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

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-03-2002

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. Pours a cloudy dark brown with amber hues, a medium sized light tan to cream head slowly recedes with minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet dark fruits, plums and raisins and overripe fruit. Also a softer sweetness of brown sugar and caramel, nice breadiness and hints of banana as well as some vinuous qualities like cherries, very complex. Outstanding aroma, at times there are some classic Belgian qualities while at others it is like a nice aged English barleywine, sweet and malty. Taste follows suit with strong aged barleywine characteristics of sweet dark fruits and caramel malts. Still some hoppiness in this vintage with some hints of crispness mixing with a bite of the alcohol strength. Medium to heavy in body, carbonation is low, but soft and creamy where present. Outstanding beer, very unique and quite complex, can’t wait to try some older vintages and see how it progresses.

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Photo of joepais
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage, 750ml bottle Poured a wonderful burgundy color with a slight white head . Aromas of wine fresh bread and malts . Medium-bodied and slight carbonation . This Ale drinks like a cognac . Big fruity flavors along with some malty sweetness but not overly sweet .This bottle was a well balanced. I will enjoy this Ale watching the Red Sox’s tonight nomatter what the outcome (Go Sox’s)

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Photo of oelergud
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 2007.
Opaque mahogany body with a light brown head of tiny to medium bubbles. Retention is pretty good but there is not much in the way of lace.
Strong smell of prune, raisen and alcohol. Lots of spice and an overall heavy element to the scent.
Ripe and sweet dark fruit flavors swirling around a rather alcoholic core with a cone of hop poking through here and there. Pear and cherries appear as the beer warms. Sweet, spiced and sparsely hopped aftertaste.
Full body, plenty of residual sugars and decent coating.
This is a very drinkable and delicious sipper of a beer. Full, sweet and very aromatic.

-Oelergud

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Edition.



A – This poured a very dark, almost a hazelnut color of brown, with a slightly reddish tint to it. Very hazy and cloudy and with a good amount of sediment running through it. A good two inch plus of head formed on the top, a nice tan colored pillow like but sticky head formed on the top and really never faded. It sort of settled , nut even then was still quite strong. This was definitely a full bodied looking brew and something that looked like it was getting ready to sink its teeth in. A good amount of side glass lace flowed down the glass throughout and gave it the final touch of a full looking brew.



S – Whew, that was strong. Now this meant business. There was definitely an alcohol presence here, but not in an overpowering or derogatory way, more of a subtle, just letting you know it was there. Lots of dark spices here. I could pick up even some dark fruits, plums and maybe even a bit of grape in the nose. The deep caramel like sweetness was also present here and gave it a good lifet and a nice fullness.



T – For as strong as this was, I would actually consider the overall flavor profile to be nice and mellowed compared to what it probably could have been. First notice was a very nice warming feeling coming over as I took the first sip. Lots of mellowed yeast here. Some apples and plums, maybe a fig mixed in seemed to bring out the lighter notes. Meanwhile, underneath that was a deep caramel like flavor that blended in with a earthy or bready like back. Very complex and yet remarkably smooth. There were just enormous flavors here, but yet it was so finely blended that nothing really dominated, nor did it really overwhelm. Just a really well crafted thing here and something that was just better as it kept going on. The finish was a touch brandy like and left you a bit dry, good and very solid.



M – Very full, and I mean very full. The carbonation here was more then adequate and really helped to pull the overall profile together and really tighten it up. There was just a smooth, very smooth fell to it. The carbonation was very light and it made it pretty much roll over the tongue and let the flavors to the work. A slight warming and a good overall robust feel.



D – This was definitely a sipper, there was just no other way about it. It was so full that you had to just sit back, relax, let it warm up and enjoy. I can see why they only brew it once a year, that it really all that you need to be honest. This was not overally powerful that you could not have it, but you really just did not need more then one. Very solid and one of the best after dinner relaxers I have had in a very long time.



