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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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 bowzer4birdie
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version poured into my St Bernardus goblet. This Belgian Strong Dark Ale (I'll call it a Quad as that is how it tastes to me) is worthy of it's acclaim. Beautiful depth on the palate and nose, very drinkable for its ABV. Extremely well done and now I'd like to seek prior year releases as well. :-)

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Photo of charmcityboh
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass. 2009 bottle consumed 7/10. Head was respectable but brief. Color, on the other hand, impressed. A wonderful deep red. Smell of fresh cut sour apples, brown sugar. Slight hop bitterness on first contact with the tongue is quickly pushed aside by a wonderful sweetness, apples, cherries maybe? Almost more of a carbonated red wine. Complex taste that changes dramatically from sip to sip as the beverage warms. Nicely carbonated. Thickens as it warms as well. Alcohol is present but subtle for the 11%. A superb beer all around, a real pleasure to drink and savor. Will buy a few to cellar.

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Photo of Pencible
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. This poured a dark clear ruby with moderate tan head. It smelled like chocolate covered cherries and rich plumb and brown sugar, with some bready yeast and maple syrup and subtle spices. It tasted like chocolate covered cherries and plumbs and brown sugar, with some candied oranges and a bit of sour yeast and spices. It was thick with smooth carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a super rich and sweet and delicious beer. It had fantastic flavor that was complex but clean, and hid the alcohol all too well. The body was fantastic too, making it fairly easy to drink, but the richness made it much more of a sipping beer. As with the red labeled Van De Keizer, I would love to try it fresh, and also see how it tastes after a lot more years. Regardless, I'm pretty sure this one is amazing at any age.

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Photo of hero27
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle.
2005 Vintage.
10% abv.

Pours a reddish-brown color with plum accents. Thin off-white ring of foam leaves random patches of lacing behind.
A plethora of dark fruits, molasses, and sweet brown sugar in the aroma.
Tastes very sweet, like liquid candied fruit. Licorice, cherry, and oaky malt flavors melt on the tongue with each sip. Great Belgian yeast character carries all of the flavors tremendously.
Absolute velvet mouthfeel. Smooth and dangerously easy to drink even at 10+% alcohol.

Even at room temp, this is simply a privilege to drink..the flavors absolutely jump out at you. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of fido
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy red color, big white head and nice lacing; Smell is sweet, alcohol, spices, maybe some wood and fruity; Taste is very sweet at first, alcohol, spices and fruity; Mouthfeel is a little bit dry.

A very nice brew; really tasty.

Excellent Belgian beer.


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Photo of Westyn
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of polloenfuego
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle

This is a beer that lives up to its reputation. Pours a beautiful deep dark brown with a thin head. The smell is pure Belgian. Dark fruits, malts, Candi and yeast. The taste is rich and sweet and has potential to improve with age. One of the standards of the style, and a fantastic sipper.

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Photo of shiznit7
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of nnoollaannn
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zaphodchak
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured (vintage 2010) into a tulip with a half-finger head despite my best efforts and very faint, but clingy and pleasant lacing. Dark garnet body for an understated, elegant beer.

Nose has classic Gouden Carolus banana, toffee, and sweet fruit.

Taste is phenomenal, super-rich banana and caramel but with a dry enough finish to keep going. Traces of cherry as it warms. Impressively, almost cloyingly sweet. Not a trace of hops. Basically liquid candy.

Mouthfeel has a very fine-grained texture, and the carbonation is necessary to complement and balance the sweetness.

So incredibly rich that it might be difficult to finish. This is absolutely one to share, so while tasty, this begs for moderation.

