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

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)

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Ratings: 1364
Reviews: 819
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%


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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Rast

Maryland

4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle with cork blasted out rocket-style by fellow beer advocate, eastcoast153.

Appearance is near immaculate: deep ruby red with a dense light tan head. Lacy residue coats the glass interior over the course of consumption. Smell is fruity & delightful: prune notes over warm malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and creamy as all-get-out. Tastes royal: the prune and the malt play hopscotch across the courtyard of my tongue, like an emperor in waiting. Finishes as smooth as it began. Deceptively alcoholic. Please be sure to have a comrade to help you with the bottle. Who is Keizer Söze?

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 19:22:19 | More by Rast
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into tulip. bottled on 11/07/11. lot number 11059.

A: pretty murky chestnut hued body. head is combrised of tight bubbles that are more on the brown than white side. retention is great. TONS of lacing left behind. if the clarity was a little better it would have gotten the 5.

S: a little woody, super sweet. molasses. candied walnuts. caramel. pretty much every visit to the glass is making me think sugar. however, different sugary scents are much appreciated.

T: no glaring alcohol heat might be my favorite thing about this brew. tons of chewy, sweet candied fruit. that with some mild chocolate flavor makes for a lot of complexity on the palate. sweet without being cloying.

M: moderate amount of carb. you can tell there was some conditioning of the bottle variety. however, wouldn't have hated for a touch more fizz. full bodied.

D: do yourself a favor and let this thing warm up. I didn't even realize that this beer had a year plus on it when I picked it up from a Total Wine in VA. Glad it was tucked away on the bottom shelf and out of direct light. im would imagine it is not much different fresher, but I like it just like this. well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 13:40:07 | More by Jimmys
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glb3

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I didn't find a great deal of difference between this Belgian Strong Dark Ale and a top shelf Belgian Quad. I've had Westvleteren 12, and my 2011 Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) was not far behind. Both are great examples of the sweet candied fruit, high ABV, complex flavored, and finely crafted beers that Belgium is noted for. I've cellared some of my stash to drink in later years to see what changes occur. This was a beautiful thing to sip and savor from a snifter.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 21:23:16 | More by glb3
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark amber color with two fingers of extremely dense foam. Amazing retention. Even better lacing. It couldn't look better.

S: Strong prunes and raisins upfront in this beer - I get dried apricots behind it. Lots of orange bitters and light clove keep this beer from smelling too sweet. Actually extremely well balanced and fairly dry smelling for the style.

T: Prunes are still quite strong in this beer, but I get some caramel sweetness as well. The beer tastes sweeter than it smells. Orange bitters and cloves are still there to balance, but not nearly as strong as in the aroma. Aftertaste has some nutmeg and a bit of booze.

M: Medium thickness with fairly high, but very creamy carbonation.

O: Simply amazing. This is one of the most complex beers I've ever had, but it's so balanced. The taste is maybe a tad sweet, but I'm splitting hairs. An array of dark fruits, spice, a bit of caramel, what more do you want in a BSDA?

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 03:29:47 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Pulled from the fridge and allowed to warm. Served in an elegant Rochefort chalice.

The color is a plummy maroon brown, almost opaque. I got a nice thick crest of sepia head of about three-quarters of an inch. Thickness is evident in brushstroke lacing. Has a really finessed look to it. Marvelous, especially in this glass. However, I never really liked the label on this bottle.

Mouth-watering aromas of bruised grape, dried fig, sweet plum, raisin, fermented rice wine, phenolic yeast, rosewater alcohol, and thick brown bread. This is top-of-the-line complexity. So good, even the alcohol is something I want to sniff over and over again.

Sweet grape-y and plummy flavors with a spicy element in the finish that is so completing. Raisin and fig and prune, galore; with robust bready maltiness. Phenols are tempered and nearly earthy. It's the well-contained alcohol that makes that spiciness in the tailend. Sweetness follows in a masterful finish of dried fruits and the insinuation of plum sake. The best BSDA as far as I'm concerned. I'm completely wowed by this 2-year bottle and the improvements from an otherwise solid beer enjoyed fresh.

Not too heavy, yet not falteringly thin. Stoutly medium with a nice milkiness. Carbonation is perfectly maintained, pushing the mouthfeel outward gently. Nice balance.

Stellar stuff. Aged vs. fresh is no comparison, although, no need to mind snagging one off the shelf and cracking it open that night. It's still that good.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 03:13:39 | More by thecheapies
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. 1/2009 vintage. Light tan head, moderate retention on a hazy, murky greyish, tudor brown body. Aroma includes notes of vanilla, cherry, some alcohol still, fig, raisin, molasses. Taste follows suit, actually no alcohol noted on tasting and the syrupy/molasses dominates with some sherry and port notes added in. Amazing beer, highly drinkable with such a high abv. Extra layers of complexity added with the 4 years of age.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 05:21:20 | More by KickbacksSteve
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken a week ago from notes(Late January 2013)
*Vintage 2011*

330 ml brown Belgian style bottle with a stunning label design. It screams that whatever is inside is pure class. Poured into a Gouden Carolus abbey style goblet.

