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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%

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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of roopy40

Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark ruby color when light hits it, but more dark brown in color. Soapy looking head that didn't stick around for very long, but left some sweet lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet, candy smell. Like cherry sweet tarts or something similar. Sweet bread, candied raisins.

T - Just as sweet as the smell. Cherry sweet tarts again. Alcohol is present, but not accounted for. Bready, spicy, delicious.

M - Full bodied, well carbonated, loses some of that when it warms. Very well balanced and a wonderful mouthfeel overall.

D - Very drinkable. Almost scary as it's 11%. Beware the sweetness and just keep in mind that it packs a punch.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2009 19:17:42 | More by roopy40
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Rhode Island

4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 version 3/14 @ Armsby Abbey. Pours dark caramel brown with minimal white lacing. Aroma of molasses, caramel, and candied sugar. Delicious flavor. Sweet malts and caramel descend into a candies sugar, yeasty finish. Very sweet, but not overly so. Thick mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Super delicious beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2009 20:23:06 | More by RomanW70
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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capones.

Poured a deeper and cloudy/muddy brownish color wih virtually no head. Aromas of dark fruits (prunes and raisins) and fruity. Tastes of the same dark fruitiness (plums and raisins), caramel, toffee, and some lighter spiciness. All around on the sweeter side. Lighter alcohol in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 21:44:18 | More by hopdog
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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #100! Served on tap in a 9oz snifter. Never had this one and saw it on tap, even better.

A- Van De Keizer came to me with a very faint off white head that eventually left the building. The color is a mixture of dark red and brown really giving off a maroon color almost mahogany like. Very dark all around.

S- Cuvee gives off some vinious scents with dark fruits and some grapes present. Some burnt sugars as well as roasted malt. More brown sugar with warming as well as molasses and a hint of vanilla. Raisins as well as cinnamon and pear come through with time.

T- Wow, now this is a well rounded BSDA. A lot of the dark fruit comes through initially with apple and pear following and brown sugar. A lot of sweet malts in the middle as well as figs dates and cinnamon. The 11% is well masked but alcohol does make an appearence. A bit of clove and banana.

M- Very smooth with a creamy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Liked the way the fruit appeal stuck around for a bit. This 11%er gave off some warming hints which was expected. You get the whole array of flavor from the smallest coating the mouth. Medium to full bodied. Thick and full flavored, good stuff.

D- 11%, you kidding me. A night time beer for sure. The 9oz serving I had was a good size portion for a beer this complex. I would never think of drinking a whole bottle to myself, even though i would like to try a bottle to compare. I was not impressed with Het Ankers Noel offering but this restored my faith in this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 17:09:29 | More by BARFLYB
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4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Teresa's and tasted with jac5084 and nittanybeerfan.

A: Incredible red wine color with a hint of brown. This one yields no head nor does it lace. Neither of which I was expecting.

S: Wow I feel like I'm at a wine tasting or something. Smells like red wine, vinegar, dark fruits (raisins, plums), and some alcohol with yeast funk.

T: Absolutely incredible. Very wine-like merlot with vinegar notes and fruits. It is a syrupy feel, but there is also ample carbonation that makes the beer just perfect.

Overall, this one lives up to its name. It is like no other beer I have had

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 22:39:37 | More by treyrab
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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a 2003 bottle from Old Town Liquor. Pours thick, clear, orange-brown, with very little head. Aroma is heavily candied fruits, sugars, and raisins. Taste is caramel and candied fruits, with strong malt and holiday spice. Syrupy feel with a slight alcohol burn. Very enjoyable beer, but only a bottle at a time.
2007, on tap at Pizza Port, Solana Beach. Much better this time. hazy mahogany pour with a short white head. More sherry and plum aroma and taste. More vinuous. Lighter mouthfeel. Less syrupy sweetness. All around an excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 20:01:46 | More by magictrokini
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4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, I found this on tap?!?! at Teresa's in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Had to give it a try...