Overall I really like this. I did not know what to expect when going in, but this was really quite fantastic. It had a full body and feel, and such a robust and complex flavor profile, that at times you just did not know where to turn to next. A more then balanced feel and approach led to this being one of the favorites of the night. Now don’t get me wrong this was not for the faint of drink, rather something that was to be appreciated by those who knew how to appreciate it. A fine choice that you should definitely try and seek out.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A deep, rustic brown with touches of amber and ruby. Huge head, huge bubbles, pillowy, mocha color - awesome retention. Nothing I do to it will make it fall. So beautiful. So very beautiful.

The aroma is mostly fruity with grapes, figs, dates coming through first. I also noticed almond and oak, cloves, corriander. Sort of smells of brown sugar too, molasses?

The taste is very woody with pine and oak both coming out. Grapes enter, figs as well. A bit of alcohol. A bit of corriander, some hops, brown sugar/molasses, caramel, vanilla, honey. There is a lot of complexity in the taste, layers and layers of flavor. Overall, sweet and very tasty.

Kind of heavy, but not too much so actually, lightly carbonated. Very smooth and silky. Huge taste for such a smooth beer. This was absolutely wonderful!

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Photo of dnichols
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was a 750 ml caged and corked bottle poured into a challis. This was one of several beers imacoug returned to Washington with after a vacation in Florida. We got together to share a few newbies and watch some pro-football…the beer trumped the games!

A: This beer has a warm oolong tea hue that is largely opaque. At first pour it was reminiscent of a bottle of light chocolate coco. It had a modest caramel head that lasted long into the experience.

S: The aroma was fruity with hints of plums and malty with a strong presence of milk chocolate and a splash of caramel.

T: The taste was strongly influenced by the lightly roasted malts. It had sweetness akin to milk chocolate with hints of dark brown sugar hints. The finish has a nice light malt flavor with a wonderful warm dry note influenced by the alcohol.

M: It was medium bodied and richly smooth throughout its residence in my mouth. There was a slight aftertaste that was sweet and warming.

D: It was a nice smooth beer with excellent subtle complexity and great character. It’s a nice after dinner brew that may be too sweet for a long day of drinking. However, it is a beer that deserves to be returned to over and over again.

Comment: After a couple of brews that left a bitter chemical aftertaste this was a treat. It really makes one appreciate it when a brewer gets the concepts of balance and subtlety.

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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 Foxman
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy, ruddy mahogany with flashy amber edges. Three fingers of tight, creamy light tan head display a considerable half-life. Molten lacing flows slowly like lava along the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries earthy sweet malt with dark cherry, fig, brown sugar, molasses, and the merest nip of tanginess. A general estery crispness joins distant clove, some other softer spice notes, and a mellow draft of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the syrupy sweet malt, sugary with molasses and brown sugar, goes fruity with plum, cherry, and raisin. The esters are more pronounced and specific here, boasting green apple and pear, and subtly spiced with a clove lead-in and muted citrus. The alcohol is toasty but nicely and well played. Residual sweetness matches a brave dry crispness that mingles and lingers. It stands tall with a blended, complex, regal nature.

Full bodied, it slips and slides sinuously, with a zesty refreshing dryness that matches the sweetness in the end.

Cuvee, Grand Cru, call it what you will, it is bold, blended, and craftily marvelous with a full flavor slate and an impressively assertive character. The ABV is mighty and apparent, but it also works in smooth step with a fetching result and a very drinkable sensibility. Hell, call it anything, call it Ishmael, I don't care, but please just make sure you call me when you break one open.

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Photo of KingG
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 edition

Served at cellar temp and poured into a Weizen glass.

Appearance is good. Dark copper colored brew with many tiny bubbles racing up toward the tan, thick, crater-like head. Not as murky as I assumed.

Smell is very good. A lot going on here. Sweet sugary malts, honey-glazed raisins, sweet ripe plums, and a small amount of bubblegum and alcohol. Very nice indeed.

Taste exceptional. Much like the smell yet more pronounced on the dark fruits and alcohol. Brown sugar and a green apple sweetness rounds things out. As complex a flavor that you can find for the style. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is very good. Medium bodied yet very much a presence on the palet. Carbonation level is very good for the style.

Drinkability is very good. Killing this 750ML bottle won't be a problem. Once again, if it wasn't for the slight alcohol burn I would have given a 5.

Overall:
Everytime I drink this brew I get amazed how complex it is. One of the best Dark Strong Belgium Ale's you can find. Highly recommended.

