Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) | Brouwerij Het Anker

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)
BA SCORE
92.5%
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4.3 w/ 1,833 Ratings
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:
#537
Reviews:
891
Ratings:
1,833
Liked:
1,696
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
10.23%
Alströms:
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256
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334
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Photo of ryanonline
4.6/5  rDev +7%
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 -2.8%
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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Photo of John_M
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (have not seen this on tap at too many places).

The beer pours a reddish amber color that is just a bit murky. On the nose... this is what Belgian beers are all about. I get a huge aroma of sugar daddy, cherry, chocolate, orange citrus, and a hint of root beer. This smells just incredible. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose almost exactly and are just as impressive. There's a bit more anise then there is on the nose, but that only helps to buoy the moderate sweetness a bit more. This beer is just incredibly delicious. Mouthfeel is good, with decent length and a full, fairly long finish. Alcohol is fairly well disguised, but lets not kid ourselves. This is clearly a rich, heady, no holds barred Belgain strong ale. Unless you're a masochist, you're not going to be pounding down pints of these bad boys.

Fabulous stuff. If you don't like this, then you probably don't like beer. Yummm....

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

A guy just has to do a top 100 every once and awhile.
Jaargong 2006. Thanks Linda, it's greatly appreciated.
Chimay goblet. Chilled on my deck to a perfect 45 degrees. Ahhh, late November fall weather in MN.
Rich, sweet dark malt and dark fruit. Alcohol sweetness and slight heat.
Surprisingly small head (largely a creamy brown low cap). Brown with a pretty red highlights in light. quite clear.
Boy this is rich and creamy. Minimal heat considering the alcohol. (I'm gonna' need something to eat with this to cut through the richness). Pleasant sweetness with different fruit than aroma (more berry like). The finish is quite short really. This increases the desire to take another drink and the richness slow ti down. Vanilla! Slight banana. Cherry. Pineapple. Wow!
Best feel I ever recall for this style. Creamy and soft with low carbonation that matches body well.
Funny contrasts (see flavor notes) that ultimately leaves me wanting more (even with the richness). So many flavors appear. Each drink is a new experience. This leads to higher drinkability. Sweet enough to use as syrup on ice cream. Lives up to its ranking. Even my youngest chillin' could tell this was an exceptional beer.

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Photo of KCHopHead
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How is this beer not ranked higher? First chance I get I'm going to do some side by side comparisons with this beer. It is quite amazing.

A - Pours a dark plum, brown.
S - Tons of complexity with yeasts, fruits and not much alcohol.
T - Just as complex as the smell. I was mainly getting raisins, but there is so much going on there. Alcohol is sitting in the background.
M - Lots of carbonation but not a bomb when you open the bottle. Just enough for the effervesence.
D - I am happy this is in 750 ml and not just 12 oz. I could drink a bottle of this in a night and be quite satisfied.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle poured to open beer challice. Served 'chilled' at approx. 55 degrees

A) Very dark brown, clear with small lacy head.

S) Like a bakery -- sweet bread, pie, cookie dough. A lot going on here. Hint of citrus and spice

T) Very sweet, brandy, sticky thick maple syrup. Malty with mild hops

M) A bit flat. Could use a bit more bottle conditioned fiz.

D) A tad too sweet for me

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Photo of bobsy
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bottle in Buffalo based on its reputation as one of Belgium's top beers.

Pours a murky deep oak, with a finger of tan head that quickly drops to a collar. Only a few sticky fingers of laces touch the edge of the glass, and the ho-hum appearance belies the fact that this is an extremely impressive beer. Rich nose of dark fruit, chocolate, and clove. I found the alcohol a little prominent at first, but once the palate had acclimatised I realise what a smooth, easy drinking beer this is, and apart from that initial burst, the alcohol is not remotely apparent. Extremely malt-forward, with an emphasis on milk chocolate, dates, figs and plums. Some brown sugar and spicy cloves in the finish. Smooth, full body with restrained carbonation, which accentuates the richness and decadence of the flavours.

Certainly one of the better Belgian Strong Dark Ales I've come across, and more complex and balanced than many of its compatriots. Only a slightly mediocre appearance lets things down, but that aside this is a phenomenal brew, and one of the best from an excellent brewery.

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

750 corked and caged, 2008 vintage, shared courtesy of Bobsy - thanks for bringing this gem over! Pours a murky purple-brown with a finger of eggshell head which dies down fairly quickly.

