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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Brouwerij Het Anker

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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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - 2003 Vintage - Thanks to AKSmokedPorter

Pours a murky chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is alive with sweet malt and dark fruits that meld with the Belgian yeasty and bready scent. A slight booziness is also present.

Oh man, this tastes fantastic. A wave of sweet malt and dark fruity flavors comes first, followed by a rather subdued yeasty breadiness. It finishes with more dark fruitiness and never really reveals the booze in the taste.

Full body, solid carbonation.

I think that a few years in the bottle really allowed this beer to some into it's own. I haven't yet reviewed a young sample, but the ones I have tried are not as smooth and complex. It's insanely drinkable for the ABV and just a stellar beer all around. If you have this one available to you, throw it in your cellar for a few years - it will certainly be worth the wait.

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Photo of Mphis
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of aforbes10
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a nice dark mahogany, though clear. Bubbles nicely, with a soft light brown head, bordering on pillow-y. Laces uniformly. Smells of sweet malt, red fruits, strong alcohol...though not overwhelming. Plummy, pruney, malty and caramel-filled. Mildly roasted quality to the malt. I also get flavors of demerera sugar, cherry juice. Overall impression is a smooth, malty treat with a slight spiced note and a nice warming alcohol presence. Very, very good. Extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel. An eminently drinkable and digestible quad. Delicious on many levels and a real treat to enjoy.

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Photo of dnb128
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of DavidST
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet 2010 edition. Popping the cork I can smell the dark fruit from 3 feet away, I have high expectations. This pours a hazy dirty dark brown with a small off white head which almost instantly dissipates. The smells are strong full of ripe dark fruit along with a little alcohol. Feel is medium with high carbonation. The taste is like it smells, lots of ripe dark fruit, some brown sugar a little alcohol born all around tasty.

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

Poured from 1 pt 9.4 oz bottle into snifter. 2005 edition.
A: Cloudy dark brown with hints of yellow hue. Thin dark tan head (I assume due to diminished carbonation with aging). However, aggressive pour still produces nice thick head with good retention.
S: Dried fruit (raisin, date), malt, and background yeast notes.
T: Initially very similar to aroma. However, as this brew warms, more complex aspects arise. Notes of butterscotch, caramel, and toffee. Nice complexity.
M: Medium body and very smooth. Well balanced sugar and ABV.
D: Very drinkable. A solid, great Belgian brew. Not quite excellent, but close. Strong similarity to St. Bernardus Abt 12. It has aged very well over 3+ years.

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Photo of tlema1
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: dark brown with a thin lacy head
S: some fruit, not a big nose
T: figs, plums and other dark fruit
F: great mouthfeel, warm, slightly boozy
O: very, very good sipper

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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of three Brouwerij Het Anker ales offered on-tap at Lucky Baldwins this holiday season. This was labeled "Gouden Carolus Cuvee d' le Empereuer 2003". I consulted with TheLongBeachBum, the SoCal Belgian beer guru, to make sure I was reviewing the right beer and not some previous unheard arrival. He assured me they are one and the same.
Served up in the large Grottenbier chalice I handed to the waitress, the Empereuer arrived looking very majestic. Dark, opaque burgandy coloring, a monstrous, densely creamy vanilla head and clots of spidery lace made for a wonderful brew to eye.
I think I spent five minutes inhaling the delicious aromas of this Grand Cru. Staggeringly sweet, with notes of caramel-dipped fruits, candy sugars, pears, dates, and some modest cognac fumes. What an incredible blend of scents!
As I took a sip, I simply leaned back in my chair and reveled in the complexity of this beer. The flavors of raisins, pears, dates, and brandy-soaked cherries washed across the tongue, blending seamlessly with a dusting of chocolate, toasty, rum cookie-ish malts, and hints of orange liquer. The variety of fruits that kept popping up was simply amazing. With the addition of the confectioner sugar sweetness and, as it warmed, an increasingly boozy alcohol warmth, this brew became more and more like a liquid fruitcake. Not like the one that ends up as a doorstop, though. The feel was full, rich and almost chewy but never syrupy.
Damn, what an outstanding beer! The flavors effortlessly meld togther for a singularly wonderful drinking experience. This Grand Cru is just about prefect. You have to be in the mood for sweet but I can't think of many nicer liquid desserts than this. Very highly recommended!

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4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged from 2004.

Pours a very hazy brown, very thin tan head that fades away quick. Teensy spots of lacing. Aroma has alot of alcohol. Vinous notes, cream sherry and black ripe fruit. Sweet spice, clove and ginger.

