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

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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 194
Gots: 262 | FT: 16
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Belgium

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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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from the LCBO, for about 8 bucks. I've liked pretty much everything I've had from Het Anker, so I have high expectations for this one.

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Dark chestnut brown, with a bit of ruby highlights. Half inch of foam, good lacing patches, nice retention.

Nose is tart and fruity, with banana, grape, plum, blackberry jam, Belgian yeast and spices.

Really enjoyable dark ale with lots going on. Very fruity, with a mixed back of darker fruits (grape, raisin, fig, blackberry, currant), a bit of banana, light on the yeasty funk, good sweetness, but with a tart puckery finish. Very port-like.

A bit syrupy, carbonation is low, but I've been digging lower carbonated brews recently, so this works for me.

Very nice strong ale, will certainly get again. Lots of complexity, good flavours. Nice evening sipper.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of warrenout330
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle

A- pours a deep mahogany color brown... Ruby highligths to the light... off white head... dissolves to a thin cap over the beer ... moderate to minimal lacing

S- dark candies sugars, caramelized raisins and figs.... sweet bready malts... muskat grapes for overly sweetness

T- we'll pronounced dark sugars, burnt caramelized raisins.. dried figs, earthy suagry malt...

M- sweet sugary candy.... thick oily body... decent carbonation for a sugary beer

O- damn good... up there with the trappiest quads

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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 8$

Appearance - Dark brownish copper colour with an above average size fizzy and frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, banana, and some caramel. There is also a lot of ripe dark fruit flavour and a bit of leather and a hint of chocolate/vanilla. It ends with a dark fruit and banana aftertaste with a bit of a lingering spiciness.

Overall - Quite the beer.. the scent is pretty basic for a belgian dark, but the flavour is very complex. I can pick up on the booze a bit but this is a 2012 so some age would help with that I'm sure. Every beer from this brewer is a winner in my books.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No exact date listed, just says 2010 on the neck of the bottle. So at least 2 years old.

A: Pours a very dark reddish-amber. Big dense tan head. Fades at a moderate pace, nice island of foam remains behind. Tufts of lacing left behind as well.

S: Strong dark fruits. Raisin and cherry are heaviest for sure. Rich caramel in there as well. Very sweet in general.

T: Tons of rich dark fruit up front. Again, raisin and cherry are strongest. Some grape in there too perhaps? Touch of cocoa. There is a strong sweet presence in the middle and in the finish that I can't quite place. Almost tastes like molasses, honey and wine mixed together. Sickly sweet and cloying. Some breadiness in there too.

M: Heavy, heavy, heavy. Very sweet.

O: Very unique BSDA. I have a hard time deciding if I like it or not. Loaded with fruits but has a certain odd tart wine-like aspect that I'm not a fan of. Very complex, yes. But tasty and enjoyable? Not so sure about that one.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.16/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was the 2012 vintage that I got a glass of at a tasting. I've seen this on the shelves plenty and never bothered to pick one up, good thing. Dark brown almost black color. Smell is sickly sweet fruits and belgian yeast. Flavor is more of the same, a heavy melange of spices, fruits, sugary sweetness, just overwhelming. This was not bad it was just too much.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of WynnO
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.