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)
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:
#551
Reviews:
891
Ratings:
1,833
Liked:
1,696
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
10.23%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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256
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334
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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at bluedog chalfont. Served in a tulip glass.

A- comes to me with a good finger of light tan head that settles quickly leaving a thin shin on top and a thick ring around the glass. Hazy dark red brown in color with a nice glow in the light.

S- sweet and spice with caramel and cloves coming to mind. Some fruity esters with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg.

T- the nose don't lie. This tastes exactly like what it smells like. Layered spice and sweet with a strong belgian yeast fruitiness. Caramel covered dates with fall spice and candied plums. A lighter peach apricot fruit comes in later with some significant warming.

M- a bit more then medium in body and a nice mid to light creamy carb. Hint of heat as it warms.

D- for 11 abv its masterfully used but not hot in any way. This is a great bsda.

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

A brawny sort of Belgian dark strong ale. Assertive malt with moderately sweet dried dark fruit notes and sharp yeast flavors of banana and plum. Alcohol is evident and just a tad rough around the edges, but the beer is more than substantial enough to handle it. Very lively carbonation.

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

2009 vintage. Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

Dull clear falu red body with carnelian highlights and a healthy dense frothy topping of beige micro-foam which subsides to a few fine layers of slick surrounded by a thin yet very dense collar. Excellent star-field of lacing, dragged down by the clear dark matter of tears.

Candied plums, toasted cinnamon, rye, apricot pits, rich dark malt, and dark fruit esters create a heavenly bouquet.

Tart, almost salty (mineral forward) palate entry backed quickly by scalded sugar, figs, prunes, and cloves. Beeswax, hints of orange liqueur, green coffee, and a slow growing yeasty bread note come out next. The finish is somewhat dry with lingering suggestions of dried berries and stone. Subtle, pure, but with some complexity.

Medium-bodied, chewy, lightly effervescent, and moderately warming both from the alcohol and the suggestion of spice.

A classic and superior example of the style - a great value and well suited to the cellar.

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

Finally decided to get this one. I've passed it over for years at this point. I'm actually having a 2008 edition. It's finally time. Poured into my beloved Westy chalice.

Appearance- Dark, rich nut brown. A full inch of tan head settles into a quarter inch cap. The cap lingers nicely.

Smell- Plums. Cocoa nibs. Some nice yeast. Raisin. Toffee. Some more subtle aromas as well. It's very nice and complex. Lots going on. Some banana as well.

Taste- More raisin and toffee. Nice and rich. Some nuttiness. Also chocolate covered cherries. Some tart zest, almost. Very nice. Lots going on. There is some definite heat, still. It finishes with some of that cherry.

Mouthfeel- Nice and rich and creamy. Excellent carbonation. Lovely.

Drinkability- Goes down dangerously smooth. Complex and light. A lovely beer. The booze is there, but not overwhelming.

Really an excellent beer. Hard to complain. Possibly not on the level of the best examples of the style, but just a slight step down. I'm sorry I ignored it for so long.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, hazy reddish-brown. Some orange highlights when held up to light. The head has a similar coloration and is quite tall, with good density and a thick, frothy texture. Retention is very sturdy. There is also plenty of sticky lacing that clings to the glass as the head glacially melts away.

S: Spicy, boozy, and sweet aromas are in contention here. Slight fruity notes contribute to a brandyish twang. Hints of apple and raisin. Spicy notes of tobacco. Sweet honey and toffee/caramel character.

T: Restrained and well-blended in flavor. Some definite sweetness up front: light breadiness accompanied by honey and toffee notes. Fruity notes of raisin, plum, and apple peel, contributing a pleasant, vague tartness. Alcohol is noticeable and lends lots of character - little roughness or heat, mostly just a brandy/bourbon flavor that works really well with a mild tobacco spiciness. Mildly phenolic, but much less so than many Belgian ales.

M: A wonderfully luscious, thick mouthfeel. Sticky but never quite cloying, with a perfect, sipworthy heftiness. Carbonation is just less than medium.

D: Just an excellent beer - I just drank the 2009 version and this drinks amazingly easily for 11% abv. The alcohol is still abundantly present, but it adds as much to this beer as it has with anything else I've tried. Supremely well-blended and articulate. Instantly one of my favorite Belgians.

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Photo of montecristo2
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This IS the stuff reserved for the emperor.

A 2007 vintage poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Aromas of malts, fruity esters, and extremely faint banana yeast.

