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

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887
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4.29
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amberish red to a burgundy in color, no head retention at all, plain redish beer.

Smell is grainy, with touches of raison, fortified wine sort of smell, yeasty, a shy alcohol smell, sherry port like flavours.

Taste as some cherry flavours with hints of vanilla, cherry coke flavours too, some shy alcohol notes followed by hints of spices.
There some flavours of sweet rum a sweet alcohol hint that comes in and tickles the palate with a shy carbonated herbal notes, very smooth and end with a very shy caramel touch.

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Photo of atsprings
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2006. Served a deep ruby amber with a decent frothy head. The aroma was charged with spice followed by a very complex malt profile, burnt caramel and molasses. The first sip absolutely knocked my socks off, it was likely the best sip of beer I've ever had. After that, for some reason, it wasn't quite as good, albeit still very enjoyable. The taste was almost like a blend of grape juice and caramel malts. There was a sweet gelatin character in the mouthfeel. The alcohol was present, but not overpowering. This one is a very enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of SShelly
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007- grand cru of the emperor

Thick aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, belgian esters, powerful and awesome.

Rich dark malt with fruity esters, dark fruit, slight sweetness left on the pallet.

Very lively in the mouth, warms up the chest nicely, no hot alcohols...very impressed with the feel of this beer

One of my favorite beers, had it on tap a month ago and thought it was excellent then as well, a definite must whenever you see it!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 750 ml brown bottle, corked and caged. 2002. Cellared at 60F. The label reads 8% alc by volume (although it may actually be a bit stronger).

The Grand Cru of the Emperor (Charles V) pours a clear dark chestnut brown body with ruby highlights beneath a frothy head of ivory foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves very nice, wide sheets of thin Brussels lace. Very nice!!!

The nose entices you to partake with notes of toffee; darkened brown sugar; sweet, crusty, honey-glazed bread; some dark fruit (mainly raisins); brandy; and a quick spritz of orange.

In the mouth it's delicately zesty on the tongue, and then quite creamy with a very fine, natural-carbonation and medium body.

The flavor offers a briliant, sugary mix of raisins and rich toffee with a hint of orange-chocolate in the background. The yeast also tosses in some mild bubblegum-like phenolics (sugar and clove-like spice) that turns it a touch candyish. Some herbal hops appear at the swallow and lend it an earthy, mineralish edge that helps to round out its candyish character. The bitterness is a touch limited as might be expected, but it punches through the malt midway, and there's enough there to keep it from becoming cloying in the long-lingering finish. The alcohol appears once it warms a bit, but keeps to the wings (except in the finish); and it actually adds a touch of spiciness that's welcome against the candyish malt.

Tasted side by side with a bottle of the Classic Carolus, this is clearly just a bumped up version of the standard that might include better malts (perhaps some Munch malts) and a longer, cooler fermentation and maturation period. They are very much the same beer, but this one is much more nicely done. It's thoroughly enjoyable, and as it can age at least 3 years, I'd highly suggests you grab a few bottles and pull one out during special occassions each year. I can easily see this working with a Thanksgiving dinner (before, during, or after), or as a toasting beer during the holiday season. It will work with numerous food pairings, including glazed pork chops, BBQ ribs, and char-grilled steak. Highly recommended!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark brown with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows chocolate fudge, rum and raisin, dried prunes, spicy phenols, golden syrup. Lovely.
Equally rich and decadent flavours. Brown sugar, rum and raisin, dried dark fruit, soft booze, gingerbread. Stunning.
Carbonation could be just a bit higher.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 750 picked up at Erickson's Fine Wines for $9.50 .... shared with Brenda ... mine poured into a Kasteel tulip .. chilling on my Friday, listening to Cowboy Junkies Live at the BBC.

Nice lite tan head that drops to a good collar and substantial lacing... Deep chesnut brew with beautiful dark ruby highlites when held to the light.

Aroma is deceptively complex .. alot of well hidden spice with brandy mascerated dark fruits... plums.. raisins.. figs.. and dark caramel.. smell is not as sweet as expected.

Flavor is amazing.. hugely complex profile.. a touch more spicy than the nose led me to believe. Tawny port notes without nearly as much booze... alcohol is there but only the tie that binds all these great spicy fruits together. Big plum and swelled prunes ... dried sweet cherries and a very present sweet cigar characteristic. Fairly thick viscosit.. with the perfect amount of carbonation.

I love this beer and always have access to it, but judging by notes, this only the 2nd time I've take the time to enjoy it... count on it (I am a label whore and am taken by shiny wrappings)... I will buy more, possibly many more.. and hopefully will be able to restrain myself to actually cellar some.

This is the type quality, that I will pull out of the cellar and give to some of my more micro-novice buddies and coworkers and proudly exclaim "This is what beer CAN taste like."

