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

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RATINGS: 518   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Bottle from Whole Foods, poured into tulip glass. Pours a clear golden color with a thin, fizzy head. Aroma is of confectionary sugar, dried fruits, herbs, and spices. Flavor is also sweet, but notably spicy. Medium/light bodied with lively carbonation.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2285) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2014
Really love their Blauw version, so been pumped to try this for a while. Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a white head, good retention and lacing. Aromas of Belgian Ale yeast well-blended with the grassy hops giving hints of mints and lemon. A lot of the same for the taste, again, very well-balanced. Alcohol very well-hidden. A beautiful blond version of the Blauw !

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2263) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2014
9/7/2014. 12 oz bottle. 2011 edition. Cloudy, golden with a white head. Sweet malty aromas with hints of spices. Caramel flavors, honey, spices and a boozy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShivanDragon (1580) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2014
@Mechelen, @Brouwerij het Anker, schenkt gouden met witte kraag, heerlijke banaan en citrus in zowel het aroma als de smaken behoorlijk alcoholisch, te merken dat het een ’vers’ bier was, lekker bier maar niet het beste van de brouwer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2061) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2014
Flaska från SB ca två år gammal. Parfymerad doft. Tjock och tung parfymig smak, bröstkarameller, pastiller, viol, syren, hårda lila karameller, honung. Mäktig och på gränsen till för ycket men en komplex spännande smakbild.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilja (1632) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2014
Flaska från 2012. Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell, jäst, citron, salvia, honung, peppar, belgisk jäst, persika med toner av viol och mint. Fruktig, lagom sötma, fin beska.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2619) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2014
Bottled. Pours clear golden with an average off-white head. Aroma of fruits, yeast an spicy notes. Sweet flavor that ends up quite dry and slightly bitter with some alcohol. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A nice Belgian Strong.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (3351) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 24, 2014
750 ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours pale hazy gold, thick white head. Aromas of lemon citrus, Belgian yeast, some floral notes. Taste is more lemon citrus, yeast tang, bready malt. Creamy texture, building sweetness, long finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2014
Blonde version of the classic Cuvée van de Keizer since 2008, after which the latter was renamed Cuvée van de Keizer Blauw. Milky, thinnish head, colour a warm golden blonde, clear but misty after adding the deposit. Powerful and elegant, sweetly perfumed aroma of vanilla, honey, apple cider, gin, mint and sometimes some DMS (cooked cabbage) as well, though the sample I tasted a few days ago, did not have this shortcoming anymore. Soft fruity, sweet and malty taste with strong, mineral-like carbonation, caramelly and honeyish middle, finish long with complex spicy hoppiness and agreeable warming alcohol. Delicious tripel, undoubtedly ageing equally well as its dark counterpart.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jerre (2672) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2014
Taste this beer last 4 years more times. Last time (14.04’14) make this note @ home. Light hazy golden color, with a creamy white head. Aroma: sweet, some honey, malts. Medium body. Taste: sweet, alcohol, some spice notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bill Becker (325) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JUL 29, 2014
2013 corked and caged 750ml bottle. A good pop when I pulled the cork out. Despite a careful pour, I still get a 3 finger head of billowy foam. The colour is orange yellow and cloudy. It smells spicy and fruity and yeasty. Coriander, very light clove, apple and probably peach. The taste has the spice with the clove being more aggressive, coriander, and the fruit I mentioned in the smell. Some sweet flavour but also a mild hop bitterness in there as well. It finishes very dry. Alcohol is not intrusive. Medium bodied and not too shabby a drinker, this is nice.


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