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)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Every year on the 24th of February, Het Ander brews Gouden Carolus Cuvée van de Keizer Blauw (‘Grand Cru of the Emperor’) to celebrate the birth of Charles the 5th.

This exceptional ale ages well, developing a refined complexity and intense aromas. An imperial brew to cherish and enjoy in moderation.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

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Photo of ZinFanDave
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prominent chocolate flavor in a creamy texture with no off notes. Not very complex,but certainly delicious like a chocolate dessert.

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Photo of jordanginsberg
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

I think this is my third attempt at reviewing this, so hopefully it doesn't get lost this time. 2015 vintage

Pours a nice tan fizzy bubbly almost 1 finger head that fades pretty quickly, a little lacing, nice long legs, very dark murky molasses brown color, very little light.

Nose is loaded with dark fruits, brandy soaked raisin, candied dates, fig paste, lots of candy, candi sugar, toffee, sweet candy malt, caramelized sugar, a little biscuity Special-B, a little soft booze, some more fruity ester bright tree fruit, a touch of a yeasty note, as well as minor oxidation cardboard.

Taste big sweet malt, lots of candy again, candi sugar, dark candi sugar, some syrup, sweet malt, a little biscuity, big toffee and caramelized sugars again, a bit of booze warmth and alcohol flavor, a touch of some phenolic booze, with big fruity esters, again very fruity like drinking prune juice, tons of raisin, brandy soaked raisins, candied dates, fig paste, the usual, a little pear note, a touch of yeast, and faint cardboard oxidation, sticky sweey syrupy finish, more sweet characters and fruit lingering, a touch of bitterness and a little fusel alcohol.

Mouth is heavy syrupy thick, sweet sticky, lots of popping carbonation, plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall more sweet and syrupy than I remember, a big Belgian beer, all the expected characters, a bit of oxidation unfortunately, tons of fruit, booze, sweet candy, etc.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cains1066
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2007 Vintage - Expiry dated at 29th March 2017 - 750cl bottle served into a Gouden Carolus 0.33l Goblet.

Pops and pours with a nice shell white half inch of head, supplemented by a steady stream of minute bubbles rising fast through the clear mid brown liquid. Still a lively beer for its years, the head clings to the glass when tipped, crackles nicely then dissipates. Looks great for its age.

Nose to Glass:
Pungent on first pour, smells of sherry, port, slightly musty.

Sherry and port notes apparent in the taste, slightly different profiles as we proceed down the glass, vanilla, burnt figs, molasses, for an aftertaste burnt caramel just sits in the throat, very nice.

Smooth mouthfeel, subtle bubbles tickle then meld with the tongue, the slightest tinge of alcohol sometimes apparent though not every swig.

Very impressed, held up well for its age and surprisingly easy to drink for its Abv, up there with its strong Belgium peers, drinks like a quad though light in color by comparison. Had intended to defeat this monster in 2 sittings but it reeled me in and was polished off like a Pale Ale. Typically a high Abv sipper by all accounts however age may have mellowed this example, throw sipping to the wind and you will be rewarded.

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Photo of cgrunin
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buck89
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle. Poured into a snifter. A muddy brown color with a modest tan head. Caramel, toffee, figs, nutmeg, and spicy notes on the nose. Also a hint of diesel fuel (really). The taste followed the nose, with the exception of no petroleum notes. Sweet and thick. Smooth and mature-tasting. A rich, well-balanced beer.

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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

-poiurs a cloudy ruby-brown with a hig frot beige hea
-hig carb vis
-Follows the nose
-finishes way too sweet
-medium to high carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
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

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,892 ratings