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw 750 into oversized pinot noir glass,Feb 2008 vintage in July 2009

Super deep mahogany with gold highlights. A pretty aggressive pour (for a bottle conditioned Belgian anyway) reveals a two inch light tan head, good retention and spotty stick on the way down.

Sweet malt and granny smith apple peel. Nice tartness, not intense, just enough to have a refreshing aroma. Some other dark fruit in there, under ripe plum comes to mind.

Caramel sweet bread, dry yeast, more tangy green apple peel, More of the plum, a touch of raisin, and a good tartness that is unexpectedly tasty and brings a brightness to an otherwise dark tasting beer. Their is a touch of bitterness on the finish as well, hard to tell if its from the hops of some other aspect. The alcohol makes a warming presence on the palette as it warms, but still doesn't overpower the beer.

Mouthfeel starts heavy and almost syrupy, but then the prickly carbonation breaks it up and makes it feel a bit more lively and lush.

Pretty high on the drinkability for the ABV (11%). Nice balance of sweet and tangy, I like this quite a bit. Top 100 worthy, maybe, maybe not. Probably so, just quite a bit different than what I was expecting.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, Served at 34°F, allowed to warm as the bottle was enjoyed. Served in a snifter.

A: Reddish brown, thick and foamy initially, with a thin lacing that clings to the glass as I enjoy...

S: FRUIT! Sweet, spicy, delicious.

T: Follows the nose, and raisins, plums, figs and dates. dark fruit, sugar, spices, and wow.

M: thick, syrupy, and wonderful. tight carbonation. coats, and is full on the swallow.

O: Great beer. would definitely enjoy again, and will look for the RED to compare.

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Photo of SebD
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some ruby hues shinning through. It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves great lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (raisins, plums, figs), caramel, toffee and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet dark fruit upfront (loads of raisins, plums, figs) followed by caramel and toffee, Belgian yeast and some breadiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Fantastic Belgian Dark!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BucBasil
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750mL corked and caged bottle into a chalice. This is the 2009 version.

A: The beer is a pure brown, cloudy and murky with a quickly dissolving 1 finger tan head.

S: A bit alcoholic, but with plenty of dark fruits in there (plum, raisin). Rum. Anise. Clove. Hint of cherry. The aroma is not faint - it's complex and very much there - but the different notes seem to run all together. Earthy aroma in the middle, but then toast and brown sugar. All over the map here.

T: Surprisingly sweet with dark fruits (plum, raisin) and brown sugar or even molasses. Berries and cherries flash in there, as well as a touch of lighter fruits, and the sweetness is very fresh. However, it's not all sweetness - it's very well balanced with a nice malt backbone of toasted bread. Spice character is not as evident, but definitely there. Finishes with a yeasty kick and a touch of rum or port-like alcohol that is quickly covered again by clove and fruit. Fantastic taste, and may quickly grow to become a favorite.

M: Surprisingly crisp on the tongue but velvet smooth going down. Fantastic.

D and Notes: What a great beer. I had high expectations coming into this one, and it definitely did not disappoint. The beer is just so flavorful and complex, but still somehow approachable and avoids being cloying. Incredible and I will definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2003 bottle that luckily had been forgotten in the back of my fridge since the day I purchased it.

Appearance: Dark brown, hazy, cola like color with a brownish tan head that has smooth sand look to it. Very good head retention and slippery lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Vinous, caramel, raisins, figs, and a very hearty and sweet malt flavor. The aroma on this beer is very appealing and much like an after dinner wine.

Taste: Lively and slightly floral maltiness with rich brown sugar, molasses, raw sugar, and an alcohol warmth to it. There is no alcohol flavor, just a light warmth. More fruity flavors emerge as the beer warms. Grapes and chocolate with a roasty and toasty component to the malt developing. There's a slight starchy/vegetable flavor towards the end. The ending is long and malty sweet with flutters of candy sugar. The aftertaste is surprisingly crisp wiht a saltine cracker like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and velvety with a mild syrupy character. For all the sweetness in this beer it is still leaves a nice dry feeling on the palate.

Drinkability: Yes please. I wish I had forgotten a few more bottles of this in my fridge. This was excellent with a robust and well balanced flavor. Aging definately did this beer some good.

Notes: We paired this beer with some chocolates from Belgium including Galler Lait (bar), Cote D'or Lait with hazelnuts (bar), Callebaut Lait (bar), Demaret Lait bar, and Demaret Lait assorted pralines. The Galler bar was by far the best pairing with this beer but the Demaret chocolates (from Verviers) were the best all around chocolate and would go well with any beer that matches well with chocolate. I recommend pairing this beer with good Belgian chocolate.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown-orange color. The head was slight and looked tan and slightly green. Head left a nice ring about the glass and left some lacing. Smell was a melange of fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste was overall very sweet and was composed of chocolate and fruit with a hint of spice. Mouthfeel was smooth and rich. This was a wonderful beer, but, in the end, the sweetness proved to be overpowering.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- this is about the deepest darkest red you can get. small white head that bubbled fiercely and then quickly went away.

