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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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

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878
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1,789
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
14.69%
 
 
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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2008 Jaargang versions of Gouden Carolus. This one has 10% ABV.

Very thick bright white head. Settles on the glass leaving a large dollop of froth in the glass center. Fluffy and spotty lace. Clear and very light color of straw.

Fresh and crisp aroma. More malt than anything else. Lots of tropical spice (bitter orange zest, anise, ginger). Some alcohol warmth.

Very potent flavor--lots of alcohol to the sip. Almost seems like a lowland malt scotch. The body is so surprising--the liquor coats the tongue. Some cream in the swallow and aftertaste. Definitely a Belgian.

This is a strong beer with strong flavors. It's great as an extreme beer but I couldn't regularly drink it.

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Photo of billab914
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured into my Westvleteren chalice. Poured a deep brown color with a little bit of some ruby highlights when held to the light. It poured with a thin bubbly and fizzy covering which quickly dissipated.

Aroma has a big malty and sweet flavor to it. It has a lot of dark fruits going on with plums, figs and raisins all present. It has a rum like alcohol presence in the nose as well. It showcases the malt very nicely in the aroma overall.

The taste like the nose is not surprisingly malt focused. It has a bit more caramel and cherries then the nose suggested but it does have the dark fruit, plum and fig flavors to it. It has a little alcohol in the finish but not too bad for being 11%.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side and carbonation is low. Drinkability is very good, the malt flavors are delicious. This is usually one of my least favorite styles but when done so well as this I really enjoy them. I love the big malty and fruity flavors this one had. One of the best of the style I've tried for sure.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep, mahogany brown. A 1.5 finger, tan head forms and lasts for quite some time. Some nice lacing clings to the glass.

S: A thick aroma of caramelized sugar, dark fruits, some raisins, and plums, lights spices, some belgian yeast, and bruised apple.

T: A heavy raisin flavor along with caramel, brown sugar, some cherries, and almost a brandy like flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied with carbonation that is a bit prickly. Very creamy and almost syrup like. Quite filling.

O: A very well made beer, not sure it lived up to my expectations, but its still very good. Would like to try it again someday.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one and a half fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two to three minutes and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of dark fruits, spices, Belgian yeast, sweet fruity malts, and molasses. Smells really great, no signs of alcohol at all.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, Belgian yeast, molasses, spices, fruity malts, molasses, and some alcohol. A nice complex Belgian taste.but it is 11% ABV afterall.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

d - A very good Belgian dark ale. It smells really great and has a great mouthfeel. The smell and taste are very complex and enjoyable; I wish there was a little less alcohol in the taste but at 11% ABV what can you do. None the less a great beer I've had several times and will certainly have again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Priced at just 9.99 this brew is a steal, one of the most complex and fortifying Belgian ales I've tasted to date. I used to drink this beer when it just had the Blue sticker running across the 750ml bottle. I like the new packaging, pretty snazzy. It pours a dark ruby brown body with a huge effervescent light tan head. Fine layers of Belgian style lacing line my chalice, what a nice visual experience.

Aromatics to go along with this brew include roasted caramel malts and candied sugar coated plums and raisins with some green apples flowing as well. Mild spicy yeast backing reminiscient of a great strong Belgian dark ale.

Flavor flows heavy with caramel and mild vanilla with slight oak like finish. I know it has never touched the barrel but this brew has something that brings that charateristic to mind. Bold juicy malts with roasted edges are so nice in a Belgian Strong ale, soothing alcohol edges surround the palate with tart fruit playing it's role to entice and deliver quite the sensory experience.

Mouthfeel weighs in with some effervescent attributes but it also weighs in with some heavy carmael malts and alcohol. A toasted burnt caramel flavor with some sticky residual sugars that burn and soothe the throat almost like one of popular lozenges on the market.

Drinkability overall is excellent a brew that you should share with friends or indulge in alone if your feeling up to a big brew like this. Great complexity and flavor brings you back for another sip again and again, quite dangerous.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008. And I must say that is quite the pretty bottle. Got a gusher here. Slightly fogged gold with a thick off-white head. Nose is sugars and citrus. Slight funk. Flavor is nice. Sugary citrus funk and a slight alcohol burning edge. But it doesn't really mess with things. Real rounded flavor profile. Feel has a smooth liquid touch and the carbonation is low. Extremely easy to drink. I don't really want to think about this one too much. I just want to sip, savor, and enjoy.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A long time favorite of mine. Bottle shared by Paul during an impromptu session.

2009 vintage

The beer appears sunburst brown with a half inch of thick, tan head. As the head slowly recedes, it leaves a sheet of thick, heavy lacing behind.

