. Unbelievably potent on your tastebuds and nose.

Truly marvelous. I do wish, however, that the mouthfeel was a tad bit thicker. But, a small quibble, overall.

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is some good stuff. Vintage 2007 750ml corked bottle.

Dark mahogany with deep ruby tints. Thick and full head with beautifull retention and lacing.

Sweet fruits and dark malts. Belgian yeast, citrus, candy, and some alcohol.

A wonderfull malt and sugar profile controlled by sharp yeast strains and a tart citrus flavor.

Full and buttery smooth feel. Very well carbonated.

Good, but a bit of a sipper at warm temperatures.

Photo of BMoney575
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 1-25-08
Bottled on 2-24-06

Pours a foamy translucent brown, with glass-covering off white lacing. Little bubbles rise from the bottom to the surface.

Smell is very sweet, caramel, lots of chocolate and a little cinnamon, with dark fruit buried beneath. No real alcohol smell, and surprisingly non-Belgian.

Taste is very tart and fruity. Not like the smell, much more subtle, and a bit more boring. A pleasant floral flavor comes in next, leaving a hoppy balance near the end.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, not too thick.

Drinkability is very good, considering the abv.

Overall, a standard strong dark ale. Good, but I've had much better.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time I had it was on bottle at Lakes Brew Festival. Bought a new bottle so my notes would be more accurate.

Pours dark, ruby hues on the edges when held up to the light, good head and retention.

Smell is an assortment of goodies, some fruitiness to it coupled with chocolate and caramel and other spices.

Taste is very close to the smell department, with lots going on from the dark fruits to the malt to all the various spices intermingling with each other. Carbonation was a bit low but it worked for this, although I couldn't see myself drinking too much of this beer, the complex tastes would be too overwhelming.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful reddish-brown appearance with a perfect head. Fabulous Brussel's Lace forms as I contemplatively sip on one of my favorite beers in the world.

A wonderful fresh made caramel smell wafts from the glass. Notes of raisin and plum combined with dark chocolate to counter the slightly boozy nose.

Taste is otherworldly. The caramel smell is delivered in the taste as is sultana raisins, creme-brulle, crushed grapes and slight notes of port.

Mouthfeel is tremendous. A well-balanced weight that is perfect for this big, bold brew.

This is the perfect night cap beer. Sweet with a perfectly balanced vinous quality. Alcohol is definitely present but adds to the complexity.

The Emperor can reign over me anytime. A perfect substitute for a late bottled vintage port.

Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage.

Appearance - Dark chestnut brown, nearly black. Pours with half an inch of tan-colored head, which quickly disappears. A small amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Smell - Fruity esters, caramel, toasted nuts, chocolate, port, raisins and subtle spices. A bold aroma that increases in complexity as the beer warms.

Taste - Rich caramel flavors followed by notes of dried fruit, bittersweet chocolate, toasted almonds and spices. The finish is fairly mild and clean on the palate, with no strong aftertaste and only a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - A very full mouthfeel. Not as carbonated as I was expecting, but it works to the beer's advantage as it really brings out the many layered flavors.

Notes - This beer has a port-like quality that makes it very unique to me. Excellent stuff.

Photo of Shaw
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, only allowing light through around the edges. It doesn't have much of a head, just a thin ring of foam.

The smell: Wow! It's so complex. Rum mixed with raisins and grapes and sugar plus a whole lot more I can't identify.

The rum aromas carry over to the taste. This is a complex beer with lots of dried fruit notes mixed with malt sweetness and a nice warmth from the alcohol. Plus flavors of dark candy sugar.

The body is slick and substantial. It has chewy qualities but that's balanced by glassy alcohol qualities.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Especially considering its price. Highly recommended and well worth seeking out.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a deep dark brown with hints of ruby red around the edges when held to light. Head is a even tan fuzzy foam with very nice retention. The nose you actually pick up as you open the bottle but once you pour it into the glass, wow! This is a hugely fragrence loaded bomb that is almost overtaking. Notes of Belgian waffles, ripe bananas, vanilla, and soft zesty spice. inters the mouth with silky sweetness and a real mouth filling doughy spicey richness. hints of buttered rum, and earthy vanilla grace the tongue. Mouthfeel is long and sticky thick from the sweetness. A wonderfully big beer. Sweetness is maybe a little to much, and slightly hampers the drinkability.

Photo of jwc215
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cage-corked bottle - Bottled on February 24, 2007 - Poured into glass chalice:

Pours deep brown with ruby highlights. A creamy tan head tops it off. It slowly descends and stays around. Awesome head retention for abv level. Some rings of frothy lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of dark fruits - raisins and plums with dark cherries peeking through. Vanilla and chocolate intermingle. Spicy, earthy notes add to deep complexity.

