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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#557
Reviews:
899
Ratings:
1,866
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
263
Gots:
348
Trade:
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Photo of BobbyOlson
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Giggy
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 104401
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobob10
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, 2016 vintage, bottled on 10/6/2016.

Great looking Belgian with a ruby-brown color that shows great clarity when held up to the light. Creamy off-white head with good persistence.

Rich malt aroma combining dried cherries, figs, raisins, cola, and brown sugar. Sweet and inviting.

The sweetness detected in the aroma carries over to the flavor and adds in an element of spice. You still get the cherries and figs, but with a touch of peppery spice to it as well. The impression is sweet upon sweet though.

I have to say I didn't love the feel of this beer. It's overly soft and smooth, to the point where it felt slightly flat or oxidized. Despite the bottle being 14 months old, these are able to be aged up to 10 years, so oxidation shouldn't have played a major factor. Especially given its 11% ABV. The soft feel combined with the high alcohol made for an odd combination. Still, this was an enjoyable beer and I had no problem taking down the entire bottle over the course of a snowy evening.

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Photo of Bajdog
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kouroshz
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional complex full body beer, with the taste of ripe plums and pleasant aftertaste. Sort of like a quad on a fruiter side.

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Photo of jenrhart
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tcsox
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - thick dark reddish brown, thick full body with a good skimming
Smell - candied plum, smells like a quad
Taste - dark fruit like plum with a good sweetness me some woodiness
Feel - medium full body with a light carb
Overall - tasty, enjoyable beer

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Photo of ICTguy21
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage

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

Photo of BeerDreadz
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ajm5108
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Classic dark pour. Very sweet beer, both on the tongue & the nose. Dark phenols all over the place but there was some other intriguing notes - blackberry, mild roasted cacao, grape must. Lots of sweet but some nice savory notes to balance it, and has depth beyond the average quad / belgian dark

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SpongeHop
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - beautiful clear brownish red; small Hazel head of largeish bubbles
S & T - honey, caramel/dark brown candy sugar, raisins, dried plums/dried dark stone fruits, grape-y cognac
F - boozy, but smooth and velvety. easily drinkable

O - decent enough Belgian, but not sure what all the hype is about.. tastes a lot like the normal gouden Carolus with less candy/sweets and more booze... Preferred the christmas spiciness of the Noel myself

I don't particularly recommend this one.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emincems
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all time favorite expect sour Belgians. Dark brown color with medium sized off-white head. Foam leaves thin cover on top. Plum, caramel, molasses and toasted malts are in the nose. Perfectly strong even boozy taste with tons of complex malts, wood, dark fruits and caramel. Full bodied, low viscosity. Creamy on the palate. Best finish I ever experienced; very long, dry and amazingly warming. Simply unbelievable!

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Photo of ZEB89
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thalador
2.31/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Viaduck
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/7/2016. Pours very dark brown with a generous foamy tan head. Smells sweet, caramel & dark fruit. Taste: modest sweetness, caramel, toffe & fig. No bitterness, no sign of the 11%. Perfect amount of carbonation, feels very smooth. An excellent caramel covered fig newton.

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Photo of CharlesK
3.19/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ZinFanDave
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prominent chocolate flavor in a creamy texture with no off notes. Not very complex,but certainly delicious like a chocolate dessert.

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