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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue)

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Brouwerij Het Anker
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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 brdc
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large, corked and caged bottle, poured into a goblet.

Very dark reddish brown, although the ambient light is not the best, covered by a luscious fluffy tan head, and as you pour it, the rich aroma hit you like a train. Candy sugar, bubblegum, bananas (!?) and multiple other fruits including raisins, toffee and caramel.
Full bodied and creamy, with a light carbonation that just adds to the incredible mouthfeel, it is sugary, malty, toffee (mostly) and caramel, it has bublegum notes, fruity overtones (and bananas again ?!), yeasty hints and a spiciness coming and going on the background, particularly as it warms up, balancing it nicely. Eventually, even some herbal notes come in, and the finish is a bit drier than expected for all the sugary and malty notes.

Very, very impressive.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle

A: Pours a dark ruby red/mahogany color with almost no head

S: Dark fruits, sugar, oak, and yeast all come together for an extremely complex nose

T: Big on the dark fruits and sugar as well as caramel, followed by hints of oak. This one is definitely complex, and the alcohol is hidden extremely well

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Surprisingly doesn't coat the mouth or throat going down

D: One bottle is definitely enough, but this brew is extremely deceptive because the 11% is nowhere to be found in the taste or nose

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Photo of barknee
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sample is a 25.4 ounce Vintage dated bottle from the one-time, once a year, February 24th 2004 limited production. (A small quantity of this brew is made on this date each year)
Pours a magnificent deep dark cloudy brownish-amber color, with some suspended particulate. A deep ½” mocha colored head, dissipates to a slick on top. The nose of massively rich butterscotch sours from the glass and is accompanied by warm caramelized sweet malts. The nose is unusual and distinguished; building uncontrollable anticipation for the tasting, which promises to be something very special.
OMG! The taste is out of this world!! Mature & complex roasted malts and fresh young turbinado sugar on the tip of the tongue. This (I almost wrote wine) brew is multi-dimensional, perfectly balanced and unbelievably delicious. The alcohol, at 10%, is completely undetectable, as tons of flavors impact the entire mouth. The interaction of the nose of this creation, and the simultaneous tasting of it is as harmonious as it gets; the very heady butterscotch with a negligible sour lining wrapped gently around the nose, and the impact of the slightly sweet caramelzation of the malts is virtually indescribable.
This brew you would expect to be a broodingly rich and flabby mess from the massiveness of the nose. That’s the surprise; it is lean to medium bodied, but super-concentrated on flavor, highly refined and flamboyant. The essence of the taste is remotely reminiscent to a lighthearted version of a fine young unadulterated tawny port, such as Taylor Fladgate’s 10 year. The mouthfeel is primo, perfect acid-sugar ratio, light and clean in the mouth, you could drink this endlessly. You would never expect this of the mouthfeel based on the unbelievable massiveness of the nose. The flavors last more than a minute in the mouth.
I will go on record to say that this is the most exciting and complex brew I have ever had the pleasure of partaking. It is indeed a nectar of and for the gods, formulated and prepared with the utmost of love and respect, it is a rare opportunity that simply cannot be missed. Bravo!!

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Photo of Natural510
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap offering at The Trappist in Oakland, served in its own glassware.

Pours a dark, tobacco-brown color with nice swath of creamy head, which dissipates to a more scant lacing.
The scent is pungent, mesmerizing. Deep malts which give off a sweet odor of molasses and red licorice.
The flavor is similar to the aroma; heavy malts, sweet with brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon and licorice. Yeast and hops come through in the finish to round out the drink with a discernible balance.
Body is full, complementing the other characteristics of the brew. Creamy & complex.
Excellent offering I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to taste from the tap. It would definitely keep one warm & happy in the winter months.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jaargang 2006, Appearance is a murkey brown with a thin off white head. Smell is soft with dark fruits, caramel and belgian yeast. Taste has a creamy richness to it that masks the alchohol quite well considering the ABV. Mouthfeel is creamy medium+ that goes down smooth with a slight bite of carbonation, making it one of the better belgian strong ales that I have tried.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, corked and caged, with "Jaargang 2005" printed on the cork. It pours into the balloon glass a deep, sedimented garnet with a 1 finger tan head that leaves a decent amount of lace and reduces to a cap of fine bubbles. It is hugely aromatic with a chalky yeast character hidden behind rich, fruity malts that contribute cherries, pears, banana/plantain, honeydew, watermelon, green apple, anise, and a bit of a floral character. The flavor mimics the bouquet quite nicely, tasting almost the same, on top of a medium to thick body that begins almost prickly, but smooths out as I drink. This is a truly wonderful Belgian... I need to go get another bottle before they sell out.

