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

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Ratings: 1,642
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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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Ratings: 1,642 | Reviews: 855
Photo of Filosoof
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great great beer. An excentric style. There are dessert wines; this looks like a dessert beer. So powerful. It is very sweet, but functionally sweet.

L: need I say more? A great top, Deep dark.
S: this is a complete fruit garden and candy shop in one. Candy rock/stick. Orange, prunes, figes and many more.
T: in line with the smell; great combination with Stilton;
M: lovely.
O: top of the bill.

A bit too heavy and sweet to drink it very often, but great as a finish of a wonderful dinner.

Photo of zac16125
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9.4oz bottle, poured into a snifter
Jaargang 2010

A: Pours a dark mahogany almost cola colored brown, with 1 fingers width of light khaki colored head, which dissipates quickly down to almost nothing and leaves a small amount of patchy lacing.

S: Plums and red grapes with a noticeable alcohol presence. Almost has a red wine-esqu aroma at first. A hint of licorice and a nutty aroma, along with another fruity sweetness of the non-dark fruit variety that I can’t quite place. Complex aroma with lots of layers. Very inviting.

T: The first sip is sugary dark fruit sweetness and it is delicious. Tons of plum and fig right from the get go. An impressively high level of sweetness with an alcohol presence to balance it out. A caramel character becomes more prevalent as it warms, and there are intermittent hints of chocolate on the backend, but the majority of the drink is dominated by sugary ripe dark fruits. Perhaps just a touch too sweet, and the flavor profile isn’t as complex as the aroma, but really that’s just splitting hairs. This is a damn tasty beer.

M/D: Incredibly smooth and easy to drink, especially considering the heavy flavors and the high ABV. Moderate to heavy bodied, more so than other beers of the style I’ve had, but to me that’s a good thing. Warms the body quite nicely.

O: Overall, this is really quite a fantastic beer. I would say its significantly better than any other Belgium Strong Dark Ale I’ve had and that includes Chimay Blue and Rochefort 8. If the palate profile was a little more complex (some other characters to match that sugary dark fruit sweetness) it would be in my top handful of all-time favorite beers, but nonetheless, it is very good and definitely a must try for fans of Belgium ales.

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

2011 Vintage
A-dark brown with ruby highlights and a fingers worth of creamy head

S-rich malts, banana sweetness, and dark fruits

T-a really nice complex taste; super rich malts dominate with juicy dark fruits and a yeasty tanginess, and caramel, ABV spiciness comes out in the end but is still super smooth

M-full body, light carbonation, smooth and creamy

Overall another excellent beer from Het Anker, incredibly drinkable, complex, and smooth. Will continue looking out for more beers from Het Anker which is becoming one of my all time favorites

Photo of beeragent
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a bottle.

A - pours a deep brown, forming a fluffy off-white head. Medium spots of lace on the glass.

S- strong aroma of candied dark fruit with a noticeable alcohol presence as the beer warms.

T - Belgium candy sugar coats the palate, followed by a sweet plum/raisin taste with the caramel malt infused throughout the taste. Very complex!

M - heavy bodied and very smooth. Low carbonation with the taste remaining long after the swallow.

D - amazingly complex and full flavor. Body and aroma are everything you would expect from a Belgium beer. Definitely a beer to savor and sip.

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

Bought a 1 PINT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this from the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $15 and shared w/ Rosa from the Wolf. Poured from the caged&corked bottle with gold and blue highlights all over the bottle into a Golden Carolus Goblet w/ a golden rim and the bottle has a bottled on date of 02/03/11.

Aroma- Very complexed from the start. Has sweet and rich aromas from the beginning with tons of caramel and roasty notes. May just be me but almost the same aroma as a Double Brown Ale would be! Also, no alcohol aroma here and this is awesome that all the complexity of the brew covers this 11% strong ale up!

Appearance- Pours a 2+ finger of dark brown head that keeps around for a good time. Has a Reddish-Copper color body and has good clarity. Awesome lacing follows up this brew.

Flavor- Very sweet and malty from the beginning with the once again caramel taste. Has a medium bitterness at the finish and what a taste! Complexed and delicious.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High carbonation, A bit gritty(dig it), and a small amount of alcohol warming here. Leaves a nice caramel taste on the palate.

Overall Impression- For having a ton of Belgian Strong Darks lately (multiple Grand Crus), this one is highly recommended by me! Rich, Complexed, but even better has a gritty taste that makes you want more of it throughout each drink. Perfect brew to share with someone. I'm not sure if I would drink a whole 750ml by myself, unless I was only having 1-2 in a night.

