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

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)

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Ratings: 1366
Reviews: 819
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002)
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RhyminBelmont

Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the map room in bucktown, chi il

A- inky and opaque, looks thick before taking a sip at all. Not much head, but it's a pretty full pull from the tap, so maybe the bartender didn't leave room.

S- fruity, boozy, sweet

T- out.rageous. sweet, wet dark fruit. Slightly present fairly warming alcohol. Hard to put into words. Plenty of character, fucking delicious.

M- oily, warming, light if any carbonation, not drying at all and surprisingly refreshing.

O- outstanding. This is the 2012 vintage and I'm loving it. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 01:47:06 | More by RhyminBelmont
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chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gouden Carolus Blue on tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville. {review largely confirmed and lightly tweaked based on bottle consumed April 2014}

Very dark reddish-brown; clear, with a small but very durable head. Decent lacing.

Nice, fruity, plum dominated aroma. Slight solvent-like note to the flavor, probably an alcohol ester. Still, not terribly boozy for 11% ABV. Raisins and dates in the flavor.

Medum plus body; very smooth.

O: a little disappointing given my very high expectations.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 02:35:28 | More by chinchill
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from tap into signature chalice at flying saucer in charlotte, NC.
Deep brown/ruby color with half finger of white foam. Nice sweet dark malts and dried fruit aroma. Similar flavor...dried fruit and dark coffee and lots of chocolate malts. Scary easy to drink as the abv is +10. Really nice brew, but a tad over sweet for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2013 01:17:20 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Tone

Missouri

4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of tartness, sourness, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, slight pale malt, hint of roasted malt, slight hop, slight dark citrus, and slight yeast. Overall, good appearance, feel, body, and complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 18:06:50 | More by Tone
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 05:21:20 | More by KickbacksSteve
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WynnO

Florida

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

Had this twice recently, both times from a sixth-barrel.

Let us proceed to the chase. The taste cuts you like a knife loaded with...only God knows. My palette cannot discern all the goodness in this beer. It is super complex; an in your face "HELLO". Malts? Yes, yet the accompanying flavors threw me for a loop. It's just FLAT OUT GOOD. You will sense a significant sweet factor on your first taste. Then it tapers off a bit, landing on a steady flow of "What the Hell is going on in my mouth?"

Its pour is a very dark brown milky brew. Smell is surprisingly weak but the mouthfeel is terrific---you can partake many pours without it ever having a disagreement with your tasting cavity.

Overall? LORD YES. If you pass this up count yourself a fool. Remember Het Anker for it is a world-class 19th Century Belgian jewel. And YES I did stay overnight there in 2012.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 04:42:19 | More by WynnO
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Philousa

California

4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at Good Karma on 8/15/2012. Reviewed from notes.

Pours an opaque reddish brown that reminds me of cedar. A wispy tan head doesn't quite cover the surface and clings to the edge of the Gouden Carolus chalice (gotta love the proper glassware). Lots of berries - cherries, black berries, pit fruit - in the nose to start. Some alcohol/wood presence as well. Dark berry flavors are evident up front with some mild wood characteristics. Some hard alcohol tendencies and flavors follow - bourbon comes to mind. Candied sugar makes its presence known, but it doesn't dominate and blends in with the other flavors well. Feel is super dry and viscosity is low, almost water like.

This is one of my favorites. The fruit aroma is so strong and the malt presence in taste is so different. A very complex sipping beer that hides its alcohol well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 05:24:20 | More by Philousa
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Damn tasty beer right here. Dark chestnut brown in color, mostly translucent, with a small off-white head that receded to a tiny ringlet, but still left a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma rich with honey and dark fruits. Taste is dominated by rich sugars--honey and molasses, mainly--and prunes, afterthoughts of bready yeast, raisins, cotton candy, earthy hops. Full of flavor, heavy-medium body, and quite a pleasant drink overall. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 12:47:01 | More by Rifugium
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UpToMeBeer

Colorado

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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

wow this is really something special. on tap at the bull and bush in denver. 10oz goblet for 7 dollars, reasonable. looks like a holiday beer, with a deep mahogany color and a thick thick white belgian head. smells very fruity with a fresh baked bread sort of aroma as well, mild spice. flavor is dried fruits and a touch of spice. its a little sweet but incredibly well balanced and interesting. alcohol pokes through a little in the finish. mouthfeel is fantastic, smooth and fuller bodied. this is an outstanding beer, one i had never heard of before, but one i will absolutely seek out in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2012 20:24:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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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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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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notchucknorris

California

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stone Brewery

A: Clear and very dark brown color with a thin tan head.

S: Huge raisin and raisin skin aroma along with an amazing aroma of freshly baked raisin bread.

