Saturday, February 9, 2013

Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw

  • SRM Color : 42
  • Brewer: Brouwerij Het Anker
  • Brewer's Description:  Every year on the 24th of February, we celebrate the birth of Charles Quint. Therefore we brew a special beer in limited edition called Cuvée of the Emperor. This exceptional beer is a special version of the Golden Carolus Classic, with an enriched taste pallet and mysterious aromas added. The caramelised malts and its 11% Alc. Vol. give the Cuvée of the Emperor the warm roundness of wine together with the refreshing taste of beer. It is imperially crowned with a special cork so it can be preserved for a long period of time with a constant cellar temperature of 12° C. An imperial beer to cherish and enjoy in moderation.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Tulip
  • Russ' rating: 10 of 10
  • With the brew: A Great New Job
  • Comments: I have had this in the cellar waiting for a good moment to open it. I have a new job that hardly seems like work, and if that is not a reason to celebrate I don't know what is! Two years waiting was rewarded with a special beer. It poured a very dark caramel color with a rich sweet malty aroma. the bubbles were slightly smaller than average ( <0.5mm ). The head dissipated but left a slight ring on the top of the beer and there was wet lacing on the inside of the glass the entire time I drank it. The flavor was possibly the richest and most complex I have ever enjoyed. It was at once heavily malted and sweet but the earthy yeast hint grounded the flavor and made it richer. The flavor got better as I drank the glass, so I would recommend letting the beer chill and then sit on the counter for 10 minutes before pouring so that the temperature rises slightly above the standard American refrigerator temperature. This beer was a treat. I have more in the cellar and will let it age another year, but I look forward to what the maturation process can add to a beer that is already a benchmark.

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