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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Reviews: 884 | Ratings: 1,818
Photo of beerhan
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 (2009 batch) into a delirium snifter. Very light white head that does remain with a lot of legs. Smells uber fruity and tastes like the entire spectrum of fruit. There is a lot of alcohol present and it hits you fast. It may taste great but that booze catches up fast. I split a bottle but could have had it to myself but was careful. Great for the price. I recommend.

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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 750ml cage & corked bottle. Pours a cola like brown color with an average tan head that dissipated into a ring around the glass. The smell is of figs and the newton, brown sugar, prunes, roasted/bready malt, spicy. The taste is of alcohol soaked rum raisin bread, cane sugar, and red grape juice. The feel is moderate to well bodied with tight and fizzy carbonation that finishes slick and syrupy; sticky and sweet. A very flavorful brew but is almost cloyingly sweet and sticky and the ABV can put a small horse down.

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Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into my DT snifter. 2008 edition. It was a deep ruby color with tons of carbonation but no lacing which wasn't surprising considering the 11% ABV. It had a large brown fizzy head that settled into a thin foam and thick collar that was fed by the carb from the bottom.

BSDA aromas are hit or miss for me. I really don't like the darker fruit and overly strong raisin smell that you find in most of them. Too sweet with no spice to offset. This one had that balance. There are dark fruits and currants but there is also dark brown sugar and cinnamon to tame that. Still very sweet smelling but in a much more pleasing way. The taste also had that balance. Surprisingly the high ABV never really showed in the aroma or the taste. You can definitely feel it but not really smell or taste it. The taste starts out sweet then gets even sweeter and then fades with a bit of a bitter finish to end it. Again, sweet but not too sweet. I find the 750ml bottle to be too much for one sitting. Not necessarily the ABV but this would get to be too much sweet at the end. Good for splitting.

Overall, a rather good BSDA that I really enjoyed. Highly recommend as it's a great example for the style. For me, one is enough unless the circumstances were just right.

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Photo of BeanBone
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bit of a gusher on opening, but nothing too extreme. Pours a dark brown body with ruby-red highlights. Up top, over a finger of creamy off-white head with good retention and stellar lacing.

Aroma: A mix of ripe bananas, a host of various other dark fruits, mustiness, and sweet brown sugar malt.

Flavor: Essentially, the same profile found in the nose--dark fruit, mustiness, spiciness, and rich caramel malt. The alcohol is masked excellently, adding just a dash of spice and heat. Raisins and brown sugar in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation and just a hint of warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Tasty and deceptively quaffable, this drinks a lot faster than the alcohol content would suggest.

Verdict: While I'm a little disappointed that it didn't quite live up to the hype I've seen, Cuvée Van De Keizer is still a solid, complex, and thoroughly drinkable Belgian Strong Dark Ale well worth a try.

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Photo of beerhandy
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 bottle..Duvel Tulip
Pours murky brown with a beige head that fades to a foam lace .As it warms it clears to a rich copper.

Aroma is of dark jaggery, alcohol and some fruitiness maybe liquid mincemeat

Taste is very sweet and rich with no hops. Dark candy sugar and lots of it. Hints of spiciness nutmeg maybe cinnamon it’s very subtle. Finishes sweet with a warming from the alcohol

Medium to full mouth feel its so full of residual sugar its hard to place
If you like sweet dark Belgians this is a keeper

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Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage

A - Pours a dark Mahogany colour, with a hint of Ruby. Head is off white that does not retain that well.

S - Plenty of dark fruit malts and spice.

T - Quite sweet flavours of brown sugar a nd raisins and dark fruits. Perhaps a little burnt toffee as well. Finishes in a spicey way with a little booze.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - A very solid quad but will get better with age, at least five ye4ars on this one. Good job I bought two !

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gouden Carolus goblet at Hopleaf 9/9/07. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Cloudy brown-like melted milk chocolate. Small skimmy head.

S: Rich malty sweetness with hints of chocolate, prunes, figs, and molassas.

T: See directly above with the addition of a mild alcohol heat.

M: Smooth, creamy, and very rich.

D: Very drinkable, to say the least. The 11% is incredibly well hidden.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good one . Burgundy color . Big white head, moderate lacing. Nice astringent aroma. Sweet, Belgian candy sugar, astringency,banana and love flavoriing. The mouthfeel isrich and drinkability is good for this high abv.

Would definitely try this one again.