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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a deep dark brown with hints of ruby red around the edges when held to light. Head is a even tan fuzzy foam with very nice retention. The nose you actually pick up as you open the bottle but once you pour it into the glass, wow! This is a hugely fragrence loaded bomb that is almost overtaking. Notes of Belgian waffles, ripe bananas, vanilla, and soft zesty spice. inters the mouth with silky sweetness and a real mouth filling doughy spicey richness. hints of buttered rum, and earthy vanilla grace the tongue. Mouthfeel is long and sticky thick from the sweetness. A wonderfully big beer. Sweetness is maybe a little to much, and slightly hampers the drinkability.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like one big beer upon pouring. Deep, dark mahogany brown that shows ruby highlights. Big, sticky head that never quite lets up. The aroma hints at very, very sweet treats waiting to be tasted. Candi sugar, sugared figs, raisins, faint chocolates and a touch of sharp spices. Deep. On the palate, this beer explodes with sweetness and evolves into a mouth coating, tingling bundle of sensations that ends with a bit of alcoholic burn. Those sticky sweet flavors of dark fruits and treacle continue acting on the palate long after the beer is gone, much like a primo barley wine or hard liquor. All this is pulled off with strength and panache at the same time -- quite a feat.

This is one big beer, sumptuous and bold, one to savor. This is so rich that it should be paired carefully -- only the richest meats, creamiest/funkiest cheeses, or earthiest desserts will survive.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
This exceptional ale ages well, developing a refined complexity and intense aromas. With powerful notes of roasted malts, caramel and plums, its surprisingly soft and fruity aroma combines a warm roundness with a refreshing taste.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2010 vintage

A- Dark brown with reddish hints if seen through light. One finger or even slightly less off-white head. Quite dense though, and it shows nice retention, leaving a good amount of lacing on the glass

S- Delicate but rich nose. Dark malts with notes of chocolate and brown sugar. Sugary and alcohol notes blend together nicely, giving the aroma a bit of a rum-like feeling. Background notes of oak and dark fruits (cherry, raisin)

T- Follows the aroma closely. Malts are quite dense, with chocolate, caramel and bready notes. Yeast/sugars definitely play an important role and the beer's overall feel is sure on the sweet side, though always in balance. A slight oaky/woody aged feel, expecially on the back of the mouth and in the aftertaste, with a slight touch of herbal/earthy hops. Dark fruit notes as the smell suggested, with cherry pretty much in evidence. Very complex and yet perfectly balanced

M- Medium to full body, light and very soft carbonation. A persistent soft, creamy mouthfeel on both tongue and palate, allowing flavours to spread throughout the whole mouth

O- 11%ABV? This look like 7-8%ABV, showing amazing balance and drinkabilty. Still it is highly complex and satisfyingly rich. An awesome beer

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Photo of rarbring
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is dark amber, a honey colored head, a few lacings, very good curtains.

The smell is much in the sweet area, honey, sherry and nuts.

The taste is earthy, stables, leather, cream, sherry and Madeira.

Small carbonation, mild, smooth, oily but a very full body - nearly enormous.

This was the 2004 vintage, enjoyed at Akkurat in Stockholm, Sweden. In company of great beers man stands small ...

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Photo of battlekow
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Roman's Pub. Poured a very dark brown with a small off-white head. Smells like ripe, almost overripe fruit, cherries, and kind of like licorice. Also smells faintly spicy, and with a deep breath you can smell the 11% alcohol. Tastes intensely of Twizzlers licorice. The alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms. Very thick, coating mouthfeel. One of the most interesting beers I've ever had, and one of the best.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle, 2010 vintage, poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass...

A - Pours a deep dark ruby, brown color. Nice light tan creamy head forms about 1.5 fingers thick. Nice retention and lovely lacing on this guy.

S - Caramel, raisins, figs and cherries right up front. Lots of nice sweet fruity notes. Slightly yeasty and slight with some really nice light spice to it.

T - Dark sweet fruits, cherries, and rum soaked raisins right uo front. Some brown sugar and slight spiciness coming through as well. Some apples and banana waaay in the background. Really very nice and extremely tasty.

M - Medium bodied with some nice carbination to it. Very nice and creamy on the palate.

D - Really enjoyable beer and one that I will definitely seek out again. The alcohol does make itself known as the bottle disappears. Overall a really great beer.

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Photo of IPA35
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a great fan of their Classic and the Christmas, but being the only true beerlover in the household I decided to pick up a bottle even though I will have to drink it by myself.

2013 version

Look very dark amber/ruby. No yeast on the first pour ofcourse.
The head dissappears quickly.

Smells good, nice dark fruits and caramel malts. Just as one would expect really.
One of those beers you will love if you like dubbels and quadrupels.