The taste is of dark fruits that take turns coming through with dark cherries - super-complex fruitiness. Vanilla and vinuous notes weave in and out. Peppery spiciness fades in at out making this at times sweetish, at times spicy. Chocolatish maltiness becomes caramelish and toffeeish as it progresses. The flavors are incredibly layered, and converge so nicely. It is almost like reading a book. The f./lavors are delicate and complex, yet bold and lingering...Amazing - a work of art.

The feel is full and lush. Carbonation level is perfect. Long finish that is at once sweetish and spicy dryish.

Wow - what a treat. So smooth for abv level. The alcohol integrates itself so well that it is deceiving - very drinkable for abv level.
And the beer gods rejoice...

Thanks to Wasatch for the recommendation! One of the best beers I've had to date...

Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours a dark red/brown umber with a full white/tan head with good retention and good lacing.

S: Was actually not getting much until the beer warmed up, nice fruit and molasses, sugary malt.

T: Very tasty, I've only had this beer once before, but it is a great tasting BSDA. Great taste of dark fruit, raisin and prune, molasses and rum/brandy, very fruity and sweet, but not cloying at all, just a delicious, full beverage.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, good carbonation, though I would have liked a little richer mouthfeel.

D: This is one of the standards for this style, I think Charles V would be proud, a really good ale.

Photo of jeremytroy
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark maroonish red. An average sized off-white head dies down momentarily to a smaller head which stays around for a bit longer. Adequate lacing is left.

S - Lightly fruity and bitter. Not overwhelming, but complementary to the flavor. Something in the scent, especially after the lacing has faded, reminds me of cognac.

T - Dark and subtly fruity on the intake, slight bitterness and yeasty flavor in the swallow.

M - Thick and free from the carbonated feeling often associated with ales. Slight resistance in the swallow accompanying the bitter flavor.

Photo of Wasatch
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 Vintage
750ml
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a brown/mahongy color, very nice carbonation (POP upon opening), nice creamy off-white head, nice creamy sticky lacing and small islands abound. The nose is malty, yeasty, lots of dark fruits, and caramel. The taste is absolutly delicious, sweet, malty, slight yeast tones, figs, raisins, plums, caramel. Nice little chewiness, smooth as hell, alcohol is hidden pretty well, nice warming effect. Full body, complex brew. Very drinkable, AWESOME brew, highly recommended.

Photo of brdc
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large, corked and caged bottle, poured into a goblet.

Very dark reddish brown, although the ambient light is not the best, covered by a luscious fluffy tan head, and as you pour it, the rich aroma hit you like a train. Candy sugar, bubblegum, bananas (!?) and multiple other fruits including raisins, toffee and caramel.
Full bodied and creamy, with a light carbonation that just adds to the incredible mouthfeel, it is sugary, malty, toffee (mostly) and caramel, it has bublegum notes, fruity overtones (and bananas again ?!), yeasty hints and a spiciness coming and going on the background, particularly as it warms up, balancing it nicely. Eventually, even some herbal notes come in, and the finish is a bit drier than expected for all the sugary and malty notes.

Very, very impressive.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 750 picked up at Erickson's Fine Wines for $9.50 .... shared with Brenda ... mine poured into a Kasteel tulip .. chilling on my Friday, listening to Cowboy Junkies Live at the BBC.

Nice lite tan head that drops to a good collar and substantial lacing... Deep chesnut brew with beautiful dark ruby highlites when held to the light.

Aroma is deceptively complex .. alot of well hidden spice with brandy mascerated dark fruits... plums.. raisins.. figs.. and dark caramel.. smell is not as sweet as expected.

Flavor is amazing.. hugely complex profile.. a touch more spicy than the nose led me to believe. Tawny port notes without nearly as much booze... alcohol is there but only the tie that binds all these great spicy fruits together. Big plum and swelled prunes ... dried sweet cherries and a very present sweet cigar characteristic. Fairly thick viscosit.. with the perfect amount of carbonation.

I love this beer and always have access to it, but judging by notes, this only the 2nd time I've take the time to enjoy it... count on it (I am a label whore and am taken by shiny wrappings)... I will buy more, possibly many more.. and hopefully will be able to restrain myself to actually cellar some.

This is the type quality, that I will pull out of the cellar and give to some of my more micro-novice buddies and coworkers and proudly exclaim "This is what beer CAN taste like."

Photo of calsbeek
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml into a large bowled red wine glass.
Small tan had that dissipated after about a minute.
sharp carbonation gives a prickly mouth feel, effervescent.
Rich and complex flavors of dark fruit, caramel, raisins, fig with moderate chocolate undertones. Multidimensional to say the least.

A very nice example of the style reminiscent of Westvleteren 12.

Photo of Bookseeb
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jaargang 2006, Appearance is a murkey brown with a thin off white head. Smell is soft with dark fruits, caramel and belgian yeast. Taste has a creamy richness to it that masks the alchohol quite well considering the ABV. Mouthfeel is creamy medium+ that goes down smooth with a slight bite of carbonation, making it one of the better belgian strong ales that I have tried.

