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

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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:
#553
Reviews:
898
Ratings:
1,861
pDev:
10.23%
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Photo of peensteen
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown with ruby highlights, cap of off white head, lots of lace here as well. Smell is full of dark bread and fruit, plum, raisin, bruised banana, lots of sweet caramels and dark sugars, some yeasty notes in here as well. Taste is full of dark bread and brown sugars, dark fruits, plum, raisin, dark berry and jam like, a bit of yeast, fairly sweet darker sugars, just a small hint of alcohol. Light-med carbonation, full bodied with a creamy smooth feel. Solid stuff here, alcohol goes largely undetected, good stuff that will get better with age, perhaps a bit too sweet to tackle a full bottle alone again though.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 22 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.3 L Unibroue snifter. Think this was the 2008, didn't record that data.

Large thick light tan head. Well carbonated. Clear dark reddish color. Smells of banana cake, apples, and ethanol. Starts with lots of green apple. Syrupy. Ethanol is warming but not hot. Dark fruit, raisins, dates. Apple and plum throughout. Medium to heavy body, warming alcohol. Lingering sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warmth.

I don't recall where I got this, but I want some more.

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

A bottle of the 2011 vintage poured into a Duvel tulip. Glass of water on the side to sip from as well.

The beer is rich dark Mahogany brown color with a slight degree of haziness. The 1/8" head is ivory white in color and soon recedes to an island of foam and a ring around the liquid where it meets the glass. There are patches of solid lacing and leggy lacing on the sides of the glass except where it is "washed" away by sipping. The foam patch and lacing persist for quite a while.

The Aroma is relatively complex but the first thing one can tell is that this is a Belgian style beer with its characteristic dark fruit and brown sugar elements. The alcohol is detectable but not unpleasant.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose. There is dark orchard fruit (e.g., plum and dates) along with some brown sugar sweetness but the alcohol is not really noticeable. There is also a trace of earthy bitterness. The whole complex of flavors gradually fades during the finish until the tongue and palate are left feeling like there should be more. So one sip easily follows another. The bottle age has been kind to this beer as the flavors seem much smoother and better integrated than I remember from last year.

The mouth feel is pretty much medium bodied and there is persistent, light prickly carbonation that also fades in the finish.

Overall this is a very nice Belgan Strong Dark Ale which I've enjoyed and am looking forward to seeing what happens to it by next year at this time. However, that said I'm also thinking that I'm, to a degree, losing my taste for beers with much ABV regardless of how much I enjoy the flavors. But for those who have not tried it I am happy to recommend it as something that has a well deserved place among those beers considered to be world-class.

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Photo of KeyWestGator
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

2011 Vintage poured into a chalice

Appearance - reddish brown liquid with a small amount of tan head

Smell - raisins, plums, dates, cherries, brown sugar

Taste - raisins, dates, prunes, plums, caramel, grapes

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, lighter carbonation, very sweet upfront and in the finish, flavors linger, boozy but the alcohol isn't overwhelming

Overall - nice Belgian ale worth a shot

Price Point - $17.99/4 pk 11.2 oz bottles

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Photo of NJB145
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of drummermattie02
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Color is dark brown with an off-white head that disappeared quickly. Virtually no lacing.

Smell is very sweet and boozy, lots of caramel, banana, and spice -- maybe some fig/prune in there too. Taste is very similar, the yeast comes through a bit more here though and is pleasant.

A very good beer, although the feel was a bit thin, but not in a way that really detracted from overall enjoyment.

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Photo of poundboy
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cuvee Van de Keizer- The American version seems to be "Grand Cru of the Emperor". This beer, by any name, would still be one heck of a brew. My bottle was the 2005 edition.

Appearance: In my tulip glass it sits, dark mahogany brown with a persistant though thin bone white head. When held to the light, it becomes a saphire jewel, indicating the treasure in store for the drinker.

Smell: Alcohol, sweet ripe fruit. No overly strong aromas, but the taste more than make up for it.

Taste: Wonderful. Very reminsent of Westy 12 and St. Bernadus Abt 12. Noticably sweeter than either of these, but perhaps that is just because my bottle is so green. Sweet fruit when it first touches your tongue, then warming, pleasant alcohol notes. finishes with a bit of bitterness, perhaps from a larger than normal addition of hops, perhaps some other belgian brewing magic.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with ample carbonation, and a hefty ABV, this one dances on the tongue more than most.

Drinkability: Very good but a bit too sweet to drink several of. Also, the $18 I paid for one 750 will prevent me from drinking as much of this as I would like.