A - deep and dark amber with dark orangey brown hues. Maroon/dark purple character to the overall color. A semi cloudy opaque with semi clarity presenting a nice bubble effect. A fluffy tan head sits gracefully on top providing the walls of the glass with stickiness just before settling into a creamy ring of lace.

S - Rich dark fruits of plum, dried raisin, fig, and cherries followed by dark malt and hints of caramel, butterscotch, and bittersweet chocolate. A nice yeast aroma paired with a touch of bread and Belgian spice.

T - Flavor is stunning. Dark fruit, dates, plum, dried raisins, dark cherry, and banana. This flavor is big on sweetness, but the Small notes of bitter dark chocolate and roasted dark malt balance things out brilliantly. Slight hop flavors bring in some spice. Small notes of black pepper, cinnamon, and ginger are faint but noticed. This Belgian yeast flavor is top shelf and adds to the spice with a delicious lingering finish.

M - Big and rich bodied with a number of lively flavors in the mouth. Thickness is spot on for the style as it coats the mouth in a world class manner. Enjoyable and smooth despite the abv.

O - Het Anker and their Gouden Carolus brews are thoroughbred Belgian ales. This is the best of the best and is done in a traditional Belgian style. Its complex yet balanced flavors are truly stunning and it's beautifully colored body claims perfection. Perfection is a word that's boldly used in the craft beer world, but this Belgian gem just may be what perfection is all about. I'll buy this beer everytime I see it. I'm going to seek out the 2013 when it's released to try it fresh, but for now the 2011 that's been sitting awhile is out of this world good.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 14:53:08 | More by BradtheGreat7
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby red colour, thumb of head with decent retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Rich caramel, burnt sugar, dark fruit with plums and dried raisins, with a touch of leafy green notes on the finish.

T - The sweetness dominates with rich caramel, candied sugar, plums, hints of apricot and a touch of candied cherries. Finish is dominated by sweet candied sugar and a touch of sugared beets with a leafy finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of sticky syrop on the finish.

O - A tasty brew that loads the palette with sweetness, but is easily enjoyed without worry of overwhelming the palette. An incredibly tasty and easy drinking 11% brew that is dangerously easy to consume. Glad I was able to grab a bottle because it was well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 05:11:31 | More by andrenaline
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Infamous7100

Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, cloudy, near opaque. A nice finger width head. Great lacing.
S: all kinds of dark fruit, malt and sugar. I picking up raisins , plums and other vinious like qualities. A bit of bread and booze in the background as well.
T: follows the over nose quite well, which is impressive since its so complex. It is insanely sweet. The booze makes itself known at the end but is no match for the sweetness.
M: considering the high ABV, the body isn't overwhelming. Carbonation is surprising low to medium. A pleasantly sweet aftertaste that sticks around a while.
O: a very complex and interesting beer. As a Belgian Strong Dark, it has the qualities that make this style great, but perhaps it needs to be turned down a notch. It's cloyingly sweet, yet tasty. Give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 00:58:40 | More by Infamous7100
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KingSlayer

California

4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle cellared for 1 year.
pours a dark deep brown with oxidized red hue liquid, little to no light comes through, 3 finger light beige compact head forms, awesome retention and lacing.
nose composed of malt esters, dark fruits, pear, belgian yeasts, bread and alcohol.
palate is the same, alcohol present but really doesnt seem to be 11 abv, nice sweet start followed by the complex aromas and flavors, alcohol, spices and bit of hops finish rounds it up really well. dark fruit boozy aftertaste that mellows and blends overtime in the last part of the tongue.
velvety medium body nice carbonation.
very very nice BDSA, not too sweet, definitely packs a punch, tasty and complex, evolves well as reaching room temp. i will have it in any special occasion, its a sipper thou, took me a whole afternoon to finish the 750 ml.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 01:20:51 | More by KingSlayer
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WetCoaster

California

2/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I'm completely baffled by this beer. It looks beautiful; a lovely cola brown with a thick, slightly off-white head. Smells great, with strong plum and yeast ester notes. The mouthfeel was creamy and dense, if a bit undercarbonated. That's the good.

