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

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1,577 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,577
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 189
Gots: 239 | FT: 15
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002)
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Photo of Yumeo
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of StuporJew
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Cheers!!!

Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of PaulandSandra
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of dansmcd
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of mplittman
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of gmcsierra91
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of cliff1066
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Btr73
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Twal
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.4/5  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 Bugs318
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TripsRight
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  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.

Photo of Danny1217
4.4/5  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.

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
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+

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of aleslover
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,577 ratings.