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)
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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)

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Brouwerij Het Anker

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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Photo of Truh
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wore all of my bling with this one on 12/10/2004. 1 pt. 9.0 fl. oz. corked and caged bittle poured twice in a sweet Allagash glass.

Huge plume subsides to an active, fine mesh of lightly singed matrix. Impressive, succulent mahogany hue that is quite deep and can’t be penetrated. Plum and raisins are huge on nose with an acidic malt tinge and red licorice thrown in – aroma is quantifiable nine inches away. Molasses sweetness with a juniper hit and a port-like front that is blasted through with a pile driver of malty alcohol that subsides quite neatly. This seems to be so much more complex than others in style, and that much more enjoyable.

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Photo of poundboy
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cuvee Van de Keizer- The American version seems to be "Grand Cru of the Emperor". This beer, by any name, would still be one heck of a brew. My bottle was the 2005 edition.

Appearance: In my tulip glass it sits, dark mahogany brown with a persistant though thin bone white head. When held to the light, it becomes a saphire jewel, indicating the treasure in store for the drinker.

Smell: Alcohol, sweet ripe fruit. No overly strong aromas, but the taste more than make up for it.

Taste: Wonderful. Very reminsent of Westy 12 and St. Bernadus Abt 12. Noticably sweeter than either of these, but perhaps that is just because my bottle is so green. Sweet fruit when it first touches your tongue, then warming, pleasant alcohol notes. finishes with a bit of bitterness, perhaps from a larger than normal addition of hops, perhaps some other belgian brewing magic.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with ample carbonation, and a hefty ABV, this one dances on the tongue more than most.

Drinkability: Very good but a bit too sweet to drink several of. Also, the $18 I paid for one 750 will prevent me from drinking as much of this as I would like.

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Photo of putnam
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3


Intense, plump perfume of bubblegum, vanilla and prunes rise from a red/brown, brilliant liquid. A pearlescent, milk chocolate-colored top retires as a translucent paint -- a sticky smear of cloudiness.
The prune aromas are key. They unlock Indian Oceans of spices. Brandy, cocoa, rum and coffee are intermixed with aromas of drawn cream and butter.
Whereas the aromas are dense with confectionary, cream-puff fruits, the flavors are boozy and brown. Cocoa, black tea, tawny port and intricate, peppery spicings conspire to pull a surge of alcohol-enriched sweetness into shape. Roasted hull tannins bind the opulent, brown sugar and plum fruits.
Woozy, laden with sweet incense, it is undrinkable now. All indications are that this will drink better in decades to come.

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

Label Lingo and bottle babble: 2003 Vintage. Grand Cru of the Emperor. Brewed 24th of Feb.

Easily released cork with a “fewp!” into a narrow Flying Fish tulip. A dark murky mahogany russett pour with plenty of yeasty chunks, topped with a khaki taunt cap settled down to a wafer thin coating. A few swirls easily arises a frothy cap which leaves nil trace of lace in the glass. Bumped up my 4 to 4.5 from the yeasty pour delivering heaps and heaps of brown tan head lace.

Initial scents are of ripe brown sugared bananas, some nutmeg and blended citrous fruits of orange and lemon. Some bright soft malty whiffs orange sherbert. Slightly rum boozy aromas. Olfactory delights abound.

First Swigs: Fruit cake malts and vast fruity characters. Complex flavors. Pecan pie and cherry tastes with dry pancake malts. Dry yet awl-kee-hawl lingering warming rummy aftertaste. Vinous, even aged malty English barleywine meets brown sugar.

Medium to full bodied with some welcome cola awl-kee-hawl feel.

Last Swigs: Dry warming Belgian quad like. Seems to be a bridge between Quad and Belgian Strong sans yeasty buttered bread overtones. (While reviewing, Francisweizen called to wish me a Happy New Year.) Flavors are chameleon like through the warming. Better thru the chilled, not cold stages. At 10 % ABV, a bit warming yet quite drinkable.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one pours a dark brown with a good, tan head that that is slow to fade. The carbonation is high and it continues in sheets of bubbles long after the pour. The aroma is heavy in overripe and dried fruits with a noticeable alcohol presence. The body is very sweet, almost cloying and heavy in the overripe bananas and raisins. Perhaps it woudl be a tad better if it were dried out a touch, but it’s possible the alcohol would be too strong and unbalance the beer that way.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Bottle: Poured a rusty and cloudy amber ale with a medium brown head with surprisingly great retention. Aroma is quite port-like sweet with strong malt also noticeable. Taste is sweeter then expected and I was glad I drank this after dinner since the sweetness would have been too overpowering before a meal. Body is quite full and alcohol is not discernable which I always appreciate. Overall, I would say that this si another great beer from a sometime underappreciated brewery – I very much appreciated the creamy, fruit/sweetness of this one.