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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 rhinos00
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally decided to pull this one out of the cellar. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a chalice.

2007 vintage

A- Pours a dark brown with ruby / amber hues throughout. Nice clarity, especially when held into light. Produced a fingers width of off-white colored head. Reduced to a ring around the glass as consumed.

S- My god is this intoxicating. Potent...just infiltrates the olfactory senses. Sweet malts, prunes and figs drizzled in caramelized brown sugar. There is a pleasant orange flavor akin to something you would find in a bottle of Grand Marnier. Extremely developed and complex. The aromas come in waves...relentless.

T- Exactly like the aroma, except even more complex. Layers of sweet malts, prunes, figs, caramel, brown sugar, liquor soaked oranges, ripe pears and alcohol just settle on the palate. So much going on, yet so cohesive. Did I mention it passed the burp test?

M- If there was any part I can criticize, it would be here...and that's being really picky! Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation. Left the palate semi-dry.

D- After the first sip, I really took my time and slowly drank it. As drinkable as beers of this style can come, especially at 10% abv.

Overall, probably the best result I have ever had from aging. This beer is just phenomenal. Tons of layer and depth, yet balanced and cohesive. Really wishing I had another bottle in my cellar.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Corked and Caged 750ml
A: Nice dark tan almost black but not quite some off colored head

S: deep rich dates, raisins, cloves, honey and some alcohol

T: this beer drinks like a perfect quad get deep dark fruit tastes almost a little barrel characteristics toffee and an Oakiness very inviting alcohol is completely hidden maybe as it warms it will come out

M: thick on the tongue but not super viscous like a great stout and well carbonated Belgians always have more carb

O: Stellar beer if you see it buy it you won't be disappointed top notch quad

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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 roopy40
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark ruby color when light hits it, but more dark brown in color. Soapy looking head that didn't stick around for very long, but left some sweet lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet, candy smell. Like cherry sweet tarts or something similar. Sweet bread, candied raisins.

T - Just as sweet as the smell. Cherry sweet tarts again. Alcohol is present, but not accounted for. Bready, spicy, delicious.

M - Full bodied, well carbonated, loses some of that when it warms. Very well balanced and a wonderful mouthfeel overall.

D - Very drinkable. Almost scary as it's 11%. Beware the sweetness and just keep in mind that it packs a punch.

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Photo of glb3
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I didn't find a great deal of difference between this Belgian Strong Dark Ale and a top shelf Belgian Quad. I've had Westvleteren 12, and my 2011 Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) was not far behind. Both are great examples of the sweet candied fruit, high ABV, complex flavored, and finely crafted beers that Belgium is noted for. I've cellared some of my stash to drink in later years to see what changes occur. This was a beautiful thing to sip and savor from a snifter.

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Photo of GrandpaCarp
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

In addition to previous comments, I'd say that the carbonation, although present, is very light so it doesn't get in the way of a spectacular flavor. After nearly 2 years of searching for a beer to match or exceed my favorite - I have found it!

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Photo of jwc215
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cage-corked bottle - Bottled on February 24, 2007 - Poured into glass chalice:

Pours deep brown with ruby highlights. A creamy tan head tops it off. It slowly descends and stays around. Awesome head retention for abv level. Some rings of frothy lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of dark fruits - raisins and plums with dark cherries peeking through. Vanilla and chocolate intermingle. Spicy, earthy notes add to deep complexity.

The taste is of dark fruits that take turns coming through with dark cherries - super-complex fruitiness. Vanilla and vinuous notes weave in and out. Peppery spiciness fades in at out making this at times sweetish, at times spicy. Chocolatish maltiness becomes caramelish and toffeeish as it progresses. The flavors are incredibly layered, and converge so nicely. It is almost like reading a book. The f./lavors are delicate and complex, yet bold and lingering...Amazing - a work of art.

The feel is full and lush. Carbonation level is perfect. Long finish that is at once sweetish and spicy dryish.

