Brooklyn Cuvee De Cardoz | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Billolick on 05-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by DawnL:
Photo of DawnL
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
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 Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill, NY. Pours very cloudy, light tangarine, with a minor off white head and typical light spotty lace. Light ginger and assorted spice on the nose. Ginger is dominant here, assorted tropical fruit spicing and pepper, but GINGER is quite dominant. Pepper, more exotic fruit carry the mid section a, then a moderatly dry and peppery hop attack in the finish. Differant, interesting, clearly summery and tasty. Spicy food anybody? Nice offering from the trendseters at BKLYN

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

End of firkin at Mr. Goodbar. Cross style Belgian wit-saison. Very spicey, very creamy ale poured. Medium colour, lots of lace, and taste.I would seek this out again, and so should you. Complex, and I would sit with friends sharing a growler to probe its compelxity.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
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 PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Gmann
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden honey color with a small pure white head that settles into a small ring. The aroma is of wild flowers (lavendar?), honey, pepper, mint, candi sugar and some medicinal notes. I'm going with the lavendar flowery flavor, honey, tropical fruit, pepper, and some Belgian yeasty medicinal flavors. The feel is light to moderate, with soft carbonation, starts off sweet and finishes a bit dry. The brew drinks scarily easy. The ABV is nowhere to be found. It feels light with no heavy flavors. Could use some more carbonation. A very nice spicy BSPA. Brooklyn again comes through. Seek this beer!!

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Photo of scootny
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely deep straw gold with light haze. Simple head with good retention and decent lacing. A light covering remains throughout the glass.

Smell is superb. Sweet malt, spices , lemon, melon, wheat, honey, Belgian yeast, floral hops. This is complex stuff. I mean the motherload in the nose.

Taste is like the nose with a refreshing crispness and well hidden alcohol. The melon juiciness is not to be believed. Deep and mouthwatering. A good malt and yeasty bread lingers on the the back of my throat after the mildly hopped finish. Feel is mildly carbonated and light on the tongue.

An easy drinker that borders on a higher score. Self restraint is recommended.

I had this with an Indian dinner for Father's day and it was beyond perfect. Any curries and the like benefit from the presence of this excellent brew.


I scored another growler and I just have to add to my initial review.

There is a licorice/anise note in the nose I missed before that shows up in the taste to give it a funky, exotic flavor. The toasted coconut in the shows up midway in the palate and is a lingering signature in the finish. The finish itself is short and dry with anise and the toasted coconut infusion as hallmarks..

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Photo of Beertracker
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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 PhillyStyle
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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 PEBKAC
2.14/5  rDev -45.8%
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 Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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 samoblue
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Amsterdam Ale House in NYC on 6/11.

Pours a golden straw color with a finger of head. Big scent of ginger on the nose, with bananas, clove, yeast, and a faint whiff of alcohol on the back. The big taste of ginger lends a subtle spice, like the boiled ginger tea my Chinese mother-in-law makes when someone has a cold. Also banana, clove, and a mild alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel was the strangest part of the experience. Felt very thick and creamy, almost like melted ice cream.

Drinkability I scored a little low because it is 8.5%. I had two, and that--plus the two Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown Ales I had earlier--was more than enough for a Thursday night.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Brent
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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 plaid75
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
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 mullenite
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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 bespin15
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of david18
2.68/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Called a belgian strong ale but i think it's too fruity to be considered that. They have the local 1 which is a very good example for the style. The cuvee is too fruity, almost like a summer beer. Good if you like that kind of thing. Disappointing if you were looking for a duvel-like beer.

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Photo of CHickman
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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 TheFightfan1
2.73/5  rDev -30.9%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from the Brooklyn Brewery

A hazy yellow color with a nice looking head and a lace that sticks around.
The aroma of yeast,bananas,wheat and a touch of alcohol.

The taste starts off sweet with banana,clove,yeast and alcohol all well balanced. A bubblegum flavor throughout with a mild spice hint.
It felt medium bodied with low,smooth carbonation. Some light alcohol warmth that was barely noticed. Some grains with a creamy finish.

Notes: I could have two of these at best and not because of the ABV,but because it seemed so easy to drink that I just felt no more than two and enjoyed a few Brown ales and a Summer ale. I'm giving it a B+ but I feel this would taste much better in my snifter.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Brooklyn Cuvee De Cardoz from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 56 ratings