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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium
hetanker.be

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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Ratings:
1,831
Reviews:
890
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jaargang 2005. The beer is a gorgeous conflagration of dark bronze, dark orange and dark red, with shimmering edges of bonfire orange. Equally as attractive is a tremendous looking crown of lightly toasted marshmallow-like foam. Cementing BSDA perfection is an array of delicate lace that easily qualifies as eye candy. What a start!

The nose may need a little time to open up, so I'll continue to go back to it throughout the '750'. My initial impressions are of a spicier and less sweet beer than expected. Tobacco notes seem especially prominent. Warming helps to some degree, but the aroma lags behind the flavor profile for sure.

I have no qualms about proclaiming this ale incredibly delicious right from the first mouthful. Man oh man, I love Brouwerij Het Anker beer! The Emperor is a regal sort of BSDA that earns its name with no trouble at all. It's as deep and as complex as all but the very best versions... and it hasn't even warmed yet.

While it isn't quite as spicy as the nose portended, it's definitely on the spicy side of the style average. Let's see... dark caramel, light molasses, dates macerated in tawny port, plum jam, tobacco, clove, maybe even a little bruised banana. The contrast between sweet, tart and bitter (all present in roughly equal proportions) is at least as interesting as the dizzingly display of intertwining flavors.

Cuvee Van De Keizer reminds me that BSDAs are a close second to tripels as my favorite Belgian style. The mouthfeel is as glorious as the rest of the beer. It's no more than medium, yet has a mouthfilling quality and a stick-to-it-iveness that is admirable. I wish all the world's brewers were as proficient with carbonation as the Belgians.

I've now had the four most widely distributed Brouwerij Het Anker offerings and I've been gobsmacked by each and every one. I had no idea this was the case, but on scores alone, this is my favorite Belgian brewery. Grand Cru of the Emperor (as my bottle reads) or Cuvee Van De Keizer... whatever you call it, call it an outstanding example of the brewer's art.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Edition.



A – This poured a very dark, almost a hazelnut color of brown, with a slightly reddish tint to it. Very hazy and cloudy and with a good amount of sediment running through it. A good two inch plus of head formed on the top, a nice tan colored pillow like but sticky head formed on the top and really never faded. It sort of settled , nut even then was still quite strong. This was definitely a full bodied looking brew and something that looked like it was getting ready to sink its teeth in. A good amount of side glass lace flowed down the glass throughout and gave it the final touch of a full looking brew.



S – Whew, that was strong. Now this meant business. There was definitely an alcohol presence here, but not in an overpowering or derogatory way, more of a subtle, just letting you know it was there. Lots of dark spices here. I could pick up even some dark fruits, plums and maybe even a bit of grape in the nose. The deep caramel like sweetness was also present here and gave it a good lifet and a nice fullness.



T – For as strong as this was, I would actually consider the overall flavor profile to be nice and mellowed compared to what it probably could have been. First notice was a very nice warming feeling coming over as I took the first sip. Lots of mellowed yeast here. Some apples and plums, maybe a fig mixed in seemed to bring out the lighter notes. Meanwhile, underneath that was a deep caramel like flavor that blended in with a earthy or bready like back. Very complex and yet remarkably smooth. There were just enormous flavors here, but yet it was so finely blended that nothing really dominated, nor did it really overwhelm. Just a really well crafted thing here and something that was just better as it kept going on. The finish was a touch brandy like and left you a bit dry, good and very solid.



M – Very full, and I mean very full. The carbonation here was more then adequate and really helped to pull the overall profile together and really tighten it up. There was just a smooth, very smooth fell to it. The carbonation was very light and it made it pretty much roll over the tongue and let the flavors to the work. A slight warming and a good overall robust feel.



D – This was definitely a sipper, there was just no other way about it. It was so full that you had to just sit back, relax, let it warm up and enjoy. I can see why they only brew it once a year, that it really all that you need to be honest. This was not overally powerful that you could not have it, but you really just did not need more then one. Very solid and one of the best after dinner relaxers I have had in a very long time.



Overall I really like this. I did not know what to expect when going in, but this was really quite fantastic. It had a full body and feel, and such a robust and complex flavor profile, that at times you just did not know where to turn to next. A more then balanced feel and approach led to this being one of the favorites of the night. Now don’t get me wrong this was not for the faint of drink, rather something that was to be appreciated by those who knew how to appreciate it. A fine choice that you should definitely try and seek out.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this at my cousin's birthday shindig on 8/7 -taken from notes. The 750 was poured chilled into a goblet.

The color is a deep brown color w/ beige crown, there are reddish hues visible when held to the light -the clarity is translucent bordering on opaque. The cap of beiges leaves streaks on the glass that cling as lace. The aroma is full and fruity with slight alcohol note and caramel on first whiff. The sweet candy-like dark fruit odor is dense with gentle hints of toffee and subtle belgian yeast which gives a slight spice accent w/ mild toasted nutty aroma with slight alcohol presence into the first sip. The feel is thick and viscous with plenty of residual sugar drenched texture with the malt sweetness dominating the feel somewhat and the light alcohol tinge with subtle woody texture and mild caramel creaminess.

The feel is less appealing than the taste which carries a nice spice flavor with gentle cinnamon and come cocoa from the malt which also provides a light biscuit element and a mild flavor of apple from the yeast with mild molasses tinges and slight grainy flavor with some dark sugar notes in the the later sips as it nears cellar temperature. The flavor becomes more alcoholic and spicy as it warms with some slight cedar elements and mild medicinal tinges which augment the deep molassess quality from the malt. I enjoyed this -it was certainly a nightcap beer for me -the intensity at 11% makes that seem a reasonable statement and it displays some of the abv in the flavor and aroma which detracts from an otherwise top quality quad.

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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 Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 orangesol
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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 BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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 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 JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of AlexFields
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
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 rab53
5/5  rDev +16.6%

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 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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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,831 ratings.
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