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:
1,828
Reviews:
889
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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333
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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 ZEB89
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of stephenlee
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Priced at just 9.99 this brew is a steal, one of the most complex and fortifying Belgian ales I've tasted to date. I used to drink this beer when it just had the Blue sticker running across the 750ml bottle. I like the new packaging, pretty snazzy. It pours a dark ruby brown body with a huge effervescent light tan head. Fine layers of Belgian style lacing line my chalice, what a nice visual experience.

Aromatics to go along with this brew include roasted caramel malts and candied sugar coated plums and raisins with some green apples flowing as well. Mild spicy yeast backing reminiscient of a great strong Belgian dark ale.

Flavor flows heavy with caramel and mild vanilla with slight oak like finish. I know it has never touched the barrel but this brew has something that brings that charateristic to mind. Bold juicy malts with roasted edges are so nice in a Belgian Strong ale, soothing alcohol edges surround the palate with tart fruit playing it's role to entice and deliver quite the sensory experience.

Mouthfeel weighs in with some effervescent attributes but it also weighs in with some heavy carmael malts and alcohol. A toasted burnt caramel flavor with some sticky residual sugars that burn and soothe the throat almost like one of popular lozenges on the market.

Drinkability overall is excellent a brew that you should share with friends or indulge in alone if your feeling up to a big brew like this. Great complexity and flavor brings you back for another sip again and again, quite dangerous.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a warm brown leather body that is opaque with a faint hint of light in the thin part of the chalice. The head is a nice creamy vanilla ice cream color with a few big bubbles on top. The head stays but turns into a thin film. This beer has some nice loose lacing all the way to the last drop.

S- The smell of sweet rich dark malt is evident even during the pour. Smells of dark brown sugar and brown malt also have a quality of Munich malt and some faint notes of dark fruit.

T- This beer has a faint sweetness to the dark malt with some dark brown sugar hints. The finish has a nice dry crystal malt taste with a carbonic fizz note and some soft alcohol.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with some soft champagne fizz through the sip. There is a very smooth alcohol warmth after the sip.

D- This is a nice smooth beer that has very good complexity although subtle. The dark sweet malts in the front are balanced by a dry light malt in the finish similar to that taste I get from a good fresh Kolsch. The alcohol is smooth but adds some character. My bottle says 8%ABV but it doesn't taste like that at all.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An excellent version of a Belgian Strong Ale because it's not overwhelming for those not ready for this style and easy to drink. At 11%, could not tell the alcohol content at all. Nice balance, good notes of prunes and candy sugar. Not the absolute best, but worthwhile. One of the cooler bottles as well.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Once poured in my goblet "Gouden Carolus". Look: Purplish brown, thin foamy head with a thick finger, seems ice cream, very good lacing; Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, purple grapes and figs; Taste: Similar, roasted malt, coffee, purple grapes and sugar, few traces of alcohol without being disagreeable, grapes prevails over the other ingredients; Mouthfeel: Clean, very bitter with sweet moments, extra thick body, creamy and robust; Drinkability: Like drinking wine-beer, very good, combining the warmth of the wine with the freshness of beer.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

CvdK, pronounced with an umpty. 2014 version, this has been in the cellar for awhile.

Dark, rusty brown color. Not particularly foamy. Grape drank aroma bursts out of the bottle as soon as the cork pops. Smells like sugared dates, figs and steely cola malt. Taste is aggressive yet subtle and full of details. Sweet, sugar coated candied plum and rich caramel. Still super sweet considering it's been in my parents basement for 4 years. No trace of alcohol.

