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

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium
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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:
1,825
Reviews:
887
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage that Dan shared this weekend. Thanks a bunch, man, this beer was GREAT!

The pour is mildly murky ruby red with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Very pretty.
The nose is great. Red apples, brown sugar, caramel, honey, jaggery are all present. Very fruity, I get some plum character as well. The yeast profile is great,

The palate opens big and fruity with plenty of brown sugarm caramel, mild toffee and jaggery. Just a touch of cocoa is present, lingering into the finish. Did I mention this was fruity? Red apples, plums and maybe, a little stone fruit? Great finish with lingering sweetness, alcohol and fruitiness. The mouthfeel is stunning, medium-high in body with a medium-low level of carbonation that feels just right. The finish is great too, with a bled of sweetness, spicy alcohol. Despite the ABV, this is very drinkable.

**Edit 27 July 2012**

I shared a bottle of the 2000 vintage with the guys last night. Josh, this was for you.

Sherry, cola, spices (allspice, clove), red apples and candy. The palate is super fruity with lots of red delicious apple, moderate spice, very mellow with mild raisin character. Excellent flavors but the palate is a little thin. Nice sherry notes, along with some cola. Solid.

4/4/3.5

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Photo of claytri
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a dark amber with a lovely white head. The aroma was of toasted caramel and sweet malt. The tase stared with toasted caramel malt and then closed with a fine alcohol burn. The feel was heavy and dry giving a pleasant weight to the drink. A very wonderful grand cru that I will be searching out in the future.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

jaargang 2006

A - Poured out a dark brown/burgandy color with a foamy, caramel colored, one-finger head. Left a little lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit and malt.

T - Tasted very malty, and had a strong dried fruit quality. A subtle spicy hoppiness, too. A relatively strong alcohol presence.

M - The mouthfeel was crisp and soft. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good Belgian beer. Great character and flavor. Next time I'll try an older Grand Cru.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown with tan head nice carbonation

S: a wine quality to this, deep sweetness with a nice yeasty complexity

T: more sweet then I was expecting form the smell, really nice complex taste. I would not say its overly sweet but its really good. this one really is surprising me. I get some alcohol but for 11% its very well masked.

M: med mouth with high carbonation

Overall: really good beer, that you can just go buy in the beer store at any time. I really dig this one, might have to age one.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark cola, not much head, nice webby lacing.

S - BANANA. Maybe more even, the hard banana candy, like sweet tarts. Imitation banana.

T - Deep nice malt. Lots of cooked fruit and tropical/banana competing.

M - Excellent balance. Great carb, super creamy and coating.

D - Very big in every way. Would tire.

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Photo of oelergud
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 2007.
Opaque mahogany body with a light brown head of tiny to medium bubbles. Retention is pretty good but there is not much in the way of lace.
Strong smell of prune, raisen and alcohol. Lots of spice and an overall heavy element to the scent.
Ripe and sweet dark fruit flavors swirling around a rather alcoholic core with a cone of hop poking through here and there. Pear and cherries appear as the beer warms. Sweet, spiced and sparsely hopped aftertaste.
Full body, plenty of residual sugars and decent coating.
This is a very drinkable and delicious sipper of a beer. Full, sweet and very aromatic.

-Oelergud

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Photo of joepais
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage, 750ml bottle Poured a wonderful burgundy color with a slight white head . Aromas of wine fresh bread and malts . Medium-bodied and slight carbonation . This Ale drinks like a cognac . Big fruity flavors along with some malty sweetness but not overly sweet .This bottle was a well balanced. I will enjoy this Ale watching the Red Sox’s tonight nomatter what the outcome (Go Sox’s)

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate brown that goes tangerine amber in light with a solid tan carpet that fades to rimming film.
Kola nut, raisin toast, butter (!), port barrel, and rum-soaked plums - all sorts of depth on the nose.
Bananas Foster sauce (melted brown sugar and butter), sultanas, butter cookies, red plums, brown soda bread crust with some winter spice to finish.
Candied ginger comeback and tingling linger. Incredibly silky and round, medium-full, some chew, the slightest hint of burn.

