Roaka Cadabra
Roak Brewing Co.

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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #151
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
81
Ranked #35,353
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 13.15%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
26
From:
Roak Brewing Co.
 
Michigan, United States
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Gots
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SCORE
81
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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to nonic pint. Dark brown in color with a finger of off white head. Aromas of spice and bread. Flavor is some apple pie spice, toasted apple, muted brown ale flavor. Overall: meh. I only paid a buck for the bottle so I don't feel it was a total waste but this is definitely the weakest Roak of offering I've had.

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Photo of Brenden
2.54/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown, too heavy to see through. There's a bit of tan head that leaves some lacing and spotting.
I get very little off the nose. There's a little wood and apple.
There's an apple sweetness/tang up front that goes smoky before putting out some dry wood. It really thins out and falls off at the end, finishing with very little flavor despite a decent start.
The body starts about medium but somehow thins out a lot. Its crisp more than smooth and quite dry.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Roaka Cadabra last week at The Lager Mill. This one caught my eye and it sounds like it might be unique, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a muddy brown color that didn't change when held to the light and it had a little under a fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is an Ok looking beer, but I'm not a big fan of the muddy color.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a watery apple juice being the first to show up and it's followed by the yeast which impart a pretty light Belgian yeast like aroma. Up next comes a watery grainy malt aroma with just as little bit of spices coming through. The aroma wasn't that great, the brown ale base was lacking.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with that same watery apple juice aspect being the first to show up and it's followed by a slight spicy flavors with cinnamon showing up the most. Up next comes the brown ale base which imparts a watery grainy malt flavors. On the finish there's a little bitterness a weird watery apple juice aftertaste. This isn't a great tasting, the brown ale base doesn't stick out.

M- Not the smoothest, a little crisp, not too clean, medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is ok, but it could use a little work.

Overall I thought this beer wasn't good and it's not a good example of the style, it was hard to tell it was even a brown ale and the apple aspect was a let down. This beer didn't have good drinkability, one is more than enough for me and I almost drain poured it. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, they were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the brown ale base and the apple aspect, they were both watery and not good. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I would recommend it. All in all I wasn't a fan of this beer, it just seemed to be off in almost every aspect. It's now my least favorite Roak beer and it;s pretty below average for the style, Better luck next time guys, this one needs some major work.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/30/2015. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of apple, plum, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pepper, light banana, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, apple/spices, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of apple, plum, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pepper, light banana, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apple, plum, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, apple/spices, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spice Belgian brown ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, apple/spices, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Roaka Cadabra from Roak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 26 ratings