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

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Ratings: 1,433
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 176
Gots: 190 | FT: 12
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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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SoonerNY

New York

4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle from 2008

This was suggested to me by careful placement on the checkout counter. Like a kid staring at eye level candy I grabbed it and I'm so glad I did.

It pours a purple brown opaque color with excellent lacing and a 2 finger head that hung around for a while.

You definitely smell the spicy alcohol but the fruity plum-raisins shine through.

Although present, the alcohol isn't nearly as pronounced in the taste as it is in the smell. A superb balance makes this brew dangerously drinkable. Sweet and spicy plums are present with delicious Belgian candy and a gentle alcohol warming. I plan to grab a few to cellar for later if I have the patience.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 04:57:19 | More by SoonerNY
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animal69

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-11-2011 02:45:06 | More by animal69
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cLin

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12-09-2011 05:23:52 | More by cLin
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tbeq00

California

5/5  rDev +16%

12-08-2011 02:36:36 | More by tbeq00
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prefanrunner

Missouri

5/5  rDev +16%

12-07-2011 18:20:15 | More by prefanrunner
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12-06-2011 18:41:01 | More by kjkinsey
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mungus

Australia

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-04-2011 15:05:13 | More by mungus
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was served at a very nice restaurant nearby, Mohawk House. I commend the owner because he features a beer list in the same vein that most restaurants would list wines.

They presented this beer in a chalice style glass. It is very dark brown with light brown coming out around the edges. There wasn't much foam, but I'm not sure if that wasn't due to the bartender.

The flavor and smell were very rich. You get a lot of dark fruit and caramel. I also got a decent amount of sweetness. This sweetness really contributed to a very nice mouthfeel.

I would really put this beer out there as a good example of luxuriousness in beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 22:45:16 | More by ummswimmin
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle from 2010, served in a Duvel tulip.

Pours a very dark shade of plum, almost like eggplant. A one-finger light tan head made of medium bubbles lasts for some time. Very nice lacing.

Huge, unmistakable aroma of butterscotch from this beer. It's quite similar to smelling a whole bowl of Werther's Originals. Caramel and vanilla abound. Some familiar dark fruit smells underneath, but they are a comparatively minor aspect of the aroma.

The taste, at first, follows closely on the smell. Big and very pure butterscotch and vanilla notes up front, with plums and figs in the finish. Saccharine sweet, with a lingering taste of brown sugar. However, unlike the aroma, there is a very noticeable alcohol kick - perhaps not one befitting an 11% ABV beer, but it's present. Taken in totality, the flavor approximates that of a scotch ale.

Mouthfeel is a touch too thin for me, though I enjoy the low level of carbonation. I think a wee De Molen-sized bottle of this would be ideal.

A unique take on the style, though not one I'm particularly crazy about. It seems a little over-the-top, a little out of control for me - I would be interested in trying an older bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 01:51:16 | More by amphion1065
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uturn

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12-01-2011 22:45:01 | More by uturn
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rpohagan

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16%

12-01-2011 20:11:44 | More by rpohagan
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +16%

12-01-2011 07:13:55 | More by rab53
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-30-2011 19:27:29 | More by brandoman63
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16%

11-29-2011 22:46:55 | More by kayrex
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LostHighway

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-29-2011 12:59:01 | More by LostHighway
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rekel

Netherlands

5/5  rDev +16%

11-28-2011 23:30:49 | More by rekel
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DavidST

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet 2010 edition. Popping the cork I can smell the dark fruit from 3 feet away, I have high expectations. This pours a hazy dirty dark brown with a small off white head which almost instantly dissipates. The smells are strong full of ripe dark fruit along with a little alcohol. Feel is medium with high carbonation. The taste is like it smells, lots of ripe dark fruit, some brown sugar a little alcohol born all around tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 02:41:01 | More by DavidST
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mitecnerwal

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16%

11-27-2011 14:40:22 | More by mitecnerwal
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cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Bottle

A: Poured a one finger head that settles to a thin cap. Color is a deep mahogany brown. Lacing is moderate. Carbonation can be seen racing to the top. I can see some particulate swirling about.

S: Smell is a standout! Raisons, figs, brown sugar, green apples. With deeper breaths I get the alcoholic twinge with some butterscotch.

T: Wow. Figs at first, followed by burnt sugar, roasty malt, dark fruits, rum soaked cherries, and cocao. The first sip almost knocked my socks off.

M: Extremely creamy and smooth. Light-medium mouth presence. Carbonation is delicate...Mellow.

O: For a brew of this ABV with such a multidimensional taste and smell, the drinkability factor is fantastic. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 23:20:34 | More by cooler4life
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kenzak

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16%

11-25-2011 03:17:17 | More by kenzak
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-24-2011 18:20:11 | More by Exiled
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meerkat2

Florida

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-21-2011 20:40:37 | More by meerkat2
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle marked 2011
poured into a tulip

A: It pours a deep amber color with burgundy hues. A soft pour yields a solid looking two finger off white head. It is a very firm cap with tight little bubbles that fade away really slowly coating the sides of the glass with lacing.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, and stone fruits emerge first from the glass. Some apples and spices are also present; clove, vanilla and cinnamon. There is a sweet biscuit/bready aroma in the background that leans towards dessert.

T: Up front it is very sweet with caramel, and a sugary sweetness coming through initially. That smoothly transitions into some figs, plums and raisins with a hint of apple. As it moves to the back of my palate the sweetness vanishes and it finishes rather dry with a slight metallic tang.

M: Medium to thick. There is a chewy feel going on that is really viscous, accentuated by the lush carbonation.

O: A very good example of the style. It is a bit young and bold right now, but with another year in the cellar I can see this one becoming something extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 00:20:37 | More by Neffbeer
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CopeTech

California

5/5  rDev +16%

11-19-2011 23:27:43 | More by CopeTech
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lionchow

California

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

The cork pops with a a loud, sharp snap. Pours copper/amber with a thick tan head that lingers slightly.

Aroma is filled with caramel and candi sugar, a hint of milk chocolate candy. There is a mild but bright cinnamon spice note. Some butterscoth is also apparent.

Flavor is super caramelly, lightly buttery. They complement each other well. One of the few beers I have found where diacetyl works well in the beer. There is also raisin, fruitcake, and a mild clove like spice. It is very drinkable and tasty.

The moutfeel is slick and mouthcoating.

This is an excellent beer. It would be great for dessert. More sweet and caramelly than other quads, but it does it right. Not cloying, just outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 06:07:21 | More by lionchow
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,433 ratings.