Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

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

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
95
world-class
881 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Reviews:
881
Ratings:
1,807
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
14.69%
 
 
Wants:
252
Gots:
331
For Trade:
16
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 881 | Ratings: 1,807
Photo of peabody
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really dark reddish black that you can see light through with one finger of off-white suds. Nice lacing.
Smell is raisin and grape and bubblegum with mabey a vanilla coffee aroma. Wonderful yeast and a slight alcohol smell.
Taste is raisin and plum fruityness with a coffee and cherry aftertaste. The alcohol burn only occurs after the drink is in the gut. Almost a cotton candy type of feel with a bourbon kick.
Mouthfeel is complicated. You first feel like your mouth is full of cotton then your tounge experiences the oily feel then the coffee bitterness comes into play.
This is an exceptional beer here. It has it all.

 640 characters

Photo of atsprings
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2006. Served a deep ruby amber with a decent frothy head. The aroma was charged with spice followed by a very complex malt profile, burnt caramel and molasses. The first sip absolutely knocked my socks off, it was likely the best sip of beer I've ever had. After that, for some reason, it wasn't quite as good, albeit still very enjoyable. The taste was almost like a blend of grape juice and caramel malts. There was a sweet gelatin character in the mouthfeel. The alcohol was present, but not overpowering. This one is a very enjoyable sipper.

 553 characters

Photo of JustinOSU99
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark Amber, short head that quickly dissolves.
S: Strong caramel smell with hints of toffee, malts and smoke.
T: Very strong maple syrup taste that isn't something I particularly enjoy. Can definitely taste the high alcohol content.
M: A little too carbonated and thick for my liking.
D: Would only have one of these.

 324 characters

Photo of msubulldog25
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gouden Carolus “Grand Cru of the Emperor”

Poured this caged & corked 750ml bottle to twin Chimay goblets. Labeled with “Jaargang 2006” on the bottle neck. Enjoyed on 02/25/07, one day after the birthday of Belgium’s former Emperor Charles V, for whom this drink honors.

A: Deep, deep maroon brown. Capped with ½ finger of creamy ivory head. Little streams of carbonation rise and gorgeous clinging lace clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Mmm…sugary sweet caramel. Spiced fruit, rich malts and yeast. A little bit of apple cider and barnyard aroma, a little tingly in the nose.

T: Complex flavors evolve in the mouth. Rum-soaked raisins, vanilla, caramel, sugary candy, light sourness. Finishing with ripe cherries and a pleasing dryness. Whew – really good!

M: Thick and creamy, almost a syrup. A gently carbonation tingle and some alcohol warming filling the cheeks and grabbing onto the tongue. Mouthfeel is full and feels at times like velvety butter.

D: A fine ale, perfect for sipping on a special occasion (Happy Birthday!) and for pairing with foods. In our case it was a terrific medley of cheeses and meats on our weekend excursion to the rainy and cold Oregon coast. Not every cheese or meat was perfectly matched, but throughout it all, this fine beer was a nice compliment, spicy, warm and rich. Highly recommended.

 1,356 characters

Photo of crwills
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a tasting with northyorksammy, biegaman, grub, and derek. Thanks guys!

This is the second bottle of this I've reviewed, a vintage 2002 (the other was 2005, I think).

Poured a cloudy, brownish gold into the sample glass. Aroma is boozy candy sugar.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and oily. Dominant flavours are toffee/caramel malts with a lot of sherry or port flavour showing up at it warms. Alcohol also becomes more and more obvious at room temperature.

Very nice, not sure which I liked better.

 520 characters

Photo of Boppar
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a truly remarkable beer. I had the pleasure of sharing a 750 mL bottle (vintage 2006) with a very good friend of mine.

After pouring into a chalice, I noticed that the head quickly disappeared into a few seductive strands of lace that simply would not take "no" for an answer, and remained in my glass for the duration.

The beer itself is a hazy reddish-brown (the red is even more noticeable when the glass is held up to the light). It smells like sweet, resinous fruits, with an underlying alcoholic warmth due to the 10% ABV. Take note of the 10 points when you smell the glass, because you certainly cannot taste them.

But the complex array of flavors is where this beer truly shines. Dates and figs dominate the palate, with raisins following closely behind them, yet somehow, this beer is not overly-sweet.

I gave this beer a "3" in the drinkability category only because with a beer as rich and complex as this, I really wouldn't want to drink these all night. In fact, I was glad I didn't have to tackle that 750 alone. That being said, I wish I had one right now...