This is a slow pontifical beer.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass. 2008 vintage.

pours an opaque deep mahogany tone with ruddy highlights. finger plus of a creamy khaki colored head; decent retention and nice walls of lacing. solid looking BSDA.

the nose is robust and malty sweet, replete with dark fruits (notably cherry and raisin), belgian yeast, brown sugar, and maybe a touch of molasses. pretty much what i look for in my belgian strong darks. flavor closely follows the aroma, opening with a strong cherry presence and followed in short order by spice and other dark fruits (plum, raisin, fig), and molasses, along with generous helpings of caramel and brown sugar. complex and nicely balanced; definitely on the sweet side but not overly so. bit of warming alcohol to the finish, though other than that the 11% ABV is very well-hidden. tasty, tasty.

full bodied mouthfeel with a bit of chew to it; adequate carbonation. very drinkable and a nice surprise as i knew very little about this one when i picked it up. nothing like going in without expectations and being very pleasantly surprised. exceptional belgian strong dark ale.

originally reviewed: 11-15-2010

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Photo of gerardoluna
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

[Eyes] Wonderful deep color, excelent foamy creamy head.
[Nuse] Floral malty and hoppy flavor, with notes of caramel and alcohol.
[Mouth] Sweet malt, fruit and fresh. Strong and sweet. notes fruit of apple and bananas, a little touch of yeast. i will storage some bottles for the next year.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

This is a deep burgundy colored brew with a nice foamy head that is a yellow-ish white color. Settles to a nice coverlet of chunky lace that sits atop the brew.

Smells of big candied malts, dark fruits - raisins, cherries and plums; there is also bananas, cloves, spices, bready yeast and a sour apple note. Smells delicious.

Tastes as rich and complex as it smells. Big sweet Belgian candied malts, followed by dark fruits, banana, maybe some sour apple as well as some woody notes in the middle. Finishes dry.

Thick and creamy - a luscious brew.

I love this style and this is simply a must try. An amazing brew here.

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Photo of Allagashkegger
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage 750 ml corked.

When I uncorked this bottle there was an explosive pop from the cork and an incredible aroma of berries and other fruits that made my mouth water...I figured I was in for a treat.

Appearance - Dark Red with a thick creamy off white head.

Smell - berries, many different fruits, port-like

Taste - again, port-like. Get a lot of wine flavors; This beer will get really great with some aging.

Mouthful - Mildly carbonated and really light.

Drinkability - with the exception that it's 11 percent alcohol, I could drink numerous of these. Very easy to drink, not to over the top and really well balanced. Does not drink like an 11 percent ABV.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A long time favorite of mine. Bottle shared by Paul during an impromptu session.

2009 vintage

The beer appears sunburst brown with a half inch of thick, tan head. As the head slowly recedes, it leaves a sheet of thick, heavy lacing behind.

The aroma is delectable, with scents of sweet malt, Belgian yeast, and dark fruits.

The flavor brings more of the same, with an awesome bouquet of Belgian yeast and dark fruit. The beer is still a bit sweet, and could easily sit in the cellar for a few more years. Alcohol presence is noticeable throughout, particularly in the finish. Overall, a terrific beer and a great addition to one's cellar.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful deep brown, almost black, with ever so slightly maroon hues under direct light. Creamy head with great retention.

Beautifully complex aroma. Mostly sweet with caramel and Belgian candi sugar, with notes of dark fruit (fig, cherry, etc.) and raisin. Very faintly spicy yeast is hiding in the background.

Tastes very similar to the smell, but a little less sweet overall. A bit more fruity tartness, but notes of Belgian candi, plum, cereal malts, and a little more earthy spice.

Smooth and thick mouthfeel balanced by a very soft acidity and slightly dry/earthy finish from the yeast/carb.

Pretty sweet overall, but also very complex and well-balanced for a dark Belgian strong.

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Photo of tobyandgina
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed thin one in a tulip glass.

Dark brown in colour, clear. Nice tan, frothy head, diminishes a little too quick.

Great aroma. Honey, molasses, caramel, burnt sugar, alcohol, a little maltiness and yeast.

Pretty good mouthfeel - not too lasting.

Very sweet on the palate. Caramelized sugar, molasses. A little thick. Alcohol that warms your chest.

Really enjoyed this one.

Cheers!

