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


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RATINGS: 605   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle… Hazy yellow ale with a huge, rocky, white head. Fantastic retention; ink-blot lacework. The aroma is biscuity and yeasty with lesser notes of pale malts and grains. Medium to full-bodied with restrained carbonation. Very sweet and a bit boozy with a touch of honey in both the flavor and finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Thanks to Chuck for sharing this one! Golden color with a fluffy head and drippy lace. Biscuity aroma. Sweet malts up front with a dry spicy finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle pours golden in color with a lively white head. The aroma smells of biscuits, apples, and a slight grassy hop character. Flavor is well integrated and covered in apples, pears, caramel, and honey with a clove and cinnamon spiced finish. The overall mouthfeel is full and seems to be developing into a great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2009
750ml from Sam’s, Durham. Took me a while to grok that the Red and Blue were different brews (I’m simple). Nice lively golden pour, with a crisp crackling head that recalls Duvel majesty. Slightly sweet nose is a trace different than what I expected. Sugars and sweet malt tend to dominate the flavor, and there’s a slight imbalance - more dry and spicy flavors would benefit the beer, in my opinion. Enjoyable but not top shelf.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Pours a transparent bright goldenrod with a thin-lacing froth of white head. Aroma of sweet biscuity pale malt with some floral character and honey notes along with light fruity yeasty esters. Starts with good fullness and sweet doughy malts showing a touch of honey, caramel and clove before a bready slightly warming finish. Pretty well-balanced and complex, but could hide its alcohol better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (7934) - ITALY - MAY 3, 2009
oro schiuma abbondante peristente note leggeremnte speziate maltate etiliche in bocca discreto malto un poco speziata buon corpo ma non emozionante

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2009
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Bottle. Pours a golden orange body with a white fluffy head. Loaded to the brim with carbonation and yet none is lost in the body of the beer. Fruity aroma of apples and dark fruits. Etoh latent fruit with some light spices. Chewy mouth feel more like plum and candy sweet but somewhat subdued by the high carbonation. A light almost cinnamon character but i feel this is again the tremendous level of carbonation. A delicious belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2009
My Bottom Line:
This seductive Belgian Strong Ale lures you in with its spicy oranges grounded in honeyed malts, before licorice and alcohol warmth make sure you remain under its lascivious spell.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick sheet of foam bobs atop the hazy orangey golden, drawing plenty of lacing.
-Effervescence is pillowy, alleviating most of the dextrinous girth and making this almost easy to drink.
-The spiciness is also herbal and lightly bitter. More hops in the back would have been great.
-The licorice might get intense for some after a full glass.
-All flavors are perfectly integrated and balanced, just like all Het Anker strong ales as a matter of fact.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - APR 12, 2009
Golden beer with a nice creamy head. Aroma of flowers, spicies and banana. Flavor is similar a twist of flowers perhaps from the spicies and then the banana flavor, which is in perfect balance with the other things.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 10, 2009
(Bottled, 0.75l) Slightly hazy golden (almost opaque with yeast) with a smallish, bubbly and lacy head. Pale-malty aroma with saazy hops and hints of anise spiciness. Flavor has quite a bit of alcohol, with sweetish honey, moderate acidity, pale maltiness, and some smooth and aromatic, grassy-herby hops. With yeast, the alcohol gives some room to spiciness, making this more drinkable. Medium to full, slicky body with quite low carbonation and some alcohol burn. Decently malty body, but - especially without yeast - the alcohol is way too intrusive, and there’s no complexity. You could call this a Belgian malt liquour, until you get into the yeasty part. Even then, it’s well below the typical Anker quality.

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