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

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)
BA SCORE
4.3/5
Outstanding
1,872 Ratings
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)
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:
#557
Reviews:
902
Ratings:
1,872
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
263
Gots:
351
Trade:
13
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,872 |  Reviews: 902
Photo of ChrisMon02
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5 Litre bottle: 2011 version. Shared at home with the wife, daughter and son-in-law during a random tasting night on 23 Nov 2012.

Every had Dandelion and Burdock? This reminded me of that old staple from my youth: more body and less fizz than the old pop bottles but still very simular in smell, taste and look.

Demerara sugar and raisins also came to mind in this fairly sweet yet very drinkable brew. The alcohol is detectable but it adds to the enjoyment rather than hindering as some weaker/watery beers often suffer with because their flavours are not strong enough: these flavours certainly are hefty enough to take the alcohol and help it to enhance the brew.

I had the lions share of the bottle and knew I'd had enough when I stopped drinking and started making my notes: just about readable!

 805 characters

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.

 616 characters

Photo of ErwinGS
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of RedAleMan
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of shick1
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of b_add
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of MaseFace
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from the LCBO, for about 8 bucks. I've liked pretty much everything I've had from Het Anker, so I have high expectations for this one.

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Dark chestnut brown, with a bit of ruby highlights. Half inch of foam, good lacing patches, nice retention.

Nose is tart and fruity, with banana, grape, plum, blackberry jam, Belgian yeast and spices.

Really enjoyable dark ale with lots going on. Very fruity, with a mixed back of darker fruits (grape, raisin, fig, blackberry, currant), a bit of banana, light on the yeasty funk, good sweetness, but with a tart puckery finish. Very port-like.

A bit syrupy, carbonation is low, but I've been digging lower carbonated brews recently, so this works for me.

Very nice strong ale, will certainly get again. Lots of complexity, good flavours. Nice evening sipper.

 846 characters

Photo of jsnoek
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Davintosh
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of CosmicTom
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of warrenout330
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle

A- pours a deep mahogany color brown... Ruby highligths to the light... off white head... dissolves to a thin cap over the beer ... moderate to minimal lacing

S- dark candies sugars, caramelized raisins and figs.... sweet bready malts... muskat grapes for overly sweetness

T- we'll pronounced dark sugars, burnt caramelized raisins.. dried figs, earthy suagry malt...

M- sweet sugary candy.... thick oily body... decent carbonation for a sugary beer

O- damn good... up there with the trappiest quads

 549 characters

Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 8$

Appearance - Dark brownish copper colour with an above average size fizzy and frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, banana, and some caramel. There is also a lot of ripe dark fruit flavour and a bit of leather and a hint of chocolate/vanilla. It ends with a dark fruit and banana aftertaste with a bit of a lingering spiciness.

Overall - Quite the beer.. the scent is pretty basic for a belgian dark, but the flavour is very complex. I can pick up on the booze a bit but this is a 2012 so some age would help with that I'm sure. Every beer from this brewer is a winner in my books.

 879 characters

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of GRUUMSH
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Dope
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No exact date listed, just says 2010 on the neck of the bottle. So at least 2 years old.

A: Pours a very dark reddish-amber. Big dense tan head. Fades at a moderate pace, nice island of foam remains behind. Tufts of lacing left behind as well.

S: Strong dark fruits. Raisin and cherry are heaviest for sure. Rich caramel in there as well. Very sweet in general.

T: Tons of rich dark fruit up front. Again, raisin and cherry are strongest. Some grape in there too perhaps? Touch of cocoa. There is a strong sweet presence in the middle and in the finish that I can't quite place. Almost tastes like molasses, honey and wine mixed together. Sickly sweet and cloying. Some breadiness in there too.

M: Heavy, heavy, heavy. Very sweet.

O: Very unique BSDA. I have a hard time deciding if I like it or not. Loaded with fruits but has a certain odd tart wine-like aspect that I'm not a fan of. Very complex, yes. But tasty and enjoyable? Not so sure about that one.

 964 characters

Photo of Yesdog
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of Gentleben624
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of henryhampton
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of Brianito
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JSchock7
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was the 2012 vintage that I got a glass of at a tasting. I've seen this on the shelves plenty and never bothered to pick one up, good thing. Dark brown almost black color. Smell is sickly sweet fruits and belgian yeast. Flavor is more of the same, a heavy melange of spices, fruits, sugary sweetness, just overwhelming. This was not bad it was just too much.

 363 characters

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,872 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.