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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Every year on the 24th of February, Het Ander brews Gouden Carolus Cuvée van de Keizer Blauw (‘Grand Cru of the Emperor’) to celebrate the birth of Charles the 5th.

This exceptional ale ages well, developing a refined complexity and intense aromas. An imperial brew to cherish and enjoy in moderation.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

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Photo of duracell
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of pinotboy007
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Total Wine, Chantilly, VA. "Jaargang 2007."

A - Looks like root beer; mahogany with a mocha cap and some lacing.

S - Bubble gum, root beer, malt.

T/M - Sweet banana with cinnamon on toast; cream soda; toffee. Light, creamy, complex.

D - Very good, but at 10% ABV, there's only so much drinkability.

Bottle says it improves with age, but I didn't have the patience!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of medic25
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red color, with very little of a head. Nose is quite sweet, very raisiny. First sip is overpowering with it's sweetness! Deliicious malty flavor, with a strong, rumcake-type of flavor that goes down very easily. For 11% ABV the alcohol flavor is masked quite well. The complexity of flavors definitely improves as the beer warms from the fridge. The sugary flavor also makes this beer quite drinkable, which is a little scary for something packing such a punch!

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of cjacobsen
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sweemzander for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy brown with a slim, tan head on it. Slight reddish hints around the edges in the light.

Smells of dark fruits, cherry, lots of raisin. Plum was suggested.

There is a lot of flavor and it hits you big right out of the gate. The blend is flawless. Very fruity with plenty of sweetness to it. Blackberries and black cherry is prevalent. The alcohol is hidden very well.

There is a slight bite up front but its smoothes out well afterward.

The Belgians really know what they are doing. This brew has a hefty percentage attached to it, but it drinks very very easily. It was pretty filling due to the sweetness.

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4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I split this beer with my roommate after letting it age for TWO years! I absolutely recommend you let this beer age, it's a beauty!
This beer pours dark amber brown with obvious yeast excrements. It has a nice thick tan head with muddled brown clouds.
The smell is absolutely intoxicating. Malty raisen and citrus notes. Tons of spices that are fruit based. Little hop hints here and there with some alcohol underlaying.
The taste is full of thick, rich, raisen and date like malts. Slight peaty roastyness. There's a nice sharp alcohol plus hops finish. A great beer that I highly recommend. Not very drinkable to the average drinker but a must have for belgian and strong ale fans!!!!

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a color similar to the bottle it came from. Very dark cherry-oak with red highlights and an off white foamy head that sustains quite well.

The nose suggests familiar belgian yeast properties, packed with dark fruits, pepper/clove spice and over-rippened bananas.

The taste is spicy and yeasty. The initial flavor is a bit tart with an underlying sweetness that drys up for the finish.

The feel is smooth and full. It's not as overly carbonated as so many other beers of this style tend to be. Slightly syrupy.

Very easy sipper. A good way to end a chilly sunday evening.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kajerm
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

NOTE: This is the same as "Grand Cru of the Emperor"; labeling seems to vary at random between countries and years.

750mL, 2006 vintage. pours dark, darkass reddish-brown; slightly unfiltered but kinda clear. lacy tan carbonation that mostly disappears, leaving a thin rim at the top of the glass. Enough raisins, figs, and berries to rip a hole in your nose (and I mean that in a good way.) It tastes like it smells, fruit out the ass with a little kick of belgian yeast at the end.

the alcohol is not in evidence. you could get yourself in trouble here.

super-drinkable for ten points, but you're not gonna be playing edward fortyhands with these. the mouth feel is slick and heavy.

this is an exquisite beer.

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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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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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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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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%

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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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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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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%

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,898 ratings