The aroma is delectable, with scents of sweet malt, Belgian yeast, and dark fruits.

The flavor brings more of the same, with an awesome bouquet of Belgian yeast and dark fruit. The beer is still a bit sweet, and could easily sit in the cellar for a few more years. Alcohol presence is noticeable throughout, particularly in the finish. Overall, a terrific beer and a great addition to one's cellar.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 12/30/10. A 2010 corked and caged bottle I popped open and shared with a couple friends.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear dark ruby brown color with 2 fingers of dark brown head. The cap recedes fairly fast leaving a wall of lace along the glassware. Swirls revive the head back to a finger of creamy tan.

The aroma of this brew is sweet smelling alcohol laden with darker fruits. Quite sweet, almost candy like with an indication of vanilla overtop the scent of plums and raisins.

The taste is also candy sweet with a light spiced character of clove, banana and bold alcohol. It is quite sweet upfront with a bold character of fruity alcohol that balance it out a bit. The sweetness is somewhat caramel-like in the finish with a lingering bitterness from earthy and herbal hops.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is very evident throughout the experience and it is quite drinkable. My only gripe is that this brew was a little too sweet for me to enjoy more than a single glass of. The bold combination of alcohol and sugar would present an interesting example for aging. I'd give it a try again if I could get an older bottle.

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Photo of jwc215
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cage-corked bottle - Bottled on February 24, 2007 - Poured into glass chalice:

Pours deep brown with ruby highlights. A creamy tan head tops it off. It slowly descends and stays around. Awesome head retention for abv level. Some rings of frothy lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of dark fruits - raisins and plums with dark cherries peeking through. Vanilla and chocolate intermingle. Spicy, earthy notes add to deep complexity.

The taste is of dark fruits that take turns coming through with dark cherries - super-complex fruitiness. Vanilla and vinuous notes weave in and out. Peppery spiciness fades in at out making this at times sweetish, at times spicy. Chocolatish maltiness becomes caramelish and toffeeish as it progresses. The flavors are incredibly layered, and converge so nicely. It is almost like reading a book. The f./lavors are delicate and complex, yet bold and lingering...Amazing - a work of art.

The feel is full and lush. Carbonation level is perfect. Long finish that is at once sweetish and spicy dryish.

Wow - what a treat. So smooth for abv level. The alcohol integrates itself so well that it is deceiving - very drinkable for abv level.
And the beer gods rejoice...

Thanks to Wasatch for the recommendation! One of the best beers I've had to date...

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. 2011 vintage.

Appearance - Pours a deep mahogany with a nice khaki head. Decent retention and some lacing. Looks quite nice.

Smell - Bananas, cherries, strawberries, and just a hint of caramel. Excessively fruity, but it's nice. Looking for a bit more depth from it.

Taste - Wow, it's sweet and extremely fruity. Tons of banana and cherry. Again, not much depth to the caramel, but it's got a tremendous amount of sugar in it. Sweet and boozy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and thick. Boozy with medium-low carbonation. The sweetness makes it quite sluggish.

Overall - It's got good flavors but so much sweetness and booze that it's not quite a good beer. Above average at best. I'm surprised by the reviews. Perhaps this needs time to mellow.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pop! Goes the cork...pours a dark, plummy, raisinish color, with a small-to-nonexistent head, poof!, she's gone....

Aroma is a heady blend of dark fruits, the aforementioned and more, cherries, etc., and a rich, sweet, molasses-like component that soon blends together to provide a brandyish feel. Dark and mysterious, urging me to finally put lips to cup.

Huge mouthfeel, lush and delicious, and...hooo! It's happening, that uncommon feel from an ale that washes a sort of wonderfulness all throughout the senses, lays waste to the skeptical mindset, the analytical eye, and provides nothing but pleasure...whoa...sweetness resides in every sip, but never cloys, malt is large, and the texture is so rich and warm, the ABV appearing in full force, that the flavor never leaves the mouth.

Oh, wow, this is good. goodness upon goodness, tasty to the max...I haven't said yum yet, but it'll come in handy here!

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

Poured from the bottle into an official Gouden Carlous small chalice. Vintage 2011. About time I've reviewed this it's one of my favorites.

A faint caramel tan colored head that is quite foamy, settles quite quick but seems to keep a thin bubbly puck. Body color is a real nice ruby brown, edges and hues of all colors abound, orange, some yellow along the base. Very nice looking beer, head formation aside, but it laces up like nobodys business after numerous pours from the bottle, just sick looking.

Ripping smelling barley grain on the nose, with chewy raisins and dates and dark fruits. Slight sweetness, but nothing overpowering. Smells great.

