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

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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 180
Gots: 193 | FT: 12
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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-23-2012 00:59:11 | More by wattershed
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-22-2012 21:49:44 | More by djaeon
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-21-2012 13:03:27 | More by caninedevotion
Photo of htomsirveaux


4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 22 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.3 L Unibroue snifter. Think this was the 2008, didn't record that data.

Large thick light tan head. Well carbonated. Clear dark reddish color. Smells of banana cake, apples, and ethanol. Starts with lots of green apple. Syrupy. Ethanol is warming but not hot. Dark fruit, raisins, dates. Apple and plum throughout. Medium to heavy body, warming alcohol. Lingering sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warmth.

I don't recall where I got this, but I want some more.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 05:32:48 | More by htomsirveaux
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5/5  rDev +16%

01-20-2012 22:49:25 | More by MisterGrizz
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-18-2012 21:57:11 | More by KAF
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-18-2012 19:14:33 | More by jacewg
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a dark brown with ruby red shining along the edges. Good bubbly action along the bottom. Nice tight bubbles long the top edges. Good creamy off white lace head. Nice lace remains throughout the drink. Great looking brew here.

Brew smells of dark fruits and some subtle malts. Some booze and sugary yeasts, raisins, dates and even possibly tobacco. Great complex nose.

Brew is creamy smooth initially then spiced and finishes peppery and clean. Very complex stuff here. Sweet dark fruits; raisins, dates, figs. Sweet Belgian estery fruits and yeasts. Creamy malts; almost a bit of tobacco in here towards the end. Full bodied, complex and excellent.

Wow - tremendous stuff here. Sip and enjoy this one. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 19:51:28 | More by magine
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

01-14-2012 21:56:54 | More by Stoutsman
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't sure if I was ready for 11% after a long friday. First of the night at midnight. Well...

A-This guy's a beautiful sight. Dark amber and ruby in the light. Nice foamy head that could probably last for hours. I'll never know.

S-Roasted dark fruits and molasses. Some aged oak in there also. Very inviting.

T-Definitely dark fruits. The alcohol is really not that prominent for 11. A bit of bourbon shows up with a burnt caramel twist that's tasty.

M-Creamy, medium feel. Fits well.

O-I'm a fan but not a big fan of the style,yet. However from where I stand(sit) this sample is quite impressive. My Belgian adventure will continue thanks to this high quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 06:34:09 | More by Grass
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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

This is a deep burgundy colored brew with a nice foamy head that is a yellow-ish white color. Settles to a nice coverlet of chunky lace that sits atop the brew.

Smells of big candied malts, dark fruits - raisins, cherries and plums; there is also bananas, cloves, spices, bready yeast and a sour apple note. Smells delicious.

Tastes as rich and complex as it smells. Big sweet Belgian candied malts, followed by dark fruits, banana, maybe some sour apple as well as some woody notes in the middle. Finishes dry.

Thick and creamy - a luscious brew.

I love this style and this is simply a must try. An amazing brew here.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:50:01 | More by ujsplace
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5/5  rDev +16%

01-12-2012 04:58:05 | More by strangebrew321
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-12-2012 03:41:06 | More by FunkyFibes
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-11-2012 17:23:32 | More by zenwatts
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk... 2008 bottle...

Poured a deep burgundy red / brown colour with a slight haze... Creamy tan head poured quite foamy but faded very quickly to thin covering with thick edging... fair amount of carbonation bubbles... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Dark spicy fruits (raisins, prunes, some blackcurrents), strong toasted toffee maltiness, some molasses notes, light aniseed hints, some light rum traces, vanilla, light oakiness, some nuttiness, peppery hops...

Taste - Sweet and spicy fruits (definite raisins and prunes, spicy apples, some strawberries and blackcurrents), brown sugar / toffee sweetness, toasted bready maltiness, strong Belgian yeastiness, light herbal notes, nice warming alcohol, liquorice hints, spicy hops...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry then some smoothness coming through after.. Medium / full bodied... Pretty drinkable considering the strength...

Overall - An excellent beer... Up with the best of the dark Belgain ales... Highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 14:00:29 | More by mdagnew
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

01-10-2012 17:18:24 | More by CWhite
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an official Gouden Carlous small chalice. Vintage 2011. About time I've reviewed this it's one of my favorites.

A faint caramel tan colored head that is quite foamy, settles quite quick but seems to keep a thin bubbly puck. Body color is a real nice ruby brown, edges and hues of all colors abound, orange, some yellow along the base. Very nice looking beer, head formation aside, but it laces up like nobodys business after numerous pours from the bottle, just sick looking.

Ripping smelling barley grain on the nose, with chewy raisins and dates and dark fruits. Slight sweetness, but nothing overpowering. Smells great.

Vinous almost texture with a very tight fizz that doesn't upset the palate. The palate rolls with a great chewy dates and sweetness, mixing in with a faint brown sugar. Aftertaste is high on raisins and fig newton qualities. Light sweet maraschino cheries seem to come out later.

Overall, just another winner from Het Anker.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 23:53:50 | More by smakawhat
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5/5  rDev +16%

01-09-2012 19:22:15 | More by touchmeimsac
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-09-2012 14:04:48 | More by N8DAGR8
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3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Choice City Butcher in Fort Collins.
A: Copper-brownish with a thin sudsy head featuring many many tight bubbles. Lots of lacing.
S: Fig and dark candied fruits.
T: Light and sweet. A bit of booze that's muted by the sweetness. Subtle fruits.
MF: Moderate carbonation. Pleasant and gentle. Underwhelming. Lacked body.
O: Decent. Given the ABV, I was expecting more intensity or something more pronounced in the flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 23:29:57 | More by UpToMeBeer
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2/5  rDev -53.6%

01-08-2012 23:14:56 | More by bbadger
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New Jersey

4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am drinking desert. This is as far away from a traditional beer as I have had. I’m a novice when it comes to Belgian dark strong ales. The Grand Cru of the Emperor pours with a short creamy head, there are great strong flavors of sweet dark raisins, caramel, brown sugar & hints of fine chocolate.

My wife who likes darker sweeter beers said, "this is the best beer ever". Some have said that the high ABV was noticeable and a negative but I did not get that feeling. It has 11% ABV but it fits well, reminds me of a fine desert wine.

We really enjoyed this beer I will be looking for it again as a great holiday treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 00:20:33 | More by Brushkanna
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4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red and brown...almost wood-like color.

Smells of dark fruits, caramel and clean alcohol. Hints of bread and sugary cake.

The flavor is intense. Raisins, tart cherries, other dark fruits, cake, caramel and grains. The sweets are balanced with molasses, mixed spices breads and hints of citrus peel. Alcohol flavors are well blended and actually aid in the taste.

Rich and creamy mouthfeel compliments the heavy dose of flavors.

I bought this on a whim and I'm glad I did!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 00:03:03 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

01-05-2012 08:32:14 | More by ygtbsm94
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-04-2012 22:33:05 | More by Archemedies
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.