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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,830
Reviews:
889
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
Wants:
257
Gots:
332
For Trade:
15
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Photo of Zazzi82
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SpongeHop
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - beautiful clear brownish red; small Hazel head of largeish bubbles
S & T - honey, caramel/dark brown candy sugar, raisins, dried plums/dried dark stone fruits, grape-y cognac
F - boozy, but smooth and velvety. easily drinkable

O - decent enough Belgian, but not sure what all the hype is about.. tastes a lot like the normal gouden Carolus with less candy/sweets and more booze... Preferred the christmas spiciness of the Noel myself

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emincems
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

one of the my all time favorites. perfectly strong taste with wood, dark fruits and caramel. full bodied, creamy texture. warm finish. amazing aftertaste!

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Photo of ZEB89
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thalador
2.31/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of ZinFanDave
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prominent chocolate flavor in a creamy texture with no off notes. Not very complex,but certainly delicious like a chocolate dessert.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cains1066
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2007 Vintage - Expiry dated at 29th March 2017 - 750cl bottle served into a Gouden Carolus 0.33l Goblet.

Looks:
Pops and pours with a nice shell white half inch of head, supplemented by a steady stream of minute bubbles rising fast through the clear mid brown liquid. Still a lively beer for its years, the head clings to the glass when tipped, crackles nicely then dissipates. Looks great for its age.

Nose to Glass:
Pungent on first pour, smells of sherry, port, slightly musty.

Taste:
Sherry and port notes apparent in the taste, slightly different profiles as we proceed down the glass, vanilla, burnt figs, molasses, for an aftertaste burnt caramel just sits in the throat, very nice.

Feel:
Smooth mouthfeel, subtle bubbles tickle then meld with the tongue, the slightest tinge of alcohol sometimes apparent though not every swig.

Overall:
Very impressed, held up well for its age and surprisingly easy to drink for its Abv, up there with its strong Belgium peers, drinks like a quad though light in color by comparison. Had intended to defeat this monster in 2 sittings but it reeled me in and was polished off like a Pale Ale. Typically a high Abv sipper by all accounts however age may have mellowed this example, throw sipping to the wind and you will be rewarded.

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Photo of cgrunin
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been held in high regard so long as I can remember, but in the years I was actively paying attention to such things I never saw it, and since moving east I see it sporadically but somehow I always assumed I had drank it before. I hadn't.

My urge is to compare it right away to other blue-colored, high-ABV Belgians. Which... now that I type that, it actually makes sense. This beer's branding is quite directly inviting us to judge it in a certain context, as a peer to Chimay Blue, and Westmalle 12, and St. Bernardus 12. That's some stern company.

So... the bottle art compares. As does the pour. The aroma is more bready than its purported peers, less fruity, yeasty, or alcoholic. It's a fine scent, but rather straightforward, and so lacking most of the wonderful complexity of the other Belgian giants.

Tastes fruitier. Large nodes of cantaloupe, then some yeast and light molasses, then some candy sugar on the back end. It does an excellent job of hiding its ABV, but overall I really wish there was more to it. It's well brewed and enjoyable, for sure, but a distant cousin to the beers it seeks to emulate.

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Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Latarnik
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captaincoffee
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a medium head that leaves a lot of lace. Nose is big for a quad with lots of sweet dark malt, dried fruits, and brown bread. Taste is similar with a bit more risidual sweetness than most. Damn...This is up there with the top quads. Really big flavor while retaining balance. Honestly in the same league with R10, StB12, and W12. Damn good.

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Photo of mizx
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first sip of this was a "wow" and I wasn't sure I meant it in a good way....But, the more I drank, the more I came around to embracing everything popping in this one. A dark brown pour, this one has moderate, but sticky lacing. The first thing you notice is how rich and thick this ale is--and then the burst of caramelized malts, molasses, plums, figs and even dark cherries. This one almost has a wine feel--and a cognac intimation. You know this one is high in alcohol as it warms your belly. Its rich, and it is meant to be sipped--I sipped mine with a nice cigar. Would be marvelous with lamb or cheeses. The mouthfeel is thick and finishes with medium carbonation and a sticky, malty tartness. This ale is super full-bodied and really, you can't do anything but sip this. Whoa. I really started to enjoy this the more I sipped, but it isn't for the light-hearted or Belgian Dark Ale newbie.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DioS
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Epiktetos
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MooseBoose
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NickThePyro
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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