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

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Ratings: 1,590
Reviews: 840
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 MuenchenerKindl
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big C&C bottle to a snifter the liquid is dark caramel, cloudy and has very good carbonation. The head is tan very thick and leaves some nice lace.

The smell is alcohol poured over caramel, a very nice treat.

The taste is very good lost of caramel, sweet sugars, and alcohol. Very yummy.

The mouthfeel is thicker then medium almost syrupy, and the carbonation is very good.

The drinkability is very good a very well done brew some thing I way try to cellar. Prosit, MK

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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 ritzkiss
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 corked and caged, 2008 vintage, shared courtesy of Bobsy - thanks for bringing this gem over! Pours a murky purple-brown with a finger of eggshell head which dies down fairly quickly.

Initial burst of bready malt which scares me a bit but settles down to a smooth, complex brew worthy of a Top 100 spot. Rich raisiny fruit, hints of orange, cloves, caramel malt, cocoa powder, figs, hint of nuttiness, almost a hint of port. Ridiculously smooth drinking, light carb, not hint of alcohol aside from a slight warming as you progress. A sipper but only because you want to take it all in, I could probably guzzle it if need be.

Perhaps not as rich or complex as a few other examples I've tried but those few would be hard pressed to match the smooth drinkability of this one - well put together, everything blends seamlessly.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From corked and caged 750 to Ommegang chalice...

Only a subtle "poof" as the cork comes off. Don't fret, as there's ample carbonation from the deep bourbon barrel-colored body rising to a 2-finger, ginger-colored bready head that is thick, dense and lumpy. Awesome.

Beautiful scent of apple and pear esters are first wave. With warmth, more banana, yeast and malt emerge. Bountiful and beautiful.

Silky, sweet, thick malt presence with well-balanced esters of banana, pear and apple. Carbonation blends in Beautiful Chemistry with yeast, copious amounts of malt and mild ginger, clove and cinnamon. Malt and spice emerge even more profoundly with warmth.

The power of this offering rests in a full, deep finish. Carbonation provides tingle as a counterweight to cut the fat. Stellar effort.

Complex with balance in abundance. This is immense and a pleasure. Sip and savor.

Photo of Danny1217
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | 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.

Photo of joaombj
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

This beer pours a dark mahogany color. The head is a billowy three inches in height, and recedes very slowly into a thick cap of lacing that lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of anise, dates, caramel, and a soft candy sweetness. The taste is well rounded. Largely sweet, with enough spices to make things interesting, and a slight alcohol presents in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a silky texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very good Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I will certainly drink this again.

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

Had it on tap @ beachwood BBQ. Good head, swirls nicely releasing aroma of raisin and brown sugar. Lighter bodied than I imagined it would be. Dark, good head, slightly carbonated. Better as it warms up, the tastes of fruits, possibly citrus and sugars really come out.

Tasty, but not a session beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sticker on neck of bottle indicates 2009 vintage.

Pours a clear root beer color with a 1/2 inch tan head that fades to an oily film. Broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is awesome with sweet biscuit-like malt, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, and alcohol aromas. Taste is exactly like the smell with a very sweet and rich set of complex flavors. This beer has a good carbonation level with a crisp and slightly prickly mouthfeel. The alcohol hits the back of the throat with each sip and creates a warming on the drink down. Overall, this is a very good beer with awesome dark fruit/molasses flavors.

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

2010 Vintage.

Grand Cru of the Emperor has a dark brown body with ruby highlights. The tan colored head is fairly solid looking, and it manages nice retention and lacing.

The yeast provides a pretty spicy nose, with hints of fruit also. The malt has a lot going on, adding caramel, molasses, a hint of cocoa and a bit of tobacco.

Grand Cru of the Emperor smelled pretty good, but it tastes even better. There is a lot going on in the flavor department, but it is all balanced pretty well. The flavor remains fairly spicy as the nose portends, but less than I would have expected. I think this a good thing, because the medicinal qualities of the nose were too powerful for my tastes. A good bit of fruit flavor comes through in the form of a port-like grape flavor, a bit of banana and some dates. The malt profile is fantastically varied in and of itself, with all kinds of molasses, caramel, toasted flavors, cocoa and tobacco. The finish shows off just enough alcohol to provide a bit of warming, which was just enough to be pleasant without being hot.

The mouthfeel is great, but tough to describe. Although the body isn't full (more medium), the beer is substantial and smooth on the tongue; I guess this should lead me to think that the carbonation has been expertly crafted.

I've been passing this beer by at local stores for years. I finally decided to grab one, and I am sure it will not be years until I buy another. Complex, balanced, and strong without being unpleasant, this beer is a classic.

Photo of delta490
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated Nov. 21, 2013, pours a deep brown with a short-lived beige head. Light soapy lacing. The aroma has hints of dark fruit, caramel and spice. The taste is nothing short of spectacular. The aroma, plus vanilla and a delicious sweetness. Incredibly smooth body. This is a world-class Belgian beer.

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

Clear, deep chestnut with a strong reddish hue when held to the light. It poured with a modest cap of light tan foam that left a solid sheet of bubbles on the glass as it subsided. Subsequent sips yielded plentiful streaky lacing, right to the end of the glass. Sweet, boozy aroma with lots of plum and figs. Notes of caramel and bread crust were also evident, along with brown sugar and plump raisins. Toffee and honey sweetness hit my palate right away, evening out into a more fruity middle with prunes and plums taking over. A little spicy as well, but very subdued. Bready towards the end, it finished with lingering earthy raisins, caramel and soft alcohol. Medium to full bodied, the carbonation was well integrated and supported the near syrupy texture. Significant alcohol warmth, particularly in the finish, with some creaminess. Very tasty and highly recommended. I really liked the way the flavours balanced each other without the need for much bitterness. It went down very smooth, even with the high alcohol, so watch out!

