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

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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

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Ratings: 1,833 |  Reviews: 891
Photo of putnam
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3


Intense, plump perfume of bubblegum, vanilla and prunes rise from a red/brown, brilliant liquid. A pearlescent, milk chocolate-colored top retires as a translucent paint -- a sticky smear of cloudiness.
The prune aromas are key. They unlock Indian Oceans of spices. Brandy, cocoa, rum and coffee are intermixed with aromas of drawn cream and butter.
Whereas the aromas are dense with confectionary, cream-puff fruits, the flavors are boozy and brown. Cocoa, black tea, tawny port and intricate, peppery spicings conspire to pull a surge of alcohol-enriched sweetness into shape. Roasted hull tannins bind the opulent, brown sugar and plum fruits.
Woozy, laden with sweet incense, it is undrinkable now. All indications are that this will drink better in decades to come.

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

i think i bought this at arrowine in arlington, va

my bottle says "grand cru of the emperor" but i won't split hairs
extremely pungent: the immediate area around my st. bernardus goblet is shot through with the smell of bready, yeasty, nutty, winey. up close i pick up complex odors of aging and some ethanol, along with that smooth roasted nuttiness i adore in rochefort

deep dark (but clear) ruby with inverted cascades of carbonation that keep a great billowy, creamy head alive. fantastic sheets of lacing

the flavor profile is just as complex as the nose. huge special B raisin and warming alcohol spice are preceded by a brief smooth nut character. a blackcurrant bitterness camoflauges well the 11% at the finish

not a particularly big mouthfeel, but enough to let all of the secrets linger

this is a fantastic brew. goddam

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.08/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

07 on-tap at 3Fs pub.
A: served in tulip. deep ruby/chestnut/amber. slight haze. nice light tan head.
S: dark candied fruits mostly. rummy booze. some earthy spice and funk and dark caramel/nutty malts.
T: dark belgian candy sugar, dark dried fruit, roasted nuts. has a cough syrup thing going on. hops very understated.
M: medium bodied, well-carbonated, a bit of a sweet and sour finish. bit of a lingering medicinal cough syrup thing in the aftertaste.
D: definitely a sipper, tough to finish.

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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%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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

Photo of sprucetip
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 into snifter, shared. From notes.

Dark amber, modest tan head fades to film and ring. Pretty clear, no lacing.

Dark fruit, sweet, heat, yeasty

sweet malty and candy sugar, dark fruity, Belgian yeasty, heat, slight bitterness. Complex, but pretty sweet.

Moderate carb and fiz, rich, full, warming, somewhat viscous, clean finish.

I probably would have gone a 4, but my two companions let me finish the last third or so. Big and sweet. Methinks it would age well. I'd have it again.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Shaw
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, only allowing light through around the edges. It doesn't have much of a head, just a thin ring of foam.

The smell: Wow! It's so complex. Rum mixed with raisins and grapes and sugar plus a whole lot more I can't identify.

The rum aromas carry over to the taste. This is a complex beer with lots of dried fruit notes mixed with malt sweetness and a nice warmth from the alcohol. Plus flavors of dark candy sugar.

The body is slick and substantial. It has chewy qualities but that's balanced by glassy alcohol qualities.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Especially considering its price. Highly recommended and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of nygannon
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Gehrig
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I sauntered around Friar Tuck for a while and, when coming upon this gem from Gouden Carolus, knew it was probably well worth my attention. Goodness, was it ever. Jaargang 2008 pours a great, cloudy ruby-brown with three dense, durable fingers of slightly tan froth. Ample, decorative lacing and impressive durability make this a sight to behold. Full marks in the presentation.

For a good stretch, the nose had me torn between being very good and being too restrained. While it is too restrained, that in fairness comes in comparison with the sublime taste and some uncharacteristic patience from me. Much confronts the nose--berry, chocolate, spices--but all are a bit too subtle for such a big BSDA.

