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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)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2008

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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 336
Photo of Pencible
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. This poured a hazy straw color with white head. It smelled like faint lemon and mild Belgian yeast, with powdered sugar and honey and a bit of coriander. It tasted like candied lemons and oranges and honey, with coriander and sourdough yeast and confectioners sugar. It was somewhat thick with smooth carbonation, and had a mild bitter aftertaste. Overall this was one of the best light Belgians I've ever had. It was very delicate and clean, but still flavorful and delicious. It had a very refined body with the natural carbonation, and it hid the alcohol amazingly well, so it was quite easy to drink. I could enjoy this beer often, and highly recommend it. I need to find a fresh bottle, since my sample was over a year old, and I'd also be curious to try one with several years on it. I have a feeling this is one of only a few light Belgian ales that could improve after multiple years of age. Great stuff.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
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 rapidsequence
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 purchased at Total Wine in Raleigh. Ten bucks or so.

Appearance: I mean, it just looks perfect. Its perfectly clear very light yellow-orange. The head is absurdly big and fluffy and tries to escape the glass. It dissipates leaving 1/4 inch or so of head and laces the glass nicely.

Smell: Sweet, tart fruit is the most dominant smell. Maybe apples, pears, grapes, but not so much citrus. Not real spicy smelling. Yeasty. Almost like a sweet smelling yeasty champagne.

Taste: Its really pretty tart and dry. The taste, like the smell is not unlike a champagne with strong yeast flavor. The fruitiness is more tart and less sweet than it smells, but is is still pretty sweet. This one is awesome to roll around in your mouth and experience all the different flavors. It finishes abruptly dry at first, then a nice long bready finish takes over.

Mouthfeel: The awesome carbonation makes this beer very tingly, but doesn't feel thin and fizzy. Its actually rather full feeling and almost creamy when the carbonation explodes in your mouth. At the end, it coats with deliciousness.

Drinkability: Do I want another? Not now, hell no, this is a 10% 750. On another day, hell yes. This is an awesome Belgian strong pale ale. This is the kind of thing you could pop for a special occasion and get all sorts of non-beer drinkers to enjoy it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P: Poured out of a bomber dated 2008 into a Koenings Hoeven chalice.

A: Poured a 1.5 finger billowing white course head that dissipated relatively quickly and left heavy lacing. Appearance was golden yellow with a twinge of orange.

S: Tangerines and other citrus fruits that I couldn't quite put my finger on. Also fructose and orange rinds.

T: Ever had a peach gummy? f they liquified peach gummies and made it into a beer, this is what you'd get. This taste hits strong at the beginning and lingers toward the middle, covering a hint of Belgian yeast flavor. As the peach dissipates, a strong, sharp alcoholic finish takes over and lingers on my palate.

M: Medium bodied, course and relatively highly carbonated for this type of beer I thought.

D: A delight to have, I could cradle of bottle of this all night and come back to it the next morning.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 2008 bottle into my Delirium Tremmens glass

A - hazy golden w/ massive 3 finger(and growing out of the glass!) frothy head w/ excellent retention.

S - apples, pears, over-rippened bananas and some peppery spice w/ a light hop aroma.this is gonna be good!

T - this is a very complex beer. it's hard to note all of the flavors. but overall it achieves a beatiful balance of fruity esters(as earlier mentioned in the nose), belgian spice and just the right amount of hops to hide the alcohol and finish beautifuly dry.

MF - very highly and coarsely carbonated. light and fizzy in the tongue

D - goes down surprisingly easy dispite it being a 10% beast. 750ml is the perfect nightcap. I will seek this one out again. amazing!

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a translucent yellow, with a firm white head with prerequisite Belgian lace.

S: Tree fruit - apple and pear esters with peppery spice.

T: Heavy on the pear and yellow apple. Complexity is gained with some nice white pepper and coriander on the back end, with real earthy, musty hops.

M: Smooth, medium/full-bodied with some ethanol.

D: Another real nice ale from the fellows at Het Anker, they know what they are doing when it comes to making great Belgian beer.

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

Pours a golden amber honey tone slightly hazed body with a nice chunky white bright fine bubbled head, carbonation screams effervescence. Lacing left behind is thick in certain spots with scattered specks in others.

Aromatics offer up huge fruit esters such as green apple and ripened honey dew melon, with a touch of honey sweetness added to the mix. Also a mix of yeast spiciness with additions of a peppery herbal flow, classic Belgian pale. Alcohol is evident and carbonation tickles the nose hairs, time to taste this beauty.

