Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) - Brouwerij Het Anker
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4.08/5 rDev -5.3%
750 ml bottle poured into a red wine glass. 2009 vintage.
A - Pours a murky brown with ruby hues. Pours with a puffy off-white head that dissipates after a few minutes. Nice lacing covers the sides of the glass.
S - Rich, sweet aroma you would expect from a bigger Belgian beer. Aroma consists of plums, rum-soaked raisins, molasses and candied sugar. Some underlying bready malts. Subtle hints of alcohol.
T - Lots of sweet raisins, figs and candi sugar take over the palate. Molasses, toffee and caramel malts break into the middle to help balance out the sweetness. The taste is more sweet than rich and malty. A slight alcohol burn hits the
M - Smooth medium body with light carbonation. The alcohol gives a warmth that fades quickly. There is a slight syrupy feel.
O - Overall, this is pretty good. A little sweet but still has enough going on to make it an enjoyable beer. It's not quite in the same league as some of the other major Belgians dark ales and quads. Would recommend giving it a try.
12-30-2011 06:39:31 | More by Mahlik
4.18/5 rDev -3%
Pours a hazy burnt copper hue which leaves a one finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is really strong boozy alcohol and i mean strong with also raisins soaked in brandy and xmas pudding,the mouthfeel is like a liquid pudding its thick and fullfilling with tastes of cherry brandy,raisins,candied figs,brown sugar,port,apple crumble and the finish is like a nice port sweet,warming,dry and very boozy and overall this one bottle is more than enough thank god i didnt get a 6litre but its a great Xmas drop in my eyes and palette cheers.
12-24-2011 03:26:33 | More by ADZA
5/5 rDev +16%
P-Nice medival sketch with man on horse.
A-Poured it delicately because i wanted less head and more to drink! Pours a hazy dark wood brown. Head is soft and slowly goes away.
S-Just a rush of alcohol to the nostril. Tons of Belgian candy and yeast and malts. Cinnamon and stints of bourbon like.
T-Pure heaven. At first you get a nice heavy sweetness that slowly subdues behind the alcohol and then the malts and yeast rise in and fill nicely. Low carbonation and more flat but its perfect.
M-Feels really silky and smooth. Full bodied yet soft with beautiful notes of Belgian candy. Finishes clean and nice and makes you urge for another sip.
O-This is my favorite beer of all time and ive had many! Just a beautiful well rounded beer that has so much to offer.
12-17-2011 04:30:54 | More by ales4baldo
4.3/5 rDev -0.2%
750ml corked and caged bottle. 2011 vintage.
A- Pours a very murky muddy brown color with a decent sized white foam head that fades away rather quickly. Some scattered lace left behind.
S- Belgian candy sugar and caramel malt are most pronounced in the nose. Some light spice is there as well.
T- Now we're talking! Very nice sweetness upfront with a lightly toasted flavor throughout. Complex flavor profile as it warms with some caramel, candy sugar, spice, dark fruit, tobacco, clove, and maybe even some vinous qualities. I'm surprised to see this at 11% because it tastes closer to 9%.
M- Medium/full bodied with great spritzy carbonation.
O- One really nice brew. Easily up there with Abt 12, Rochefort 10, and Chimay Blue yet it doesn't seem to get nearly as much attention. The only real knock I have against it is the murky pour but maybe I hadn't given it enough time to settle after grabbing it from the fridge. Very tasty and one I will pick up again.
12-16-2011 23:38:18 | More by projectflam86
4.28/5 rDev -0.7%
Chocolate brown that goes tangerine amber in light with a solid tan carpet that fades to rimming film.
Kola nut, raisin toast, butter (!), port barrel, and rum-soaked plums - all sorts of depth on the nose.
Bananas Foster sauce (melted brown sugar and butter), sultanas, butter cookies, red plums, brown soda bread crust with some winter spice to finish.
Candied ginger comeback and tingling linger. Incredibly silky and round, medium-full, some chew, the slightest hint of burn.
The body is the thing about this one - velvety soft and you'd never guess it goes up to 11. Cream soda sweetness is the main force, with a buttery texture that makes this a big beer which threatens to cloy, but there is the spice to check things in check - just.
Formidable - but it could use some food.
12-11-2011 15:02:05 | More by StJamesGate
4.85/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
12-11-2011 04:57:19 | More by SoonerNY
4.28/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
12-03-2011 22:45:16 | More by ummswimmin
3.68/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
12-03-2011 01:51:16 | More by amphion1065
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
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