Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mechelen, Belgium


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RATINGS: 608   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the "Cuvée van de Keizer Blauw", the brewery launched a blond-version : Cuvée van de Keizer Rood. This beer is similar to the previous Gouden Carolus Easter Beer. Blond rich beer that is brewed each year during the easter period. It contains several types of malt and during brewing 3 herbs are added. It's golden blond colour, it's high alcohol concentration of 10 %, it's full and balanced taste make this beer into a source of vitality and strength which will appeal to the demanding beer taster. For ideal tasting pour out gently in one pull to a temperature round 7-8° C. Served with pride it is drunken with respect. This pleasant golden blond beer is chosen for he who loves a richer, somewhat spicy and refreshing beer.

Disclaimer: This is a blond version of the Cuvée Van de Keizer, introduced in 2008. The label has a red diagonal line.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Bottle. Poured a nice golden body with nice head. Aroma is light fruit, clove and honey. Flavor has a nice sweet honey, clove and some tropical fruit. Soft despite the high alcohol percentage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2009
450ml. bottle at Brouhaha. The color is a dark brown with a thin beige head. The aroma is heavy of malt and alcohol. The taste also of malt and molasse with seet fruits. When they say Belgium Strong they are not wrong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow & tupalev -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy bubbly gold with an average size fizzy white head. Aroma of yeast, banana, biscuity malt and some floral notes. Flavour: Whoa, the alcohol sure takes you by surprise -- wow! It’s sweet, a bit syrupy along with biscuity malt. Medium bodied, quite carbonated. Way too boozy, making this just O.K.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Draft at Birreria Paradiso. Creamy orange yeasty appearance. Thick, creamy, yeasty taste, with a touch of bitterness. Amber candi-sugar notes as well. More bitterness that your typical big Belgian ale. Very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Pours gold with a large white head. Aroma is sweet and you get hit with the belgian yeast right up front. It also has some honey, clove, and just a bit of foot. Flavor is loaded with green apple, heavy yeast, lemons, lime rind, biscuity malts and just a bit of floral spiciness. Finishes with a nice little boozy finish, but doesn’t distract.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2009
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Garthicus, Blankboy, and GregClow, courtesy of Harry. Medium yellow, small white head. Strong yeast and malt aroma. Strong taste - malty, sweet, alcohol. Too much, too strong, too syrupy - did not really work for me at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
Bottle (750ml - corked & caged). Shared with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow and tupalev. Clear gold with a large-ish fizzy/creamy white head. Sweet aroma of honey, heather, alcohol and light spice. Alcohol pretty much dominates the flavour, not too sweet though, with an underlay of apple cider and an overlay of grass and mint. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel, boozy finish, light carbonation. Too strong, really - much prefer the "Blue"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2009
2008 bottle. Pours orange-yellow with decent head, light lacing. Aroma is yeasty with hints of citrus, honey, and spice. Alcohol hits like a brick, flavor is honey sweet with cardamom, sourdough bread and banana. Tingly mouthfeel, syrupy film left behind after drinking. Solid but nothing great, the blue is much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2009
Brassin 2008. Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Légère odeur d’épices et de céréales avec une pointe de pommes. Apparence: La couleur est blonde-orangée avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices et de céréales avec une pointe fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût fruité. (Rating #2229)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
garthicus (2907) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 25, 2009
With thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: Light orange, large white head, lots of visible carbonation. Aroma: Sweet, musky, perfume, citrus skin, metallic sweetness. Flavour: Strongly alcoholic, bitter, lemon, disgusting under ripe orange, the alcohol presence was just too much.

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