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


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RATINGS: 611   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 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 (8061) - 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 (5499) - 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 (9411) - 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 (4707) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2009
Max’s 72 Hour Belgian Beer Fest - Soft hazed gold, creamy white head. Yeasty sugared pear aromas warm to notes of honeyed blue cotton candy. Soft sweet fruity flavors round with a touch of hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, light bitter finish. More one dimensional then I would have guessed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2009
I stumbled across this at the Sam’s in Downers Grove, Illinois, U.S.A... and I’ve been stumblin’ ever since... My left nut!, but this is a fine beer!. It pours a lively, deep golden body with a substantial, fluffy head that coats the glass with heavy lacework. The aroma has warm honeyed bread, apples and cherries, sweet pale malt, soapy yeast, red beans and brown rice... Wait! The last ones are what I have simmering on the stove! The flavor has a sugary fruit sweetness that somehow does not cloy, a light malty sweetness, a touch of citric tartness, and an afterthought of funk. Delicious! Probably won’t pair well with the red beans & rice, but I’ll suffer through it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
Poured hazy gold with a huge, rocky white head that exploded out of my Old Guardian tulip glass. Thick white lacing. Tart, apples-and-spice nose with some yeast esters and a slight musty hay aroma. Crisp, effervescent mouthfeel that battles the stickiness in the finish. Sweet taste that was expected from the style. More pear and apples blended with spice and candied sugar. A funky yeast flavor follows along with a boozy finish. The 10% isn’t well-masked but it doesn’t take over the beer, either. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2009
A clear yellow/golden colored beer, with a tick foamy white head. The aroma of sweet malts with fruits and some alcohol. The taste of malts, with fruits like citrus. There are spices like coriander with flowers. A little sweet and sparkling. The aftertaste is bittersweet.

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