Cuvee De Cardoz
Brooklyn Brewery

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
4.01 | pDev: 13.47%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of BARFLYB
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at The Grey Lodge, it's a nice place, you should go there sometime.

Cardoz came to me in a glass no doubt about it, the liquid looked very golden and somewhat yellow with sparse bubbles rising, not much of a cap though, just some surface bubbles, no stick. Smell is a banana bomb, fruity yeast and a touch of those earthy hops i've been hearing so much about. Well im drinking it and yes, this is indeed a banana bomb, and I mean bananas. "I left a bananer in there"(C)- Junior Soprano, season 6. Some touches of pear and apple with some yeast that really does not compute. Not really bready and not hoppy, just bananaery. Feel is light and dull, alcohol is high which is expected style wise, yet not hot. I'll take a Local One please.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10 oz draft at Rich O's

A: Clean body with golden shimmers; rocky whipped white head; head recedes to a wispy ring of foam, rings of lacing coat the glass

S: Aromas are crazy here - bubblegum, coconut, bananas, pear, cloves, cinnamon, nice spiciness, all kinds of great complex notes

T: Nice sweet crispness up front like a hefeweizen - bananas and pear; toasted coconut is very smooth and tropical and adds a unique touch to the flavor profile; another transition reminiscent of a hefeweizen as I pick up some husk/grain flavors and a zest from cloves and perhaps some pepper; finish is toasted grain and lingering fruit.

M: Moderate carbonation creates a light, fluffy mouthfeel. Easy on the palate.

D: Get me another one! Way too easy to drink when you consider just how nicely the banana/pear/coconut flavors are complimented by the lighter mouthfeel and the fact that the alcohol seems nonexistent - quite a feat for an 8.5% BSPA.

Fantastic treat. Wish I could find this on tap more often...

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden hue with less than a finger of white, decent retention, and modest lacing. Big spiciness in the nose; coriander, clove, and pepper, along with some banana and licorice. The taste confirmed the nose, with some initial spiciness giving way to a more fruity/malty balance, and then finishing on a spicy/anise note. Feint hint of high abv. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, and slightly spritzy. Despite the thinner body, I think that this is a good sipping beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It's cloudy yellow with a thin layer of white bubbles on the surface. A bit of carbonation is perceptible.
S: There's a gentle aroma of spices--lots of them! Black pepper and coriander stand out to my nostrils.
T: Like the smell, the flavor is filled with spices. There's a good balance between the spices and malts while the hops lend some dryness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and rather strong.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink but I think it is better sipped. If I could find this, I would definitely try it again and try to pair it with food.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at D's Six Packs & Dogz in Swissvale, PA.

Poured into a shaker pint: Pale golden-yellow, transparent but hazy, with a dusting of head.

Smells of good, sweet Belgian yeast spiciness. A sweetness like wheat, but I don't think there's wheat in here.

Taste carries the spiciness & sweetness of the aroma, but with an additional character like stewing fruits, raisins. I've complained about nutmeg flavors in the past, but this is subtle enough to be really enjoyable. A fullness to the flavor that comes to the fore & says hello.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, only slightly sticky in aftertaste.

I'm impressed. Very flavorful but easily drinkable. My favorite in Brooklyn's limited releases so far.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color, moderate fluffy head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is of belgian yeasts, banana, hay, clove. Taste follows scent with the addition of bread and hints of white pepper. On the lighter side of medium bodied, semi-dry finish. Another good brew from Brooklyn that does things right, just not in the most exciting way.

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Photo of DawnL
3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy golden color with no head.

The nose has a lovely malty sweetness with banana nuance.

The flavor is of floral hops with subtle spicing. Something a little odd underlies the subtlety making this brew oddly sweet on the finish.

Sweet, wooded alcohol at the back of the palate reminds me of watered down Makers' Mark.

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Photo of mullenite
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a goblet. Clear yellow in color with almost no head and very little lacing.

Smell is very hefeweizen, banana and clove phenols, a little breadiness and other assorted spices.

Very strong banana flavor with spices lingering in the background. Clove, all spice and for some reason I want to say cardamom.

Relatively thin body but good for the style, pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a cognac glass at Busy Bee Cafe - Raleigh, NC

Severed a light apple juice color with a huge white head that was well retained and faded into a small thin cap. Some lacing.

Classic Belgian aroma, sweet and spicy with a touch of fruit and alcohol. Very well done.

The taste is excellent; the beer has a really nice balance to it, a nice Belgian main body to it, so slightly sweet with a real nice hint of several spices. I didn't really get the curry as some have mentioned (as well as the bar tender that night).

The beer has a medium body, almost heavy with very nice carbonation to it, smooth, clean, and a nice dry aftertaste. The beer was very easy to drink as the alcohol was hidden well and I could easily put back a few more. Overall, an excellent beer from one of my favorite brewers.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this a few times. The first time was at ACBF where it was a hot spicy mess. I like spicy beers but this was through the roof. Had it again on tap at Mahar's and it was much better. Review from that.