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Photo of froghop
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2008.

pours a deep dark brown with a medium size tan head, heavy carbonation, and good lacing.

smell is of cocoa, caramel, and dark fruits.

taste is fizzy, then creamy, dark fruit, cocoa, malt, some sweetness, roasted nuts.

overall a little too heavy on the carbonation for me, but still a good brew.

appearance - 4.0
smell - 3.5
taste - 4.0
mouthfeel - 3.5
drinkability - 3.5
overall - 3.8

grand cru of the emperor ABV 10%, so i am assuming that it is a 2003 vintage.

pours a deep dark brown with a medium size tan head, heavy carbonation, and good lacing.

smell is of cocoa, caramel, and dark fruits.

taste is fizzy, then creamy, dark fruit, grapes, cocoa, malt, some sweetness, roasted nuts, ends sweet on the lips and slightly dry.

overall emperor did not seem as carbonated as the blue.

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Photo of Yumeo
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty but not too havy for the alchool it have,I feel like drink and eat in the same time,a really good drink for this time of the year.I try this beer by mistake,late afternoon I grab a battled from the fridge I open it without look because my father was firsty,just afther I look the label sow the alchool and said not exatly the right beer for tea time,anyway we enjoy a lot.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby red colour, thumb of head with decent retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Rich caramel, burnt sugar, dark fruit with plums and dried raisins, with a touch of leafy green notes on the finish.

T - The sweetness dominates with rich caramel, candied sugar, plums, hints of apricot and a touch of candied cherries. Finish is dominated by sweet candied sugar and a touch of sugared beets with a leafy finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of sticky syrop on the finish.

O - A tasty brew that loads the palette with sweetness, but is easily enjoyed without worry of overwhelming the palette. An incredibly tasty and easy drinking 11% brew that is dangerously easy to consume. Glad I was able to grab a bottle because it was well worth it.

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Photo of berpwillie
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle. pours a dark amber color with good to large off white head and lacing. lively fizzy carbonation. sweet raisin like smell, taste is the same with hints of carmel, and molasses. very sweet with a slight bitter finish. medium body, thin oily texture, and average flavor duration. very good brew. alcohol is fairly well hidden but creeps up on you fast.

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Photo of Wildman
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came in a beautiful bottle, so it must be their major holiday promotion. This beer poured a reddish amber color and formed a small light tan bubbly head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, cherries, vanilla and a hint of chocolate. The flavor was of malt, chocolate with a warming aspect of the alcohol present. The finish was sweet yet slightly sprite. The body was not as heavy as others of this style. Aging would probably help this one.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was fun. One person brought a 2007 and another brought a 2013 to the bottle share. The score reflects the 2013. The 2007 was fairly flat. It also picked up the banana bread taste. The 2013 was much more carbed. Had a much more pleasant sweetness to it. Nice Belgian taste. 8 years was way to long for the person to cellar this one.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 edition. This poured a dark brown/tea color wtih one finger of head that falls to a ring around the top of the beer. The nose is sweet cherries and sweet caramel, good malties. The taste reflects the smell, with some cherry and caramel notes. The feel is relatively thick and the drinkability is good, easy drinking on this beer. Overall a good find.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: dark fruits, raisons, figs, sweet

taste: sweet, caramel, dark fruits,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, sticky,

overall: very sweet not what I was expecting. glad I tried but probably won't have again.


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Photo of slvrmon82
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a really nice find in Delaware.

Just picked up the 2007 release.

It pours a deep dark amber to brown color. Not a lot of head on it though. A little surprised by this.

The smell is very fruity with Bananas upfront and malts behind it.
Very much like bananas

Taste is very complex. Almost reminds me of a dubbel. It has lots of fruit upfront with lots of malt in the middle and end. The very end is a heavy alcohol taste but a good one.

The mouthfeel is very light actually. It is not as syrupy as some. Not a lot of carbonation though. A little disappointed in that.

The drinkaibility is good. It is a little sweet and fruity to drink a lot especially at 11% abv.

A very deep dark and rich Belgian ale. A must try if you enjoy big Belgians.

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Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this exquisite pour from the taps of TJ's Everyday in Paoli,PA. Deep reddish pour that left light lacing. Nose of dark fruits, alcohol...and various spices I couldn't individually identify. Taste of sweet malts, sugar, fruits...this Belgian Dark is caramel deep and rich in flavour! I like this brew so much, I bought a bomber, and will savor it soon!!!

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Photo of adamette
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 750ML bottle that I purchased about 2 years ago for $8.99 but I could not tell you where I bought it (there is a price tag still on it). "Jaargang 2007" written on the neck label. The following stamped on the left side of the label: L 0751 28/3/17 so I suppose that it means that it is good until March 28th, 2017. Poured into my silver rimmed Westvleteren goblet.

