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

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Reviews: 862
Hads: 1,712
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
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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 andrenaline
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby red colour, thumb of head with decent retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Rich caramel, burnt sugar, dark fruit with plums and dried raisins, with a touch of leafy green notes on the finish.

T - The sweetness dominates with rich caramel, candied sugar, plums, hints of apricot and a touch of candied cherries. Finish is dominated by sweet candied sugar and a touch of sugared beets with a leafy finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of sticky syrop on the finish.

O - A tasty brew that loads the palette with sweetness, but is easily enjoyed without worry of overwhelming the palette. An incredibly tasty and easy drinking 11% brew that is dangerously easy to consume. Glad I was able to grab a bottle because it was well worth it.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, cloudy, near opaque. A nice finger width head. Great lacing.
S: all kinds of dark fruit, malt and sugar. I picking up raisins , plums and other vinious like qualities. A bit of bread and booze in the background as well.
T: follows the over nose quite well, which is impressive since its so complex. It is insanely sweet. The booze makes itself known at the end but is no match for the sweetness.
M: considering the high ABV, the body isn't overwhelming. Carbonation is surprising low to medium. A pleasantly sweet aftertaste that sticks around a while.
O: a very complex and interesting beer. As a Belgian Strong Dark, it has the qualities that make this style great, but perhaps it needs to be turned down a notch. It's cloyingly sweet, yet tasty. Give it a go.

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Photo of KingSlayer
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle cellared for 1 year.
pours a dark deep brown with oxidized red hue liquid, little to no light comes through, 3 finger light beige compact head forms, awesome retention and lacing.
nose composed of malt esters, dark fruits, pear, belgian yeasts, bread and alcohol.
palate is the same, alcohol present but really doesnt seem to be 11 abv, nice sweet start followed by the complex aromas and flavors, alcohol, spices and bit of hops finish rounds it up really well. dark fruit boozy aftertaste that mellows and blends overtime in the last part of the tongue.
velvety medium body nice carbonation.
very very nice BDSA, not too sweet, definitely packs a punch, tasty and complex, evolves well as reaching room temp. i will have it in any special occasion, its a sipper thou, took me a whole afternoon to finish the 750 ml.

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Photo of WetCoaster
2.15/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I'm completely baffled by this beer. It looks beautiful; a lovely cola brown with a thick, slightly off-white head. Smells great, with strong plum and yeast ester notes. The mouthfeel was creamy and dense, if a bit undercarbonated. That's the good.

Then there's the taste. I'm familiar with Belgian ales and their peculiarities and eccentricities—I realize they're not all for everyone. But this was just… syrup. I can't recall ever having a beer that was this cloyingly, overpoweringly, nauseatingly sweet. There was no balance or nuance whatsoever; it was like, I don't know, a Myers and Dr. Pepper with five teaspoons of sugar? A Flanders Red and corn syrup cocktail?

I don't know if this was an off bottle, but my GOD was this awful. Huge disappointment; I can't imagine ever drinking this again.

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Photo of Yumeo
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty but not too havy for the alchool it have,I feel like drink and eat in the same time,a really good drink for this time of the year.I try this beer by mistake,late afternoon I grab a battled from the fridge I open it without look because my father was firsty,just afther I look the label sow the alchool and said not exatly the right beer for tea time,anyway we enjoy a lot.

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Photo of StuporJew
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage, poured into DFH tulip.

A - Dark, Murky brown, with a 1 to 2 finger head, that recedes slowly, leaving behind tons of lacing. A good amount of bubbles suggest lively carbonation. Sweet...

S - Fruit. Lots of it. Figs mostly, but also hints of persimmon, plum, and even a little balsamic funk. ERMAGERD, this beer smells good!

T - The nose was right... Balsamic Vinegar right up front! (And I know that sounds strange, but if you've ever had GOOD balsamic, or a really funky sour ale, you know what I mean.) There is SO much going on in this beer, I could review it over and over, and never nail it all down!
There are some hints at bread pudding, fig (again), and even Bing cherry. Nice spice notes also, with little kisses of cinnamon and some nutmeg on the mid-palate. MY LORD, this beer is good.
Hello beer, goodbye Christmas cash from Grandma....

M - Velvety and smooth, with a level of carbonation that almost begs you to take another sip, almost not even detectable. Full and juicy to the max. Those fine folks in Belgium sure do make some FINE beer.

O - An all-around feast for the senses, although disappointing due to the fact that it is a once-a-year brew. I look forward to purchasing and aging at least 4 bottles of this, to see how it does at 6/12/18 and 24 months. Grab some when you can find it, friends... It's worth the money, for sure.


