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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) | Brouwerij Het Anker

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

BEER STATS
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881
Ratings:
1,808
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
14.69%
 
 
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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

CvdK, pronounced with an umpty. 2014 version, this has been in the cellar for awhile.

Dark, rusty brown color. Not particularly foamy. Grape drank aroma bursts out of the bottle as soon as the cork pops. Smells like sugared dates, figs and steely cola malt. Taste is aggressive yet subtle and full of details. Sweet, sugar coated candied plum and rich caramel. Still super sweet considering it's been in my parents basement for 4 years. No trace of alcohol.

This is a slow pontifical beer.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque dark brown with 2-finger beige head, moderate retention, some laces.
Smell - dark fruits, peppery, candi sugar.
Flavour - creme brulee, dark fruits, licorice, very complex.
Full body, smooth, high carbonation.

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Photo of Dzu
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark turbid brown with a weak white foam head.
S: Roasted bread, red wine notes, raison.
T: Sweet dark fruits, licorice,apples. Interesting aftertaste.
F: Tight body, meduim carbonation.
O: Impressive bsda! Worth a try.

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Photo of chrismilner20
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008 magnum
Poured 6/18/16
Thank you Randy K. For this one.

Eight years on it and the time was a great addition. Poured dark brown almost black on color. The nose was fig, candy sugar and spice. Taste was loads of dried fruits fig, date very aged tawny port like. Was one of the best beers I have had this year.

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Photo of MrDell
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.04.2016

Gouden Carolus – Cuvée van de Keizer Blauw 2014
Belgian Strong Dark Ale – 11% - 750ml Bottle – Brewed 24.02.2014 - Best before 23.06.2024


Appearance: Loads of smoke when I popped the cork on this one. Pots a deep brown with one finger off white head. Very lively, and noisy, carbonation. Loads of lacing being left on the glass. Looks very nice served from the 750ml corked bottle into the correct, gold rimmed, glass.

Aroma: Tobacco, dried dark fruits. Smells a little musty. Dark malts and burnt toffee. Can just pick up the alcohol but it's not overpowering considering the ABV. Licquorice and all the classic dark Belgian strong ale aromas.

Taste: WOW! Very complex and an absolutely huge finish. Very sweet malt upfront, then a huge hit of yeast flavour and then strong liquorice, dark fruits and alcohol. The finish is phenomenal and goes on evolving forever. It's a difficult one to describe as there is so much going on and it's all good. I’m also getting black treacle, demarara sugar and golden syrup (sounds sickly, and while it is sweet, it is not overly sweet like some). Reminds me of a nice port wine, but with the added bonus of all of the above flavours.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, just the right amount of carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Overall: This is an extreme beer from Belgium, its very strong, very dark and very complex. This bottle is two years old and tastes absolutely fantastic but I can tell that any younger and it would be too harsh. This is one of those beers that needs time to soften and is then going to get better and better. Looking forward to sampling this again at 5 years old. For now though, this is the best beer I've had in a long time. 10/10.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 vintage, best before jun 18 2024, consumed mar 20 2016. 11% abv, but the lcbo has insisted on putting a sticker on the bottle that says 9.1% abv. uh, alright. dull brown with bone-hued head. excellent nose of rich brown sugar, creme brulee, toasted marshmallow, plums, and dates, with a mild and complementing alcohol aroma. decadent, sweet, and layered malt profile in the taste with the aforementioned fruit flavours in the background. some slight toasted coconut and milk chocolate flavours. really sweet and delicious all around. low yeasty spice presence. somewhat reminiscent of a whisky due to the melange of alcohol and caramel. medium feel with tame carbonation for a belgian ale, and a mild bitterness on the finish. such a phenomenal and lovable beer that has the best malt flavours!

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Photo of mkh012
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle served in a Chimay Chalice. Bottled a year ago this month. I planned to age this one longer but got impatient.

Very dark brown with hints of red and mahogany when held up to the light. A beautiful beer. A finger of fluffy tan head thins but never fully dissipates. The nose is a bit odd. I get dark fruits, as expected, but can't quite put my finger on the predominant note. Molasses maybe. Regardless, it is sweet. A sign of things to come...

This beer tastes like nothing I've had before, and I've had plenty of BSDAs and Quads. I get raisins, caramel, a touch of chocolate, but it's the finish that perplexes me. It's almost too sweet. The alcohol is well-masked - a feat, no doubt, at 11% ABV - but I can't help but think the finish is borderline cloying. Almost like buttered popcorn or a Werthers candy. A little disappointed here, as I've heard great things about this beer. When compared to my favorite dark Belgians like Rochefort 8 and Gulden Draak, it falls a bit short. This is more of a dessert beer. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy but a bit too slick.

