Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium
hetanker.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Every year on the 24th of February, Het Ander brews Gouden Carolus Cuvée van de Keizer Blauw (‘Grand Cru of the Emperor’) to celebrate the birth of Charles the 5th.

This exceptional ale ages well, developing a refined complexity and intense aromas. An imperial brew to cherish and enjoy in moderation.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#598
Reviews:
909
Ratings:
1,898
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2017 Blue

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Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RayCannata
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Simon212
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamesefleming
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The greatest of them all (the strong dark Belgian ales). Whenever I have a party or dinner party, I serve the blue. Everyone who tastes it says it is the best beer/ale they have ever drunk. I have made pilgrimages to Belgium for quads and strong dark Belgian ales. This is indeed the greatest of them all.

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Photo of BHapeman
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jhlosito75
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Grunt fill from Albertsons. Right from the start, this a gorgeous beer. Ruddy brown with small cap of beige head. Fruity, sugary aroma wafts up, sweet. Taste follows with figs and raisins, prunes, and molasses. Just plain exquisite and smooth.

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Photo of VABA
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very dark amber color with a generous head and lacing
A-Generous complex fruity aromas
T-The taste follows the nose with abundant rich and complex fruity flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A very well done, very well balanced beer with a lot of character that hides the high alcohol content very well

Taste - dark fruit like plum with a good sweetness me some woodiness
Feel - medium full body with a light carb
Overall - tasty, enjoyable beer

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. 2017 bottling.
Dark brown colored body, with garnet red highlights when held to a light. Bubbly, light tan head (one finger thick upon pouring), which settles but maintains a bubble fed ring, along with a thin cap. Strings of lacing cling to the glass.
Aroma is dark roasted malts, caramel, and dark fruit (plums and raisins), along with the hint of candi sugar.
Taste is sweet candi sugar, roasted malt, caramel, and lots of dark fruit (plum and raisin especially). Includes yeast spiciness. Has a slight alcohol burn, but ABV is quite well hidden.
Fuller mouth feel, smooth texture, with good carbonation.
This drinks like a celebration beer, with its balanced tastes of sweet, dark fruit, and a solid malt support.

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Photo of Nichols33
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In review is a 2017 vintage.

A - Deep burgundy raisin colored pour with a billowy, rocky light caramel colored head and steady carbonation. Clarity is good but with a few floaties. The creamy top layer clings to the sides of the glass like glue.

S - Big dark fruit nose with plumbs, raisins, a little bit of yeasty breadiness, dark Belgian candy sugar.

T - The alcohol is definitely present but for 11% it's appropriate and in no way overpowering or detracting from the beer.
Dark Belgian candy sugar, a little bit of plumb zing, prunes, semi-sweet toasted caramel, and some slight spice.

M - Full bodied with a chewy, velvety texture.

O - This is a fantastic beer. Will be buying this one again. Recommended.

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Photo of -steve-
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Roberto11232
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leffebrown84th
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This for a bottle of 2014. Tastes like cherry, plum, and maple. On the sweet side but not too much. Low carbonation but silky smooth mouthfeel. I love it.

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Photo of Spechopper1007
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this on tap at Hop City Birmingham today and it was very complex and fullfiling. It pours a nice tan head with the color of murky dark brown. The aroma is hoppy but with overtones of dark fruit and coffee. The taste is sweet, tangy, slightly bitter and with a string hit off hops. Overall a great and I mean great beer.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Djoneil
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8oz draft at Wet City, Baltimore

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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpaceBeagle
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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