Then there's the taste. I'm familiar with Belgian ales and their peculiarities and eccentricities—I realize they're not all for everyone. But this was just… syrup. I can't recall ever having a beer that was this cloyingly, overpoweringly, nauseatingly sweet. There was no balance or nuance whatsoever; it was like, I don't know, a Myers and Dr. Pepper with five teaspoons of sugar? A Flanders Red and corn syrup cocktail?

I don't know if this was an off bottle, but my GOD was this awful. Huge disappointment; I can't imagine ever drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 16:36:13 | More by WetCoaster
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Yumeo

Italy

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty but not too havy for the alchool it have,I feel like drink and eat in the same time,a really good drink for this time of the year.I try this beer by mistake,late afternoon I grab a battled from the fridge I open it without look because my father was firsty,just afther I look the label sow the alchool and said not exatly the right beer for tea time,anyway we enjoy a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 17:42:25 | More by Yumeo
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StuporJew

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage, poured into DFH tulip.

A - Dark, Murky brown, with a 1 to 2 finger head, that recedes slowly, leaving behind tons of lacing. A good amount of bubbles suggest lively carbonation. Sweet...

S - Fruit. Lots of it. Figs mostly, but also hints of persimmon, plum, and even a little balsamic funk. ERMAGERD, this beer smells good!

T - The nose was right... Balsamic Vinegar right up front! (And I know that sounds strange, but if you've ever had GOOD balsamic, or a really funky sour ale, you know what I mean.) There is SO much going on in this beer, I could review it over and over, and never nail it all down!
There are some hints at bread pudding, fig (again), and even Bing cherry. Nice spice notes also, with little kisses of cinnamon and some nutmeg on the mid-palate. MY LORD, this beer is good.
Hello beer, goodbye Christmas cash from Grandma....

M - Velvety and smooth, with a level of carbonation that almost begs you to take another sip, almost not even detectable. Full and juicy to the max. Those fine folks in Belgium sure do make some FINE beer.

O - An all-around feast for the senses, although disappointing due to the fact that it is a once-a-year brew. I look forward to purchasing and aging at least 4 bottles of this, to see how it does at 6/12/18 and 24 months. Grab some when you can find it, friends... It's worth the money, for sure.

Cheers!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 03:13:14 | More by StuporJew
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dansmcd

Australia

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a thick muddy brown with a creamy head and splotchy lacing.

S - dark fruit, sweet raisin bread, chocolate, yeast, marshmellow. Sweet and complex.

T - thick full flavours of bread, brown sugar, berries, plum, raisin, yeast. Smooth and delicious.

M - full bodied with just enough carbonation, so smooth and silky, bursting with belgian goodness.

O - tremendous beer. Extremely drinkable at this abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 03:24:12 | More by dansmcd
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle (2011 vintage) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a one finger light cream color with nice texturing around the edge of the glass. Retention isn't that good, unfortunately, but lacing is attractive but sparse.

S: There's a strong aromatic bouquet of raspberries and chocolate, with underlying notes of cream, crisp pears, toffee, brown sugar, honey, and lavender. I really love inhaling this beer, there's so much here to take in and enjoy.

T: Sweetness explodes on the tongue right from the get go - chocolate and malted milk balls dominate the palate initially. It sounds like this will be hella sweet. Luckily, this features the hallmark of most great BSDAs, that being impressive balance to help tie together the great flavors. Some earthy, flowery hops will try to nudge into the flavor profile midway through, while the finish is (balanced) alcohol, honey and tart dark fruits. The complexity is something you can really chew through and analyze while remaining a delicate, subtle suggestion.

M: As a nitpick, this beer sits a bit too heavily on the palate. Otherwise, it's a silky smooth beer that's clean as a sheet, but with a great residual aftertaste. A little boozy, but nowhere near harsh on the palate. Not quite as carbonated as it seems initially - but maybe that's because I let it rest for about 15 minutes.

O: Wonderfully crafted yet immensely enjoyable. Right up there in the same conversation as Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus 12 in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 03:19:49 | More by ThisWangsChung
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage poured in to snifter.

A -Very dark ruby, almost opaque with one finger of light brown head.

S - Caramel, toffee, raisins, spice and hints of rum.

T - Sweet caramelized sugar, rum soaked raisins, sticky toffee, figs and spice. A really nice flavour profile.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 02:34:27 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Danny1217

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Pours dark brown with a sizable beige head. Nice retention and lacing.
Smells of dark fruits and brown sugar. A slight leather aroma.
Incredibly thick body. Getting tastes of dark fruits; cherries, plums, figs, and red grapes. Sweet brown sugar. Moderate carbonation.