Dark chestnut color, cloudy and small head, maybe one finger max.

First sip...malts and fruits-candy sugars, grapes and raisins.

Bottom of the bottle tastes more of candied sugars, cinnamon, spiced plums.

This is awesome stuff.

Cheers!

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A clear and dark chestnut brown with a red tinge, beneath a light tan hued mousse-like head; superb retention.

Scents of dark candi sugar, fresh plums, cherries, and hints of yeast and other esters; faint alcohol.

On the taste, candy sweet, ripe dark fruits (possibly concord grapes), toasted grain, dates, and a very hidden alcohol presence. Bitterness is just enough to keep the beer from becoming cloying. Bready finish and has some wine-like elements.

Medium to full bodied, creamy, and overall a vibrant and crisp, flavorful beer; slightly tongue drying. The soft, creamy, coating mouth feel is just fantastic. Texturally this beer could not be improved. Despite high gravity, it is an amazingly easy beer to drink.

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Photo of Luk13
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2008 Vintage, second tasting. Dark brown with a thin white head and heavy lacing. Aroma is definately heavy on pears, carrots, caramelized sugar. Taste is fruity, pears, small fruits and alcohol. Good mouthfeel. It is an awesome dessert and ages beautifully.The sweetness can be cloying, you have to be in the mood.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Shared amongst several people who all wanted to try this highly rated beers. I don't drink too many Belgian Strong Ales so this is fairly new territory for me. Pours a dark reddish brown mahogany color with a tan head. Smells of sweet dark fruit and raisins. Boozy but smooth. Medium mouthfeel. Almost has "legs" like wine. Good but this would be tough to drink a lot of IMO.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've never been disappointed by anything bearing the name Gouden Carolus. Actually, more accurately, I have always been severely impressed by everything bearing the name Gouden Carolus. Their latest beer to grace Ontario was the Ambrio, which came here for the Spring Release and was really spectacular. Then when I think about the Classic, and the Hopsinjoor I get goosebumps.

This past weekend, for my 25th birthday, one of my best friends brought me a bottle of the Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw, which is essentially their dark vintage ale. It is brewed on February the 24th every year to commemorate the birthday of Charles the Fifth. Het Anker calls it an "exclusive adaptation of the traditional Gouden Carolus Classic"; my knees just buckled from under me.

I was fortunate enough to enjoy this beer on my quarter century mark, in Grand Bend, at my buds cottage on the patio, by the lake, under the sun, with my good friends, and also with a nice fine cigar. It don't get much better than this!

The Cuvee comes in two sizes, the classic 750ml corked bottle, and a striking 1.5L rounded magnum (which I WILL get my hands on). It is listed by Het Aker as a Special Dark Beer, and to me strongly resembles a Belgian Quadrupel. It is 11% abv, brewed with only Belgian Hops and Het Ankers unique ale yeast, and is also lagered for two weeks. They do suggest that this beer could be cellared for 10 years or more, and I strongly agree. However I only see this as a possibility if I has a good case or so to spare.

Immediately I was infatuated with this beer. The bottle design is classic and just screamed amazement right at me. The simplistic design implied to me something very very special. Then, without surprise, as I poured this deep dark and luscious beer, huge aromatic and ripe malt and fruit flavors erupted directly at me. The Cuvee pours gently with a smooth flow into the glass, but quickly develops live and a lightly dense one and a half inch off white, creamy and pillowy head.

The Cuvee itself is a deep amber red with golden browns, orange highlights, and a maroon and purple depth to it. It is lightly opaque, but relatively transparent with bubbles floating generously throughout it. The nose is rich and deep with huge and round aromas of dried fruits, plums, raisins, dark malts, caramel, butterscotch, cherries, figs, bitter chocolate, bread, light leather and herbal spice. It is very full powered and anxious to get out of the glass. Aromas constantly waft into the air bringing sweet malty and spice notes to my nose.

I was very excited for this beer, obviously, so I opened up and let in a good wave of beer to fully engulf my palate - and engulf it did! The Carolus flows in strong with rich sweet fruity malts, a complexity of roast and caramel malts, wide flavors of raisins, dark cherries, almonds and plums. It is warming and luscious and packed with so much flavor that every time you sip some you will get new and exciting flavors and aromas.