Frankly scratching my head at this one. Not bad, but certainly not what I expected. The flavor profile is different than anything I've tried, but any semblance of balancing spice is over-shadowed by sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 7/4/2014

A- pours a deep brown color with a small foamy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- aromas of sweet plumb mix with Belgian candied sugar, along with red apple skin, prune & fig. Closes with candied orange and peppery yeast

T- candy sugary sweetness up front opens up with flavors of plumb & raisin, rum soaked fruit cake & brown sugar. Finishes with peppery yeast and more dark fruit

M- medium body and carbonation leads a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming finish

O- a delightful sipper that is loaded with dark fruits

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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 JMS1512
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the docket: 750 mL cork and cage bottle of Brouwerij Het Anker’s Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) bottled: 2/24/2012

Poured into: Hand-washed Maredsous stemmed goblet

S: A luxurious raisin-brown body sits beneath a beige head that builds, then dies. Some soapish suds hang around, plus a round bubble-peninsula formed on one side of the goblet.

A: A date-lover’s dream. Rich aroma of dark fruit, fig, dates. Plums. Subtle spicy phenols, and tell-tale fruity yeast esters (plus a small hint of bubblegum). A bouquet fit for a king (or an emperor). The hops here are quite muted at the outset. The alcohol too, is well integrated into the beer, as I can’t detect from sniffing this beauty that it’s 11% abv.

T: Oh. My. God. Dark notes of molasses, Belgian candi-sugar, bittersweet chocolate. Fruit overtures of… is that raspberry? A slightly tart and medicinal cherry. Plums. Dates and figs bow to the tongue. This guy also contains port notes (not to be confused with Portnoy- an emperor in his own right). Hey, don’t forget the light impression of leather and tobacco– that one takes a bit to show up, but it’s there. Call me a joker, but I also get a little bit of soy sauce and yeah, I’ll go there- umami. Just a hint of bitterness and astringency, but in a pleasant way.

F: I don’t say this often about mouthfeel, but this beer has it all. It possesses great carbonation, especially on the roof of the mouth. Slick and regal, and at the same time, made deceptively light due to the aforementioned carbonation. It’s got a long finish, and this is where the alcohol is most present. Give it a few seconds. A rampant lion, that booze.

O: This Belgian Strong Dark is more than capable of expanding his empire into your mouth and subjugating your senses. However, this is more of a friendly annexation, not a hostile-takeover. Though I’m not truly an expert (in my head I am), I’d say it’s fair to theorize that an older bottle might have more port, and a younger bottle feel a bit hotter in the alcohol department. 4 years? Perfect. Though this is not Chimay Grand Reserve, this is truly a regal libation.

S: 4 A: 4.25 T: 4.75 F: 4.5 O: 4.5

Suggested food pairing: Korean beef barbecue, creamy and pungent cheese, fruit cakes, candied fruit

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Photo of desertcom1
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I consider this one of my favorite sipping beers. The Belgians have been brewing beer for hundreds of years and I think they nailed this one for a BSDA. I totally understand why they call this the "Grand Cru of the Emperor". This heavy bodied beer pours a dark ruby red with a fine frothy head. It has a complex taste of caramelized malts, raisins and figs come to mind, maybe a little cardamon with a pinch of allspice. This beer/wine is intended to be drunk at around 52 to 54 degrees F. I know we Americans like ice cold beer but this really goes down good at that temperature. I honestly can't get enough of this beer. My hats off to Charles Leclef of the Van Breedam family for introducing this beer in 1999. Thanks Charlie, keep it com'en.

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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 tlema1
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: dark brown with a thin lacy head
S: some fruit, not a big nose
T: figs, plums and other dark fruit
F: great mouthfeel, warm, slightly boozy
O: very, very good sipper

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Photo of KTCamm
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12/24....pouts very dark brown, inner bubbles, patchy off white foam. Warm bready inviting nose. Milk chocolate and subtle fruits. Taste is a complex fruit blend, sweet, figs and jammy. Booze hits back! Roasted, yet soft. And experience.

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Photo of Quonmisc
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep, clear tanned garnet, claret color. Brownish maroon. More Maroon than brown. Very clear. Not cloudy at all. Medium head. Nice lacing. Phenol, molasses, dates, figs. Nuts. The alcohol is evident but not so much for 11%. This one sneaks up on you fast. Not as sweet as some other strong darks. The flavor is deep, complex a hint of "sweet umami". The mouthfeel is sweet and silky with a lingering effervescence that fades to molasses and an darkened, Cayman rum fruitcake. Luxurious with mild but evident carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This beer is rich, exquisite and delicious.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage poured into a Grimm taster glass

L: Pours a very dark ruby-amber with a solid head and some seriously pretty lacing. Just the right amount of head retention without losing carbonation.

S: Incredibly berry-forward with tons of phenols. Loads of tart cherries, raspberries and some strawberries and cranberries (think I’m actually getting some snozzberries too). A hint of bourbon, Belgian yeastiness, some sherry notes, cherry cheesecake and a decent amount of ethanol.

