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

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Brouwerij Het Anker

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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2006 vintage, bottle from Five Points Bottle Shoppe, Athens, GA. Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a dark, rich-looking brown, glittery and smooth, and though the head is initially foamy and dull-looking (that sort of "I'm about to fade quickly look"), it eventually settles out into something solider, smoother, more permanent. Very permanent, in fact, and the one-finger tan head actually sat right at the top of my cervoise until I began sipping. The lacing is glittery, puffy, and forms outcroppings and formations all over the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Mainly delicate fruits here, tart, sweet, ripe, underripe, a huge array of cherries, candied figs, and spiced plums. Pleasant, though not as dynamic as the taste.

Taste: Wow, where to begin. Firstly, there're a ton of fruits here. On the darker sides, you got your raisins and figs. Moving on up the scale, you get grapes, cherries, pears, and banana in varying intensities. Brown sugar and molasses add a nice layer of complexity to this one, as well. Delicate spices complement the alcohol heat nicely - clove, white pepper, a number of nondescript phenols which really open up the sinuses. There is unfortunately still a hint of alcohol heat, which is where we lose the half point. Other than that, this is an exemplary Belgian Strong Dark.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and fantastically even. Carbonation is mild, but enough to lighten the body somewhat. What should be cloying really isn't here.

Drinkability: Just a really great beer in about every category imaginable, and well-deserving of the praise it gets. This is drinking pretty well at 2 years old, but I imagine another few years could still do a little more for this beer, so if you got 'em, save 'em - you'll thank yourself. The alcohol is a little high on this one ... "you know you're a BA when 11.0% is 'a little high'" ... but it's for the most part hidden well, so that's where the dock comes from, but it's a minor quibble. This is one of the better Belgian beers out there, and is truly an impressive exemplar of the style. Seek it out, age it, drink it, enjoy it. Cheers.

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This was served at a very nice restaurant nearby, Mohawk House. I commend the owner because he features a beer list in the same vein that most restaurants would list wines.

They presented this beer in a chalice style glass. It is very dark brown with light brown coming out around the edges. There wasn't much foam, but I'm not sure if that wasn't due to the bartender.

The flavor and smell were very rich. You get a lot of dark fruit and caramel. I also got a decent amount of sweetness. This sweetness really contributed to a very nice mouthfeel.

I would really put this beer out there as a good example of luxuriousness in beer.

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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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