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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)

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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Reviews: 879 | Ratings: 1,799
Photo of tlema1
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: dark brown with a thin lacy head
S: some fruit, not a big nose
T: figs, plums and other dark fruit
F: great mouthfeel, warm, slightly boozy
O: very, very good sipper

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Photo of KTCamm
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12/24....pouts very dark brown, inner bubbles, patchy off white foam. Warm bready inviting nose. Milk chocolate and subtle fruits. Taste is a complex fruit blend, sweet, figs and jammy. Booze hits back! Roasted, yet soft. And experience.

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Photo of Quonmisc
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep, clear tanned garnet, claret color. Brownish maroon. More Maroon than brown. Very clear. Not cloudy at all. Medium head. Nice lacing. Phenol, molasses, dates, figs. Nuts. The alcohol is evident but not so much for 11%. This one sneaks up on you fast. Not as sweet as some other strong darks. The flavor is deep, complex a hint of "sweet umami". The mouthfeel is sweet and silky with a lingering effervescence that fades to molasses and an darkened, Cayman rum fruitcake. Luxurious with mild but evident carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This beer is rich, exquisite and delicious.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage poured into a Grimm taster glass

L: Pours a very dark ruby-amber with a solid head and some seriously pretty lacing. Just the right amount of head retention without losing carbonation.

S: Incredibly berry-forward with tons of phenols. Loads of tart cherries, raspberries and some strawberries and cranberries (think I’m actually getting some snozzberries too). A hint of bourbon, Belgian yeastiness, some sherry notes, cherry cheesecake and a decent amount of ethanol.

T: Sweet and bready with strong berry flavors. Dough, pastry, cherry, vanilla, cranberry. Has a sweet, syrupy finish that is quite tasty but can become a bit cloying after awhile.

F: Medium-full body, but definitely lighter than the abv or maltiness would warrant. Velvety and somewhat fluffy mouthfeel, and medium carbonation. Leaves a thick, syrupy feel on the palate with surprisingly little alcohol presence.

O: A rich winter Belgian ale if I’ve ever had one. Not the most drinkable, but a pretty tasty sipping dessert beer. If you like fruitiness, particularly berries, this is a good one to check out.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
2.76/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

750 ml bottle in snifter glass at 1 year and 4 months
A: sudsy subtle 1 finger head, deep brown almost opaque with subtle hints of ruby
S: instant pilsner malt, some thick chocolate richness and dark fruit, full and sweet
T: wow this beer is sweet, I mean not even a hint of hoppy bitterness, caramel malts and a lighter bodied chocolate dominate this beer, but there's a bit of that pilsner malt that hangs around and is odd but not off putting, some cherry notes come in and marry with the caramel malts and add a tartness to the sweet
M: a bit dry but not too dry, pleasant, the sweetness in the taste distracts from the dryness in a way that I wish it did not
O: quite pleasant, but too sweet for me, I think the prominence of the pilsner malts is a nice and interesting touch, would be a great introduction to belgian strong dark ales, very accessible, but suitably complex, not my favorite, but not bad, will age some in hopes that the sweetness will dissipate some

Observation made later, after this original review: I can't lie to myself anymore, this is not a good beer, it is unbearably sweet

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Photo of khmel
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a deep, opaque brown with a small, light tan head with decent retention. Nice lacing. The nose is caramel, molasses, mascerated cherries, and malt/wort — with a hint of homemade marshmallow. The flavor is deep and complex. Sweet, caramel malt flavors, cherries, with some more bitter bourbon notes towards the finish. The mouthfeel is rich and silky. Really extravagant with very mild carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This beer really is exquisite and should be savored. Try it!

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Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was checking out beers in my local beer store and decided not to buy anything unless it jumped out at me. Then I saw this. Been on a Belgian kick lately so here we go.
A - Pours a dark brown with 1 finger head of tight little bubbles. In the light you get amber around the edges.
A - Aroma is raisins or figs.
T - Flavor is - wonderful. Sweet, dark fruit, raisiny, with a little bite of alcohol.
M - Quite carbonated, medium body.
O - Wow, I really like this. Definitely going back to buy a few more. Outstanding! Whenever I have a beer like this I wonder why I drink anything else.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From elcervecero. In Maredsous chalice. Shared with Carlos.So softly drinkable you wouldnt guess its high ABV. Not too expensive (6€) To repeat. 2014 bottle

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Photo of kitch
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml corked and caged bottle. 2014 vintage with a best before date of 29th April 2024. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a dark brown colour with a slightly less than one finger tan head which quickly settles to a nice thin creamy layer leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma: Strong aromas of caramel and toffee, also lots of dark fruits, plum, raisin, prunes, dates, fig with hints of butter.

