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

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Reviews: 862
Hads: 1,712
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 231
Gots: 292 | FT: 16
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

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Photo of LVituri
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Uma cerveja com certeza muito poderosa e de valor. Uma coisa que me incomodou um pouco foi o excessivo dulçor. Mas mesmo assim ela tem muita personalidade. É forte, marcante e com uma notável licorosidade. Foi uma honra degustá-la. Uma ótima experiência.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 poured to snifter

Dark reddish brown, opaque appearance. Nice tan head that settles to a consistent film.

Smell is sweet and spicy: brown sugar, banana and clove most evident

Loads of residual sugars... flavor is very sweet with caramel and molasses and fig notes on the front.... banana, spice, brown sugar and a hint of hop bitterness and alcohol on the back end

Mouth feel is nice: significant body thinned by the alcohol, and sharpened by the carbonation

I expect a big Belgian to be on the sweet side, and this certainly hits that... maybe a little too sweet on the front of the tongue. Slight hop bitterness adds some needed contrast, and while some fruit esters are evident, they are somewhat mixed and indistinct under the sweetness. It would be interesting to see how this one ages further, but overall just too sweet for a 5 star rating in my estimation.

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Photo of gr0g
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage.
Hazy, dark mahogany, about one finger of foam. Retention is pretty good while some sparse, tattered lacing is left. Aroma is awesome: candied dark fruits soaked in rum, more than a little bit of alcohol, a bit of yeastiness underneath.

Loads of sweetness upfront, to a fault. Gouden Carolus Classic is quite sweet, but there's enough bitterness to maintain balance; not so here. Plenty of dark candi sugar in this, for sure. That's really the only major fault, though. Tons of rum-soaked, candied dark fruit. Some clove/banana in the background. Carbonation is nicely restrained. Alcohol definitely rears its head, but stops short of being boozy.

This is really a great dark Belgian ale, but the sweetness is almost cloying and holds it back from being epic. Still makes a great after-dinner sipper.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark mahogany with ample cherry glints. The smallish, crackly off white cap is pretty shortlived. The aroma is rich caramel malts, raisins, field berries. An intense wall of malt hits in the first sip. Rum soaked Christmas cake, sangria, plum, cinnamon, vanilla and a million other flavors fill the palate. Hops are scarce, as is the lofty 11% ABV. Its amazing how well the booze heat is hidden. The mouthfeel is full bodied verging on viscous with a medium carbonation level. The finish is fruity with a light hop bitterness and a bit of herbal hop character.

Overall this is a sweet but not overly so beer. Lots of malt complexity and fruityness and the very high ABV is surprisingly (and dangerously) well hidden. Try this.

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Photo of IPA35
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a great fan of their Classic and the Christmas, but being the only true beerlover in the household I decided to pick up a bottle even though I will have to drink it by myself.

2013 version

Look very dark amber/ruby. No yeast on the first pour ofcourse.
The head dissappears quickly.

Smells good, nice dark fruits and caramel malts. Just as one would expect really.
One of those beers you will love if you like dubbels and quadrupels.

Taste much like the smell. A tasty beer. Nice and sweet, warming alcohol and nice dark fruits and caramel. Some spice too. Good stuff!

Some more fresh fruity notes too, light red apple and maybe red grapes.

The alcohol does not overpower it.

Mouthfeel is medium to full. Smooth and the carbonation is perfect for this kind of beer.

Very good. Worth trying if you like their other dark ales or Rochefort for example.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage poured into a chalice

Appearance - reddish brown liquid with a small amount of tan head

Smell - raisins, plums, dates, cherries, brown sugar

Taste - raisins, dates, prunes, plums, caramel, grapes

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, lighter carbonation, very sweet upfront and in the finish, flavors linger, boozy but the alcohol isn't overwhelming

Overall - nice Belgian ale worth a shot

Price Point - $17.99/4 pk 11.2 oz bottles

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Photo of BeerGod27
2.51/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (2012)
This beer seems to be enjoyed by most and came highly recommended, yet it did not live up to the fanfare. This was recommended based on my love of quads, yet this is a strong dark ale, not a quad. I don't know why two different guys at two different beer stores told me this was a quad.
This pours a dark brown, looks beautiful and rich. Minimal head.
Nose is very sweet and when swirled brings out a pungent smell of alcohol.
Taste is very sweet, to a fault. Dark fruits, brown sugar and alcohol are prominent on the tongue. Have I mentioned it's far too sweet?
I shared this with several friends and no one else liked it either. We can't all be wrong about this highly rated beer can we? Is it possible I got a bad bottle? I hope so.

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Photo of ssmack
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a large wine.

Root beer colour. Dark brown with light brown highlights. Quarter in beige head that thins to a surface of foam. Fair lacing with solid lacing.

Smells of raisins and phenol. Mild chemical smell. Caramelized sugar.

Very sweet taste. Candied fruit, prunes, molasses with a bright edge. Boozy warmth but no alcohol taste.

A full rich, creamy feel. Mild buzz throughout the mouth.

Overall this ale is delicious. The sweetest beer I have ever had.

