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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)
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

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Photo of nickss
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 100th review. I figured if it's good enough for Charles V, its good enough for my 100th.

Pours a murky brown hue with a definite orange tint. The carbonation is visible, as a constant stream of bubbles struggle their way to the surface. Monstrous head... 3" or so... cream in color, rocky in consistency. Gargantuan chunks of lace cling to the side. Very pretty.

Significant alcohol smell.... very bourbon-esque... reminds alot of some of the Brit Barleywines out there. A certain wine quality to it as well... of the red varietals of course... lots of distinct plum and grape and dark fruit. This is a slap to your nostrils.. I dig it.

Flavour is highly correlated to the taste... huge bourbon flavour. Not quite as strong as I was expecting, much more subtle and refined... once again... alot of plum in the flavour. Some oak and malt in the background. Barely perceptible licorice and maybe a bit of molasses. Very warming.

This is interesting... as it hits the tongue, the brew originally seems very active (as the appearance would suggest), however, it quickly dies away to a smooth, thick, mouth-filling concoction. Wonderful.

While this brew is thoroughly enjoyable, and not offensive at all for the abv, I couldn't drink more than a couple of these. That being said...this is a very unique brew.. unlike any other brew I have ever had of this style. If I was Charles V, I think I may have been a lush =D.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red and brown...almost wood-like color.

Smells of dark fruits, caramel and clean alcohol. Hints of bread and sugary cake.

The flavor is intense. Raisins, tart cherries, other dark fruits, cake, caramel and grains. The sweets are balanced with molasses, mixed spices breads and hints of citrus peel. Alcohol flavors are well blended and actually aid in the taste.

Rich and creamy mouthfeel compliments the heavy dose of flavors.

I bought this on a whim and I'm glad I did!

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A clear and dark chestnut brown with a red tinge, beneath a light tan hued mousse-like head; superb retention.

Scents of dark candi sugar, fresh plums, cherries, and hints of yeast and other esters; faint alcohol.

On the taste, candy sweet, ripe dark fruits (possibly concord grapes), toasted grain, dates, and a very hidden alcohol presence. Bitterness is just enough to keep the beer from becoming cloying. Bready finish and has some wine-like elements.

Medium to full bodied, creamy, and overall a vibrant and crisp, flavorful beer; slightly tongue drying. The soft, creamy, coating mouth feel is just fantastic. Texturally this beer could not be improved. Despite high gravity, it is an amazingly easy beer to drink.

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Photo of vanrassel
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Tele
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (2015 vintage)
Consumed: 1.13.16

A: 4.5 Pours a slightly hazy, reddish-brown. The large khaki head lasts a few minutes and leaves lots of lace in the glass.

S: 4.25 Smells a bit oxidized at first – musty basement and a bit of cardboard. Caramel, vanilla, and raisins come through as the beer warms. As does the Belgian yeast with lots of phenols and spice.

T: 4.5 Starts off rather sweet but tons of flavor to balance it out. Toffee, raisins, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, and clove are right up front with a bit of ground coffee, dark chocolate, and mild oxidized flavors in the background. Just a hint of booziness and bitterness lingering on the finish.

M: 4.75 Really terrific feeling beer with just the right amount of carbonation. Quite drinkable considering the abv and how much flavor there is; I think the slightly dry finish helps in this regard.

O: 4.5 Pretty great Belgian strong ale. Up there with some of the best quads.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DeezGunz14
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of jnn4v
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown / mahogany color. Tons of tan, foamy head on top. A continuous stream of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass becomes evident when held to the light. No haze and no sediment in the first pour. It's bottle conditioned, so there is more yeast in the dregs of the bottle.

S: Dried fruits, dark fruits and candied fruits are the three general scents right up front. I'll go with figs, prunes, and dates to name the first that come to mind. Some molasses and brown sugar are there as well. Overall, probably the sweetest smelling Belgian quad I've ever had.

T: Sweetness, but not to the point of being cloying, seems to be the overall dominant trait. Specifically, some of the dried or candied dark fruits from the scent do come through in the flavor. Definitely some Belgian yeast profile as well. Overall, it's wonderful. Reminds me a bit of bread pudding or plumb spice cake at times.

M: Very smooth, velvety texture. Absolutely wonderful as it hits your mouth. Lots of very fine carbonation throughout from the bottle conditioning. Not overly carbonated or too syrupy, but very rich.

D: Despite its 11% ABV it doesn't seem "hot" to me. Very nice to drink start to finish.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,866 ratings
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