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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,831
Reviews:
890
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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256
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335
For Trade:
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Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a dark brown with ruby red shining along the edges. Good bubbly action along the bottom. Nice tight bubbles long the top edges. Good creamy off white lace head. Nice lace remains throughout the drink. Great looking brew here.

Brew smells of dark fruits and some subtle malts. Some booze and sugary yeasts, raisins, dates and even possibly tobacco. Great complex nose.

Brew is creamy smooth initially then spiced and finishes peppery and clean. Very complex stuff here. Sweet dark fruits; raisins, dates, figs. Sweet Belgian estery fruits and yeasts. Creamy malts; almost a bit of tobacco in here towards the end. Full bodied, complex and excellent.

Wow - tremendous stuff here. Sip and enjoy this one. Excellent.

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Photo of Stoutsman
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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

I wasn't sure if I was ready for 11% after a long friday. First of the night at midnight. Well...

A-This guy's a beautiful sight. Dark amber and ruby in the light. Nice foamy head that could probably last for hours. I'll never know.

S-Roasted dark fruits and molasses. Some aged oak in there also. Very inviting.

T-Definitely dark fruits. The alcohol is really not that prominent for 11. A bit of bourbon shows up with a burnt caramel twist that's tasty.

M-Creamy, medium feel. Fits well.

O-I'm a fan but not a big fan of the style,yet. However from where I stand(sit) this sample is quite impressive. My Belgian adventure will continue thanks to this high quality brew.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

This is a deep burgundy colored brew with a nice foamy head that is a yellow-ish white color. Settles to a nice coverlet of chunky lace that sits atop the brew.

Smells of big candied malts, dark fruits - raisins, cherries and plums; there is also bananas, cloves, spices, bready yeast and a sour apple note. Smells delicious.

Tastes as rich and complex as it smells. Big sweet Belgian candied malts, followed by dark fruits, banana, maybe some sour apple as well as some woody notes in the middle. Finishes dry.

Thick and creamy - a luscious brew.

I love this style and this is simply a must try. An amazing brew here.

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Photo of strangebrew321
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of FunkyFibes
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

750ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk... 2008 bottle...

Poured a deep burgundy red / brown colour with a slight haze... Creamy tan head poured quite foamy but faded very quickly to thin covering with thick edging... fair amount of carbonation bubbles... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Dark spicy fruits (raisins, prunes, some blackcurrents), strong toasted toffee maltiness, some molasses notes, light aniseed hints, some light rum traces, vanilla, light oakiness, some nuttiness, peppery hops...

Taste - Sweet and spicy fruits (definite raisins and prunes, spicy apples, some strawberries and blackcurrents), brown sugar / toffee sweetness, toasted bready maltiness, strong Belgian yeastiness, light herbal notes, nice warming alcohol, liquorice hints, spicy hops...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry then some smoothness coming through after.. Medium / full bodied... Pretty drinkable considering the strength...

Overall - An excellent beer... Up with the best of the dark Belgain ales... Highly recommended...

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Photo of CWhite
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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

Poured from the bottle into an official Gouden Carlous small chalice. Vintage 2011. About time I've reviewed this it's one of my favorites.

A faint caramel tan colored head that is quite foamy, settles quite quick but seems to keep a thin bubbly puck. Body color is a real nice ruby brown, edges and hues of all colors abound, orange, some yellow along the base. Very nice looking beer, head formation aside, but it laces up like nobodys business after numerous pours from the bottle, just sick looking.

Ripping smelling barley grain on the nose, with chewy raisins and dates and dark fruits. Slight sweetness, but nothing overpowering. Smells great.

Vinous almost texture with a very tight fizz that doesn't upset the palate. The palate rolls with a great chewy dates and sweetness, mixing in with a faint brown sugar. Aftertaste is high on raisins and fig newton qualities. Light sweet maraschino cheries seem to come out later.

Overall, just another winner from Het Anker.

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Photo of touchmeimsac
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of N8DAGR8
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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 bbadger
2/5  rDev -53.4%

Photo of Brushkanna
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am drinking desert. This is as far away from a traditional beer as I have had. I’m a novice when it comes to Belgian dark strong ales. The Grand Cru of the Emperor pours with a short creamy head, there are great strong flavors of sweet dark raisins, caramel, brown sugar & hints of fine chocolate.

My wife who likes darker sweeter beers said, "this is the best beer ever". Some have said that the high ABV was noticeable and a negative but I did not get that feeling. It has 11% ABV but it fits well, reminds me of a fine desert wine.

We really enjoyed this beer I will be looking for it again as a great holiday treat.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red and brown...almost wood-like color.

Smells of dark fruits, caramel and clean alcohol. Hints of bread and sugary cake.

The flavor is intense. Raisins, tart cherries, other dark fruits, cake, caramel and grains. The sweets are balanced with molasses, mixed spices breads and hints of citrus peel. Alcohol flavors are well blended and actually aid in the taste.

Rich and creamy mouthfeel compliments the heavy dose of flavors.

I bought this on a whim and I'm glad I did!

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of Archemedies
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of tclapper
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of throwback
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

A finger of off white/faint brown head is produced. The body is brown with an abundance of ruby red hues when held to the light. Dare I say this is a sexy looking beer? I must. Lots of eye candy lacing is left.

On the nose this has a definite alcohol presence which at 11% it gets a little hard to totally hide. There is also some caramel sweetness, dark fruits, and bready notes to balance out that alcohol and make it a pleasant smelling brew.

Mmm...big bready notes, a bit of molasses, caramel, dark fruits like raisins and figs with an alcohol kick.

There is a full body here that is fairly smooth. The carbonation isn't too much and works nicely. Slightly sticky on the lipsss.

This thing is pretty wonderful. I was hoping to keep it around for a little bit before cracking it, but I broke down and I'm glad I did. If the sweetness and alcohol levels were toned down ust a tad this would be a home run. It's still amazing, like a Bengie Molina triple.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow this is really something special. on tap at the bull and bush in denver. 10oz goblet for 7 dollars, reasonable. looks like a holiday beer, with a deep mahogany color and a thick thick white belgian head. smells very fruity with a fresh baked bread sort of aroma as well, mild spice. flavor is dried fruits and a touch of spice. its a little sweet but incredibly well balanced and interesting. alcohol pokes through a little in the finish. mouthfeel is fantastic, smooth and fuller bodied. this is an outstanding beer, one i had never heard of before, but one i will absolutely seek out in the future.

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Photo of fx20736
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle at cellar temp into a pint glass.

Turbid dark ochre with cream colored head. Nice lacing.

Aroma of caramel, granny smith apples, raisins & alcohol esters.

Mouthfeel: soft medium.

Taste: Like the aroma. Brown sugar, apples, raisins.

Notes: smooth, sweet & warming. I can hardly wait to see what cellaring will do to this tasty beer.

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

2011 bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours bright, clear garnet. Not quite as bright as a ruby port but close. The head a little on the short side, both in height and durability.

Super sweet aroma with lots of yeast an plenty of sweet, dark fruit. Some toffee aroma as well.

Sweet flavor, though there's a little sharpness there as well that reminds me, again, a little of port. The alcohol is pretty upfront. Plenty maltiness but I'd like to taste more of the yeast that was so prominent in the aroma. The flavor also doesn't linger at all and a little longer finish would be nice.

The mouthfeel is a little on the light side but otherwise excellent. The carbonation is just right.

Overall I like this but I'm wondering if it would benefit from some aging as it's a little hot and a little one dimensional. I plan to pick up another bottle or two and try it again after some time.

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,831 ratings.
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