Wow - what a treat. So smooth for abv level. The alcohol integrates itself so well that it is deceiving - very drinkable for abv level.
And the beer gods rejoice...

Thanks to Wasatch for the recommendation! One of the best beers I've had to date...

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Photo of robbyc1
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle labled 2007, deep garnet clear color, nice head with lace left. Very inviting.

The nose has sweet malt, deep, deep nose of plums, cherries, and a bit of alcohol, very nice.

This may be the perfect Belgian stong dark ale, intriguing deep malt taste, beyond plums and a bit of oak, tastes include a sign of port, chocolate, yeast esters, yes that deep, very good, super!

Perfect fizzy mouthfeel, so it doesn't get to sweet on the tongue, just right.

Despite the abv, very drinkable, after dinner for sure with figs, chocolate, pie, whatever, love this beer.

As these are made in Feb, this one 2007, it has aged nice for almost 1 1/2 years, great.

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Photo of hops4me
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2006 bottle. I loved this beer. Deep deep red to brown. Frothy off white head. Smells of peach, plum, raisins. Tastes alot the same except it finishes with a nice vanallia oakiness. I was suprised at how little to no alcohol heat there was. I would buy again if found. Great beer to have after a big meal or sitting around a fire in the winter.

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Photo of Edmund
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer in Whole Foods, of all places. I figured: it's brewed on the birthday of the most powerful man in the 16th century so it must be good.

Turns out I was right.

Appearance: Clear mahogany. Significant, even head that diminishes steadily.

Smell: Caramel and fruit and a little bit of maple syrup sweetness.

Taste: Malty, strong taste of raspberries and figs, with more of the maple coming through. A bit like a fine port!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and a little syrupy. Carbonation is a little sharp, but in a good way.

Drinkability: After a big bottle I feel ready for another one. Not a session beer, but definitely something to sit and enjoy on a rainy day.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Every year on the 24th of February Gouden Carolus brews the Cuvee de Keizer Blauw, or "Grand Cru of the Emperor" to celebrate the birthday of Charles V. The Cuvee de Keizer is brewed uniquely with only fine Belgium hops and with it being 11% ALC/VOL. this beer will age extremely well over the next several years with a complexity and intensity usually reserved for only the finest wines. This beer pours with a deep caramel color and golden tan head with aromas plums, raisins and wood leaping out of the glass. The palate starts of with sweet caramel that soon gives way to fruity flavors of figs and plums with a slight tart quality. The finish is long and mouth filling as the Belgium hops flex their muscles making it both sweet and bitter at the same time. It is still a little young so if you can keep your hands off of it the 2008 Cuvee de Keizer will only continue to develop over the next couple of years. What a treat!

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger head that recedes to long lasting surface skim, some decent lacing. Body is a hazy dark garnet. Looks quite beautiful.

Smell - horse blanket sourness, sour plums, sour cherries, raisins, malt bread, and medicinal alcohol. Mouthwatering sourness.

Taste - like the smell. Horse blanket, sour cherries, plums, raisins, malt bread, all washed down with spicy, and medicinal, but not harsh, alcohol. Very good.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, fluid, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is excellent ale, very complex and rewarding. High abv obviously limits sessionability. Enjoy with food.

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Photo of warrenout330
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle

A- pours a deep mahogany color brown... Ruby highligths to the light... off white head... dissolves to a thin cap over the beer ... moderate to minimal lacing

S- dark candies sugars, caramelized raisins and figs.... sweet bready malts... muskat grapes for overly sweetness

T- we'll pronounced dark sugars, burnt caramelized raisins.. dried figs, earthy suagry malt...

M- sweet sugary candy.... thick oily body... decent carbonation for a sugary beer

O- damn good... up there with the trappiest quads

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Photo of asabreed
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Corked and Caged bottle into a Duvel pint glass. This is my goodbye to Carytown Wine and Beer in Richmond, which is now closed. I got this in the final week they were doing liquidation, in the back, in a cooler. It was a great place, and will be sorely missed.

Appearance: A deep dark amber, and since this glass had been in the cabinet and needed a wash, I gave it one. And the head seemed to billow nicely but then died down immediately. I used mainly hot water, but there's probably a lot that got in here. The taste and smell haven't undergone huge changes, but I imagine that's the reason for what presented itself. Still, the color's amazing, and there's still some nice lacing going on to boot.

