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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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Photo of dbmernin83
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2009

Pours a very dark, burnt brown with a one inch head.

Rich dark fruits in the nose, light booze. Very Port-like.

Huge dark fruits, very sweet. A slight earthiness.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel. This is a big one. Light carbonation and heavy booze and all the flavors coat your mouth and stay for long after a sip.

Thick, syrupy, and delicious. A nightcap sipper and should be shared with a friend.

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Photo of Lukie
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first beer review in a long time, and what better to do it with, then the speciality from one of my favourite Belgian Brews.

2009 Edition.

Pours out an off-dark brown, with hints of ruby. Hard to see through. Big frothy head, that drops into a cm of foam sitting atop the liquid.

Notes of honey, brown sugar, toffee and dark fruits (fig, dark plum). Hints of an orange-citrus in the background.

First mouthful is heavenly. Absolutely remarkable. Big hits of sweet, dessert-like dark fruits, with that sugared fig predominant in the regular version, coming across in such an amazing way here. Big brown sugar flavour resonates in the back of the pallate, adding more, and bringing forth the big fruit flavours. Port-like characters is a good way to call this one. Just so much happening.

Silky smooth mouthfeel, with a lower end of carbonation. A slight stickiness, like a good dessert wine, lingers in the mouth with every sip. The beer just overtakes the entire mouth, and ever tastebud. Dangerously drinkable for a beer that is 11% alcohol. If this is how good this is now, I must put a couple away to see how it mellows with age.

Exceptional.

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Photo of barknee
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sample is a 25.4 ounce Vintage dated bottle from the one-time, once a year, February 24th 2004 limited production. (A small quantity of this brew is made on this date each year)
Pours a magnificent deep dark cloudy brownish-amber color, with some suspended particulate. A deep ½” mocha colored head, dissipates to a slick on top. The nose of massively rich butterscotch sours from the glass and is accompanied by warm caramelized sweet malts. The nose is unusual and distinguished; building uncontrollable anticipation for the tasting, which promises to be something very special.
OMG! The taste is out of this world!! Mature & complex roasted malts and fresh young turbinado sugar on the tip of the tongue. This (I almost wrote wine) brew is multi-dimensional, perfectly balanced and unbelievably delicious. The alcohol, at 10%, is completely undetectable, as tons of flavors impact the entire mouth. The interaction of the nose of this creation, and the simultaneous tasting of it is as harmonious as it gets; the very heady butterscotch with a negligible sour lining wrapped gently around the nose, and the impact of the slightly sweet caramelzation of the malts is virtually indescribable.
This brew you would expect to be a broodingly rich and flabby mess from the massiveness of the nose. That’s the surprise; it is lean to medium bodied, but super-concentrated on flavor, highly refined and flamboyant. The essence of the taste is remotely reminiscent to a lighthearted version of a fine young unadulterated tawny port, such as Taylor Fladgate’s 10 year. The mouthfeel is primo, perfect acid-sugar ratio, light and clean in the mouth, you could drink this endlessly. You would never expect this of the mouthfeel based on the unbelievable massiveness of the nose. The flavors last more than a minute in the mouth.
I will go on record to say that this is the most exciting and complex brew I have ever had the pleasure of partaking. It is indeed a nectar of and for the gods, formulated and prepared with the utmost of love and respect, it is a rare opportunity that simply cannot be missed. Bravo!!

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Photo of berpwillie
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle. pours a dark amber color with good to large off white head and lacing. lively fizzy carbonation. sweet raisin like smell, taste is the same with hints of carmel, and molasses. very sweet with a slight bitter finish. medium body, thin oily texture, and average flavor duration. very good brew. alcohol is fairly well hidden but creeps up on you fast.

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Photo of shambeano
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, 750ml shared with a mate and poured into a tulip.

A-Pours a syrupy looking dark dark brown with a tinge of amber, about an inch of thick head that slowly subsides, leaving a nice laving. looks pretty good.

S- straight up there is a bunch of malt sweetness, theres some alcohol in there, dark dried fruits, sultana, raisin, dried fig. A nice belgian yeastiness comes through at the end, a but spicey, peppery. pretty nice.

T- raisin and dark fruit to begin with, sultana, raisin and fig like on the nose. followed by a sweetness that reminds me of golden syrup. that golden syrup flavour really lasts for quite some time. there is a touch of spicy yeast in the background, but it takes some searching for. there is some alcohol there but it doesn't detract from the beer. quite good.

