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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
Ranking:
#558
Reviews:
899
Ratings:
1,866
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
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Photo of MrDell
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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 LiliGrigorova
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jgolian
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stofko1992
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of kevinlater
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | 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 drummerdwzp
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erwin_Sakkers
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkh012
3.46/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 too sweet. The alcohol is well-masked - a feat, no doubt, at 11% ABV - but I can't help but think the finish is 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 way 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. The flavor profile is different than anything I've tried, but any semblance of balancing spice is over-shadowed by sweetness. Bad bottle? But others seem to have had the same experience. The word "sweet" is used 50 times on the 1st page of lowest reviews.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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 stephenlee
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Catalin90
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leginsh
3.69/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of huntera
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all-time favorites. The weight, complexity, aroma - everything is perfect for a strong dark ale lover such as myself.

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Photo of Sw33t10ve
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Pacioli1445
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnlatona
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DucksFan16
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage, poured from bottle into snifter. Consumed 01/29/2016.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
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 stephy1771
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brought back from Belgium.

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Photo of Nunya
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JMS1512
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +14.7%
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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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,866 ratings
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