It is such a dark a beautiful amber, with a great white head and some slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

One whiff is not enough, for there is such much to be fournd in the smell. I had a difficult time deciphering flavors, but I got some vinegar, molasses, tons of brown sugar, some vanilla, some dark grapes which added a sense of dryness in the nose. There is just so much to be found and explored.

As seen in the aroma, this beer is just as complex on the palate. So many flavors coming out it so many directions (all listed above in the scent). It all blends so nicely together, with nothing standing out, or too over powering. There are some sweet bourbon tastes to be savored here.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2008 08:33:19 | More by CoolJosh
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4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it on tap @ beachwood BBQ. Good head, swirls nicely releasing aroma of raisin and brown sugar. Lighter bodied than I imagined it would be. Dark, good head, slightly carbonated. Better as it warms up, the tastes of fruits, possibly citrus and sugars really come out.

Tasty, but not a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2008 06:41:40 | More by antilogic
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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is of stewed apples and cinnamon, pear and candied fermented cidre. Taste is sweet similar to nose with cidre, leather. Honeyed and candied. Shoe polish solvent with apple and acidity from yeast (presumably). Bready and malty. Finishes clean with Belgian yeast flair.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2008 03:10:38 | More by Chinon01
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4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Brickstore Pub in Atlanta in a logoed small goblet.

Pours one shade less than black that is dark brown when held up to the light. Great one-finger off-white head that is very smooth. Lacing is fun to watch - very smooth at first that gently turns into a cascade.

Smells very sweet and syrupy. Almost like a liquor.

Tastes very good. Again, like the smell, it's very sweet and syrupy. There are hints of dark fruit, and after drinking it when I lick my lips I can still taste the sugars. Just the slightest hint of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is also very good. Very smooth, with the carbonation just enough to bring out the flavors. Pretty thick.

Drinkability is good, but it's too sweet to be great.

Overall this is an exceptionally smooth beer. Good and thick and goes down smooth. It's very sweet, but not quite too sweet. It's almost like a smooth liquor, but in beer form.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2008 01:35:30 | More by glid02
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4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

8 ounce glass at Naja's Place for $7.50 as my nightcap a couple nights ago, Blauw version, reviewed from notes

A-Ruby reddish brown with some orange highlights, small 1/4 inch off white head that was bubbly, flattened quickly, not much retention or lacing
S-Prunes, dates, figs, tart accents, bready aromas, sweetness, lots of malt, spices, maple syrup, oak, and black cherries
T-Starts off with brown sugar and the same dark fruits I found in the smell, some malt and sweet accents in the middle, finish is slightly dry with some distinct Belgian hops, cherries become stronger later on, lots of wood too, this beer would probably age wonderfully, lots of fruit throughout, a little sweet at times but not overwhelming, enjoyable
M-Needs carbonation badly, medium body, sweet, boozy, and syrupy mouthfeel, taste lasts a long time which was actually nice
D-Could not drink much more than this glass because its strength, not too heavy for its ABV though, alcohol is not hidden very well either, especially later on

Never considered forking over fourteen dollars for a bottle of this stuff, so I figured I should try it on draft while I could, probably will not drink it again at its price but glad I tried it, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2008 17:36:31 | More by Floydster
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

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

appearance - Dark amber color, white head and left some lace.

smell - Dark fruits, like cherries and berries. Has a strong sweet smell. Lots of malt.

taste - Sweet taste up front. alcohol present on the want down. Lots of dark fruit ate here. Heavy on the sweet malt.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - This beer is good. Had it at a beer tasting event, and then had it on tap the next day! Must try, and should be great to age. Website says 10 years!

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2008 20:58:00 | More by auxiliary
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On draft at Tyler's in Durham;

Draft arrives shimmering in its own gold-rimmed chalice, sporting a hazy blonde-orange-toffee body capped with a bulging finger of marshmallow-thick white foam that retains well and leaves a bit of fine lacing on the glass.

Smell is fruity, floral, yeasty and wonderful.

Taste is malty, juicy, and refreshing. Notes of ripe apple, banana, cloves and green melon rinds crispen and freshen the drink, but are kept in check by a solid, refined bitterness.