M- mid to heavy bodied, a little carbonation lightens the whole thing, has a nice length of flavour, there is a touch of alcohol prickliness but it adds to everything. good feel.

O- i like it, very alcoholic and tasty. had half a mind to give the taste a 4.5, really wish i could give it a 4.25 but anyway, its a tasty drop. and i would definitely have it again.

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Photo of Meerkey
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1 finger of pale beige head. Rich, nutty raw umber. Dark and murky, gets lighter at edges.

S: Sweet, dark fruits -the bottle mentioned plums. Sugary, caramel. A little roasted. Some alcohol.

T: Dark fruits overwhelm. Followed by sugars, some faintly sour yeast and some apple and..cinnamon? Delicious.

M: A little carbonation. Sweet and heavy, smooth. Lingers heavily on the tongue.

O: Really good. This is all around tasty and wonderful. Quite drinkable, I think. But look out, it's 11%. Go have one.

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Photo of kegerator
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle. All black with a black ribbon that states "Grand Cru of the Emperor" bottled in 2004 and 10% abv.
Pours a deep brown with a nice 1 inch head that sticks around and leaves good lacing. Aroma was faint at best but got stronger as it warmed. Aromas of plums and raisins with some wine like esters and slight alcohol in the background.
Taste was all malt, caramel, sweet, raisiny with hints of dried fruits. It was full bodied yet smooth and danced on the tongue slightly leaving a nice alcohol warmth in the stomach. Very nice beer indeed.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a goblet.

Appearance - Pours a very murk dark orange/brown. The head is about one finger and somewhat soapy and tan at first. It quickly settles at a thin but very creamy light-tan head that leaves good lacing on the way down.

Smell - Rich dark ripe fruits, mainly fig and cherry. Some slight smokey character, and some peppery spiciness with just a hint of clove. A huge bread pudding-like malt character that acts as a foundation for the rest of the aroma. Some background sweetness of rich caramel and molasses. Slight warmnth on the nose from the alcohol.

Taste - Lots of ripe cherry and fig right away, with some moderate alcohol warmnth. Some earthy notes right away, though they are mild. Floral and herbal hops mixed with some caramel and candied fruit sweetness. Again a huge bready malt with more earthiness mixed in. The finish mellows from the fruits and transforms into a mild sweetness with a full and rich malt character which tasts slightly toasted (but only toward the finish). Alcohol warmnth all the way through, but mainly at the beginning of a taste.

Mouthfeel - Luxuriously smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Would have been a perfect mouthfeel (it really is heavenly), but the beer turns completely to foam toward the finish. Extremely smooth, though, and no unpleasantness at all from the carbonation.

Drinkability - Very strong flavors and at 11% ABV and noticeable, this beer takes a hit in this category.

A wonderfully full-flavored Belgian strong dark ale. The flavors are fantastic and complex, and it has a sublime mouthfeel. A must have!

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Photo of cooler4life
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Bottle

A: Poured a one finger head that settles to a thin cap. Color is a deep mahogany brown. Lacing is moderate. Carbonation can be seen racing to the top. I can see some particulate swirling about.

S: Smell is a standout! Raisons, figs, brown sugar, green apples. With deeper breaths I get the alcoholic twinge with some butterscotch.

T: Wow. Figs at first, followed by burnt sugar, roasty malt, dark fruits, rum soaked cherries, and cocao. The first sip almost knocked my socks off.

M: Extremely creamy and smooth. Light-medium mouth presence. Carbonation is delicate...Mellow.

O: For a brew of this ABV with such a multidimensional taste and smell, the drinkability factor is fantastic. Well done!

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

a Nearly opaque reddish brown color with a fine, full head. Head dissipates to leave a ton of lacing, actually more like foam on the sides of the glass than lacing.

s Very fruity smell enhanced by the fact that I am drinking it warmer than the recommended 45 - 50 degrees. The aroma is that of dried dark fruits; raisins, prunes, with a pleasant rumminess.

t Tastes like a high alchol ale. My bottle says 10%. Sweet chocolate malt flavor.

m Feels good in my mouth, a little thin but again I am drinking it warm.

d I would drink this again and again. Too expensive to be an everyday beer but I will enjoy this ale many more times.

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

02.02.10 at City Beer, courtesy of Frank

A: beautiful dark brown, with a ruby tint

S: like booze, fruit, and sugar

T: ripe, dark fruit, caramel, and jammy; sometimes it almost tastes like liquid Reese's Pieces

M: nice and rich, really malty

D: love this beer, though I've never had the whole thing myself

Love the beer, love the bottle -- GC can do no wrong.