Taste much like the smell. A tasty beer. Nice and sweet, warming alcohol and nice dark fruits and caramel. Some spice too. Good stuff!

Some more fresh fruity notes too, light red apple and maybe red grapes.

The alcohol does not overpower it.

Mouthfeel is medium to full. Smooth and the carbonation is perfect for this kind of beer.

Very good. Worth trying if you like their other dark ales or Rochefort for example.

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Photo of Domingo
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of those beers I've been seeing and meaning to try, literally for years. Not sure why I waited so long, but here we go!

Pours a pretty standard dark brown color. Carbonation seems heavy initially upon popping the cork, but after a few seconds it's normal. I poured the equivalent of 4 glasses worth, and there's really only a rocky head initially.

Smells sweet and spicy. Not picking up any weird funk or anything unusual.

The taste is of figs, nuts, maple syrup, cocoa, and maraschino cherries. Not really getting a ton of hop flavor, but the hops do keep the finish in check with a little bitterness.
WOW. This is terrific. A malt bomb on par with any I've had. I really get a lot of maple and molasses notes, which are a soft spot for me.

Mouthfeel's spot on for the style, although as I mentioned earlier, the carbonation is heavy at first and then very light afterward.

I split a bottle of this, but I'd have no problem drinking one by myself. Is this really over 10%? Could've fooled me. I didn't get any heat from it at all.

Wish I hadn't waited so long for this. I'm going to revisit this ASAP. Seems like a great social beer for hanging out.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clouded reddish brown with tan froth.

Fruity esters in the smell, along with caramel and toffee from the malts. Alcohol is well hidden considering.

Medium, lightly grainy mouthfeel with generous carbonation. Tart fruits and sweet malts fade into a dry finish. Alcohol becomes apparent with a warming in the breadbasket and a bite in the back of the mouth.

Not too shabby at all. A beer worth looking up again for this dude.

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Photo of Tele
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (2015 vintage)
Consumed: 1.13.16

A: 4.5 Pours a slightly hazy, reddish-brown. The large khaki head lasts a few minutes and leaves lots of lace in the glass.

S: 4.25 Smells a bit oxidized at first – musty basement and a bit of cardboard. Caramel, vanilla, and raisins come through as the beer warms. As does the Belgian yeast with lots of phenols and spice.

T: 4.5 Starts off rather sweet but tons of flavor to balance it out. Toffee, raisins, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, and clove are right up front with a bit of ground coffee, dark chocolate, and mild oxidized flavors in the background. Just a hint of booziness and bitterness lingering on the finish.

M: 4.75 Really terrific feeling beer with just the right amount of carbonation. Quite drinkable considering the abv and how much flavor there is; I think the slightly dry finish helps in this regard.

O: 4.5 Pretty great Belgian strong ale. Up there with some of the best quads.

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Photo of Duffman
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a tan head. Powerful nose. Caramel, cherry, and oak tones are notable. Powerful caramel taste builds off the nose with a slightly sour and acidic cherry balancing. Very unique for a quad and surprisingly good. Well-balanced and highly drinkable. Medium to heavy body that is slightly oily and clingly with an overriding smoothness to it. Very drinkable and very enjoyable as well.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Heeenrik
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage

A: Mysterious brown sugary syrup color with an unfiltered appearance to it. Light sediment hangs out at the bottom of the glass disrupting the gentle streams of bubbles coming to the surface. Head is large in true Belgian style with the color of oatmeal.

S: Roasted dark fruits, rum raisin, toffee, brown sugar, banana and some soy.

T: Starts with majestic fig juice, prune preserve and raisin extract. The balance of sweet malts and dark sugars is stunning. One can find oily brown sugar, gentle molasses, blackberry jam and rum barrels mixed into the group. Complexity runs deep, multiple layers with flavors popping every sip along the way. Finishes almost mineralistic with limestone thoughts. A deep set dough accompanies the dark sugars all the way to fruition with some alcohol showing signs as it warms.

M: Full bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and smooth carbonation.

D: Delicious. Tremendous depth with awesome flavor. Could even use a few more years of aging to showcase the tastes. Really a proper example of a good dark Belgian ale

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,831 ratings.
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