The body is the thing about this one - velvety soft and you'd never guess it goes up to 11. Cream soda sweetness is the main force, with a buttery texture that makes this a big beer which threatens to cloy, but there is the spice to check things in check - just.

Formidable - but it could use some food.

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Photo of bonkers
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a 750 ml bottle with a friend, poured into oversized wine glasses. The pour is a muddy plum color with a moderate white head, light lacing. The aroma is sweet, spicy and has a hint of bubblegum? The flavor is great, cotton candy, bubble gum, and dark fruit, with a lingering sweet finish. The beer is full/medium in body, average carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden. The beer went down way too easy for such a big beer, highly recomended.

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz corked bottle. 2006 vintage. Pours a deep mahogany brown that's very opaque. Moderate head with minimal lacing. The smell is somewhat strange. I want to say that it smells like turpentine, but in a good way, if that makes any sense. The alcohol is definitely there in the nose, but in a very nice way. It combines with citrus and other fruit scents to make a very interesting and very good nose. Taste is amazing. I loved this beer instantly. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, which makes it very easy to drink. Once the head is gone, it's very hard to tell this appart from a dessert wine. The taste is sweet with citrus and sugar and only a moderate alcohol taste. Do I taste a bit of chocolate on the aftertaste? Maybe I'm crazy but I think there's some there. Complex would be a great way to describe this beer. As the beer warms, the alcohol comes out more but only reinforces the dessert wine quality of this beer. Perhaps this is a bit too sweet, and that might push away some hop-heads like myself, but I think for this style it's not a problem.

Bottom line: this is a killer brew, pick some up now while you can; I'll definitely be picking up another bottle soon.

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Photo of Greasy
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml
$8.99
Binny's, Plainfield

2007 Release
10% ABV

I picked this bottle up about 15 months ago and it's been in the cellar ever since. Grand Cru of the Emperor fills this here little goblet with a murky, deeply red liquid that appears black unless backlit. When the light sits directly behind the glass there are tiny yeasties suspended throughout and large, slow rising carbonation making its way to the surface. A soft pour brought about a one finger head that settled to a solid cap and thick creamy collar that leaves behind some impressive sheet lacing.

The first thing that hits me when I stick my nose in the glass is anise but as my nose gets deeper somehow dips into dark molasses. There are handfuls of dark fruits loaded into this brew with prunes, figs, and spicy rum soaked raisins being most prominent. Bready caramel stays steady throughout the nose and mild fruity esters float through the background with banana leading the way. When this hits room temperature a surprising cherry note leaps from the glass and is very prominent. That just boosted the score! A deep pull brings forth some spicy alcohol that adds to the overall aroma.

This beer is the essence of what these BSDAs are all about in their glory. Hugely complex flavors layer each other and seem to shift after every drink. Bready and caramel sweetness lay it down while the dark fruits have a hand in all the intricacies. The banana is mild but noticeable while the Bing cherry plays a large role as this beer warms. There's a spicy alcohol on the finish that adds yet another layer of depth to an already deeply complex beer.

The body of this beer is what I've come to love in the finest brewed Belgians out there. This beer weighs in at 10% and has a moderate body with an airy enough carbonation to bring out that perfect velvety texture. There's not a hint of alcohol in the flavor but there is a faint fume or two rising through my nose. You can't ask for any better than this!

This beer goes down incredibly easy, so easy in fact the booze can catch up to you fairly quickly. Besides that this is a beer to be sipped and savored. It really opens up for the better as it breathes and is purely drinkable for such a bruiser.

I've sampled this beer a few times over the years and have thoroughly enjoyed every bottle I've come across. This year-plus old bottle is outstanding just like the others. This truly is a classic and one of the best in its loose fitting style.

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Photo of lionchow
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork pops with a a loud, sharp snap. Pours copper/amber with a thick tan head that lingers slightly.

Aroma is filled with caramel and candi sugar, a hint of milk chocolate candy. There is a mild but bright cinnamon spice note. Some butterscoth is also apparent.