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Photo of warrenout330
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle

A- pours a deep mahogany color brown... Ruby highligths to the light... off white head... dissolves to a thin cap over the beer ... moderate to minimal lacing

S- dark candies sugars, caramelized raisins and figs.... sweet bready malts... muskat grapes for overly sweetness

T- we'll pronounced dark sugars, burnt caramelized raisins.. dried figs, earthy suagry malt...

M- sweet sugary candy.... thick oily body... decent carbonation for a sugary beer

O- damn good... up there with the trappiest quads

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 poured to snifter

Dark reddish brown, opaque appearance. Nice tan head that settles to a consistent film.

Smell is sweet and spicy: brown sugar, banana and clove most evident

Loads of residual sugars... flavor is very sweet with caramel and molasses and fig notes on the front.... banana, spice, brown sugar and a hint of hop bitterness and alcohol on the back end

Mouth feel is nice: significant body thinned by the alcohol, and sharpened by the carbonation

I expect a big Belgian to be on the sweet side, and this certainly hits that... maybe a little too sweet on the front of the tongue. Slight hop bitterness adds some needed contrast, and while some fruit esters are evident, they are somewhat mixed and indistinct under the sweetness. It would be interesting to see how this one ages further, but overall just too sweet for a 5 star rating in my estimation.

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Photo of FleeVT
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown bomber poured into a Chimay goblet. Bottle born on date is presented as a year on the neck label and in the story of how it is brewed every year on February 24th on the birthday of Charles V.

A: Pours a beautiful crimson brown which glows on the edges. Capped by an off-white thick head that sticks to the glass and looks like it would require chewing.

S: Delicious. Red delicious apples, brown sugar, caramel, raspberries, and a firm but not overpowering alcohol backbone.

T/M: Big beer! A decadent mix of caramel, chocolate covered berries, oak soaked in dark rum, overripe cherries, and a touch of spice. Just a perfectly balanced beer with hint a hops. The body has a creamy texture that is cut nicely by the higher alcohol volume. Carbonation is moderate.

Like a fine port this seems like it would get better with age. Go slow with this one and savor every last drop.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Choice City Butcher in Fort Collins.
A: Copper-brownish with a thin sudsy head featuring many many tight bubbles. Lots of lacing.
S: Fig and dark candied fruits.
T: Light and sweet. A bit of booze that's muted by the sweetness. Subtle fruits.
MF: Moderate carbonation. Pleasant and gentle. Underwhelming. Lacked body.
O: Decent. Given the ABV, I was expecting more intensity or something more pronounced in the flavors.

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

pours a dark brown and unasuming. Smells deep, dark and malty. Aromas of caramel, tobacco and leather. The taste is deep malt, spicey, sweet, but not sugary. Caramel flavors dominate with very little alcohol, despite the 10% abv. Wow, drink slowly and enjoy, this is a dark, enjoyable beer. I highly recommend it

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Photo of ojiikun
3.43/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage. Shop also had the 2001, but it was twice the price.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip glass. Body is a deep reddish-brown, and suprisingly clear with a bit of suspended particulate matter. No fogging whatsoever. Head was off-white and dissipated slowly but steadily.

Smell has lots of up-front booze and an incredible amount of old brandy oak. There is a bit of a bacterial lambic-ish fruity smell as well. Minor notes are of caramel and raisins.

Taste is at first sour then immediately sweet, then with another bit of sour at the end. Initial brandy notes continue, along with good dark german bread. The sour notes of the smell develop into cherry and currant as the sweetness comes into play. What hops are there are all herbal, no bitter or floral notes of which to speak. Belgian funk goes without saying for the style. I suspect a bit of spontanious fermentation in this vintage, that lactic smell is just signature.

Mouthfeel is aggressive thanks to good, strong carbonation and high ABV. The constant balance between sweet and tart is a bit much at times, but the best parts of the flavour that hide inside each sip are enough to keep you going.

I realized about halfway thru the first glass that I am drinking this beer MUCH too early. 9 months wasn't long enough for this beer to really finish conditioning. The flavours are all there and are brilliant, but they haven't yet come together in a way that only age can bring.

I will have to grab another 2006 while they're cheap and put it away for two years, and update accordingly. I think this could be an incredible icon of the grand cru world, given it's time.