Initial burst of bready malt which scares me a bit but settles down to a smooth, complex brew worthy of a Top 100 spot. Rich raisiny fruit, hints of orange, cloves, caramel malt, cocoa powder, figs, hint of nuttiness, almost a hint of port. Ridiculously smooth drinking, light carb, not hint of alcohol aside from a slight warming as you progress. A sipper but only because you want to take it all in, I could probably guzzle it if need be.

Perhaps not as rich or complex as a few other examples I've tried but those few would be hard pressed to match the smooth drinkability of this one - well put together, everything blends seamlessly.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a color similar to the bottle it came from. Very dark cherry-oak with red highlights and an off white foamy head that sustains quite well.

The nose suggests familiar belgian yeast properties, packed with dark fruits, pepper/clove spice and over-rippened bananas.

The taste is spicy and yeasty. The initial flavor is a bit tart with an underlying sweetness that drys up for the finish.

The feel is smooth and full. It's not as overly carbonated as so many other beers of this style tend to be. Slightly syrupy.

Very easy sipper. A good way to end a chilly sunday evening.

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Photo of biegaman
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jaargang 2007. Enjoyed November 2009.

The Keizer isn't much to look at. My chalice isn't filled with a drink that looks suitable for a king, but rather some sort of mucky, scummy, possibly prune derived nectar seemingly better fit for the peasants. Light yields no change to the beer's clammy, lifeless complexion. And what is a Keizer without his crown? Its head is entirely bare of bubbles.

The aroma, on the other hand, has an essence fit - not for royalty - but for the Gods. This sweet, ambrosial serum exhumes a potent and rather pacifying character, one that puts the soul (or, more accurately, the senses) at peace with the world. (*In the interest of full disclosure it should be noted that perhaps a snippet of that tranquility might very well be derived from the rather immodest and lulling 11% alcohol.)

The beer's soothing character could reasonably be equated to a tawny port, and this is in large part because of its flavour profile. Fans of the fortified wine would enjoy this Belgian ale not only for its commanding sweetness but also the lush and nuanced notes of oak, peppery spice and tannic fruitiness. It shows its strength, albeit modestly.

I taste black currant but I'm thinking Cassis. I get maybe a hint of orange but it much more closely resembles Grand Marnier or Triple Sec than it does anything that's grown on a tree. The yeast also plays games - there's a slight hint of bruised banana and it wouldn't be at all far fetched to note herbs or spices. I get clove especially.

Upfront the fruits taste lively and ripe (i.e, plum, grape and black cherry). By finish, however, they become dry (now prune and raisin). The palate, too, seems to dry out alongside them. The tastes that linger most are those of strawberry jam, elderberries, and, just perhaps, a drop or two of coffee. Warming does it no harm, only good.

Cuvée Van De Keizer is only brewed on one day a year, February 24th. I don't see much need to brew it more often than that. It seems to be in fairly wide distribution and, although it is, in all respects, a very good beer I would consider the other Gouden Carolus offerings to be great beers. Keep in mind, however, as the high score posted above shows, that even this brewery's "good" beer ranks above the average brewery's best.

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

2007 Vintage

A- poured red-brown with a small frothy head into a Chimay glass.

S- Rum cake, dried raisiny fruit, port- like grapiness and a doughy yeastiness. Rich and complex.

T- Powerful plum and raisin notes, caramel and apple, fruity yeast character and light carbonation with full body hits about mid-palate, swift alcohol. Similar to a Rochefort 10 but with bolder flavors IMO.

A really solid, loveable Belgian. A pleasure, too bad it's the last one of these at my local store.

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Photo of ricke
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. 2009 vintage.

The pour is dark reddish brown with a big off-white head that leaves nice lacings.

The smell is big an spot on. Lots of malty aromas of caramel, brown sugar and toffee. Pleasant heavy fruit aromas, yeast and alcohol.

The flavor is really sweet. From start to finish this one is all about sweetness - toasty malts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee. Notes of vinous fruits, wood, yeast and grass. The finish has some bitterness to it, more sweetness and notes of alcohol, hops and spices.

It has a full body and quite a lot of carbonation, which is welcome here since it lightens the heavy character, if only just a bit.

All in all, a complex, balanced and tasty beer. Due to the sweetness, it gets quite demanding after a while.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very happy to see this on tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA. Had just a sip at the Sharp Edge's Great European Beerfest this year & wanted more.

Poured into a tulip the color of dark, amber maple syrup with a thin head. Some gold highlights, little lacing.

Smells wonderful, of dark fruit, heavy malt. The smell carries very well & hits you hard, like you just walked into a kitchen cooking some delicious plum pudding & stuck your head over the pot. The fragrance just wafts up. Awesome.