Flavor has a rolling malt sweetness with a crisp pronounced dryness bringing spices and yeast notes about. Along with fruit laiden sweetness comes a rather peppery finish, fruit notes include tropical fruits, with green apple and ripened melon. Again flavor is dry almost vinous like in many ways.

Mouthfeel Slghtly thick and cloying with a sprizy champagne like carbonation flow. The dry finish works well with the style.

Drinkability is solid alcohol is evident but dangerously shadowed by the rest of the beers characteristics. Overall very enjoyable brew and one that I may have to revisit especially at 8.99 in the state of Ohio.

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Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with the missus at the Abbott on the Hill. It gets the thumbs up from by of us, and my better half enjoyed her glass despite not usually liking higher alcohol beers.

So, when our server popped the cork on this one, the beer instantly began to gush out and do its best imitation of La Jete d'Eau in Lake Geneva. Obviously a pretty active Belgian. Wonderfully clear and radiant gold - its the sort of beer that looks magical when held up to candlelight, as if King Midas himself had brewed it. A huge white head crowns this beauty, and leaves big patches of lace as it recedes, never diminishing further than a tight cap.

Full-on Belgian yeast aroma, with grain and tropical fruit thrown into the mix, and a touch of drying alcohol. Nice estery flavours off the bat, with some peach and mango, subtly flavoured with clove, coriander and maybe even pepper. The brewery's description states that herbs were used, and they do mix in nicely with the yeast profile to produce some clean but complex flavours. After the initial hit we experience herbal hops in the middle, accompanying a shovel of grain, before closing in a drying, lightly alcoholic finish. Considering the strength of the Rood, its hard to fault its drinkability. The alcohol is excellently hidden, the flavours are well-melded, and its a delightful all-round experience. The only possible drawback is the effervescent nature of its body, which probably won't sit too well with some folks, but its what I expect from a Belgian.

At $16.95, you could argue that the price is steep, but I'd point out that this is the equivalent of three pints of regular beer, and damn good ones at that. Goulden Carolus have an excellent line of beers, and this one (even if it is just the Easter rebranded) will only add to their reputation.

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

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow-orange color. The head is a huge three inches in height, and doesn't recede. The aroma is of lemon and orange peel, leather, fresh cut grass, and a general yeastiness. The taste leans more toward the leathery, yeasty side than the aroma does. The orange and lemon peel are there, but they are tucked into the background. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very nice beer, that I would certainly drink again.

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Photo of berkey
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Trappist earlier tonight from notes. One of my all time favorites and most frequenty ordered bottles but first time on draft. Served in a Gouden Carolus glass.

Bright yet hazy pale blonde body. Small to medium head fades quickly. Lacing is excellent.

Initial aromas are of citrus, yeast, and some great flowery hops. Deeper perusal brings out even more malt sweetness including cane sugar, apricot, and unless I'm losing it something reminiscent of bubble gum. Really a lot going on here, I find myself spending a lot of time taking it all in.

Tastes follow the sweet aroma at first with even more complexity. In addition to the citrus fruitiness and sugar I'm picking up some toasted marshmellow, not an insignificant herbal component, and some peppery spice notes. Alcohol warmth is very present of course but in a good way. As this one approaches room temperature it gets even more fruity with strawberry and other berry flavors. Sweet and somewhat alcoholic but this truly is a boozy beer done right.

I know the some might find this beer off putting because of the malt sweetness but the complexity keeps me coming back. Once again, one of my all time favorite brews from one of my all time favorite brewers.

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Photo of Albinoh
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good head, settles to a lace, with a slightly turbid yellow/amber color. Fruity/malty smelll. This is carried over to the taste buds with some spicy flavors, and yeast. I simply loved the taste, perfectly balanced, little carbonation, alcohol hidden... nice very nice. I love how these type of beers are so deceiving.

Highly recommended, will get some more soon.

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Photo of theopholis
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a fairly clear, rich amber body with a small, 1 finger white creamy head. Head has outstanding retention. The body effervesces for a very long time after the pour. Lacing isn't thick, but very sticky.

Aroma- Hint of maltiness with strong notes of, tart, yellow apples and other light fruits. A hint of breadiness alcohol.