Photo of tewaris
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers that I believe doesn't get enough press. Classy looking 750 ml cork & caged bottle (2009 vintage) poured into a snifter at approximately two and a half years of age.

Pours caramel brown with moderate clarity and a medium light brown head. Medium retention, good lacing. Smells dark and sweet from the Belgian candi sugar used I suppose. Dark fruits, prominently raisins, hint of figs, prunes and dried cherries. Touch of spice, and perhaps some oxidation.

The taste is decadent with a great balance of sweet and dark: very fruity (raisins, dates, figs), slightly chocolaty, with a moderately tannic finish very reminiscent of the said fruits. Very vinous, with some sherry like notes. The sweetness lingers.

The body is bigger than most Belgian ales, but still in the Belgian territory; the carbonation is alive and kickin'. As noted, there's a tannic note in finish but it's still sweet, and the beer damn smooth.

Overall, a very unique and great beer. Stands out from other Quads in its heightened sweetness and proximity to English Barleywines.

Appearance 4/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 4.5/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Overall 4.5/5

Photo of notchucknorris
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stone Brewery

A: Clear and very dark brown color with a thin tan head.

S: Huge raisin and raisin skin aroma along with an amazing aroma of freshly baked raisin bread.

T: Burnt raisins, brown sugar, brandy glazed fruitcake and baking spices. Mouthfeel is a little on the thick side, but this is an amazing beer.

Photo of wifehatesthebike
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost Porter like darkness with a touch of ruby when held up to the light. Creamy looking off white head.

S: Excellent. Smells like cinnamon raisin bread. Not sure what else to say here.

T: Juicy raisins. The sweetness lays on the mouth and lasts without becoming over bearing.

M: Very smooth, only a hint of carbonation. Covers the tongue with a blanket of fruit and breadiness.

O: Extremely enjoyable to drink. Fruit overpowers the malt backbone. This beer is a liquid dessert but not so sweet as to limit it's drinkability.

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

Deep ruby/burgundy brown, tan head with good lace, slightly bubbly/soapy, smells of cherries, plums, chocolate, alcohol, and yeast. Tastes amazing; a lot of banana, cherries, raisin, plum, a bit of alcohol and caramel. Very complex. Mouthfeel is perfect: on the fuller side of medium bodied, smooth and creamy with bubbly carbonation in the middle and a resinous finish...Just spectacular overall...Reminds me of Three Philosophers and Quad (weyerbacher) with a bit of Unibroue Terrible but is definitely it's own unique beer. Well-crafted, and will be an addition to the ever-expanding cellar.

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

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this at my cousin's birthday shindig on 8/7 -taken from notes. The 750 was poured chilled into a goblet.

The color is a deep brown color w/ beige crown, there are reddish hues visible when held to the light -the clarity is translucent bordering on opaque. The cap of beiges leaves streaks on the glass that cling as lace. The aroma is full and fruity with slight alcohol note and caramel on first whiff. The sweet candy-like dark fruit odor is dense with gentle hints of toffee and subtle belgian yeast which gives a slight spice accent w/ mild toasted nutty aroma with slight alcohol presence into the first sip. The feel is thick and viscous with plenty of residual sugar drenched texture with the malt sweetness dominating the feel somewhat and the light alcohol tinge with subtle woody texture and mild caramel creaminess.

The feel is less appealing than the taste which carries a nice spice flavor with gentle cinnamon and come cocoa from the malt which also provides a light biscuit element and a mild flavor of apple from the yeast with mild molasses tinges and slight grainy flavor with some dark sugar notes in the the later sips as it nears cellar temperature. The flavor becomes more alcoholic and spicy as it warms with some slight cedar elements and mild medicinal tinges which augment the deep molassess quality from the malt. I enjoyed this -it was certainly a nightcap beer for me -the intensity at 11% makes that seem a reasonable statement and it displays some of the abv in the flavor and aroma which detracts from an otherwise top quality quad.

Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a brownish red color in the light. The head was fluffy and light tan in color. The smell of the beer is slightly sweet, lots of Belgian yeast and dark malt aromas in this one. The taste of the beer gets better as it warms up, it had some really nice spices in there that mixed well with the malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and had a pretty good amount of carbonation to it. Overall it's a pretty good Belgian brew, not much to complain about here.

Photo of puboflyons
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this during Julio's Belgian Beer Festival on August 14, 2011. It pours a handsome looking dark amber to mahogany brown with red hues affixed to the side of the glass. The head is thin but long lasting. There is an enticing balance of sweet malts and a zing of hops on the nose. The body ends up at about medium to good. As for the taste think of smooth candied sweetness and a slightly harsher finish to remind you of what you have just experienced. Very drinkable in the end.

