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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,560 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,560
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 185
Gots: 234 | FT: 15
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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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Photo of bark
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005.

The liquid is somewhat cloudy; the colour is deep, deep amber. The low foam looks nice with the beige colour, the fine lacing and the small bubbles. There are more bubbles in the liquid than I have seen in any other beer.

A note of cacao/dark chocolate dominates the semi-sweet smell. I found a particular rum-flavour that usually indicates that the beer is matured on wooden casks and a sweet note of dried fruits (raisins).

The taste is sweet and creamy with a complex of dried fruits, raisins, strong wine and caramel sauce. There is no bitterness at all. It finishes with a strong flavour of dark, matured rum. The aftertaste is sweet with a dry, almost roasted touch of raisins and creamy chocolate.

The carbonation is gentle with small bubbles; the mouthfeel is creamy.

I have some friends that are almost religious when it comes to this beet. OK, it is a very fine Belgian ale, but not exceptional. Maybe it needs some more time to mature?

bark, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of WeedKing4
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow I wish I picked up more then one bottle of this. Pours a dark reddish brown with good head. Tastes on the sweet side, with dark fruits and brown sugar coming through. Incredibly easy to drink for being 11% alcohol. I was really suprised by that, no burn what so ever. This is one of the better belgian strong dark ales I have had in awhile. Delicious stuff.

WeedKing4, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of raoulduke37
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried the Het Anker Gouden Carolus Noel on tap at Toronado and that one was certainly a treat. Gouden Carolus D'Or does not fall far behind. Careful when pouring from a bottle, lots of head.

Appearance - Beautiful Spiced Peach Color

Smell - Syrupy, smelling of ripe fruit.

Taste - Superb, no doubt about it: Sour Apple initially followed by Caramel and other sweet, malty flavors. Your burps will taste good.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, with very little hops except for up front. Slight tingle in the middle of your tongue on the way down.

Drinkability - I think someone before said "scary." Definitely. Delicious, alcohol flavor is disguised but abv is high so beware.

raoulduke37, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a 75cl bottle into a chalice
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: A careful pour yields a 2 finger, medium looking, off-white head with great retention. Rosewood red or seal brown in color with very little carbonation evident. Head fades very slowly and eventually settles into a thick foam cap that clings to the sides of the glass. A good foam cap remains until the end and leaves some good lacing down the glass. Good looking brew.

SMELL: A big, enticing nose on this one. Dark and caramel malts with lots of fruits and spicy yeast notes. Plumbs, dates, grapes and some red cherries in there. Some sweet brown sugar and spicy yeast notes with pepper, coriander and even oregano is worked in there really well. Great stuff.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness up front with lots of fruits and spices. Raisins, dates and plumbs, with a noticeable dose of red cherries again, brown sugary sweetness, moving into a spicy yeast finish. Coriander, pepper and oregano make an appearance once more, as well as some light, bitter dark chocolate that tries to balance out the fruity and sugary sweetness. Aftertaste is bold and lingers nicely on the palate. Really enjoyable, and just a touch more bitterness after the swallow would give it the perfect score it otherwise deserves.

PALATE: Medium body and medium, soft carbonation. Creamy on the palate, lighter as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. A bit of a bite at the swallow and some heat lingers. Perhaps a little more weight in the feel would have given the support to push the flavors over the edge.

OVERALL: Really flavorful and enjoyable, but could have used a touch more bitterness after the swallow. A slightly heavier feel would have added a touch as well. Still, these are minor points, as this is a world-class brew for sure and I’m not surprised it gets such high scores on this site. Worth drinking lots of, and worth tracking down if it isn’t distributed to your area, especially if you’re a fan of the style. Highly recommended.

Jeffo, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of goschool
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer at Bohemian Caverns in Washington, D.C. when I was getting into craft after my 21st birthday. One of the regulars gave me a chalice full of the bottle he was drinking from (I don't know why he drank it from the bottle), which I loved for the taste and for the novelty of a $20 beer brewed once a year. I never saw, or noticed (I had forgotten what it was until semi-recently), this beer around LA until tonight when I was checking out the Belgian section of Whole Foods.

2005 edition. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. The off-white to tan head starts off at about two fingers and fades to a small ring of lace. The nose has dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, fig, liquorice, mocha, yeast, and booze. The taste starts with sweet malts, brown sugar, dark fruit, liquorice, and mocha with the 10% ABV constantly looming. I'm glad to revisit this gem now that I've have the palate and experience to truly appreciate it.

goschool, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a chestnut-mahogany color with some red highlights shining through. Upon pouring there is a small tannish colored head that forms on the surface of the brew. The head fades very slowly over time, leaving a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet of dark fruits, with a big dose of prune and raisin as well as a small amount of cherry. Mixed with the sweet fruit is a caramel and candied sugar aroma as well. While heaviest in the sweeter aromas there are other nice aromas present as well. An oaky and woody aroma as well as a nutty aroma meld well with the fruit sweet aromas. When all are mixed with a nice boozy rum like smell, a very pleasingly sweet and warming smell is put forth.