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Photo of dansmcd
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a thick muddy brown with a creamy head and splotchy lacing.

S - dark fruit, sweet raisin bread, chocolate, yeast, marshmellow. Sweet and complex.

T - thick full flavours of bread, brown sugar, berries, plum, raisin, yeast. Smooth and delicious.

M - full bodied with just enough carbonation, so smooth and silky, bursting with belgian goodness.

O - tremendous beer. Extremely drinkable at this abv.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.39/5  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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having a 2003 bottle oh my goodness the cork was aching to get out. At bottling was was at 10% ABV

A: Dark Belgian brow color that you can't see through but now the

Smell: aroma is AMAZING!!! Fruity and floral more complex than traditional Belgian beers

Taste: incredibly smooth for how old this beer is. Nice notes of caramel, toasted malts, and fruit. Really got a lot of dark fruits flavors mixed in with mild bitterness complex of a pungent Belgian quad.

Mouthfeel: wet

Overall: all around great Belgian beer. Verdict A+

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of korguy123
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To celebrate the birthday of Richard the Fifth. 2012 release.

Dark ruby pour, sight brown hue. Two finger creamy light tan head with loads of lacing.

Dark stone fruits, brown sugar, candied sugar, vanilla with a slight wine quality.

Brown sugar, slight coffee, toast, candy sugar and super stone fruits. This has a red wine quality and finishes very sweet, almost too sweet.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky on the lips.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5 Litre bottle: 2011 version. Shared at home with the wife, daughter and son-in-law during a random tasting night on 23 Nov 2012.

Every had Dandelion and Burdock? This reminded me of that old staple from my youth: more body and less fizz than the old pop bottles but still very simular in smell, taste and look.

Demerara sugar and raisins also came to mind in this fairly sweet yet very drinkable brew. The alcohol is detectable but it adds to the enjoyment rather than hindering as some weaker/watery beers often suffer with because their flavours are not strong enough: these flavours certainly are hefty enough to take the alcohol and help it to enhance the brew.

I had the lions share of the bottle and knew I'd had enough when I stopped drinking and started making my notes: just about readable!

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Photo of peensteen
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown with ruby highlights, cap of off white head, lots of lace here as well. Smell is full of dark bread and fruit, plum, raisin, bruised banana, lots of sweet caramels and dark sugars, some yeasty notes in here as well. Taste is full of dark bread and brown sugars, dark fruits, plum, raisin, dark berry and jam like, a bit of yeast, fairly sweet darker sugars, just a small hint of alcohol. Light-med carbonation, full bodied with a creamy smooth feel. Solid stuff here, alcohol goes largely undetected, good stuff that will get better with age, perhaps a bit too sweet to tackle a full bottle alone again though.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from the LCBO, for about 8 bucks. I've liked pretty much everything I've had from Het Anker, so I have high expectations for this one.

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Dark chestnut brown, with a bit of ruby highlights. Half inch of foam, good lacing patches, nice retention.

Nose is tart and fruity, with banana, grape, plum, blackberry jam, Belgian yeast and spices.

Really enjoyable dark ale with lots going on. Very fruity, with a mixed back of darker fruits (grape, raisin, fig, blackberry, currant), a bit of banana, light on the yeasty funk, good sweetness, but with a tart puckery finish. Very port-like.

A bit syrupy, carbonation is low, but I've been digging lower carbonated brews recently, so this works for me.

Very nice strong ale, will certainly get again. Lots of complexity, good flavours. Nice evening sipper.

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Photo of warrenout330
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle

A- pours a deep mahogany color brown... Ruby highligths to the light... off white head... dissolves to a thin cap over the beer ... moderate to minimal lacing

S- dark candies sugars, caramelized raisins and figs.... sweet bready malts... muskat grapes for overly sweetness

T- we'll pronounced dark sugars, burnt caramelized raisins.. dried figs, earthy suagry malt...

M- sweet sugary candy.... thick oily body... decent carbonation for a sugary beer

O- damn good... up there with the trappiest quads

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Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 8$

Appearance - Dark brownish copper colour with an above average size fizzy and frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, banana, and some caramel. There is also a lot of ripe dark fruit flavour and a bit of leather and a hint of chocolate/vanilla. It ends with a dark fruit and banana aftertaste with a bit of a lingering spiciness.

Overall - Quite the beer.. the scent is pretty basic for a belgian dark, but the flavour is very complex. I can pick up on the booze a bit but this is a 2012 so some age would help with that I'm sure. Every beer from this brewer is a winner in my books.

