Café Verdad | Paradox Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Paradox Beer Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mexican Coffee & Cinnamon Ale. Some of the best coffee beans in the world are grown in the shade of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas Mountain Range. To pay tribute to the vibrant complexity of the region we’ve combined their Arabica “Altura” coffee and Ceylon "True" cinnamon with our wine barrel- aged tart brown ale. The resulting brew is a smooth, slow sipper, reminiscent of the classic Mexican Cafe de Olla. Con Provecho!

Added by adamranders on 01-26-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by cl3:
Photo of cl3
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one really surprised me. Poured a monstrous tan head that disappeared immediately. Beautiful deep brown color with a tinge of red around the edges. Smells tart, sweet, with a very distinct cinnamon nose. Taste is fairly complex. Lots of wine, a little less coffee, but distinctly a tasty brown ale. Not really getting the cinnamon though, even though it makes up the majority of the nose. Very effervescent and fairly thin. Very easy drinker. I would never guess this was an 8% beer by taste alone. I will definitely pick another one of these up if I see one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chiefbender
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant brown with ruby highlights under a ½” tan foam collar that rapidly dissipates.
S: Medium tart fruit nose, light funk, traces of coffee, spice, wine, faint oak, faint cinnamon.
T: Tart dark dried fruit, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, dark malts. Good balance between the fruit, tart, spice, and coffee.
F: Medium to medium low body, tartness is medium, carbonation is crisp and above average.
O: An odd mix of flavors – probably not to everyone’s taste – but it somehow works.

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Photo of Hoernkeem710
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylemckinnis
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dukeufo
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dbrauneis
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark cola brown approaching black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and moderate garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy sudsy foamy dark tan head that quickly reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering a little more than 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tart dark fruit (cherry) and red wine vinous notes as well as light to moderate aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, and cinnamon. Light aromas of dark malts and oak woodiness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of dark malts with moderate to strong flavors of tart dark fruit (cherry + blackberry) and minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of lightly spicy chili pepper, oak woodiness, and red wine vinous notes. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, and cinnamon. Slightly stronger than moderate amounts of lingering dark fruit tartness/sourness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a moderate amount of acidic prickliness.

O: Definitely an interesting brew - the combination of a dark sour and Mexican chocolate is definitely interesting and not something that I have come across before. Purchased because I found it on a clearance shelf at my local shop for approximately $4 and it sounded interesting - not intentionally cellared. Enjoyable but not the easiest drinker with a acidity and sourness. Decently complex.

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Photo of Vylo
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BoJengs
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Cafe Verdad - purchased from local bottle shop. Love what Paradox does with their sours (scully 30 and trois anos were awesome).

Consumed 2/5/16

This one is exactly what the bottle says it is, it's just too bizarre to my tastebuds and I. Sour, coffee, cinnamon - hits on everything, just doesn't work in harmony for me.

As I drank it got smoother and smoother and I think I got used to the beers oddities. Really interesting libation...

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pour a fairly translucent black, rather like the color of a cup of coffee, with a small head. The aroma is composed primarily of green apple, with coffee and dark chocolate notes making up the background. The flavor also leads with strong malic acid, with darker background weak coffee, chocolate, toffee, wood chips, and as it warms red pepper. The mouthfeel is light and fairly simple. Overall this was an interesting beer, but not as bold or unique as I was expecting.

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Photo of farrago
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The head sizzles like a well full of snakes, although crests close to two fingers it’s all gone in just a few seconds, barely leaving anything across the surface and there’s zero lacing as well. The liquid is a lightly translucent brown with a yellowish aura, you don’t see any bubbles until they are just about to break the surface. The coffee, dark chocolate note come close to exploding out of the glass, cinnamon, chili peppers next with a decided vinous and sour oak demeanor, black grapes, sour cherries, there’s a meadowy grassiness in there too with dry earthiness but basically nothing is close to challenging the coffee roast. Medium-bodied, smooth and fluid in a very sour manner, doesn’t get you puckered up. Here all the acidity and the oak residue can meet the coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate head on. Albeit the coffee char probably has not lost any power, just met an equal. Cherry, blackberry, apple fruit flavors, keenly edged. The chili pepper aspect more tame here. There’s a lot going on here and it’s not unreasonable to expect it all to run amok but in the final analysis it hangs together well.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taste: very complex, oak, tart, wild yeast, sour dark fruits hint of coffee.
tart and funky nose. black brown in color, opaque, tan head not much lace.
Medium full body.

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Photo of spoony
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imperialking
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Café Verdad from Paradox Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 14 ratings