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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Brouwerij Het Anker

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 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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Photo of draheim
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL 2008 bottle into a tulip.

Golden straw color w/ a monstrous white head, vigorous carbonation. A few yeasty floaties.

Aroma is spicy, slightly citrusy, lots of fruit, flowers, pepper, and subtle yeast.

Taste is sweet, caramel, spice, and dried apricots. Sweetness from candi sugar? Hints of rum, brown sugar, and raisins. Almost syrupy, but just almost. Slight alcohol burn, which is actually working here. Taste has an almost dessert wine quality.

Nice crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is really great on the refill, sustains a creamy 1-finger head.

The sweetness dictates that this beer be sipped slowly and savored. Not one I'd drink every day but this beer is unique and one I'll come back to again.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009, consumed 5/11/11

Huge fluffy white head over a clear golden blonde body, laces nicely.

Smells great; Belgian yeast, traces of alcohol, a bit of banana ester; quite mellow, but for a trace of black pepper.

Taste is nice as well; very Belgian (would have a hard time distinguishing this from some tripels). Tastes like blonde, slightly hoppier Gouden Carolus. Tart and yeasty, with a clean finish; well-balanced.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, if a bit fizzy and coarse in terms of carbonation.

Overall quite nice, though (and I know it's apples and oranges), I definitely prefer the Keizer Blauw, though it's almost undrinkably rich, whereas this is pleasant and could be had all night, were it not for the price and ABV. This could go well with steak or chicken.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-7-11
2008 Vintage

Pours a very cloudy and very cool pale orange color, with a huge, foamy white head that sits in a thick layer. Lacing covers the entire glass, and slowly slides down.

Smell is sweet, slightly aged, with lots of light and fruity hop character. The Belgian-ness is there, adding a nice complexity right at the end. There's a little sourness there too, if you look for it.

Taste is tart hops and alcohol, with the sweet malt helping to even things out. Very acidic, I'm having a hard time placing any specific flavors. The finish is very dry and decently bitter, leaving a mineral-y aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, which does nothing to help the slightly astringent flavors. Carbonation is high, and foams in your mouth.

Drinkability would be decent, but the mouthfeel kills any redeeming qualities.

Overall, I expected the age to have mellowed this beer more, but it didn't seem to help tame the hops and alcohol.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a hazy golden yellowish, orange color, with a very foamy 3 finger white head. Leaves great lacing behind as it slowly fades.

S - Good begian smell to it. Fruity notes are present, as well as some yeasty aromas, almost bready. Slightly citrus as well.

T - Has a mildly sweet, bright fruit taste, with a slight alcohol burn. Leaves a little citrus aftertaste as well, mainly orange.

M - Light, semi-syrupy mouthfeel. A little over carbonated.

O - A good belgian strong ale. Strong, but drinkable. Slightly syrupy, but not tongue-coating. I will probably buy another, and let it age in the cellar.

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Photo of Brabander
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a trade with Apophis666 a week ago. Drank it with a buddy yesterday, together with the bleu one.

Poured this beer in my Struise glass and at fist look the fluid looked a bit cloudy but examining the glass more detailled we saw a lot of sediment floating around in the glass. That is strange because i always open my bottles carefully. That is why the apearance is not as it should be.

Smell is good, bready with some fuits behind it. Good taste, fresh and drinkable.

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Photo of aasher
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured into my snifter. This beer pours a cloudy honey gold in color with a one finger, spongy white head. The foam just sit atop the brew for a couple minutes without going down at all. The nose isn't prominent at all. All I can pick up is some muted honey cream and some pale malt sweetness with perhaps some clove. The flavor is light and sweet. It tastes of honey, clove, pale malts, with a light trace of alcohol. I'm surprised at how subdued the alcohol is for the content. Despite the short list of adjectives I used to describe the flavors, it's actually very, very good for the style. I'm pretty impressed by it. It drinks exceptionally smooth, being at just over three years old. This is a very good Belgian Strong Pale and worth trying.

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Photo of matt20102
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into pilsner glass from champagne bottle at refrigerator temperature. Cork was extremely hard to remove. Pours with a very thick, creamy head which dissipates very slowly. Aroma is of malt and honey; flavor is of also of malt and honey but much more heavy on the honey sweetness- this is a very sweet beer. No appreciable alcohol or hop flavor- this could certainly benefit from another 10 - 15 IBU of bittering to balance the overwhelming (but not extremely malty) sweetness. The head is certainly long-lasting, especially for a 10% brew.