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

Poured into Tulip Glass from 750 ML Bottle. 2012 Bottle

A: Deep brown that, under light, turns a deep orangish hue. White to off white small bubbled head. It sticks around for quite a while. Lacing throughout.

S: Belgian yeast. Dark fruits. Cherries. Very light hops... smooth and mellow.

T: Surprisingly sweet. But... FANTASTIC. Cherries, prunes, elderflower. Belgian yeast. Can't find the 11% alcohol at all. Some sips... I wonder if I am tasting a sweet/sour wine.

M: Medium to light body. Hard to believe it is so light for the amount of materials to make style/alcohol.

O: This is very tasty. I have read some great reviews saying I should age longer... I would agree. I think this is fantastic brew, but slightly green. 2 years are just not enough to really pull the flavors that other reviewers are finding.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a 2003 bottle from Old Town Liquor. Pours thick, clear, orange-brown, with very little head. Aroma is heavily candied fruits, sugars, and raisins. Taste is caramel and candied fruits, with strong malt and holiday spice. Syrupy feel with a slight alcohol burn. Very enjoyable beer, but only a bottle at a time.
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2007, on tap at Pizza Port, Solana Beach. Much better this time. hazy mahogany pour with a short white head. More sherry and plum aroma and taste. More vinuous. Lighter mouthfeel. Less syrupy sweetness. All around an excellent beer.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sweemzander for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy brown with a slim, tan head on it. Slight reddish hints around the edges in the light.

Smells of dark fruits, cherry, lots of raisin. Plum was suggested.

There is a lot of flavor and it hits you big right out of the gate. The blend is flawless. Very fruity with plenty of sweetness to it. Blackberries and black cherry is prevalent. The alcohol is hidden very well.

There is a slight bite up front but its smoothes out well afterward.

The Belgians really know what they are doing. This brew has a hefty percentage attached to it, but it drinks very very easily. It was pretty filling due to the sweetness.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Back label says 11/07/11.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a full inch of light tan head that retains a good while before dropping down to an 1/8 head and bubbly surface foam. Soft, sticky lacing.

S- Sweet and very rich with jabs of alcohol fume coming through here and there. Notes of pecan and hazelnut.

A- Oh boy. Incredibly balanced flavors of yeast, sweet malt and alcohol. Notes of Belgian candy sugar, light butter and nuts. The sweet-to-booze ratio is nearly spot-on with the booze just barely inching ahead. Taking sip after sip to unlock the mystery only leads to a warming sensation in the stomach that's totally welcome.

M- Slick and smooth with some alcohol bite and a perfect amount of snap from the medium carbonation.

O- Now I see why this has such high acclaim. Sure, it's a bit hot but it's a perfect wintertime brew...too bad it's August but that's why I'm definitely cellaring one of these bad boys!

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Photo of auxiliary
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark amber color, white head and left some lace.

smell - Dark fruits, like cherries and berries. Has a strong sweet smell. Lots of malt.

taste - Sweet taste up front. alcohol present on the want down. Lots of dark fruit ate here. Heavy on the sweet malt.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - This beer is good. Had it at a beer tasting event, and then had it on tap the next day! Must try, and should be great to age. Website says 10 years!

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Damn tasty beer right here. Dark chestnut brown in color, mostly translucent, with a small off-white head that receded to a tiny ringlet, but still left a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma rich with honey and dark fruits. Taste is dominated by rich sugars--honey and molasses, mainly--and prunes, afterthoughts of bready yeast, raisins, cotton candy, earthy hops. Full of flavor, heavy-medium body, and quite a pleasant drink overall. Cheers!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. 2010 vintage.

(A)- Pours a fairly dark mahogany with reddish highlights. Produced a great off-white head with decent retention. Lots of lacing.

(S)- Lots of dark fruits: plum, raisin, dates, and cassis or cherry. Hints of a creamy vanilla and lightly earthy clay/yeast.

(T)- A huge fresh burst of the above mentioned dark fruits. A big creaminess to it. A bit sweet. Finishes dry and very subtle earth. Its very Jam/Jelly-like.

(M)- A bigger yet great carbonation level and balance. Smooth, rich, and creamy. Superb ABV integration. Just a tad too sweet.

(D)- A world class Belgain Strong Dark. Ripe full of jammy flavors. Easy on the palate and downright enjoyable to drink, but it definitely fills you up with how rich & sweet it is.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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 Bogdawg
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of claytri
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,861 ratings
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