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

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

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865 Reviews
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Reviews: 865
Hads: 1,726
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 233
Gots: 302 | FT: 16
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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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Reviews: 865 | Hads: 1,726
Photo of collinsroth
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle of the 2010 vintage.

I had high hopes for this beer as I am fan of several of the other Gouden Carolus.

Rich dark amber complexion, with a medium head. The smell might be the best part of the beer - very complex, with the sweetness of the beer coming through. Raisins and maple syrup dominate the smell and make it a really different and attractive. The taste is dominated by the syrup - and this was the disappointing part. The beer if full of some amazing combination of flavor, but I found that after a small glass that it was too sweet to drink further.

Bottom line was that this is a unique beer - its the sweetest beer I have ever tasted. But thats its best and worst part - its not in my book a "drinkable" beer as a result.

I could see serving this with a desert in small servings....

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Photo of granger10
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is stated Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emperor (pretty high accomplishment if you ask me). But this didn't quite live up to its self proclaimed greatness. Pours a muddy reddish brown color with basically no head and little lacing. Lots of floating yeast sediment in the beer. But the nose on it is terrific. Lots of sweet maltiness. The initial taste backs up the nose. Plums and raisins combined with a hit of sharp carbonation. But this follows with a buttery diacetyl taste that starts out nice but eventually becomes too sharp and ends up tasting like scotch. Finish is dry and yeasty with some more raisiny sweetness and it lingered for a long, long time. Good, but I couldn't drink too many of these. I would definitely age this one if I get it again.

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Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this was a pleasant surprise. bought it without knowing anything about it. read the label and it looked like something interesting. plu i'd never had a grand cru until this bottle, so when i saw it was a special grand cru, i was all over it...

appearance: my god, there was so much going on in my duvel tulip i could have watched it all day. super dark brown/red, ok head. the lacing was all over the place. a sign of what was to come.

smell: molasses? sugar cane? very sweet.

taste: super sweet and fruity. very full bodied. alcohol was slightly masked but still present, especially as it warmed up.

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. almost stout-ish. the alcohol really comes out here.

drinkability: one was it for me. couldn't finish the bottle. had this one in 2 sittings. very enjoyable. i will definitely be trying this one again in the newar future. it was an awesome compliment to my thanksgiving dinner. cheers!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into Lost Abbey stemware.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger light cream colored dense head with great retention. Beer is a clear dark purple-mahogany. Lacing is stringy and spotty with decent stick. An attractive beer overall.

S: Nose is aromatic, sweet, and fruity. Purple grapes, plums, Belgian yeast, chocolate, and some subtle booziness. Lively and crisp where I want something a bit deeper. Still, very complex and to style.

T: Opens sweet purple grapes, plums, and clove. Belgian yeast creates a certain spiciness that predominates towards the middle. Some more dark fruit and hints of chocolate and candied sugar at the end. Finish is spicy and yeasty with a candied sugar and caramel aftertaste. Very complex but again, similar to the flavor, more crisp and lively than deep and inviting. Very well balanced though.

M: Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Lively and prickly in the mouth and spicy and abrasive going down. Accented finish with a lingering aftertaste. Very to style and easy to drink.

O: Blauw is probably one of the best beers in its style and one that I'm sure would benefit greatly from a little bit of age. The flavor, complexity, and body is there, but this beer needs to be just slightly less alive and a bit smoother. Still, I haven't come across many other BSDAs that are better than this offering. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 12/30/10. A 2010 corked and caged bottle I popped open and shared with a couple friends.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear dark ruby brown color with 2 fingers of dark brown head. The cap recedes fairly fast leaving a wall of lace along the glassware. Swirls revive the head back to a finger of creamy tan.

The aroma of this brew is sweet smelling alcohol laden with darker fruits. Quite sweet, almost candy like with an indication of vanilla overtop the scent of plums and raisins.

The taste is also candy sweet with a light spiced character of clove, banana and bold alcohol. It is quite sweet upfront with a bold character of fruity alcohol that balance it out a bit. The sweetness is somewhat caramel-like in the finish with a lingering bitterness from earthy and herbal hops.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is very evident throughout the experience and it is quite drinkable. My only gripe is that this brew was a little too sweet for me to enjoy more than a single glass of. The bold combination of alcohol and sugar would present an interesting example for aging. I'd give it a try again if I could get an older bottle.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 into snifter, shared. From notes.

Dark amber, modest tan head fades to film and ring. Pretty clear, no lacing.

Dark fruit, sweet, heat, yeasty

sweet malty and candy sugar, dark fruity, Belgian yeasty, heat, slight bitterness. Complex, but pretty sweet.

Moderate carb and fiz, rich, full, warming, somewhat viscous, clean finish.

I probably would have gone a 4, but my two companions let me finish the last third or so. Big and sweet. Methinks it would age well. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008. Probably one of the best Belgians I have ever had, except for that one girl on a damp summers night in....hold on, back to the beer!

