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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown walnut with ruby red highlights while a slight, beige head produces little lace.

Has the full, rich aroma one would expect with spice and dark fruits. Rather sweet with plums, fresh figs, and brandy. Caramelized sugar continues to develop with warmth.

A mélange of dark fruits and spices just as the nose had suggested. This one is rich and complex and could easily be considered a benchmark for the style. The balance is slightly to the sweet side but still well in check. A lingering finish. Warms amazing well.

Full body with modest carbonation and syrupy texture. Alcohol is present but a minor player.

Perfect for contemplation of memories or reading as one sips. Enjoyed this in a tulip glass, as that is what was available, however, I would have preferred a chalice or snifter.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Pauly2X
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Clear deep ruby/mahogany with a frothy finger head.

S- Caramelly rum and raisins, very rich without being obnoxious. Faint notes of alcohol exsist as well, no hop aroma to speak of.

T- Sweet rich caramelly malt abounds, though not simple. Elegantly complex without being "busy". Rum, raisins, toffee are all here complimenting each other in near harmonius perfection. The alcohol note with it's assertive dryness is all that serves to keep this beer from being cloying. It serves as a most welcome finish to this beer.

M- Carbonation is quite evident yet very much needed to lighten up this otherwise sryupy beer.

O- Pure decadence from start to finish. A must try for any belgian fan. Also a great beer to have in the cellar for an impromtu celebration. So stop reading the reviews and just get some already.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a 75cl bottle into a chalice
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: A careful pour yields a 2 finger, medium looking, off-white head with great retention. Rosewood red or seal brown in color with very little carbonation evident. Head fades very slowly and eventually settles into a thick foam cap that clings to the sides of the glass. A good foam cap remains until the end and leaves some good lacing down the glass. Good looking brew.

SMELL: A big, enticing nose on this one. Dark and caramel malts with lots of fruits and spicy yeast notes. Plumbs, dates, grapes and some red cherries in there. Some sweet brown sugar and spicy yeast notes with pepper, coriander and even oregano is worked in there really well. Great stuff.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness up front with lots of fruits and spices. Raisins, dates and plumbs, with a noticeable dose of red cherries again, brown sugary sweetness, moving into a spicy yeast finish. Coriander, pepper and oregano make an appearance once more, as well as some light, bitter dark chocolate that tries to balance out the fruity and sugary sweetness. Aftertaste is bold and lingers nicely on the palate. Really enjoyable, and just a touch more bitterness after the swallow would give it the perfect score it otherwise deserves.

PALATE: Medium body and medium, soft carbonation. Creamy on the palate, lighter as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. A bit of a bite at the swallow and some heat lingers. Perhaps a little more weight in the feel would have given the support to push the flavors over the edge.

OVERALL: Really flavorful and enjoyable, but could have used a touch more bitterness after the swallow. A slightly heavier feel would have added a touch as well. Still, these are minor points, as this is a world-class brew for sure and I’m not surprised it gets such high scores on this site. Worth drinking lots of, and worth tracking down if it isn’t distributed to your area, especially if you’re a fan of the style. Highly recommended.

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

A - It pours a purple brown opaque color with excellent lacing and a 2 finger head that hung around for a while.

S - Raisons, figs, brown sugar, green apples.

T - The taste follows the nose. This is a very sweet beer. Candied sugars seem to dominate, but yeasty breadiness couples with toffee nicely underneath. Flavors of dark fruits don't shine through as well on the taste as they did the nose.

M - Medium bodied, light burn from the alcohol in a good way.

O - A great belgian that I finally got around the try. Can't wait to try this with some age on it.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage, and bought... well... at least around 2010 or beyond.

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Poured a dark brown with a great deal of ruby highlights. The head was rather large and only mildly off-white.

S: Sugary and then some... and with a rather large licorice component. Very potent!