Taste: On the sweet side with dark fruits dominating especially plum, raisin, fig and prunes. Caramel and toffee are in the background and hints of banana and bubblegum sweetness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, light warmness, medium bodied, light carbonation.

Overall: A very good beer that is a must buy for me. Even at 11%, you don’t taste the alcohol. Great for a late night sipper. I’m going to age a few bottles and see what happens!

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Photo of rjp217
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle.....

Dark brown, slight head with minimal lace. Lots of cherry, raisins, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee. There is so much going on with this beer. It's utterly fantastic. The only thing stopping this from being world class is it is a tad sweet. It doesn't take much away for me but I could see how this would hold it back. Medium body and slick feel. ABV is quite hidden considering this is 11%. Excellent offering.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a corked and caged 750ml bottle a dark ruby red with a thin head that fades quickly. Aroma of brown sugar and sweet malts. Tastes similar to the nose with some spice.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage.
Bought at Systembolaget, Sweden in april - 2014.

Dark mahogny colored, clear beer with a three finger high, beige, creamy head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Caramel, raisin, fudge, toffee, butter, oak, dried fruit, vanilla, sugar and yeast.
Taste: A complex, sweet taste of dried fruit, red berries, nuts, molasses, roasted malt, nutmeg, spices, malt and syrup.
Body: Smooth, complex texture. Light carbonation.

Beatiful beer!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage
Pours a deep brown with brick red highlights in the light. A dense and creamy tan head. Spotty lace all down the glass.
The aroma is toffee, fig, raisin and winey.
The taste? It's complicated and layered. Toffee, caramel, fig, raisin, plum, prune. It's vinous
and sweet with a bit of banana in the aftertaste. Just a hint of warming alcohol, which is a bit surprising, given its strength.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with very little carbonation.
Overall, a great after-dinner sipper. Need to put a few away for some extended cellaring...

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2013. I think (and hope) this one will improve with age. Not to say it was an awful beer. (It's mainly because I have 3 more and generally get a kick out of the fact that you can age a beer).

Semi-opaque, wine-dark brown. Nearly black. As I drink it and look down, brightens nearly to bronze or sienna. Foamy, medium-retention head. Film forming and quite lacy. Aromatically, it's boozy sweetness, light banana and other esters, spicy phenols, roasted malts. Together, very much like balsamic vinegar. Tastes a bit too estery for my normal drinking palate, but that's okay since this beer is meant to be sipped. Good opportunity to pair it with something that will make it seem less sweet. Other than that, it's pretty much all malt. Alcohol is mostly blended with esters and there is no hop-character or even spice to speak of. Plenty of carbonation, but gentle and smooth drinking. Thick, a little chewy. ABV and sweetness make for a wet finish, with a little bit of that warming/tingling sensation, and a slight burn going down. In the mouth, overall, it's like cola syrup with rum and tonic water.

Anyone catch the Homer (not Simpson) reference?

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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 breakingbland
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 7/4/2014 with a 1/2 finger head with fine to medium-fine bubbles. The aroma was roasty sweet (candy). The taste was like the aroma but with the sweetness accentuated. There was no hops presence. The aftertaste was of caramel. This is a medium full-bodied beer with very nice carbonation.

Overall, this is a very good beer, but it was too sweet -- almost cloying. Maybe the advice on the bottle that this beer can (should?) be aged is good advice. I'd love to try a bottle that had less sweetness and a deeper flavor profile.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 10.99/750 mL bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
2014 vintage dated 03/04/2014 at 50 degrees into hand washed and dried snifter
Aroma of dates and figs
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 2 -4 mm uneven frothy ring and layer
Lacing spotty: the ring drags and occasional small islands of tiny bubbles are left behind.
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins very sweet with dates, figs, and brown sugar; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown, minimal light seeping through. Small cream colored head, dissipates quickly. Active bubbles.