Anyway, pours a nice ruby red, dark brown hue with a lively head that disapates after some time, but leaves great markings after each swallow.

Smells of vanilla and pear, which is really quite light and floral for a beer as dark as this pours.

tastes, for me all belgians do this, initially of gas and alcohol, but after that subsdes there is a candy-like sweetness from whatever malt was used. Not as over poweringly wheat or yeast tasting as other belgians I have had.

Very smooth after the inital rush of bubbles.

At 11% I dount youd be knocking many of these back, but the mouthfeel is quite light for something that appears so dark!

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 31, 2009

750ml bottle, 2009. Pours very dark copper/brown with a one finger light beige head. Very nice, complex beer that evolves and changes.

Aromas range from very fruity, dark fruits, cherries, light apple, some yeast.

Flavors are predominantly fruity, cherries, dark fruits, sometimes some chocolate really comes through, some pear, yeasty, bready belgian goodness. Alcohol is quite present. Only real knock I have, but I think it will get better with age.

Mouthfeel is rich, but with high carbonation for the style.

Very rich and delicious beer overall. Glad to finally try this one.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage.

A: deep copper color - great rocky head
S: earthy, musty, caramel nose, vanilla undertones, alcohol presence
T: the taste is very different than the nose, full, rich, chocolate, very, very good, pleasant surprise
M: smooth, easy drinking, carbonated but not like some other Belgians that are too gassy
D: nice sipping beer

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beer that dont come around often,pours a deep brown with some reddish tints with to be expected a hug rocky head.Aroma is of spiced cherries and alcohol,taste is spices and of dried fruit(cherries) and ginger-like and the alcohol really comes thru as it warms.It would be tough to finish a bottle of this brew but it is very appetizing to say the least.

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Photo of nickd717
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle from Whole Foods in Los Altos.

A - Dark reddish brown appearance with a small beige head and good lacing.

S - Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, and Belgian yeast.

T - Heavily malty, with plum, date, raisin, brown sugar, caramel, spices, alcohol, and yeast. Some bittering hops noticeable. Complex and good but not outstandingly so.

M - Medium to heavy on the mouthfeel. Warming on the finish.

D - Average-plus.

A well-crafted Belgian Strong Ale overall.

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Photo of TLove
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(From Notes)

750 ml bottle (2008 vintage) to collins glass. Reviewing after the third one I had. This beer and Corsendonk Brown will likely facilitate my financial ruin.

Chestnut brown with hazy body and creamy, strong head. Well-carbonated, but extraordinarily soft to the taste. Smells of brown sugar, dark fruits, toffee, prune, and carrots. Full-bodied, soft and supple consistency that is a touch too sweet, but very well-rounded and very smooth.

Banana and spice on the tongue, with tart sweetness of cherry and plum and roundness of fig and oats. Finish is sweet and tart with a pourous balance and barely-noticeable 11% ABV. Flows smooth from front to back.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.4.13
2012 Vintage

A - Pours a very dark ruby-black with a foamy dark tan head with good retention.

S - Spices, Belgium yeast, cola-like.

T - Tart, spicy, earthy. Belgian - plum colas.

D - Good carbonation with a mediumb body.

O - A touch of tartness adds a twist to the Belgian spices and earthiness.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
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!

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Photo of illidurit
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage.

Pour: 750 mL silkscreened bottle into Westvleteren goblet. Dark mahogany color with an inch of light tan foam. Nice fine carbonation, filmy lace.

Nose: Spicy dark dough with coriander and peppery alcohol. Sweet bread and a slight chocolate tinge. The booze is a little strong, calling to mind notes of nail polish.

Mouth: Flavors of dark caramel, cocoa, pumpernickel, tobacco, banana pith, honey, bubblegum, cherry, dates, peanut skins, and alcohol. Nice complexity but still too hot. Carbonation is obtrusively high; some swirling and time is needed before I can comfortably sip this beer. Dry warming finish.

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Photo of TripelJ
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Gouden Carolus D'or 750 ML

Pours a ruddy reddish-brown with a dense tan head that recedes after a few minutes. Aroma is simply sweet, with a hint of spicy alcohol. Taste is much more mellow than I remember, although I have only previously had this beer in the smaller, 12 oz. bottle. Mostly sweet apple and light caramel with just a hint of acidic bitterness. A small piece of "Red Delicious" Apple with the peel, dipped in caramel... Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and drinkability is very good, when considering the 8% abv.

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Photo of ricke
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. 2009 vintage.

The pour is dark reddish brown with a big off-white head that leaves nice lacings.

The smell is big an spot on. Lots of malty aromas of caramel, brown sugar and toffee. Pleasant heavy fruit aromas, yeast and alcohol.

The flavor is really sweet. From start to finish this one is all about sweetness - toasty malts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee. Notes of vinous fruits, wood, yeast and grass. The finish has some bitterness to it, more sweetness and notes of alcohol, hops and spices.

It has a full body and quite a lot of carbonation, which is welcome here since it lightens the heavy character, if only just a bit.

