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

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4.3/5
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1,863 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:
#553
Reviews:
899
Ratings:
1,863
pDev:
10.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
263
Gots:
348
Trade:
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2010 vintage. Pours moderately hazy and cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Good spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, plum, fig, molasses, toast, toffee, brown sugar, dark bread, dark candi sugar, pepper, light clove, light chocolate, light roast, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with huge complexity and great balance of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast esters; with big strength. Taste of caramel, molasses, toast, raisin, prune, fig, brown sugar, toffee, dark bread, light chocolate, herbal, light roast, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, prune, dark bread, light chocolate, light roast, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Absolutely incredible complexity and balance of molasses/bready malt and dark fruit flavors; with a big malt presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Belgian strong dark ale! All around incredible balance and complexity of dark malt and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. An insanely delicious offering.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz. 2011. Rootbeer or prune juice type brown pour, frothy thin layer of off white head. Some lacing.

Aroma, a lot of raisin and brown sugar. Some winey white grape.

Taste, Raisin, yellow and otherwise. Brown sugar, caramel. Caramel covered white grape. Some vanilla and sugar cookie.

A lower level of carbonation and nicely coating. The body is not real heavy so this is ok, not cloying. The big abv is non-existent.
Very good, but I think the uber high score is due to the plethora of average Belgian Darks that are considered better than they are.

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

Bottle, Served at 34°F, allowed to warm as the bottle was enjoyed. Served in a snifter.

A: Reddish brown, thick and foamy initially, with a thin lacing that clings to the glass as I enjoy...

S: FRUIT! Sweet, spicy, delicious.

T: Follows the nose, and raisins, plums, figs and dates. dark fruit, sugar, spices, and wow.

M: thick, syrupy, and wonderful. tight carbonation. coats, and is full on the swallow.

O: Great beer. would definitely enjoy again, and will look for the RED to compare.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gouden Carolus Blue on tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville. {review largely confirmed and lightly tweaked based on bottles consumed April 2014 and 2015}

Very dark reddish-brown; clear, with a small but very durable head. Decent lacing.

Nice, fruity, plum dominated aroma. Slight solvent-like note to the flavor, probably an alcohol ester. Still, not terribly boozy for 11% ABV. Raisins and dates in the flavor.

Medum plus body; very smooth.

O: a little disappointing given my very high expectations.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from tap into signature chalice at flying saucer in charlotte, NC.
Deep brown/ruby color with half finger of white foam. Nice sweet dark malts and dried fruit aroma. Similar flavor...dried fruit and dark coffee and lots of chocolate malts. Scary easy to drink as the abv is +10. Really nice brew, but a tad over sweet for me.

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4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Finger of foam that fell pretty quickly leaving a few spots of lace along the interior of the glass, deep burgundy to maroon in color, nice presentation in a caged and corked bottle – 4.25, S: Strong aromas of plums, figs and molasses, lots of distinct smells that remind me of maraschino cherries and fruitcake, some chalkiness and a touch of candied sugar – 4.50, T: Slightly medicinal, significant alcohol burn, sweet caramel malt flavors as well as dark fruits including, sweetness borders on cloying, great deal of spiciness and even a bit of port, lots going on in this beer – 4.25, M: Creamy and velvety with a drying aftertaste presumably from the high alcohol – 3.50, D: A very nice example of the style though a slight departure from the Belgian Strong Dark Ale that I tend to prefer, incredibly complex and turning up new flavors and smells by the sip – 4.00

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: 2012 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Het Anker has an excellent Belgian Strong Dark Ale with Cuvee van de Keizer Blauw. The beer manages to combine a substantial dried fruit sweetness with some spices, yet never come across as cloying or even boring. The thick, heavy mouthfeel of the beer reinforces the flavors and adds another, pleasant dimension to the beer. Dangerously drinkable and delicious, you'd never guess that this was 11% ABV. One to definitely seek out and enjoy repeatedly.

Pours a 2cm tall mass of khaki colored foam, made up of tiny bubbles, creating a very dense, nearly meringue-like texture. Retention is excellent, lasting several minutes in a slow decline to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is also excellent, a large, interconnected pattern of medium-thick squiggles and dots, coming together to resemble something like a maze pattern on the insides of the glass. Body is dark brown to black in color, light bringing out a very dark amber brown hue to the beer. Carbonation not visible through the functionally opaque body.

Aroma of dense, fruity sweetness, like spiced plums with amber Belgian candi sugar syrup, heavy sugars from caramel malts, dried dates and figs, anise, and port wine.

Front of palate experiences amber Belgian candi sugar syrup, ripe plums, anise, and caramelized sugar sweetness. Mid-palate switches to intense and dense flavors of dried plums, dates, and figs, all stewed in amber Belgian candi sugar syrup, notable anise, intensely sweetened light roasted malts. Back of palate finds syrupy amber Belgian candi sugar, caramelized malt sugars, dried dates, figs, and plums, slight ethanol. Aftertaste is of prunes, amber Belgian candi sugar, heavy caramel sweetness, anise, slight ethanol.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body with medium-low carbonation intensity, resulting in a foamy, smooth, fairly thick mouthfeel. Ethanol heat can be slightly felt in the nostrils and back of throat when the beer becomes warm, quite good for an 11% ABV beer. Closes semi-dry, with substantial stickiness on the palate.

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Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (Blue) from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,863 ratings
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