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

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)
BA SCORE
92.5%
Liked This Beer
4.3 w/ 1,833 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:
#550
Reviews:
891
Ratings:
1,833
Liked:
1,696
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
10.23%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
257
Gots:
334
Trade:
14
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Ratings: 1,833 |  Reviews: 891
Photo of roddwolff
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Once poured in my goblet "Gouden Carolus". Look: Purplish brown, thin foamy head with a thick finger, seems ice cream, very good lacing; Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, purple grapes and figs; Taste: Similar, roasted malt, coffee, purple grapes and sugar, few traces of alcohol without being disagreeable, grapes prevails over the other ingredients; Mouthfeel: Clean, very bitter with sweet moments, extra thick body, creamy and robust; Drinkability: Like drinking wine-beer, very good, combining the warmth of the wine with the freshness of beer.

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Photo of Garlicjosh
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of goatgoat
3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2008 on neck. Served in Chimay goblet.

Pours a clear dark ruby-brown. A finger's worth of tan head falls quickly. About half the glass is covered in sheets of foam that diminish to a fine lace.

Aroma is strong and prominent during the pour. Brown sugar and dark fruits. Doughy bread. Spice with a hint of clove. Heavy handed alcohol.

Flavor starts heavily sweet, syrupy, which is cut by spice. Alcoholic heat and dryness take over the finish. A medium light body but with a syrupy quality. Lively carbonation that is alternatively tamed by the syrup and distractingly prickly.

This is a tricky brew. Light, but sweet, coating, and filling. The alcohol and sweetness make it interesting for a glass, but wearying after that.

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Photo of Rivoire
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of macster
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white head that has the creamy appearance of frothed milk. The body is a dark garnet color that is almost impervious to light except at the edges. The head slowly recedes leaving ever-so-delicate bands of lace down the glass. Aromas of sweet vinous fruit mingle with earthy aromas. A bit of alcohol peeks through in the aroma as well. The flavor is, well, awesome. A light smooth creamy mouthfeel belies the underlying complexities of flavor. A decent amount of Beligian candi sweetness combines with dark berries, plums, cherries, earth, mild caramel, a touch of oak and a very subtle hop bitterness balancing things out in the background. Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel.

Happy birthday to Charles the Fifth (I’m four days early) and praise be to the Anker brewery of Mechelen! This bunch knows what they are doing. Too bad this masterpiece is only brewed once a year. Trying to pick apart the complexity of this ale nearly overloaded my neural circuitry, yet it is so smooth and well balanced that I can just as easily sit back and sip this to my hearts delight. Fine, I’ll do just that.

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Photo of cheah
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SCproUA
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of egajdzis
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 Poured a hazy reddish brown color with no head or lacing. Aroma of apples, plums, cardamom, sweet caramel malt, chocolate, and some alcohol. Sweet malty, and spicy (cinnamon) taste with a dry, earthy finish. Light carbonation, and alcohol was noticed at the end.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with lighter highlights and a two-finger light tan that fades fairly quickly but leaves some thick lacing as it recedes.

Smell is dark candied sugar, plums, raisins, bourbon-soaked cherries, cocoa, and some spicy yeast.

Taste begins sweet with brown sugar and candied plums, before some raisins and a hint of cocoa. Alcohol is present, but never overpowering. Finishes with some spicy yeast.

Syrupy, full-bodied mouthfeel, but the high level of carbonation keeps it from getting too cloying.

Easily one I could ssip all night long. Very tasty and very drinkable!

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage purchased at Vendome Fullerton.

A- Poured from a 750mL corked and caged bottle into a Chimay chalice, this beer pours a slightly opaque brownish-red color with an effervescent dark-tan head that sticks around in the form of a thick layer over the beer. Each sip yields some beautiful webs of lacing.

S- Big malty sweetness is backed up by dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, and maple syrup. The alcohol is very noticeable.

T- The taste is primarily malty and sweet, with all of the above mentioned characteristics emerging towards a warming finish that leaves a lingering flavor of dates and figs along with a mild tea-like bitterness.

M- A full-bodied and syrupy mouthfeel, but the carbonation is just a tad overly aggressive given how rich this beer is.

D- The 11% ABV isn't exactly well-hidden, but the deliciousness of the flavor offsets this minor grievance.

This is an absolutely outstanding Belgian Strong Ale.

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Photo of BillyB
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light.

Medium off white head.

Strong smell of wine and dark fruits such as plum and raison.

Strong alcohol aroma and taste, slightly sherry-like.

Taste of dark fruit, figs, raisons, plums. Not much hop aroma

or taste. More malty and candy sugar sweetness than hop

bitterness.

Quite drinkable for the alcohol content.