Easily, more soft and chewy malts make their way into your cheeks with banana, dates, figs, dark berries, sugary dough, plum cake and dark chocolate. It is big with much sweetness, but bitter chocolate and roasts help balance and clean up the beer. Light hops bring spice and slight bitter to the beer, but it is very clean and slight without really affecting the beer's overall powerful character.

It really pours across your entire mouth bringing flavors everywhere it goes with a uniquely Belgian smoothness. Spices like black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger show up on your tongue aided by natural carbonation and a slight yeast and earth aroma. This beer is packed with juicy and lively flavors; I just can't get enough of it. The finish is warm and soft lingering gently and enticing me to come enjoy more. Which I will!

With the Gouden Carolus Cuvee I also enjoyed the Alec Bradley Vice Press 6T2, a massive 6.5 inch box pressed cigar with a meaty 62 ring gauge. I had been saving this cigar since the summer of 2009 for exactly this purpose, and not a better beer could have been paired with it. I love the box pressed shape and overall stance of this cigar - it had a very soft and easy draw bringing with it loads of elegant and filing smoke without being heavy or extreme. It was lightly sweet with a soft woody and leather note, and overall extremely aromatic. The malty sweet flavors in the Cuvee along with its slightly tart carbonation were a perfect quencher for this cigar, and they complimented each other beautifully.

This was a very significant beer for me, I have already started contemplating it as the best beer I have had in 2010, and among the best I have ever had. I would easily recommend this as a game changing beer, but its exclusivity and high cost makes it more of a treat for celebrations.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of ToasterChef
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my tasting notes of a bottle dated 2009. The beer has a big soapy tan head. The liquid is clear and ruby colored. Great film and lace are left behind after each swirl. The aroma is sweet, with notes of dark chocolate and black cherries. Also present is some black licorice.

The flavor is quite big. Alcohol is noticeable, but it is tempered by some black cherry sweetness. Also produced by the malts are some crystallized brown sugar and/or molasses flavors. I can also taste some burst, woodsy flavors. It's all very complex. I think I taste quinine. There is a slight burn going down, but it isn't unwelcome.

The body is of medium consistency, but kind of syrupy. There isn't much carbonation. A sweet coat is left behind, but it isn't all that sticky. Long after I swallow I can taste and feel the alcohol left behind. A glass of water to accompany this beer would not be uncalled for.

For a strong Belgian dark, I find this beer to be very drinkable. The heat makes me think it would be better to consume it during the cooler months. I'll finish this 750ml, but it is certainly worth sharing if you think you may not like it (or want to consume that much strong beer at once).

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Photo of daledeee
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle of 2008 vintage. Reasonably priced as well.

I can tell this is brown but is nearly opaque. Near white head one inch tall. Nice lacing.

Nose is dark cherries, spice, alcohol. rum and butterscotch blended.

Taste is earthy, creamy, dark cherries, plums and malt. There is a lot going on here. I been drinking too many IPA lately. A fine dark Belgian is still hard to beat!! Taste complexity.

Mouth feel is carbonated and creamy, but somehow a little watery. Alcohol is strong but still drinkable. A very fine beer. Two years of aging did not hurt this one. It still tasted fresh and great. One of the best I have had.

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

2009 bottle

A - slightly orangy dark brown body with a creamy tan colored head that lasts for a couple of minutes before leaving a syrupy lace.

S - Caramel, Molasses, Date at first. Then alcohol as head dissipates.

T - Very rich sweet taste with notes of molasses, caramel, and a hint of coffee. Hit of Alcohol in aftertaste.

M - Thick and chewy at first, but carbonation washes it down nicely.

D - Nice to sip on a 750 for about an hour or so. Gets very alcoholy towards the end.

Notes: This was a great beer, but I think would have been better shared with someone else. A little challenging to kill a whole 750 by myself.

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Photo of ritter57
2.61/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2009 bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A beautiful looking beer with a tan cottony head. Smells wonderful and sweet. But the pleasure ends there. The taste starts lively and fresh but quickly goes way too sweet for me. Can't taste anything but malt, sugar and alcohol. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. I would rather have a coke but it may just be a style preference. Sorry.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very dark plum color with some dark ruby hues on the edge. Fairly large, creamy, sticky, toasted marshmallow colored head. Decent retention and a beautiful layer of creamy, sticky lace.

S - Plenty of dark fruit consisting of plum, raisin, and date. Nice sweetness as well with molasses, dark candi sugar, licorice/anise, and a touch of bubblegum. Well spiced with clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of coriander. Hints of rum/brandy soaked fruit as well. Some dark malt and a touch of breadiness make the base. Pretty complex aroma.

