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Cuvee Van De Keizer Rood by Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
10.00 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 11/26/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2008
Caged and corked 750: Jaargang 2008 on the neck label - Husky and dulled honey gold with a light caramel brown cast to its body. Feathery foamed white top sits a good finger or more in height and keeps very well. Thin sheeted lacing crosses the goblet moderately.

Aroma is tall with spice laced with a light sweetness underneath. Lightly sweetened with lemony candyness, pear, and lighter yet banana. Spices are peppery yet mildingly set with clove, all spice, and maybe cardamom, which gives it a slight ginger ale-esque bouquet over the top. Oddly likeable.

Taste is vibrant and actively set in body as it grips with dull lemony popsicle, duller pear and white grape, over ripe plum and apricot share a bit of its sweeter side as it pulls in a slight under carraige of caramel. Spices aren't as prevalent in the taste, but they find their place with some areas and help establish a late yeastyish dryness and dull peppery notes.

Body is bold and forwardly set in big rounded fullness that tends to settle down some as it sits. But its a bit much. Some aging should smooth it some. Carbontaion grabs a bit heavy at first but does mellow out and overall the beer warms up and mellows.

This one needs to breathe quite a bit before it begins to unfold its complexity and enjoyability and drinkability become favorably better. Still a fairly solid Pale and fits with Het Anker.

Price: $10.99 Served In: Goblet

Review by SAP on 12/17/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 11 15 4 8 2008
2008 Bottling; Sampled December 2008
A soft pour produces a voluminous, initially three-finger thick, that quickly grows to five fingers (including a finger and a half above the rim of my 25cl tulip glass) and rolls over the sides of the glass a bit before I can suck off some of the pillow-like, tightly beaded, pale, tan tinged head. Of course lots of lacing accompanies a slow falling of the head as well. The beer is a brilliantly clear, bright gold color that wonderfully shows an excited, bountiful carbonation of streaming bubbles. The aroma is also quite expressive with a vibrant spicy fruitiness to it that is noticeable as I pour. Aromas of ripe melon, honeysuckle, pear, some Macintosh apple and star fruit are supported by spice notes of phenolic clove, sweet ginger, an herbal pepper note and a touch of lemon grass. There is a nice pale malt character here that accentuates a touch of wildflower honey, some grassy grain notes and a nice finish of crushed whole grain crackers.

This beer tastes somewhat sweet, but still manages to finish with a dry effect. Spicy, estery, higher alcohols, a soft, clean hop bitterness and a lingering phenolic spice character help to dry the finish out. Substantial notes of clove (especially towards the lingering finish), lemon zest, a touch of cardamom, some white pepper and perhaps a touch of sweet ginger round out the spice flavors. This gets quite phenolic in the finish and the alcohol accentuates this quite a bit. Up front the esters produce fruit notes of pear, honeydew melon, citrus honey, golden raisin (this can almost have a desert wine sort of note to it at times), . The beer is definitely light for a beer of this strength, though the piquancy of the phenolics and alcohol keep this from being quaffable (which, ultimately is a good thing).

On my second pour, I still end up with a voluminous head that threatens to over flow the sides of my glass. Repeated gulps of foamy, pear-scented cotton candy like, head finally has the head settled in. If this wasn’t so phenolic in the finish it would be a phenomenal beer. This is a fairly minor flaw, but it is the last thing one notices after each sip. All in all this is a very tasty beer that is quite enjoyable; visually this beer is stunning, it is exactly what I could ask for in a pale, strong, Belgian beer.

Purchased: Liquor Max, Loveland CO

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 09/24/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 5 9 2008
A - Pour produces a two finger head of loose white foam. It looks sort of soapy, only tighter. Nice sticky lacing. Body is a super clean yellow with tons of small bubbles racing to the top.

S - Wow, another beer that smells nice and fresh. Not sure that is a smell, but it seems like it. There is a lot going on here and I am not sure I will able to pinpoint it all. Here goes. Some sweetness that seems to be derived from tropical fruits. Starfruit, pineapple, mango. There is so much coming from the yeast it's silly. Slightly funky with a really flowery smell. Almost like there is pollen added here. I really don't feel like I have accurately described what I am smelling here. Maybe I need to take one of those sensory courses. Whatever it is, I love it.

T - Taste is as fresh as the smell. It's like a open field of wildflowers in the spring in the morning. Ok, that sounded like a fucking greeting card or something, but I think you get what I am saying. This thing has so much estery yeast going on it's silly. All sorts of flowery pollen flavors. Lots of sweetness going on here too, with sugary flavors abounding.

M - Medium bodied, super smooth and soft carbonation.

Overall - OK, this brewery usually impresses, so I was expecting a solid beer. This was much more than I expected. One of the best beers I have had in a long, long time. Get some.

Served In: Goblet

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