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

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium | website

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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4.29
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14.69%
 
 
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Photo of jrenihan
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage.

Beer is dark brown with hints of red. Moderately-sized tan head. Decent retention.

Nose is quite malty, somewhat bready. Dark fruit as well, cherry most prominently, fig and prune as well. A wood scent as well.

Taste is excellent. Dark fruit is prominent: cherry, raisin and plum mainly. The fruit is balanced very nicely by the bready malt flavours. Belgian yeast is noticeable. An oak flavour permeates the whole beer and works very well. All of the flavours are perfectly integrated and balanced. Sweet but not overly so. Great.

Full bodied, low carbonation level. A bit sticky. Very nice.

Overall, an excellent beer. No disappointment here. This is a wonderful beer and one of the best BSDAs I have had.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a good head and good lacing.Head fades a little quicker than I would like. Aroma is very nice indeed,very full bodied, a little sweet, a little alcohol.Sweet malts and spice predominate. Taste is similar, but with a nice depth. More sweet malt and spice, as well as brown sugar and dark fruit. Very balanced and creamy. Although a little on the sweet side, the beer isn't sticky or tiresome at all. Delicious, and my favorite from this brewery.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

-look is black with nice brown head but long lasting and micro bubbles look great
-smell is dark fruits mostly with some roasted grains
-a wine like finish and roundness but alot of plum and fruit notes with some grains
-feel is pleasant not really any carbonation real smooth
-to date my favorite strong dark ale, the smoothness is incomparable

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Poured into a het Anker glass. The beer pours a nice dark-reddish brown color with a fluffy light-brown head leaving a decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel, dark fruits, maple syrup, honey, warming alcohol and spicy hop

Taste: Similar to the smell. Caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits (plum, figs) but also some red fruits (cherries, but not sour, bit wine like), sweet honey, and warming alcohol. The taste is mostly sweet, but this beer is nicely balanced with some nice bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, thick, fantastic. Medium carbonation. Alcohol very well hidden.

Overall: Great beer, love it. Also had 5 or more year old vintages several times, and I can tell you, it is even better than the fresh one! Highly recommendable.

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Photo of KingG
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 edition

Served at cellar temp and poured into a Weizen glass.

Appearance is good. Dark copper colored brew with many tiny bubbles racing up toward the tan, thick, crater-like head. Not as murky as I assumed.

Smell is very good. A lot going on here. Sweet sugary malts, honey-glazed raisins, sweet ripe plums, and a small amount of bubblegum and alcohol. Very nice indeed.

Taste exceptional. Much like the smell yet more pronounced on the dark fruits and alcohol. Brown sugar and a green apple sweetness rounds things out. As complex a flavor that you can find for the style. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is very good. Medium bodied yet very much a presence on the palet. Carbonation level is very good for the style.

Drinkability is very good. Killing this 750ML bottle won't be a problem. Once again, if it wasn't for the slight alcohol burn I would have given a 5.

Overall:
Everytime I drink this brew I get amazed how complex it is. One of the best Dark Strong Belgium Ale's you can find. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flute glass. Vintage 2010 bottle served 08/07/2012.

Appearance: Very very dark brown, almost amber. It is not purely opaque with a off white maybe orange-white head that rose to 1/3", looks good believe me.

Smell: Rich berries borderline wine that's how deep it is.

Taste: Ridiculously complex, it is definitely not for every drinker but most will appreciate a quality brew like this. Lightly bitter with a honey sweet taste.

Mouth: Incredibly sticking taste, I mean seriously it is a notch "sweet" but so sweet that you will love it.

Overall: This beer is a gem, I honestly couldn't push it any more. You want to talk about a quality brew this is it. I absolutely cannot complain, well maybe only one I want more! Salud

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Photo of hellcatsjg
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a slight bit of creamy head.

Smell: Strong scent of sweet malt, dark fruits, caramel, and alcohol mingle very nicely.

Taste: Like the nose. Big taste with malt and dark fruits up front. The background is chocolate, caramel, and alcohol and a bit of oak as well. Very nice complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy. Leaves a nice taste behind that runs the gambit of all the flavors ending with a good amount of alcohol burn. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very good beer with great complexity and great flavor. 11% ABV may limit your amounts, but this is a great beer and definitely worth picking up. Highly recommended.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured in my Grimbergen chalice. 2006 Vintage.