All in all, a complex, balanced and tasty beer. Due to the sweetness, it gets quite demanding after a while.

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Photo of crwills
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a tasting with northyorksammy, biegaman, grub, and derek. Thanks guys!

This is the second bottle of this I've reviewed, a vintage 2002 (the other was 2005, I think).

Poured a cloudy, brownish gold into the sample glass. Aroma is boozy candy sugar.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and oily. Dominant flavours are toffee/caramel malts with a lot of sherry or port flavour showing up at it warms. Alcohol also becomes more and more obvious at room temperature.

Very nice, not sure which I liked better.

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Photo of firemedic1343
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful appearance, almost opaque. Lovely dark brown color.

S: Not really much smell here. The only real smell was a little bit of malt, but mainly fruit.

T: Very complex. Malty. Very sweet, actually much to sweet for an standalone drink. It may be best accompanied by something that goes well with something that goes well with this sweet and fruity beer.

M: Nice thick mouthfeel. Feels like you're getting your monies worth!

D: Couldn't drink more than 5 ounces due to it's sweetness. Dessert beverage.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked Bottle from Party Source, KY.

Poured a clear brown color with an average creamy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

Moderate to heavy caramel yeasty aroma.

Medium body with a smooth tingly texture.

Medium sweet malt flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Nice beer to have with spicy food.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle in snifter glass at 1 year and 4 months
A: sudsy subtle 1 finger head, deep brown almost opaque with subtle hints of ruby
S: instant pilsner malt, some thick chocolate richness and dark fruit, full and sweet
T: wow this beer is sweet, I mean not even a hint of hoppy bitterness, caramel malts and a lighter bodied chocolate dominate this beer, but there's a bit of that pilsner malt that hangs around and is odd but not off putting, some cherry notes come in and marry with the caramel malts and add a tartness to the sweet
M: a bit dry but not too dry, pleasant, the sweetness in the taste distracts from the dryness in a way that I wish it did not
O: quite pleasant, but too sweet for me, I think the prominence of the pilsner malts is a nice and interesting touch, would be a great introduction to belgian strong dark ales, very accessible, but suitably complex, not my favorite, but not bad, will age some in hopes that the sweetness will dissipate some

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 release - patiently aged. 750ml to glass....

Dark caramel to light ruby. Ridiculously bountiful head that is contantly replenished by steady streams of fine bubbles. The head is eternal. In fact, I spilled a drop on my desk and it had a five minute head.

Lot of alcohol in the nose. Maybe something else like dates, prunes, or figs.

Taste of molasses, caramel, dark fruits, dates. The alcohol is less apparent on the tongue than in the nose.

Feel is champagney. Light, dry, fine bubbles. Each swallow disappears like a phantom, leaving only a sweet taste on the lips.

I'll be carefully gauging the drinkability of this 11% over the next hour.

Preceding was from notes. Here it is actually a little over two hours later and I'm on the final glass. Warming has brought out the 11%, but I'm hanging in there like a champ. This glassful will die.

Overall: worth a try

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this out of a brown 11.2 oz bottle, ABV 8%. This ale has a great color, a dark copper accented with a cranberry glow. A rather weak, though lacey, head disspated quickly in a large tulip glass. The pleasing bouquet was filled with notes of chocolate, plum, and rich malt. The taste offered malt and various spices on the front palate, moving to a candy coated and stong alcohol finish. Mouthfeel was lively and full, yet the candy-alcohol finish was overpowering and almost deadened my tongue for future sips. However, I grew used to the finish and it compared nicely with other ales of its ilk.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. Dated good though November 2017 but I just couldn't wait.

Pops softly but soon starts gushing out of the bottle. Luckily, I have a glass in hand and pour it in carefully. Color is a dark redish brown with lots of sediment in suspension despite careful handing. The head settles quickly to a thin layer on top.

Aroma is rich, malty, and full of fruity esters. There also seems to be a hint of sherry or bourbon but that may just be the alcohol.

The taste is surprisingly sweet with cherries, plum, apricot, and fig. The Belgian yeast is very pleasant adding dark bread, nuts, and spice. Although there is a wide variety of flavors at work here, it's the sweet dark fruits that really dominate.

Mouthfeel is good, nice level of carbonation and good body. All appropriate for the style.

Drinkability is alright for the style but it's intense, sweet, and strong so a little goes a long way.

All in all a good BSD but the lumpy appearance and overly sweet flavor hinder this one.

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz. 2011. Rootbeer or prune juice type brown pour, frothy thin layer of off white head. Some lacing.

Aroma, a lot of raisin and brown sugar. Some winey white grape.

Taste, Raisin, yellow and otherwise. Brown sugar, caramel. Caramel covered white grape. Some vanilla and sugar cookie.

A lower level of carbonation and nicely coating. The body is not real heavy so this is ok, not cloying. The big abv is non-existent.
Very good, but I think the uber high score is due to the plethora of average Belgian Darks that are considered better than they are.

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
95 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.