Taste – The taste begins with the big dark fruit aromas detected in the nose. Raisin, prune, cherry and fig all show up big at the start and are mixed with a bit of a roasted malt and vanilla. Some light yeasty notes bring with them a light banana and spice flavor more toward the middle of the taste. Along with the yeasty tastes so too comes a light caramel sweetness as well as a little bit of a woody taste. More toward the end a light booziness, much lighter then what would be expected from the nose, is sensed by the tongue. Overall a nice sweet and robust lightly warming flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side for a Belgian strong dark of 11% abv with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are nice for the sweeter dark fruit flavors of the brew and make this one a little too easy to drink even though it is at 11 % abv.

Overall – A rather nice Belgian strong dark with a big sweet dark fruit flavor and a nice lighter boozy and yeasty spiced flavor that rounds out the sweet well when mixed with a lighter malty taste. It is overall quite enjoyable.

Darkmagus82, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Drew966
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or - Grand Cru of the Emperor 2006 pours a medium brown that has cherry highlights when held to the light with a thin off white head from a brown 750 ml Bottle into my Cuvee Van De Keizer chalice. It has a nice aroma that's mostly dark fruit, perhaps some honey on bread too. The mouthfeel is quite nice, a little on the thick end of the spectrum. The flavor is nice, dark fruit and brown sugar come to mind. A very enjoyable brew.

Drew966, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of mickeymac
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serious looking bottle: 750 ml brownie with a black and gold label and "Grand Cru of the Emperor" on a blue band running diagonally across the label. The cork was a bit tough to pull out (fortunately my teeth are in good shape). Pours a deep cherry that looks nice when held up to the light. The smell is a mouth-watering mix of dates, raisins, plum, toffee, and just a hint of hops. At 10%, the smell of alcohol also comes through but it just balances everything else nicely. The taste is amazingly complex. I'm probably drinking this stuff too soon, but I really don't care. It's a real knock-out. Every time it seems to be on the verge of cloyingly caking up the mouth, something new jumps in to keep things working: a bit of sour apple, hops, and just a bit of the good old barnyard funk. The mouthfeel is nice and chunky. I'm going back for more.

I just tried this again six months later and am upping my review. It has opened up a bit more. It still has an amazing array of ripe fruit, but it's not quite as overwhelming as it was at the beginning of the year. This may be one of my top 5 beers by '05.

mickeymac, Jan 09, 2004
Photo of meatyard
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2008 holding on to this for a while.

Pours a dark, very clear (when held up to a light), ruby/mahogany with a 1-finger, tan head that has splotchy chunks of lacing after a fairly quick falling head.

The smell is dark, dried fruits (figs, raisins plus just about any other that comes to mind).

The taste is comprised of the dark, died fruit in the aroma plus plum. A very light spiciness shows up in the taste and it's a pleasant addition. There is also a fairly high level of sweetness that borders on being cloying or just too sweet but holds off on being too much. There is an alcohol awareness here but it doesn't slap you in the face.

Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Really good on your own or sharing with a friend. This beer deserves it's ranking (on BA) above many other BSDAs only behind 2 really great beers. This one is a natural with a nice, strong flavored cheese. A great one worth a try.

meatyard, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of MSchae1017
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a Goblet from the 750mL bottle.

The beer pours a burgundy-brown with a frothy tan head. The head dissipates down to a thin film, leaving minimal lace. The aroma is full of caramel and sweet dark fruits. The taste is up front with chocolaty and caramel flavors and is then followed up by some dark fruity sweetness. The beer finishes with a spicy yeasty character. The alcohol presence is surprisingly at a minimum. The body is medium-full bodied with a creamy carbonation. Overall, it is a good Belgian Strong Dark Ale with plenty of complexity. Quite a nice beer.

MSchae1017, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Shaw
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, only allowing light through around the edges. It doesn't have much of a head, just a thin ring of foam.

The smell: Wow! It's so complex. Rum mixed with raisins and grapes and sugar plus a whole lot more I can't identify.

The rum aromas carry over to the taste. This is a complex beer with lots of dried fruit notes mixed with malt sweetness and a nice warmth from the alcohol. Plus flavors of dark candy sugar.

