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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium
hetanker.be

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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4.29
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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Photo of Flashsp2
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw 750 into oversized pinot noir glass,Feb 2008 vintage in July 2009

Super deep mahogany with gold highlights. A pretty aggressive pour (for a bottle conditioned Belgian anyway) reveals a two inch light tan head, good retention and spotty stick on the way down.

Sweet malt and granny smith apple peel. Nice tartness, not intense, just enough to have a refreshing aroma. Some other dark fruit in there, under ripe plum comes to mind.

Caramel sweet bread, dry yeast, more tangy green apple peel, More of the plum, a touch of raisin, and a good tartness that is unexpectedly tasty and brings a brightness to an otherwise dark tasting beer. Their is a touch of bitterness on the finish as well, hard to tell if its from the hops of some other aspect. The alcohol makes a warming presence on the palette as it warms, but still doesn't overpower the beer.

Mouthfeel starts heavy and almost syrupy, but then the prickly carbonation breaks it up and makes it feel a bit more lively and lush.

Pretty high on the drinkability for the ABV (11%). Nice balance of sweet and tangy, I like this quite a bit. Top 100 worthy, maybe, maybe not. Probably so, just quite a bit different than what I was expecting.

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Photo of BeanBone
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bit of a gusher on opening, but nothing too extreme. Pours a dark brown body with ruby-red highlights. Up top, over a finger of creamy off-white head with good retention and stellar lacing.

Aroma: A mix of ripe bananas, a host of various other dark fruits, mustiness, and sweet brown sugar malt.

Flavor: Essentially, the same profile found in the nose--dark fruit, mustiness, spiciness, and rich caramel malt. The alcohol is masked excellently, adding just a dash of spice and heat. Raisins and brown sugar in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and just a hint of warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Tasty and deceptively quaffable, this drinks a lot faster than the alcohol content would suggest.

Verdict: While I'm a little disappointed that it didn't quite live up to the hype I've seen, Cuvée Van De Keizer is still a solid, complex, and thoroughly drinkable Belgian Strong Dark Ale well worth a try.

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

Dark brown/ruby pour with a monster 3 fingers of cascading head that leave being some nice lacing and retention.

The aroma is dark fruits up front with surprisingly subdued spiciness. Yeast, earthy hops, and some alcohol heat round out a nice nose.

The flavor starts out quite odd and unique. Dark fruits and a sweetness that is difficult to pinpoint engulf the mouth with tons of flavor. There are some spices in the finish, but they are subdued for the style. Alcohol is very slightly noticeable, but this drinks pretty damn well for 11%

The body is on the full side of medium and the carbonation is soft. Very good for the style.

Overall, this beer is a winner and is most definitely a world class BSDA. Rich and complex, yet easy drinking for the ABV. Right up there in the conversation with any top Belgian beer you can name.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Poured into my goblet the beer is a dark red purple with tons of sediment floating around. About one finger of tan head dissapates rather quick. Just a tiny bit of soapy lace.

The aroma is rich and sweet. Dark fruits drizzled with candied sugar are mainly what comes to mind. Some malt and belgian yeast can be picked out.

The flavor is much the same as the nose. Rich dark fruits. Lots of sugary sweetness. A bit of pears and apples. Along with some yeast in the finish.

Medium to full body. Lively carbonation.

Overall a nice Belgian Dark.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if this is a new brewery. It seemed to have popped up out of nowhere. I saw the beer on tap at my local and now it's available in numerous varieties at numerous beer stores.

Strong Dark is not my favorite Belgian style but this is pretty good considering. Very strong in flavor, a little lighter than expected in color, more coffee than chocolate, great carbonation, decent aroma. I'm looking forward to trying some of their other varieties.

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Photo of HeroJH
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was great. A real treat. Some really fun fruity flavors to pull out of this. This review is for the 2009 bottling.

A - Dark brown. lasting stoft head, good lacing

S - A lot of different aromas to pick out here. A lot of fun. Light sweet sugar. Celery. Honey Dew Melon. Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream. Cherry Coke.

