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 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 mynie
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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 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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Photo of
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Appearance was a light/pale brown color with some copper hints. Head was smallish and tan in color. No haze, virtually clear. Aroma was malt first, followed by caramel and bubblegum. Alcohol peeked through. Flavor was extremely complex, with caramel and honey dominating for me. The mouthfeel was creamy, and this is really where the alcohol could be picked up as a warmth. Otherwise, 11% was well hidden. I enjoyed this, and would have again.

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

2010 release. I am going to put another down in the cellar for a few years. Bottle design is much nicer that it used to be with artwork printed right on the bottle. Fancy gold ink is an appropriate touch for the "Grand Cru of the Emperor.

I poured this very very slow and it still produced a massive 4 finger depth head. The beige head is frothy and gorgeous but doesn't hold shape when you mess with it. Body is a fairly clear amber brown color.

I detect the following in the aroma: banana, dark fruits like raisins, yeast, spices, plums, malt and brown sugar.

Alcohol is incredibly well hidden for 11% abv.
Taste is candy sweet with the above mentioned dark fruityness.
Super malty and generously spiced.
Now that it is warming the alcohol isn't quite as hidden!

This can get cloying though due to the insane sugary sweetness present. Could use some hops to fix that.
Feel is slick and syrupy.

This was nice but i think it could use a nap in the cellar.

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Photo of Atron67
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2000 bottle.

Poured a flat headed brown ale foggy. not unexpected for an old strong ale, but everything else combined didnt leave me too impressed. smell was of fig and raisen, some dark maltiness. taste was very smooth, but not much else beyond the necessary fig and raisen and other dark fruits. some light cherry. heavy body, remarkably high in alcohol, but a lil bit of a disapointment. all indications are that it aged exactly as it is supposed to, and this is a style that should age well, so im not gonna go crazy with my ratings.

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

750 ml bottle of the 2010 vintage.

I had high hopes for this beer as I am fan of several of the other Gouden Carolus.

Rich dark amber complexion, with a medium head. The smell might be the best part of the beer - very complex, with the sweetness of the beer coming through. Raisins and maple syrup dominate the smell and make it a really different and attractive. The taste is dominated by the syrup - and this was the disappointing part. The beer if full of some amazing combination of flavor, but I found that after a small glass that it was too sweet to drink further.

Bottom line was that this is a unique beer - its the sweetest beer I have ever tasted. But thats its best and worst part - its not in my book a "drinkable" beer as a result.

I could see serving this with a desert in small servings....

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Photo of granger10
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is stated Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emperor (pretty high accomplishment if you ask me). But this didn't quite live up to its self proclaimed greatness. Pours a muddy reddish brown color with basically no head and little lacing. Lots of floating yeast sediment in the beer. But the nose on it is terrific. Lots of sweet maltiness. The initial taste backs up the nose. Plums and raisins combined with a hit of sharp carbonation. But this follows with a buttery diacetyl taste that starts out nice but eventually becomes too sharp and ends up tasting like scotch. Finish is dry and yeasty with some more raisiny sweetness and it lingered for a long, long time. Good, but I couldn't drink too many of these. I would definitely age this one if I get it again.

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Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this was a pleasant surprise. bought it without knowing anything about it. read the label and it looked like something interesting. plu i'd never had a grand cru until this bottle, so when i saw it was a special grand cru, i was all over it...

appearance: my god, there was so much going on in my duvel tulip i could have watched it all day. super dark brown/red, ok head. the lacing was all over the place. a sign of what was to come.

smell: molasses? sugar cane? very sweet.

taste: super sweet and fruity. very full bodied. alcohol was slightly masked but still present, especially as it warmed up.

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. almost stout-ish. the alcohol really comes out here.

drinkability: one was it for me. couldn't finish the bottle. had this one in 2 sittings. very enjoyable. i will definitely be trying this one again in the newar future. it was an awesome compliment to my thanksgiving dinner. cheers!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into Lost Abbey stemware.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger light cream colored dense head with great retention. Beer is a clear dark purple-mahogany. Lacing is stringy and spotty with decent stick. An attractive beer overall.

S: Nose is aromatic, sweet, and fruity. Purple grapes, plums, Belgian yeast, chocolate, and some subtle booziness. Lively and crisp where I want something a bit deeper. Still, very complex and to style.

T: Opens sweet purple grapes, plums, and clove. Belgian yeast creates a certain spiciness that predominates towards the middle. Some more dark fruit and hints of chocolate and candied sugar at the end. Finish is spicy and yeasty with a candied sugar and caramel aftertaste. Very complex but again, similar to the flavor, more crisp and lively than deep and inviting. Very well balanced though.

M: Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Lively and prickly in the mouth and spicy and abrasive going down. Accented finish with a lingering aftertaste. Very to style and easy to drink.

O: Blauw is probably one of the best beers in its style and one that I'm sure would benefit greatly from a little bit of age. The flavor, complexity, and body is there, but this beer needs to be just slightly less alive and a bit smoother. Still, I haven't come across many other BSDAs that are better than this offering. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 12/30/10. A 2010 corked and caged bottle I popped open and shared with a couple friends.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear dark ruby brown color with 2 fingers of dark brown head. The cap recedes fairly fast leaving a wall of lace along the glassware. Swirls revive the head back to a finger of creamy tan.

The aroma of this brew is sweet smelling alcohol laden with darker fruits. Quite sweet, almost candy like with an indication of vanilla overtop the scent of plums and raisins.

The taste is also candy sweet with a light spiced character of clove, banana and bold alcohol. It is quite sweet upfront with a bold character of fruity alcohol that balance it out a bit. The sweetness is somewhat caramel-like in the finish with a lingering bitterness from earthy and herbal hops.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is very evident throughout the experience and it is quite drinkable. My only gripe is that this brew was a little too sweet for me to enjoy more than a single glass of. The bold combination of alcohol and sugar would present an interesting example for aging. I'd give it a try again if I could get an older bottle.

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