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

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)
BA SCORE
4.3/5
1,860 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#547
Reviews:
897
Ratings:
1,860
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
263
Gots:
345
Trade:
14
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Photo of flyersfan900
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a dark brown with ruby red shining along the edges. Good bubbly action along the bottom. Nice tight bubbles long the top edges. Good creamy off white lace head. Nice lace remains throughout the drink. Great looking brew here.

Brew smells of dark fruits and some subtle malts. Some booze and sugary yeasts, raisins, dates and even possibly tobacco. Great complex nose.

Brew is creamy smooth initially then spiced and finishes peppery and clean. Very complex stuff here. Sweet dark fruits; raisins, dates, figs. Sweet Belgian estery fruits and yeasts. Creamy malts; almost a bit of tobacco in here towards the end. Full bodied, complex and excellent.

Wow - tremendous stuff here. Sip and enjoy this one. Excellent.

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Photo of Meerkey
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1 finger of pale beige head. Rich, nutty raw umber. Dark and murky, gets lighter at edges.

S: Sweet, dark fruits -the bottle mentioned plums. Sugary, caramel. A little roasted. Some alcohol.

T: Dark fruits overwhelm. Followed by sugars, some faintly sour yeast and some apple and..cinnamon? Delicious.

M: A little carbonation. Sweet and heavy, smooth. Lingers heavily on the tongue.

O: Really good. This is all around tasty and wonderful. Quite drinkable, I think. But look out, it's 11%. Go have one.

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Photo of TimHitchings
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kingjohnh
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AndyCowles75
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

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

Photo of neonbrown82
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is hardcore. I'm glad I had a friend to share it with, because I got a hell of a buzz off of only half of the 750mL bottle. Pours to a dark nutty brownish amber color with very little head. Leaves no lacing on the glass, but does leave a syrupy film of sorts.

The smell is great. Smells very malty and sweet with some dark fruity esters and candi sugar. Below that is a bit of a vanilla rum bozziness. I could bury my nose in this for quite some time, and I did.

The taste is just as good as the nose. Very sweet at first, but the flavors begin to really show as it warms from cellar temp. The alcohol is quite noticiable, but not harsh. Very mellow, but with a decent bite to let you know it's there.

The drinkability is high on the "would I try it again" scale, but on the sessionability scale this scores very low. This stuff is hella strong... a sipper to the core of its very being. Quite savoury indeed.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version poured into my St Bernardus goblet. This Belgian Strong Dark Ale (I'll call it a Quad as that is how it tastes to me) is worthy of it's acclaim. Beautiful depth on the palate and nose, very drinkable for its ABV. Extremely well done and now I'd like to seek prior year releases as well. :-)

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Photo of charmcityboh
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass. 2009 bottle consumed 7/10. Head was respectable but brief. Color, on the other hand, impressed. A wonderful deep red. Smell of fresh cut sour apples, brown sugar. Slight hop bitterness on first contact with the tongue is quickly pushed aside by a wonderful sweetness, apples, cherries maybe? Almost more of a carbonated red wine. Complex taste that changes dramatically from sip to sip as the beverage warms. Nicely carbonated. Thickens as it warms as well. Alcohol is present but subtle for the 11%. A superb beer all around, a real pleasure to drink and savor. Will buy a few to cellar.

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

2008 vintage. This poured a dark clear ruby with moderate tan head. It smelled like chocolate covered cherries and rich plumb and brown sugar, with some bready yeast and maple syrup and subtle spices. It tasted like chocolate covered cherries and plumbs and brown sugar, with some candied oranges and a bit of sour yeast and spices. It was thick with smooth carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a super rich and sweet and delicious beer. It had fantastic flavor that was complex but clean, and hid the alcohol all too well. The body was fantastic too, making it fairly easy to drink, but the richness made it much more of a sipping beer. As with the red labeled Van De Keizer, I would love to try it fresh, and also see how it tastes after a lot more years. Regardless, I'm pretty sure this one is amazing at any age.

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Photo of hero27
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle.
2005 Vintage.
10% abv.

Pours a reddish-brown color with plum accents. Thin off-white ring of foam leaves random patches of lacing behind.
A plethora of dark fruits, molasses, and sweet brown sugar in the aroma.
Tastes very sweet, like liquid candied fruit. Licorice, cherry, and oaky malt flavors melt on the tongue with each sip. Great Belgian yeast character carries all of the flavors tremendously.
Absolute velvet mouthfeel. Smooth and dangerously easy to drink even at 10+% alcohol.

Even at room temp, this is simply a privilege to drink..the flavors absolutely jump out at you. Fantastic brew.

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

It pours a cloudy red color, big white head and nice lacing; Smell is sweet, alcohol, spices, maybe some wood and fruity; Taste is very sweet at first, alcohol, spices and fruity; Mouthfeel is a little bit dry.