T - Cherry sweet and full (not fake cherry flavor, and not overdone). Honey Apple. Plume. Prune. Takes time, starts strong and tart but worth sticking with. It becomes very easy to drink and delicious once your palette gets acquainted.

M - Coating w/sweet tart dry back and front.

D - Well, it's great if you have enough, hehe.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 2009 bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a brilliant reddish brown with heavy amber highlights and a velvety khaki head that sticks around a long while.

S - Overwhelmingly sweet. Brown sugar dominates with some faint dark fruits, malt, and other assorted nasal curios. Sort of mild earthy yeast aroma like in a lot of other strong Belgian beers.

T - Again, quite sweet. Lingering alcohol flavor on the tongue. Just a little bit of raisiny flavor. Dark brown sugar.

M - Waterier than I expected. Mouthfeel usually isn't a huge issue for me but this detracts just a bit from the overall quality.

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Photo of haz77
2.75/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - 2005 vintage. Pours a deep, clear chestnut brown, with a couple of fingers of light-tan head. If allowed to settle it falls to a thin ring leaving behind plenty of lacing, but is easily refreshed to a finger in depth.

S - Masses of sweet dried fruit - dates/raisins/fig, molasses, dark rum, cinnamon, orange peel buried in the back. There's more there, but tough to define what it is. Really appealing.

T - Rich, dried fruit comes to the fore immediately. The alcohol is fairly well masked, but only because sweetness dominates. Unfortunately this also stops any other flavours showing prominence. Long, lingering aftertaste of tobacco. Huge letdown.

M - Very coating, syrupy mouthfeel. Cloying. Carbonation is very light, which doesn't help to cleanse the mouth and add some balance. Disappointing, possibly due to its age.

D - I'd held high hopes here and the beer showed initial promise. Let down by its complete imbalance. Might revisit with a fresher bottle, but can't imagine the overpowering sweetness being brought into check.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby red/brown into my St. Bernardus chalice, with virtually no head and little lacing.

S: Aromas of dark candi sugar and dark fruits. Very pleasant.

T: Quite sweet. Hints of brown sugar and dark fruits, as suggested by the aromas, including raisins and grapes. Mild spiciness at the finish, probably due to the ABV. Speaking of the high alcohol content, with the exception of the spicy finish, it is almost undetectable. A very drinkable brew.

M: Somewhat syrupy, but that is to be expected with this type of brew. The high sweetness is probably a reason for this. Middle of the road carbonation and a moderately full mouthfeel.

D: Not as complex as some other Strong Dark Belgian ales, (Chimay Grand Reserve) but still amazingly drinkable. I think the first time I had this, I thought it was going to be a golden ale, and was disappointed to find it was a dark ale. This second time around, knowing what I was getting, I've appreciated this that much more. Excellent interpretation of the style, and quite possibly one of the top ten in the style. Wine drinkers, or those who do not like excessively hoppy or bitter brews, could appreciate this one.

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

Once poured in my goblet "Gouden Carolus". Look: Purplish brown, thin foamy head with a thick finger, seems ice cream, very good lacing; Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, purple grapes and figs; Taste: Similar, roasted malt, coffee, purple grapes and sugar, few traces of alcohol without being disagreeable, grapes prevails over the other ingredients; Mouthfeel: Clean, very bitter with sweet moments, extra thick body, creamy and robust; Drinkability: Like drinking wine-beer, very good, combining the warmth of the wine with the freshness of beer.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is dark brown and clear. Carbonation is steady and moderate. Made up of small bubbles that rise through the beer with medium velocity feeding a thin tannish head of small bubbles that is diffuse but leaves a lot of lacing on the glass and managed to stay contiguous.

I could smell this beer when I was pouring it. It is bright, sweet, tons of fruity esters. Smells great. Aroma is quite complex.

Beer is sweet and has a nice fruit character to it. I would like maybe a bit of bitterness to balance out the sweetness but overall its really good. Medium bodied so it drinks nicely. Drinkability is good. Not much carbonation in the mouth. I would definitely buy this beer again.

