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


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RATINGS: 511   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JUN 30, 2008
750 ml. bottle. Corked and caged. No freshness date noticed. Loud pop released the cork. Poured out a hazy yellow color, like dried out straw. Has a foamy off white head. Aromas are of spices, pepper, dried lemon rinds. Flavors are of rotten pineapples, over ripe apples, dried, sulfured apricots. Some malts mix in, but this beast needs some serious aging on it to be well blended. Might be good in 5-6 years or so. Finished dry, funky, and sulfurous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4465) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2008
Bottled @ Aarhus beerfestival 2008. Aroma is yeasty, cheesy and citric. Cloudy, yellow coloured with a thin off-white head. Taste is sweetish, bit alcoholic. It has cheese, yeast and citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2008
[Bottle] Pours a clear gold with a large, fluffy white head. Aroma is citric hoppiness, a little bit of spices, some candi sugar, and a little bit of alcohol. Flavor follows nicely, with the spices and alcohol being prominent players. Fairly sweet but not cloying. Sharp, crisp flavor with a little bit of hop bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2008
2008. Golden pour with a thick white head. Muted spice aroma, candy sugar, & citrus. A nice balanced aroma. Comes across the palate strong with a grassy & bready. Has a mild finish that tends to dissipate quickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2008
A good beer but probably the least impressive I have had from Het Anker. Light, mild aroma with malt, standard Gouden Carolous yeast, and sea salt. A little sweet but balanced by a surprising quantity of hops. There is an herbal character as well. Bitter, salty finish. High abv is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2008
On tap at the Muddy Pig. Cloudy golden pour with a nice finger thick white head. Spices and light fruit aroma. Some citrus and spices in the flavor as well as yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2008
750ml, 2008. Golden pour with a huge white, soapy head. Muted spice aroma, candi sugar, hops in the back, citrus, nicely balanced aroma. Smells like a good triple - yeast, banana bread. Bready and grassy flavor. Full and clean, super smooth bitter in the end. Minty and dry finish. Excellent flavor and drinkability. Huge champagne sized bubbles. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4392) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2008
RB Bachelor Pub Crawl; tap at the Muddy Pig. A pitcher of Rood?! Hot damn! Hazy yellow color with a thin head. Strong banana aroma. Very yeasty, bready and fruit filled flavor. Plenty of candi sugar leftover. Tastes a lot lower than 10%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2008
750ml bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a golden yellow hazy body with a good inch of off-white head. Smells fruity and spicy. Tastes citrussy (orange/grapefruit) with spice (coriander? clove?) and the slightest hint of caramel malt toward the finish. On the lighter side of medium in body with ample carbonation. A fairly easy drinker considering the ABV, and a solid example of the style. I’ll definitely be getting this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 20, 2008
On draft at Torornado in San Diego. Flavors of clove and some spice. Very good.

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