Vinous almost texture with a very tight fizz that doesn't upset the palate. The palate rolls with a great chewy dates and sweetness, mixing in with a faint brown sugar. Aftertaste is high on raisins and fig newton qualities. Light sweet maraschino cheries seem to come out later.

Overall, just another winner from Het Anker.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is dark brown and clear. Carbonation is steady and moderate. Made up of small bubbles that rise through the beer with medium velocity feeding a thin tannish head of small bubbles that is diffuse but leaves a lot of lacing on the glass and managed to stay contiguous.

I could smell this beer when I was pouring it. It is bright, sweet, tons of fruity esters. Smells great. Aroma is quite complex.

Beer is sweet and has a nice fruit character to it. I would like maybe a bit of bitterness to balance out the sweetness but overall its really good. Medium bodied so it drinks nicely. Drinkability is good. Not much carbonation in the mouth. I would definitely buy this beer again.

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Serving type: on-tap

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at a local beer bar. Served in a slender tulip. I've already reviewed this beer in the bottle, but on draft it was significantly different enough to warrant a second review. This is one of those beers that I totally think should be served in a bottle and not NOT on draft. My experience was totally different.

Beer is dark brown and clear. Carbonation is low. Head falls away to almost nothing, leaving very little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly malt and caramel with a hint of alcohol. A little boozier than the bottle I had but overall a great smelling beer.

Beer is initially sweet but then it hits you, in the face with alcohol. VERY VERY BOOZY! I noted the taste of alcohol in my first review, this time it was the dominant and really only flavor there. It overwhelmed everyone else.

Seriously, if you like liquor you may like this way better than the bottle version, my wife did. I don't like a beer that tastes too much like liquor and use the descriptor "unbalanced" to describe it. Both flavor and drinkability suffer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 corked bottle. Cork explodes out. BE CAREFUL. This is a monster of a beer, not for the faint of heart. Currents, prunes and figs in the nose. sweet with very present alcohol. silky, oily mouthfeel. Tastes kind of bready. Lots of fruit. Makes you want to sip and try more to explore the complex flavors and layers of intrigue. would go well with hearty meats and dessert

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful reddish-brown appearance with a perfect head. Fabulous Brussel's Lace forms as I contemplatively sip on one of my favorite beers in the world.

A wonderful fresh made caramel smell wafts from the glass. Notes of raisin and plum combined with dark chocolate to counter the slightly boozy nose.

Taste is otherworldly. The caramel smell is delivered in the taste as is sultana raisins, creme-brulle, crushed grapes and slight notes of port.

Mouthfeel is tremendous. A well-balanced weight that is perfect for this big, bold brew.

This is the perfect night cap beer. Sweet with a perfectly balanced vinous quality. Alcohol is definitely present but adds to the complexity.

The Emperor can reign over me anytime. A perfect substitute for a late bottled vintage port.

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

08/10/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- Vintage 2004, as printed on the neck bottle label. Caged and corked. Huge pop lets go and a bit overflows. Only lost about an ounce though. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Liquid milk chocolate brown in color. Clouded with microscopic yeast particles floating around. Larger than life head. Fills the tulip to the top with large bubbled foam. Excellent small chunks and streaks clinging to the side.

Smell- Rich caramel and dark malt. This one smells like a winner. Maybe a touch of chocolate and definte spices.

Taste- Caramel explodes into your mouth. Sweet brown sugar, mollasses and even some light coffee grounds round out the flavor. A tiny bit of anise and maybe some corriander spices it up. It;s very malty and fairly well roasted.

Mouthfeel- After seeing the explosion from the bottle I prepared for lots of bubbles. Suprisingly it was very mellow and less carbonated than expected. Creamy and mouthcoating.

Drinkability- Wonderful brew here. The 10% hits pretty hard and fast. I shared the bottle and was feeling pretty good after the 12oz I had. Will seek this out in the future for sure. Not sure how it fares fresh, but the 2 years I had it didn't hurt it, that's for sure.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage poured in to snifter.

A -Very dark ruby, almost opaque with one finger of light brown head.

S - Caramel, toffee, raisins, spice and hints of rum.

T - Sweet caramelized sugar, rum soaked raisins, sticky toffee, figs and spice. A really nice flavour profile.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of tempest
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer. Poured a dark red with a tan head and a bit of lacing. Smelled and tasted of dark fruity malts with a touch of yeast. Taste is a mix of plum and raisony goodness. A thick, rich and sweet beer, the kind you can sip for a couple hours. Go find a bottle and split it with your best friend.