A dark Belgian ale that holds up in size to the big quads like Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus Abt. 12. I wouldn't say I like it quite as much as those two beers, but it comes close enough and offers enough of a unique flavor that I will make Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw part of my rotation of dark Belgian ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 05:48:15 | More by Danny1217
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having a 2003 bottle oh my goodness the cork was aching to get out. At bottling was was at 10% ABV

A: Dark Belgian brow color that you can't see through but now the

Smell: aroma is AMAZING!!! Fruity and floral more complex than traditional Belgian beers

Taste: incredibly smooth for how old this beer is. Nice notes of caramel, toasted malts, and fruit. Really got a lot of dark fruits flavors mixed in with mild bitterness complex of a pungent Belgian quad.

Mouthfeel: wet

Overall: all around great Belgian beer. Verdict A+

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 19:31:10 | More by King_KongDCO93
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow I wish I picked up more then one bottle of this. Pours a dark reddish brown with good head. Tastes on the sweet side, with dark fruits and brown sugar coming through. Incredibly easy to drink for being 11% alcohol. I was really suprised by that, no burn what so ever. This is one of the better belgian strong dark ales I have had in awhile. Delicious stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 03:22:39 | More by WeedKing4
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To celebrate the birthday of Richard the Fifth. 2012 release.

Dark ruby pour, sight brown hue. Two finger creamy light tan head with loads of lacing.

Dark stone fruits, brown sugar, candied sugar, vanilla with a slight wine quality.

Brown sugar, slight coffee, toast, candy sugar and super stone fruits. This has a red wine quality and finishes very sweet, almost too sweet.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky on the lips.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 21:38:22 | More by korguy123
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5 Litre bottle: 2011 version. Shared at home with the wife, daughter and son-in-law during a random tasting night on 23 Nov 2012.

Every had Dandelion and Burdock? This reminded me of that old staple from my youth: more body and less fizz than the old pop bottles but still very simular in smell, taste and look.

Demerara sugar and raisins also came to mind in this fairly sweet yet very drinkable brew. The alcohol is detectable but it adds to the enjoyment rather than hindering as some weaker/watery beers often suffer with because their flavours are not strong enough: these flavours certainly are hefty enough to take the alcohol and help it to enhance the brew.

I had the lions share of the bottle and knew I'd had enough when I stopped drinking and started making my notes: just about readable!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 16:04:23 | More by BlackHaddock
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown with ruby highlights, cap of off white head, lots of lace here as well. Smell is full of dark bread and fruit, plum, raisin, bruised banana, lots of sweet caramels and dark sugars, some yeasty notes in here as well. Taste is full of dark bread and brown sugars, dark fruits, plum, raisin, dark berry and jam like, a bit of yeast, fairly sweet darker sugars, just a small hint of alcohol. Light-med carbonation, full bodied with a creamy smooth feel. Solid stuff here, alcohol goes largely undetected, good stuff that will get better with age, perhaps a bit too sweet to tackle a full bottle alone again though.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 14:58:27 | More by peensteen
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from the LCBO, for about 8 bucks. I've liked pretty much everything I've had from Het Anker, so I have high expectations for this one.

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Dark chestnut brown, with a bit of ruby highlights. Half inch of foam, good lacing patches, nice retention.

Nose is tart and fruity, with banana, grape, plum, blackberry jam, Belgian yeast and spices.

Really enjoyable dark ale with lots going on. Very fruity, with a mixed back of darker fruits (grape, raisin, fig, blackberry, currant), a bit of banana, light on the yeasty funk, good sweetness, but with a tart puckery finish. Very port-like.

A bit syrupy, carbonation is low, but I've been digging lower carbonated brews recently, so this works for me.

Very nice strong ale, will certainly get again. Lots of complexity, good flavours. Nice evening sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:12:05 | More by JohnnyBarman
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warrenout330

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle

A- pours a deep mahogany color brown... Ruby highligths to the light... off white head... dissolves to a thin cap over the beer ... moderate to minimal lacing

S- dark candies sugars, caramelized raisins and figs.... sweet bready malts... muskat grapes for overly sweetness

T- we'll pronounced dark sugars, burnt caramelized raisins.. dried figs, earthy suagry malt...

M- sweet sugary candy.... thick oily body... decent carbonation for a sugary beer

O- damn good... up there with the trappiest quads

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 03:36:47 | More by warrenout330
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 8$

Appearance - Dark brownish copper colour with an above average size fizzy and frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, banana, and some caramel. There is also a lot of ripe dark fruit flavour and a bit of leather and a hint of chocolate/vanilla. It ends with a dark fruit and banana aftertaste with a bit of a lingering spiciness.

Overall - Quite the beer.. the scent is pretty basic for a belgian dark, but the flavour is very complex. I can pick up on the booze a bit but this is a 2012 so some age would help with that I'm sure. Every beer from this brewer is a winner in my books.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 01:30:53 | More by spinrsx
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,364 ratings.