No hint of alcohol whatsoever detected in the amazingly-smooth drink. The drink is deceivingly burly! It was gone in a curious sip plus five intrigued near-gulps. I could have enjoyed this light-medium bodied beauty all day...or at least right until it knocked me flat on my ass!

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2008 19:52:16 | More by cvstrickland
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4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tend to be pretty conservative with my money, I prefer to call it frugal but most of my friends call it cheap. As a result, when I see a beer listed as $7.00 for 12 ounces, I need to do some serious weighing of the cost benefit ratio.
One taste, however, and you know where your money went. This beer is cram-packed with flavor. The wispy sweet aroma of cloves and raisins preview the crazy complex taste of the beer. The flavor is filled with dark fruit, and a hint of caramel apple with a pleasant warming alcohol that really makes this a cool weather treat.
Don't let the fancy name throw you. Carolus D'or Cuvee Van de Keizer is simply the Belgian way of saying, good beer of the emperor. More specifically it's a birthday beer commemorating one of Belgium's greatest sons, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V's birthday on February 24th 1500 A.D. in Ghent, Belgium. The beer is brewed once a year in limited quantities and intended for aging.
Admittedly, this beer is not cheap but in this case the kingly price tag does reflect the quality of the product inside. Almost always listed as one of the best beers in the world, I have to imagine that the Grand Cru of the Emperor would please the palette of Charles V and meet his holy roman hopes.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2008 18:03:08 | More by manleyphoto
Photo of Halcyondays


4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours a dark red/brown umber with a full white/tan head with good retention and good lacing.

S: Was actually not getting much until the beer warmed up, nice fruit and molasses, sugary malt.

T: Very tasty, I've only had this beer once before, but it is a great tasting BSDA. Great taste of dark fruit, raisin and prune, molasses and rum/brandy, very fruity and sweet, but not cloying at all, just a delicious, full beverage.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, good carbonation, though I would have liked a little richer mouthfeel.

D: This is one of the standards for this style, I think Charles V would be proud, a really good ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2008 02:46:02 | More by Halcyondays
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4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Trappist in Oakland in the proper Gouden Carolus glass.

A: Pours a murky brown with a thick white head. Lots of lacing and outstanding head retention.

S: Some brown sugar in the nose along with some ripe dark fruits. The alcohol is also rather apparent.

T: Lots of sweet overly ripe dark fruits such as raisins and figs. There is also some caramel, toffee, and maybe a little bit of molasses. It's very complex and a joy to sip. It is also very alcoholic. The alcohol nips at the end and slightly burns the back of the throat. It seems to mellow a bit as it warms.

M: Outstanding creamy mouthfeel with excellent carbonation.

D: A dinged it a bit on drinkability due to the alcohol. The delicious flavors make it an outstanding beer. A great brew for my 100th review.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2007 03:58:27 | More by willjschmidt
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bodega in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Pours a dark amber with a short, creamy head. Nose is slightly spicy, notes of cinnamon and a faintly cloves. Decent mouth feel, thought not the same velvety smoothness of the bottled version. Good body. Nice clean finish. While this is better than 90% of the beers out there, the bottled version blows this away. That being said, still a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2007 17:27:18 | More by bodegajohn
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4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gouden Carolus goblet at Hopleaf 9/9/07. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Cloudy brown-like melted milk chocolate. Small skimmy head.

S: Rich malty sweetness with hints of chocolate, prunes, figs, and molassas.

T: See directly above with the addition of a mild alcohol heat.

M: Smooth, creamy, and very rich.

D: Very drinkable, to say the least. The 11% is incredibly well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2007 20:54:52 | More by GbVDave
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very hazy tea colored large head. Tons of lacing.

S - Slightly fruity with caramel malt and faint toffee, dates, dried figs. Some alcohol.

T - Sweet dark fruits with a very sweet caramel that evolves to a slightly boozy presence with a complex sweetness. Aftertaste is a slightly boozy, lingering caramel sweetness with a mild bitterness.

M - High carbonation, thick, pretty refreshing.