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

I'm not sure about this vintage as this was shared with me from a friend of a friend's aging shelf.
One sip and I really liked the guy!!!!
Deep deep red with a light tan head, the aroma was that lovely dark brown sugar, spicey, fruity belgian style that could almost be a liquer.
The first mouthfull blew me away. I suspect this had been sitting for a while as it had really smoothed out and presented all the flavours in a great balance.
You could taste the malt that gave this beer it's strength but in no way did it overpower the brew.
There where so many flavours competing I don't have the knowledge or palate to name them all. Lovely caramel sugar taste, spices and christmas pudding fruits or something similar.
This was a truly exceptional beer for me, even from a country that has produced so many.
The only bad thing about this beer was the fact that there where other people who had to share it... (very selfish I know but it was really tasty...) At 11% or whatever it is you couldn't get through too many but all the better to let it age I suppose...

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

2003 corked and caged 750ml bottle, pours deep cloudy reddish-brown, foamy tan head that lasts and clings to the sides of my glass, sweet malty, chocolate and brown sugar aroma. Dark chocolate, fruity and yeasty flavors, full body, perfect creamy mouthfeel, finishes sweet. This is an awesome ale.

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

2004-Corked and caged 750ml. Paid 8.99 for this at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge MA. Deep mahogony with reddish hints with some light peaking through.One finger tan head that settled fairly quickly.The nose was a generous amount of malted cherries.Quite a full mouthfeel with strong carbonation felt on the tongue.Taste is somewhat alcholic, sweet, creamy, and fruity.Pear and cherries definately come through.This beer kind of reminded me of Three Philosophers in smell and taste, which is not a bad thing.Watch out for this one the 10% abv while tasted is still fairly well hidden.

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Photo of MrBen
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finished a bottle of the 2003 vintage. This is very dark brew, full of sweetness, dried fruits, nuts, and malty goodness. This is big beer. The alcohol is obvious on the nose and tongue, which accounts for my 4.0 rating on drinkability. Otherwise, the presentation, pour, and overall experience are excellent. This is something to save for a special time.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of three Brouwerij Het Anker ales offered on-tap at Lucky Baldwins this holiday season. This was labeled "Gouden Carolus Cuvee d' le Empereuer 2003". I consulted with TheLongBeachBum, the SoCal Belgian beer guru, to make sure I was reviewing the right beer and not some previous unheard arrival. He assured me they are one and the same.
Served up in the large Grottenbier chalice I handed to the waitress, the Empereuer arrived looking very majestic. Dark, opaque burgandy coloring, a monstrous, densely creamy vanilla head and clots of spidery lace made for a wonderful brew to eye.
I think I spent five minutes inhaling the delicious aromas of this Grand Cru. Staggeringly sweet, with notes of caramel-dipped fruits, candy sugars, pears, dates, and some modest cognac fumes. What an incredible blend of scents!
As I took a sip, I simply leaned back in my chair and reveled in the complexity of this beer. The flavors of raisins, pears, dates, and brandy-soaked cherries washed across the tongue, blending seamlessly with a dusting of chocolate, toasty, rum cookie-ish malts, and hints of orange liquer. The variety of fruits that kept popping up was simply amazing. With the addition of the confectioner sugar sweetness and, as it warmed, an increasingly boozy alcohol warmth, this brew became more and more like a liquid fruitcake. Not like the one that ends up as a doorstop, though. The feel was full, rich and almost chewy but never syrupy.
Damn, what an outstanding beer! The flavors effortlessly meld togther for a singularly wonderful drinking experience. This Grand Cru is just about prefect. You have to be in the mood for sweet but I can't think of many nicer liquid desserts than this. Very highly recommended!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, murky looking burgandy tone. Thin cream of light brown coloring tops the brew. Retention is adequate. Lacing more than sufficient. Aroma is quite pleasant. Notes of yeast, candy, musty, raisin, rum and fruitbread. Palate follows suit. Boozy rum cake. Raisins, dates... Sweet candy tones. A nice unassuming body and mouthfeel. Light and airy. This is a beer I'd return to, although I'm not sure if it'll be available again soon.

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

pours a dark brown and unasuming. Smells deep, dark and malty. Aromas of caramel, tobacco and leather. The taste is deep malt, spicey, sweet, but not sugary. Caramel flavors dominate with very little alcohol, despite the 10% abv. Wow, drink slowly and enjoy, this is a dark, enjoyable beer. I highly recommend it

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown-orange color. The head was slight and looked tan and slightly green. Head left a nice ring about the glass and left some lacing. Smell was a melange of fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste was overall very sweet and was composed of chocolate and fruit with a hint of spice. Mouthfeel was smooth and rich. This was a wonderful beer, but, in the end, the sweetness proved to be overpowering.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a bit of red around the edges. Small sticky head.