A Light brown, thick creamy head but too short lived as it lasted for only a minute, it is now a single ring around the top of the beer. Body is a nice solid brown but in front of direct light there is a nice dark mahogany glow. Beer poured from the bottom of the bottle revealed more sediment floating about than that from the top of the bottle. Good look but a better head, lacing would have garnered a bigger rating from me. 4.0

S Medium roast sweet malt, almost molasses like full of dark fruits, maybe some anise and a sense of alcohol as well. 4.0

T Oh yes, all of the promise of the smell comes through in the taste. Dark fruits of raisins, dates are washed in a thin molasses (which is still quite thick by liquid standards mind you) along with a dose of alcohol. If anyone is looking for that dark fruit, Belgian bigness in a beer look no further than this one. The aftertaste carries the strongest taste of dates that I can recall experiencing. Very interesting. 4.5

M Thick with the dark fruit, molasses tastes but also syrupy sweetness, like a nectar really. With a nice creamy head that stuck around it might have also featured a nice smoothness. 4.0

D Only fair. This is a huge beer with a robust 10.0% ABV and so I cannot report that it is particularly drinkable. This is an apertif beer meant to be savored and enjoyed. I plan on doing just that after typing these words. 3.0

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last night's decible caused by Hardcore IPA will be tough to recover from. To help ease the pain, I have prescribed Gouden Carolus D'Or. 2007 vintage bought recently at the Wine Exchange (Orange, CA), on to the beer:

Poured into a chalice, the head pours a good thickness, but has a loud fizzying nose on top this ruby brown beer with reddish and violet hues. The color is good, the head is so-so. There's a great mix of aromas pleasing my nose. Where to start? Toffee, ripe dark fruits, yeast, hint of chocolate, figs, brown sugar. Good good. Now to drink.

Now I understand what all the fuss is about....sort of. Tasty....and very alcoholic (my bottle is listed at 10%). Big snap of hot booze and spicy pepper on the palate at first. Soft fruity yeast creeps in, apples and... HOT HOT HOT!! Jalapenoes? It sure feels like it. Assorted dark fruit flavors apply, but again this is a very hot beer.

No question this is a good beer, but the alcohol cut into the overall enjoyement of this beer. My bottle is one year old, so maybe more time underneath the cork will cool it off. But how much remains the question.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big brown ale with some highlighting, off white has good retention. Lacing okay.
Sweet malts big in the aroma, full of nutty proteins and sharp alcohol.
Flavor is more caramel malt flavor with a lot of dark fruit, finishes off-sweet with a lot of warming alcohols. Body is medium to full, a pretty decadent treat.
This is a good one to split with some friends, a very rich Belgian strong. Try with some bittersweet chocolate.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with slightly ruby highlights. The beer is capped with a creamy foam that left lacing down the glass. Dark fruit, raisins, dates and the like, mix with boozy esters in the nose. Layers of aroma waft into the nose. A significant body to this brew, and lots of character. The dark fruit is overlain with dark roasted malts. Sweet but not quite syrupy. The alcohol peppered the profile and provided ample warmth. The beer has respectable complexity and depth of flavor, a certain desired richness. This beer is well suited for yet another chilly May night in Minnesota.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle from 2007. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a hazy dark brown/mahogany color with a very thin tan head that went away quickly. Not much lacing at all. The aroma is mostly dark fruit (raisins, plums, cherries), along with some molasses, banana and Belgian yeast. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some booze and licorice noticable. But like the aroma, the dark fruit taste is the strongest compared to the other flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink and goes down smooth. However, this one is a sipper because of the 11% ABV. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd buy it again in the future.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage. Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to spimptastikx for this one.

4.0 A: Clear dark amber brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy light tan head with average retention and some spotty lacing.

4.5 S: Very nice. Dark fruits with a lot of plum. Sugary cake icing. Light to moderate booziness. Touch of raisin and touch of tobacco. Peppery spiciness.

4.0 T: A ton of peppery spiciness. Way more than in the nose. Raisin and tobacco are also more prominent while the plum is less so. Moderate to high booziness this time, which is okay for 11% ABV, but not ideal.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. This is the first time I've ever thought this for a Belgian brew, but I'd say there's too much carbonation. I'm producing some formidable belches. Otherwise, the carbonation is spritzy. Boozy throughout and a little extra on the finish.

3.5 D: Good brew, but the carbonation is too high and the brew itself is a bit too boozy for this to be very drinkable. I bet this ages well.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2002. Not much head and a brown beer with wite fog under it. Nose is lots of port , musty, burnt arome, alcoholic andvery heavy oxidised overall. Taste is also strong and porty, quiet sweet, wood, roastyness decent but there and backed by medium bitterness that's quiet far gone and warming alcohol. Certainly well brewed but kind of shocked that this one ages obviously quiet hard and don't think it will gain much more but certainly some will disagree. Still good adchievement and something ellse as the fresh version. Must like port though to really like this.

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,818 ratings.
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