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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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 RoyalT
4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark, reddish-brown in color with a gorgeous head. This one looks serious.

Smell - This is grand cru heaven. The malt base is covered in sweet toffee, caramel, and orange flavors that are big as Mt. Rainier. The brown sugar sweetness is almost palatable on the nose.

Taste - This is perfection. The deep, sweet flavors of brown sugar, orange, liquid toffee, and caramel meld together in an incredible blend. The slightly toasted malt flavors are there as well, but this is all about that sticky, sweet taste of sugary perfections that is the Belgian Grand Cru. There's also just a hint of alcohol notes to warn of the typically high 10.0 ABV.

The chewy nature of this flavor is complimented by hearty plums, some tobacco, thick, rich apricots, and maybe even some apples. This is sugar at its best.

Mouthfeel - The slight carbonation, in accordance with the style, is complimented by the amazing buttery smoothness of the sugary ingredients.

Drinkability - If you have a sweet tooth and love fine Belgian ales, this is the one for you. God forbid you should be a Grand Cru fan - you HAVE to try this ale.

Comments - The label reads, "Gouden Carolus," over the top and, "Carolus D'or," on the bottom. There's a blue banner with gold writing that looks to be labeled diagonally across the bottle, although it is clearly part of the manufactured label, that reads, "Grand Cru of the Emperor." This is indeed fit for royalty.

Update - I popped a vintage 2000 in 2004. The aroma is even deeper than when it was fresh, but the flavors were washed out a bit. The musty, dirty, cellared flavors though were a delight. Four years is probably too old for this guy; maybe two or three max. It has been my experience that Grand Crus are usually good fresh and almost always peak at a year or two in the cellar.

Update - I had a 2005 at the end of the 2005 year. I'm convinced that this brew should not be cellared.

Fresh this is absolutely incredible! It's really one of the best beers that I've ever had. It represents exactly to me what I think of when hearing the term "grand cru". It's thick yet super sweet. It is incredibly complex. It melts in your mouth. It makes you feel like a king.

Update - I had a 2010 in 2010 just to test my theory that Grand Crus are really just cellared BSDAs and I think I proved my point. This is smooth, well-aged, with even some musty characters, and is incredibly drinkable after just a few months in the bottle.

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Photo of euskera
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle..

Pours out a dark ruby red with a nice head that lingers just a bit. Sweet malt with brown sugar overtones a just a faintest spicy hint underneath that malty exterior.

Dangerously tasty. My first Grand Cru and something I'd drink again without much thought...

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: 2003 Bottle: Dark ruby/amber with a medium beige head and nice lacing. Aroma of plum, malt, caramel and banana. Fairly rich and complex with a nice vinous blend of fruit (apple mostly), malt, chocolate and a little alcohol. The finish is sweet and lingering. Definitely worth getting again.

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Photo of granger10
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is stated Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emperor (pretty high accomplishment if you ask me). But this didn't quite live up to its self proclaimed greatness. Pours a muddy reddish brown color with basically no head and little lacing. Lots of floating yeast sediment in the beer. But the nose on it is terrific. Lots of sweet maltiness. The initial taste backs up the nose. Plums and raisins combined with a hit of sharp carbonation. But this follows with a buttery diacetyl taste that starts out nice but eventually becomes too sharp and ends up tasting like scotch. Finish is dry and yeasty with some more raisiny sweetness and it lingered for a long, long time. Good, but I couldn't drink too many of these. I would definitely age this one if I get it again.

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Photo of jackndan
2.69/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emperor: Kind of a fancy pants name for a beer that I did not think was all that good. Big bomber bottle marked 2000 around the neck ring. Corked bottle. When pouring, I quickly noted substantial chunks of sediment, and this beer poured into somewhat of an unappetizing murky reddish brown color, with not much head. It did taste better than it looked, with predominant tastes of dried fruits, raisons prunes, etc. I did sense a tiny taste of sourness that was not all that unpleasant. All in all, I’d pass.

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Photo of marc77
3.41/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2002. Murky chestnut brown hue. Creamy beige head with homogenously sized bubbles. Intricate webs of lace remain. Vinous waft of sherryish fruit upfront in aroma tapers, allowing sugary dark caramel and clove to emerge. Hint of must and butter. Mellow banana esters surface as the beer breathes. Functional, but not overly enticing aromawise. Mild honey like sweetness hits the palate initially, then yields to a bitterish melange of bread crust and powdered baker's chocolate. Sweetness then resumes, this time of a clean, molasses tinged dark caramel nature. Herbal, clove phenol appears late, and detracts from the malt character, which had almost developed into a rich, carob undertone. Lightly bodied and well attenuated, but the paltry hop bitterness leaves overall balance well skewed towards malt sweetness. Finishes with a snap of clove laced sweetness, but otherwise dry and clean. It's certainly a flavorful brew, but residual and caramel malt derived sweetness clashed somewhat with the phenols, thus preventing greatness. This bottle was quite young. Definitely a beer worthy of cellaring.

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

Hazed chocolate cranberry color. Yeast pours adds chunks of globular sediment. Looks like the contents of a broken lava lamp. Thin, wispy tan head.
Overpowering nose of raisins, shoe polish and rubbing alcohol. Some of the more subtle fruit and spice notes get trampled underfoot, but are noticed in the periphery.
Taste falls along the same line. Raisins are noted first, and continue to linger throughout. Large amounts of toffee/butterscotch. Fairly resembles scotch in some of the alcohol tones. More in taste than perceived strength. Some subdued pear juiciness is recognized. There is a plastic flavor that stays steady for the duration, serving as a major distraction and seems to eat up all the spices. Powdery chocolate hues enter towards the finish. Yeast pours turns this softer and breadier. Rides out with residual prunes notes.
Decent, yet nothing remarkable in the mouth. Yeast helps bolster a slightly thin texture.
ABV% is well hidden, as it should be.
While this is decent, and somewhat interesting, a few critical flaws keep this from being anything special.

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Photo of Gusler
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a bemused cherry red color, the head prodigious, creamy in its texture, the lace fine sheets to cling to the glass. Nose is malt, ripe cherry sweet, hints of fusel alcohol, also present to this old nose. Front is sweetly malt; the top is middling in feel. Finish is potently acidic with the hops being apropos to the style, quite dry aftertaste. The high ABV, warms the tummy, and adds that just right character to the beer. I could not wait to sample this beer, but I have two more to age away as recommended. It will certainly improve with age, as I think it needs to mellow a bit, which what a year or two in the cellar will do.

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