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

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Ratings: 1,559
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 185
Gots: 232 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

nmann08, Apr 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

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

smi, Apr 07, 2012
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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
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

xnapshot, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

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

CummingsK21, Mar 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
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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
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2.75/5  rDev -36%

sliverX, Mar 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

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

spamages, Mar 14, 2012
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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
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev -7%

patra7, Mar 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Hanzo, Mar 01, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage.

Beer is dark brown with hints of red. Moderately-sized tan head. Decent retention.

Nose is quite malty, somewhat bready. Dark fruit as well, cherry most prominently, fig and prune as well. A wood scent as well.

Taste is excellent. Dark fruit is prominent: cherry, raisin and plum mainly. The fruit is balanced very nicely by the bready malt flavours. Belgian yeast is noticeable. An oak flavour permeates the whole beer and works very well. All of the flavours are perfectly integrated and balanced. Sweet but not overly so. Great.

Full bodied, low carbonation level. A bit sticky. Very nice.

Overall, an excellent beer. No disappointment here. This is a wonderful beer and one of the best BSDAs I have had.

jrenihan, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

Julien, Feb 25, 2012
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
96 out of 100 based on 1,559 ratings.