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

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Ratings: 1,634
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
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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 auxiliary
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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

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.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of bigbelcher
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of hellcatsjg
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of robbyc1
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of philipquarles
4.27/5  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.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.43/5  rDev +3%
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!

Photo of MSchae1017
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Allagashkegger
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of julian
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Photo of dauss
4.17/5  rDev -3%
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%.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
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!

Photo of mhewes
4.37/5  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.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.32/5  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.

Photo of Vancer
4.42/5  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.

Photo of bilyboy65
4.82/5  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.

Photo of Edmund
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Tilley4
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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!!

Photo of josiahschlender
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of atigerlife
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of hops4me
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,634 ratings.