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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium | website

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
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
330
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
16.92%
 
 
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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%

2011 bottle
Golden haze color. Very sweet grain smell, but also a lot of spices as well. Cloves and peppery smell.

Flavor is very nice. Very sweet up front. Pepper comes through as well as the cloves and some cinnamon. The alcohol content is noticeable, but not overpowering at all. Spicy, dry finish. Excellent mouthfeel. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 corked and caged 750ml bottle.

A good pop when I pulled the cork out. Despite a careful pour, I still get a 3 finger head of billowy foam. The colour is orange yellow and cloudy.

It smells spicy and fruity and yeasty. Coriander, very light clove, apple and probably peach.

The taste has the spice with the clove being more aggressive, coriander, and the fruit I mentioned in the smell. Some sweet flavour but also a mild hop bitterness in there as well. It finishes very dry. Alcohol is not intrusive.

Medium bodied and not too shabby a drinker, this is nice.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Gentle hand. Dated 02/05/2013.

A: Cloudy, golden yellow body with 1+ finger of sudsy, but thick, white head. Good retention. Impressive lacing.

S: Mellow, sweet Belgian yeast with a touch of spice. Coriander. Lighter clove. Grape, pear, apple, peach. Honey. Wheat notes, straw. Vanilla. There is some bubble gum and cotton candy that bring a certain uniqueness to this one.

T: Round, yeasty sweetness with a fruity character. Mild hop bitterness develops. Fairly dry finish and rather clean. A slight bit of lingering fruit on the aftertaste. Low alcohol presence for 10% ABV.

M: Moderately high carbonation with a moderate body. Simultaneously creamy and refreshingly effervescent. The latter helps offset the alcohol.

O: Very nice Belgian blonde with good complexity. Sweet, but lots of character, I thought. All around solid and dangerously drinkable for a 10%er.

Prost!

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Photo of LeRose
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received as a gift in Dec 2012, this 2009 vintage was poured into a large tulip.

I had no idea what to expect from this beer...obviously aged....

Appearance - kind of a dark straw color with a couple fingers of white head that would not go away. Slightly hazy which I though remarkable for a four year old beer.

Aroma - yeasty spiciness of clove but a lot of tropical fruit notes. Mango and pineapple. A hint of bubblegum. Light malt aroma, some caramel sweetness in the aroma. Thought there were some floral notes as well.

Taste - this took a while to grow on me. First sip was "what have I gotten into", then it started to unfold. Clear, clean malt background with slight spice flavors over the top. I got a tropical fruit blend - mainly mango and pineapple, but also a touch of apple as well. Very fruity, but a bit ambiguous. Definite sweetness in the cotton candy sense. Once it opened up and warmed up it was amazing. The alcohol was definitely present, but did not seem excessive. There was a little kick from the clove notes - just enough to know it is there.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied leaning towards heavy. Thick but not cloying feel for me. A very slight tingle from the alcohol which might have balanced off the lingering sweetness. There is a lot of "taste" remaining after the swallow - things lingered and added to the enjoyment.

Overall it took a while for this to make sense to me. It is complex and I spent a lot of time trying to unravel what was going on. Maybe too much...but an enjoyable beer that I would drink again. One to savor and linger over.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger white pillowy head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Light cloudy amber color. Light citric nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is citrus, some sweetness, smooth, clean finish. $5.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

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Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL 2013 bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Golden straw color with a 2 finger white head that stays there for ever

Aroma is spicy, sweet , lots of fruit, flowers, apricots and subtle yeast.

Taste is sweet, caramel, spice, and apricots , banana , Sweet Hints of rum , brown sugar, yeast and raisins.

Nice crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is really great , No alcohol tatste at all , and this is a 10% abv beer , very well done !

The sweetness dictates that this beer be sipped slowly and savored. For me this is a very good dessert beer !

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Photo of Bung
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz, 2011. Bright cloudy gold pour, solid finger of white head. Doesn't seem to stick all that much.

Aroma, a yeasty spiciness. Some light caramel covered fruits. Lighter clove. Aroma is not all that potent.

Taste, big and spicey. Grainy wheat like malt, caramel, mango for the background. Coriander, allspice. A light pepper and herbal hops to add some bite along with some alcohol warmth.

Solid medium body, carbonation jus barely cuts the stickiness down enough. Still a nice sipper, even with the estery notes in the taste the abv is pretty well in check.
Somewhere between a strong pale and a triple in reality. Definetely a solid fruit forward Belgian. I Would prefer a little more pale, but it is worth trying.