Taste is very sweet. Candy sugar and black fruit, spiced raisins and cream sherry. Orange zest and coriander. Lots of flavors jockeying for position but somehow they all mesh wonderfully. Mouth is rich and sticky yet wonderfully smooth. A bit sweet but a nice sipper.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick, light cocoa colored, head faded quickly to a film island. Opaque mahogany colored beer. Fairly strong aroma of dark candy sugar, alcohol, and plum. Lots of interesting flavor, some sweet caramel and vanilla, it's got that barrel aged creamy alcohol flavor even though it's probably never touched a barrel. Feel is kind of slick up front but dries out towards the end, definitely a good thing. A full bodied beer that leaves your stomach warm. Besides the dissapointing head (snicker) this beer is great, a big beer with a delicious flavor and inviting aroma.

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Photo of bort11
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, 2006 vintage, poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series goblet. Tight tan colored head that stands a half inch high. Recedes to a thin film with some spotty lacing. Color is a dark cola brown that is almost purple.

Smell is a very rich caramel and banana with a bit of a yeasty spiciness. Taste is a complex mixture of dark fruits, banana, dark brown bread, black pepper, chocolate, and caramel. Very bold and pleasing.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and full bodied. Sticks nicely to the surface of the mouth and leaves that sweet taste. Mild carbonation leaves just a hint of prickling on the tongue. This is a very, very tasty beer and one that I will be going back to.

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Photo of KeefD
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from tasting notes. Dark red/brown, lots of foam, nice amount of lacing. Very boozy aroma, with a strange hint of Cachaca, Rum and Cola. Lots of chocolate notes in the nose and the palate. Cola, rum, dark fruits and chocolate brownie flavors round out the palate. Creamy and buttery feel on the tongue, average carbonation. Very boozy, alcohol can be felt. A sipper, but wonderful nonetheless.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 corked and caged, 2008 vintage, shared courtesy of Bobsy - thanks for bringing this gem over! Pours a murky purple-brown with a finger of eggshell head which dies down fairly quickly.

Initial burst of bready malt which scares me a bit but settles down to a smooth, complex brew worthy of a Top 100 spot. Rich raisiny fruit, hints of orange, cloves, caramel malt, cocoa powder, figs, hint of nuttiness, almost a hint of port. Ridiculously smooth drinking, light carb, not hint of alcohol aside from a slight warming as you progress. A sipper but only because you want to take it all in, I could probably guzzle it if need be.

Perhaps not as rich or complex as a few other examples I've tried but those few would be hard pressed to match the smooth drinkability of this one - well put together, everything blends seamlessly.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of beeragent
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a bottle.

A - pours a deep brown, forming a fluffy off-white head. Medium spots of lace on the glass.

S- strong aroma of candied dark fruit with a noticeable alcohol presence as the beer warms.

T - Belgium candy sugar coats the palate, followed by a sweet plum/raisin taste with the caramel malt infused throughout the taste. Very complex!

M - heavy bodied and very smooth. Low carbonation with the taste remaining long after the swallow.

D - amazingly complex and full flavor. Body and aroma are everything you would expect from a Belgium beer. Definitely a beer to savor and sip.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 1-25-08
Bottled on 2-24-06

Pours a foamy translucent brown, with glass-covering off white lacing. Little bubbles rise from the bottom to the surface.

Smell is very sweet, caramel, lots of chocolate and a little cinnamon, with dark fruit buried beneath. No real alcohol smell, and surprisingly non-Belgian.

Taste is very tart and fruity. Not like the smell, much more subtle, and a bit more boring. A pleasant floral flavor comes in next, leaving a hoppy balance near the end.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, not too thick.

Drinkability is very good, considering the abv.

Overall, a standard strong dark ale. Good, but I've had much better.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is hardcore. I'm glad I had a friend to share it with, because I got a hell of a buzz off of only half of the 750mL bottle. Pours to a dark nutty brownish amber color with very little head. Leaves no lacing on the glass, but does leave a syrupy film of sorts.

The smell is great. Smells very malty and sweet with some dark fruity esters and candi sugar. Below that is a bit of a vanilla rum bozziness. I could bury my nose in this for quite some time, and I did.

The taste is just as good as the nose. Very sweet at first, but the flavors begin to really show as it warms from cellar temp. The alcohol is quite noticiable, but not harsh. Very mellow, but with a decent bite to let you know it's there.

The drinkability is high on the "would I try it again" scale, but on the sessionability scale this scores very low. This stuff is hella strong... a sipper to the core of its very being. Quite savoury indeed.

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3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very hazy tea colored large head. Tons of lacing.

S - Slightly fruity with caramel malt and faint toffee, dates, dried figs. Some alcohol.

T - Sweet dark fruits with a very sweet caramel that evolves to a slightly boozy presence with a complex sweetness. Aftertaste is a slightly boozy, lingering caramel sweetness with a mild bitterness.

M - High carbonation, thick, pretty refreshing.

D - Delicious worth having, I'll definitely have this again (if I ever come across another oppurtunity to have it). A little too sweet perhaps.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,830 ratings.
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