Taste- Wow. Huge, pale malt with a nice, subtle blend of hops and some light fruit flavors. Good blend of bittering and floral hops. They accentuate the malt sweetness very nicely. Notes of black pepper and coriander become very evident as the beer warms closer to room temperature.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. A high carbonation level really pushes the flavors to the front of your consciousness. Just sticky enough to leave a nice after-taste, the since the aftertaste doesn't last long, you want to take another swig. This could get to be habit forming!!!

Drinkability- Very good, all-around strong Belgian blond,

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle/ 2008

P: Exits the bottle straw in color, and sits a clear, effervescent gold in the glass. The white head is comprised of medium-sized bubbles with a rocky texture that seems a bit loose and soapy. Excellent retention is shown while lace sticks like glue to the glass as it sinks.

A: Toasted grainy malt, tart apples, floral hops, some spice, light fruits, and a tad of yeast and alcohol.

T: Huge, toasted pale malt bill creates a crushed velvety smooth texture while flavors of apple and banana provide some nice fruity flavors. Floral hops are underneath, while coriander and black pepper deliver an explosive spiciness that detonates on the tip of the tongue. Alcohol is present, but well-hidden flavorwise, while the active yeast appears in the finish.

M: Full-bodied, silky smooth, velvety rich and downright luxurious in the mouth. These guys have this whole mouthfeel down to a T.

Notes: Malty rich, fruity sweet, and explosively spicy, this BSPA is quite enjoyable! This is the second brew from Het Anker that I've had the pleasure of drinking, and while this is not as good as the Van De Keizer Blauw, it is still a pretty damn good brew. Recommended

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Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy gold with a huge, rocky white head that exploded out of my Old Guardian tulip glass. Thick white lacing. Tart, apples-and-spice nose with some yeast esters and a slight musty hay aroma. Crisp, effervescent mouthfeel that battles the stickiness in the finish. Sweet taste that was expected from the style. More pear and apples blended with spice and candied sugar. A funky yeast flavor follows along with a boozy finish. The 10% isn't well-masked but it doesn't take over the beer, either. I enjoyed it.

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

Got from Ummagum - many thanks! Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into my DT snifter. 2008 edition. Opened with a loud pop. It was a hazy golden yellow color with tons of carbonation and slight lacing. It had a very large white fizzy head that settled into a thicl foam and thick collar that was fed by the carb from the bottom.

The aroma was very good. Fruity (not dark fruits thank God) and spicy. My nose is a bit of a mess with spring allergies so couldn't pin down the exact aromas but seemed like apple was big player along with some pepper. Really enjoyed what I could smell. The taste followed the aroma. Very good. Nice and fruity at start with a nice spice kick at the end. Finishes a little, but not too, dry. Sweet aftertaste. Sorta like a sweet saison. Very tasty. Surprisingly the high ABV never really showed in the aroma or the taste. Took most of the bottle before you even felt it. I enjoyed this one a ton more than the Van De Keizer Blue.

Overall, an very good BSPA that I really enjoyed. Highly recommend as it's a great example for the style. I'd have another if I could easily get it but since not avail here this will probably be my only one.

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Photo of spointon
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into a stemmed Tripel Karmeliet glass.

A= This ale poured a chill-hazed straw gold color with a towering 2.5" foamy white head. The head lasted a long time before finally settling to a thin cap, leaving tons of sticky lace down the glass. Lots of active carbonation release visible as well.

S= Solid malt base supports a big green apple aroma as well as spice and yeasty funk. Mild alcohol that was there but not overpowering.

T= Enticing combination of sweet bready malts, green orchard fruits, caramel, pepper, and an absolutely beautiful chalky yeast funk that brought me to my proverbial knees (in a good way). Finish was light, a bit dry, and full of a warming alcohol sensation.

MF= Light to medium body, with an effervescent carbonation level and crisp, spritzy mouthfeel.

D= Wow, what a great beer. This was right in my palate's comfort zone and I am wondering why I haven't pulled the trigger on this one before now. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
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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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy pale yellow in color with a 1/2" head that lasted a while. Light lacing paints the glass.

Smell: spices and green apples are most noticeable, some softer earthy tones are in the background.

Taste: caramel, yeast, pepper, green apples, pears, and a strong warming alcohol are the main flavor components. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied beers. Aftertaste is dominated by alcohol warming.

Drinkability: very flavorful beer that is a slow sipper based on the alcohol level.

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Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge pillowy white head that stays on as a cap for ages and leaves very good lacing.