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Photo of obywan59
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 4-pack.

Pours a cloudy brownish orange, like apple cider, with a 1 1/2 finger creamy, thick white head that leaves some sticky lacing.

Spicy, sprightly, tropical aroma. Mango and pineapple. Ginger ale. A hint of bubblegum or licorice.

Sweet and earthy taste with spiced apple and banana. The taste of alcohol is evident. Slightly cloying.

Medium thick in body. Feel is more foamy than creamy. There's a burn of alcohol in the throat.

A quality brew. Well balanced. I think I would have enjoyed it more in the winter, but it's a nice contrast to all the IPAs and Imperial IPAs Iv'e been sampling lately.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage - Poured a cloudy orange with two finger head that left lace and stuck around a long time for better or worse. A spicy and yeasty aroma with touches of tropical fruit and a touch of floral hops as well sweet and breadlike malt. Smooth and easy to drink with a light to medium body, there is a liveliness and crispness in this beer thanks to some spice and carbonation and the alcoholo gives it a heated snap on the finish. The fruit flavors and malts are balanced and I'd say you can equally detect some plush tropical fruit like pineapple with citric hoppy orange alongside both sweet and grainy malts. Overall I just found this beer to hit the right notes in terms of balance and taste and I really enjoyed it this dangerous sipper.

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Photo of Bisho
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rate Het Anker right up there with the best from Belgium and the Keizer Blue is one of my all time favourites.
Dare I say it but the alcohol burn masks this one and really hurts the beer ever so slightly. A good SPA but there is better to be had for the price.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage. Poured into a tulip.

A wonderful floral aroma. Good balance. Between the pale malts, spicy hoppiness and floral aromas and faint sweetness. Complex because not one characteristic overwhelms another. A good mix of flavors and aromas.

A – Pours a pale cloudy golden with a 3-finger rocky white head, nice lacing dissipating to a continuous layer.

S - Some yeasty spiciness (but not peppery), some floral hoppiness (but not sweet).

T – Medium bitterness, a nice smooth maltiness, faintly sweet, some even fainter fruit (pear?).

MF – Good carbonation, medium to dry creamy with hints of spice in the finish, medium bodied.

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Photo of ksimons
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2009 Bottle
A-a cloudy golden orange with two fingers worth of rocky white foamy head that sticks to the glass as it subsides

S-pale malts, sweet fruits, yeast, and some herbs or spices that I can't place

T-Pale malts, yeast, very sweet fruits, and some alcohol warming that continues to grow the more I drink. Sweetness kicks in even more at the end and is mixed with the herbs/spices from the smell

M-medium body, high carbonation

Very complex, but overall it is not my favorite from Het Anker. Drinks a little too hot and sweet. The more sips though, the more the flavors seem to blend more nicely.

**edit: 2012 Bottle
I gave the 2009 bottle's taste a 3.5 but think I am going to have to up it. Even though the bottle is younger I am not getting the hot sensation that I had from the 2009 bottle. Going to go up to 4.25 on this one.

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Photo of newton99
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is floral, spicy w/ a mild lemony zing. Just a subtle hint of musty yeast.

Taste is clean pale malt, yeast, and hops. A delicate balance of basic flavors. Water is a key ingredient too. Very slight candi sugar sweetness, increasing as it warms.

Mouthfeel is smooth, semi-dry.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of laituegonflable
2.68/5  rDev -33.3%
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 King_KongDCO93
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottled in 2009 and tasted on 2/21/2013

A: Golden, yet looks murky (reddish/brownish)and has large carbonation. with white head.

S: smell somewhat skunky, lost of cherries, raisins, pineapples, and toasty

T: notes of grapefruit/citrus, cherries, its sweet yet has mellowing bitterness

M: Large carbonation, large body. yet feels like your drinking a soda

O: Letting this beer develop really helped mellow the booziness. the alcohol is slightly notable

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in snifter.

Appearance: A real nice semi-cloudy amber has a heavy light orange tint all over. Light tiny bubbles that body sediments floating throughout and white head roughly a finger's length.

Smell: A yeasty bread scent. Comes off with hard fruit, preferably dark and just inside your nostrils like hot air under a balloon. I say that in regards to it's sticky feel.