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Serving type: on-tap

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at a local beer bar. Served in a slender tulip. I've already reviewed this beer in the bottle, but on draft it was significantly different enough to warrant a second review. This is one of those beers that I totally think should be served in a bottle and not NOT on draft. My experience was totally different.

Beer is dark brown and clear. Carbonation is low. Head falls away to almost nothing, leaving very little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly malt and caramel with a hint of alcohol. A little boozier than the bottle I had but overall a great smelling beer.

Beer is initially sweet but then it hits you, in the face with alcohol. VERY VERY BOOZY! I noted the taste of alcohol in my first review, this time it was the dominant and really only flavor there. It overwhelmed everyone else.

Seriously, if you like liquor you may like this way better than the bottle version, my wife did. I don't like a beer that tastes too much like liquor and use the descriptor "unbalanced" to describe it. Both flavor and drinkability suffer.

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Photo of Chambic
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02.02.10 at City Beer, courtesy of Frank

A: beautiful dark brown, with a ruby tint

S: like booze, fruit, and sugar

T: ripe, dark fruit, caramel, and jammy; sometimes it almost tastes like liquid Reese's Pieces

M: nice and rich, really malty

D: love this beer, though I've never had the whole thing myself

Love the beer, love the bottle -- GC can do no wrong.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007
Poured a deep reddish brown color with great caronation.Nose is rich caramel, dried dark fruits and candy. Taste is caramel, sweetness, dark fruits, booze and candy. Mouthfeel is booze, sticky, sweet and dark fruits. This is a big, rich beer and it is very good.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2008 bottle that is corked and caged. Once opened the beer pours dull mahogany brown. It's opaque on the fringe of clear and leathery looking with a very poor head. There is a constant stream of bubbles that feeds a collar and a light layer of tan suds.

The nose is fantastically diverse. It's an assortment of raisin, breads, caramel and molasses. As it warms some spices become even more evident.

The taste is even better then the nose which frankly doesn't do the beer justice. The spices are subdued and end up being a little peppery and really shines in the finish. Dark fruits like plum and raisins mix with caramel and molasses. Each sip is a slightly different combination of flavors and all of them are pleasing.

The mouthfeel is pleasing. The soft smooth texture is complimented by a peppery spice, slight sizzle of carbonation and healthy warmth of ABV. Quite drinkable. Good thing it was a $10 bottle or I would have bought them all and drank to a problem because it's so easy and good. Great find.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage in a 750 mL attractive cork and cage silkscreened bottle. Pours a dark crimson color with an ample, creamy light tan foam. Great retention and lacing, fabulous looking beer.

Nose is sweet malt with more than just a touch of sour fruitiness. Pears, plums, grape Nerds candy, cherry Now 'N' Later candy, dark whole wheat bread yeastiness, honeydew melon, lemons...so much going on in the aroma of this beer it is ridiculous. Amazingly complex, interesting and deep. If someone asked what a Belgian beer should smell like, this is it.

Sweet, and I mean very sweet, malts mingle with an uber-heavy Belgian yeast bread and fruit ester profile. Very crazy beer, even a bit sour. Residual sugars are high, but there is a nice alcohol and grape-esque clensing of the palate. It is kind of like a quad, shall we say quasi-quad? ABV is fairly well hidden but still noticeable. I think a few more years on this would be a good idea and plan on aging the other 2 bottles I have for a while. Could use some more melding of the flavors.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a very carbonated mukry gold with a little honey color. The head is white very carbonated, rises about 3 fingers and has good retention and lacing.

The aroma is light to medium a little grass, hops, and a very small amount of spice.

The taste is awesome, it starts out smooth with a light sweet start, then fades to some complexity with some light hops, and finishes with a little hops. This is what a light beer should taste like. Easy to drink, tons of flavor and filling.

The feel is nice and incredible drinkability.

Overall, this beer is excellent. I would consider this best session beer ever because of its drinkability, and with abv it'll get your cracked twice as quick.

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Photo of adamette
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 750ML bottle that I purchased about 2 years ago for $8.99 but I could not tell you where I bought it (there is a price tag still on it). "Jaargang 2007" written on the neck label. The following stamped on the left side of the label: L 0751 28/3/17 so I suppose that it means that it is good until March 28th, 2017. Poured into my silver rimmed Westvleteren goblet.