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Photo of genog
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown in color with a large, creamy tan colored head. Head disappears a little quickly and leaves some sticky lacing along the side of the goblet. Smell is of belgian candied sugar and some sweet malt. The taste on this beer resembles somewhat of chimay at first then other flavors come in and almost overpower. Figs, raisins, molasses, almost overpowering... but good. Medium to full bodied makes this a sipper with a slight warming presence. At 11% this is a nice heavy beer that I am intimidated to finish since I work early tomorrow, but I think I will enjoy it!

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Photo of Drew966
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or - Grand Cru of the Emperor 2006 pours a medium brown that has cherry highlights when held to the light with a thin off white head from a brown 750 ml Bottle into my Cuvee Van De Keizer chalice. It has a nice aroma that's mostly dark fruit, perhaps some honey on bread too. The mouthfeel is quite nice, a little on the thick end of the spectrum. The flavor is nice, dark fruit and brown sugar come to mind. A very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark belgian with a huge creamy head that sticks to the glass throughout. This is a big boy no doubt about it. Smells of fig, dried fruit, molasses and malt. Tastes nicely sweet with sugar, caramel, fig, apricot, and butterscotch. Feels like a delicous dessert with alcohol warming throughout. Medium to thick on the tongue. Nice carbonation finishes this tasty brew. If you want a trappist like beverage this dark beauty is a winner. Could have another but I would be drinking my dinner. A must try.

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Photo of elricorico
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 version. I'd been looking forward to this beer for a while. Through the hot summer days I kept thinking it wasn't the right time for it. Today has been cold and rainy all day, so I jumped at the chance.

The beer is a very deep brown red, and generates a tan head that can get thick is poured quickly. A bit of lacing as it goes down.

It smells like candy. Red licorice whips and mixed berries with icing sugar on top. Very faintly underneath is a suggestion of red wine type of alcohol aroma.

Tastes of candy sugar, cherry cola, mixed dark berries. Liquor soaked raisins. Licorice in the finish. Very sweet, decadent. The right beer for a rainy day, a true treat.

Mouthfeel has a bit of syrupy stickyness, and the carbonation is just enough to cut through it without creating sharpness. Very nice.

I certainly wasn't disappointed. This is one to keep around for a day when you really deserve something special.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle dated 2005 into a snifter.

Pours a deep brown nearly black with a small head that doesn't last.

Smell is of alcohol and ripe dates.

Taste is what bumps this one up a notch. Malty sweetness on the front then into a nice mesh of very potent alcohol and fruit. Dates and raisons are followed by a hint of bourbon. Fantastic!

Overall, this beer started off slow for me, but really impressed in the end. The head retention, or lack there of is probably because of the high abv. The heat provides a solid backbone for both the nose and the flavor profile. Packs a punch! Recommended.

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Photo of sessycuban
2.89/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

2006 vintage. Purchased at Whole Foods.

A: The beer pours a dark amber, leaving a thin head that quickly dissolves. Very minimal lacing.

S: The beer is overwhelmingly dominated by the smell of bananas and caramel; also, lots of spices which I can't quite distinguish.

T: I'm experiencing a very strong maple taste that I don't particularly enjoy. The high alcohol content is very evident and the spices are overwhelming any other taste in this beer. I have to admit, this is probably the sweetest beer I've ever had.

M: The beer is medium bodied and coats the mouth well, but because I didn't particularly enjoy the taste, it's not really a beer I plan to sip.

D: I'll probably never try this beer again. In my estimation, the beer is overspiced and way too sweet. Some, however, may enjoy these qualities and would appreciate the beer more than do I.

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Photo of session1979
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage – DFH Snifter

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep chestnut color with a huge creamy beige head clinging to the glass and leaving an intricate web of lacing.

Smell: Twizzlers, yes that is right twizzlers licorice are the forefront of this wonderful aroma. Very sweet with brown sugar, caramelized fruits and malt, butterscotch, figs and maraschino cherries.

Taste: Wonderfully rich taste full of sweet malt, raisins, brown sugar and more. After the first sip I decide to stop overanalyzing and just sit back and let this beer wow me.