Taste: A little all over the place with this brew, yes a little sweet but lightly bitter at the same time. Almost like raisins perfectly blended with the right touch of bread.

Mouth: Medium, sticky...it leaves a little bit of a sour after taste. It comes off a little dry similar to a red wine but still doesn't fail.

Overall: This beer did it for me just right. I prefer the Blue a little more but this one is still on point. Grab your favorite pork chop and give this a go. Salud!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, caged and corked bottle purchased from Slowbeer by @epiclurk. Shared this with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a very clear golden hue, with a frothy, but bubbly and large-bubbled head of white. Lacing is streaking and falling, but solid enough. Body is exceptionally light. Looks pretty solid.

Nose is classically Belgian: big rounded sweetness, soft malt and honey characters, with just the hint of some esters and fragrant greenery from the yeast. There's a touch of acidity to it, but it's all very well integrated.

Similar characters on the palate, slightly earthy Belgian tones, sweetness and spice on the finish. Mild, stretchy funk adds an odd overtone, but it's all just part of the rich tapestry. Overall, it's all the classic, slightly redolent, earthy, funky and rounded Belgian characters in a bigger and more expansive format. I really just takes me back to one of the squares of Bruges or Antwerp. Tastes of nostalgia.

Overall, it's good: I mean, it was always going to be good. It's good, in a standard, comfortable and recognisable way. It's good so that you know it's good, and so you can't disagree with the fact it's good. It's comfortable, it's warm, it's familiar.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden beer with a huge head that is really persistant.

Smell of esters with mostly apples, also some exotic fruits. The yeast character works well with the malt. The malt is light and adds a light graininess. There is a subtle hoppy note, which is floral and noble.

The taste is well balance with the same characteristics as the smell with a fruity taste with notes of apple, pineapple and peach. There are some light cardboard whiffs, but very light. The malt is grainy and gives the impression of wheat with slight musty taste. The bitterness is low, but high enough to balance the alcohol. The alcohol is very well hidden. The body is quite thin. Aftertaste is pretty short with the fruitiness lingering for some time.

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Photo of hardy008
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

Pours gold with a large foamy white head with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is sweet, and has apples, pears, spices, and Belgian yeast.

The taste is just like the aroma. Sweet with apples, pears, spices, and Belgian yeast. The alcohol is somewhat detectable, but not enough to get in the way of the other flavors.

Medium plus bodied with plenty of carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink, with an apple and pear aftertaste. Finishes somewhat dry. Just like most everything else Het Anker makes, this is a great beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage, sampled in August 2012

LOOK- Hazy golden with a huge, billowing, bright white saison-esque head and effervescent carbonation, visible legs

AROMA- candied fruit, honey, rich pils malty sweetness, spicy phenols, perfumy but no alcohol, lovely herbal tone..licorice..? fresh cupcakes...all intense..absolutelly mouthwatering..

FLAVOR- Wow. I have never tasted anything quite like this. Creamy with cake-like sweetness rounded out with stone fruit, cherry, vanilla, spice,...moderate hop bitterness keeps things grounded though no real identifiable hop character. Very refined and soft clove, anise, fennel, maybe even a wisp of coriander?...just an awesomely complex mix of botanical characters peeking out in the finish. Which is btw very clean. Alcohol gives just the softest touch of warmth. This beer is serious.

MOUTH FEEL- Medium-full, well carbonated, and creamy creamy creamy.

OVERALL- This was a fantastic beer that really made me re-think the style. Has almost nothing in common with the "Devil" beers. Popped it open because the brewery reccomends aging no more than 3 years but I think it could go longer.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.

Beer is light golden with a large white head.

Smell contains light fruit (peach, banana), spice. Rather perfume-like. Some yeast.

Taste is very nice. Quite fruity, a variety of light fruit flavours dancing around. Peach and banana stick out for me, but it is rather varied. Some spicy notes, white pepper perhaps the closest. Yeast, a bit bready. Slightly sweet, but finish is quite dry.

Full bodied, highly carbonated. A bit irritating, but beneath the carbonation the beer is quite soft and creamy.

Overall, very nice. A very good BSPA.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of mikeg67
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours hazy-orange with a short lasting white head and a lot of carbonation. Aroma is of Belgium yeast, pale malt and sulfur. Body is medium, tangy. Taste is cherry, pears, peach, yeast, candy sugar, peppery hops, biscuit malt. Finish is long, spicy and dry. Taste is much better than nose.

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red) from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.
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