Photo of Moon2Goddess
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the 2009 at my Belgian tasting last night, and it was the star of the show. To those of you who are storing your 2009, I say it is at its prime right now!

Color: Like a golden maple syrup that has been heated and has started to thin and bubble.

Head: Soft tan, average linger time for this type of beer.

Aroma: Like going to my favorite candy and caramel corn store and smelling licorice nibs, milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, and roasted pecans dipped in maple sugar. In other words fantastic!

Texture: A divine coating on your tongue and the roof of your mouth, just the right amount of carbonation, chewy and delightful.

Flavor & Balance: The alcohol burn that is present in the 2010 is completely smooth in this one. The balance of flavors is superlative. Distinctive Belgian malt, rum, maple, caramel, vanilla, biscotti, milk chocolate, pecans, raisins, licorice...one delectable yummy after another!

Sustained Taste: Nice lingering of booze, maple, licorice and vanilla. Seriously, there is just no room for improvement.

Photo of sjccmd
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2007

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Small light tan head that fades quickly but leaves a nice lacing around the glass. Slightly sparkly.

The aroma begins with rich dark fruit. Sweet rum cake, brown sugar, molasses, dates, spicy yeast, rounded off with warming alcohol. As it warms the alcohol makes a bigger appearance.

The taste is very sweet up front. Raisins, dates, brown sugar. Finishes with a slightly roasted character and more raisins as well as warming alcohol. Lots of fruits going on along with cinnamon and clove.

The mouthfeel is nice and full. A decent amount of carbonation, not heavy nor fizzy. Coats the mouth.

Overall an excellent beer. I've had several vintages aged at various lengths. My favorite has been 2006, but aged for four years, the 2007 is also quite delectable.

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

Thanks for the taste. I dont remember whose bottle this was but tasted at Urbancaver's Saturday afternoon tastiing.

Pours a nice amber, maybe golden brown. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of inviting alcohol, raisins, plums, dark fruit.

Tastes nice and sweet. Raisins and dark fruit with a warm finish.

Despite being a 2008, this gives a nice rolling carbonation across the tongue although light in body.

Overall this has some nice, sweet flavors and quite an enjoyable taste. I keep going back to this between other tastes to sip on.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage
Thanks Carl!!

Pours a hazy brownish orange. A nice touch of yellowed head. Looks pretty decent. Smells heavily of raisin and plum. A nice touch of vanilla. Tastes boozy and sweet. Raisin and vanilla with a nice thick mouthfeel. Caramel and burnt sugars. Smooth and rich, well carbonated and very tasty.

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

Vintage 2010, consumed July 16, 2011.

750ml caged bottle purchased at Costco for about $7

Poured at 43 degrees into a Duvel Tulip glass which yielded a 1.5 inch beige head. Beer was dark caramel in color and the head held up for several minutes, slowly receding leaving good lacing all around.

The fragrances were of sweet malts, raisins, banana bread, warm caramel syrup.

The flavors were of sweet raisins, caramel, brown sugar, molasses. The bottle said something about erring on the side of sweetness - they definitely did that. It was sugary sweet with dark candied fruit flavors in abundance. I got some of the banana and date bread but didn't pick up any apple as the bottle and other reviewers claim.

It was complex on the sweet end of the spectrum.

The mouthfeel was silky, lingering sweet, desert-like finish. I found the 11% alcohol to be barely noticeable unless you interpret the sweetness as alcohol. There was no alcohol drying or boozy effects (like I got with the Leviathan Quad).

Overall, exceptional so long as you are in the mood for sweet.

Photo of schwaeh
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from 2010.

A: Pours a murky dark brown color, some specks of yeast and such. Minimal cream head and light carbonation.

S: Big alcohol in the smell. Lots of the usual dark fruits, figs, plums, raisins, cloves, and belgian yeast.

T: A very sugary sweet beer with lots of alcohol just as the nose hinted, or screamed. The predominant flavor characteristic is rum soaked raisins with some plum in the background. Has some spiciness with the light clove and belgian yeast. Complex and simple at the same time.

M: Heavy side of medium mouthfeel. Not much carbonation to speak of, kind of syrupy.

O: I like this beer for what it is; Its very solid for the style. I think I expected more from this from it's place on the top 100 and mentions of it all the time. It fell slightly short of my expectations but is still a solid BSDA. I'm positive I would enjoy this beer with a lot more time on it though, it is a very hot %11, it makes no efforts at hiding it. I want to grab another bottle and hide it to enjoy years from now.

