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)
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,830
Reviews:
889
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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257
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332
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15
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4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a chestnut-mahogany color with some red highlights shining through. Upon pouring there is a small tannish colored head that forms on the surface of the brew. The head fades very slowly over time, leaving a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet of dark fruits, with a big dose of prune and raisin as well as a small amount of cherry. Mixed with the sweet fruit is a caramel and candied sugar aroma as well. While heaviest in the sweeter aromas there are other nice aromas present as well. An oaky and woody aroma as well as a nutty aroma meld well with the fruit sweet aromas. When all are mixed with a nice boozy rum like smell, a very pleasingly sweet and warming smell is put forth.

Taste – The taste begins with the big dark fruit aromas detected in the nose. Raisin, prune, cherry and fig all show up big at the start and are mixed with a bit of a roasted malt and vanilla. Some light yeasty notes bring with them a light banana and spice flavor more toward the middle of the taste. Along with the yeasty tastes so too comes a light caramel sweetness as well as a little bit of a woody taste. More toward the end a light booziness, much lighter then what would be expected from the nose, is sensed by the tongue. Overall a nice sweet and robust lightly warming flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side for a Belgian strong dark of 11% abv with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are nice for the sweeter dark fruit flavors of the brew and make this one a little too easy to drink even though it is at 11 % abv.

Overall – A rather nice Belgian strong dark with a big sweet dark fruit flavor and a nice lighter boozy and yeasty spiced flavor that rounds out the sweet well when mixed with a lighter malty taste. It is overall quite enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a very dark brown, black almost, with reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, light brown head with excellent retention and very nice lacing. The nose is a spice bomb. A blend of mace, nutmeg and anise, with some eucalyptus, cola, mildly burnt sugar, this is a little too spiced for my liking. The cola notes here bring to mind discount sodas. Alcohol is reasonably well hidden. In addition, there's quite a bit of dark fruit present, with prunes and figs.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Westmalle Chalice. 2012 vintage, probably a tad too cool when I first popped and poured.

A: A very dark chestnut / maple brown with a fair amount of murk to it. Even with an aggressive first pour, the head was less than a finger of caramel colored lacey head. Nice retention. Looked better on the second pour with nearly 2 fingers of thick Belgian head.

N: Amazingly complex aroma bucket. Primarily dark fruits like prunes, figs and raisins, but light citrusy and apple esters as well. Background of roasted nuts and sweet caramel malts. Smells very sweet and a bit boozy, but in a good way.

T: Wow. As expected, a very complex tasting beer which really evolved over the 45 minutes it took me to sip down this 750ml bottle. In a blind taste, I would guess this were a quadrupel, not a strong dark ale. A very sweet beer, actually a little too sweet for me, with an emphasis on sugared figs and very ripe prunes. Nice foundation of caramel malts is complemented by the slightest hint of pear or apples. But primary flavors are sweet dark fruits and roasted nutty malts. Delicious. I found this 11%ABV to be less well disguised than other BSDA / quads, and I think the sweetness kind of punctuated and accentuated the alcohol for me.

MF: A very smooth and silky, luxurious mouthfeel, on the lighter side of medium for me. A little more carbonation in the mouth than you see in the glass, but I would still call it a low carbonation beer. Pleasantly warming without being stinging or astringent.

Overall, this is a lovely beer. I'm sure it would age well, and I would recommend letting it warm to 52F before even popping the cork. Not something you could session and definitely a slow sipper, but this is a lovely , big Belgian Strong Dark Ale, with all the intricacy you would expect, and more.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle with cork blasted out rocket-style by fellow beer advocate, eastcoast153.

Appearance is near immaculate: deep ruby red with a dense light tan head. Lacy residue coats the glass interior over the course of consumption. Smell is fruity & delightful: prune notes over warm malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and creamy as all-get-out. Tastes royal: the prune and the malt play hopscotch across the courtyard of my tongue, like an emperor in waiting. Finishes as smooth as it began. Deceptively alcoholic. Please be sure to have a comrade to help you with the bottle. Who is Keizer Söze?

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,830 ratings.
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