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


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RATINGS: 513   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - SEP 22, 2008
EBF 08, Copenhagen. Sweet honey, some fruity sweet syrup mouth. Nose is slightly medicinal. Mouth is soft, simple, honey and fruits. Some spices towards the end. Despite this beer’s simplicity, it’s very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9288) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle (EBF2008)
Hazy. Good sweet belgian aroma. Honey in the taste and the aroma. Fruity and soft. Beautiful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20662) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle at EBF 2008. Clear golden coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of spices, citrus, yeeast and hops. Fruity flavour of citrus, yeast, hops and dried fruits. Very carbonated. Sweet finish of yeast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gerardoluna (194) - MEXICO - SEP 17, 2008
[Eyes] Wonderful deep color, excelent foamy creamy head. [Nuse] Floral malty and hoppy flavor, with notes of caramel and alcohol. [Mouth] Sweet malt, fruit and fresh. Strong and sweet. notes fruit of apple and bananas, a little touch of yeast. i will storage some bottles for the next year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2008
Ah, a beautiful iridescent golden color pushes froth upwards at an alarming rate. A goblet full of suds that lings and a bit-o-sunshine at the bottom. The head finally rests leaving a thick fluffy blanket to make you smile. Aromas of fresh stonefruit. Full nectar with superb residual effers. A classic already. Flavor wise we see a strong malt backbone supports tons of complex fruit from the trees like nectarine, apricot, banana, kiwi, vanilla bean, and spices, maybe a bit of green tea. The finish is bittered beautifully despite it strength and moderate sweetness factor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stefano (1873) - Esbjerg, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2009 Draught at EBF 2008. Unclear medium yellow color with a average, frothy, good lancing off-white head. Aroma is malty and yeasty. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Draft @ The Front Door: Boise - Pours a golden blond color with a nice puffy white head and good lacing. The nose is bright with some candy sugar, belgian yeast, orange and coriander along with some starchy strong alcohol notes. The flavor is intense and estery with lots of yeast and processed candy sugar notes. The finish is spicy and yeast. Quite good and fresh, much more golden than the usual Cuvee with similar levels of spice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ScoWRee (379) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2008
2008 Pours a pale golden color with a thick white bubblie head. Aroma of fruit and spice. Taste is crisp with a strong spicey inpact, maybe corriandor. Hints of Bananna. A little too much going on here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (10162) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2008
2008 corked bottle. Pale golden color. Huge foamy head. Peach, just a hint of soap and flowers in the aroma. Alcoholic, soapy firm flowery, slightly perfumed hopbitter flavor with some citrus. The soapiness continues in the aftertaste. Not bad overall, but a tad disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Lightly hazed golden liquid. Nice continuance of bubbles through the brew. Large, lasting off-white head. Sweet malt, light fruit and quite a bit of alcohol showing up in the aromas. Some floral hops are present and quite enjoyable. The alcohol in the nose is just a bit too much at times. Strong and sweet are my first thought coming out of the first quaff. Licorice (not a personal favorite) and light fruit of pears and bananas are the flavors that I catch the most of. A bit of yeast, but in a white bread kind of way. My stomach and forehead are starting to feel warm. Sweet vinous qualities in the finish and into the linger. I know the "Blauw" version is always better with a year or two, I’m not sure with this one. The sweetness and alcohol are quite high now. I’m thinking this could become a sticky mess. But I’m thinking I’ll need to set one down for an experiment.

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