Photo of rdilauro
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok, this one was extremely interesting. The pour was beautiful. A medium to full dark color, less than any stout or porter, but bold. The creamy yellow white frothy head stood on top for a good while.

I spent a long time just enjoying all the bouquets and various aromas in this brew. I could sense a lot of malt, a good amount of barley, and just a hint of hop. What I would expect out of a Belgian ale.

The first taste, the ale exploded inside my mouth filling every possible part of my tongue with different tastes and spices.
But honestly, none of them seemed to blend themselves in any type of harmony. Instead I felt a series of different tastes that really didnt match all that well

I tasted a bit of burnt caramel with some degree of sweetness, almost what I would see from an ale seasoned inside a bourbon or rum wooden cask.

I think my expectations, especially from the look and feel of the bottle, the initial pour and visualization, it just didn't meet up to what I was looking for.

I think this is part of what beer tasting is all about. There have been some brews that I have enjoyed more than you can imagine and can not wait to have it again, while there are some while others rave about its characteristics, it all becomes so subjective in the end

Photo of AgentMunky
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Vintage 2011.

A: The heads settles into a a finger of almost rocky, off-white foam. The beer is a pleasantly nutty brown that proves brilliantly wine-dark in direct light, with ruby glints. Scattered lace. Very pretty, but not exceptionally so.

S: Sugars and dark fruits. Plums are fresher and tarter than one might expect. Alcohol, if present, lurks in the background. The yeast has a banana feel to it.

T/M: Beer gods be praised! It doesn't get much better than this. Malty and round, subtly spiced in the manner of fresh red apples sprinkled with cinnamon. After a few more sips, it seems that the fresh apples are occasionally present, but more often the apples are stewed and canned -- more sweet than tart. Both are pleasing, and the interplay between them makes for interesting drinking. Alcohol is definitely present, but only adds to the general effect. Sweet, dessert-like, and magnificently dense. A carbonation enlivens the body and prevents any sort of cloying stickiness. An almost-dry yeast emerges on the aftertaste, a pleasing finale to a beer otherwise dominated by sweet fruits.

O: I feel comfortable placing the Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw in the top 1% of beer. I will be buying another, perhaps to age, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys anything but hop bombs. At $9.99, I consider it a steal. Go out of your way to acquire this beer. At 750mL, it's a sharer, so decide who your real friends are.

Notes: Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw is brewed on February 24th every year on the birthday of Charles V.

Photo of Meerkey
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1 finger of pale beige head. Rich, nutty raw umber. Dark and murky, gets lighter at edges.

S: Sweet, dark fruits -the bottle mentioned plums. Sugary, caramel. A little roasted. Some alcohol.

T: Dark fruits overwhelm. Followed by sugars, some faintly sour yeast and some apple and..cinnamon? Delicious.

M: A little carbonation. Sweet and heavy, smooth. Lingers heavily on the tongue.

O: Really good. This is all around tasty and wonderful. Quite drinkable, I think. But look out, it's 11%. Go have one.

Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark burgundy with a finger of head that disappears quickly.

S: Banana, assorted spices, red wine, cherries, and booze.

T: Very sweet, banana, cinnamon/spices, fig, and creaminess.

M: Sticky, bubbly, very warming.

O: Amazing brew. Got this on a recommendation from the guy at the liquor store, and I'm glad I asked. Will definitely buy this again.

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

Smells of lemon zest and fruit. Pours a rich mahogney hue. Smooth, balanced taste, like liquid fig/fruit cake. Rich in raisins, currants, and candied sugar that masks the alchol beautifully. Not heavy, not light, a sipper beer that goes down way too easily. Highly recommended; extremely palatable; very delectable.

Photo of AdamBear
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from a 2001 bottle.

A-dark brown with a reddish tint and a thin cream colored head

S-smells like whiskey with dark fruits and a woody goodness. extremely unique.

T-comes in with a good taste of plums, grapes, and whiskey. its a subtle but complex taste and is semi-sweet. the after-taste is very woody along with some plums. this is such a fantastic and unique beer.

M-low carbonation with a very dry finish

O-this is a great beer. i highly appreciate the uniqueness in this one. i rarely get a new belgian that really surprises me. i could this whole bottle and will be searching this one out.

Photo of drummermattie02
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Color is dark brown with an off-white head that disappeared quickly. Virtually no lacing.

Smell is very sweet and boozy, lots of caramel, banana, and spice -- maybe some fig/prune in there too. Taste is very similar, the yeast comes through a bit more here though and is pleasant.

A very good beer, although the feel was a bit thin, but not in a way that really detracted from overall enjoyment.

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