A: Poured a nice hazy golden color with a half finger of white head with really good head retention.

S: Despite what one would think the nose was rather subdued. The spice was there but you got quite a bit of sweetness as well

T:The spices really worked well together but what do you expect when an Indian chef picked them out. Quite a few things in there that I could not pick out.

M: A touch on the dry side but very light on the tongue. The carbonation was fairly assertive.

D: Not something I would want every day but a nice beer. Good idea that turned out quite well.

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Photo of Brent
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How Blake from Chuck's Liquors in Bowling Green, KY manages to come up with this sort of thing is a constant amazement, but he showed up with a sixtel at a recent Beer Advocate gathering.

Poured a slight hazed golden with a sweet and spicy aroma. An interesting interplay of spices that was not overly-sweet, and a bit of heat at the finish. Alcohol was not a factor in the flavor profile, probably hidden under the curry-ish finish, and thus dangerously drinkable. The gathering finished the keg before the tasting was over.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found Brooklyn's Cuvee de Cardoz on draught at Redlight-Redlight in Orlando. It pours up quite lively & well carbonated with a frappish white head that lacily crowns the bright goldenrod body. The aroma has a light maltiness with just a touch of breadiness. The delicate spiciness (phenolics) comes as much from the selected yeast & Perle hops, as it does from actual spice additions (ginger, tamarind, mace, black pepper, coriander, fennel, fenugreek, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, chilies). In addition there's a pleasant fruitiness (mango, pineapple, tangerine) that carries along with the underlying sweetness. There's supposed to be some toasted coconut in this, but it's easily lost behind the other characters. The flavor starts off a bit cloying, but the bitterness & spices quickly catch up to create a fine balance that carries to a surprisingly quenching, but warming finish. Very light impression on the tongue... quite a balancing act is this! I wouldn't expect anything different from Sir Oliver & crew. Recommended. Suggested pairings include the chef's signature Indian Chicken Xacutti (pronounced sha-KOO-tee), curried chicken or other spicy chicken, fish or pork dishes, BBQ or any Indian or Thai cuisine. Here's to Chef Cardoz and his namesake beer!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear gold color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of spices - clove and pepper - with good amounts of light fruits, including bananas and dried apricots.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined by well-integrated fruit flavors - sugar-coated apricots with hints of bananas. Near the end of the sip a good amount of spiciness jumps in before a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer, though I probably shouldn't have been as I've been a fan of Brooklyn's Belgian forays. Worth a shot.

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Photo of CHickman
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Tabla (restaurant). It poured a cloudy gold color with a small white head, and smelled of Indian spices and malt. Tastes of Indian spices (cumin, curry, pepper come to mind as well as taste), malt, light hops and a mild lemon or citrus zest to it. Very light and crisp with medium to high carbonation and an overall nice interesting flavor. It starts off strong and the spice is prevalent, but then turns zesty with the citrus coming through and finishes sweet with a nice malty finish on the border of being dry.

A unique brew to be tried by any beer lover with an open mind and open palate. A very nice discovery that paired well with lunch. The Brooklyn Brewery website lists the ABV as 8%, which I believe as I only had one beer with lunch and felt the alcohol. The ABV is hidden well enough in it's complexity that this was a very enjoyable beer and unique enough for an adventurous beer drinker to seek out. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn's Cuvee de Cardoz, on tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. nonic.

Appearance: Arrives a pale golden yellow, transparent, and capped by half a finger of white head. The body showcases little save slow, sparse carbonation. The average retention of the head suggests poor lacing, which is indeed the case.

Aroma: Medicinal cloves dominate, followed closely by a fair measure of herbal dryness and honey. There's a decidedly prickly not imparted by all of the spice and phenols, but fortunately no alcohol sensation at all.

Taste: Cinnamon, spearmint, wintergreen, and a bunch of other spicy, estery, "cleansing" notes take the first punch. Honey and cloves, medicinal esters, and spiced pears and apples follow closely behind. I keep getting something similar to peppermint patties despite the complete lack of any sort of roasted malts, oddly enough. This one's sweet but with a quenching, spicy dryness that actually results in a fair balance.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and prickly, which enhances and is enhanced by the spice, but it's also thick, smooth, even, and slightly fluffy. Works very well with the flavor profile.

Drinkability: I've enjoyed the Brooklyn Brewmaster's Reserve series, though this one falls a little short in my opinion. It seems a little showier than I like or than I'm used to from Oliver, but it's also showy in a few too many of the "wrong" ways - too much emphasis on spice, whether inadvertent or otherwise, for one - and at 8.5%, I can't afford to not enjoy what I'm drinking! It's worth a try, and to be entirely fair it's not a bad beer, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped or as much as I think I should have.

