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


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RATINGS: 589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4446) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Gold in color and hazy with a large white head. Aroma is of alcohol and fruit with a little cream and marshmallow. Taste is of alcohol, malt, and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2009
On tap at Ebenezers. Cuvee de Emperor Blonde. Pours a mostly clear golden with a thinning head and not much lace. Aroma is spicy, sharp phenolic Belgian yeast- with spicy green floral hops with other grassy herbs- nettle and cardamon? Flavor has a nice doughy bready pils malt backbone some ok sweetness with toast and crackers, herbal grassy hops more cardamon black pepper spice and almost a hot mace spice as well- big sweet malt body in the middle, - pils malt and light carapils- peppery and yeasty in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2009
750 mL bottle, 2008. Pours golden with a gigantic off-white head with some of the most solid lacing I’ve ever seen. The aroma has a nice orange-blossom note at the fore, with some honeyish malt and some floral hops. The flavor is very orangey with lots of sweet malts behind it. There are lots of floral nuances throughout, and a warm, yeasty finish. The alcohol is evident, but not intrusive. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2009
On tap at the Brick Store. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge pillowy white head that stays on as a cap for ages and leaves very good lacing. Light sweet aroma with light fruits and hints of spices on top. There is plenty of Belgian yeast and bubble gum sweetness as well with a bit of citrus. The taste is slightly sweeter than the aroma with lots of light sweetness featuring apples and pears. The Belgian yeast forms a solid backbone with a slightly dry finish with some citrus hops. The moutfeel is fairly light with tons of carbonation and lots of sticky sweetness throughout. This isn’t the biggest or most complex Belgian pale but it’s extremely drinkable. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 10, 2009
Botella. 2008. Thanks Plovmand. Unclear brown colour. Quite sweet malty aroma with spices and dark fruits. Sweet deep malty and spiced flavour with dark fruits and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7290) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle. Bit hazy golden body with a big creamy head. Sugary malty aroma with some yeasty spices. Very sweet malty flavour with notes of banana, candy, white sugar and yeast. Medium creamy body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3500) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2009
Brown bottle, 2008, 750 ml, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on February 8 2009; eye: golden, lightly hazy, average effervescence, voluminous white head that turns into a sheet, nice lacing; nose: malt, fruity, candied fruits, pepper, banana, tangerine, sugar, yeast; mouth: malt, fruity, candied fruits, alcohol warmth, liqueur-like, tangerine, sugar, yeast, finale in banana with a good presence of pepper and some hops, foamy texture, mildly sweet, slightly bitter, medium body, average carbonation; overall: quite likable FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 2008, 750 ml, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 8 février 2009; œil : dorée, légèrement voilée, effervescence moyenne, mousse blanche abondante qui se transforme en une couverture, bonne dentelle; nez : malt, fruitée, fruits confits, poivre, banane, tangerine, sucre, levure; bouche : malt, fruitée, fruits confits, chaleur d’alcool, liquoreuse, tangerine, sucre, levure, finale en banane avec une bonne présence de poivre et de houblon qui se fait sentir, texture mousseuse, moyennement sucrée, très légèrement amère, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : bien aimé

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11739) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2009
75cl bottle, thanks a lot plovmand for sharing. yellow, white head.aroma is sugar, fruity, yeasty. flavor is yeasty, spicy, very well balanced, strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2009
750ml vintage 2008, cloudy honey gold hue, with a fluffy white head, leaving some belgian laces, yeasty, fruity, honeyed pale malt, spicy nose of coriander, with some candied lemon, orange, tangerine peel, pear, green apple esters, with a hint of bready dough, and candi sugar, alcoholic aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, fruity, honeyish pale malt, faint corny sweet character, with somenice spicy coriander, candied lemon, orange, marmalade, zesty curaçao flavors, with a hint of flowery hop leafy citrusy, within a candi sugar warmth mouthfeel, with a good carbonation, leading towards a sweet, fruity, orangey, citrusy, warming dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2009
2008 750ml bottle. Pours a clear light orange color with a 2 finger white head. Aromas of citrus hops and sweet malt. Flavor has sweet caramel malt and medium bitter pine hops, apple, and spice (caraway seeds perhaps) - really a delightful combination. There is a noticeable alcoholic burn at the finish which is not a fatal flaw, but had it been a bit more balanced, this beer would have earned a much higher score from me. Still a fine brew.

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