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

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4.3/5
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1,862 Ratings
Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)
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:
#554
Reviews:
898
Ratings:
1,862
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
263
Gots:
349
Trade:
13
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Photo of jds16
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemochas
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Pranqfan
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Chickenshack
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mumbled
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Quonmisc
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
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 HopsForBrains
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thepenguin
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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 bubseymour
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark fruit Belgian delight. Incredible beer.

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

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

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

Photo of LeRose
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JackRWatkins
2.76/5  rDev -35.8%
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 +10.2%
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 Jakethesnake503
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jccuevasr
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wellsnb
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
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 brians52
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,862 ratings
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