 1,096 characters

Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to witbier for hooking me up with this for my homebrew services of his requested beer...
Appears a hazy, dark brown with auburn edges when held up to the light. A 1 finger, tan head slowly fades out into a foamy cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is up front of brown sugar, caramel, raisins, candi sugar, and some spices and ripe fruit.
Taste is of the aromas with a sweet caramel and raisin flavor winning out over the other sugary sweet flavors being pumped from this fine beverage.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, somewhat syrupy, and a bit boozy.

 606 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt caramel color with a pouffy beige head that leaves shards of lace

Smell: All kinds of phenols wafting around - rum raisin, butterscotch, pecans, maraschino cherries

Taste: Starts with a dance of toffee and maraschino cherry flavors that builds in yeasty complexity, mid-palate; after the swallow, a cotton candy sweetness kicks in, to be joined by rum soaked golden raisins in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: As big and complex as any of the Belgians, the sweetness factor limits its drinkability to a modest amount after dinner

 625 characters

Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 vintage at 8.5%.

A: Deep amber-brown, light tan head, great retention & lace.

S: Candy floss fruityness, toffee, caramel, bubblegum.

T: Spicy cider, pineapple, brandy, warming alcohol (but not overly assertive), phenolic. Plenty of byproducts from the Belgian yeast, which haven't been tamed with time. Very 'Belgian'.

M: Moderate to full body, moderately high carbonation. Well attenuated & digestable (as a Belgian should be).

D: The yeast character is a little overbearing... I think the fermentation temperature was a little high for my liking.

Thanks for the sample sammy!

 600 characters

Photo of grub
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

quarterly tasting party feb 21/07 with northyorksammy, Derek, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. northyorksammy contributed this one, so thanks sammy!

corked and caged 750ml bottle, 2002 vintage.

pours a hazy red-brown with a huge dark tan head. drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is awesome. yeast. bit of spice. molasses + caramel + toffee. bit of honey. lots of dark fruit. dried cherries. bit of alcohol.

taste is good. tons of malt. alcohol. dark fruit. toffee and caramel. bit of molasses. very light spice. yeast. this one was maybe served a bit too warm.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation works. good body.

drinkability is good. alcohol is kind of warm, but very nice.

 783 characters

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

 565 characters

Photo of mentor
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle provided by my good buddy crosling...thanks for the opportunity. Pours a clear brown-red with full finger of frothy fine tan head. Very pretty to look at. Smells stinky cheese and green apple. Some chocolate. It's cold, I will add more here as it warms. Warm, chocolate and floral. Light esters candi-sugar and raisins.

Cold, it tastes rich caramel strongly of soft fruits. Chocolate is mild and overall wet, but not killingly sweet. A bit edgy phenolic, but not enough to drive me away (and I'm pretty sensitive to it). Quite smooth flavored, almost a silky oatmeal character about it. Warm, the edge is stronger, but not piercing. Esters of banana, cherry, pear, and nectarine. Brown sugar and green raisin. Needs a bit more caramel to work with the chocolate, as there is a bit of 'empty' on the palette. Alcohol is present just barely as a reminder of heat, with a smidge of fusel edge.

Thick mouthfeel and heavily carbonated. Nice, but not one I'll buy for myself. The phenols got a bit over-persistent for my funk-sensitive palette by the end.

 1,067 characters

Photo of rallison
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gouden Carolus 2003 on tap at Lucky Baldwin's, served into a mini Chimay goblet.

This is a beer to enjoy after dinner. Extremely well balanced, nice caramel and toffee sweetness balanced by coriander sort of spicing and some dark fruits with a nice rich, creamy mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious, and the drinkability is extremely high considering the alcohol. I'm sure the 3 years of aging didn't hurt.

One of the best beers I've had during the wonderful Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beer Festival. I really cannot fault the beer in any way. It's just a delicious beer. Try it if you get the chance!

 599 characters

Photo of Beersignal
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep crystal clear copper in colour under a decent cap of sand coloured foam that leaves some lace but also leaves somewhat quickly. Gentle bead calmly rises to build a thin film atop the beer.

The aromas are intensely yeasty and fruity with a medley of tropical goodies up front. Pineapples, bananas and mangos with firm notes of malt and caramel rise up from the depths of the glass to drown the nostrils. Hints of vanilla and alcohol warm the olfactory in the middle and end. There's a wonderful balance to all the aromas, where none are heads above the others but some do give direction to the profile.

