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

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RATINGS: 543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle. Opens with a "POP". Pours well carbonated, clear gold with a huge active white head. Spicy, floral aroma with notes of banana and C02. Crisp for strength and sharp with green apple and a spiciness that compliments but is not easy to identify. Finishes hot. The alcohol really comes out as it warms.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9608) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Yellow pour wtih a fair white head. Aroma isvery sweet and malty. Flavor is malt heavy, sweet and if anyone really wants to know the flavor of this beer, please contact my friend Nick Wight and he will be happy to give you the details! Anyway a very nice beer, a bit grainy in flavor to be world class, but very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4589) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Pours gold into a trappist glass. Bright white micro head with excellent retention leaves sheet lacing as it slowly recedes to coat the surface. Sharp malt and alcohol aromas. Sweet and full with belgian yeast and apple with a lasting pepper and alcohol burn.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4278) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2008
The aroma is clean and sweet with yeast, light fruit, and alcohol. The appearance is pale gold with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall a winner.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3006) - Brandon, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Smells heavily herbed like rosemary, malts with many fruits, the hoppiness is more on the subtle side, while the focus is more on the rich malts and the heavy body of the beer, great beer.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2008
Had it from Bottle in Belgium and from draft at Cheeky Monk at Denver. From draft it was delicious. Was the only Belgium beer I drunk during my trip to Denver and Boulder

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5363) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Clear amber pour. Tall almost fizzy but dense white head leaves a nice sticky gossamer lacing as it fades away. Nose is very herbal, floral and spicy. Lots of earthy and perfumy flowers, herbs, spices, strong yeast, fruit, and grains. Taste is more herbs and spices, strong yeast notes, grains, dried and candied fruits, fresh cut flowers, and sweet malts. Parts of this are candy-like in sweetness while other kick is with slight hop bitterness and an odd herbal flavor. Body is uber-carbonated. Lots of belching from just one glass. Overall and light-medium feel and this seems a tad on the thinner side for a Belgian strong. Finishes with more grains, sweet malt notes, earthy and herbal flavors, flowers, soft hop bitterness, light fruit, and alcohol. Big beer. More a winter type for me. Nonetheless, this was rather delicious.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - AUG 21, 2008
Draft at The Publick House, Boston. Pours a slightly cloudy straw gold with tight, minimal creamy head. Nose is quite floral and perfumy, but not too strong; some typical fruity esters for a Belgian strong, with a chalky yeast character, herbal hop bitterness and a fair alcoholic kick to the taste. Not bad, just not really particularly unique.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle. What a gusher!! Watch out for this one. Pours a dull colored orange with a huge thick, foamy white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spices, light fruits (apple, pear). Flavor is initially quite spicy with some hop bitterness and alcohol, finishes sweet. A bit on the boozy side and not that much flavor.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle. Aroma not very exciting, some apple/apple cider, melon, very mild citrus, pepper, some alcohol, some bready/yeasty character. A touch spicy in the mouth, largely sweet with similar fruity notes, alcohol. Somewhat alcoholic finish. Uninteresting. Not really sure what the point was here.


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