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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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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 852
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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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 cultclassic89
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

On tap in Bruno's basement, does this guy hook it up or what!
Dark mahogany brown body with a chill haze (a bit too cold) and a thin but creamy oatmeal hued head that settles into a lasting veil, adorning my goblet with thick sheets of lace.

Aroma is an intoxication blend of sweet raisins, figs, vanilla-spice, banana, tropical fruit, green apple, toffee, and floral hops. Very powerful nose here, i can smell it from several feet away!

Flavor begins with a mouthfull of rum soaked raisins and figs, dark candi sugar, honey, molasses, mango, tart green apple, sour cherry, candied nuts, vanilla, and subtle yeat spice notes. Complex and very rich.

Body is just huge, with a creamy thick texture that glides down your throat like warm butter. Delicious and perfect for dessert.

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 ONovoMexicano
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer I'd really been impressed by in my early days of craft beer, I'm giving it a revisit and proper review.

I pour it into a Belgian flute glass held straight up and this produces a huge frothy head. The foam is light and compact and has a tan color to it. The body is almost pitch black save for some hues of grape skin color.

A huge nose awaits me with an abundance of potent dark fruit aroma. Prunes and plums dominate, although I do detect some pineapple, Belgian candy syrup and sweet, thick malt. I do notice some peppery yeast as well.

Many of the aromas find their way on to my palate, but I also get a thick, raisiny malt flavor. Prunes, Belgian candy syrup, and some wine-like grape character are in there.

As far as how this beer drinks, it's alternately sweet, effervescent, creamy and thick, with a slight tartness and wine-like quality. It's enjoyable to drink and quite smooth for a burly beer with numerous flavors and aromas.

I'd say I'm not as blown away as I was the first time I tried this beer, but it's an excellent beer all the same. I may be biased because part of my mind wants me to love this beer as much as I did the first time, but it's not far off from that first experience.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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 delta490
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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 ThisWangsChung
4.39/5  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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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 degerbah
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light brown cloudy caramel color. Very thick with two fingers of head. For being 11% I taste no alcohol at all. I love the initial taste, but the thick caramel taste follows and stays on the tongue for an extended period of time. Pleasant to drink. More of a dessert beer, or something I'd drink with food than a beer I'd just kick back with. Fortunately doesn't get any worse as it warms up a little because there was no way I was going to finish this quickly. A solid buy but there are better belgians out there.

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

Dark brown with a nice fluffly marshmellow light brown head. I could sit back and star at this beer the same way one admires a fine painting. Smells of maple(both the wood and syrup) and fresh pipe tobacco. Taste like raisin bread, plums, lot's of sugary sweet flavors. Overripe banannas and what sets this apart from others is the big bold grannysmith apple flavor. I love Grannysmith apples. Carbonation is spot on and the body is on the lighter side of full. This one is a sipper for sure but it's nice to just enjoy over the course of an evening. Great beer!!

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

2008 vintage purchased at Vendome Fullerton.

A- Poured from a 750mL corked and caged bottle into a Chimay chalice, this beer pours a slightly opaque brownish-red color with an effervescent dark-tan head that sticks around in the form of a thick layer over the beer. Each sip yields some beautiful webs of lacing.

S- Big malty sweetness is backed up by dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, and maple syrup. The alcohol is very noticeable.

T- The taste is primarily malty and sweet, with all of the above mentioned characteristics emerging towards a warming finish that leaves a lingering flavor of dates and figs along with a mild tea-like bitterness.

M- A full-bodied and syrupy mouthfeel, but the carbonation is just a tad overly aggressive given how rich this beer is.

D- The 11% ABV isn't exactly well-hidden, but the deliciousness of the flavor offsets this minor grievance.

This is an absolutely outstanding Belgian Strong Ale.

Photo of Danny1217
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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 KarlHungus
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.38/5  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 depechemode1983
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep mahogany with reddish hues. Has a brown fluffy head with excellent retention. Plenty of lacing on this one.

S- Super sweet and winy. Lots of grape, sugars and other dark fruits. Smells like a port. Also some alcohol coming through with a bit of grains.

T- Sweet maple and caramel notes up front with grape, cherries and toasted sugars. Very malty. With a bit of alcohol warmth. Awesome.

M- Smooth soft and bordering full bodied. Carbonation is low on this but work great with all the flavors and aromas.

D/N- So drinkable and flavorful. Lots of fruit flavors in this one. Excellent beer. Im going to buy some more for sure. Try this if you get a chance.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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 StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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 newton99
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 corked bottle. Cork explodes out. BE CAREFUL. This is a monster of a beer, not for the faint of heart. Currents, prunes and figs in the nose. sweet with very present alcohol. silky, oily mouthfeel. Tastes kind of bready. Lots of fruit. Makes you want to sip and try more to explore the complex flavors and layers of intrigue. would go well with hearty meats and dessert

Photo of jakester
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a 750ml corked bottle bought at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. Had Jaargang 2004 at the top. It was marked 10% alcohol. I believe them! I reviewed this while drinking it.

Pours a (this was in a Corsendonk glass, sorry!) very slightly hazy deep mahagony/ruby red with a soft brown tint. The head is @one finger, tan colored, with medium sized bubbles. The head drops off to islands after @ 3 minutes. Some carbonation visible.

The smell is of prunes, raisins, musty earth, burnt sugar, gin? Alcohol is also there in the back.

The flavor of this is so smooth I don't know where to begin. Sweet, musty prunes, gin soaked raisins, a soft bittering to counter-act the intense maltiness/fruitiness, maybe a little white pepper? A good deal of alcohol is also prevalent. A long, lingering, brown sugar sweetness finishes the taste.

The mouthfeel should be called mouthful. Intense sweetness, a "peppy" level of carbonation, and a very long aftertaste make this an absolutely scrumptious beer.

As for drinkability, I think after a while, the sweetness would become cloying, and the alcohol would knock your dick in the dirt, but overall, a very fine brew! Kind of reminds me of Kasteel.

Photo of tempest
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer. Poured a dark red with a tan head and a bit of lacing. Smelled and tasted of dark fruity malts with a touch of yeast. Taste is a mix of plum and raisony goodness. A thick, rich and sweet beer, the kind you can sip for a couple hours. Go find a bottle and split it with your best friend.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into my new Duvel snifter.

A: Pours a murkey orange and brownish black with a one and a half inch tightly packed and constantly bubbly sandy brown head. The head dissipears into a ring in a mintue or two with a bit of lace on the glass.

S: Cherries dipped in carmel molasses and brown sugar with a yeasty funk undertone but not so much as to disturb the wonderfully indulgent fruit and sugar aromas.

T/MF: Carmel and brown sugar opening with that same cherry flavor in the middle but much more decadent this time as it tastes as if the cherries were dipped in brandy. The beer feels a bit viscous on the tongue, a bit greasy with a smooth finish aside from a bit of dusty yeast texture and a nice alcoholic heat that gives the lingering sensation of molasses on the tongue. The malt bitterness is low with the roof of the mouth left relativly unscathed with a mildly bitter hop presence that only tingles the back of the tongue.

D: Not a beer for a summer day that is for sure, an interesting beer to try and not bad at all, just very sweet and rich so it would be a good idea to share this bottle or buy a smaller one for personal use.

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.