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


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RATINGS: 606   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 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.

   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 (2813) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Incredible white foam head. Smells like a beer. Taste does not match aroma at all. Creamy, some what sweet, and sour, a little fruit, like some previously unknown yellow berry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 28, 2009
(750 ml bottle (2008) from 1828 Vintage House, cellared for 7 mos. after purchase) Bitter, hot and fruity...Pours hazyish gold-amber with two fingers of pillowy white head that recede slowly to about 1/8" and stay. Aroma is sweetish and fruity, a bit of candy along with light yeast. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, medium-full, perhaps very lightly sticky. Big, weepy rings of lacing. Flavor is initially quite sweet and hot. Tastes of cherry-like fruitiness overlain by a fairly hefty bitter bite. As it warms there is a soft chocolate note that develops along with a bit of pepper or spice in the finish. Hotness actually seems to tone down as it warms/gets deeper into bottle. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Actually quite a nice Belgian - it doesn’t disappoint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Pilsner malty aroma, thick doughy head, wildly effervescent in the glass. initially sweet, stinging carbonic bite, dry wheat and a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grandgenie (259) - val-des-monts, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2009
Importation avec bieropholie et dégusté avec viak,michaud et Glandine dans un verre de chimay. Apparence jaune ambré avec une mousse collante. Arômes fruité, de levure, de fruits des champs, raisin vert, coriande, houblon, agrumes et une touche de cidre de glace. Un goût fruité, sucre de canne, gingembre, orange, ananas. Un ressemblance avec un vin blanc mousseux de pomme et de poire. Une bière tous simplement géniale qui est ronde en bouche et d’un équilibre hors du commun. Une bière de rois me procurant une plénitude et un CARPE DIEM de plaisir...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle. Big malty aroma, sweet and fruity. Bright golden body, huge white head. Flavor is too sweet, and not especially complex. Good, but not nearly as impressive as the Blue.

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