Smell: Big caramel malt.

Taste: Big and round, great body, nice maltiness and strong alcohol finish. A terrific Beer to warm up to on a cold winter night.

Many thanks to StevieW for the sample!

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Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour of non stop creamy foam and bubbles. OK once its in the glass. Fresh 2004. Corriander clove overdose and almost sugary malts but drinkable with meal. Auburn raisin brown.Bannana in yeast aroma. Alcohol knocked us out. Upped rating based on another tasting 5 months later.
Two and a half years later, tried a 2002 and it was a mellow yeasty treat with an orangey lace colour and taste.
Had a 2002 8 years later and it really mellow and gave forth dark fruit. Smooth.

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

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a 1/4" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a warm and spicey scent that boasts of a complex crystal malt arrangement and fruity Belgian yeast. The taste is great as well. It has a very smooth and sweet crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and warms a little on the finish. It is sweet with malts and a fruity on the aftertaste; very mellow and flavorful. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine brew and an excellent drinker. It has everything that I look for in a beer: good aroma, complexity, and mouthfeel.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a murky brown color with two fingers of head. The smell is sweet and has a touch of tart cherry to it. The taste is very malty, slightly sweet with more overripe cherry and other dark fruit coming through. A little bit of spice on the finish. The mouthfeels is very nice, thick and heavy, yet smooth. The drinkability is good as well for an 8% brew. Nicely done.

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Photo of clvand0
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown color with a large tan head that died off quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The aroma was fruity, with orange being the most upfront and there was a yeasty spice as well. The flavor had a nice Belgian spice character and an orange citrus flavor. Caramel and other malts give it a nice body and flavor. Seems just a tad thin, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 edition. This poured a dark brown/tea color wtih one finger of head that falls to a ring around the top of the beer. The nose is sweet cherries and sweet caramel, good malties. The taste reflects the smell, with some cherry and caramel notes. The feel is relatively thick and the drinkability is good, easy drinking on this beer. Overall a good find.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

75 cl. bottle from 2003. Has a ruby brown hue with an off white head. Massive fruity aroma of raisons, plums, pudding bread, and dark caramels. The flavor profile runs the spectrum, from malty caramel, vanilla extracts, to raisons, dates, and Hawaiian sweet bread. All this wrapped in a smooth, medium body. Finishes with a warming alcohol mellowness.

This brew is carbonated cognac; Excellent.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick, light cocoa colored, head faded quickly to a film island. Opaque mahogany colored beer. Fairly strong aroma of dark candy sugar, alcohol, and plum. Lots of interesting flavor, some sweet caramel and vanilla, it's got that barrel aged creamy alcohol flavor even though it's probably never touched a barrel. Feel is kind of slick up front but dries out towards the end, definitely a good thing. A full bodied beer that leaves your stomach warm. Besides the dissapointing head (snicker) this beer is great, a big beer with a delicious flavor and inviting aroma.

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

Dark rootbeery with lots of carbination seen coming to the top where it rested at as a nice creamy, khaki milkshakey head that covered nicely made a thick ring at the edges. Scent of sherry and sasafrass, cola, slightly vineous-more merlot-like....
Intensely smooth... Sweet and honeylike. Bing cherries, red delicious apples. Medium carbination in the taste which is surprising since you can see so much rising in the tulip glass...
The sweetness is not cloying, just nice. Alcohol makes it's presence know, but is not overpowering and does not keep this from being decently drinkable. This is damn good stuff!

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

Pours a deep ruby highlighted brown with a very minimal beige head in an authentic little Gouden Carolus "Cuvee of the Emperor" 5.5 oz. chalice. Pruney like fruit smells; medicinal and dark roasted malt and candi sugar aromas, too. The taste is equally pruney and medicinal, how I'd like my Geritol to be when and if I get to that stage in life :). Light chocolate reminiscence as it warms. Slight sweet/sour finish. Lower carbonation level is perfect for a "nightcap" type of beer that this is. Mouthfeel is nice, slick on the tongue. I'm glad this beer was only served 5.5 oz. at a time, because 12 oz. would have taken me too long to drink.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown with low fluffy tan head.

Aroma is figs and dark jellied fruits and a large fruited wines

Molasses and caramelized brown sugars with a spicy ginger and pepper like gingerbread rides through to the finish.

Overall an interesting spin on a Belgian dark, leaning towards a holiday brew with its intense spiciness, even though the nose is more like the complexity of a port.

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,881 ratings