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

Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red)Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red)
BA SCORE
85.4%
Liked This Beer
4.08 w/ 342 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:
#2,719
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
342
Liked:
292
Avg:
4.08/5
pDev:
10.78%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
59
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 342 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imported a case of this for the Toronto gang. A stong blond that grows on me. 2008 edition. Generous white head on golden that generates rising carbonation bubbles, heavy lace. A story of yeast. Interesting yeast, even somehwat funky and certainly creamy as the glass is downed.

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Photo of acurtis
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour from Wowcoolman’s tasting.

2008 vintage.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, honey, yeast, slight spice, and some floral aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness and a sweet fruity finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. There is also a slight numbing quality in the mouth that I got after each sip. Overall, this is a good beer that is strong but easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and poured with a two finger high bright white head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of light fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and quite complex; it has some hints of candi sugar and sweetness in the initial taste. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in the overall taste, which becomes more prominent and particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The finish is quite dry.
D: The alcohol is well hidden from both the smell and the smell and taste, which makes this beer rather drinkable considering its strength.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very strong in sweetness, spice, alcohol, and fruity esters- this Belgian Golden Ale is one bear of a beer.

The pour delivers a very effervescent champagne-like liveliness, forming a billowing and loosely-knit head that retains and laces quite well. Strong straw in color, the beer has a typical yeasty haze.

Spicy with white and black pepper, the aromas move quickly into sweeter honey-like aromas with strong peach, pear, and apple notes.

Flavors of strong sweetness takes on a very honey-ish taste. Combined with the fruity esters of apples, pears, mangos, and appricots, the sweetness seems amplified. Balanced by spicy pepper and alcohol flavors, the beer is big on both ends: sweet & spice.

Expansive and tingly up front because of the abundance of carbonation. But after the initial carbonation settles, the beer's sweetness coats the mouth, once again in a honey-like fashion. Finishing hot and prickly to the mouth, the beer's power leaves these lasting reminders as it attempts to dry in the end.

Similar to Delirium Tremens, Piraat, and Lucifer, the beer seems agressive and over bearing. Where big sweetness needs big spice to balance; I feel that there's too much conflict and not enough roundness to the balance to be more pleasurable.

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4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked, 2009 vintage, painted red sash-adorned bottle...shared with my newly Belgian beer-loving better half.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some chunky swaths of sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly fades away.

It smells very fruity - orange, tangerine, and pineapple, all of the sweet, caramelized and honeyed variety - boozy, kind of over-aged white wine, yeast, subtly spicy clove, and as it slightly warms, some soft pale grainy malt. The taste is more sweet, fruity, candied caramel and pale malt - orange, peach, and tart pineapple essences abounding - demerara sugar, peppermint, yeast, honey, and a still evident, don't-you-forget-about-me, rum-like alcohol warming.

The carbonation is very soft, but nicely frothy at the same time, the body a sturdy medium weight, fairly smooth, and perhaps a tad creamy - all very pacifying. It finishes well off-dry, the big fruity malt only tempered thus far by the lingering yeast, spice, and bicameral booze.

A very strong, very pale, and very good Belgian ale, the prominent, yet in the end, balanced sweetness rendering this as a readily enjoyable sipper, though the masked ABV will eventually make me pay for generally ignoring its duly specified, but not perceptible at the given time, potency. A bloody good BSPA, but alas, poor Rood, I still prefer the Blauw.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2009 - consumed in July 2012.

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity - dried fruits. Some spicy notes, too.

T - Good dried fruit flavors - apricot, apple and plum. Good yeasty, spicy bite of bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is really good with years of age on it. I imagine it would be just as good fresh.

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4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a nice big pure white foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of apricot and peach ester is just incredible and must admit that not many brewery can get this much from their yeast. Taste is very smooth with no signs of alcohol and fruity esters are very well balanced with some sweet Belgian malt. Light floral hops are also noticeable. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Another winner from a top Belgian brewery that I have some a tendency to forget about.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/9/2009. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apricot, pear, golden raisin, apple, banana, bubblegum, honey, candi sugar, herbal, light pepper, clove, floral, and herbal earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy esters; with zero alcohol presence. Taste of apricot, golden raisin, pear, apple, banana, honey, candi sugar, clove, herbal, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, honey, candi sugar, clove, herbal, light pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy notes; with a great malt balance and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with and slick and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong pale ale! Great complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy esters; and very smooth to sip on for 10%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, blonde body with a very tall, very white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, phenolic, a bit boozy, and simply chock full of rich fruitiness. Plenty of spice and fresh herbs as well. Pinch of yeast.

Taste: Sweet, sugary maltiness mixed with a herbal gentian taste, star anise, dried orange peel, and heavy-handed dose of pepper and spices. Fairly phenolic throughout. Fruity flavors of white grapes, peaches, green apples, and under-ripe plums. Minor hint of vanilla upon warming. Oh, and a big wallop of booze near the end. Candi sugar taste perks up now and again. Finishes dry and warming with a lingering mingling of perfumy, grapefruity components.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: It's certainly not subtle, as there's tons going on here. A bit alcoholic initially, but once it starts coursing through your system you learn to live with it, even enjoy it, and focus on the expressive fruit character and punchy phenols. Still though, I'd stick with the blue, babies!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Jaargang 2008. Sparkling honey with lemon peel accents. As is often the case with Belgian ale, the alabaster colored crown is colossal in size and pillowy in texture. The foam is rocky as it melts and is beginning to grace the upper reaches of the glass with sudsy streamers of lace.

The aroma features the usual BSPA characteristics (golden fruit and spice), along with assorted herbs and a fraction too much alcohol. Another six months in the cellar might have been the way to go. Looks like the brewery is staying mum on the three different herbs that are added to this brew.

Rood is the first Brouwerij Het Anker offering that hasn't blown me away. Actually, Ambrio was merely good, whereas most of the rest of the lineup is world-class in all respects. This beer is supposed to be similar to Easter Beer. That one was great, so I'm not sure what's up with this one.

It might be the poorly buried alcohol or it might be one or more of the herbs. After several more mouthfuls... it's a combination of both. Whatever the cause, Rood has a disinfectant flavor that is just short of offputting. More age might have softened things somewhat, but it wouldn't have completely righted the ship.

Other flavors include ripe pears and apples swimming in Poire Williams and Calvados, white pepper, ground clove and lemon pith. Cardamom (not one of my favorites) is one guess for things that were actually added. The others... no clue. There's still a considerable amount of hop bitterness, which doesn't do the beer any favors given what else is going on.

Warming turns up flavor intensity even more and might smooth the alcohol and alpha acid edges just a tad. The body/mouthfeel is pure heaven and is easily the highlight. The beer expands like magic on contact and is immensely creamy. Why does generous carbonation only work well in Belgian beer?

The fact that Cuvee Van De Keizer Rood is a bit of a letdown speaks as much to my love affair with Brouwerij Het Anker as it does to this beer. Something is off here and I hope the brewery makes a few changes if they decide to release this ale again.

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Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -26.5%

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Beer rating: 85.4% out of 100 with 342 ratings
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