S- Sweet malts with dark ripe fruits (plums, figs, cherries). faint odor of alcohol. its pretty well hidden for something this strong (10% is what the bottle claims, not the 11% its listed here as).

T- Very complex. Similar to how it smells, but everything comes off as magnified. delightful.

M- medium body with a perfect level of carbonation. leaves the mouth feeling a little dry.

D- Way too strong to drink all day, but if it tastes like this id be tempted. the bottle i had is just over 18 months old (bottled feb 24 07). im going to search this one out fresh. highly recommended

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Photo of ryanonline
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours deep dark mahogony with a thick foamy off white head and great lacing.

cherries and figs on the nose with a little raisin and sugary candy also. a deep alcohol scent is present.

a deep sugary sweetness resounds right off the first sip. the cherry and fig still present, not as raisiny as the nose would imply. what's weird about this beer is that the body leads me to think i should be tasting the yeast, but i don't.

mouthfeel is nice, the bubbles leave an initially foamy presence but they quickly fade into the clean somewhat rich body. It's thick but not heavy.

I love the taste in this beer, and the overall experience is excelent (body is even, not overly carbonated and what is there is very delicate), but it is very complex and i don't think i could have more than one maybe two. but at 11 % abv that is all you really need.

i tried it once and for some reason, i don't think i liked it (or it was another beer from gouden carolus im confusing this one with), but having re-tasted it i can say this beer is awesome. i wanna cellar a bottle.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 version 3/14 @ Armsby Abbey. Pours dark caramel brown with minimal white lacing. Aroma of molasses, caramel, and candied sugar. Delicious flavor. Sweet malts and caramel descend into a candies sugar, yeasty finish. Very sweet, but not overly so. Thick mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Super delicious beer.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a Nearly opaque reddish brown color with a fine, full head. Head dissipates to leave a ton of lacing, actually more like foam on the sides of the glass than lacing.

s Very fruity smell enhanced by the fact that I am drinking it warmer than the recommended 45 - 50 degrees. The aroma is that of dried dark fruits; raisins, prunes, with a pleasant rumminess.

t Tastes like a high alchol ale. My bottle says 10%. Sweet chocolate malt flavor.

m Feels good in my mouth, a little thin but again I am drinking it warm.

d I would drink this again and again. Too expensive to be an everyday beer but I will enjoy this ale many more times.

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Photo of Franchise
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering has been aged since 2004, so it is about 3 years old. It pours a dark brown, with some light penatration. Leaving no head at all, the aroma is dark pitted fruit, plum, pears, raisins, dark syrup, wow so complex and sweet leaving a port like quality for all to admire. The taste starts cordial, moving to just a faint amount of hops but showcasing a malty, sweet, syrupy delight. The taste mirrors the nose dark fruit, raisins, plums, prunes, and finishes syrupy in the back of the palate. This is one fanastic aged brew and I'm glad I got a full growler of this one.

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Photo of liamt07
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with Steve and co., 750 into a few snifter type glasses. Recall this being an 07-08 vintage? Regardless..

Poured a dark brown/burgundy, unfiltered with some small floaties. Fluffy tan head falls quickly, with some mild retention and spotty lace. Nose is dry and vinous, lots of dark fruits, grape skins. Taste is big on the brown sugar, dark fruits, mild vinous notes. Some green apple/grape skins. Sweet overall, but not overpoweringly so. Well balanced with a fantastic, full mouthfeel. Smooth, silky and creamy. Some mild dryness in the finish. Just awesome.4/4/45/45/45

Re-reviewed November 13, 2011. Part of the QuadShowdown. Beautiful softness to the nose, plums, dark fruits, sugar/brown sugar. Concise, condensed and exceptional bouquet. Taste reflects the nose quite well. Plums, brown sugar, vanilla, light syrup. Gentle and complex. Soft carbonation, full feel and a touch of back-end alcohol. Absolutely outstanding BSDA/Quad, great complexity, feel and smoothness. 4/45/45/5/5

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Photo of cmmprez
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grand Cru of the Emperor '06
I don't like giving beers glowing reports, but this one deserves it.

Appearance - Dark, ruby hue. Light lacing. Dirty white head. Pretty straightforward..

Smell - Berry nose, inviting malt, candy sugar. Strong mouth watering aroma.