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Photo of StoutFox
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Rochefort chalice from a 750ml bottle. 2005.

The bottle says it gets better with age, but I couldn't wait. It pours a rich mahagony with a small head. Reminds me of the St. Bernadus. Beautiful beautiful.

Fruity smell is mellowed by the maltiness. Figs, cloves, and maybe even a little banana really come out in this brew. Very complex and delicious.

It tastes a bit sweeter than I had anticipated. Definitely malty, but slightly more subdued than other beers of similar style. It's an amazing brew, but I do think it will become more complex with age. Wish I had another bottle to cellar.

I don't think I've ever enjoyed having a beer in my mouth more than this. I almost wanted to drink faster just so I could get an explosion of it all at once, but at the same time I didn't want the experience to be over so fast. I didn't even taste the alcohol.

This is one of the best brews I've ever had. I think I enjoyed the St. Bernadus 12 a bit more, but this one might have had even more complexity to it.

Go grab one. Now!

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beautiful bottle is just the tip of the iceberg where this beer is concerned. The beer pours a very rich brown color with a rocky tan head. The aroma is great. A spicy aroma that shows off the nice belgian yeast charecter and aromatic spices. No hops. It has a very smooth and sweet malt flavor. The mouthfeel is good. Lots of alcohol and Belgian lace. It is a full bodied beer with good co2. A really nice Belgian Strong Ale that is good year round.

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Photo of RyanSchwam
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Biggness
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a light tan head and some lacing. The smell is big of malt and chocolate. The taste is very big and well constructed, flavors of choclate, malt and soime fruity flavors. The mouthfeel is nice, a slight dry aftertaste. A highly drinkable brew for 11%

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Photo of Rast
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle with cork blasted out rocket-style by fellow beer advocate, eastcoast153.

Appearance is near immaculate: deep ruby red with a dense light tan head. Lacy residue coats the glass interior over the course of consumption. Smell is fruity & delightful: prune notes over warm malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and creamy as all-get-out. Tastes royal: the prune and the malt play hopscotch across the courtyard of my tongue, like an emperor in waiting. Finishes as smooth as it began. Deceptively alcoholic. Please be sure to have a comrade to help you with the bottle. Who is Keizer Söze?

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Photo of ronn
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blklabel
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BeerNutta
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2005 Vintage

A = Poured into chalice with a deep dark brown colour and thin foam head.

S = Sweet rich smell of prunes and blackcurrant with a hint of alcohol.

T = Big malt flavour. You can also taste prunes and sultanas. Slight bitter finish. So so slight. Delicious.

M = Medium bodied with a warming alcohol finish that leaves you warm and satisfied. Amazing

D = Very VERY drinkable.

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Photo of bilyboy65
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 1pt p.4 oz bottle from the 2006 vintage into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown and hazy. Tan head that was very bubbly and clingy. Head stuck to glass almost the entire life of glass.

S: Very sweet scents with a heavy carmel, brown sugar, honey and pears mixture.

T: Phenomenal with its fruits up front in the caramel coated pear flavor gave way to honey coated apples and finally finished very sweet with a brown sugar taste.

M: Med bodied, low carbonation. Left a decent film behind to enjoy the beers flavor longer.

D: Very sweet beer. Probably couldn't drink a couple bottles of this, but would make an excellent desert beer.

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

I enjoyed this Carolus greatly. It poured a ruby color with a tannish head and lots of lacing. The aroma was heavenly with lots of sweet malt and some fruitiness. The taste was an amalgam of sweet malt, spices, and fruit with just a hint of hops and alcohol at the end. The spices appeared to be some sage and perhaps basil with some citrus fruitiness. The beer is a nice thick bodied beer with a lingering sweetness that is very pleasant, but drunk in too much quantity could become cloying. The alcohol also contributes to feeling done with the one bottle.

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

I'm glad I shared this bottle with a friend. Such a big beer in a big bottle is meant to be shared. 2007 Vintage.

Speaking of the bottle, I love the heavy feel and classy look. It poured a hazy dark reddish-brown into a wine glass. A little bit of a tan head going on.

Smell is nice and complex. Lots of sweet malts (sugar, toffee, maybe a bit of molasses?). Also a lot of sweet fruity esters and just a bit of spiciness.

Flavors are sweet and concentrated. Borders on syrupy, with a lot of fruit and spices artfully mingling. I had a hard time picking out individual flavors because they were so well balanced. Nothing trying to steal the show here. I also noted a bit of well masked, yet warming alcohol.

Feel is full and mouth-coating. Well suited to draw out the lingering flavors of this beer.

With their high price point, BSDAs aren't beers I drink too often, but a beer like this is great for a special occasion.

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Photo of CummingsK21
4/5  rDev -7%

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 1,833 ratings
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