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Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a 1/4" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a warm and spicey scent that boasts of a complex crystal malt arrangement and fruity Belgian yeast. The taste is great as well. It has a very smooth and sweet crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and warms a little on the finish. It is sweet with malts and a fruity on the aftertaste; very mellow and flavorful. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine brew and an excellent drinker. It has everything that I look for in a beer: good aroma, complexity, and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Tone
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of tartness, sourness, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, slight pale malt, hint of roasted malt, slight hop, slight dark citrus, and slight yeast. Overall, good appearance, feel, body, and complexity.

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

Appearance: hazy brown color with some copper highlights. Short 1" head slowly falls to a surface foam.

Smell: general sweetness from molasses, honey, and caramel. Some alcohol is detectable by the nose.

Taste: sweetness dominates but does not offend. Brown sugar, raisins, prunes, molasses, honey, hint of licorice, mild alcohol, and a soft bitterness are all easily detectable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth at the start, and the finish leans towards syrupy. Sweetness lingers well into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: very enjoyable slow sipper, but the alcohol reminds you this can be a dangerous brew if several glasses are consumed. This is a must find and try.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last night's decible caused by Hardcore IPA will be tough to recover from. To help ease the pain, I have prescribed Gouden Carolus D'Or. 2007 vintage bought recently at the Wine Exchange (Orange, CA), on to the beer:

Poured into a chalice, the head pours a good thickness, but has a loud fizzying nose on top this ruby brown beer with reddish and violet hues. The color is good, the head is so-so. There's a great mix of aromas pleasing my nose. Where to start? Toffee, ripe dark fruits, yeast, hint of chocolate, figs, brown sugar. Good good. Now to drink.

Now I understand what all the fuss is about....sort of. Tasty....and very alcoholic (my bottle is listed at 10%). Big snap of hot booze and spicy pepper on the palate at first. Soft fruity yeast creeps in, apples and... HOT HOT HOT!! Jalapenoes? It sure feels like it. Assorted dark fruit flavors apply, but again this is a very hot beer.

No question this is a good beer, but the alcohol cut into the overall enjoyement of this beer. My bottle is one year old, so maybe more time underneath the cork will cool it off. But how much remains the question.

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Photo of liamt07
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with Steve and co., 750 into a few snifter type glasses. Recall this being an 07-08 vintage? Regardless..

Poured a dark brown/burgundy, unfiltered with some small floaties. Fluffy tan head falls quickly, with some mild retention and spotty lace. Nose is dry and vinous, lots of dark fruits, grape skins. Taste is big on the brown sugar, dark fruits, mild vinous notes. Some green apple/grape skins. Sweet overall, but not overpoweringly so. Well balanced with a fantastic, full mouthfeel. Smooth, silky and creamy. Some mild dryness in the finish. Just awesome.4/4/45/45/45

Re-reviewed November 13, 2011. Part of the QuadShowdown. Beautiful softness to the nose, plums, dark fruits, sugar/brown sugar. Concise, condensed and exceptional bouquet. Taste reflects the nose quite well. Plums, brown sugar, vanilla, light syrup. Gentle and complex. Soft carbonation, full feel and a touch of back-end alcohol. Absolutely outstanding BSDA/Quad, great complexity, feel and smoothness. 4/45/45/5/5

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

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Nice off-white one finger head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark and caramel malt, dark and dried fruit, slight cherry and a hint of Belgian spicing. Flavor is intense dark and dried fruits, caramel malt and delicious light tartness with fruits dominating middle and finish with slight hops in the finish. A bit on the sweet side, but the complex flavor carries this ale through. Medium to heavy bodied with some creaminess. A very nice dark Belgian.

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

Review #100! Served on tap in a 9oz snifter. Never had this one and saw it on tap, even better.

A- Van De Keizer came to me with a very faint off white head that eventually left the building. The color is a mixture of dark red and brown really giving off a maroon color almost mahogany like. Very dark all around.

S- Cuvee gives off some vinious scents with dark fruits and some grapes present. Some burnt sugars as well as roasted malt. More brown sugar with warming as well as molasses and a hint of vanilla. Raisins as well as cinnamon and pear come through with time.

T- Wow, now this is a well rounded BSDA. A lot of the dark fruit comes through initially with apple and pear following and brown sugar. A lot of sweet malts in the middle as well as figs dates and cinnamon. The 11% is well masked but alcohol does make an appearence. A bit of clove and banana.

M- Very smooth with a creamy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Liked the way the fruit appeal stuck around for a bit. This 11%er gave off some warming hints which was expected. You get the whole array of flavor from the smallest coating the mouth. Medium to full bodied. Thick and full flavored, good stuff.

D- 11%, you kidding me. A night time beer for sure. The 9oz serving I had was a good size portion for a beer this complex. I would never think of drinking a whole bottle to myself, even though i would like to try a bottle to compare. I was not impressed with Het Ankers Noel offering but this restored my faith in this brewery.

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