Taste of maple, kind of nutty, some holiday spice (cinammon, nutmeg), orange, rich malt, plum, raisins, cherries. Very complex taste, the alcohol picks up as it warms & becomes warming itself.

Mouthfeel is smooth & full, coats the mouth without being slick. There's some residual sweetness that's not sticky.

This is a keeper! One to sip & enjoy & hope it never ends.

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

1pt. 9.4oz. bottle poured into tulip shaped glasses:

A: Dark amber like a medium grade maple syrup with an egg shell colored frothy half inch thick head. Leaves thin lacing all over the glass as the beer is consumed.

S: Sweet green apple, banana, maple syrup drizzled on warm Belgian waffles, finishing off with a touch of black strap molasses. All scents blending together harmoniously creating an enticing aroma... to say the least.

T: Warm apple pie, maple syrup, hazelnuts, all coated with brown sugar, and cinnamon. Then some banana bread pulls through along with hints of clove bringing together all the delicious complexities of this wonderful Belgian.

M: Syrupy body, low carbonation, alcohol warmth in the chest... all in all outstanding.

D: Cuvee can Van De Keizer us anytime(We know it doesn't make sense but it sounded good at the time).... this beer was exceptional! We paired it with a Brown sugar spiral ham, and they complimented each other beautifully.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Poured into a het Anker glass. The beer pours a nice dark-reddish brown color with a fluffy light-brown head leaving a decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel, dark fruits, maple syrup, honey, warming alcohol and spicy hop

Taste: Similar to the smell. Caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits (plum, figs) but also some red fruits (cherries, but not sour, bit wine like), sweet honey, and warming alcohol. The taste is mostly sweet, but this beer is nicely balanced with some nice bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, thick, fantastic. Medium carbonation. Alcohol very well hidden.

Overall: Great beer, love it. Also had 5 or more year old vintages several times, and I can tell you, it is even better than the fresh one! Highly recommendable.

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

2008 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into Unibroue chalice oct22 2009

A clear brownish amber with two finger tan head that has average retention and leaves decent lace

S lots of brown sugar and toffee with some dark fruits

T very nice indeed, the dark fruit becomes focused on cherries, lots of toffee, a bit of rum, molasses, and some booze but not even close to the 11% I read on the bottle. I'm loving this beer it's one of the best beers I've tasted recently. I pick up on some spice that I could not smell too, If your not opposed to a sweet beer this one is a winner.

M thick but no knife and fork needed, good carbonation makes it feel quite creamy.

D this beer is dangerously drinkable, you could tell me it has half the booze it dose and I would not doubt it, well maybe not half but not the listed 11% that's for sure. I could see this beer causing problems If I had more then the single bottle I have, it's just that smooth

drink this beer whenever you get the chance, it is worth looking for if not available at your local beer store. I'm so pleased with this beer I'm wondering if it's worth aging

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Photo of KALIKGOLD
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Appearance of the beer was fantastic, It poured a really dark burnt amber/ruby color with a Large 3 finger dark tan head with medium lacing that stuck to the glass very well.

The Smell was of dark fruit, raisins, brown sugar, rum, bread, banana, cane sugar, molasses and walnut.

The mouth feel was somewhat thick and sticky, almost creamy mouth feel with decent carbonation.

The taste consists of brown sugar, honey, rum, banana, figs, dates, and raisins, very sweet with a good amount of alcohol that leaves a lingering warmth in the back of the throat.

Overall I say that this is a nice winter warmer, a little too sweet for my taste in Belgian dark ales/quads but good non the less.

Would be great with Thanksgiving food, say Pumpkin pie and turkey.

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

Served at just above room temp in a goblet glass.

Pour produces a very dark mahogany colored brew. The mountainous head holds and holds and holds. Lacing is evident on all sides of the glass. This is looking very good indeed.

Nose is absolutely huge with sweet maltiness, mostly dark fruit, macerated cherries and a bit of fusel alcohol.

Taste is an intense version of the nose. The malty sweetness comes through, almost, but not quite up to, the level of being cloying. Again, dark fruit and port soaked cherries are the main flavors I'm getting. Other flavors are in there, at a complexity level which boggles the mind. Mouthfeel is medium full, and smooth, despite some fusel notes.

This is definitely a brew to seek out. An excellent apparatiff, or after dinner drink. This brew pretty much epitomizes the Strong Dark Belgian.

This is readily available where I live. If you've not tried it, its definitely worth a look.

Na Zdravje!