T - Good mix of dark fruit, spice, and sweet bread flavors throughout the sip. Similar to the nose. Starts with a strong dark, spiced fruit at first. Mid sip has a strong licorice and bubble gum flavor come out. The dark fruit then comes on strong at the end with a bit more of a rum/brandy flavor to it. The sweet bready flavor is a nice persistent undertone throughout the sip.

M - Medium, maybe slightly toward full, body. Has a lush, creamy, persistent kind of feel to it though. Good amount of carbonation.

D - Well balanced and complex beer with a great mix of flavors that had me wanting to drink more. I could see it potentially being a little too sweet/cloying, but I like sweeter beers on occasion and I think it works for the style.

Notes: Vintage 2009. Great beer that is very complex and has a lot of bold, big flavors. Inclusion of licorice and bubblegum flavor is interesting for the style. I really liked the beer, like I said before, some may think it is a bit too sweet, but it makes a great dessert or night caper (although I could see me drinking this other times too!).

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Slightly murkey caramel/chestnut color. Poured a 1 finger beige head that dissipated to a skim; thick on the edges. Lacing washed down the glass.

S: Sweet and fruity; figs, raisins, cherries. Toasted malts and candi sugar. Alcohol. Very complex nose.

T: Figs, raisins and cherries up front. Toffe, candi sugar and butter. Lots of flavors linger in a mild bitter that ends with warming alcohol.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Hearty, dry and warming with genrous alcohol bite.

D: Big beer. Complex. Definitely a sipper.

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

The first time I had this was on the day of my 21st birthday, and though I loved it, I was not ready for it. This will be my third experience with the beer, enjoying it now on my 25th birthday!

A: Pours a fairly delicate brown, fairly close to the henna color described on the bottle, but collects in my snifter in a dark brown hue with lovely ruby highlights.

S: Sugar plums, prunes, and figs are the main contenders. I think the bottle is right on when it mentions scents of green apples, and there is a delightful biscuity, rich english barleywine-like maltiness in the background as well. Some alcoholic phenols linger in the background.

T: Very rich and complex. Starts with the rich maltiness. In the middle the dark fruits come in with a bit of tartness from the green apples. There is also an alcoholic burn that starts here and lasts into the latter stages of the sip; it isn't unpleasant, but I don't feel adds to the taste too much. The end brings a faint return to the maltiness the sip started out with. The flavors are all big and intense, but are well-balanced.

M: A decent amount of carbonation keeps the intense flavors of this beer from destroying the palate, while still leaving a full and somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

D: For a beer of its strength, richness, and complexity, I think this is quite drinkable.

One of my all-time favorites. The traditional BSDA characteristics are enhanced by a larger than usual presence of rich malts. A prime candidate for cellaring, especially since they bumped up the abv % from 9, and a prime candidate for a special day, or to make a regular day special. Also, only $10 for this?! Crazy good deal, considering all of the $15 and $20 beers who should bow their heads in reverence to this gem.

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Photo of Snamnoum
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle of 2008 with 2 years on it

Appearance - pours a deep, dark, brown/garnet with a smallish beige head. Giant clumps of lace all over the glass. Think and syrupy looking.

Smell - is metallic. Notes of fruit, biscuity malt, and warming heat from the alcohol dominate my nose.

Taste - Is massively rich and complex, a ton of stuff going on here. Malt, malt, malt, up front followed by crazy fruit. Plumbs and cherries mostly. A little tinniness then boom here comes the alcohol. Smacks you square across the face and warms your throat and stomach, very whiskey-like. Finish is spicy with more fruit, malt, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel - is full bodied and chewy. Low to medium carbonation. As it is being drunk it creamily envelops you mouth, tongue, and taste buds, causing the favors to linger luxuriously. Finish lasts minutes.

Drinkability - this beer is IMO stunning. One bomber is absolutely enough for one person but Had I access I would definitely buy a case. This beer is truly orgasmic :)

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intense and long dark ale with a great sipping quality.

Presentation: 12 oz draft serving. Menu offers a short but well crafted description. Notes year (2009), and Alc. by Vol. (11.0%) Served on a Golden Carolus Goblet.

A - Dark brown serving with a 1/4 " creamy head, fair retention, lumpy surface memory with good strokes of lacing.

S - Nice nose, rather sweet, hinting at a complexity of caramel and dark fruits.

