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

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Ratings: 1,423
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 169
Gots: 186 | FT: 11
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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atomeyes

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a bottle I brought from Amsterdam. 2007 vintage. cellared it and we decided to have it tonight.

Very little head upon pouring. it was a beautiful murky brown colour with a slurry-like consistency. you could see little pockets of carbonation in it. some yeasties floated to the top of our chalices.

I couldn't really discover a strong bouquet. Fig is present, but not punching me in the nose.

Flavour: I assume its the aging that did it. so tasty. it had a cognac aftertaste, or almost like Cherry Coke. That sweet with a weee bit of sour (not strong) was delicious. cannot taste any alcohol whatsoever. just told my wife that its an 11% alcohol beer and she adamantly said NO! The cherry coke comment could be felt in the aftertaste...that sour with some underlying cola bitterness. its a reasonably sweet beer with that dark molasses/fig flavour you expect from this type of dark beer.

Mouthfeel: very smooth.

Overall: i'd buy this and cellar it in a heartbeat. we had another bottle of this that we opened 2 years ago and we were relatively unimpressed. this cellared one, tho....yeah. me likies.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 02:02:46 | More by atomeyes
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

11-16-2011 03:18:36 | More by bpfrush
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jeezie

California

5/5  rDev +16%

11-16-2011 02:55:46 | More by jeezie
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-15-2011 16:08:12 | More by richbrew
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IpeeA

Missouri

5/5  rDev +16%

11-15-2011 04:18:24 | More by IpeeA
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16%

11-15-2011 00:01:45 | More by Elfastball7
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13%

11-14-2011 20:59:57 | More by djrn2
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jlb502

California

5/5  rDev +16%

11-14-2011 18:52:53 | More by jlb502
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-14-2011 16:48:38 | More by JAHMUR
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avaldivia

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-14-2011 09:43:44 | More by avaldivia
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 ounce bomber, corked-and-caged, opened and poured into my New Belgium Globe glass.

A: Pours a deep hazy murky shade of brown, with a big luscious light brown head on top, thick and full, two fingers worth. Picture-perfect.

S: Rich notes of raisins, dates, and other dark fruits... maybe toffee as well. All done at a fairly strong volume.

T: Taste follows the nose. This is a very sweet beer. Candied sugars seem to dominate, but yeasty breadiness couples with toffee nicely underneath. Flavors of dark fruits don't shine through as well on the taste as they did the nose.

Despite it's dry finish, this is certainly not a "balanced beer". It leans towards the sweet side, yet for some reason it's really working for me here.

M: Very light and creamy in the mouth, and finishes with plenty of dry tongue-coating, leaving me wanting more.

D/O: As I worked through the 22-ouncer, the sweetness began to wear on me. It's a good beer, but I think I only really enjoy it in smaller quantities.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 03:40:09 | More by psuKinger
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tjkinate

Nebraska

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time having this brew, as good as I remembered.

A: Murky brown bodied brew topped with a 1+ fingered head composed of small bubbles that are slightly off white and dissipate very slowly.

S: Dark fruits, along with apple, coriander, and loads of malts.

T: Very similar to the smell, raisons, herbs and spices with loads of sweet caramel malts. ABV was slightly detectable, but not unpleasant.

M: Medium bodied, light burn from the alcohol in a good way.

O: This was the first "expensive" beer I bought when getting into craft beer. Really opened my eyes back then and was just as enjoyable the second time around.

Serving type: growler

11-08-2011 22:54:32 | More by tjkinate
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Mar02x

Netherlands

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

My father in law is sharing this beer with me. Thanks Piet! He bought it at the Hopduvel, were we went together.

A - A bright red-brown beer with a beige head that quickly disappears (I think the glass is dirty).

S - A nice wine or brandy oder mixed with a toffee aroma and yeast.

T - A rather sweet beer, candy sugar, spices and a light cognac taste make it delicious.

M - The carbonation is medium. The mouth feeling was nice and the tastes evolves when going over your tongue. The aftertaste is slightly syrupy and there is no bitter finish, but there is a nice alcohol warmth.

O - A very nice after-dinner beer. One has to try this and buying it over and over again!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 05:39:27 | More by Mar02x
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mikedotnet

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark reddish-brown translucent body with very minimal head that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing and the carbonation looks a bit low.

S - Very sweet, fruity aroma; a very faint hint of alcohol. I can smell hints of plums and cherries, but they are very faint (even more so than the alcohol).

T - Not much to write home about, the taste is moderately sweet and has a bit of warmth at the end. There is absolutely no bitterness at all. This one is far from complex.

