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

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)
BA SCORE
4.3/5
1,860 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:
#547
Reviews:
897
Ratings:
1,860
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
263
Gots:
345
Trade:
14
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Ratings: 1,860 |  Reviews: 897
Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been held in high regard so long as I can remember, but in the years I was actively paying attention to such things I never saw it, and since moving east I see it sporadically but somehow I always assumed I had drank it before. I hadn't.

My urge is to compare it right away to other blue-colored, high-ABV Belgians. Which... now that I type that, it actually makes sense. This beer's branding is quite directly inviting us to judge it in a certain context, as a peer to Chimay Blue, and Westmalle 12, and St. Bernardus 12. That's some stern company.

So... the bottle art compares. As does the pour. The aroma is more bready than its purported peers, less fruity, yeasty, or alcoholic. It's a fine scent, but rather straightforward, and so lacking most of the wonderful complexity of the other Belgian giants.

Tastes fruitier. Large nodes of cantaloupe, then some yeast and light molasses, then some candy sugar on the back end. It does an excellent job of hiding its ABV, but overall I really wish there was more to it. It's well brewed and enjoyable, for sure, but a distant cousin to the beers it seeks to emulate.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours dark red with tall, creamy, long-lasting, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, caramel malt, spices and dark fruit. Body is full and smooth. Taste is on a sweet side, herbal hops, caramel malt, sherry, spices, dark fruit and alcohol. Finish is long and spicy. Great brew.

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

Photo of Latarnik
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captaincoffee
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a medium head that leaves a lot of lace. Nose is big for a quad with lots of sweet dark malt, dried fruits, and brown bread. Taste is similar with a bit more risidual sweetness than most. Damn...This is up there with the top quads. Really big flavor while retaining balance. Honestly in the same league with R10, StB12, and W12. Damn good.

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Photo of Commandophile
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first sip of this was a "wow" and I wasn't sure I meant it in a good way....But, the more I drank, the more I came around to embracing everything popping in this one. A dark brown pour, this one has moderate, but sticky lacing. The first thing you notice is how rich and thick this ale is--and then the burst of caramelized malts, molasses, plums, figs and even dark cherries. This one almost has a wine feel--and a cognac intimation. You know this one is high in alcohol as it warms your belly. Its rich, and it is meant to be sipped--I sipped mine with a nice cigar. Would be marvelous with lamb or cheeses. The mouthfeel is thick and finishes with medium carbonation and a sticky, malty tartness. This ale is super full-bodied and really, you can't do anything but sip this. Whoa. I really started to enjoy this the more I sipped, but it isn't for the light-hearted or Belgian Dark Ale newbie.

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Photo of drmeto
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L:
-poiurs a cloudy ruby-brown with a hig frot beige hea
-hig carb vis
S:
-cherr,car,pluums,figs,,sug,clov
T:
-Follows the nose
-finishes way too sweet
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
I expected a bit more Balance.
The Sweetness is hard to take, especially with a 750ml bottle.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Blazer22
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DioS
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Epiktetos
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MooseBoose
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of scootny
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. An amazing beer on the level of Chimay Blue. Lovely mahogany liquid with a tight, khaki head. A goodly about of lacing decorates the glass as gentle carbonation rises up and feeds a light covering that stays on top of the glass after a slow fade.

The nose offers sweet and spicy Belgian notes. Caramel and dark fruits. Lots of figs dates and raisins. Peppery alcohol and fresh dough. A slightly oaken touch.

A feel just short of luxurious.

Taste is otherworldly. So smooth and tasty. Lower bitterness really shows off the malt base. Caramel and those dark fruits. Some cherries and quite a bit of vanilla. Again so smooth and complex. It has notes of sherry and while sweet and malty up front surprisingly dry in its finish. I was drinking this with a Sunday night pasta and tomato sauce. Kicks any red wine in the whatever.

Feel is just short of luxurious. A superior creaminess. A perfect and surprisingly lighter weight. Not to say this had no girth. It does. Just a drinkable, medium body for such a strong beer.

This is a near perfect beer. Really.

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Photo of NickThePyro
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of shelby415
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

CvdK, pronounced with an umpty. 2014 version, this has been in the cellar for awhile.

Dark, rusty brown color. Not particularly foamy. Grape drank aroma bursts out of the bottle as soon as the cork pops. Smells like sugared dates, figs and steely cola malt. Taste is aggressive yet subtle and full of details. Sweet, sugar coated candied plum and rich caramel. Still super sweet considering it's been in my parents basement for 4 years. No trace of alcohol.

This is a slow pontifical beer.

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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,860 ratings
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