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

Found this beauty at The Anderson's in Reynoldsburg, OH. I was intrigued by the name, "Special Blond of the Emperor" and the story on the back of the bottle.

Poured a hazy copper (on the orange side) with a nice white head that disapeared relatively quickly.

The aroma said, "Hello. I am a Belgian." Very sweet, and fruity. None of the aromas jumped out as being more prominent than the others, but I caught some banana and cloves, and almost a cinamon scent. I did not get the apple that some of the other reviewers noticed. I guess I'll have to try again to make sure... shucks.

The initial taste was sweet, but not overpowering. The cloves were present, and so was the alcohol, but not in an oppressive way.

The middle stayed the same. Nothing new jumped out. This was the only real disappointment of the beer.

The finish was crisp and smooth. The pleasant Belgian bite of alcohol was there at the end with me. The beer was sweet all the way through.

I enjoyed this beer and would recomend it. It is not as complex as many other Belgians that I have had, but it has a nice balance of sweetness and that hint of alcohol that one expects from a Belgian. I think that Charles V would have been happy with this beer.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No question about it- it's a Belgian strong ale.
I wish it had a bit more of a nose- but that could be me.
Nevertheless the beer presented itself in such a way as to begin the beer experience on a positive note- nice looking in the glass. Beer produced a nose that triggered something in my mind of granny smith apples-- the green tart crisp apples. I noticed alcohol on its breath as well.

Nice fluffy white head that made it's stance and slowly receded back to the beer's surface.

Flavor- that of tart apples (again), alcohol, some bitter hops, but it's not like most beers-- that's the unique Belgian aspect to beer. It's a bitterness that also brings along tartness and a clean flavor. There's very little malt that I could detect- the flavor borders on a champagne like profile. On one hand it's a beer on the other it's something else-- and maybe there is a "grapes" undertone that one tastes in a sparkling wine. The 10% ABV also ushers the flavor along to make the border something difficult to discern. It is a beer.. I'm not fooled!

The mouthfeel is quite cordial-- while there's a greater than average ABV level, the mouthfeel is still quite polite. Nothing about this libation is over powering or "loud".. as I said-- very polite.

Drinkability- is good. Not stunning but I think that's because there's nothing about this beer that makes itself known (besides the ABV) to tease me into another sip. Don't get me wrong-- the bomber bottle emptied rapidly.. faster than I'd like.

If you're used to Imperial Stouts, or Imperial IPAs you have to do some "aligning" to this beer-- more of a fine wine than strong ale.

I'm going to get another bottle and cellar-- this one's dated 2008- would be fun to see how it ages.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my DFH Chalice. The date on the bottle says 2008...most interesting.

Appearance: Pours a slightly opaque, golden bronze color with a good 2 inches worth of frothy head. The retention is pretty decent, it fades down to a thin soapy layer with some mild soapy lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fruity, actually. Not big on the dark fruit like I expected, more light fruit. Apple stands out the most. It's a bit boozy, but it gives the brew a big, warming sort of quality. There's some nice Belgian yeast goodness throughout.

Taste: The apple shines through, but also a little bit of raisin. The booze is a bit more apparent, but it doesn't really take away from the beer. Nice.

Mouthfeel: A Crisp, medium body with almost perfect carbonation. Drinks nice and easy for a big beer.

Drinkability: An easy drinking, tasty brew. Some great, classic flavors all around with a nice surprise regarding the apple flavor. I'd recommend this to anybody that's a fan of the style.

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Photo of illidurit
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottling. Pours gold with an orange tinge and a lasting fine whitish head. Pears and pepper on the nose. Strong but not a complex aroma. Flavor is very perfumey but not in an alcoholic way. Very vivid peach and pear notes atop a caramel malty base. The clarity of the esters is unlike anything I've tasted in beer. A rather nice beer.

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Photo of rebel1771
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Pours a hazey golden straw color with a thick white head that sticks around forever.

S: Strong yeast aroma along with candied fruits and citrus.

T: Strong sweet candied orange and honey flavor with a strong alcohol burn. Notes of apple, pear, and coriander are present.

D: Really good brew. There is nothing really to say about this one other than it hits all the right notes and is just a solid brew.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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 DPFRD
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy and golden with a mild head.

S- Sweet candi and malt aside some fruity esters with hints of coriander and some booze.

T- Candi and malt upfront, with some bitter hops, followed by the hint of coriander more malt and a little sourness, finishing with a moderate phenol presence. I like it, sweetness doesn't dominate like a lot of Het Anker Gouden Carolus beers seem to lean on.