Flavor is super caramelly, lightly buttery. They complement each other well. One of the few beers I have found where diacetyl works well in the beer. There is also raisin, fruitcake, and a mild clove like spice. It is very drinkable and tasty.

The moutfeel is slick and mouthcoating.

This is an excellent beer. It would be great for dessert. More sweet and caramelly than other quads, but it does it right. Not cloying, just outstanding.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a goblet.

Appearance - Pours a very murk dark orange/brown. The head is about one finger and somewhat soapy and tan at first. It quickly settles at a thin but very creamy light-tan head that leaves good lacing on the way down.

Smell - Rich dark ripe fruits, mainly fig and cherry. Some slight smokey character, and some peppery spiciness with just a hint of clove. A huge bread pudding-like malt character that acts as a foundation for the rest of the aroma. Some background sweetness of rich caramel and molasses. Slight warmnth on the nose from the alcohol.

Taste - Lots of ripe cherry and fig right away, with some moderate alcohol warmnth. Some earthy notes right away, though they are mild. Floral and herbal hops mixed with some caramel and candied fruit sweetness. Again a huge bready malt with more earthiness mixed in. The finish mellows from the fruits and transforms into a mild sweetness with a full and rich malt character which tasts slightly toasted (but only toward the finish). Alcohol warmnth all the way through, but mainly at the beginning of a taste.

Mouthfeel - Luxuriously smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Would have been a perfect mouthfeel (it really is heavenly), but the beer turns completely to foam toward the finish. Extremely smooth, though, and no unpleasantness at all from the carbonation.

Drinkability - Very strong flavors and at 11% ABV and noticeable, this beer takes a hit in this category.

A wonderfully full-flavored Belgian strong dark ale. The flavors are fantastic and complex, and it has a sublime mouthfeel. A must have!

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured a deep black with the slightest hints of deep amber. Bananas come through in the aroma predominately with hints of oak,plum, raisin, and vanilla. A lot of the same flavors come through in the taste with some cherry, chocolate, and red wine on the finish. Thick body with little carbonation. Alcohol is hidden fairly well. Great pickup! I can see how aging would make this golden!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy brown with thin head that doesn't last long.

Nose is plummy, cola-like, raisin-like.

Palate reminds me of soft fig newtons, raisins, and has a viscous jammy character. Not much in the way of hop influence.

Finish is on the sweeter side and alcohol is disguised.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: 2003 Bottle: Dark ruby/amber with a medium beige head and nice lacing. Aroma of plum, malt, caramel and banana. Fairly rich and complex with a nice vinous blend of fruit (apple mostly), malt, chocolate and a little alcohol. The finish is sweet and lingering. Definitely worth getting again.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at bluedog chalfont. Served in a tulip glass.

A- comes to me with a good finger of light tan head that settles quickly leaving a thin shin on top and a thick ring around the glass. Hazy dark red brown in color with a nice glow in the light.

S- sweet and spice with caramel and cloves coming to mind. Some fruity esters with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg.

T- the nose don't lie. This tastes exactly like what it smells like. Layered spice and sweet with a strong belgian yeast fruitiness. Caramel covered dates with fall spice and candied plums. A lighter peach apricot fruit comes in later with some significant warming.

M- a bit more then medium in body and a nice mid to light creamy carb. Hint of heat as it warms.

D- for 11 abv its masterfully used but not hot in any way. This is a great bsda.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intense and long dark ale with a great sipping quality.

Presentation: 12 oz draft serving. Menu offers a short but well crafted description. Notes year (2009), and Alc. by Vol. (11.0%) Served on a Golden Carolus Goblet.

A - Dark brown serving with a 1/4 " creamy head, fair retention, lumpy surface memory with good strokes of lacing.

S - Nice nose, rather sweet, hinting at a complexity of caramel and dark fruits.

T - Complex range, pretty hefty, with brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits... Raisins, plums. Memories of port. Yeasty touch in the back with a gentle bitter touch and a hint of spiciness..

M - Medium-full body with generous carbonation that fades adequately as the brew progresses. Boozy lingering finish.