The body is slick and substantial. It has chewy qualities but that's balanced by glassy alcohol qualities.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Especially considering its price. Highly recommended and well worth seeking out.

Shaw, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of billab914
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured into my Westvleteren chalice. Poured a deep brown color with a little bit of some ruby highlights when held to the light. It poured with a thin bubbly and fizzy covering which quickly dissipated.

Aroma has a big malty and sweet flavor to it. It has a lot of dark fruits going on with plums, figs and raisins all present. It has a rum like alcohol presence in the nose as well. It showcases the malt very nicely in the aroma overall.

The taste like the nose is not surprisingly malt focused. It has a bit more caramel and cherries then the nose suggested but it does have the dark fruit, plum and fig flavors to it. It has a little alcohol in the finish but not too bad for being 11%.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side and carbonation is low. Drinkability is very good, the malt flavors are delicious. This is usually one of my least favorite styles but when done so well as this I really enjoy them. I love the big malty and fruity flavors this one had. One of the best of the style I've tried for sure.

billab914, May 14, 2010
Photo of tewaris
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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

tewaris, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of bobsy
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bottle in Buffalo based on its reputation as one of Belgium's top beers.

Pours a murky deep oak, with a finger of tan head that quickly drops to a collar. Only a few sticky fingers of laces touch the edge of the glass, and the ho-hum appearance belies the fact that this is an extremely impressive beer. Rich nose of dark fruit, chocolate, and clove. I found the alcohol a little prominent at first, but once the palate had acclimatised I realise what a smooth, easy drinking beer this is, and apart from that initial burst, the alcohol is not remotely apparent. Extremely malt-forward, with an emphasis on milk chocolate, dates, figs and plums. Some brown sugar and spicy cloves in the finish. Smooth, full body with restrained carbonation, which accentuates the richness and decadence of the flavours.

Certainly one of the better Belgian Strong Dark Ales I've come across, and more complex and balanced than many of its compatriots. Only a slightly mediocre appearance lets things down, but that aside this is a phenomenal brew, and one of the best from an excellent brewery.

bobsy, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of mhewes
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : Poured a dark brown with a good tan head that stuck around for a while.

S : Really sweet with a strong malt aroma. I picked up some brown sugar, caramel, and fruits.

T : Really sweet and malty. A lot of good fruit and spice flavor in it. A pretty complex brew

M : Syrupy, rich, and chewy

D : An awesome beer. The alcohol sneaks up on you. Definitely one I will have again.

mhewes, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of SLeffler27
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown walnut with ruby red highlights while a slight, beige head produces little lace.

Has the full, rich aroma one would expect with spice and dark fruits. Rather sweet with plums, fresh figs, and brandy. Caramelized sugar continues to develop with warmth.

A mélange of dark fruits and spices just as the nose had suggested. This one is rich and complex and could easily be considered a benchmark for the style. The balance is slightly to the sweet side but still well in check. A lingering finish. Warms amazing well.

Full body with modest carbonation and syrupy texture. Alcohol is present but a minor player.

Perfect for contemplation of memories or reading as one sips. Enjoyed this in a tulip glass, as that is what was available, however, I would have preferred a chalice or snifter.

SLeffler27, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle, sashed and mounted regent image on the bottle - solid.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark ruddy amber hue, with a teeming tower of creamy, foamy pale beige head, which leaves some consistently abstract layered lace around the glass in its well-strewn wake.

It smells of sweet dark bready malt, tangy black fruit, a touch of stewed apple, softly oily nuts, spicy Belgian yeast, and mildly astringent alcohol. The taste is more sweet, grainy dark caramel malt, candi sugar, zingy aged black fruit - plum, cherry liqueur, and blackberries, a strange bit of cough syrup warming, and sedate, but not for the lack of trying, earthy hops.

The carbonation is mostly average, but frothy in a playful way at times, the body medium-full in weight, predominately from the dense sugary malt, and smooth by default, with a well-established attendant creaminess. It finishes still fully stuffed with fruity, malty goodness, barely tempered by a goofy, somewhat try-hard, and less-than-obvious booze edginess.

Despite the very perceptible sweetness quotient, a decent balance is deftly maintained - so no real sugar overload manifests - all amidst an agreeable, and at times, locally inexplicable drying character, though booze and underground hops seem to be the prime suspects. Not so weirdly drinkable, as flavour trumps strength, until that inevitable wall is met, QED.

biboergosum, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into tulip. bottled on 11/07/11. lot number 11059.

A: pretty murky chestnut hued body. head is combrised of tight bubbles that are more on the brown than white side. retention is great. TONS of lacing left behind. if the clarity was a little better it would have gotten the 5.