D - Delicious worth having, I'll definitely have this again (if I ever come across another oppurtunity to have it). A little too sweet perhaps.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2007 23:28:49 | More by mrasskicktastic
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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

Gouden Carolus 2003 on tap at Lucky Baldwin's, served into a mini Chimay goblet.

This is a beer to enjoy after dinner. Extremely well balanced, nice caramel and toffee sweetness balanced by coriander sort of spicing and some dark fruits with a nice rich, creamy mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious, and the drinkability is extremely high considering the alcohol. I'm sure the 3 years of aging didn't hurt.

One of the best beers I've had during the wonderful Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beer Festival. I really cannot fault the beer in any way. It's just a delicious beer. Try it if you get the chance!

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2007 09:22:24 | More by rallison
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4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge fan of the Belgians but this beer was enough to almost turn my head around. Had it on tap at Max's this week and I'm glad I did. It came out in a goblet without any head to speak of but had a deep, rich mahogany color that hinted of complex flavors yet to come. This is probably the best smelling beer I’ve ever had, lush and malty with toffee, plumy notes. It just wafted out of the glass. The taste was great, all kinds of malt, not sweet at all, jammy, pruney flavors and no real alcohol bite. It’s a sipper but why hurry? The mouth feel was extremely smooth and drinkability was right up there. Wow! I like these pleasant surprises. Truly a great beer and a once in a long while on tap availability.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2006 18:07:13 | More by BeerIsland
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into a pint glass, around cellaring temperature.

Appearance: Very dark mahogany. Nearly opaque from the dark hue of the body; however, when put up to light, it appears to be a clear, haze-free deep-red brew. A very thin ochre tinted head dangles in the middle and sticks to the sides of the glass. Lacing completely coats the side of the glass forming a slightly discolored screen.

Smell: Immediately notice toffee and molasses, with an alcohol backbone.

Taste: Similar to the nose. Smokey, roasted malts with hints of cherry at the start, followed by a slight maple syrup flavor and a splash of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Although this one is heavy in the malts, the mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, with only a slight stickyness in the finish. The first few sips are a bit dry from the alcohol, but this soon fades to a nice silkiness once your palate adjusts.

Drinkability: This is a big one that will demand some slow sipping. It gets easier with each sip, but I can’t imagine having more than one or two of these in a sitting. Overall, a well-crafted beer that was very much enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2006 13:19:27 | More by bwyker
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an exceptional beer. I have had it a few times in bottles over the past few years but having it on tap a few weeks back at Monk's was the best tasting so far.

This beer pours a very deep, clowdy brown color with a sweet brownish head to it. The smell is nice and sweet but don't let that food you, it is 11% of pure Belgian beauty.

It had a nice sweet/chocolately taste but not overpowering or too syrupy. What a rich and complex beeer. I think they get better each year they release it and the older bottles get better with age as well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2005 03:46:34 | More by ggaughan
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North Carolina

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

On tap in Bruno's basement, does this guy hook it up or what!
Dark mahogany brown body with a chill haze (a bit too cold) and a thin but creamy oatmeal hued head that settles into a lasting veil, adorning my goblet with thick sheets of lace.

Aroma is an intoxication blend of sweet raisins, figs, vanilla-spice, banana, tropical fruit, green apple, toffee, and floral hops. Very powerful nose here, i can smell it from several feet away!

Flavor begins with a mouthfull of rum soaked raisins and figs, dark candi sugar, honey, molasses, mango, tart green apple, sour cherry, candied nuts, vanilla, and subtle yeat spice notes. Complex and very rich.

Body is just huge, with a creamy thick texture that glides down your throat like warm butter. Delicious and perfect for dessert.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2005 19:50:13 | More by AlexJ
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4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Roman's Pub. Poured a very dark brown with a small off-white head. Smells like ripe, almost overripe fruit, cherries, and kind of like licorice. Also smells faintly spicy, and with a deep breath you can smell the 11% alcohol. Tastes intensely of Twizzlers licorice. The alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms. Very thick, coating mouthfeel. One of the most interesting beers I've ever had, and one of the best.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2005 20:22:58 | More by battlekow
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,366 ratings.