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

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

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker

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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An old seasonal classic, I really need to set some of these beauties aside for aging and side by sides.

A: murky brown, slightly purple or ruby in certain lights or lack thereof; slight head and not overly carbonated

S: burnt malts, cherries, plums, malt malt malt, candy syrup, prunes, some slight melanoidins, estery dark fruit, and raspberries.

T: more dark fruit, and slightly tart (especially when paired with food.) Some heavy caramel sweetness, but not in a cloying way. the dark fruit melds well with the sweetness, and the flavor is dry enough to not overwhelm despite the large nature of the beer. Complex and you can find nuances as the beer warms or ages.

M: thick but not chewy, It remains deceptively light despite the residual sugar and the lower carbonation.

O: I'm amazed that such a monster can be so well balanced, and the obvious lack of hops presence (whatsoever) can still lend to a dry, balanced beer. The beer is tilted toward the malt, caramel, and dark fruit flavors of a classic quad/strong dark ale, but this one remains a classic in my eyes, and the expected gummy/ sugary flavors of the Corolus yeast are tamed by the candy sugars and residual sugar of the malt monster. I will continue to buy these each year for the rest of my life.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 batch found at the local grocery store a few weeks ago; it's been in the dark on a bottom shelf, so here's hoping it's in OK shape.

The pour yields little head -- just some froth that quickly dissolves. The color is very dark brown, sort of burgundy at the edges. The smell is heavy on the alcohol, with notes of apricot and leather. The taste is sweet up front, almost maple-syrup in intensity, with hints of dried fruit; the middle is dominated by rich malt and yeast, with a sharp alcoholic finish and a lingering aftertaste of grain. It's very mildly carbonated -- I could be convinced it had come out of a cask, almost -- much thinner than I'd expected, which is to say that it is full-bodied without being overly meaty. It's easy to drink, despite the considerable alcohol burn, but this is for sure a sipper. I'm going to hold onto my other bottles for a couple of more years and see if they mellow.

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 1,833 ratings
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