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle of 2007 vintage into a snifter.

Appears a dark brown, ruby when held up to some light. Creamy off-white head just short of an inch thick. Massive sheets of lacing on the side.

Aromas of plums, figs, sweet sugars, and bubble gum esters.

Taste begins with a spicy, yeasty character then plums come out followed by a sweet syrupy taste while the spiciness lingers on. Very light amount of earthy hops at the very end.

Mouthfeel is medium, and extremely creamy. It just slides down the throat.

This is an excellent beer for sure. Highly recommend picking up a bottle of this if available.

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

750ml corked and caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass. 2008 vintage.

pours an opaque deep mahogany tone with ruddy highlights; finger plus of a creamy khaki colored head; decent retention, nice walls of lacing. nice looking brew.

the nose is malty sweet, replete with dark fruits, cherry, spice, fig, belgian yeast, and maybe a touch of molasses. pretty much what i look for in my BSDAs.

flavor closely follows the aroma, opening with a strong cherry presence, followed by spices, plum, raisin, fig, and caramel malts. bit of warming alcohol to the finish, but other than that the 11% ABV is very well-hidden. tasty, tasty.

has a full bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation; very drinkable for a beer this big. exceptional belgian strong dark ale.

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

This is for the 2005 vintage with English label and 10% ABV.
They release in April, so it had a bottle age of about 18 months.

A-As per my usual, poured the entire 750 ml bottle at once into a large glass pitcher. It was highly carbonated, filling alomst the whole pitcher with foam. It has a very dark amber color.

S-Very rich and pleasing aroma of plum and molasses.

T-More of the same in the taste. Expectedly sweet, but a complex palate of flavors of plum, molasses, and a nice roasted malt.
I detect no off flavors.

M-A silky and creamy texture with just the right density (although this was in part due to releasing much carbonation through a hard pour).

I will definitely be getting more of this and will seek out other vintages.

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

When I was big in to the Belgian Tripels and Quads, this was one of my favourites.. I should point out, I'm not so into Belgians these days, but will be objective.

2010 Vintage.

Pours a very dark burgundy, clear with beautiful highlights. A good dense head fades leaving a great blanket of just off white bubbles with quite good lace. Esp considering the abv.

Belgian yeast strains, christmas pudding, plums, raisins, and oak notes in the nose. Alcohol is vaguely present, along with some candi sugar and port.

Flavour is full of liquor soaked plums and raisins. Sweet malt with the dark malts adding a very complimentary hint of dry earth. Alcohol is in the mix, but perfectly so. Some yeast on the finish.

Mouth is ,edium full, with some great fine carbonation really filling it out.

For a beer of the ABV and sweetness the drinkability is 1st class.

Not as good as the 15yo bottle of this I tried last year, but still a great beer.

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

2005 vintage. Pours a fairly clear burgundy-brown with ruby red highlights. Creates a beige thick, rocky head which maintains a thin covering throughout the glass. Lots of sticky web-like lacing as snifter drains. Incredibly rich, intense aromas of brandy-soaked dried dark friuts, plums, cherries, brown sugar, bubblegum and oak all amped up by a big alcohol punch. Mouthfeel is well balanced; smooth, full and silky with a pleasant spritzy carbonation. Big and round for a 10%’er. Flavors very similar to the nose. Head spiningly sweet intense notes of brandy soaked black cherries, raisins, figs, caramel and plums. Just a hint of anise, wood and spice in the background. The 10% abv comes to the rescue here with a faint hop presence to prevent this superb Belgian from becoming too cloyingly sweet. In the final analysis a rich, pleasing, complex and very warming slow sipper to be enjoyed on a cool winter night.

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

wow this is really something special. on tap at the bull and bush in denver. 10oz goblet for 7 dollars, reasonable. looks like a holiday beer, with a deep mahogany color and a thick thick white belgian head. smells very fruity with a fresh baked bread sort of aroma as well, mild spice. flavor is dried fruits and a touch of spice. its a little sweet but incredibly well balanced and interesting. alcohol pokes through a little in the finish. mouthfeel is fantastic, smooth and fuller bodied. this is an outstanding beer, one i had never heard of before, but one i will absolutely seek out in the future.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of cultclassic89
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MDDMD
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

A-maroon brown color with a nice light tan head with good lacing

S-raisins, figs, caramel, toffee, spices, tawny port

T-raisin bread, figs, toffee,caramel, clove, licorice, little cinnamon, hint of vanilla, port/sherry-like finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol well-integrated

O-what a great beer, could savor this all night

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged from 2004.

Pours a very hazy brown, very thin tan head that fades away quick. Teensy spots of lacing. Aroma has alot of alcohol. Vinous notes, cream sherry and black ripe fruit. Sweet spice, clove and ginger.

Taste is very sweet. Candy sugar and black fruit, spiced raisins and cream sherry. Orange zest and coriander. Lots of flavors jockeying for position but somehow they all mesh wonderfully. Mouth is rich and sticky yet wonderfully smooth. A bit sweet but a nice sipper.

Photo of newton99
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a very dark brown, black almost, with reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, light brown head with excellent retention and very nice lacing. The nose is a spice bomb. A blend of mace, nutmeg and anise, with some eucalyptus, cola, mildly burnt sugar, this is a little too spiced for my liking. The cola notes here bring to mind discount sodas. Alcohol is reasonably well hidden. In addition, there's quite a bit of dark fruit present, with prunes and figs.

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,590 ratings.