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Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: the beer is a dusty golden yellow and capped with a moderate white head, retention is light

s: loads of spice give a highly perfumed aroma carried on the wheat malt body, light-moderate yeasty phenols, ginger dominant, the rest of the exotic spices used seem to run together and create a bit of a mess, but something that's certainly unique

m: medium-high carbonation and a body on the lighter side of medium

t: on the palate I get minty ginger and a spice combination reminiscent of root beer over a wheat body, phenolic yeasts duck in and out, spices linger long into the finish, research confirms a ridiculous slew of spices used in this beer - a bit overdone imo if not at least interesting

d: not bad, but the spices wear me down a bit after time

standard pint at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 7/25/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, caramel, Belgian yeast, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a ginger and pepper spice bite, then a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer overall but there are better beers in the style that are out there.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.14/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Growler from New Beer. Filled 3(?) weeks ago. Beer in, beer out.

Poured into an Ommegang flute/tulip thing. Inch+ of furry egg white head that would make a lovely coat. Chill hazed new bronze, ADD afflicted body.

Smell is heavy on the banana & melon. Some vanilla strikes me as out of place. Powdered ginger, anise, & rubber notes. Dusty wheat & yeast. The potpourri is too forward. I'm anticipating something really awkward.

Taste is just overly spiced. I can't see this working with any food. Corriander, wheat, & alcohol front load the beer & rolls it into a ditch. The nutmeg just adds bitterness. There's an onion/vegetable skin characteristic that is just so confusing. The fennel(yes, I read the ingredient list) I like actually, it gives it a cool, almost minty feel. The cinnamon & pepper don't pop. I don't sense them. Faint numbing from the chiles once the glass is flat warm. Back end is mostly anise & envelope licking bitterness. Finish is mostly neutral. Add some chocolate malt & you have yourself an ugly Christmas beer. Very intense & tiring overall.

Feel wasn't so bad. Beginning was grainy, but the carbonation is pretty close, just barely barely too much sizzle. A bit newspaper-ish there at the end too.

I'm a trooper, but this is a chicken marinade if anything. :(

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Photo of plaid75
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Waterfornt Ale House, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a super estery yeast and some caramel sweetness.

The taste consisted of anise, pepper, candy sugar and full blown esters. Good doughiness as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a complex and well crafted ale.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color and a modest head that leaves a few dots here and there

Smell: Ginger dominates the aroma, along with a range of piquant spices, such as anise, pepper, cinnamon, clove and, of course, banana

Taste: After a brief touch of banana bread, the ginger and pepper really assert themselves, along with a range of spice cake flavors; the chili joins the fray after the swallow, providing a piquant element; just a hint of coconut on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a bit of heat

Drinkability: A fascinating brew, that has a lot going on for those who like quirky Belgian styles

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Photo of cjgator3
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Brooklyn Cuvee De Cardov

A- Pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with an off-white head. 4

S- The aroma has a lot of fruity esters with peppery spices, licorice and yeast. 3

T- The taste like the aroma is very fruity with a lot of spices and clove and yeast. I'm also picking up a lot of licorice flavors as well which is a bit of a turn off for me. It is also a bit medicinal as well. 3 

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. 4

D- Not bad, but not my cup of tea. One glass was enough for me. 2.5

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Photo of TheFightfan1
2.73/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I had this at the Humleville Inn. Poured a light golden color with a slight white ring around the edges that stayed throughout.

Smell was well let's say odd. A slight lemoniness and a little spiciness but ridiculously overpowered with a spearmint aroma.

Taste again a heavy spearmint taste with a slight hop bitterness but is immediatley dumbed down to this listerinesk taste.

Mouth was decent nothing really standing out. Medium bodied-with decent carbonation.

Drink is not to good for me but hey if you would like a breath mint before you leave the bar look no further this is your beer. I am not knocking this beer I have just never tasted anything quite like this.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap into a medium tasting glass at Plan B in Simsberry, CT.

Appearance- A light golden body which is slightly hazy. There is a fair bit of carbonation and a light fluffy head.
Smell- A mix of light yeast esters, lemon, pepper, and something else spicy.
Taste- Similar to the smell. It lacks an indication of the ABV and the peppery and spices come out more, the yeast is slightly lost. It also has a slight pear sweetness.
Mouthfeel- A slight ABV glimpse as the fruit fads. The beer has a light mouthfeel even before the carbonation kicks in.
Drinkability- Its pretty refreshing but slightly drying in the end with the ABV.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Bellport Beer&Soda. Pours a clear gold with a ring of white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, melon, and lots of spices (clove, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and others). Flavor of bready malt and pale wheat malts initially with lots of spices (definite chilies in the finish) and a light, crisp sweetness. Very interesting and fun to try to pick out all the spices in this beer. Superbly drinkable too. This is definitely underrated--what a great Belgian ale!

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mahaffey's and the Drafting Room in Exton.

The beer pours a light gold color with pretty good head retention and lacing. I confess I really like the nose on this beer, which consists of spice, banana and some noticeable licorice. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and the combination of flavors works very well. The beer is no more then moderately sweet, and so not at all heavy or tiring on the palate. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light in a beer with 8.5% alcohol, and drinkability is sensational. Probably wouldn't be a good idea, but I feel as if I could knock back several of these without any problem.

Very impressive.

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Cuvee De Cardoz from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 56 ratings