T: Pured dark licorice, but high grade at that. I can only image how this sucker is fresh, because it was very intense, even at the 2012 vintage level. Very tasty, with a bit of marshmallow sugar and Belgian funk.

M: Sure, my palate was coated with candy sugar, but the caramel-esque quality made this very dessert-like. The lacing was moderate overall.

O: This is one of the more sugary Belgians on the market, but that is part of its charm. the licorice elements sort of reminds me of their Easter entry.

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3.03/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I strike this one from the cellar for unknown reasons, or at least logic. It just struck me to break it out, a 2009 version it be. Poured from a corked 750 ml. bottle into a large wine glass. This beer pours a clear deep brown with mahogany highlights. A half inch of foam settles out to a light film and throws off some lacing. Yeast influemce is oddly lacking.

Aroma is malty with deep ruddy caramel notes and a touch of yeast and some fruity vinous notes. Rather bock like on the nose, fruity and potent. Touch of alcohol with some warming. Good but not quite in line with a BSDA initially, though fighting it's way up through the glass. Yeast influemce is oddly lacking.

Flavor is sweet and fruity and perhaps to a fault. Sweetness of the delivery is the weakness of this beer, again being reminiscent of a bock beer. Alcohol does reveal itself with warming. Sweet and vinous yet pleasant in flavor and with a firm booziness.

Malty, caramel and with a bit of chocolate. I'm just not impressed with this beer. But then I'm never been impressed by this brewery either. Bit mucky and one dimensional for my tastes.

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4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a 2008 and a 2010:

A - Pours a dark carmel color. Dark red if held to the light. Large tan head quickly dissipates to a thin clumpy film, like cirrus clouds.

S - Incredibly sweet smell of carmel and apple cider. Smells like a warm carmel apple.

T - Like the smell, very strong sweet tastes of carmel and apple cider. Candy sugar with some hints of dark fruit. The combination of carmel and sugar combined with fruit and hops give it a dry alcohol character similar to a scotch or TN whisky. Smooth sweet caramel aftertaste with a just a hint of bitterness.

M - Medium in mouthfeel. Sweet and dry with decent carbonation.

O - A really sweet, complex and delicious beer. Quite filling, in fact while it's sweetness and mouthfeel, make it delicious, they also make it very filling. Not one I can have more than one or two of after a meal. I always keep at least one bottle in the cabinet.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of output01x
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (Dated 12/07/11) into a snifter glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1-finger cream-colored head that dissipates after a couple minutes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a very dark (yet clear) mahogany brown with crimson when held to light. A very good amount of carbonation bubbles can be seen popping up almost everywhere. Some nice lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

This beer really smells like the produce section of your local grocery store. Notes of sweet dark fruit (plum and raisin mostly), candied apples, green grapes, and asian pear are all detectable. The nose is very complex and will surely be interpreted differently by each person that smells it.

Right off the bat, sweet fruit flavors come out at the beginning of each sip. Notes of banana, fig, plum, red apple, grapes. As the beer is swallowed, a cider alcohol flavor quickly rushes the palate but quickly turns into a generic alcohol warmth as dark fruit flavors sneak back in. Red grapes, apple cider, and raisin linger on the tongue as an aftertaste.

Medium bodied with excellent carbonation, this beer is deceptively drinkable at 11% ABV. The body may seem a bit light but certainly does not hinder the flavors nor become sticky. The carbonation is rather fizzy when the beer is held in the mouth but does not seem to effect the experience much.

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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  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 22 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.3 L Unibroue snifter. Think this was the 2008, didn't record that data.

Large thick light tan head. Well carbonated. Clear dark reddish color. Smells of banana cake, apples, and ethanol. Starts with lots of green apple. Syrupy. Ethanol is warming but not hot. Dark fruit, raisins, dates. Apple and plum throughout. Medium to heavy body, warming alcohol. Lingering sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warmth.

I don't recall where I got this, but I want some more.

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Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 1,833 ratings
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