D - Rich and pleasing sipper.

Notes: First Carolus I have had, and as a slow brew with a broad range it is rather pleasing. A bit overpriced on this draft import serving, but that aside the experience was well worth it.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2185
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009, 2010, and 2011 bottles side-by-side.

Appearance:
2011--pours a clear ruby-mahogony with a finger of khaki head recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.
2010--pours a brown-mahogony with two fingers of khaki head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.
2009--slightly darker still, but other than that the same.

Smell:
2011--lots of dark, sweet fruits. Plums, raisins, dates, etc. There are also bubblegum aromas along with sweet apple notes. Slight alcohol aroma as well.
2010--similar to the 2011, lots of dark, sweet fruits along with a touch of bubblegum. There is a faint aroma of butter as well along with sweet breads and no alcohol presence.
2009--again, sweet dark fruits along with some bubblegum aromas. The sweet apple aromas return in this one as well with sweet bready aromas.

Taste:
2011--again, dark, sweet fruits. Plums, dates, raisins,etc. Sweet, bready flavors along with bubblegum follow. Slight alcohol burn.
2010--dark, sweet fruits again with only a hint of bubblegum. Sweet bready yeast flavors bring up the finish with a very slight bitterness and alcohol burn.
2009--again, dark fruits dominate with some bubblegum as well. Sweet bready and yeasty flavors on the finish with no real alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel:
2011--medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer manages to be both light and creamy
2010--medium body with higher carbonation, this beer is a lot drier than the 2011.
2009--similar to the 2010, this vintage manages to be light, crisp and creamy.

Overall:
2011--quite good. Sweet, but still light and tasty with only a slight alcohol presence to hint at its abv.
2010--very good, it actually seems less sweet than the 2011. Very tasty.
2009--also very tasty and crisp. Sweet and creamy, yet light and dry.

Ultimately, there isn't much sifference between the 3, but they're all very good. I prefer the 2009, but it's a very slight difference. It's just a bit smoother and not quite as sweet. Still, I think this beer could age well for 5+ years.

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Photo of user785335
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wonothesane42
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jaargang 2007. Enjoyed November 2009.

The Keizer isn't much to look at. My chalice isn't filled with a drink that looks suitable for a king, but rather some sort of mucky, scummy, possibly prune derived nectar seemingly better fit for the peasants. Light yields no change to the beer's clammy, lifeless complexion. And what is a Keizer without his crown? Its head is entirely bare of bubbles.

The aroma, on the other hand, has an essence fit - not for royalty - but for the Gods. This sweet, ambrosial serum exhumes a potent and rather pacifying character, one that puts the soul (or, more accurately, the senses) at peace with the world. (*In the interest of full disclosure it should be noted that perhaps a snippet of that tranquility might very well be derived from the rather immodest and lulling 11% alcohol.)

The beer's soothing character could reasonably be equated to a tawny port, and this is in large part because of its flavour profile. Fans of the fortified wine would enjoy this Belgian ale not only for its commanding sweetness but also the lush and nuanced notes of oak, peppery spice and tannic fruitiness. It shows its strength, albeit modestly.

I taste black currant but I'm thinking Cassis. I get maybe a hint of orange but it much more closely resembles Grand Marnier or Triple Sec than it does anything that's grown on a tree. The yeast also plays games - there's a slight hint of bruised banana and it wouldn't be at all far fetched to note herbs or spices. I get clove especially.

Upfront the fruits taste lively and ripe (i.e, plum, grape and black cherry). By finish, however, they become dry (now prune and raisin). The palate, too, seems to dry out alongside them. The tastes that linger most are those of strawberry jam, elderberries, and, just perhaps, a drop or two of coffee. Warming does it no harm, only good.

Cuvée Van De Keizer is only brewed on one day a year, February 24th. I don't see much need to brew it more often than that. It seems to be in fairly wide distribution and, although it is, in all respects, a very good beer I would consider the other Gouden Carolus offerings to be great beers. Keep in mind, however, as the high score posted above shows, that even this brewery's "good" beer ranks above the average brewery's best.

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