Taste - Sweet taste that crescendos across tongue. Aftertaste dries and fades nicely. It begs for another sip. Right up there with your very best Trappists.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Not sticky but doesn't need to be as the flavor is there. Gets you in the back of the throat with that Abbey Ale flavor (like tea spice).

Overall - A great beer. In league with Rochefort 10 and Westmalle Dubbel.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle states 2004, 10% alc, and Grand Cru of the Emperor. When I popped the 750ml bottle which was caged and corked, it immediately started to foam out the top. I lost a couple of ounces.

Pours out a cloudy dark brown with a small head that seems to be building. The smell is superb. Reminds me of Ommegang. Chocolate, raisins and figs come through. Solid malt and brown sugar as well.

Taste is a bit sweeter than I expected. At least in the beginning. The middle and end give way to more of the chocolate and sugar as well as a slight alcohol note. Overall a wonderful beer. I would love to try any of their other beers as well.

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Photo of cooler4life
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Bottle

A: Poured a one finger head that settles to a thin cap. Color is a deep mahogany brown. Lacing is moderate. Carbonation can be seen racing to the top. I can see some particulate swirling about.

S: Smell is a standout! Raisons, figs, brown sugar, green apples. With deeper breaths I get the alcoholic twinge with some butterscotch.

T: Wow. Figs at first, followed by burnt sugar, roasty malt, dark fruits, rum soaked cherries, and cocao. The first sip almost knocked my socks off.

M: Extremely creamy and smooth. Light-medium mouth presence. Carbonation is delicate...Mellow.

O: For a brew of this ABV with such a multidimensional taste and smell, the drinkability factor is fantastic. Well done!

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Photo of allengarvin
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a gorgeous beer, dark, reddish-tinted, with a colossal head of smooth, creamy foam on top, and excellent lacing. The nose is delicious, with a soft buttery caramel, ripe fruit, subtle yeasty spiciness, and a light tartness. The flavor is a delight of Belgianness: a near-perfect blend of sweet milky maltiness that's never over-heavy, lightly raisiny, lightly caramelized pear fruitiness, maybe a hint of cherries in the slightly tart finish. The body is smooth and creamy, but the alcohol is almost undetectable, except perhaps as it warms up a bit.

An amazing piece of beer craftsmanship, and one of the best beers I've had in months. Every part blends together perfectly, each component delectable, but it's the beer as a whole that's truly wonderful.

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Photo of montecristo2
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This IS the stuff reserved for the emperor.

A 2007 vintage poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Aromas of malts, fruity esters, and extremely faint banana yeast.

Dark chestnut color, cloudy and small head, maybe one finger max.

First sip...malts and fruits-candy sugars, grapes and raisins.

Bottom of the bottle tastes more of candied sugars, cinnamon, spiced plums.

This is awesome stuff.

Cheers!

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

VAN DE KEIZER BLEAUW '09; consumed in 2011

PLEASE AGE THIS BEER FOR A TWO YEAR MINIMUM

Smell: neutral

Taste: barley-wine, dark-ripened plums, cognac, black licorice, maraschino cherries, candied sugar and warm scotch

Pair this beer with smoked goose, a rare filet minion, a truffle wagyu burger with blue cheese, or a funnel cake with Madagascar vanilla bean ice cream with a dark-fruit syrup

This beer is fantastic! Normally for beer, or any kind of liquor, one has to search for flavor and have an immensely discerning palette in order to extract all of the flavors; not this time. This beer aged is probably the BEST DARK BEER EVER MADE, or at least that I've tried. This beer brazenly smacks you in the face and tells you what it tastes like; it's like hunting in a forest with no trees and large game animals at a stand still; the flavors are immensely dominant.

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4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For Belgian Independance Day Week.

Body is more brown than black, but its dark for sure. The light produces a few translucent brown hues. Initial white head fades into big bubbles and a ring around the glass.

Booze laden smell. Lots of prunes and sweet dark cherries. Thick booze smell still dominates. Slightly sweet, kind of like sweet cherry syrup.

Not overly complex, but exactly what you want from a Belgian Dark. The booze is all but gone. Yeast comes out straight away, blitzkrieging away. It fades, and you get the underlying sweet dark fruits that are just great. Then comes this insanely smooth sweet monster. It finishes out just so smooth. Just sweet enough to be great, but not overly sweet. Notes of black cherries, plums, and sweet, sweet blackberries. Finishes light and slightly sweet.

Yeast is perfect here. Only enough of it to make a Belgian ale, but adds a nice presence. Low carbonation also helps the drinkability.

Feels light (way too light for 11%). Slick from the dark fruits, but still enough body to make it great.

What a gem and a lucky find on my part. Now I have to try to find a better BSDA (which is going to be tough).

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,823 ratings.
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