That's a fantastic beer! Really, not much more to say about it. Top 50 Belgium, for sure.

A: Brown cloudy color. Nice small (one finger) creamy head.
S: The nose is just fantastic. Dark fruits (plums), toffee caramel, the wonderful (really wonderful) Belgium yeasts, oak and wine.
T: Even better. Wonderful malt taste. Strong and Fruity. Balanced sweet. And, once again, the wonderful Belgium yeasts taste.
M: Medium body. Very well balanced sweetness-bitterness, medium to low carbonation.
D: Excellent. Despite the high ABV it's very drinkable.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of ksimons
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage
A-dark brown with ruby highlights and a fingers worth of creamy head

S-rich malts, banana sweetness, and dark fruits

T-a really nice complex taste; super rich malts dominate with juicy dark fruits and a yeasty tanginess, and caramel, ABV spiciness comes out in the end but is still super smooth

M-full body, light carbonation, smooth and creamy

Overall another excellent beer from Het Anker, incredibly drinkable, complex, and smooth. Will continue looking out for more beers from Het Anker which is becoming one of my all time favorites

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Photo of KanataKerry
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smells of lemon zest and fruit. Pours a rich mahogney hue. Smooth, balanced taste, like liquid fig/fruit cake. Rich in raisins, currants, and candied sugar that masks the alchol beautifully. Not heavy, not light, a sipper beer that goes down way too easily. Highly recommended; extremely palatable; very delectable.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Clear deep ruby/mahogany with a frothy finger head.

S- Caramelly rum and raisins, very rich without being obnoxious. Faint notes of alcohol exsist as well, no hop aroma to speak of.

T- Sweet rich caramelly malt abounds, though not simple. Elegantly complex without being "busy". Rum, raisins, toffee are all here complimenting each other in near harmonius perfection. The alcohol note with it's assertive dryness is all that serves to keep this beer from being cloying. It serves as a most welcome finish to this beer.

M- Carbonation is quite evident yet very much needed to lighten up this otherwise sryupy beer.

O- Pure decadence from start to finish. A must try for any belgian fan. Also a great beer to have in the cellar for an impromtu celebration. So stop reading the reviews and just get some already.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Slowbeer. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a deep red colour. Strong carbonation and a two finger, creamy head of a beige persuasion. Great lace rings and great retention.

S - Tons of dark fruit. Plum, raisin, etc. Really lovely. maybe a hint of spice and a touch of booze but really dark fruit dominated.

T - Sweet fruits, lot's of dark fruit again, some yeast ester, mild sugar, dates, and a touch of booze. A beautiful flavour combo. A bit of light spice was there too and the alcohol was so mild that is was complimentary. Lovely.

M - Mild carbonation, medium to full creamy body, slightly sweet/fruit finish. So smooth.

O/D - Absolutely delicious. A great example of a dark Belgian beer. Flavourful and so balanced. Easy to drink but so worth savouring. Probably one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a nice dark mahogany, though clear. Bubbles nicely, with a soft light brown head, bordering on pillow-y. Laces uniformly. Smells of sweet malt, red fruits, strong alcohol...though not overwhelming. Plummy, pruney, malty flavor...rich and caramel-filled. Mildly roasted quality to the malt. I also get flavors of demerera sugar, cherry juice. Overall impression is a smooth, malty treat with a slight spiced note and a nice warming alcohol presence. Very, very good. Extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel. An eminently drinkable and digestible quad. Delicious on many levels and a real treat to enjoy.

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Photo of dino213aa
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep cordovan reddish-brown with some haze. Beautiful tan head that maintains and clings to the side of the glass.

S: Hints of fruit, grass, malty with a light nuttiness.

T&M: Very fruity almost bordering on syrupy. Wonderful luscious mouthfeel with a good dose of malts. Finishes with some notes of vanilla and sweet caramel

D: This just goes down too easy. Very well balanced in every way. This beer is just so rewarding to drink. If I had to be nit-picky I'd say it might be a little sweet, but it really doesn't bother me at all.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a very carbonated mukry gold with a little honey color. The head is white very carbonated, rises about 3 fingers and has good retention and lacing.

The aroma is light to medium a little grass, hops, and a very small amount of spice.

The taste is awesome, it starts out smooth with a light sweet start, then fades to some complexity with some light hops, and finishes with a little hops. This is what a light beer should taste like. Easy to drink, tons of flavor and filling.

The feel is nice and incredible drinkability.