Smell: Huge presence of candied raisins, vanilla, and ripe cherries, apples, banana cream, wood bark and earth, biscuit and dough yeast, with a slight hop citrus presence. So much going on here, with more each pour, swirl, and degree of warmth.

Taste: The presence of candied raisins again comes through the most, with a rich fruit backbone of tart cherries, ripe berries, minimal citrus twang, rich apples, and lemon grass. Along with some visceral earth, slight barnyard, and tree bark, mild bread crust and dough. The finish is wonderfully long, with a burst of alcohol, followed by mild tartness, rich strawberry, and citrus rind, backed by yeast and candi sugar. Just incredible.

Mouthfeel: This is a very rich brew, and that means carbonation levels are fairly minimal, which in this case means great things. More so and the flavors would be hidden. Some might find it cloying, but I think it's where it needs to be, extremely coating and heavy, and taken in small sips and enjoyed over a period of time that works perfectly.

Drinkability: A brew that I imagine could certainly be cellared for a long, long time. It was around $8 for the bottle, which is good considering how long it took me to drink it by myself, as this is certainly a sipper. The Gouden Carolus Trippel is one of my favorites, and this ranks up there with it. Huge complexity, tons of flavors, and continually changes and grows as it gets warmer. I have another bottle cellaring, and I hope I can wait at least a few years until it gets cracked open. A fantastic brew overall -- pick it up if you can.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of three Brouwerij Het Anker ales offered on-tap at Lucky Baldwins this holiday season. This was labeled "Gouden Carolus Cuvee d' le Empereuer 2003". I consulted with TheLongBeachBum, the SoCal Belgian beer guru, to make sure I was reviewing the right beer and not some previous unheard arrival. He assured me they are one and the same.
Served up in the large Grottenbier chalice I handed to the waitress, the Empereuer arrived looking very majestic. Dark, opaque burgandy coloring, a monstrous, densely creamy vanilla head and clots of spidery lace made for a wonderful brew to eye.
I think I spent five minutes inhaling the delicious aromas of this Grand Cru. Staggeringly sweet, with notes of caramel-dipped fruits, candy sugars, pears, dates, and some modest cognac fumes. What an incredible blend of scents!
As I took a sip, I simply leaned back in my chair and reveled in the complexity of this beer. The flavors of raisins, pears, dates, and brandy-soaked cherries washed across the tongue, blending seamlessly with a dusting of chocolate, toasty, rum cookie-ish malts, and hints of orange liquer. The variety of fruits that kept popping up was simply amazing. With the addition of the confectioner sugar sweetness and, as it warmed, an increasingly boozy alcohol warmth, this brew became more and more like a liquid fruitcake. Not like the one that ends up as a doorstop, though. The feel was full, rich and almost chewy but never syrupy.
Damn, what an outstanding beer! The flavors effortlessly meld togther for a singularly wonderful drinking experience. This Grand Cru is just about prefect. You have to be in the mood for sweet but I can't think of many nicer liquid desserts than this. Very highly recommended!

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Photo of StephenRich
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've never been disappointed by anything bearing the name Gouden Carolus. Actually, more accurately, I have always been severely impressed by everything bearing the name Gouden Carolus. Their latest beer to grace Ontario was the Ambrio, which came here for the Spring Release and was really spectacular. Then when I think about the Classic, and the Hopsinjoor I get goosebumps.

This past weekend, for my 25th birthday, one of my best friends brought me a bottle of the Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw, which is essentially their dark vintage ale. It is brewed on February the 24th every year to commemorate the birthday of Charles the Fifth. Het Anker calls it an "exclusive adaptation of the traditional Gouden Carolus Classic"; my knees just buckled from under me.

I was fortunate enough to enjoy this beer on my quarter century mark, in Grand Bend, at my buds cottage on the patio, by the lake, under the sun, with my good friends, and also with a nice fine cigar. It don't get much better than this!

The Cuvee comes in two sizes, the classic 750ml corked bottle, and a striking 1.5L rounded magnum (which I WILL get my hands on). It is listed by Het Aker as a Special Dark Beer, and to me strongly resembles a Belgian Quadrupel. It is 11% abv, brewed with only Belgian Hops and Het Ankers unique ale yeast, and is also lagered for two weeks. They do suggest that this beer could be cellared for 10 years or more, and I strongly agree. However I only see this as a possibility if I has a good case or so to spare.