A Light brown, thick creamy head but too short lived as it lasted for only a minute, it is now a single ring around the top of the beer. Body is a nice solid brown but in front of direct light there is a nice dark mahogany glow. Beer poured from the bottom of the bottle revealed more sediment floating about than that from the top of the bottle. Good look but a better head, lacing would have garnered a bigger rating from me. 4.0

S Medium roast sweet malt, almost molasses like full of dark fruits, maybe some anise and a sense of alcohol as well. 4.0

T Oh yes, all of the promise of the smell comes through in the taste. Dark fruits of raisins, dates are washed in a thin molasses (which is still quite thick by liquid standards mind you) along with a dose of alcohol. If anyone is looking for that dark fruit, Belgian bigness in a beer look no further than this one. The aftertaste carries the strongest taste of dates that I can recall experiencing. Very interesting. 4.5

M Thick with the dark fruit, molasses tastes but also syrupy sweetness, like a nectar really. With a nice creamy head that stuck around it might have also featured a nice smoothness. 4.0

D Only fair. This is a huge beer with a robust 10.0% ABV and so I cannot report that it is particularly drinkable. This is an apertif beer meant to be savored and enjoyed. I plan on doing just that after typing these words. 3.0

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Photo of fairdinkum2
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip glass. First impressions - creamy, off white head that formed from a not too vigorous pour. Lasted for several minutes.Glass coating. Earthy, dried fruit aromas of figs, dates and roasted malt. Another excellent Belgian beer offering.
High degree of drinkability. Excellent carbonation and balance of dried fruits, some initial sweetness on the front palate with a crisp finish at the back. The high gravity is masked by the complexity of this beer.

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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 Minotaur
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 2008 bottle.

A golden, hazy with light brown shadow: honey colored with a thick head that leaves little lacing but hangs as a bubbly skim atop the chalice.

The aroma is yeasty and bready, also having elements of clove and honey. There is a significant hop spice and sourness present in the aroma.

It has a robust, thick and filling mouthfeel and satisfies with a high level of drinkability.

The taste of this ale is totally unique. it is unmistakably Belgian but has a strong element of honey and herbs. It almost grants a metheglin/mead like quality. The malt presents a sweet but crisp background along with significant flavor hops. There is a sour/spice flavor that distinctly comes from hops but there is little bitterness to upset the malt-honey interplay. There is an apple-pear flavor on the sides of the tongue that lingers after each sip.

One of the more interesting and challenging Belgian ales I've tasted.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I chose this beer to ring in the New Year (which, at time of the start of this post is still 8 minutes away). A 2009 bottle.

A: Deep brown, to the point of being almost black. A creamy, pale brown / light sandy coloured head tops it off and maintains a nice retention forever.

S + T: The nose isn't wildly robust and overpowering... rather, a number of pleasant scents are a bit modest, but once they blend together, complementing one another, it becomes a wonderful aroma to take in a few times over. I find a sweet breadiness to be very presents - like a fruitbread or the like. Something darker, sweet, and fresh. Dark fruits are a part of that fruitiness... date and fig, in particular. They are far more apparent in the taste of the beer, and it's a great flavour. Some hints of toffee and vanilla slip in, as well. It almost has the flavour of a quad, in many ways.

M + D: Full bodied and almost creamy... there's not a great amount of carbonation, and it doesn't have that bottle conditioned sparkling feel or any sorts of force carbonation feelings. It is almost perfect when taken in small sips... were it to be maybe a little crisper, I'd be feeling it more.

... and with the last words written, it is 12:03 AM! Happy New Year, 2010, and prost!

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Photo of yourefragile
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL 2009 bottle poured into a snifter.