Overall, this beer is excellent. I would consider this best session beer ever because of its drinkability, and with abv it'll get your cracked twice as quick.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour a rich red-brown, exellent head. No lace. Head sticks around nicely.

Aroma of rich caramel brulée, dried dark fruits and candy. Flavor, taste like a scotish strong ale. Alot of malty sweetness, dark caramel candy. Fruity esters and a balanced hop bitternes.

Awesome ale, I wish I had purchased more than just the one 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of FleeVT
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown bomber poured into a Chimay goblet. Bottle born on date is presented as a year on the neck label and in the story of how it is brewed every year on February 24th on the birthday of Charles V.

A: Pours a beautiful crimson brown which glows on the edges. Capped by an off-white thick head that sticks to the glass and looks like it would require chewing.

S: Delicious. Red delicious apples, brown sugar, caramel, raspberries, and a firm but not overpowering alcohol backbone.

T/M: Big beer! A decadent mix of caramel, chocolate covered berries, oak soaked in dark rum, overripe cherries, and a touch of spice. Just a perfectly balanced beer with hint a hops. The body has a creamy texture that is cut nicely by the higher alcohol volume. Carbonation is moderate.

Like a fine port this seems like it would get better with age. Go slow with this one and savor every last drop.

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Photo of Lukie
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first beer review in a long time, and what better to do it with, then the speciality from one of my favourite Belgian Brews.

2009 Edition.

Pours out an off-dark brown, with hints of ruby. Hard to see through. Big frothy head, that drops into a cm of foam sitting atop the liquid.

Notes of honey, brown sugar, toffee and dark fruits (fig, dark plum). Hints of an orange-citrus in the background.

First mouthful is heavenly. Absolutely remarkable. Big hits of sweet, dessert-like dark fruits, with that sugared fig predominant in the regular version, coming across in such an amazing way here. Big brown sugar flavour resonates in the back of the pallate, adding more, and bringing forth the big fruit flavours. Port-like characters is a good way to call this one. Just so much happening.

Silky smooth mouthfeel, with a lower end of carbonation. A slight stickiness, like a good dessert wine, lingers in the mouth with every sip. The beer just overtakes the entire mouth, and ever tastebud. Dangerously drinkable for a beer that is 11% alcohol. If this is how good this is now, I must put a couple away to see how it mellows with age.

Exceptional.

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Photo of Foxman
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy, ruddy mahogany with flashy amber edges. Three fingers of tight, creamy light tan head display a considerable half-life. Molten lacing flows slowly like lava along the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries earthy sweet malt with dark cherry, fig, brown sugar, molasses, and the merest nip of tanginess. A general estery crispness joins distant clove, some other softer spice notes, and a mellow draft of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the syrupy sweet malt, sugary with molasses and brown sugar, goes fruity with plum, cherry, and raisin. The esters are more pronounced and specific here, boasting green apple and pear, and subtly spiced with a clove lead-in and muted citrus. The alcohol is toasty but nicely and well played. Residual sweetness matches a brave dry crispness that mingles and lingers. It stands tall with a blended, complex, regal nature.

Full bodied, it slips and slides sinuously, with a zesty refreshing dryness that matches the sweetness in the end.

Cuvee, Grand Cru, call it what you will, it is bold, blended, and craftily marvelous with a full flavor slate and an impressively assertive character. The ABV is mighty and apparent, but it also works in smooth step with a fetching result and a very drinkable sensibility. Hell, call it anything, call it Ishmael, I don't care, but please just make sure you call me when you break one open.

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Photo of stof0048
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Watou chalice. Very deep brown with a hint of red when held in the light. Very little to no head with lacing that sticks to the glass.

S: A bit of a molasses smell, somewhat malty. Sweet, dark candies also present.

T: Decadent. Dark candy, a slight hint of anise, malt, amost no hop taste, alcohol is present but nicely balanced and faintly noticeable. Plums, brown sugar, molasses...

M: Goes down like silk. Very creamy mouthfeel with a bit of bite from the alcohol when you let it sit on your tongue for a moment.

D: Very easy to drink despite alcohol content. Don't know if I'd be able to polish off multiple bottles, but it's a wonderful beer that is wonderful in every aspect. Highly recommend!

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Photo of cbl2
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/5/2005 $7.99 750 mL 10.00% Brewed February 24th every year, this is the 2004 vintage.

