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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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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Photo of mrasskicktastic
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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Photo of rrski198
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
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

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

Finally typing up a review of this Belgian classic.

Dark mahogany body, creamy head. Bubblegum, toffee, and praline on the nose. Flavor is complex and unique. Boozy toffee malt then a gang of flavors that do not fit the appearance. Esters are reminiscent to a good hefe: clove, mace, banana even. Brown sugar sweetness may be over the top for some. Creamy smooth texture.

One of those beers you can can sit down with and really inspect the rainbow of flavors. It is a bit sweet for me, but that said, an incredible beer. The interesting mix of flavors could best be described as the love child of a Belgian Quad and a German Hefe.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of jaemeno3
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elgiacomo
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 31, 2009

750ml bottle, 2009. Pours very dark copper/brown with a one finger light beige head. Very nice, complex beer that evolves and changes.

Aromas range from very fruity, dark fruits, cherries, light apple, some yeast.

Flavors are predominantly fruity, cherries, dark fruits, sometimes some chocolate really comes through, some pear, yeasty, bready belgian goodness. Alcohol is quite present. Only real knock I have, but I think it will get better with age.

Mouthfeel is rich, but with high carbonation for the style.

Very rich and delicious beer overall. Glad to finally try this one.

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

750ml bottled corked and caged with 2005 around the neck label. Dark and murky reddish brown with a quickly erupting tall light tan head. Great lacing was left as a tight cap of foam held together. Sweet ripe dark fruit really come on strong with a bit of caramel coating. Some mixed spices come out nicely as does a bit of yeast aroma. Big fruitiness starts off the flavor also with figs, raisins and plums covered with a bit of caramel and a light alcohol. Good spiciness and yeast flavor add to the complexity. Ends on a spicy sweet dark fruity note. Pretty thick body with a very creamy smooth texture to it, though I think a touch more thickness would be nice. Greatly drinkable as well. Overall a great fruity Belgian dark that is all around delicious.

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Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of OleDixie
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of rand
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From 750 mL bottle to Mikasa tulip glass

2009 batch...been looking forward to this.

A: The brew appears deep mahogany in color, cloudy and completely opaque. It seems effervescent, but the beers own weight prevents any real chance of a head. Tiny patches of lacing speckle the glass.

S: The bouquet is rich and sweet and layered, with prominent notes of ripe fruit and butter-rum. Drying notes of oak attempt to contain the big, yeasty aspects and banana esters. Distinct buttery notes linger.

T/M: Ripe fruit hits the palate first, more prominently than the nose led to expect. The butter-rum notes are there, but they're tucked under a layer of sweet, chewy bread and oak. You can parse subtleties all day with this, but it seems age has formed a singular experience on the palate, as none of the nuances overlap the others. Booze is noted, especially toward the finish, which helps dry and cleans, leading to a medium and slightly sweet close.

This is up there with the best of the Belgian Strongs I've had. YOu could use this for a clinic...the esters, the oak-y dryness, the body and balance. I'd like to see what this tastes like after a few more years in the cellar.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From corked and caged 750 to Ommegang chalice...

Only a subtle "poof" as the cork comes off. Don't fret, as there's ample carbonation from the deep bourbon barrel-colored body rising to a 2-finger, ginger-colored bready head that is thick, dense and lumpy. Awesome.

Beautiful scent of apple and pear esters are first wave. With warmth, more banana, yeast and malt emerge. Bountiful and beautiful.

Silky, sweet, thick malt presence with well-balanced esters of banana, pear and apple. Carbonation blends in Beautiful Chemistry with yeast, copious amounts of malt and mild ginger, clove and cinnamon. Malt and spice emerge even more profoundly with warmth.

The power of this offering rests in a full, deep finish. Carbonation provides tingle as a counterweight to cut the fat. Stellar effort.

Complex with balance in abundance. This is immense and a pleasure. Sip and savor.

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Photo of joepais
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage, 750ml bottle Poured a wonderful burgundy color with a slight white head . Aromas of wine fresh bread and malts . Medium-bodied and slight carbonation . This Ale drinks like a cognac . Big fruity flavors along with some malty sweetness but not overly sweet .This bottle was a well balanced. I will enjoy this Ale watching the Red Sox’s tonight nomatter what the outcome (Go Sox’s)

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Photo of thoglund
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dalepryor
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of little_star
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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

Photo of Kenai4
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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

Snifter pour with a murky dark brown colored brew produced. A nice bubbly cream colored, two-finger foamy head is present.

Dark fruits, pears, sugary sticky candy aroma. A faint whiff of bozzy substance is also in the air.

Major explosion in the taste! So much going on with this beer once it hits the palate. A small swish in the mouth definitely kicks up some of the hidden characteristics of this fine beverage. The lingering aftertaste gets the mind wandering even more to the complexity of the brew.

Drinkability is somewhat high but polishing off a 750 ml on one's own will have you talking to the pink elephants....who won't leave!

A very well done ale!

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Photo of ybnorml
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First This beer is called "Grand Cru of the Emperor" Dated 2003 and the label says 10% by Volume.
An opaque brown beer . Has a small egg shell white head and a little bit of lace. The aroma is a strong sweet dried fruit , figs, raisins and plums. There is a soft doughy aroma in the background with the alcohol. The taste is ful of dried fruit, some fig, then some raisin, some plum, then back to fig etc. All with a hint of tabacco at the back of the throat and a dry finish. I finisihed off the whole bottle while eating dinner . That is how easy drinking this is. A real treat. I Will Be Looking For More!

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Photo of dasenebler
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750mL dated 2009, Cuvee van de Keizer Blauw--poured gently and regally, of course--produces a small tan head atop a lovely, purplish brown body. A bubbly layer sticks around with decent lacing.

The aroma is fantastically ripe, vinous and fruity, with a background of caramel and brown sugar. Very bright and pungent, but not brooding, as some dark Belgians can be.

Sweet and ripe dark beer. Quite fresh and fruity for the style, actually. Grapes, plums and apples come to mind. Finish is full of smooth yeastiness and rich, dark caramel malt. Very sweet, actually, but also velvety and delicious. The mouthfeel is not heavy or plodding, but rather lithe and sticky. Creamy carbonation is outstanding.

This beer is quite hot (11 percent), and you will notice the alcohol content very quickly. I like warming character, but the ethanol flavor of this beer is quite present. However, the complete flavor package more than makes up for this heat.

I could see this aging for quite some time, and mellowing beautifully. Still very good young.

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