That this is so really emerges in the taste, a nearly perfect melange of flavors and creamy smooth texture. There's so much to ponder with this--chocolate, coffee, cherry, orange--sweet but also somewhat spicy with a bit of pepper and coriander. I can't say how impressed I am. A fantastic texture also does much to enhance the flavor for this beauty, creamy, smooth, but complex--a great BSDA. Truly great.

Gouden Carolus Jaargang 2008 is a great BSDA, one of the very best I've ever had without question and probably one of the top 2 or 3 on my personal list. This is not to be missed. Brilliant.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from the LCBO, for about 8 bucks. I've liked pretty much everything I've had from Het Anker, so I have high expectations for this one.

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Dark chestnut brown, with a bit of ruby highlights. Half inch of foam, good lacing patches, nice retention.

Nose is tart and fruity, with banana, grape, plum, blackberry jam, Belgian yeast and spices.

Really enjoyable dark ale with lots going on. Very fruity, with a mixed back of darker fruits (grape, raisin, fig, blackberry, currant), a bit of banana, light on the yeasty funk, good sweetness, but with a tart puckery finish. Very port-like.

A bit syrupy, carbonation is low, but I've been digging lower carbonated brews recently, so this works for me.

Very nice strong ale, will certainly get again. Lots of complexity, good flavours. Nice evening sipper.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of wcudwight
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a nice fluffly marshmellow light brown head. I could sit back and star at this beer the same way one admires a fine painting. Smells of maple(both the wood and syrup) and fresh pipe tobacco. Taste like raisin bread, plums, lot's of sugary sweet flavors. Overripe banannas and what sets this apart from others is the big bold grannysmith apple flavor. I love Grannysmith apples. Carbonation is spot on and the body is on the lighter side of full. This one is a sipper for sure but it's nice to just enjoy over the course of an evening. Great beer!!

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of brureview
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Belgian Orval Trappist glass.

Dark ruby color with a 1 finger head.

One can smell the aroma from the corked bottle which is more prominent in the glass- fruit, esters, raisins, figs, highly complex.

The mouth feel is very carbonated and suits the style transitioning well into the taste.

Incredible taste. One of the best Belgian strong ales( if not the best) I have tasted. Figs, plum, raisins, sweetness and more.

Strong alcoholic finish, worthy of the complexity of this beer.
A major league sipper.

Overall: a classic which should be on every beer geek's list.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark but clear brown color with a loose full finger light tan head that fades quickly. Some lacing present.

The smell is incredibly sweet and full of dark fruit, molasses and brown sugar.

Full bodied, the mouth feel is creamy and sweet without being syrupy. Full flavored, it tastes much like the aroma of dark fruit. Adequately carbonated enjoys a velvety character. I understand that it gets even better with age, which is hard to imagine.

Drinkability - Wow, this is a Cadillac.. so to speak. Really glad that i had the opportunity to experience this one...and fully plan to cellar a number of these to experience the improvement with age. Ranked 3 or 4 in the Belgian Strong Dark Ale style!?! My FAV style is being re-considered.

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Photo of pwoods
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750 corked and caged brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a Chimay chalice. '08

A: Pours a nice ruby tinted shoe leather. 2 fingers worth of light tan head forms and holds for a good bit. Some pretty damn good lacing.

S: Good alcohol level. Very spicy, phenolic. Plenty of alcohol soaked dark fruits, fiberous. Caramel sweetness as well as that delicious candi sugar. Spicy yeast.

T/M: Yowzuh, the alcohol is damn potent but sooo good. Nice caramelly sweetness with a bit more of the candi sugar to bust the 'candy' sweetness up above the 'savory' sweetness. Loads of spices and added spiciness from the hops, yeast, and alcohol. Loads of alcoholic dark fruits, very boozy. Maybe a touch of toffee with the caramel. Body is about full with great Belgian carbonation.

D: So damn tasty that I don't want to stop drinking it. The potent flavor and very present alcohol slows ya down, though.

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Photo of julielynndubee
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 1,833 ratings
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