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Photo of drtth
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bottle of the 2011 vintage poured into a Duvel tulip. Glass of water on the side to sip from as well.

The beer is rich dark Mahogany brown color with a slight degree of haziness. The 1/8" head is ivory white in color and soon recedes to an island of foam and a ring around the liquid where it meets the glass. There are patches of solid lacing and leggy lacing on the sides of the glass except where it is "washed" away by sipping. The foam patch and lacing persist for quite a while.

The Aroma is relatively complex but the first thing one can tell is that this is a Belgian style beer with its characteristic dark fruit and brown sugar elements. The alcohol is detectable but not unpleasant.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose. There is dark orchard fruit (e.g., plum and dates) along with some brown sugar sweetness but the alcohol is not really noticeable. There is also a trace of earthy bitterness. The whole complex of flavors gradually fades during the finish until the tongue and palate are left feeling like there should be more. So one sip easily follows another. The bottle age has been kind to this beer as the flavors seem much smoother and better integrated than I remember from last year.

The mouth feel is pretty much medium bodied and there is persistent, light prickly carbonation that also fades in the finish.

Overall this is a very nice Belgan Strong Dark Ale which I've enjoyed and am looking forward to seeing what happens to it by next year at this time. However, that said I'm also thinking that I'm, to a degree, losing my taste for beers with much ABV regardless of how much I enjoy the flavors. But for those who have not tried it I am happy to recommend it as something that has a well deserved place among those beer considered to be world-class.

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Photo of don1481
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 9.4 oz bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: pours with a lingering head. Not obnoxiously so, was able to pour cleanly into the glass.

Smell: smells sugary with a little booziness. Some hints of cloves. Sweet smelling for sure.

Taste: first sip is... Different. A little less sweet and a little more boozy than what others have said. After waiting for a moment, another sip definitely gives that sweet, smooth delicious taste. So good. Wow.

Mouthfeel: very very smooth. Doesn't really linger.

Overall: wow. Just... Wow. Yes please more.

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Photo of rand
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From 750 mL bottle to Mikasa tulip glass

2009 batch...been looking forward to this.

A: The brew appears deep mahogany in color, cloudy and completely opaque. It seems effervescent, but the beers own weight prevents any real chance of a head. Tiny patches of lacing speckle the glass.

S: The bouquet is rich and sweet and layered, with prominent notes of ripe fruit and butter-rum. Drying notes of oak attempt to contain the big, yeasty aspects and banana esters. Distinct buttery notes linger.

T/M: Ripe fruit hits the palate first, more prominently than the nose led to expect. The butter-rum notes are there, but they're tucked under a layer of sweet, chewy bread and oak. You can parse subtleties all day with this, but it seems age has formed a singular experience on the palate, as none of the nuances overlap the others. Booze is noted, especially toward the finish, which helps dry and cleans, leading to a medium and slightly sweet close.

This is up there with the best of the Belgian Strongs I've had. YOu could use this for a clinic...the esters, the oak-y dryness, the body and balance. I'd like to see what this tastes like after a few more years in the cellar.

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Photo of Durge
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh from Ohoove's cellar into a pint glass this fine 2008 vintage brew shows a deep dark root beer color with a solid but thin light tan head and a nice broken sheet of lacing. The aroma brings a delicate but sweet currant and red wine theme with dark fruits. Very refined with none of the classic Belgian traits I often expect. Very nice but definitely concentrated on the wine idea. The flavor hits with more dark fruits over deep chocolate malt and champagne - red wine. There are some floral hints and cotton candy sweetness, but again, the dominant flavor combines red wine and sugary malt. The body is at least medium with modest carbonation and a pretty aqueous feel. Quite a tasty treat worth waiting for!!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $7.80 CDN. Nice value on this volume of what appears to be a world class beer. Left out for about 40 minutes after being in fridge for a few days. Served into oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Dark chestnut brown color with 1.2 finger of off-white head. Head fizzles away moderately leaving a nice soapy feature the edges of the glass and wispy accumulation of foam on top of the beer.

Smell - Burnt sugar, and a bit of booze here and caramel. Second time around a few dark fruits begin to creep in and also the faint hint of peach-like smells. Butterscotch, toffee as well as the funky Belgian yeast although it is not overly pronounced here. Also a bit of a cooked marshmallow smell to it.

Taste - Sugar, caramel and that booziness on the aromas shines through. Also tons of that toasted marshmallow flavor in conjunction with the aforementioned dark fruits namely dates, prunes and cheery. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall really delicious but definitely a sipping type of beer.

Mouthfeel - Super smooth, rich and great warmth in the back of the throat. Medium carbonation and medium bodied, but shading towards the lighter side which is impressive given the breadth of flavors and high ABV here.

Overall - World class all the way, one of the best with other greats in the style but really enjoyed the toasted marshmallow feature here which seemed more pronounced than I've had in other beers in the style. Definitely would recommended but you may want a couple of friends around or risk feeling light headed after a bottle of this stuff.

EDIT ** March 8, 2015 - Had a bottle of this the other day and I actually feel like I've underrated this beer a little, as it was magical, velvety and really damn easy to drink especially as far as big beers go.

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Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark brown mahoghany with a bit of red coming through. There's a bit of off white/light brown head.

The aroma has just tons and tons of sweetness dark caramel, toffee. It moves onto overly painfully sweet dark fruits like raisin, figs. A bright red wine character as well, which is a surprising note.

The flavor follows with almost a port like quality. Tons of overly sweet raisins, figs, and then some grape and bittering tanins. The general theme is the brown sugar and toffee sweetness that just lingers along with fruit bread.

A medium silky mouthfeel without much carbonation.

The alcohol is well hidden. Granted, I'm having a 2012 vintage and it is over a year old, but still, so drinkable. A lovely sweetness and a great dessert beer.

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Photo of Flachs
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a great beer to drink. I just know what I like and this us one that works for me. I liked the way it pored into my tulip glass. At first it was a little over powering but as I got further into the beer it turned out great? Will be drinking this again.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Pour is a muddy, copper-brown topped with a paper-thin ivory foam.

S - Sharp alcohol on the nose. Buttered bread, raisins, toffee sugar.

T - Moderately sweet, metallic, raisins or plums, with a cereal aftertaste.

M - Fine, light carbonation, moderate to thin mouthfeel, not overly hot from the alcohol.

Has a sharp alcohol nose but the sweetness and mouthfeel hide the alcohol well. Slightly warming with a distinct raisin-like quality. Lacked the yeast candy of a bottle conditioned beer, it would be better with this extra yeast.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked and caged bottle, 2012, so between 1 and 2 years old.

appears chesnutt brown. thin head of very fine bubbles. good retention and lacing from the head. rich malty and slightly boozy aroma as it warms. a little nutty & earthy. taste is similar. great balance of sweetness & a dry finish. very complex, smooth. easy to drink, super smooth as silk mouthfeel. low carbonation.

overall a great dark Belgian

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Photo of Mrappinin
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A review of the 2013 batch:-) possibly the best looking brew I have seen in a while. Pours a dark ruby held up to the light it almost glows. A rocky head that persists all the way threw, sticking to the glass as you drink. Not the best smelling brew. Not a foul smell just not much to it. Heavy booze not with the slight fruity esters of Belgium yeast and not much else. Fortunately this does not translate over to taste. A taste of booze fruity esters, darkfruits , candy sugers . the mouth feel is smooth and velvety like an imperial stout. The carbonation seams to only add to head retention and does not dull the flavor at all. Trying to broaden my Belgium horizons, not a dad addition

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep murky brown. almost completely opaque but in better lighting there are nearly neon bright red highlights 3 fingers of off-white foam slowly dissipate showing great retention. Leaves thick webs of lacing.

S - the nose is sweet. Very desert-like. Brown sugar and chocolate. Lots of fruit esters. Mostly raspberries, figs, and raisins.

T - sweet flavors upfront. Brown and granulated sugar. Hints of flaky bread crust underneath. The center is full of juicy dark fruits. Raisins, figs, pomegranate, raspberries and dried cherries. The fruit flavors blend nicely with the yeasty flavors. Finish is slightly peppery.

M - full bodied. High carbonation. Creamy texture. Tight bubbles.

O - great dessert beer. A bit on the sweet side but still very drinkable and very flavorful.

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Photo of RhyminBelmont
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2010 vintage. Pours moderately hazy and cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Good spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, toast, toffee, brown sugar, dark bread, dark candi sugar, pepper, light clove, light chocolate, light roast, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with huge complexity and great balance of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast esters; with big strength. Taste of caramel, molasses, toast, raisin, prune, fig, brown sugar, toffee, dark bread, light chocolate, herbal, light roast, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, prune, dark bread, light chocolate, light roast, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Absolutely incredible complexity and balance of molasses/bready malt and dark fruit flavors; with a big malt presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Belgian strong dark ale! All around incredible balance and complexity of dark malt and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. An insanely delicious offering.

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz. 2011. Rootbeer or prune juice type brown pour, frothy thin layer of off white head. Some lacing.

Aroma, a lot of raisin and brown sugar. Some winey white grape.

Taste, Raisin, yellow and otherwise. Brown sugar, caramel. Caramel covered white grape. Some vanilla and sugar cookie.

A lower level of carbonation and nicely coating. The body is not real heavy so this is ok, not cloying. The big abv is non-existent.
Very good, but I think the uber high score is due to the plethora of average Belgian Darks that are considered better than they are.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, Served at 34°F, allowed to warm as the bottle was enjoyed. Served in a snifter.

A: Reddish brown, thick and foamy initially, with a thin lacing that clings to the glass as I enjoy...

S: FRUIT! Sweet, spicy, delicious.

T: Follows the nose, and raisins, plums, figs and dates. dark fruit, sugar, spices, and wow.

M: thick, syrupy, and wonderful. tight carbonation. coats, and is full on the swallow.

O: Great beer. would definitely enjoy again, and will look for the RED to compare.

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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gouden Carolus Blue on tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville. {review largely confirmed and lightly tweaked based on bottles consumed April 2014 and 2015}

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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
95 out of 100 based on 862 ratings.