Immediately I was infatuated with this beer. The bottle design is classic and just screamed amazement right at me. The simplistic design implied to me something very very special. Then, without surprise, as I poured this deep dark and luscious beer, huge aromatic and ripe malt and fruit flavors erupted directly at me. The Cuvee pours gently with a smooth flow into the glass, but quickly develops live and a lightly dense one and a half inch off white, creamy and pillowy head.

The Cuvee itself is a deep amber red with golden browns, orange highlights, and a maroon and purple depth to it. It is lightly opaque, but relatively transparent with bubbles floating generously throughout it. The nose is rich and deep with huge and round aromas of dried fruits, plums, raisins, dark malts, caramel, butterscotch, cherries, figs, bitter chocolate, bread, light leather and herbal spice. It is very full powered and anxious to get out of the glass. Aromas constantly waft into the air bringing sweet malty and spice notes to my nose.

I was very excited for this beer, obviously, so I opened up and let in a good wave of beer to fully engulf my palate - and engulf it did! The Carolus flows in strong with rich sweet fruity malts, a complexity of roast and caramel malts, wide flavors of raisins, dark cherries, almonds and plums. It is warming and luscious and packed with so much flavor that every time you sip some you will get new and exciting flavors and aromas.

Easily, more soft and chewy malts make their way into your cheeks with banana, dates, figs, dark berries, sugary dough, plum cake and dark chocolate. It is big with much sweetness, but bitter chocolate and roasts help balance and clean up the beer. Light hops bring spice and slight bitter to the beer, but it is very clean and slight without really affecting the beer's overall powerful character.

It really pours across your entire mouth bringing flavors everywhere it goes with a uniquely Belgian smoothness. Spices like black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger show up on your tongue aided by natural carbonation and a slight yeast and earth aroma. This beer is packed with juicy and lively flavors; I just can't get enough of it. The finish is warm and soft lingering gently and enticing me to come enjoy more. Which I will!

With the Gouden Carolus Cuvee I also enjoyed the Alec Bradley Vice Press 6T2, a massive 6.5 inch box pressed cigar with a meaty 62 ring gauge. I had been saving this cigar since the summer of 2009 for exactly this purpose, and not a better beer could have been paired with it. I love the box pressed shape and overall stance of this cigar - it had a very soft and easy draw bringing with it loads of elegant and filing smoke without being heavy or extreme. It was lightly sweet with a soft woody and leather note, and overall extremely aromatic. The malty sweet flavors in the Cuvee along with its slightly tart carbonation were a perfect quencher for this cigar, and they complimented each other beautifully.

This was a very significant beer for me, I have already started contemplating it as the best beer I have had in 2010, and among the best I have ever had. I would easily recommend this as a game changing beer, but its exclusivity and high cost makes it more of a treat for celebrations.

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Photo of TrippnFiasco
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Looks almost like a light-colored red wine (not so light as to be rose though). No head or lacing. Maroon color.

S: Smells fairly sweet, mostly of apples with a hint of caramel. The most prominent smell being a slightly cidery apple aroma.

T: Tastes of green apples/cider. Very mild tartness that enhances, rather than inhibits, the flavor. Caramel taste on the back of the palate after swallow. Sweetness is perfectly balanced with flavor.

M: Very smooth, medium-bodied. Refreshing.

D: Very drinkable Abbey Ale, one of these large bottles is great to split with one other, or have alone if you feel like getting a good buzz while enjoying a refreshing sweet beer

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Photo of Deuane
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 bottle: aged 3+ loving years in my cellar.

A - Ruby brown with a full tan head...laced nicely throughout

S - Whoa! Big wiff of Bourbon, Prune and leather. Very aromatic

T - Holy Cow...this is some beer. Deep rich dark fruit notes with undertones of bourbon...absolutely delicious.

M - Big, deep and rich. An absolute carnival in the mouth.

D - For an 11% beer I could carry around a snifter of this all day! Truly fantastic. I made sure to go out and purchase another bottle to let sit for a few years....will see if that one comes out as good..I hope so!

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,794 ratings.
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