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

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

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Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

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

2006 vintage, bottle from Five Points Bottle Shoppe, Athens, GA. Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a dark, rich-looking brown, glittery and smooth, and though the head is initially foamy and dull-looking (that sort of "I'm about to fade quickly look"), it eventually settles out into something solider, smoother, more permanent. Very permanent, in fact, and the one-finger tan head actually sat right at the top of my cervoise until I began sipping. The lacing is glittery, puffy, and forms outcroppings and formations all over the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Mainly delicate fruits here, tart, sweet, ripe, underripe, a huge array of cherries, candied figs, and spiced plums. Pleasant, though not as dynamic as the taste.

Taste: Wow, where to begin. Firstly, there're a ton of fruits here. On the darker sides, you got your raisins and figs. Moving on up the scale, you get grapes, cherries, pears, and banana in varying intensities. Brown sugar and molasses add a nice layer of complexity to this one, as well. Delicate spices complement the alcohol heat nicely - clove, white pepper, a number of nondescript phenols which really open up the sinuses. There is unfortunately still a hint of alcohol heat, which is where we lose the half point. Other than that, this is an exemplary Belgian Strong Dark.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and fantastically even. Carbonation is mild, but enough to lighten the body somewhat. What should be cloying really isn't here.

Drinkability: Just a really great beer in about every category imaginable, and well-deserving of the praise it gets. This is drinking pretty well at 2 years old, but I imagine another few years could still do a little more for this beer, so if you got 'em, save 'em - you'll thank yourself. The alcohol is a little high on this one ... "you know you're a BA when 11.0% is 'a little high'" ... but it's for the most part hidden well, so that's where the dock comes from, but it's a minor quibble. This is one of the better Belgian beers out there, and is truly an impressive exemplar of the style. Seek it out, age it, drink it, enjoy it. Cheers.

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