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)
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
Ratings:
340
Reviews:
150
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
60
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 340 |  Reviews: 150
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is served in a tulip, beer is dark yellow / amber with a nice white head, small bubbles, low carbonation, some lacing, decent retention.

Aroma is apple, sweet, yeast, malt.

Beer is light in body and sweet throughout, mildly dry finish but overall a nice beer. The yeast character on the palate is strong and sweet, floral with nice fruity esters. I'd have this again.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dgilks
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this would be a fantastic New Year beer but it appears that it will be the pre-New Year beer and I will be drinking some fantastic Single Malt for New Year.

Anyway, this pours a beautifully clear golden colour with a big, fluffy, white head. Good head retention and nice, chunky lacing.

Sharp, spicy aroma with moderate clove. Lots of fruitiness with the pear notes and stone fruit really coming through. Good balance on the whole.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Big, fizzy and like a Tripel should be.

I quite like this. The earthy notes really complement the classic pale strong ale flavours here. Good.

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Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of josefnewsong
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of daysinthewake
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honeyed orange with a big foamy white head. A skim and a ring now, no lace.

Some light grain and straw in the nose, some fruit and alcohol. Too cold?

Nice. You don't notice the 10% at all. A creamy note, with some pear juice and light bitterness mixed with a little booze. Some light grain. This is the 2008 and it has mellowed nicely. Nice juicy notes as the palate clears with fruit and light bitter notes. A hint of vanilla and wood at the very end.

Medium body, not a ton of carbonation. Very smooth.

Loved this. Nose is a bit weak, but the rest of this just shines. The age on the bottle probably helped. This is not overly boozy or hot. Fruit, grain, and alcohol. Grab a bottle.

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Photo of mjyoung
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split w/ bbb099. Drank 11/30/11. 2009 vintage.

What a way to bring in the Finals season.

A: Thick frothy vanilla cream head that sticks around on top of a slightly hazy off goldenrod.

S: Mmm golden fruit and spice, with a hint of something I can't quite put my finger on. Definitely a hint of lemon now that it's mentioned, but I was hard pressed to find it without the suggestion. Good, but not very robust.

T: I'm glad we sat on this bottle for so long. Not a hint of booze, and the beer is smooth and well rounded. Nice Belgian with light fruit (pear?)

M: Nice medium body with good carb and good balance. Creamy and delicious. Not much more to say there.

O:Delicious. I approve wholeheartedly. In reading other reviews, many people complain of a bit of heat and off flavors. All I can say is that this one is fantastic and well worth sitting on.

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Photo of bbb099
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle reviewed on 12-01-2011

A - Cloudy but bubbly golden orange color with egg white colored head. Head was foamy and plentiful.

S - Lemon citrus and belgian yeast. Simple, yet great aroma.

T - Crisp and dry grain flavors. Somewhat bready, and hints of the yeasty taste. Not too complex, but who cares, it tastes awesome.

M - Medium carbonation, bubbly. Full bodied, nice consistency.

O - Great flavors and mouthfeel. One of the best belgian strong pale ales I have had.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. Vintage 2011. Brewed 24 February 2011.

A: Regally white head about a finger high. Hazy straw-yellow that grows marginally more lustrous when backlit.

S: Sweet and fruity. Banana and other tropical scents. Yeast is omnipresent and lightly spicy. Quite muscly and impossible to ignore.

T: Yum! Quite tasty, but nothing life-changing. Lightly tart (a nice sort of surprise), the tropicality noted in the smell is present here as well. Guava? Mango? The endtaste is quite sweet, candy-sugarly so, and fades only with time in the aftertaste. Some yeast throughout, but not as spicy as I'd hoped.

M: The mouthfeel elevates this to an A-level beer. Smooth, clean, spritely, and ever-so-drinkable.

O: A light, sweet beer whose flavour belies its strength. Elegant. Noticeably Belgian. Quite recommended, but it doesn't find the same favour with me as have some other Brouwerij Het Anker beers. Still, a good buy. Would have again.

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Photo of CopeTech
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of allouez86
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A -Pours a hazy Golden straw colour with a two fingered head that retains well and laces.

S - Lemon zest and spicy yeast.

T - Lots of peppery spice up front followed by some sour lemon. Candied sugar is present as a balanacing flavour.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - Nice balaced beer with subtleties that really make this and enjoyable BSPA. Would benefit with a couple of years ageing. The alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 750 ml poured into a chalice. 2008 vintage.

A: Cloudy orange-gold with a very thin head that lacking retention. After only a few seconds only a patch of light foams is left in the middle. It does leave some lacing.

S: Funky yeast, lemon zest, candied Belgian sugar, fruity esters. It also has an aroma similar to rum or tequila (I even thought sour whiskey at first).

T: Lots of spice, candied sugar, lemon, orange, lots of floral notes and slight sour.

M: On the lighter side of medium and on the dryer side.

O: This is the first beer I both aged and reviewed. It certainly became more subdued due to its age. The flavors were more restrained and the body lighter. It is very easy and pleasant to drink, and it is more elegant due to its age.

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Photo of weller1js
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a cloudy golden-brownish yellow, with a decent foamy white head, and carbonation that dissipates quickly (I suppose aging for three years in a bottle will do that), a swirl of foam an yeast lingers on the glass.

smell: yeast is velvety and sweet, with lemon-citrus notes that are reminiscent of a refined tequila, complex yet pleasant.

taste: begins watery and subdued, velvety but light; hops are light yet floral, finishing crisp yet tangy.

overall: very enjoyable overall, I wasn't sure what to expect as a result of the aging process, but my expectations were not in line with my actual experience, but that is not a bad thing, lighter character was indicative of age, but I was expecting more complexity from the scent than what I got in the taste.

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

Blonde as straw and a dense white head. Very tiny bubbles rise in lines racing to the fast gone head of this semi-transparent 'Special Blond of the Emperor'. Smells of apple and champagne sweet like an asti. Taste is very similar to the smell almost like a wine but bordering on that tartness of a wine. There is a thicker feel to this than a champagne and lots of undertones of sugars like those in a belgian triple, which seem to come out more with warmth. A very good beer and worthy of praise.

Cheers!!

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This is a 2008 vintage bottle.

Appearance: light gold hue with plenty of haze and a finger of frothy white foam. Plenty of apparent effervescence in this one.

Smell: bready, yeasty malt aroma with a little bit of fruity complexity. I'm getting some apples and pears along with the somewhat dank mustiness of it all. I like it.

Taste: the bready, yeasty, peary flavor follows the aroma quite faithfully. I personally like the musty bread quality of this beer. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a great carbonation and concomitant creaminess. This is what a beer should feel like.

Overall: I really like this beer. It does lack some of the complexity you might expect from a 10% ABV brew from the Low Countries, but I really like the base flavors here. I'll look forward to having this beer again.

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red) from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.03 out of 5 based on 340 ratings.
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