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Photo of TripelJ
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Gouden Carolus D'or 750 ML

Pours a ruddy reddish-brown with a dense tan head that recedes after a few minutes. Aroma is simply sweet, with a hint of spicy alcohol. Taste is much more mellow than I remember, although I have only previously had this beer in the smaller, 12 oz. bottle. Mostly sweet apple and light caramel with just a hint of acidic bitterness. A small piece of "Red Delicious" Apple with the peel, dipped in caramel... Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and drinkability is very good, when considering the 8% abv.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown-orange color. The head was slight and looked tan and slightly green. Head left a nice ring about the glass and left some lacing. Smell was a melange of fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste was overall very sweet and was composed of chocolate and fruit with a hint of spice. Mouthfeel was smooth and rich. This was a wonderful beer, but, in the end, the sweetness proved to be overpowering.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

-look is black with nice brown head but long lasting and micro bubbles look great
-smell is dark fruits mostly with some roasted grains
-a wine like finish and roundness but alot of plum and fruit notes with some grains
-feel is pleasant not really any carbonation real smooth
-to date my favorite strong dark ale, the smoothness is incomparable

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Photo of gonzo138
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2003 edition, enjoyed in august 2006
A- pours extremely dark, almost looks blood red when held to the light, a bit cloudy, whitish head, dissapates quicklly, doesn't really retain or lace too well

S- fruity sweet smell, with notes of alchohol very present

T- very dark, rich, smooth sweetness, fruity taste, alchohol is not as pronounced in taste

M- thick, good carbonation despite low head, coats mouth with flavor for quite a while, feels bubbly

D- only lower than the rest because this is a serious beer, a definite sipping beer, Grand Cru's are very strong

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Photo of Boppar
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a truly remarkable beer. I had the pleasure of sharing a 750 mL bottle (vintage 2006) with a very good friend of mine.

After pouring into a chalice, I noticed that the head quickly disappeared into a few seductive strands of lace that simply would not take "no" for an answer, and remained in my glass for the duration.

The beer itself is a hazy reddish-brown (the red is even more noticeable when the glass is held up to the light). It smells like sweet, resinous fruits, with an underlying alcoholic warmth due to the 10% ABV. Take note of the 10 points when you smell the glass, because you certainly cannot taste them.

But the complex array of flavors is where this beer truly shines. Dates and figs dominate the palate, with raisins following closely behind them, yet somehow, this beer is not overly-sweet.

I gave this beer a "3" in the drinkability category only because with a beer as rich and complex as this, I really wouldn't want to drink these all night. In fact, I was glad I didn't have to tackle that 750 alone. That being said, I wish I had one right now...

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

Vintage 2010, consumed July 16, 2011.

750ml caged bottle purchased at Costco for about $7

Poured at 43 degrees into a Duvel Tulip glass which yielded a 1.5 inch beige head. Beer was dark caramel in color and the head held up for several minutes, slowly receding leaving good lacing all around.

The fragrances were of sweet malts, raisins, banana bread, warm caramel syrup.

The flavors were of sweet raisins, caramel, brown sugar, molasses. The bottle said something about erring on the side of sweetness - they definitely did that. It was sugary sweet with dark candied fruit flavors in abundance. I got some of the banana and date bread but didn't pick up any apple as the bottle and other reviewers claim.

It was complex on the sweet end of the spectrum.

The mouthfeel was silky, lingering sweet, desert-like finish. I found the 11% alcohol to be barely noticeable unless you interpret the sweetness as alcohol. There was no alcohol drying or boozy effects (like I got with the Leviathan Quad).

Overall, exceptional so long as you are in the mood for sweet.

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

Poured into a tulip.

A - a really nice dark brown caramel color with a cafe late-colored head on top. Some nice bubbles as well.

S - caramel, brown sugar, spice, raisins and dark fruit. Malt sweetness.

T - everything in the nose is here, with a little more sweetness than expected. This sweetness fades a bit as the beer warms, which is a good thing.

M - really nice carbonation and flavors that leave my palate wanting more.

D - the only thing that will slow me down is the 11%. Otherwise, I could drink this baby all night.

Really nice Belgian dark ale here. One of the best I've tasted.

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Photo of Chinon01
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is of stewed apples and cinnamon, pear and candied fermented cidre. Taste is sweet similar to nose with cidre, leather. Honeyed and candied. Shoe polish solvent with apple and acidity from yeast (presumably). Bready and malty. Finishes clean with Belgian yeast flair.

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