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

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Ratings: 1,422
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 168
Gots: 184 | FT: 11
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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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01-25-2014 03:01:31 | More by Crimsontider22
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-24-2014 10:14:44 | More by jmsedgwick
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4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage Sampled January 2014

APPEARANCE- Deep bronze with ruby highlights, chill haze that gradually improves with warmth, and low, off-white head with very poor retention and little lace. No legs.

NOSE- big spicy red grape aroma hits first, pinot noir?,...notes of licorice and of course, big, deep, caramel maltiness, cherry skin and plum skin, dates, creamy character of vanilla and cinnamon probably attributable to oxidized alcohol, some acetlaldehyde and a hint of fusel, complex, intense, and deep aroma. Lovely.

FLAVOR- thick base of caramel, cream, and amber honey supports very subdued phenols, moderate-strong dark fruit esters including a notable blackberry, and a brighter raspberry character. More licorice character, a dusting of walnut, hints of dark rum, very faint hint of orange rind lurks far beneath the surface, pleasantly minty here and there... damn. Huge vanilla in the finish. Maybe a little diacetyl, but you really gotta hunt for it w all the other stuff going on... no noticeable hop bitterness, though I suspect some portion of the licorice/mint/blackberry thing must be hop-derived. I swear for split second I get a note of kiwi. I'd do desperate things to get crème brulee next to this beer, cuz I swear theres one in it, garnishes and all.

MF- The hallmark of all Het Anker's ales is unquestionably the rich, luxurious, velvety, creamy mouthfeel. This is full-bodied, naturally, but never heavy on the palate. I will fault this vintage for retaining a little heat over the years, and going lightly astringent...probably from oxidation. Medium and beautifully fine carbonation.

OVERALL- I have at this point had 3 or 4 bottles of Cuvee van de Kaizer, both blue and red. I am in the habit of consuming them between 3-5 years old. I have been both beautifully rewarded and horribly disappointed. I'm sure it all comes down to storage practices. If you are into cellaring beer, this is certainly one to try, and I'm sure a vertical project would be a very enjoyable experiment. I am always caught off-guard over and over by how Het Anker's huge, full-bodied beers float on the palate and offer up so many bright and spritely flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 07:38:56 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Belgian Orval Trappist glass.

Dark ruby color with a 1 finger head.

One can smell the aroma from the corked bottle which is more prominent in the glass- fruit, esters, raisins, figs, highly complex.

The mouth feel is very carbonated and suits the style transitioning well into the taste.

Incredible taste. One of the best Belgian strong ales( if not the best) I have tasted. Figs, plum, raisins, sweetness and more.

Strong alcoholic finish, worthy of the complexity of this beer.
A major league sipper.

Overall: a classic which should be on every beer geek's list.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 02:34:11 | More by brureview
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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5/5  rDev +16%

01-22-2014 02:50:59 | More by ILoveHead7968
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-21-2014 08:33:20 | More by SammyMacAttack
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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the beautiful bottle and into an oversized wine glass

A: Dark and luscious. Looks almost like a Coca-Cola: deep auburn. Not much head (may be because of my pour) but leaves a great lace

S: Malts, fruit, serious fig notes, brown sugar (you make me feel so good)

T: Figs, and lots of it! Cherry, and maybe like a hint of cognac. Sweet candi, brown sugar, red grapes. So much flavor, it's ridiculous. It's like a port or dessert wine almost, yet without an overbearing alcohol content.

M: Medium bodied, silky smooth. It soaks the tongue.

O: Great, well crafted beer. Very delicious. Could drink it over and over. A good drunk too.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 21:20:50 | More by MaillardRx
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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, slight red hue, nice brown head.

S: Grapes and caramel in the nose.

T: Sweet grapes, caramel and apple flavors with a slight taste of alcohol.

M: Extremely smooth, and a nice medium body.

O: Among the best belgian ales I've ever had. A great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 00:17:02 | More by BierJager89
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4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Uma cerveja com certeza muito poderosa e de valor. Uma coisa que me incomodou um pouco foi o excessivo dulçor. Mas mesmo assim ela tem muita personalidade. É forte, marcante e com uma notável licorosidade. Foi uma honra degustá-la. Uma ótima experiência.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 17:59:59 | More by LVituri
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Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

01-16-2014 00:01:32 | More by curewhatalesu
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 poured to snifter

Dark reddish brown, opaque appearance. Nice tan head that settles to a consistent film.

Smell is sweet and spicy: brown sugar, banana and clove most evident

Loads of residual sugars... flavor is very sweet with caramel and molasses and fig notes on the front.... banana, spice, brown sugar and a hint of hop bitterness and alcohol on the back end

Mouth feel is nice: significant body thinned by the alcohol, and sharpened by the carbonation

I expect a big Belgian to be on the sweet side, and this certainly hits that... maybe a little too sweet on the front of the tongue. Slight hop bitterness adds some needed contrast, and while some fruit esters are evident, they are somewhat mixed and indistinct under the sweetness. It would be interesting to see how this one ages further, but overall just too sweet for a 5 star rating in my estimation.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 00:18:37 | More by ryannosaurus
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-05-2014 06:05:38 | More by BKotch
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-05-2014 04:21:33 | More by WhatsTheNoteSay
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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage.
Hazy, dark mahogany, about one finger of foam. Retention is pretty good while some sparse, tattered lacing is left. Aroma is awesome: candied dark fruits soaked in rum, more than a little bit of alcohol, a bit of yeastiness underneath.

Loads of sweetness upfront, to a fault. Gouden Carolus Classic is quite sweet, but there's enough bitterness to maintain balance; not so here. Plenty of dark candi sugar in this, for sure. That's really the only major fault, though. Tons of rum-soaked, candied dark fruit. Some clove/banana in the background. Carbonation is nicely restrained. Alcohol definitely rears its head, but stops short of being boozy.

This is really a great dark Belgian ale, but the sweetness is almost cloying and holds it back from being epic. Still makes a great after-dinner sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:07:45 | More by gr0g
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Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark mahogany with ample cherry glints. The smallish, crackly off white cap is pretty shortlived. The aroma is rich caramel malts, raisins, field berries. An intense wall of malt hits in the first sip. Rum soaked Christmas cake, sangria, plum, cinnamon, vanilla and a million other flavors fill the palate. Hops are scarce, as is the lofty 11% ABV. Its amazing how well the booze heat is hidden. The mouthfeel is full bodied verging on viscous with a medium carbonation level. The finish is fruity with a light hop bitterness and a bit of herbal hop character.

Overall this is a sweet but not overly so beer. Lots of malt complexity and fruityness and the very high ABV is surprisingly (and dangerously) well hidden. Try this.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 21:18:56 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a great fan of their Classic and the Christmas, but being the only true beerlover in the household I decided to pick up a bottle even though I will have to drink it by myself.

2013 version

Look very dark amber/ruby. No yeast on the first pour ofcourse.
The head dissappears quickly.

Smells good, nice dark fruits and caramel malts. Just as one would expect really.
One of those beers you will love if you like dubbels and quadrupels.

Taste much like the smell. A tasty beer. Nice and sweet, warming alcohol and nice dark fruits and caramel. Some spice too. Good stuff!

Some more fresh fruity notes too, light red apple and maybe red grapes.

The alcohol does not overpower it.

Mouthfeel is medium to full. Smooth and the carbonation is perfect for this kind of beer.

Very good. Worth trying if you like their other dark ales or Rochefort for example.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 19:51:50 | More by IPA35
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,422 ratings.