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

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96
world-class

1,436 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 177
Gots: 191 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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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)
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer!

The aroma, as described by others, has malty and spicy undertones. I drink this very slowly, and enjoyed sniffing it between sips. It's the Gingerbread House of beers in scent.

The flavor is that nice molasses and malt, but the yeast/alcohol smacks it into shape to keep the palate clean upon every sip. The predominant flavor is a mild butterscotch with the base of a good stout. Very smooth and filling, like a big juicy burger.

I had one bad bottle (which was still better than most), but it was stored sideways for a few weeks before opening, and I'm sure that was the problem. I've had several bottles, and they've keep very well. In fact I have one 2007 that I don't plan on opening for a long time.

Dark beer loathers, and pilsner quaffers need not apply! This is exactly the antithesis of lighter beers, in my opinion.

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05-08-2008 23:18:52 | More by reignsong
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been following this beer for a few years. It's very consistant year-to-year and just wonderful.

They brew it just once a year, on February 24th and invite the public to help ... just show up at 8 AM with a cup of coffee and they'll put you to work! Very cool.

If you enjoy a stong, flavorful, dark beer ... this will take you all the way there.

Enjoy.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note: 2003 vintage consumed 6/15/05

A rich, burgundy brown hued brew with a soft, sticky beige head that lasts forever and lovingly coats the glass. Smell is very sweet; candy sugar and buttery malts, cotton candy springs to mind. I just couldn't get enough of the aroma, I stuck my face in the chalice and breathed deeply for the better part of half an hour. It has a beautiful estery, vinous quality which fades to rich sweetness and hints of lush dark fruits. Amazing. If it tastes like it smells I'm afraid I'll weep. Nothing for it but to part lips and pour... sweet mercy, it does! Holding back sobs of joy I enjoy the soft vinous character, the ripe apples and cherries. The buttery malts and candy sugar are toned down a bit compared to the nose but still very flavorful. The finish is very winey and has a perfect alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel is perfect as well, thick and substantial with some soft carbonation tickle. Just right.

I have never reviewed a beer as a perfect 5 before, and I do so with some trepidation. How can a beer be perfect? Can it not be improved upon? Questions that I don't take lightly. The only answer I can come up with is that this is simply the best beer I've ever had. Every aspect was perfect in my mind: sweetness, fruityness well blended alcohol, etc. This is the standard to which I'll hold all Quads and Belgian Strong Darks to. The bar is set.

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,436 ratings.