Appearance:

Pours a beautiful deep dark brown with hints of orange and ruby within. Fine bubbles of carbonation stream in perfectly straight lines from bottom to top (a never before seen sight by me).

Aroma:

This one is intense! Ripe plum mixed with candied sugar and fino port (the predominant odor) make an intriguing blend.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Mouthfeel is sublimely smooth. First flavor to strike the palate is an intense sugary sweetness, followed immediately by a portlike robust flavor that is coupled with some nuttiness when aerated. Finish is exquisite, with the nuttiness giving way to a warming balanced alcohol sensation that glides down the throat, as your taste buds beg for another sip. A simply amazing beer!

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Photo of beerogre
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a real treat. I was looking for something a little bit special when I visited the beer store after work on Friday, and I made an excellent choice here. Obviously it can go either way when you try a beer for the first time, but the description on the shelf next to this beer indicated that this one was going to be right up my street, and so it proved.

If like me you are a big fan of licorice then you can't go wrong with this beer. There are plenty of other flavours in there as well, but that's the one that dominated my taste buds. I felt at times like I was drinking a really top quality wine, such was the strength and mouthfeel.

I don't like to give 5's, because to me, I feel it doesn't give you anywhere else to go if you find an even better beer, but frankly unless I drink a beer that blows the top of my head off, I think I'd be hard pressed to discover one that tops this.

A great reward for a hard week's work.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this was on the day of my 21st birthday, and though I loved it, I was not ready for it. This will be my third experience with the beer, enjoying it now on my 25th birthday!

A: Pours a fairly delicate brown, fairly close to the henna color described on the bottle, but collects in my snifter in a dark brown hue with lovely ruby highlights.

S: Sugar plums, prunes, and figs are the main contenders. I think the bottle is right on when it mentions scents of green apples, and there is a delightful biscuity, rich english barleywine-like maltiness in the background as well. Some alcoholic phenols linger in the background.

T: Very rich and complex. Starts with the rich maltiness. In the middle the dark fruits come in with a bit of tartness from the green apples. There is also an alcoholic burn that starts here and lasts into the latter stages of the sip; it isn't unpleasant, but I don't feel adds to the taste too much. The end brings a faint return to the maltiness the sip started out with. The flavors are all big and intense, but are well-balanced.

M: A decent amount of carbonation keeps the intense flavors of this beer from destroying the palate, while still leaving a full and somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

D: For a beer of its strength, richness, and complexity, I think this is quite drinkable.

One of my all-time favorites. The traditional BSDA characteristics are enhanced by a larger than usual presence of rich malts. A prime candidate for cellaring, especially since they bumped up the abv % from 9, and a prime candidate for a special day, or to make a regular day special. Also, only $10 for this?! Crazy good deal, considering all of the $15 and $20 beers who should bow their heads in reverence to this gem.

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Photo of Greenfloyd
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a liquid fig newton, and it rocks...

Poured into a chalice with an impressive unfiltered raisin hue. A gentle dark tan head dissipated into a foam-like halo halfway down the glass. This beer had wonderful smells of sweet malt, brown sugar, and mild trailing yeasty tones. The taste was fairly close, warm banana bread, sweet figs, and subtle appearances of malt. This medium to heavy bodied dark ale finished with semi sweet, fresh wheat bread-like notes. This beer paired great with Port Salut cheese, double cream brie, and tart green apple wedges...Enjoy

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage .75L into a goblet. Well, the same goblet several times.

Marvelous woody brown with a slightly toasty inch head that never lets any beer show. Plenty of lacing, as noted, excellent retention for an 11% beer.

Very warm from the high alcohol, some sweet chocolate and rich malts. A little fruit comes through: all dried stuff like prunes and figs. Some spices like cinnamon are present as well.

Wow. I'm really happy this is as delicious as it is. Simply because life is better because this tastes good. Very, very rich beer - dense yet creamy mouth feel, quick and diverse delivery of flavors... I'll be running out for a second bottle of this to either age - or drink! Rich dried fruit dominates the palate: figs, plums, and a little raisin. Cinnamon and allspice are present as well. Rich malt backbone with sweet chocolate in the mix. Some light metallic flavors towards the end with a smooth, creamy finish and short, dry aftertaste. Hard not to like this, and it really likes you at 11%.

Like aforementioned: creamy and dense, well balanced, good carbonation.

I love it. Great beer, I'll be annually seeking this out - or having others buy it for me and sending it to me.

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