The flavour profile is equally deep serving up loads of sweetness, maltiness, fruitiness, and spiciness with an equilibriun lightly tilting towards the heady side. Sip after sip yields a complexity that is a challenge to pin down... but here it goes. Thick caramel with vanilla bean and some cinnamon and nutmeg to open things. As the sample warms the fruit surfaces and you are treated to ripe pears and peaches. The only bitterness present comes from the high alcohol content as I detected no hints of hops. This beer is thick and full bodied... a bomber shouldn't be drunk alone but shared with some friends. I'm alone and Ottawa beat Montréal so I'm celebrating.

Finishing off a bomber is a daunting task, even for such a great brew. This is highly drinkable but is so tasty and complex that it must be shared with friends.

Got this beer in a trade with Goldorak. He got two tickets to a MMA gala tournament at the Bell Center in exchange for this beer. I think I got the better deal! ;)

Santé

 1,621 characters

Photo of DrJay
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep chestnut with a strong reddish hue when held to the light. It poured with a modest cap of light tan foam that left a solid sheet of bubbles on the glass as it subsided. Subsequent sips yielded plentiful streaky lacing, right to the end of the glass. Sweet, boozy aroma with lots of plum and figs. Notes of caramel and bread crust were also evident, along with brown sugar and plump raisins. Toffee and honey sweetness hit my palate right away, evening out into a more fruity middle with prunes and plums taking over. A little spicy as well, but very subdued. Bready towards the end, it finished with lingering earthy raisins, caramel and soft alcohol. Medium to full bodied, the carbonation was well integrated and supported the near syrupy texture. Significant alcohol warmth, particularly in the finish, with some creaminess. Very tasty and highly recommended. I really liked the way the flavours balanced each other without the need for much bitterness. It went down very smooth, even with the high alcohol, so watch out!

 1,036 characters

Photo of vanrassel
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is, indeed, a beer fit for a king — as the name suggests.

It poured from a 750 mL bottle into my goblet a chestnut colour with a bubbly, compact one-finger head that formed a creamy ring. The brown colour was only slightly tinged with some ruby highlights, though not so much to make it resemble cola.

Underneath a dominant alcoholic aroma laid a complex mix of sweet brown sugar, powdery yeast, cinnamon and a medicinal smell not unlike cherry cough syrup.

On the palate, the sugar flavour took on a burnt, carmelized character. Also bubblegum and more sweetness from a syrupy port taste. Spice, too, with some cinnamon and nutmeg flavours. Overall, very sweet like a tripel and only the slightest alcoholic burn — amazing for 11 per cent ABV.

Tiny bubbles let you know the carbonation is there, but they didn't break up the smooth, easy-drinking texture. I downgraded the drinkability slightly only because I found the sweetness a bit overbearing after awhile.

 981 characters

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

2005 in the cellar about 1 year.

Not much of a pop when opening, smallish head.Pours a deep brown color.

Not much in the smell department for me. Slight sweetness.
'
Tasting this beer opens it up for me. Grape juice sweetness, bubblegum, plum,with very little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel seems medium ,not overly thick considering is sweet taste. Carbonation is adequate.

Overall this beer is a sipper and worth aging, will stock the cellar with a few of these.

 475 characters

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 bottle purchase in 2006, cellared 6 months at 55-60 degrees F.

Pours a bubbly dark chestnut, almost mahogany with purple-ruby highlights. Lace is thick, clingy, and with minute yeast particles floating in it.

Smells very yeasty with rum, raisons, fruit bread, toffee, and some licorice. Kind of boozy and quite candy like.

Tastes immediately warming and boozy with a real sweet, candied sugar sensation. Smooth and mellows as you drink it but manages to keep a zesty edge. Toffee, orange-chocolates, sugarcane rum, cloveish spice, and raisons swell into torrents of flavor.

Very drinkable. Strong and boozy yet easy to down. A 750 is gone in minutes.

 668 characters

Photo of macster
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage. Pours a fairly clear burgundy-brown with ruby red highlights. Creates a beige thick, rocky head which maintains a thin covering throughout the glass. Lots of sticky web-like lacing as snifter drains. Incredibly rich, intense aromas of brandy-soaked dried dark friuts, plums, cherries, brown sugar, bubblegum and oak all amped up by a big alcohol punch. Mouthfeel is well balanced; smooth, full and silky with a pleasant spritzy carbonation. Big and round for a 10%’er. Flavors very similar to the nose. Head spiningly sweet intense notes of brandy soaked black cherries, raisins, figs, caramel and plums. Just a hint of anise, wood and spice in the background. The 10% abv comes to the rescue here with a faint hop presence to prevent this superb Belgian from becoming too cloyingly sweet. In the final analysis a rich, pleasing, complex and very warming slow sipper to be enjoyed on a cool winter night.