M - Surprisingly thin body and very little carbonation make this a bit unimpressive for me. It's not bad; just average.

O - This 2010 bottle isn't very impressive. It's not a bad beer, but just rather average. Reading some other reviews, it seems I may be in the minority with my opinion, but when compared to the various Trappist strong dark ales, this one just doesn't stand up.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 02:02:10 | More by mikedotnet
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n2185

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009, 2010, and 2011 bottles side-by-side.

Appearance:
2011--pours a clear ruby-mahogony with a finger of khaki head recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.
2010--pours a brown-mahogony with two fingers of khaki head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.
2009--slightly darker still, but other than that the same.

Smell:
2011--lots of dark, sweet fruits. Plums, raisins, dates, etc. There are also bubblegum aromas along with sweet apple notes. Slight alcohol aroma as well.
2010--similar to the 2011, lots of dark, sweet fruits along with a touch of bubblegum. There is a faint aroma of butter as well along with sweet breads and no alcohol presence.
2009--again, sweet dark fruits along with some bubblegum aromas. The sweet apple aromas return in this one as well with sweet bready aromas.

Taste:
2011--again, dark, sweet fruits. Plums, dates, raisins,etc. Sweet, bready flavors along with bubblegum follow. Slight alcohol burn.
2010--dark, sweet fruits again with only a hint of bubblegum. Sweet bready yeast flavors bring up the finish with a very slight bitterness and alcohol burn.
2009--again, dark fruits dominate with some bubblegum as well. Sweet bready and yeasty flavors on the finish with no real alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel:
2011--medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer manages to be both light and creamy
2010--medium body with higher carbonation, this beer is a lot drier than the 2011.
2009--similar to the 2010, this vintage manages to be light, crisp and creamy.

Overall:
2011--quite good. Sweet, but still light and tasty with only a slight alcohol presence to hint at its abv.
2010--very good, it actually seems less sweet than the 2011. Very tasty.
2009--also very tasty and crisp. Sweet and creamy, yet light and dry.

Ultimately, there isn't much sifference between the 3, but they're all very good. I prefer the 2009, but it's a very slight difference. It's just a bit smoother and not quite as sweet. Still, I think this beer could age well for 5+ years.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 23:15:57 | More by n2185
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

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

2011 Vintage.

A: 1" tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over very dark mahogany cloudy liquid.

S: Yeast, alcohol esters, figs, pear, cherry, sweet brown sugar.

T: Pear and apple up front which transitions to cherry, figs and a finish which a fair amount of alcohol. Main criticism is that it does not hide the alcohol as well as it could.

M: Thick viscosity and a high level of carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol.

O: A good beer that would probably be best aged, so that the alcohol is muted. However, I believe that Unibroue's Terrible is a similar and better Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 00:52:04 | More by DaftCaskBC
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scottfrie

California

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

Reviewed from old notes.

A: Pours a rusty-fruity brownish-red with a thick light than head that slowly faded into a very thick/fluffy film that left solid sheets/rings of thick lacing don the glass.
S: Big notes of vanilla with lesser notes of butterscotch, orange zest, dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol vapor.
T: Fruitier than the nose suggested and very sweet. I get notes of raisins, sweet fruit juices, clove, blueberries, plums, and sugary syrup. The aftertaste is dry and nutty and reminds me of port. I get some flashes of Dr. Pepper every couple of sips.
M: Very creamy and soft mouthfeel with soft bubbly carbonatikon and a smooth medium body.
O: A solid beer and easy to drink. Rich flavors were smooth and complex.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 15:36:20 | More by scottfrie
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jeff1973

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Ommegang Three Philosophers mini goblet. 2011 vintage.

A - Clear dark ruby red. Light tan head leaves good lacing.

S - Sweet dark brown sugar, figs, dates.

T - Continues with a really nice dark brown sugar taste. Really dark burnt sugar like on a Creme Brulee. Then the dark, sticky fruits come into play. Although sweet, ends in an acidic port wine note, then dries out not to be too overwhelming.

M - Medium carbonation. Medium thick mouthfeel. The thickness comes from that sticky date and fig taste.

D - A lot going on. So drinkablility is relatively low. Although this beer is extremely smooth for 11% ABV. I get no booze out of it at all.

Excellent beer. Everything you want from a Dark Belgian Strong. Nice sweet burnt sugar flavor with a few tricks thrown in to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 04:01:26 | More by jeff1973
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sticker on neck of bottle indicates 2009 vintage.

Pours a clear root beer color with a 1/2 inch tan head that fades to an oily film. Broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is awesome with sweet biscuit-like malt, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, and alcohol aromas. Taste is exactly like the smell with a very sweet and rich set of complex flavors. This beer has a good carbonation level with a crisp and slightly prickly mouthfeel. The alcohol hits the back of the throat with each sip and creates a warming on the drink down. Overall, this is a very good beer with awesome dark fruit/molasses flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 17:23:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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oline73

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful clear mahogany with tow fingers of tan head and good retention.

Smell: sweet fruity caramel malt, dark fruit and bananas, some yeast spice.

Taste: very sweet, malty, hints of banana, dark fruits, caramel. Yeast spice, mildli bitter with some warm alcohol in finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, mildly syrupy, tingly carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: very smooth given the abv. Good mix of flavors, would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 22:20:52 | More by oline73
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark red, no lacing really. single finger head.

S: musty with apple notes.

T: tons of dark fruit. Prune and cranberry mostly. Some woody notes.

M: smooth, thick and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I am picky about my belgian strong dark ales beers and this one is not one I loved.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 23:32:00 | More by kylehay2004
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Filosoof

Netherlands

4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great great beer. An excentric style. There are dessert wines; this looks like a dessert beer. So powerful. It is very sweet, but functionally sweet.

L: need I say more? A great top, Deep dark.
S: this is a complete fruit garden and candy shop in one. Candy rock/stick. Orange, prunes, figes and many more.
T: in line with the smell; great combination with Stilton;
M: lovely.
O: top of the bill.

A bit too heavy and sweet to drink it very often, but great as a finish of a wonderful dinner.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 21:03:09 | More by Filosoof
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9.4oz bottle, poured into a snifter
Jaargang 2010

A: Pours a dark mahogany almost cola colored brown, with 1 fingers width of light khaki colored head, which dissipates quickly down to almost nothing and leaves a small amount of patchy lacing.

S: Plums and red grapes with a noticeable alcohol presence. Almost has a red wine-esqu aroma at first. A hint of licorice and a nutty aroma, along with another fruity sweetness of the non-dark fruit variety that I can’t quite place. Complex aroma with lots of layers. Very inviting.

T: The first sip is sugary dark fruit sweetness and it is delicious. Tons of plum and fig right from the get go. An impressively high level of sweetness with an alcohol presence to balance it out. A caramel character becomes more prevalent as it warms, and there are intermittent hints of chocolate on the backend, but the majority of the drink is dominated by sugary ripe dark fruits. Perhaps just a touch too sweet, and the flavor profile isn’t as complex as the aroma, but really that’s just splitting hairs. This is a damn tasty beer.

M/D: Incredibly smooth and easy to drink, especially considering the heavy flavors and the high ABV. Moderate to heavy bodied, more so than other beers of the style I’ve had, but to me that’s a good thing. Warms the body quite nicely.

O: Overall, this is really quite a fantastic beer. I would say its significantly better than any other Belgium Strong Dark Ale I’ve had and that includes Chimay Blue and Rochefort 8. If the palate profile was a little more complex (some other characters to match that sugary dark fruit sweetness) it would be in my top handful of all-time favorite beers, but nonetheless, it is very good and definitely a must try for fans of Belgium ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 01:50:27 | More by zac16125
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ksimons

New York

4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage
A-dark brown with ruby highlights and a fingers worth of creamy head

S-rich malts, banana sweetness, and dark fruits

T-a really nice complex taste; super rich malts dominate with juicy dark fruits and a yeasty tanginess, and caramel, ABV spiciness comes out in the end but is still super smooth

M-full body, light carbonation, smooth and creamy

Overall another excellent beer from Het Anker, incredibly drinkable, complex, and smooth. Will continue looking out for more beers from Het Anker which is becoming one of my all time favorites

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 23:13:14 | More by ksimons
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beeragent

Texas

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

Poured into a glass from a bottle.

A - pours a deep brown, forming a fluffy off-white head. Medium spots of lace on the glass.

S- strong aroma of candied dark fruit with a noticeable alcohol presence as the beer warms.

T - Belgium candy sugar coats the palate, followed by a sweet plum/raisin taste with the caramel malt infused throughout the taste. Very complex!

M - heavy bodied and very smooth. Low carbonation with the taste remaining long after the swallow.

D - amazingly complex and full flavor. Body and aroma are everything you would expect from a Belgium beer. Definitely a beer to savor and sip.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 02:01:13 | More by beeragent
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,423 ratings.