T - Complex range, pretty hefty, with brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits... Raisins, plums. Memories of port. Yeasty touch in the back with a gentle bitter touch and a hint of spiciness..

M - Medium-full body with generous carbonation that fades adequately as the brew progresses. Boozy lingering finish.

D - Rich and pleasing sipper.

Notes: First Carolus I have had, and as a slow brew with a broad range it is rather pleasing. A bit overpriced on this draft import serving, but that aside the experience was well worth it.

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Photo of cbutova
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally got around to this one at a tasting with Chico1985 and Atremains. 2007 vintage been sitting around in my closet/basement and now fridge forever. Reviewed from notes.

A- Aging certainly had a huge impact here. The typical head from an aged beer builds up with huge bubbles and fizzes out like champagne or soda eve. Shows its age.

S- Lots of molasses and dark fruit going on. The strength is something to be admired. Malt, brown sugar and fruit in an excellent balance.

T- Age has done this very well. Amazing balance of dark red fruit, molasses, brown nutty malt, cherry and even vinous notes. I even get caramel, vanilla, smoky and spice notes. A dark fruit forefront with all of those great flavors going on behind, splendid.

MF- Moderate body that is very creamy and smooth. Warmth hits the tongue but not too badly. Great coat of dark fruit and molasses.

DB- Great price for such an amazing vintage. Love the taste and balance, age has really improved this ale. Hard to explain the flavors at one point but I know one beer that I will age for 3.25 years.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cbutova breaks out another beast, 750ml 2007 vintage.

Pours dark brownish-red, small head disappears very quickly. Age I'm sure is the culprit. Decent amount of sediment.

Smell is similar to a scotch ale or old ale. Vanilla, spice, malt, caramel. Quite musty like most aged Belgians.

Still lots of old ale-ness in the taste. Reminds me of aged Old Stock a little. Licorice, molasses, spice, brown sugar, caramel, a little bit of smoke. Surprisingly non-Belgian tasting. Very nice complex flavors.

According to the label this ages very well, but I'd like to try it fresh. A little more carbonation would've done well here, this was nearly flat. Booze is there but held back and has a nice warming quality.

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Photo of charmcityboh
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass. 2009 bottle consumed 7/10. Head was respectable but brief. Color, on the other hand, impressed. A wonderful deep red. Smell of fresh cut sour apples, brown sugar. Slight hop bitterness on first contact with the tongue is quickly pushed aside by a wonderful sweetness, apples, cherries maybe? Almost more of a carbonated red wine. Complex taste that changes dramatically from sip to sip as the beverage warms. Nicely carbonated. Thickens as it warms as well. Alcohol is present but subtle for the 11%. A superb beer all around, a real pleasure to drink and savor. Will buy a few to cellar.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.08/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

07 on-tap at 3Fs pub.
A: served in tulip. deep ruby/chestnut/amber. slight haze. nice light tan head.
S: dark candied fruits mostly. rummy booze. some earthy spice and funk and dark caramel/nutty malts.
T: dark belgian candy sugar, dark dried fruit, roasted nuts. has a cough syrup thing going on. hops very understated.
M: medium bodied, well-carbonated, a bit of a sweet and sour finish. bit of a lingering medicinal cough syrup thing in the aftertaste.
D: definitely a sipper, tough to finish.

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Photo of philbe311
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers worth of chunky light khaki colored rapidly fizzes away in a slightly mesmerizing fashion leaving a thick rich creamy lacing... A murky caramel coloring with a faint crimson colored hue... A modest bit of small bubbled slow paced carbonation can be detected when back lit...

S - An absolutely stellar aroma... Sweet and fruity without becoming cloying... Fig... Rum soaked raisins... Cherries... Touches of toffee and brown sugar... Apple... A modest bit of booze... Wonderful complexity...

T - The complexity alluded to by the nose continues through to the palette... First is the fruit in the form of fig, raisins, and cherries... Next is the increasing sweetness of brown sugar and buttery toffee... Then the alcoholic warmth rises on the finish... Simply this one is yummy...

M - Medium to full bodied... Sleek and slightly sticky... Hearty... A bit chewy... Just a the slightest carbonated bite... Some serious alcoholic heat on the finish...

D - This is a big time offering... Enjoyable all the way around... Memorable... A stellar BSDA that is bursting with complexity... Sophisticated and worldly... A sipper that is terrific to relax with...

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 1,833 ratings
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