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Rickard's Cardigan - Molson Coors Canada

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 17.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
We’ve carefully selected the seasonal spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove as an inspiration for our flavourful nod to fall. With a final hint of brown sugar, you’ll find this spiced lager as familiar as putting on your favourite cardigan. Pair it with braised ribs, sweet potato fries or let it upstage dad’s famous turkey at the next family feast.

(Beer added by: wordemupg on 09-08-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Fader, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at The Beer Store approx. $2.20/473ml can. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- Poured with a good head. Unfiltered beer

S- Very good! Hints of spice and herbs

T- Clove, cinnamon and nutmeg shine through but not that forward. Ok beer

M- Real let down here. Dry, bitter and hoppy in a subtle way that doesn't promote "beer"

O- Not that great but pretty good. Wouldn't buy again

Food Pairing

This interesting beer matches well with... pineapple chicken


DaveBar, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Haydn-Juby
2.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: A pale gold color. One finger of head good lacing and moderate to good retention.

S: Cinnamon as advertised. A touch of nutmeg too. The cinnamon really overpowers all the other aromas.

T: Cinnamon, spices. A touch too much in my opinion. It's not very subtle and its really in your face. Not something I care for in spice beers honestly. I like the spices to be more of a subtle complement to the base beer. A bit of sweet malt comes forward gradually. A bit metallic in the finish as well.

M: Crisp, clean, and easy drinking.

O: Good I guess but personally I found the spices to be out of balance and it was a bit bland besides them.

Haydn-Juby, Jan 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

DamageCase76, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.29/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Rickard's Cardigan is an autumn seasonal that looks like it doesn't want to let go of summer; its radiant yellow colour draws an inevitable comparison to a hot summer sun. Not very fall-like. Its tone may be fair but the complexion is marred by a smog that could rival that of a Shanghai street. Its head gradually fades into a waning half-moon shape.

It smells as though Molson simply dissolved stale ground cinnamon in water. Neither of the other two spices (nutmeg, clove) are very noticeable on the nose and any kind of malty qualities are inappreciable (no surprises there). I assume I could have made this at home by adding a dash of cinnamon to the blandest mass-market lager of my choice.

Though a lager, Rickard's Cardigan has a lot of Pumpkin Ale-like character. My complaints about feeble spicing don't apply nearly so much on the palate; this tastes like pumpkin pie. Each sip provides an instant flash of Thanksgiving - it turns out to be fall-appropriate after all.

The trace of clove on the finish is subtle, but it's enough to hide the presence of adjuncts (assuming they were used, as they are in others in the Rickard's lineup). It may be bland and uninteresting, but at least it's not distasteful and cloyingly sweet (brown sugar is advertised).

Most reviewers are quick to bash anything Molson puts out; they're not entirely unfair in doing so. A lot can be said about Rickard's Cardigan but since I’m the one doing the saying, not all of it is bad. The lack of adjuncts and passable level of seasonal spicing make it an acceptable option. It's also a step in the right direction for a brewery that desperately needs new wind in their sails.

biegaman, Dec 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

boszormeny, Dec 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

jmkoscie, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
2.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tall can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.60

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow colour with an average size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove, all spice

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, breads, grains, and nutmeg/clove/cinnamon. There is also something along the lines of apples.

Overall – A little too heavy with the spice for me. It's like someone shook an all spice shaker into a basic lager. Not something I'd pick up again.

spinrsx, Nov 14, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

Ianleesrivette, Oct 30, 2013
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MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Attractive golden-amber colour under a moderate white head that gives good lace. Looks pretty decent.

Pumpkin pie spice on the nose with a whiff of sour apple that makes it smell like a cider. Surprisingly sour bite on first taste, malty sweet up the middle with a drying bitter finish.

I'm not overly impressed with Rickard's approach which seems to boil down to picking up on whats hot in the craft market and packaging up some sort of mock <insert beer style name here>. Makes me feel like I'm drinking faux beer every time I pick one of theirs up. And it's essentially the same bland faceless crap over and over again. Maybe I can just cut and paste my review once Rickard's <insert beer style name here> comes out.

Drinkable. Dull.

TerryW, Oct 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

KrisDLSmith, Oct 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

ZachT, Oct 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

kabritz, Oct 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

Pmicdee, Sep 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

irishkyle21, Sep 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

deonreds, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.58/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can picked up at TBS. I skipped the chance to sample this offering last fall, although I rather enjoyed the follow-up Oakhouse (let's just forget about that shandy, though). It's a little early for a spiced autumn beer, but my summer is effectively over in a few days anyway, so I'd better get the drinkin' in while the drinkin's good. Served well-chilled.

Pours a bright golden-amber colour, completely clear and without much effervescence. Seated atop the liquid is one finger's worth of foamy, frothy white head that gradually dies off over the next few minutes, leaving behind a thin, creamy cap and a collar of lacing around the glass. The first sniff immediately reminds me of potpourri - it's a very fragrant, perfumy aroma, with nutmeg and cinnamon being the most prominent features. There are also undertones of caramel and gingerbread - quite enticing, at least for a Molson product.

The taste is a minor letdown - not a major one, but perhaps the aroma raised my expectations unrealistically. The flavour is a little too sweet, with toasted bready malts, honey and brown sugar being strong contributors initially. The spicy notes of clove and cinnamon surge forth afterward, mixing with nutmeg and some earthy notes in the finish. Off-dry finish, with some brown sugar sweetness in addition to a mild, lingering nutmeg/ginger spiciness. Light-bodied, maybe approaching medium, with a good bite from the carbonation that helps cut through the spice. Fairly light and drinkable for a spiced ale, though I'm not the sort of person who would opt to drink multiple servings of any spicy brew.

Final Grade: 3.58, a serviceable B. This one grew on me a little as I made my way through the glass - as far as spiced beers go, it's nothing mind-blowing or memorable, but it at least maintains a sense of balance and remains both fairly tasty and quite quaffable. Cardigan is probably the best beer ever released under the Rickard's banner - for me, this narrowly beats out their Blonde, which (despite being a better session option) is not quite as impressive as this seasonal release. For a macro spiced beer, this is rather well-executed - something I might wish to pair with Thanksgiving dinner (or any hearty meat/potato/stew-type dish, really), though I'd likely save the Pumkings and such for dessert.

thehyperduck, Aug 29, 2013
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Rickard's Cardigan from Molson Coors Canada
74 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.