M- Moderate carbonation, medium body.

D- I like the beer, it's interesting, strong, and it will keep you coming back for another sip. This one is much better than the blue label and is quite possibly my favorite Het Anker brew to date; however, it's more of a once in a while beer for me, if there are any left.

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Photo of corby112
2.35/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From notes:

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 tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750: Jaargang 2008 on the neck label - Husky and dulled honey gold with a light caramel brown cast to its body. Feathery foamed white top sits a good finger or more in height and keeps very well. Thin sheeted lacing crosses the goblet moderately.

Aroma is tall with spice laced with a light sweetness underneath. Lightly sweetened with lemony candyness, pear, and lighter yet banana. Spices are peppery yet mildingly set with clove, all spice, and maybe cardamom, which gives it a slight ginger ale-esque bouquet over the top. Oddly likeable.

Taste is vibrant and actively set in body as it grips with dull lemony popsicle, duller pear and white grape, over ripe plum and apricot share a bit of its sweeter side as it pulls in a slight under carraige of caramel. Spices aren't as prevalent in the taste, but they find their place with some areas and help establish a late yeastyish dryness and dull peppery notes.

Body is bold and forwardly set in big rounded fullness that tends to settle down some as it sits. But its a bit much. Some aging should smooth it some. Carbontaion grabs a bit heavy at first but does mellow out and overall the beer warms up and mellows.

This one needs to breathe quite a bit before it begins to unfold its complexity. Still a fairly solid Pale and fits with Het Anker.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of jsh420
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 bottle

pours hazy golden yellow with an orange tint - 2 finger head that faded to a film and left no lacing

smells of sweet fruity malt apples and belgian yeast

taste is a bit too sweet for me - sugary candy malt belgian yeast with lots of hoppy spice - lots of booze/heat even after 2 years in the cellar

mouthfeel - medium body - lots of carbonation - little sticky

drinkability - shared some of the bottle and still i could not finish more then about 12oz

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Photo of ButterScotch
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am currently drinking my 3rd bottle while staying in Mechelen. All bottles were 2010 vintage obtained in Mechelen.

The Cuvee red seems a bit 'strident' with an alchol taste but still quite drinkable. Among the top 5 in my book for this style.

I am a 10-12 time visitor to Mechelen and Het Anker...previous memories of earlier Cuvee reds are about the same.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

750 mL bottle, corked and caged, served cool into the Watou glass.

The red is a very pale straw yellow color with hazy clarity, or lack thereof. The head is very short and short-lived.

Aroma is mostly sweet with apples, yeast, and mild floral notes. There might be a hint of oxidation but the cork was tight and went 'pop' when it came out.

Flavor is strange at first in that it seems about half as strong as the label suggests, almost like it's watered down. The taste is very mild and doesn't suggest seem to hold much excitement. That said, I start to warm to it with each sip. This isn't a knock your socks off beer but more of a slow burner. The mild fruit and floral are still there but then comes some spice, some tart, some funk, and some lemon. It's still all pretty mild but very complex.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with lower than expected carbonation. Way too easy drinking for a 10% beer.

Overall a difficult one to describe. It doesn't wow at first, but the more I get to know it, the more I like it!

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Photo of impending
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy dirty straw. Vigorous carbonation yet the head is not towering.

Sweet hard candied sugars backed by lots of light skinned fruits, quite estery, flowers are in the distance - very pleasant.

Creamy, tingly mouthfeel. A sweet white bread gives way to the light fruits and a subtle citrus tang. Phenols become obvious in the middle and stay on the right side of delicious. Finishes only moderately dry and the warmth of the alcohol perfectly balances the upfront sweetness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is extremely boozy. Once I got past the alcohol, I got some flowers and spices. The flavor is alcohol, wheat, spices and flowers. The alcohol is very hot and makes the beer tough to drink. As it warms, the other flavors come out a little more but the alcohol is always very present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice beer, but the alcohol could be hidden better.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: Plenty of sweet malts and floral notes in the nose. Slightly sweet citrus along with some yeast, alcohol, and pears.

T: Up front are plenty of sweet malts with a slightly floral and citrusy honey tone. Fruity pear and apple esters along with a fair amount of alcohol flavor.

M: The body is medium in nature with the usual plentiful carbonation.

D: Despite a rather pleasant malt and sugar base, this beer is somewhat "ruined" by the presence of the alcohol.

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red) from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.03 out of 5 based on 341 ratings.
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