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

2008 vintage. This poured a dark clear ruby with moderate tan head. It smelled like chocolate covered cherries and rich plumb and brown sugar, with some bready yeast and maple syrup and subtle spices. It tasted like chocolate covered cherries and plumbs and brown sugar, with some candied oranges and a bit of sour yeast and spices. It was thick with smooth carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a super rich and sweet and delicious beer. It had fantastic flavor that was complex but clean, and hid the alcohol all too well. The body was fantastic too, making it fairly easy to drink, but the richness made it much more of a sipping beer. As with the red labeled Van De Keizer, I would love to try it fresh, and also see how it tastes after a lot more years. Regardless, I'm pretty sure this one is amazing at any age.

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

Finally typing up a review of this Belgian classic.

Dark mahogany body, creamy head. Bubblegum, toffee, and praline on the nose. Flavor is complex and unique. Boozy toffee malt then a gang of flavors that do not fit the appearance. Esters are reminiscent to a good hefe: clove, mace, banana even. Brown sugar sweetness may be over the top for some. Creamy smooth texture.

One of those beers you can can sit down with and really inspect the rainbow of flavors. It is a bit sweet for me, but that said, an incredible beer. The interesting mix of flavors could best be described as the love child of a Belgian Quad and a German Hefe.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Sort of a orange/golden/amber color beer with a little haze and some pretty good active carbonation. The head poured huge and is still about a finger tall. Way to light and foamy, though the bottle does call it a blonde.

S: Vanilla, a little fruit, particularly bananas. Also just a little of that standard Belgian smell. Though you know, there is almost just the slightest hotness of alcohol to the smell. And it's not that strong.

T: Taste is pretty identical to the smell, though no alcohol. Very smooth, but I wish it was more hard hitting. I don't find it particularly dark or hard, but the bottle's description was accurate enough. I don't know, I'm not finding a lot to say about this beer, I'm just not finding much there. Maybe there's some corriander or something that I'm getting just at the very end.

M: Kinda has a little bit of carbonationy sharpness to it. But other than that, nothing to complain about, sort of thick, but not heavy? Does that make sense?

D: Drinkable, but not very high drinkability to me. Much too light, though the ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of Vixie
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Pours kind of an amber color, once in the glass is a nice deep ruby red with a two finger light tan head. This is probably the first BSDA I've had with a real color.

I can smell this as soon as the cork was popped. Nice malty smell, with various types of fruit in there. Also picking up hints of spice.

The taste is very much in character with a Belgian dark ale. There is a sweetness there, kind of a candy like taste. Reminds me a bit of a nice toffee, with fruity overtones. The alcohol hit me at the first sip, then took a back seat to the other flavors. Really interesting mix of flavors, it can be both sweet and spicey, each sip brings out a bit more.

No complaints on the feel, it is solid enough to please me. There is a bit of carbonation there which almost gives it the sensation of drinking a carbonated cola.

A very tasty beer, but one I think needs to be treated with a lot of respect. Very much a sipper, and a good one to warm you on a chilly night. Very much a winter beer, I wouldn't want this on a hot night, but on a cool night, it will warm you in a very pleasant way.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle from 2007. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a hazy dark brown/mahogany color with a very thin tan head that went away quickly. Not much lacing at all. The aroma is mostly dark fruit (raisins, plums, cherries), along with some molasses, banana and Belgian yeast. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some booze and licorice noticable. But like the aroma, the dark fruit taste is the strongest compared to the other flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink and goes down smooth. However, this one is a sipper because of the 11% ABV. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd buy it again in the future.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown mahogany with a decent light brown head.

S: Lots of dark fruits, cherries, and some more earthy dried fruits as well. Plenty of yeasty goodness.

T: Much luck the smell with a little bit of extra sweetness thrown in.

M: Fairly full-bodied and creamy. Not too much alcohol taste.

D: Quite drinkable. Split this one with my wife and glad that we had a whole 750 to split.

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Photo of ImperialStoat
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2001 Bottle.

I'll admit I was excited to try this bottle more because of its age than the sum of its contents, having previously enjoyed beer no more than 4-5 years old (Cantillon). On these terms I feel somewhat let down and I don't think its time spent "resting" accomplished much other than adding a faint corky must and possibly denigrating some of the stronger dark-fruit components.

That said, it was still a tasty brew and the nose in particular, with notes of dried pineapple and butterscotch, really held up well.

The mouth-feel was thin and effervescent; the taste was alcohol, spice, liquorice, faint plums and figs, and the aforementioned cork.

I say drink Cuvee Van De Keizer fresh. It's really not worth your patience waiting for it to age.

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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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