T: Burnt raisins, brown sugar, brandy glazed fruitcake and baking spices. Mouthfeel is a little on the thick side, but this is an amazing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 03:13:11 | More by notchucknorris
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wifehatesthebike

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost Porter like darkness with a touch of ruby when held up to the light. Creamy looking off white head.

S: Excellent. Smells like cinnamon raisin bread. Not sure what else to say here.

T: Juicy raisins. The sweetness lays on the mouth and lasts without becoming over bearing.

M: Very smooth, only a hint of carbonation. Covers the tongue with a blanket of fruit and breadiness.

O: Extremely enjoyable to drink. Fruit overpowers the malt backbone. This beer is a liquid dessert but not so sweet as to limit it's drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 02:07:58 | More by wifehatesthebike
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gdfullwv

West Virginia

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

Has this on tap at Church Key in Washington, DC this week. It was exclusive to them to be on draught, so I may have had a different experience than in a bottle.

Overall, I find it to be a very good beer. I don't typically like "sweet" beers, but this had a nice balance of fruity/plumy taste to malt. Even at a 11% the alcohol doesn't really come through except for the nice warm feeling when swallowed.

If you are a fan of the Three Philosophers, Black Albert or other strong Belgian style beers that are just a touch sweet, then I would definitely give this beer a try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 15:36:13 | More by gdfullwv
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Natural510

Ohio

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

On-tap offering at The Trappist in Oakland, served in its own glassware.

Pours a dark, tobacco-brown color with nice swath of creamy head, which dissipates to a more scant lacing.
The scent is pungent, mesmerizing. Deep malts which give off a sweet odor of molasses and red licorice.
The flavor is similar to the aroma; heavy malts, sweet with brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon and licorice. Yeast and hops come through in the finish to round out the drink with a discernible balance.
Body is full, complementing the other characteristics of the brew. Creamy & complex.
Excellent offering I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to taste from the tap. It would definitely keep one warm & happy in the winter months.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2010 02:17:39 | More by Natural510
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at new Paradiso in Old Town Alexandria, VA.

A: Nice reddish brown color thats semi clear with a nice bubbly head. Very Elegant and clean looking beer.

S: Lots of Dark Fruit, Malts of many variaties appear, spices, and a definite sugary confection type smell.

T: Overall very sweet but dry. Plum, alcohol burn/sugar, dark fruits, very malty. Dessert wine comes to mind with this one, maybe a little too sweet for me but very complex and good.

M: Good overall, medium bodied and nice carbonation.

D: This is a sipper for dessert for sure. A solid brew all around.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2010 00:11:11 | More by Dreadnaught33
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at bluedog chalfont. Served in a tulip glass.

A- comes to me with a good finger of light tan head that settles quickly leaving a thin shin on top and a thick ring around the glass. Hazy dark red brown in color with a nice glow in the light.

S- sweet and spice with caramel and cloves coming to mind. Some fruity esters with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg.

T- the nose don't lie. This tastes exactly like what it smells like. Layered spice and sweet with a strong belgian yeast fruitiness. Caramel covered dates with fall spice and candied plums. A lighter peach apricot fruit comes in later with some significant warming.

M- a bit more then medium in body and a nice mid to light creamy carb. Hint of heat as it warms.

D- for 11 abv its masterfully used but not hot in any way. This is a great bsda.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2010 02:20:44 | More by oglmcdgl
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

Intense and long dark ale with a great sipping quality.

Presentation: 12 oz draft serving. Menu offers a short but well crafted description. Notes year (2009), and Alc. by Vol. (11.0%) Served on a Golden Carolus Goblet.

A - Dark brown serving with a 1/4 " creamy head, fair retention, lumpy surface memory with good strokes of lacing.

S - Nice nose, rather sweet, hinting at a complexity of caramel and dark fruits.

T - Complex range, pretty hefty, with brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits... Raisins, plums. Memories of port. Yeasty touch in the back with a gentle bitter touch and a hint of spiciness..

M - Medium-full body with generous carbonation that fades adequately as the brew progresses. Boozy lingering finish.

D - Rich and pleasing sipper.

Notes: First Carolus I have had, and as a slow brew with a broad range it is rather pleasing. A bit overpriced on this draft import serving, but that aside the experience was well worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 06:54:17 | More by Daniellobo
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

07 on-tap at 3Fs pub.
A: served in tulip. deep ruby/chestnut/amber. slight haze. nice light tan head.
S: dark candied fruits mostly. rummy booze. some earthy spice and funk and dark caramel/nutty malts.
T: dark belgian candy sugar, dark dried fruit, roasted nuts. has a cough syrup thing going on. hops very understated.
M: medium bodied, well-carbonated, a bit of a sweet and sour finish. bit of a lingering medicinal cough syrup thing in the aftertaste.
D: definitely a sipper, tough to finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 22:25:35 | More by MrMcGibblets
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in 2008. Ten and a half ounce pour, served in a tulip. $8 and worth every penny. I've seen cases of 750's for $115 and the purchase is a looming consideration.