Mouthfeel: Medium to Heavy body, moderately high carbonation. Nice warming sensation on the finish.

Drinkability: A definite smooth sipper although it is quite drinkable and goes down with warmth and ease.

Final Comments: I had this on a Friday night and on Saturday morning I was back buying every bottle they had left. It would definitely age nicely but what’s the point when it is already so fuggin fantastic?

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 bottle, alc. 10% vol. Served 61 degrees F.

Erupted everywhere upon opening. Very attractive ruby red, thick beige head. Big sheets of lace speckled with tiny holes like Havarti.

Smells of agave, fig, toffee, bread dough, black tea, musty earth, cocoa, nuts, cedar, some delicate solvent, and spice - clove, cardamom, cinnamon. Notes that I can't pin down. Elusive, exotic and good.

Tastes sweeter than it smells. Sweet caramel, roasted agave, figs, white grapes, cookie dough. Deeper notes of chocolate cake, cedar, and spice linger in a long drying finish. No discernible hops, yet totally balanced. Utterly delicious.

Smooth, decadent mouthfeel. Ridiculously drinkable.

Great beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jaargang 2005. The beer is a gorgeous conflagration of dark bronze, dark orange and dark red, with shimmering edges of bonfire orange. Equally as attractive is a tremendous looking crown of lightly toasted marshmallow-like foam. Cementing BSDA perfection is an array of delicate lace that easily qualifies as eye candy. What a start!

The nose may need a little time to open up, so I'll continue to go back to it throughout the '750'. My initial impressions are of a spicier and less sweet beer than expected. Tobacco notes seem especially prominent. Warming helps to some degree, but the aroma lags behind the flavor profile for sure.

I have no qualms about proclaiming this ale incredibly delicious right from the first mouthful. Man oh man, I love Brouwerij Het Anker beer! The Emperor is a regal sort of BSDA that earns its name with no trouble at all. It's as deep and as complex as all but the very best versions... and it hasn't even warmed yet.

While it isn't quite as spicy as the nose portended, it's definitely on the spicy side of the style average. Let's see... dark caramel, light molasses, dates macerated in tawny port, plum jam, tobacco, clove, maybe even a little bruised banana. The contrast between sweet, tart and bitter (all present in roughly equal proportions) is at least as interesting as the dizzingly display of intertwining flavors.

Cuvee Van De Keizer reminds me that BSDAs are a close second to tripels as my favorite Belgian style. The mouthfeel is as glorious as the rest of the beer. It's no more than medium, yet has a mouthfilling quality and a stick-to-it-iveness that is admirable. I wish all the world's brewers were as proficient with carbonation as the Belgians.

I've now had the four most widely distributed Brouwerij Het Anker offerings and I've been gobsmacked by each and every one. I had no idea this was the case, but on scores alone, this is my favorite Belgian brewery. Grand Cru of the Emperor (as my bottle reads) or Cuvee Van De Keizer... whatever you call it, call it an outstanding example of the brewer's art.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Edition, in the beautiful blue-black 750ml corked and caged bottle. The Grand Cru of the Emperor looks absolutely regal, and it's not even poured in my glass yet.

Popping the cork emits a spicy, red-wine aroma into the air. The beer pours a dark caramel-ruby hue, rich in appearance. A little cloudy. The head is impeccable, forming instantly and retaining its fine consistency of tiny bubbles, giving it a rich, smooth as vanilla ice-cream look. A few gentle swirls in your chalice should give the glass a lovely coat of lacing, as fine as the head. Stunning appearance here.

The aroma is unapologetically bursting with candy sugar and spices. Extremely sweet aroma, but absolutely mouth-watering. Sugary, yes, but somehow balanced perfectly, effectively giving it a magnificent brown-sugar, rum-soaked-raisin appeal without spilling over into cloying sickly sweetness. Beyond the initial hit of sugar, a whole cornucopia of aromas are falling into place: ginger snaps, chocolate chip cookies, sweet mandarin oranges, mocha, coffee cream, vanilla, black tea, brown sugar, mollasses, maple syrup, raisins, cherries, candy-apple, etc, etc. I could go on and on with the fruit and candy comparisons, but suffice to say this is a monster-sweet aroma, and ambrosial. Extremely complex, changing from time to time. Freshly poured, the yeast gives its range of smells, and towards the bottom of a glass, the beer exudes sweet rum, or port. Indeed, the alcohol itself is quite detectable, reminding me of some malt-heavy Scotches. Stunning.