 919 characters

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head poured out well and left s little small lacing. The smell was very nice with sweet and very dry tones. The taste was very nice and dry with the sweetness that wasn't too dry. The mouthfeel was very nice and not unpleasant at all. Overall this was a great beer and I will have more in the future.

 304 characters

Photo of ojiikun
3.43/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage. Shop also had the 2001, but it was twice the price.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip glass. Body is a deep reddish-brown, and suprisingly clear with a bit of suspended particulate matter. No fogging whatsoever. Head was off-white and dissipated slowly but steadily.

Smell has lots of up-front booze and an incredible amount of old brandy oak. There is a bit of a bacterial lambic-ish fruity smell as well. Minor notes are of caramel and raisins.

Taste is at first sour then immediately sweet, then with another bit of sour at the end. Initial brandy notes continue, along with good dark german bread. The sour notes of the smell develop into cherry and currant as the sweetness comes into play. What hops are there are all herbal, no bitter or floral notes of which to speak. Belgian funk goes without saying for the style. I suspect a bit of spontanious fermentation in this vintage, that lactic smell is just signature.

Mouthfeel is aggressive thanks to good, strong carbonation and high ABV. The constant balance between sweet and tart is a bit much at times, but the best parts of the flavour that hide inside each sip are enough to keep you going.

I realized about halfway thru the first glass that I am drinking this beer MUCH too early. 9 months wasn't long enough for this beer to really finish conditioning. The flavours are all there and are brilliant, but they haven't yet come together in a way that only age can bring.

I will have to grab another 2006 while they're cheap and put it away for two years, and update accordingly. I think this could be an incredible icon of the grand cru world, given it's time.

 1,674 characters

Photo of MmmIPA
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

uncorked at 12:02 am and poured into my St. Berbardus goblet.

ruby red body with a reddish head that looked nice and stayed for a few seconds.Nice lacing on the glass and the lacing sparkled.that was nice to look at.

cherrys and booze come to mind when i smell this stuff.I smell the candi sugar in this fine brew.

sweet candi and plum and dark fruit taste.

Im supprised how smooth this stuff goes down.It really has a great taste to it.easy on the carbonation.

Im gonna buy another bottle and age me one of these for a year or so.This is one mighty fine brew, I love it alot.This is a great style for everyone to try and to explore.Im glad I bought this stuff.

My first beer of 2007

 701 characters

Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 750ml cage & corked bottle. Pours a cola like brown color with an average tan head that dissipated into a ring around the glass. The smell is of figs and the newton, brown sugar, prunes, roasted/bready malt, spicy. The taste is of alcohol soaked rum raisin bread, cane sugar, and red grape juice. The feel is moderate to well bodied with tight and fizzy carbonation that finishes slick and syrupy; sticky and sweet. A very flavorful brew but is almost cloyingly sweet and sticky and the ABV can put a small horse down.

 534 characters

Photo of scottoale
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage 750ml. cork/caged brown bottle.

Poured into a 13.5oz snifter, a dark cherry-mahogany with just a bit of haze and a small finger of off-white head that settles leaving some nice thick lace behind. Good looking brew.

Healthy sweet malty nose that excels as it warms. Rich sweet cherries, bananas, candi-sugar, spices and yeasty notes coming through. Waivering alcohol in the back-drop comes forth as it warms.

The taste is of the smell but refined, yet amplified. Very tasty sweet malt character of booze-soaked cherries, raisens, bananas and a spicy yeast, wrapped in a candi-sugar envelope. A nice warming as it washes down. There is a balance from the hops that takes the sweetness to a dry, warm finish. Damn tasty Belgian here!

Big body, big alcohol that leads to big smooth and full mouthfeel...rich and rewarding, thus highly recommended. You really don't want to pass this one by...truly, Belgian!

 928 characters

Photo of fido
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy red color, big white head and nice lacing; Smell is sweet, alcohol, spices, maybe some wood and fruity; Taste is very sweet at first, alcohol, spices and fruity; Mouthfeel is a little bit dry.

A very nice brew; really tasty.

Excellent Belgian beer.

¡Salud!

 284 characters

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,807 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe