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

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Ratings: 1,561
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 185
Gots: 235 | FT: 15
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002)
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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of a dark brown body with good clarity. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Dark, malty notes of brown sugar and caramel with some plum, dark cherry and cola notes.

T - Dark brown sugar up front with lots of malt sweetness. Some spicy notes of coriander, cinnamon, and caramel dipped red apple. Finishes with more brown sugar, clove, and cinnamon.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Dense, sugary malt with lots of yeast character but an excessively sweet finish. Oddly cloying for a beer that I remember being much dryer and more balanced the last time I had it. Not a drain pour but a bit of a disappointment.

nickfl, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev -7%

zonker17, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Peyton5410
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Peyton5410, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

nmann08, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of bkaj21
5/5  rDev +16.3%

bkaj21, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of MichaelBuck
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

MichaelBuck, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of smi
4/5  rDev -7%

smi, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Rifugium, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Holland
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours dark brown but clear with a huge tan head that quickly dissipates to leave a thin layer of foam and nicely sticky head.

S: cloves, earthiness, sweet malt, and apple. Maybe some tobacco in there.

T: huge taste with spicy yeast up front, then fruitiness and sweet malt followed by a slight crisp bitter taste at the end along with more malt. It's fairly sweet.

M: medium-heavy body with very good carbonation that pops once in your mouth. The carbonation hides the sweetness well for a while.

O: very good beer, but tough to drink half of the bomber. I'd grab it again some time, even at $8 per bottle or whatever it was. The sweetness I got from this 2011 version kept this beer from being absolutely fantastic.

Holland, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of squarebottle
5/5  rDev +16.3%

squarebottle, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of xnapshot
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

xnapshot, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of vr6corrado
4/5  rDev -7%

vr6corrado, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of CummingsK21
4/5  rDev -7%

CummingsK21, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Lee_Hancock
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Lee_Hancock, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of chevre
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

chevre, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a clear dark amber to brown in color with a half finger tall beige head. The head reduces to some extremely thin patches and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: A very sweet yet inviting aroma to this beer with some sweet malts as well as lots of dark fruits (fig) and just a hint of spice.

T: Dark toasted/charred and sweet malts including some bready and caramel notes as well, followed by some serious amounts of dark fruits (primarily figs), and just a hint of the yeast spices in the finish. There is also a light hint of oak or wood.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Very creamy.

O: Very enjoyable, the taste and the smell of the alcohol are very well hidden. A really great beer though I would recommend more sipping (considering the ABV) than as a session beer. I will get this one again.

dbrauneis, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of sliverX
2.75/5  rDev -36%

sliverX, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of brinch
4/5  rDev -7%

brinch, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of spamages
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

spamages, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Cozzatoad
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2010 vintage

A- Dark brown with reddish hints if seen through light. One finger or even slightly less off-white head. Quite dense though, and it shows nice retention, leaving a good amount of lacing on the glass

S- Delicate but rich nose. Dark malts with notes of chocolate and brown sugar. Sugary and alcohol notes blend together nicely, giving the aroma a bit of a rum-like feeling. Background notes of oak and dark fruits (cherry, raisin)

T- Follows the aroma closely. Malts are quite dense, with chocolate, caramel and bready notes. Yeast/sugars definitely play an important role and the beer's overall feel is sure on the sweet side, though always in balance. A slight oaky/woody aged feel, expecially on the back of the mouth and in the aftertaste, with a slight touch of herbal/earthy hops. Dark fruit notes as the smell suggested, with cherry pretty much in evidence. Very complex and yet perfectly balanced

M- Medium to full body, light and very soft carbonation. A persistent soft, creamy mouthfeel on both tongue and palate, allowing flavours to spread throughout the whole mouth

O- 11%ABV? This look like 7-8%ABV, showing amazing balance and drinkabilty. Still it is highly complex and satisfyingly rich. An awesome beer

Cozzatoad, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thorpe429 for providing this beer in a trade. Also a tip of the cap to ML67 (Mark) for giving me a heads up that it was so good. Was placed on my Want list and Thorpe came through.

A thin finger of beige head vanishes fairly quickly. A dirty brownish color. No lace to speak of.

Aroma is nice and rich. Date/Fig.. Dark fruit with a big sweet sense.

Flavor is very nice. A touch of spice below the flavors I mention above. Date and fig is what I think of with this one. A little dark rum flavor here with the dark sweetness mixing with the abv.

Smooth, fairly bold in body. Nice.

A very good beer. One I would enjoy again.

Reagan1984, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's tulip from a cage n corked bottle.
2005 on the neck of the bottle.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 1 finger light tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- Lots of dark fruits and toasted malts, spices, and has a champagne-like smell to it (champagne yeast?).

T- Sweet toasted malts and lots of dark fruits, spices, bread, belgian yeast.

M- Full body with high carbonation, again possibly from a champagne yeast. ABV is there but not hot at all.

O- Very good Belgian strong dark ale! Like the sweet dark fruits and flavors from the yeast as well.

kawilliams81, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of patra7
4/5  rDev -7%

patra7, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Hanzo, Mar 01, 2012
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,561 ratings.