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

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red)Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red)

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Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2008

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Photo of Mitchster
1.76/5  rDev -57%
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.

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Photo of corby112
2.35/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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Pours a clear golden yellow color with a two finger foamy white head with decent retention, slowly disappearing and leaving small spots of lacing behind.

Spicy aroma with hints of crisp light fruit, pale malts and sweet alcohol.

Tight carbonation up front that lingers throughout affecting the palate in a negative way. The alcohol presence is overpowering and dominates throughout into a very hot finish. There is some peppery, zesty spice and light apple and pear notes but again they are completely overpowered by the alcohol heat. I'm a huge fan of the blue version but this was very disappointing.

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Photo of BcOneSeven
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of laituegonflable
2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden colour; healthy bead. Head is huge, white, sparse but healthy bubbling. Yeah, looks pretty good.

Smells yeasty, with a honeyed edge. Yeah, honey-oat kind of character with a touch of earthiness. Herbal, gravelly bitterness, possibly hops or possibly just phenols. Otherwise pretty nice.

Taste opens up quickly to a very bready, yeasty palate. Loads of honey sweetness, oatmeal, golden syrup, yeah just cereal sweetness. Bit of depth to the palate but I find the overall flavour quite distaasteful, so can't call it great.

Fluid feel, not too bad. Drinks alright.

Sweet, grainy beer. Feels like the type that gives you a headache. Just sweet overall, not my thing.

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Photo of Crosling
2.7/5  rDev -34%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's a dark golden colored beer with a fully lasting head, purely Belgian, it laces well on the glass. Nose of dough and cookie, bready malts, polish and fruit. Smells Belgian, but doesn't seem to have a lot of refinement. Flavor has a bit too much strength and doesn't have a lot of delicacy or complexity. Sweet, it possesses heavy notes of light fruits and alcohol. This Belgian misses the mark.

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Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of cannabanaceae
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into snifter. Color was hazy yellow with half inch white head, dissipating to nothing. No lacing.

Smell was candi sugar, carmel malt, spicy hops, some bready notes and a nice subtle sour woody smell.

Taste was over-carbonated, bursting bubbles in the sharp mouthfell. Goes down a sweet carmel, with some sourness followed by a ornge pell bitterness. I liked the use of hops in this beer, but it all gets lost in the champagne like body.

After letting this beer sit an hour, the flavors came together a little better. Opened this for holloween last night left about 8oz. in bottle overnight, then drank in the morning and it was much more drinkable. Tasting a liitle like a blonde Chimay. My advise would be to let this breath for a couple hours, then drink. Or better yet put this in the cellar for a couple years then enjoy. Not ready now!

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Photo of Doomcifer
2.98/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very pale golden color with tons of carbonation and an immense white rocky head that goes nowhere. Great lacing sticks to the glass. Smells of honey, candy sugar, belgian yeast, spices, pear, very pleasant. Smells a lot better than it tastes. Initial sip, while still very cold, was extremely biting with alcohol. Bitter, extremely phenolic. As it warmed up, more flavors came through like doughy malts, the yeast, some honey, hops, but the alcohol presence was still very much there. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, extremely carbonated, with a somewhat dry finish. Drinkability factor definitely lacks.

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Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of bernardus1212
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 vintage poured into a Bernardus Blond glass. I have been looking forward to this one. Not so much any more. The beer pours a light golden color. A little tint of yellow in the head. No lacing in sight. The alcohol was super strong in the taste. at 10%, it tasted way over that. I decided to let it rest in the glass for a minute or two. I wanted to see if it would soften up a bit. It did a little. I started to pull out some of the flavors; lemon zest and some floral characteristics came to mind. I did finish it, but I was not overly empressed.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750 mL 2008 vintage cork and caged bottle.

Appearance has a slightly off pale yellowish golden color with a thin bubbly white head with minimal retention and lacing. Aroma is alcohol heavy, almost like rubbing alcohol with some fruity esters, candi sugars, sweet spices and Belgian yeast. Medium full body with strong, active carbonation. Very effervescent, but finish has a strong alcohol presence detracting from the overall perception of the body and flavor. Flavor is super sweet, tons of candi sugar, ripe sweet fruit, and yeast. Very uniquely flavored, not particularly dry, crisp or earthy, but the extreme booziness and sweetness makes this a challenge to consume.

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Photo of AlexCorleone
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold with a white head, good cling & lacing.

Smell: Tropical fruitiness and spices (orange, pineapple, papaya and hints of banana), light phenol spicing & earthiness.

Taste: Alcohol is the first strike, spicing comes through a little more in the flavor. A little earthiness from the yeast, sweet toffee is balanced by decent hop bitterness. Alcohol is remarkably.

Aftertaste: Orange, Alcohol, and carbonation are almost modest for the style.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/20/08. Bottle. What a gusher!! Watch out for this one. Pours a dull colored orange with a huge thick, foamy white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spices, light fruits (apple, pear). Flavor is initially quite spicy with some hop bitterness and alcohol, finishes sweet. A bit on the boozy side and not that much flavor.
7/4/6/3/14 (3.4/5)

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 edition. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head. Very good retention of the head. Lots of little sediment particles are suspended in the liquid. Aroma is herbal, with some citrus and tart apples.

This beer doesnt really do it for me. There is some spice, along with some tart fruit and a bit of underlying sweetness. It almost has a skunkiness to it. I dont believe it is really skunked, I just think the combination of the tartness and spice combine for that flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Finish is dry. I wont try this again.

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Photo of jdklks
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Piss golden with just a touch of amber and a nice fizzy white head on top. Smells a lot like champagne, with a little citrus fruit, alcohol, and belgian yeast.

It's hard to believe this beer is 10%. It's real light and easy to drink. Until the finish, when the alcohol burn confirms the claim on the label. It's super sweet up front, with very little complexity but a whole lot of fizz bursting all over the palate. even here it's a lot like champagne. There is, of course, the ever present belgian yeast, along with a citrusy note and a little hop presence. Drinkable, but not really my thing.

The mouthfeel is seemingly light at first, but the amount of carbonation is simply misleading, giving off an "airy" feeling that makes it seem much lighter than it actually is. It's rather thick, and settles heavily in the stomach, which doesn't help its case for drinkability a whole lot either.

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Photo of Mphis
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of froghop
3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-clear yellow-orange with a large white foamy head, heavy carbonation, good lacing.

smell is faint, pear, peach, and some spice.

taste has lots of carbonation to it, sweet fruit, malt, a little caramel in the back, nice ending with a little spicy kick.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage. I had this in a Belgian Brunch tasting and was my least favorite. This beer looks pretty good, but I wonder if the aging had cause it to go too sweet. I barely notice the 10% ABV on this because it has this overwhelming brown sugar nose and taste. It tasted light a really floral quad. This could be good as a share for dessert, make a fruit crumble or a cheese plate. I wonder if the b lue is as sweet.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of ErnestHemingway
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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