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Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red) | Brouwerij Het Anker

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4.08/5
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347 Ratings
Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red)Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium
hetanker.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,811
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
347
pDev:
10.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
62
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 347 |  Reviews: 155
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage drinking exquisitely well right now. cant believe how well this has aged. a stark contast stylistically from the blue, this is more like a classic tripel. its pale in color with a rapidly rising white fizzy head and a ton of carbonation in it, looks lighter than its listed strength and very much alive despite its age. the aroma is gorgeous, not dissimilar to a number of other belgian beers in this vein, just better than almost any i have known before, its fully yeast driven here, with notes of green pear and green apple, white grape, clove and anise and pink peppercorn, elderflower, honeysuckle, champagne, and a sort of stone fruit sweetness to it, its intense but also sort or relaxed from the age, absolutely brilliant, perfectly attractive. i dive into similar complexity and fruitiness in the taste, pear and apple still the most forward to me, but now i get notes of medicinal peppermint, chardonnay, lemongrass, and sugar dusted pink bubblegum, the esters in here are just insane, i love it! this is not the typical yeast strain fermented hot by some gung ho american hack, this is an incredible yeast strain thats been slowly working up this layered complexity for a long long time now, and it seems to be dying to get out of this bottle and into my mouth. light grain character for its strength, crackery and simple, and the whole thing is pushed on rapidly by explosive carbonation, and while there is some sweetness here, its no more than is needed to extend these amazing yeast flavors through the finish. i thought this was epic, world class, as good as the style gets. i love old belgian beer, i have a soft spot for it, and this is exactly why. one of the beers of the year for me this year!

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Photo of Glorithm
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy gold color,heavy carbonation but it isn't overpowering and the overall feel is excellent making it a fairly smooth beer. Aroma is fresh fruit,yeast,malt,and sugar. Taste is identical but just a touch of booziness. I personally thought the alcohol was fairly well hidden giving this just a. Slight boozy taste that worked well. Perhaps not my favorite but I would definitely have it again

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Photo of drmeto
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a cloudy golden with a big ,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation
S:
-honey,clove,white bread,doughy,pineapple,lime,coriander
T:
-lemon,honey,coriander,spicy,grassy,peach
F:
-high carbonation
-medium nody
-alcohol noticeable
O:
There is nothing too special about this as far as Belgian Blondes/Tripels go, but it is solid as is.
The Alcohol comes through a bit too much

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Photo of Beginner2
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage. A great flavor that gets reduced eventually by a somewhat over-bearing alcohol.

Looks are fine at first, particularly the abundant foam and then lace over a nice orange tinge.
Smells I detect are mostly malt and yeast and enough brewer's sugar; all complexing to give full fruity aromas.
Tastes are similar, but spicing becomes more noticeable; yet never interferes with balance.
Feel has decent carbonation, but still allows a creamy feel. All this is spoiled by too much unconcealed alcohol.

OA: I personally think that Het Anker should be able to conceal Red's alcohol; having figured that out so well in their other potent ales that I've had. So, my OA rating is based on that expectation.

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Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed gold with 2+ fingers of ivory head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Pears, grassyness, & golden delicous apples

T: Pears, golden delicious apples, figs, plus woody hops up front. Dryness, pears, woody hops, a touch of booze warmth as this warms, some green melon, white grapes & a touch of grassyness too. Finishes with much orchard fruit, some green melon , dryness & a little grassy hoppyness, plus warming booze

This is lovely take on the style, this has a great combination of drinkability, complexity & booze kick to do the job!

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

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Photo of Tomislav
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Houborg1
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah Christmas, and this fine ale is a tradition I look forward to each year.
From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This Belgian pours a lightly murky
deep amber with a fantastic head of white foam that settles to a thick
fine beaded ring and layer with nice sudsy lacing. Nose of apples, grapes,
light sweet bread, subtle yeast notes, pear, and sweet candy sugars. Flavors
hit the right notes and beyond with apples and grapes hitting on the sides, sweet
breaded malts on the middle and rear, and a nice candy sugar note lightly cut
by herbal hops and prickly alcohol. Excellent mouth feel smooth, creamy,
warming, sweet, lightly prickly carbonation, and subtly dry on the finish.

Overall a fantastic brew that signal a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Cheers

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Photo of Dzu
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.75 l bottle into Gouden Carolus glass.
L: Light amber with a lush white foam head.
S: Citrus, green apple.
T: Pear, sweet apple, light fruits. Complex flavour.
F: Great balanced. Medium body and carbonation.
O: Great ale! nothing to say!

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Photo of scootny
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A generous head that forms on top of a hazy deep straw gold. Decent lacing and a light covering. Nose has apples, pears, and grapes. A heavy honey sweetness. Vanilla and pepper. Alcohol is quite present. Taste is very sweet and bready. Vanilla and sugar wafers. A big boozy alcohol that is well integrated until the temperature increases. When cold this is quite drinkable and sneaky smooth. As it warms it becomes quite edgy with alcohol. Hops are low and a such the balance is on the sweet side. Feel is lovely. Medium body with a tingly, creamy carbonation. A solid strong brew, just s little rough around the edges.

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Photo of mikr
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber golden with excellent white haed, long retention.
Smell - fresh, complex, floral, lemony, spicy, honey, cracker.
Taste - spicy, apricots, citrus, some alcohol, forest berries.
Full body, high carbonation, tad slick, charming spiciness.
Crisp & noble.

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Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrDell
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled January 14, 2015 and poured into an oversized wine glass. I chilled this one longer than recommended so it becomes a most lovely beer after slowly sipping and waiting. I expected goodness from this brewery and got it with this BSPA.

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Photo of Mitchster
1.76/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Jaargang 2013. Purchased at Binnies in Chicago. 750ml corked and caged bottle. Per the website, brewed with 3 different spices, OG=22° Plato, 17 EBU, 9.5 EBC (kinda like SRM). 10.0% ABV.
Pours out to a cloudy peach golden, forming a tall poofy off yellow head with very good retention and lacing, owing to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.5 carbs or so. The nose is of honey, candi sugar, a little dusty basement. The mouthfeel is effervescent, somewhat cloying, a bit boozy. Taste of melon, honey, candi sugar, then lots of booze. Hot peppery booze, followed by terrible notes of oxidation...wet newspaper and cardboard. Bitterness is metallic and tastes artificial, like poor quality hop extract. Aftertaste of damp cardboard, metallic twang. I had to literally choke this down and got about 4 oz into the bottle before I gave up.

A pretty awful beer full of flaws. This is a drain pour. Quite disappointed. One of the worst Belgian golden strongs I've ever had, and I've had quite a few.
Terrible.

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Photo of Carbon_Hops
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of keithmurray
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ML Bottle bottled on 8.29.2013

Appearance - hazy golden body with white head

Smell - ginger, coriander, pear, apricot, apple

Taste - apple, pear, ginger, coriander

Mouthfeel - Medium plus body, full carbonation, citrus sweetness upfront, ginger/coriander spice in the middle, dry and slightly tart finish

Overall - very good example of Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Somewhat difficult to find, but lovers of this style should give it a try.

Price Point - $11.99/750 ML Bottle

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage

Poured a hazy straw color with a stark white head. Stone fruits, pear, apple, age and cracker malts fill the nose. The taste follows the nose well with a substantial sweetness even after 5 years. Delicious.

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Photo of Jgolian
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josanguapo
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From elcervecero. In Teku glass. Shared with Carlos. With cheese & pizza. Amazing in nose and delicious taste, very smooth and tasty, with a very pleasant sweetness. Alcohol well hidden

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Photo of khmel
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 347 ratings
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