With each flip of the calendar, we put our tastebuds to the test, and select one premium imported brew as our Beer of the Month. And here we are, the year 2015 is one-twelfth over. February is upon us: It’s the month for rodents who predict six more weeks of winter; the month for gratuitous boxes of [Belgian] chocolate; the month for leaping (Okay, not this year.); and the month for Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer Blauw by Brewery Het Anker.
It’s brewed with only extra fine Belgian hops, and the higher alcohol content (11 percent) carries the promise of a complexity and intensity usually reserved for the finest of wines. Attesting to the innate mystery and intensity of a cellerable beer is this brew’s beautiful ruby brown, almost henna color. With a light-brown, velvety head and sweet, powerful notes of wood, yeast, and plums, the Cuvee surprises one’s palate with subtle hints of caramel and even fresh green apples. Drinking a Carolus is a fully sensory experience, so be certain to breathe in its fruity, almost delicate aroma that complements a richly roasted malted, yet softly dense body. It’s a truly sugary brew in every sense, erring on the natural, fresh and refreshing side of sweetness.
— Big Dude Likes Food (@BigDudeFoodMoe)February 1, 2015
Belgian Strong Ale = Good! – Drinking a Cuvée van de Keizer – Blauw at @acesandales – http://t.co/GyA2wsvHBS #photo — Mark Reichle (@markreichle) January 10, 2015
More luscious yummyness! – Drinking a Cuvée van de Keizer – Blauw by @BreweryHetAnker at @tilsner — http://t.co/yIDcSZmZIz #photo
— Jeff Hansen (@jeffhansen2) January 4, 2015
— Isaac BalAce (@IsaacBalAce) January 7, 2015