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)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker

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.

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Reviews: 915 | Ratings: 1,937
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky dark brown color.

Nice khaki head; nice lacing as well.

Caramel cherry nose.

Medium/thick mouthfeel.

Taste features caramel & cherry again, joined by raspberry & cinnamon.

A lot going on, & this borders on cloying, but is truly a wonderful beer. Unique.

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

Tested 2016 vs 2018.
Teku glass.
Both are great, may be top1 beer for me.
Old is better. So i have some 2016 bottles and going to test every year till 2026.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2017 vintage enjoyed in the last days of 2018
Maybe one of the most balanced beer I have ever had and one of the greatest ones I've had this year.

Smooth as hell with a lot of dates, prunes, toffee. Very delicate, very sophisticated. It's a delight.
The carbonation is fine and the mouthfeel silky.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp into appropriate glassware. Pours dark brown with LOTS of tan head. Nose is dark fruits, figs, caramel, malts, bread, ports, almonds. Taste is exquisite. Sweet upfront, with toffee and fruity notes. A nice yeast backbone comes through after. Raisin, cherries, and nuts come through after that. Mouthfeel is creamy and viscous. Overall, a phenomenal Belgian ale.

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

Very complex if a little raw after only a year. I have had this beer many times and I would have to recommend letting the beer sit for at least a year longer.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij Het Anker Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw, 11% ABV. Pours dark brown, with a 2+ finger beige foamy head that left lots of lacing. Nose is sweet dark fruit and slight alcohol, taste follows with almost no bitterness. Outstanding thick mouthfeel, overall phenomenal. This has to be one of the best beers I've ever had.

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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 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

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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 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 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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Photo of Franziskaner
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown to cola in color. There's a fingernail of of brown around the rim and covering about a third of the middle. The aroma is of figs, dates, and dark Belgian candy sugar. i'm tasting a lot of caramel upfront along with figs and dates. The mouth is lightly syrupy and sticky, but remarkably smooth for the ABV.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2017 edition. Clear deep mahogany-garnet colour. Smells like sticky tree fruits, sticky toffee, and dark malts. Big sweet flavours throughout. Sticky dates and raisin, winter spices, and with notes of sticky toffee bread pudding and mineral. Very heavy and malty but an unusual dryness creeps on out as well.

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

Dark brown in appearance, with small head.

Smell of banana, spice, yeast and a touch of caramel.

Dark roasted notes, banana, and clove. Beautiful Belgian character.

Overall delightful.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, 2016 vintage, bottled on 10/6/2016.

Great looking Belgian with a ruby-brown color that shows great clarity when held up to the light. Creamy off-white head with good persistence.

Rich malt aroma combining dried cherries, figs, raisins, cola, and brown sugar. Sweet and inviting.

The sweetness detected in the aroma carries over to the flavor and adds in an element of spice. You still get the cherries and figs, but with a touch of peppery spice to it as well. The impression is sweet upon sweet though.

I have to say I didn't love the feel of this beer. It's overly soft and smooth, to the point where it felt slightly flat or oxidized. Despite the bottle being 14 months old, these are able to be aged up to 10 years, so oxidation shouldn't have played a major factor. Especially given its 11% ABV. The soft feel combined with the high alcohol made for an odd combination. Still, this was an enjoyable beer and I had no problem taking down the entire bottle over the course of a snowy evening.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - thick dark reddish brown, thick full body with a good skimming
Smell - candied plum, smells like a quad
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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Photo of ajm5108
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Classic dark pour. Very sweet beer, both on the tongue & the nose. Dark phenols all over the place but there was some other intriguing notes - blackberry, mild roasted cacao, grape must. Lots of sweet but some nice savory notes to balance it, and has depth beyond the average quad / belgian dark

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Photo of SpongeHop
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
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

I don't particularly recommend this one.

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Photo of emincems
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My all time favorite except Belgian sours. Dark brown color with small sized beige head. Foam leaves thin cover on top. Low lacing. Caramel malts, molasses and plum with spicy Belgian yeast are on the nose. Strong and malty taste with tons of caramalts, plum, raisin and wood. Best finish I ever experienced; very long, semi sweet and amazingly warming. Whisky like aftertaste. Full bodied and softly effervescent. Flawless brew, very dangerous!

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Photo of Viaduck
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/7/2016. Pours very dark brown with a generous foamy tan head. Smells sweet, caramel & dark fruit. Taste: modest sweetness, caramel, toffe & fig. No bitterness, no sign of the 11%. Perfect amount of carbonation, feels very smooth. An excellent caramel covered fig newton.

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

I think this is my third attempt at reviewing this, so hopefully it doesn't get lost this time. 2015 vintage

Pours a nice tan fizzy bubbly almost 1 finger head that fades pretty quickly, a little lacing, nice long legs, very dark murky molasses brown color, very little light.

Nose is loaded with dark fruits, brandy soaked raisin, candied dates, fig paste, lots of candy, candi sugar, toffee, sweet candy malt, caramelized sugar, a little biscuity Special-B, a little soft booze, some more fruity ester bright tree fruit, a touch of a yeasty note, as well as minor oxidation cardboard.

Taste big sweet malt, lots of candy again, candi sugar, dark candi sugar, some syrup, sweet malt, a little biscuity, big toffee and caramelized sugars again, a bit of booze warmth and alcohol flavor, a touch of some phenolic booze, with big fruity esters, again very fruity like drinking prune juice, tons of raisin, brandy soaked raisins, candied dates, fig paste, the usual, a little pear note, a touch of yeast, and faint cardboard oxidation, sticky sweey syrupy finish, more sweet characters and fruit lingering, a touch of bitterness and a little fusel alcohol.

Mouth is heavy syrupy thick, sweet sticky, lots of popping carbonation, plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall more sweet and syrupy than I remember, a big Belgian beer, all the expected characters, a bit of oxidation unfortunately, tons of fruit, booze, sweet candy, etc.

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Photo of Cains1066
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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.

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.

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

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 Buck89
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle. Poured into a snifter. A muddy brown color with a modest tan head. Caramel, toffee, figs, nutmeg, and spicy notes on the nose. Also a hint of diesel fuel (really). The taste followed the nose, with the exception of no petroleum notes. Sweet and thick. Smooth and mature-tasting. A rich, well-balanced beer.

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,937 ratings