A: BEAUTIFUL! Dark, cloudy garnet body. Small tan head fizzes out quickly. No lacing. I can look past the small head and lack of lacing since I'm not sure these qualities ever stood a chance really. Besides, the richness and depth of the body alone more than make up for it. This beer wants to be still. A vigorous swirl will bring about a small head but, within seconds, it will be gone again.

S & T: Incredible complexity, somehow intense but extremely delicate at the same time. Malt forward. Toasty. Aroma is of molasses and dark, overly ripe alcohol soaked fruits: Raisins, prunes, plums & dates. Brown sugar plus caramel mixed with a moderate amount of earthy spiciness which showcases the clove. Harmonious blend of ALL flavors. At 11%, it's no surprise and not to a fault, that a warm yet soft alcohol flavor/aroma comes through a bit. Perfect.

M: Smooth, velvety, plush. Admirable alcoholic warmth and mouth coating sweetness is perfectly balanced by the champagne-esque effervescence. Semi cloying, creating an incredibly long lasting flavor duration.

D: Each sip is better than the last. This brew is single-handedly responsible for my recent pursuit of BSDA's. Unfortunately for me, nothing has even come close to stacking up to this. As I'm sure my score will reflect, this is my all time favorite beer.

Note: I've had the bottled version from 2009 as well which was not nearly as impressive. This brew improves SIGNIFICANTLY with age. Draft might be important as well.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2010 15:30:22 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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

On tap at Max's (have not seen this on tap at too many places).

The beer pours a reddish amber color that is just a bit murky. On the nose... this is what Belgian beers are all about. I get a huge aroma of sugar daddy, cherry, chocolate, orange citrus, and a hint of root beer. This smells just incredible. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose almost exactly and are just as impressive. There's a bit more anise then there is on the nose, but that only helps to buoy the moderate sweetness a bit more. This beer is just incredibly delicious. Mouthfeel is good, with decent length and a full, fairly long finish. Alcohol is fairly well disguised, but lets not kid ourselves. This is clearly a rich, heady, no holds barred Belgain strong ale. Unless you're a masochist, you're not going to be pounding down pints of these bad boys.

Fabulous stuff. If you don't like this, then you probably don't like beer. Yummm....

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2009 23:32:24 | More by johnmichaelsen
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very happy to see this on tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA. Had just a sip at the Sharp Edge's Great European Beerfest this year & wanted more.

Poured into a tulip the color of dark, amber maple syrup with a thin head. Some gold highlights, little lacing.

Smells wonderful, of dark fruit, heavy malt. The smell carries very well & hits you hard, like you just walked into a kitchen cooking some delicious plum pudding & stuck your head over the pot. The fragrance just wafts up. Awesome.

Taste of maple, kind of nutty, some holiday spice (cinammon, nutmeg), orange, rich malt, plum, raisins, cherries. Very complex taste, the alcohol picks up as it warms & becomes warming itself.

Mouthfeel is smooth & full, coats the mouth without being slick. There's some residual sweetness that's not sticky.

This is a keeper! One to sip & enjoy & hope it never ends.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2009 23:35:23 | More by OneDropSoup
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thequeen711

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this exquisite pour from the taps of TJ's Everyday in Paoli,PA. Deep reddish pour that left light lacing. Nose of dark fruits, alcohol...and various spices I couldn't individually identify. Taste of sweet malts, sugar, fruits...this Belgian Dark is caramel deep and rich in flavour! I like this brew so much, I bought a bomber, and will savor it soon!!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2009 23:38:11 | More by thequeen711
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jminsc76

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(While BA's title for this beer is under Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or - Cuvée Van De Keizer, my review is for the aged version on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena on 3/19/09)

This beer is listed as Gouden Carolus The Emperor 2002 Het Anker on Lucky Baldwin's menu. The color is a very dark brown with a vivid reddish/purplish tinge. Not much head from the pour, and agitation does little to bring it up, but it doesn't take long to figure out why. A strong smell of raisins, plums, figs, and other deep, fruity aromas; some molasses in there as well.

It's been aging since 2002, so don't expect the more beer-ey tones to be present, but my God, the flavors are incredibly sweet and powerful, yet smooth. No yeasty alcoholic taste, just pure fruity goodness. Retains all of its alcoholic properties, as my rapidly progressing inebriation can attest to. Very enjoyable, and not because it's less attainable. Get thee to Lucky Baldwin's for this aged version, the unaged, and what is presently three or four other Gouden Carolus beers. Nummy num.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 01:26:22 | More by jminsc76
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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
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