A very nice brew; really tasty.

Excellent Belgian beer.

¡Salud!

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

Photo of polloenfuego
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle

This is a beer that lives up to its reputation. Pours a beautiful deep dark brown with a thin head. The smell is pure Belgian. Dark fruits, malts, Candi and yeast. The taste is rich and sweet and has potential to improve with age. One of the standards of the style, and a fantastic sipper.

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Photo of shiznit7
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nnoollaannn
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zaphodchak
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured (vintage 2010) into a tulip with a half-finger head despite my best efforts and very faint, but clingy and pleasant lacing. Dark garnet body for an understated, elegant beer.

Nose has classic Gouden Carolus banana, toffee, and sweet fruit.

Taste is phenomenal, super-rich banana and caramel but with a dry enough finish to keep going. Traces of cherry as it warms. Impressively, almost cloyingly sweet. Not a trace of hops. Basically liquid candy.

Mouthfeel has a very fine-grained texture, and the carbonation is necessary to complement and balance the sweetness.

So incredibly rich that it might be difficult to finish. This is absolutely one to share, so while tasty, this begs for moderation.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a deep dark brown with hints of ruby red around the edges when held to light. Head is a even tan fuzzy foam with very nice retention. The nose you actually pick up as you open the bottle but once you pour it into the glass, wow! This is a hugely fragrence loaded bomb that is almost overtaking. Notes of Belgian waffles, ripe bananas, vanilla, and soft zesty spice. inters the mouth with silky sweetness and a real mouth filling doughy spicey richness. hints of buttered rum, and earthy vanilla grace the tongue. Mouthfeel is long and sticky thick from the sweetness. A wonderfully big beer. Sweetness is maybe a little to much, and slightly hampers the drinkability.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like one big beer upon pouring. Deep, dark mahogany brown that shows ruby highlights. Big, sticky head that never quite lets up. The aroma hints at very, very sweet treats waiting to be tasted. Candi sugar, sugared figs, raisins, faint chocolates and a touch of sharp spices. Deep. On the palate, this beer explodes with sweetness and evolves into a mouth coating, tingling bundle of sensations that ends with a bit of alcoholic burn. Those sticky sweet flavors of dark fruits and treacle continue acting on the palate long after the beer is gone, much like a primo barley wine or hard liquor. All this is pulled off with strength and panache at the same time -- quite a feat.

This is one big beer, sumptuous and bold, one to savor. This is so rich that it should be paired carefully -- only the richest meats, creamiest/funkiest cheeses, or earthiest desserts will survive.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
This exceptional ale ages well, developing a refined complexity and intense aromas. With powerful notes of roasted malts, caramel and plums, its surprisingly soft and fruity aroma combines a warm roundness with a refreshing taste.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2010 vintage

A- Dark brown with reddish hints if seen through light. One finger or even slightly less off-white head. Quite dense though, and it shows nice retention, leaving a good amount of lacing on the glass

S- Delicate but rich nose. Dark malts with notes of chocolate and brown sugar. Sugary and alcohol notes blend together nicely, giving the aroma a bit of a rum-like feeling. Background notes of oak and dark fruits (cherry, raisin)

T- Follows the aroma closely. Malts are quite dense, with chocolate, caramel and bready notes. Yeast/sugars definitely play an important role and the beer's overall feel is sure on the sweet side, though always in balance. A slight oaky/woody aged feel, expecially on the back of the mouth and in the aftertaste, with a slight touch of herbal/earthy hops. Dark fruit notes as the smell suggested, with cherry pretty much in evidence. Very complex and yet perfectly balanced

M- Medium to full body, light and very soft carbonation. A persistent soft, creamy mouthfeel on both tongue and palate, allowing flavours to spread throughout the whole mouth

O- 11%ABV? This look like 7-8%ABV, showing amazing balance and drinkabilty. Still it is highly complex and satisfyingly rich. An awesome beer

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Photo of rarbring
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is dark amber, a honey colored head, a few lacings, very good curtains.

The smell is much in the sweet area, honey, sherry and nuts.

The taste is earthy, stables, leather, cream, sherry and Madeira.

Small carbonation, mild, smooth, oily but a very full body - nearly enormous.

This was the 2004 vintage, enjoyed at Akkurat in Stockholm, Sweden. In company of great beers man stands small ...

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Photo of battlekow
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Roman's Pub. Poured a very dark brown with a small off-white head. Smells like ripe, almost overripe fruit, cherries, and kind of like licorice. Also smells faintly spicy, and with a deep breath you can smell the 11% alcohol. Tastes intensely of Twizzlers licorice. The alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms. Very thick, coating mouthfeel. One of the most interesting beers I've ever had, and one of the best.

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,860 ratings
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