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

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96
world-class

1,420 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,420
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 168
Gots: 184 | FT: 11
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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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timotao

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-08-2014 05:17:53 | More by timotao
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2008 Vintage. One of the older beers in my cellar, well by that I mean longest lasting. I have been aging this beer for about 4-5 years now.

Served in a balloon glass. The cork came out with not much effort and without much "pop", but there was a decent amount of head. The glass of beer looks like murky water, with a muddy brown hue that carries highlights of purple rose. The head starts with a thick crown (only when poured aggressively) which slowly dissipates and leaves behind a coating of lace.

The aroma is wonderfully rich. It shows off mature signs of aging, with a sherry and brandy-like quality coming out of the glass. There are hints of molasses and black cherry. Some signs of oxidation. Brown sugar, maple, vanilla bean. There are some sweet aromas here, and I'm not complaining! It really smells excellent.

The full-bodied beer isn't supported much by carbonation. It isn't flat, but the carbonation is fairly low. The flavor is a jam-packed mix of dark malts and dark fruits. The various flavors of brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, raisins, cherries, alcohol, and a light tartness all cross the palate in waves of flavor. The alcohol makes it's presence known in the aftertaste and at the swallow. But there is no burn here....it's not "hot" which is very important for a higher abv beer.

This is an excellent beer. The aroma and flavor are strong, complex, and truly delicious. Aging has worked for this beer. The oxidation qualities have completely worked alongside the already complex and delicious flavor. I didn't drink this alone, but I could have. It's a very good beer that deserves more attention than it gets. I wish I would have tried this side by side with a new bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 05:06:03 | More by MusicaleMike
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beast464

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

03-05-2014 14:43:11 | More by beast464
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KleintjePils

Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

02-27-2014 05:00:01 | More by KleintjePils
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

02-22-2014 07:20:43 | More by Cramerican
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Yeti1979

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

02-19-2014 15:18:20 | More by Yeti1979
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WeaponsOfConquest

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

02-17-2014 21:43:02 | More by WeaponsOfConquest
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dlcoblen

South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled in year 2012.

A: Murky dark brown, Henna color. Small head, the bottle describes the head as velvety and I would agree.

S: Sweet Caramel upfront, with the smell of fruity sweetness. Also I smell apples.

T: I gave this a 5.0 for taste. It has everything im looking for when buying a Belgium strong ale. Its very sweet, has a dark fruit complex aided with roasted pecans. Plus the belgium yeast gives so much dimension.

M: I'd say not quite full bodied but close, the carbonation cuts through the sweetness leaving the mouth feeling refreshed so your tongue doesn't mistake it for syrup.

O: A perfect belgium beer, I will be buying again for sure

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 00:51:00 | More by dlcoblen
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Scepter

Texas

5/5  rDev +16%

02-13-2014 02:00:43 | More by Scepter
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

02-09-2014 00:34:34 | More by wizo
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midlifec

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-08-2014 12:36:14 | More by midlifec
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 22:25:19 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Dirty25

Germany

4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-02-2014 07:40:47 | More by Dirty25
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plinythederek

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-02-2014 02:53:51 | More by plinythederek
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-31-2014 17:34:12 | More by CraigTravor
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rainerfish24

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16%

01-30-2014 18:28:58 | More by rainerfish24
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csmalley

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-30-2014 02:22:32 | More by csmalley
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-29-2014 17:18:54 | More by GJ40
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hombrepalo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-29-2014 13:54:49 | More by hombrepalo
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HipHopsHooray

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-28-2014 22:41:08 | More by HipHopsHooray
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510a

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-28-2014 07:45:51 | More by 510a
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ncelauro

New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-26-2014 00:28:59 | More by ncelauro
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blange3

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

01-25-2014 19:49:01 | More by blange3
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-25-2014 03:01:31 | More by Crimsontider22
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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-24-2014 10:14:44 | More by jmsedgwick
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,420 ratings.