Light sweet aroma with light fruits and hints of spices on top. There is plenty of Belgian yeast and bubble gum sweetness as well with a bit of citrus.

The taste is slightly sweeter than the aroma with lots of light sweetness featuring apples and pears. The Belgian yeast forms a solid backbone with a slightly dry finish with some citrus hops.

The moutfeel is fairly light with tons of carbonation and lots of sticky sweetness throughout.

This isn't the biggest or most complex Belgian pale but it's extremely drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of hopmonkey
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeasty nose is slightly offputting. But the initial sweetness with apricots, pears, and clove is very nice. Boozy with a hot alcohol finish that is nice in that it is dry, but does not balance as well as it should. Nice carbonation. I don't get the sick-sweetness that some others have alluded to. I think there is enough spiciness here to firm it up a bit so that it is more refreshing than syrupy. Overall, not a classic, but very good.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 bottle 750 picked up at the Coop over the weekend for about $9.50.. shared with Brenda .. slightly .. mostly poured into my New Belgium snifter... I was very happy that Matt was able to get this one in.. I did NOT want to try and trade for it.. yet really wanted to give it a go around because the BSDA from this brewery is always stellar and a cellar favorite of mine.

The cork comes out.. so does a fizzy creep that makes me pour it fast.... 2 finger head died back incredibly quick .. sounded like rice crispies.. only touches of lace atop a hazy golden yellow brew... the lace only shows as the brew in the glass drops... but it is a very nice sheet with every sip.

Nose is fruity with notes of pear and green apple... peppery and spicy but not nearly as much as most BSPA's.. quite a bit of sugar as it warms... flowery and clove.. some cardamom (I don't like cardamom)..

Very sweet maltiness throughout the palate.. again.. pear and apple essence.. but the sugary taste may be a bit much... phenolic and spicy.. more cardamom and white pepper.. some clove.. but IMHO.. waaay too sweet.. an odd honey essence that reminds me of the honey bear in the cupboard...

I can see how many brew connoisseurs will like this one .. even love it.. but for me.. it is just too sweet.. the spicy phenols help.. and fruity esters are there with every burp.. but overall.. it just seems outtawhack.. too much of a good thing and never really comes together.. the body is fairly thick with a big burning carbonation.. the drinkability suffers horribly with me because of the residual sweetness.. otherwise a pretty great beer that just needs to be dialed back a couple of notches.

I will try and buy another couple of these just to stick in the basement and forget about.. I would worry about the carbonation.. it was already creeping out of the bottle as soon as I cracked the cork.

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

Caged and corked Jarang 2008.

Poured into Pilsner Urquell flutes, enjoyed with my brother as an appertiff on Boxing Day.

App: very pale straw, light golden akin to Bohemian Pilsners and Duvel in color. Nice two finger thick dense white head, very effervescent.

Smell: Belgian yeast spice and cracked white pepper, some rosy perfume alcohols and just ripe pear and baked apple. Some notes of faint minty hops.

Taste/MF/Drinkability: Clean with a light belgian yeast derived spice character, a touch of hops but scrubbed very quickly by the big carbonation. Slight alcohol warming but extremely palatable and quaffable for the overall strength. Deceptive like a fine Belgian Strong Pale should be.

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Photo of thekanna
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with quite a large white, foamy head that sticks like none other.

Smell: Alcoholic, spicy, yeasty. Like a rum-soaked spice cake straight out of the oven.

Taste: Somewhat reminiscent of Delirium Tremens, but more well-rounded. Spice hits strongly on the palate: cloves, pink peppercorns, anise seeds, and a little bit of cardamom all flesh out a nice, buttery floral bouquet on the palate. Finishes dry with a strong phenolic aftertaste.

Overall: This is a nice complement, if not antithesis of the Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer Blauw/Bleu. Great for sipping, and very full-bodied overall.

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Photo of baos
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big bottle into Atlas Mason jar.

A: Nice white three finger head over a slightly hazy blonde body. Very nice lacing and head retention.

S: Big boozy nose with the Belgian yeast shining through.

T: This is a strong one. Booze and orange zestiness and clove and bitter grape peel on the get go then pepper and spices that go back to an almost vodka flavor then to a dry almost cracker taste.

M: Nice medium to full body on this strong lass with lots of nice natural carbonation.

D: Woo this is a strong one. Just one bottle please. But this bottle can last half the night if sipped on properly. A great strong ale!

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood (Red) from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.03 out of 5 based on 336 ratings.
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