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


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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2008
2008 bottle. Oops, did not know the red existed, picked this up instead! Did not put it together until I noticed it did not taste the same! Pours a very pale light yellow with bubbles streaming to the top and a bigger white head. The nose is not the same as blue, at all. Fruity esters, some alcohol. A bit of sweetness, but a dry wheaty sort. Banana, apple. Slightly creamy. Lots of small bubbles in the mouth with more viscosity than I would guess based on the appearance. Peppery. Very fruity esters. Some alcohol heat. A bit creamy, Not a ton of depth. Comes off like a triple. I hope my local gets some of the blue labels in soon, this was a let down!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6837) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2008
pours with a big fancy duvel brother head ... light pepper-ness, day old lemon peel, and some honey in the nose ... not bad stuff, light honey and celar sweetness ... needs to be less sweet, the pepper needs to be less ... a nice brew, but will be in the shadow or his big blue sibling .. abv is wildly masked...2008...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3252) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Pours hazy golden color with a white head. Bread dough aroma. Sweet flavor with Belgian yeast and some heat from the alcohol. Medium body with prickly carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (7765) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle. High fluffy and long lasting white head. Slighly hazy yellow body. Alcohol dominated fruity aroma of mainly lemon with notes of coriander. Highly carbonated fruity flavor with lemon and coriander. Alcohol well hidden. Long aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2008
From the bottle pours a lightly cloudy gold with a tall white head. Very floral nose of dried apricot and esters. Sweeter palate, while still a good carbonation to it. Lots of fruity sweetness throughout, almost a touch buttery in the finish. Quite a bit of hot booziness to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (6118) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2008
[Bottled] Slightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma with marcipan. Pretty much of grassy hops in the flavour. A bit too much alco-feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heavy (2270) - Split, CROATIA - NOV 27, 2008
02/11 0.75 l bottle @ Hopdevil pub, Zagreb, shared with Doggythedog. 2008 vintage, of course. It poured slightly murky golden body with medium sized head. Strong and impressive yeasty aroma with banana,orange, tart, a bit of sour apples and hints of other spices like cinnamon. Flavor was pleasantly malty, sweetish caramel and cookies, but also slightly sourish for notable hops. Yeast is obvious as well. However, I must admit it misses some body. Long, slightly sweet cookie and vanilla finish rounds the beer to higher level than my expectations were. Carolus series of Het Anker didn’t disappoint again. Very nice beer, but not nearly as its dark brother. What a big four brews in a row!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
m4rest88 (387) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Pours with a large fizzy and frothy head. The aroma is so strong on this beer that it can be smelled permeating the air from a good 6 feet away. The smell is largely of yeast, citrus, and a tad bit of alcohol if one smells very carefully. Sweetish alcohol fruity taste all the way through Medium mouthfeel with very light carbonation Not a bad brew. Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing a bottle with me! Looking forward to trying the blue one soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2012 2008 Bottle. Pours with a huge, creamy white head and a clear, but very fizzy golden body. Good lacing, and full retention. Aroma of dried fruits, pears and yeasty spiciness. Taste is sweet with elements of pear, yeast and spices. Lively carbonation and a dryish mouthfeel. Decently warming.
Ar:7; Ap:4; F:7; P:4; O:15; TS: 3.7
Re-rate: Thanks to bu11zeye. 2008 Bottle. Pours with a huge, fluffy white head over a clear golden body. Aroma of candi sugar, Belgian yeast, spice apple and honey. Taste is alcohol, apple, pear, spiciness and a touch of marshmallow. Lively, dry and alcoholic on the palate.
Ar:7; Ap:4; F:8; P:4; O:15; TS: 3.8

Tons of amazing esters and mild phenols from the yeast. Great bready maltiness and a nice alcohol warmth. Great beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2008
0.75 l bottle, vintage 2008. Golden to copper color with huge creamy head. Sweetish, perfumed, candyish, spicy and tart-fruity aroma with licorice, anis, coriander, herbal hops, honey, solvent and cristmas cookies. Dryer flavor with tart fruitiness, licorice, anis and berries. Very warming with some sharp alcohol. I wish I had cellared this longer. Now there is too much woody spiciness, alcohol and tart fruitiness.

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