I have been meaning to try this for a few years and finally got around to picking up a bottle. Pours a deep, dark clear mahogany with a thick, dense tan head that appears to have an imaginary slight pinkish hue. Glass is coated sticky lacing and overall has nice retention but eventually fades a large bubbly cap. At cooler temperatures the aroma is rich with dark fruits, yeast, sugars, etc and is very pleasant but as it warms up the alcohol dominates and detracts from the nose. The mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer. Medium full, silky with light carbonation and a rich, sweet fruity finish. Like the nose, the flavors become dominated by alcohol as this beer warms up. Even when cold, flavors are dominated by ripe, dark fruits, sugars, caramel malt, light spices, occasionally tart and all of these flavors are intensified as it warms up. Overall, an amazing Belgian, probably should have let this sit a little longer and a little too sweet for my own personal tastes, but the amazing mouthfeel and carbonation nearly makes up for those points.

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Photo of cnally
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

And for tonight's offering...

This has a massive off-white to tan head, which falls to a decent cloud, with some lacing. The body is a beautiful dark brown with a bright red as the light shines around the edges.

Very nutty aroma. Estery cherry, dark caramel malt.

The flavor is absolutely amazing. Creamy, caramel malt is the largest component. But there is such is a fruity flavor as well, with cherry, white grape...and an underlying nuttiness, buttery. The flavor is hot, as the alcohol is certainly noticible, but under control.

Slick, yet highly carbonated mouthfeel.

Just heavenly, dangerously alcoholic, filling, great looking, what more can I say. I love it.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours deep dark mahogony with a thick foamy off white head and great lacing.

cherries and figs on the nose with a little raisin and sugary candy also. a deep alcohol scent is present.

a deep sugary sweetness resounds right off the first sip. the cherry and fig still present, not as raisiny as the nose would imply. what's weird about this beer is that the body leads me to think i should be tasting the yeast, but i don't.

mouthfeel is nice, the bubbles leave an initially foamy presence but they quickly fade into the clean somewhat rich body. It's thick but not heavy.

I love the taste in this beer, and the overall experience is excelent (body is even, not overly carbonated and what is there is very delicate), but it is very complex and i don't think i could have more than one maybe two. but at 11 % abv that is all you really need.

i tried it once and for some reason, i don't think i liked it (or it was another beer from gouden carolus im confusing this one with), but having re-tasted it i can say this beer is awesome. i wanna cellar a bottle.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In 2008, the brewery made 2 different versions of this beer to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this beer. This is the red-striped bottle from that year. This was opened in early Dec 09. The style is a belgian strong blonde ale at 10%.

A: hazy golden amber also some light cherry hues. pours into a tulip with a thick frothy and creamy head that swiftly bubbles up to the rim of the glass. The head receeds slightly but sits at a half cm forever. The lacing is a wall of foam. Could not be more perfect for a Belgian blonde.

S: lots of white grapes, a bit of alcohol heat, and some well balanced spices combines with a yeasty funk almost like that of a belgian saison.

T: tastes a lot like a white wine, with a hint of alcohol heat. Spiciness is also there...pepper, belgian yeasts. There is also a farmhouse flavor, with just a hint of horseblanket. Where most versions of this are almost port-like, this 2008 offering is a nice change...still very vinous but completely different than years past.

M/D: nicely carbonated like any good Belgian blonde ale. Medium texture that is pretty easy to drink. Lighter in both color and texture than other years'. Alcohol is still a little too hot, but you could definitely drink a full 750 mL by yourself in an evening.

2008 bottle rating: 5, 4.5, 4, 4, 4

Opened a bottle of the 2006 at our tasting. Number 22 overall.

Ruby colored pour, and lots of pressure in the bottle. Carbonation looks light in comparison to many Belgians. The nose is full of red apples, brown sugar, caramel. A sweet yeasty fruitiness complements the other aromas nicely. Palate is characterized again by esters of apple, peach, and a ton of caramelized and brown sugars. Caramel leads to a touch of cocoa in the finish. The aftertaste is phenomenal, as all the flavors linger. High, nice Belgian carbonation (despite the appearance) makes for a delightful feel. This stimulates my palate, and I feel like I could drink this entire bottle myself. What a great beer.

2006 Bottle Rating: 4.5, 4, 4.5, 4.5, 4

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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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