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)

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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 backslide311
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of tjthresh
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby reddish-brown with a light brown head. Aromas of caramelized raisins, cherries, licorice, and alcohol. A lot of the same flavors with a touch of smoke and heavier on the cherry. Full body with lots of carbonaton. Semi sweet finish. This is pretty damn yummy.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Christmas Eve beer. Poured a very dark brown, reddish hues when held to the light. Very little head, even with an aggressive pour. What there was, was white and left some lacing. Potent aromas let me know that I am in for a pleasant evening. Sweet berries, figs, sugar and spice vie for my attention. No auslese wafts of alcohol getting in the way either. Very nice. These aromas are less evident in the taste. What is quite strong though is the overwhelming sweetness of this beer. Surprisingly, this is not a cloying sweetness, but fades rather quickly, leaving you ready for the next sip. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but does not detract. Drinkability is quite high considering the sweetness and the alcohol level. Wonderful stuff for a special occasion. One of the best sweet beers I have had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of montageman
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2000 Vintage. A special I have been saving for a special occasion - I turned in my masters essay today, so I thought I'd finally pop the cork. Speaking of which, the cork smelled like fine wine.

I poured into a chalice - dark reddish brown with a nice 1 finger white head that goes away quickly and leaves some concentrated lacing. There's also tons of sediment floating around, as you might expect. The smell is all kinds of wonderful - grapes, red apple, & honey - all of it melds together well and is totally inviting. The taste is like candy - there is a port like sweetness followed by an green apple like sourness and it finishes clean. There is no cloying sweetness - a wonderfully balanced taste. The slight carbonation offers more complexity and adds a slight chewiness. Man, this is easy drinking - quite simply a delicious treat. 7 years of aging was no problem for this brew. Highest recommendation.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jaargang 2008.

The beer is black, brown and vanilla mixed into one color but all three show their own color separately in the foamy, creamy head. Head lasts a good while and it foams down with moderate lacing.

This beer has an incredible aroma: maple syrup, banana cream pie, tobacco, faint bubble gum and cinnamon.

Tastes like a BBSDA! Banana Belgian Special Dark Ale. Lots and lots of past-ripe banana. I had never tasted dark banana before in a BSDA-only Belgian Pale and golden ales. Banana tobacco leaf, bourban, vanilla bean, cinnamon and brown sugar. Dark fruit as well like prunes and raisins. The ale has a complexity to it but it's lacking something I can't quite put my finger on. It's as if the taste profile involves many things that taste similar when developed into the beer. It could almost use a ripe cherry, a little bit of tartness or a powerful spice like coriander.

Silky, creamy and luxurious. Mouthfeel was a little too foamy to get the 4.5.

Great beer and a real treat late at night.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Benjiehorn
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Kuaff
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In my tulip at cellar temperature. A bottle from 2013!

Beautiful burgundy color with a small, frothy tan head. Lively carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is an enticing mix of sweet and yeasty bread, raisins, dates, currents, cherries, citrus, molasses, and vanilla. Smells quite similar to a dark fruitcake I made just today, in fact.

What a stunning flavor profile... the initial onset of those dark fruits followed by a downright velvety breadiness as notes of molasses, chocolate, earth, and toasted nuts unfold throughout the finish.

It's got a nice full body with sprightly effervescence, just like a Belgian ale should.

I'm really fond of this one. It has potency of flavors, and also balance. Not too sweet, nor too bitter. A quintessential example of a dark Belgian ale, if I do say so.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been in the cellar for a year and a half. No real difference from a fresh version. Long lasting off-white head. Strong aroma of grapes and dark fruit. A bit different than a Chimay Bleu, for example. Can't really taste the 11% alcohol. Doesn't seem to have the richness of the Chimay. I have a few more 2004's that I hope to try in another year or so. Will re-rate at that time.

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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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Photo of geocool
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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4/5  rDev -7%

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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Photo of tubbnik
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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Photo of littlebeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of 2013beer101
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of pipinmalikonj
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Lee_Hancock
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of evanfox81
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spamages
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of wattershed
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,881 ratings