The taste, like the aroma, is divine with the first sip. One sip and you'll know you've found a classic Belgian ale here. And again, this is mostly about sweetness. Very low bitterness, even in the finish. No detectable hopping, save a wee dry spell at the very end of the aftertaste. The malts are good backing, but the sugar really defines it all. We get all sorts of port and brandy comparisons, even some lighter Scotches. Plums, raisins, dried dark fruits of all kinds, chocolate, maple syrup, and plenty of mollasses. Stunning taste. The only hole I could pick in it is that the sugar CAN become a bit much after a bottle. But I don't think many will be consuming more than one bottle a sitting.

Mouthfeel is light, airy, and extremely pleasant. No harsh carbonation, no sickly-sweet oiliness. Just a very full sweetness, with a relatively low carbonation that makes it go down quicker than it should.

Besides the accumulative sweetness of the beer, this is a masterpiece. A true treat for anyone. After having tried a string of mediocre Belgian beers, this is one that made me stop and remember just why the Belgian's are masters at this craft. Prosit!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a good head and good lacing.Head fades a little quicker than I would like. Aroma is very nice indeed,very full bodied, a little sweet, a little alcohol.Sweet malts and spice predominate. Taste is similar, but with a nice depth. More sweet malt and spice, as well as brown sugar and dark fruit. Very balanced and creamy. Although a little on the sweet side, the beer isn't sticky or tiresome at all. Delicious, and my favorite from this brewery.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark but clear brown color with a loose full finger light tan head that fades quickly. Some lacing present.

The smell is incredibly sweet and full of dark fruit, molasses and brown sugar.

Full bodied, the mouth feel is creamy and sweet without being syrupy. Full flavored, it tastes much like the aroma of dark fruit. Adequately carbonated enjoys a velvety character. I understand that it gets even better with age, which is hard to imagine.

Drinkability - Wow, this is a Cadillac.. so to speak. Really glad that i had the opportunity to experience this one...and fully plan to cellar a number of these to experience the improvement with age. Ranked 3 or 4 in the Belgian Strong Dark Ale style!?! My FAV style is being re-considered.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage

A - A deep ruby brown/mahogany with a thin off white head.

S - Sweet caramel, rum soaked raisins, spice, bready yeast and candy sugar.

T - Candy sugar and booze with some dark fruits, spice and rum soaked raisins.

M - Medium body with light carbonation, slightly sweet but with a nice dry finish.

D - Boozy but still extremely drinkable.

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Photo of claytri
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a dark amber with a lovely white head. The aroma was of toasted caramel and sweet malt. The tase stared with toasted caramel malt and then closed with a fine alcohol burn. The feel was heavy and dry giving a pleasant weight to the drink. A very wonderful grand cru that I will be searching out in the future.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very hazy tea colored large head. Tons of lacing.

S - Slightly fruity with caramel malt and faint toffee, dates, dried figs. Some alcohol.

T - Sweet dark fruits with a very sweet caramel that evolves to a slightly boozy presence with a complex sweetness. Aftertaste is a slightly boozy, lingering caramel sweetness with a mild bitterness.

M - High carbonation, thick, pretty refreshing.

D - Delicious worth having, I'll definitely have this again (if I ever come across another oppurtunity to have it). A little too sweet perhaps.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my corked and caged bottle set me back $9.48 at my local North Coast Coop. Poured a dark red to brown with a moderate tan head that left really sticky lacing as it settled. This was the 2006 version and checked in at 10% ABV. Nose is very fruity, with banana first, but in the background is a very complex set of odors with plums, raisins, and citrus. Mouthfeel is very full bodied and rich and sweet, and flavors are molasses, fruit, and chocolate malts. Finish is sweet. Very unique strong ale,and I guess I will have to go back and get some more and let it age some more. I plan to open a bottle every February 24th.

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
95 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.
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