T: Sweet and bready with strong berry flavors. Dough, pastry, cherry, vanilla, cranberry. Has a sweet, syrupy finish that is quite tasty but can become a bit cloying after awhile.

F: Medium-full body, but definitely lighter than the abv or maltiness would warrant. Velvety and somewhat fluffy mouthfeel, and medium carbonation. Leaves a thick, syrupy feel on the palate with surprisingly little alcohol presence.

O: A rich winter Belgian ale if I’ve ever had one. Not the most drinkable, but a pretty tasty sipping dessert beer. If you like fruitiness, particularly berries, this is a good one to check out.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
2.76/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

750 ml bottle in snifter glass at 1 year and 4 months
A: sudsy subtle 1 finger head, deep brown almost opaque with subtle hints of ruby
S: instant pilsner malt, some thick chocolate richness and dark fruit, full and sweet
T: wow this beer is sweet, I mean not even a hint of hoppy bitterness, caramel malts and a lighter bodied chocolate dominate this beer, but there's a bit of that pilsner malt that hangs around and is odd but not off putting, some cherry notes come in and marry with the caramel malts and add a tartness to the sweet
M: a bit dry but not too dry, pleasant, the sweetness in the taste distracts from the dryness in a way that I wish it did not
O: quite pleasant, but too sweet for me, I think the prominence of the pilsner malts is a nice and interesting touch, would be a great introduction to belgian strong dark ales, very accessible, but suitably complex, not my favorite, but not bad, will age some in hopes that the sweetness will dissipate some

Observation made later, after this original review: I can't lie to myself anymore, this is not a good beer, it is unbearably sweet

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Photo of khmel
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a deep, opaque brown with a small, light tan head with decent retention. Nice lacing. The nose is caramel, molasses, mascerated cherries, and malt/wort — with a hint of homemade marshmallow. The flavor is deep and complex. Sweet, caramel malt flavors, cherries, with some more bitter bourbon notes towards the finish. The mouthfeel is rich and silky. Really extravagant with very mild carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This beer really is exquisite and should be savored. Try it!

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Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was checking out beers in my local beer store and decided not to buy anything unless it jumped out at me. Then I saw this. Been on a Belgian kick lately so here we go.
A - Pours a dark brown with 1 finger head of tight little bubbles. In the light you get amber around the edges.
A - Aroma is raisins or figs.
T - Flavor is - wonderful. Sweet, dark fruit, raisiny, with a little bite of alcohol.
M - Quite carbonated, medium body.
O - Wow, I really like this. Definitely going back to buy a few more. Outstanding! Whenever I have a beer like this I wonder why I drink anything else.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From elcervecero. In Maredsous chalice. Shared with Carlos.So softly drinkable you wouldnt guess its high ABV. Not too expensive (6€) To repeat. 2014 bottle

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Photo of kitch
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml corked and caged bottle. 2014 vintage with a best before date of 29th April 2024. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a dark brown colour with a slightly less than one finger tan head which quickly settles to a nice thin creamy layer leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma: Strong aromas of caramel and toffee, also lots of dark fruits, plum, raisin, prunes, dates, fig with hints of butter.

Taste: On the sweet side with dark fruits dominating especially plum, raisin, fig and prunes. Caramel and toffee are in the background and hints of banana and bubblegum sweetness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, light warmness, medium bodied, light carbonation.

Overall: A very good beer that is a must buy for me. Even at 11%, you don’t taste the alcohol. Great for a late night sipper. I’m going to age a few bottles and see what happens!

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Photo of rjp217
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle.....

Dark brown, slight head with minimal lace. Lots of cherry, raisins, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee. There is so much going on with this beer. It's utterly fantastic. The only thing stopping this from being world class is it is a tad sweet. It doesn't take much away for me but I could see how this would hold it back. Medium body and slick feel. ABV is quite hidden considering this is 11%. Excellent offering.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a corked and caged 750ml bottle a dark ruby red with a thin head that fades quickly. Aroma of brown sugar and sweet malts. Tastes similar to the nose with some spice.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage.
Bought at Systembolaget, Sweden in april - 2014.

Dark mahogny colored, clear beer with a three finger high, beige, creamy head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Caramel, raisin, fudge, toffee, butter, oak, dried fruit, vanilla, sugar and yeast.
Taste: A complex, sweet taste of dried fruit, red berries, nuts, molasses, roasted malt, nutmeg, spices, malt and syrup.
Body: Smooth, complex texture. Light carbonation.

Beatiful beer!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage
Pours a deep brown with brick red highlights in the light. A dense and creamy tan head. Spotty lace all down the glass.
The aroma is toffee, fig, raisin and winey.
The taste? It's complicated and layered. Toffee, caramel, fig, raisin, plum, prune. It's vinous
and sweet with a bit of banana in the aftertaste. Just a hint of warming alcohol, which is a bit surprising, given its strength.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with very little carbonation.
Overall, a great after-dinner sipper. Need to put a few away for some extended cellaring...

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