S - Malt, dates, prunes, rains, cherry, sweetness.

T - Very sweet and malty. All the fruity smells come through in the taste. Minimal alcohol taste and almost no bitterness.

M - Some carbonation burn, very smooth.

O - Wonderfully tasty beer. Even non-beer drinkers could enjoy this one.

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Photo of papat444
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

***2014 Vintage***

Best before 02/04/2024.

Opaque brown body. ecru colored head with a bit of lacing but not as much as i would expect from a Belgian ale of this pedigree. Smell of dried fruits and chestnuts. Getting a real nutty flavor mixed with dark fruits, a bit sweet. The feel isn't really full and while good, it ends a bit too abrupt. I expected more from this one and have to admit to being disappointed.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful deep brown, almost black, with ever so slightly maroon hues under direct light. Creamy head with great retention.

Beautifully complex aroma. Mostly sweet with caramel and Belgian candi sugar, with notes of dark fruit (fig, cherry, etc.) and raisin. Very faintly spicy yeast is hiding in the background.

Tastes very similar to the smell, but a little less sweet overall. A bit more fruity tartness, but notes of Belgian candi, plum, cereal malts, and a little more earthy spice.

Smooth and thick mouthfeel balanced by a very soft acidity and slightly dry/earthy finish from the yeast/carb.

Pretty sweet overall, but also very complex and well-balanced for a dark Belgian strong.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a shaker pint. Three fingers of tan head settle to a nice cap and patches of lace leave evidence of the once great height. The beer is dark drown and mostly clear with sediment coming with later (or less gentle) pours. Aroma contains raisins, fig, caramel, cherries, and alcohol. Taste is sweet with molasses, candi sugar, dark fruits, and raisins. There is some spicy and mildly hoppy bitterness as well. Certainly a boozy burn on the swallow, but it doesn’t detract. Medium-full body, lots of creamy carbonation, creamy texture, semi-dry finish that allows the residual sugars to leave their mark.

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Photo of Wanne
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brown beer, with a beige head. Malty aroma, combined with plum and raisin accent. The alcohol is remarkably present in the taste which causes for a port- or sherry-like taste. There is also a taste of spices to detect. Unfortunately the bottle was already opened a while before I drank of it, which compromised the taste a bit, especially the aftertaste. Will rate this again in the right circumstances.

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Photo of stortore
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml into a tulip, 2014 bottle dated 4/3/14.

Dark for the style. Decent, tight head. Clings to the glass after the head dissipates. Smells of malt, caramel. A little yeasty, a hint of coffee. Taste is pretty incredible. Sweet and malty. Getting some raisins and dates, caramel continues from the nose. Very nicely carbonated, coats the tongue.

This is an awesome beer that should be on everyone's list to try. Seeing other recent reviews, I guess I should get another and let it age? Where's my car keys?

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown with massive head that leaves heavy lacing

S: aroma of biscotti, dark overripened plums, caramelized sugars, and light malt

T: dark purple plum overripened to the point where you can taste the fruit has completely finished ripening and is completely sugar / no starch remaining. The biscuit aromas carry through for the true Belgian strong dark ale flavors mixing with yeast and stale brown bread dough.

M: Very light in carbonation, and relatively thick in mouthfeel.

O: Overall this is a very smooth beer. This beer has been crafted carefully over time and it is a mature and very well crafted brew. Strongly recommended if you have never tried this before. I had seen this for years and passed it by, probably due to its labeling which for whatever reason did not appeal to me.

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Photo of JasW
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The 2014 edition pours a splendidly foamy 3 finger tan head over a dark chestnut body. There is a pleasantly musty yeast aroma. The mouthfeel is spectacular: lightly carbonated for the style but nonetheless with a lingering effervescence that I found unusual, and quite pleasing. The dark fruits, banana, and yeast are there with a mild sweetness that just manages to stop short of being too upfront. The higher alcohol content is virtually unnoticeable. This is a spectacular BSDA that is a must try for anyone who is a fan of the style, or just anyone.

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