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

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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 194
Gots: 262 | FT: 16
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Belgium

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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On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. 1/2009 vintage. Light tan head, moderate retention on a hazy, murky greyish, tudor brown body. Aroma includes notes of vanilla, cherry, some alcohol still, fig, raisin, molasses. Taste follows suit, actually no alcohol noted on tasting and the syrupy/molasses dominates with some sherry and port notes added in. Amazing beer, highly drinkable with such a high abv. Extra layers of complexity added with the 4 years of age.

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Review taken a week ago from notes(Late January 2013)
*Vintage 2011*

330 ml brown Belgian style bottle with a stunning label design. It screams that whatever is inside is pure class. Poured into a Gouden Carolus abbey style goblet.

A - deep and dark amber with dark orangey brown hues. Maroon/dark purple character to the overall color. A semi cloudy opaque with semi clarity presenting a nice bubble effect. A fluffy tan head sits gracefully on top providing the walls of the glass with stickiness just before settling into a creamy ring of lace.

S - Rich dark fruits of plum, dried raisin, fig, and cherries followed by dark malt and hints of caramel, butterscotch, and bittersweet chocolate. A nice yeast aroma paired with a touch of bread and Belgian spice.

T - Flavor is stunning. Dark fruit, dates, plum, dried raisins, dark cherry, and banana. This flavor is big on sweetness, but the Small notes of bitter dark chocolate and roasted dark malt balance things out brilliantly. Slight hop flavors bring in some spice. Small notes of black pepper, cinnamon, and ginger are faint but noticed. This Belgian yeast flavor is top shelf and adds to the spice with a delicious lingering finish.

M - Big and rich bodied with a number of lively flavors in the mouth. Thickness is spot on for the style as it coats the mouth in a world class manner. Enjoyable and smooth despite the abv.

O - Het Anker and their Gouden Carolus brews are thoroughbred Belgian ales. This is the best of the best and is done in a traditional Belgian style. Its complex yet balanced flavors are truly stunning and it's beautifully colored body claims perfection. Perfection is a word that's boldly used in the craft beer world, but this Belgian gem just may be what perfection is all about. I'll buy this beer everytime I see it. I'm going to seek out the 2013 when it's released to try it fresh, but for now the 2011 that's been sitting awhile is out of this world good.

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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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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.