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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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 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 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 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.


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