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Photo of Biggness
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a light tan head and some lacing. The smell is big of malt and chocolate. The taste is very big and well constructed, flavors of choclate, malt and soime fruity flavors. The mouthfeel is nice, a slight dry aftertaste. A highly drinkable brew for 11%

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: 2012 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Het Anker has an excellent Belgian Strong Dark Ale with Cuvee van de Keizer Blauw. The beer manages to combine a substantial dried fruit sweetness with some spices, yet never come across as cloying or even boring. The thick, heavy mouthfeel of the beer reinforces the flavors and adds another, pleasant dimension to the beer. Dangerously drinkable and delicious, you'd never guess that this was 11% ABV. One to definitely seek out and enjoy repeatedly.

Pours a 2cm tall mass of khaki colored foam, made up of tiny bubbles, creating a very dense, nearly meringue-like texture. Retention is excellent, lasting several minutes in a slow decline to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is also excellent, a large, interconnected pattern of medium-thick squiggles and dots, coming together to resemble something like a maze pattern on the insides of the glass. Body is dark brown to black in color, light bringing out a very dark amber brown hue to the beer. Carbonation not visible through the functionally opaque body.

Aroma of dense, fruity sweetness, like spiced plums with amber Belgian candi sugar syrup, heavy sugars from caramel malts, dried dates and figs, anise, and port wine.

Front of palate experiences amber Belgian candi sugar syrup, ripe plums, anise, and caramelized sugar sweetness. Mid-palate switches to intense and dense flavors of dried plums, dates, and figs, all stewed in amber Belgian candi sugar syrup, notable anise, intensely sweetened light roasted malts. Back of palate finds syrupy amber Belgian candi sugar, caramelized malt sugars, dried dates, figs, and plums, slight ethanol. Aftertaste is of prunes, amber Belgian candi sugar, heavy caramel sweetness, anise, slight ethanol.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body with medium-low carbonation intensity, resulting in a foamy, smooth, fairly thick mouthfeel. Ethanol heat can be slightly felt in the nostrils and back of throat when the beer becomes warm, quite good for an 11% ABV beer. Closes semi-dry, with substantial stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of dbossman
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice ruby/amber hue with a thin but steady beige head; lacing is okay

S: Alcohol is prevalent but so is a strong cherry and oaky aroma; cherry sweetness coupled with a subtle yeasty funk (orange and coriander) makes this a really nicely smelling beer; a bit vinous all in all

T: Strong cherry and oak up front with a subtle oak quality; a bit of a caramel raisin maltiness; still a bit yeasty with maybe subtle orange and apples; this is a nice fruity quad

F: A touch thin but decent overall

D: A great quad though the alcohol and cherry sweetness become a tad wearing

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Photo of chrismilner20
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008 magnum
Poured 6/18/16
Thank you Randy K. For this one.

Eight years on it and the time was a great addition. Poured dark brown almost black on color. The nose was fig, candy sugar and spice. Taste was loads of dried fruits fig, date very aged tawny port like. Was one of the best beers I have had this year.

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Photo of BWood
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidST
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet 2010 edition. Popping the cork I can smell the dark fruit from 3 feet away, I have high expectations. This pours a hazy dirty dark brown with a small off white head which almost instantly dissipates. The smells are strong full of ripe dark fruit along with a little alcohol. Feel is medium with high carbonation. The taste is like it smells, lots of ripe dark fruit, some brown sugar a little alcohol born all around tasty.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: dark ruby liquid, brown highlights, subtle haze... 1"+ of cappuccino-like foam, holds then fades in ~3 min... webby lace

S: dark grape, brown sugar, hint of alcohol, ripe raisin... fairly bold and intense aromas

T: gloriously-balanced, extra-rich, creamy caramel and dark, vinous fruits (concord grape, raisin, maybe even date)... malty as hell... moderately red wine like alcohol in the finish

M: super-luscious, plump-round, silky body backed by a dangerously subdued booze... the body may be too full, the booze too well-hidden (it'd be nice to have a little more exposed kick)... supreme decadence for malt-heads, like myself

O: that chick wasn't kidding - this is a real treat - she hoards this stuff like its a vaccine for the plague, always informs me that we are close to being out of stock... there seems to be a new case in every week, so I pay no mind... this may very well be in the top 3 of quintessential Belgian "strong dark" ales one must try - one to measure the style's greatness by

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Photo of terraism
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of mcrawford
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,828 ratings.
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