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Photo of Dope
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No exact date listed, just says 2010 on the neck of the bottle. So at least 2 years old.

A: Pours a very dark reddish-amber. Big dense tan head. Fades at a moderate pace, nice island of foam remains behind. Tufts of lacing left behind as well.

S: Strong dark fruits. Raisin and cherry are heaviest for sure. Rich caramel in there as well. Very sweet in general.

T: Tons of rich dark fruit up front. Again, raisin and cherry are strongest. Some grape in there too perhaps? Touch of cocoa. There is a strong sweet presence in the middle and in the finish that I can't quite place. Almost tastes like molasses, honey and wine mixed together. Sickly sweet and cloying. Some breadiness in there too.

M: Heavy, heavy, heavy. Very sweet.

O: Very unique BSDA. I have a hard time deciding if I like it or not. Loaded with fruits but has a certain odd tart wine-like aspect that I'm not a fan of. Very complex, yes. But tasty and enjoyable? Not so sure about that one.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was the 2012 vintage that I got a glass of at a tasting. I've seen this on the shelves plenty and never bothered to pick one up, good thing. Dark brown almost black color. Smell is sickly sweet fruits and belgian yeast. Flavor is more of the same, a heavy melange of spices, fruits, sugary sweetness, just overwhelming. This was not bad it was just too much.

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Photo of WynnO
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this twice recently, both times from a sixth-barrel.

Let us proceed to the chase. The taste cuts you like a knife loaded with...only God knows. My palette cannot discern all the goodness in this beer. It is super complex; an in your face "HELLO". Malts? Yes, yet the accompanying flavors threw me for a loop. It's just FLAT OUT GOOD. You will sense a significant sweet factor on your first taste. Then it tapers off a bit, landing on a steady flow of "What the Hell is going on in my mouth?"

Its pour is a very dark brown milky brew. Smell is surprisingly weak but the mouthfeel is terrific---you can partake many pours without it ever having a disagreement with your tasting cavity.

Overall? LORD YES. If you pass this up count yourself a fool. Remember Het Anker for it is a world-class 19th Century Belgian jewel. And YES I did stay overnight there in 2012.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle consumed 9-8. Split 4 ways. Reviewed from notes.

A: Thick brown with a fluffy lasting head. Sticks to the glass.

N: Malty raisins. Lots of estery yeast. Cloves. Plume and caramel/toffee. Candi sugar.

T: Belgian yeast, raisin, bananas. Plums and raisins. Noticeable alcohol, but as is the case with most BDSAs, it melds well with the flavor profile. Lots of the sweet sugar flavors, caramel and toffee.

M: Very smooth with a light, airy overall feel.

O: It is so incredibly difficult to match what the Belgians do so easily with their big beers. In an era when sub 300 bottle counts are king and the readily available is oft avoided, this is a reminder to pick up these traditional beers off the shelf more often.

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Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009.

Deep copper brown color. Dense head of lively foam with terrific retention.

Exquisite nose that is highly complex. Cake, shortbread cookies, dark fruits, dates, fig, pudding.

Very wine like in flavor. Port wine, huge sweetness, red grape juice, fig, wine alcohol, blackberry brandy and simple syrup. Deep complexity.

Awesome feel of velvety smooth fullness.

A beer like a fine port wine. Lots of sweetness and complexity. Wonderful brew for sipping.

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Photo of Philousa
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at Good Karma on 8/15/2012. Reviewed from notes.

Pours an opaque reddish brown that reminds me of cedar. A wispy tan head doesn't quite cover the surface and clings to the edge of the Gouden Carolus chalice (gotta love the proper glassware). Lots of berries - cherries, black berries, pit fruit - in the nose to start. Some alcohol/wood presence as well. Dark berry flavors are evident up front with some mild wood characteristics. Some hard alcohol tendencies and flavors follow - bourbon comes to mind. Candied sugar makes its presence known, but it doesn't dominate and blends in with the other flavors well. Feel is super dry and viscosity is low, almost water like.

This is one of my favorites. The fruit aroma is so strong and the malt presence in taste is so different. A very complex sipping beer that hides its alcohol well.

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Photo of crazyfraser
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 1Pint 9.4oz bottle.

Appearance is dark brown with a slight mahogany tones, very beautiful. With almost an Oatmeal like head as far as color goes.

Smell .. kinda caramely, toffee, a little boozy smell

Taste smooth and strong, boozy but not to boozy. very malty,
caramel, coffee

Mouthfeel bubbly boozy,

Overall A very good brew, will drink again

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
95 out of 100 based on 862 ratings.