Photo of StoutPiper
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't say this is my favorite beer, because (depending on what mood I'm in) I could feel a good Imperial stout is the best, and another day i crave a good hoppy IPA. But, if you want a belgian ale, this is the best beer I have ever had the pleasure of tasting.

I've only had it once, and i can't find it again, i got it somewhere in NJ, but it was an amazing experience. The beer poured a dark brown, with a respectable head, and lacing you would expect from a perfect belgian ale. the smell fits the beer, strong, spicy, nutty, cinnamon-y, it was a true experience.

The taste followed suit. It was borderline quadrupel, because it was such a bold taste, but i got everything from cherries to almonds out of it, the taste varying from sip to sip.

If i could find this beer again, i would buy several cases and drink it almost exclusively. Again, i cannot emphasize enough how much i enjoyed this beer. Worth a try or seven!

Photo of yinzer
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle, Vintage 2000, $9 somewhere in MD in 2006

appearance: deep mahogany, some particles in suspension, small head

smell: brown sugar, sweet malt

taste: pure liquid pleasure, cherries, brown sugar (but not as sweet as fresh), slight oxidized finish.

mouthfeel: a bit dusty on the finish, still full for it's age

drinkability: wish I had more of this year

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into my new Duvel snifter.

A: Pours a murkey orange and brownish black with a one and a half inch tightly packed and constantly bubbly sandy brown head. The head dissipears into a ring in a mintue or two with a bit of lace on the glass.

S: Cherries dipped in carmel molasses and brown sugar with a yeasty funk undertone but not so much as to disturb the wonderfully indulgent fruit and sugar aromas.

T/MF: Carmel and brown sugar opening with that same cherry flavor in the middle but much more decadent this time as it tastes as if the cherries were dipped in brandy. The beer feels a bit viscous on the tongue, a bit greasy with a smooth finish aside from a bit of dusty yeast texture and a nice alcoholic heat that gives the lingering sensation of molasses on the tongue. The malt bitterness is low with the roof of the mouth left relativly unscathed with a mildly bitter hop presence that only tingles the back of the tongue.

D: Not a beer for a summer day that is for sure, an interesting beer to try and not bad at all, just very sweet and rich so it would be a good idea to share this bottle or buy a smaller one for personal use.

Photo of batlash
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I generally shy away from large bottles when trying something new, but took a chance on this (and found myself glad for doing so).

As soon as I popped the cork I caught the aroma of sweet, dark fruits and maybe even a hint of maple. A very rich air about this one. It pours a dark, reddish-brown with a modest head.

The taste is exactly what the aroma promises: lots of sweet malts and sugars with just enough hop presence to temper, but not obscure the sweetness. There's a slight hint of the 11% abv, but it's tantalizing, just enough to add warmth, but not overwhelm. The carbonation is just about right with just enough fizz to keep this from spilling over into barleywine territory. It's definitely rubs shoulders with the best Trappist and Trappist-style ales, but it reminds me in some ways of some of the English Harvest ales such as J.W. Lee's without the Port-like density.

This is an incredibly easy beer to drink (especially considering its strength) and a new favorite.

Photo of Onibubba
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Christmas Eve beer. Poured a very dark brown, reddish hues when held to the light. Very little head, even with an aggressive pour. What there was, was white and left some lacing. Potent aromas let me know that I am in for a pleasant evening. Sweet berries, figs, sugar and spice vie for my attention. No auslese wafts of alcohol getting in the way either. Very nice. These aromas are less evident in the taste. What is quite strong though is the overwhelming sweetness of this beer. Surprisingly, this is not a cloying sweetness, but fades rather quickly, leaving you ready for the next sip. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but does not detract. Drinkability is quite high considering the sweetness and the alcohol level. Wonderful stuff for a special occasion. One of the best sweet beers I have had the pleasure of drinking.

Photo of cmmprez
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grand Cru of the Emperor '06
I don't like giving beers glowing reports, but this one deserves it.

Appearance - Dark, ruby hue. Light lacing. Dirty white head. Pretty straightforward..

Smell - Berry nose, inviting malt, candy sugar. Strong mouth watering aroma.

Taste - Sweet taste that crescendos across tongue. Aftertaste dries and fades nicely. It begs for another sip. Right up there with your very best Trappists.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Not sticky but doesn't need to be as the flavor is there. Gets you in the back of the throat with that Abbey Ale flavor (like tea spice).

Overall - A great beer. In league with Rochefort 10 and Westmalle Dubbel.

Photo of sabrills70
3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml corked and caged bottle with 2006 printed on the neck label. Poured a medium slightly hazy brown with a 1 finger head, OK longevity and lace. Aromas of candi sugar, sherry, dried fruits and somewhat yeasty and bready. The alcohol really comes through upon tasting. Its sweeter that I expected. Lots of sherry and dried fruit flavors but not as rich as is needed to tone down the 10% abv. If this beer was about 6 or 7% it would be awesome, but the alcohol is just too potent. It's going to be tough to down this 750 myself.

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,587 ratings.