S: a little woody, super sweet. molasses. candied walnuts. caramel. pretty much every visit to the glass is making me think sugar. however, different sugary scents are much appreciated.

T: no glaring alcohol heat might be my favorite thing about this brew. tons of chewy, sweet candied fruit. that with some mild chocolate flavor makes for a lot of complexity on the palate. sweet without being cloying.

M: moderate amount of carb. you can tell there was some conditioning of the bottle variety. however, wouldn't have hated for a touch more fizz. full bodied.

D: do yourself a favor and let this thing warm up. I didn't even realize that this beer had a year plus on it when I picked it up from a Total Wine in VA. Glad it was tucked away on the bottom shelf and out of direct light. im would imagine it is not much different fresher, but I like it just like this. well done.

Jimmys, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Seemore
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%

Seemore, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Brickstore Pub in Atlanta in a logoed small goblet.

Pours one shade less than black that is dark brown when held up to the light. Great one-finger off-white head that is very smooth. Lacing is fun to watch - very smooth at first that gently turns into a cascade.

Smells very sweet and syrupy. Almost like a liquor.

Tastes very good. Again, like the smell, it's very sweet and syrupy. There are hints of dark fruit, and after drinking it when I lick my lips I can still taste the sugars. Just the slightest hint of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is also very good. Very smooth, with the carbonation just enough to bring out the flavors. Pretty thick.

Drinkability is good, but it's too sweet to be great.

Overall this is an exceptionally smooth beer. Good and thick and goes down smooth. It's very sweet, but not quite too sweet. It's almost like a smooth liquor, but in beer form.

glid02, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2008 bottle that is corked and caged. Once opened the beer pours dull mahogany brown. It's opaque on the fringe of clear and leathery looking with a very poor head. There is a constant stream of bubbles that feeds a collar and a light layer of tan suds.

The nose is fantastically diverse. It's an assortment of raisin, breads, caramel and molasses. As it warms some spices become even more evident.

The taste is even better then the nose which frankly doesn't do the beer justice. The spices are subdued and end up being a little peppery and really shines in the finish. Dark fruits like plum and raisins mix with caramel and molasses. Each sip is a slightly different combination of flavors and all of them are pleasing.

The mouthfeel is pleasing. The soft smooth texture is complimented by a peppery spice, slight sizzle of carbonation and healthy warmth of ABV. Quite drinkable. Good thing it was a $10 bottle or I would have bought them all and drank to a problem because it's so easy and good. Great find.

jbphoto88, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of TAMU99
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Grand Cru of the Emperor is brewed yearly in remembrance of Charles the Fifth.
It pours a deep, rich mahogany brown. Clear with a thick persistent foam. The scent is sweet with tones of caramel and candy. The taste is even more forceful. Again with caramel and candy. Aftertastes of toffee and praline. It is very smooth, as you'd expect a beer this sweet to be. It feels like a double or triple and at times is cloyingly sweet which at times detracts from it's drinkability. Overall, this is a masterful brew and definitely should be on the list of ones to try if you can get your hands on some.

TAMU99, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of MrBen
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finished a bottle of the 2003 vintage. This is very dark brew, full of sweetness, dried fruits, nuts, and malty goodness. This is big beer. The alcohol is obvious on the nose and tongue, which accounts for my 4.0 rating on drinkability. Otherwise, the presentation, pour, and overall experience are excellent. This is something to save for a special time.

MrBen, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of lightindarkness
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Prototypic for throwing this my way! Very quickly it rises among my top favorite beers.

Caged and corked 750 mL bottle. This one says 10%abv. Pours a dark burnt ruby brown color with a full smooth cream head. Nice patchy sticky lace.

Nose is wonderful, with rich warm grains and dark fruits. Notes of banana bread, pear, date and fig, and some toasty grains. A little alcohol wraps it all up neatly.

Taste very fully expands on the nose, with a nice sweet fruit bread overtone supported by plenty of grain and alcohol. Again, notes of fig and date, banana bread, pear, and plum. Nice bready middle, on the brink of fullness without being overdone. Finishes with some sweetness lingering and soft bread fading with alcohol warmth.

Feel is smooth and full, with a medium body and plenty of soft carbonation. Sweetness adds a mild syrupy feel to the body, but not unpleasant.

Not at all weak or thin, this dark ale is very satisfying and full with good fruit depth. Very well crafted, only lacking in drinkability due to strength of abv, and the sweetness that makes it great for sipping.

lightindarkness, May 06, 2008
Photo of BelgiumBill
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

BelgiumBill, Jul 16, 2011
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,560 ratings.