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
Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 56 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by TubaManJack:
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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 JohnQVegas
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler filled maybe 2 hours ago at New Beer. Poured into a Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours hazy pale straw-gold, dense one-finger white head that settles into a firm cap that doesn't give way.

Nose is delicious - wheaty, lots of citrus, honey. Yeast is prominent and lends some clove to the melange. Very nice.

Taste is whoa... lots of stuff going on here. Crisp wheat and citrus in the body, banana, and a big, full wreath of spices just envelops your tongue. Finish is fluffy, crisp wheat, dry, with the spices still hanging on as well. Spices are hard to pick out - at times I got ginger, cloves, black pepper, fennel - but it was all hinted at, nothing jumps out to dominate. I liked this one.

Mouthfeel is thick, lush, creamy. Perfect.

Drinkability is really pretty fantastic. Alcohol is invisible.

Very interesting beer. More like a spice-filled imperial wit to me, but I was happy enough to drink an entire 32oz growler of it by myself. Yet another Brewmaster's Reserve that outdoes itself.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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 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 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 phattysbox
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at The Pony bar in NYC. 8oz pour...

Slightly hazy and golden in color with a whispy head. Head does not last very long at all. OK appearance.

Smell however is a different story. In your face spice and clove from the yeast. Definite corriander and some cinnamon. The nose is distinctly belgian and the myriad of spices really make the smell complex.

Taste is more like a heavy wit - bigger body than I expected. Highly drinkable though and the alcohol was undetectable - quite refreshing! Unfortunately the something like 8-10 spices added to the brew clashed together in the taste. Almost impossible to pinpoint on flavor over the other... Where's my mace dammit!! :)
The clash of spice detracts from the brew - but only slightly.

Definitely worth seeking out on a hot summer day.

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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 PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of CoolJosh
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this ontap at Fatheads last night with a few friends.

Poured into chalice. Pours a straw yellow body with little to no haze. A lofty white head rests on top of the glass, and dissipates to a thin ring that lasts the duration.

The smell is a bit underwhelming. My nose picked up a lot of artificially sweet banana, sweet honey, and a little bit of fresh lemon. Some honeydew was present, as well. I enjoyed the smells I was able to gather, but I expected more complexity.

The taste was just as simple, and mirrored the smell. Most notably honey and ripe banana were would stood out the most. An ok beer, nice and easy summer time drink, but I expected more with the higher abv.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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

A - Picked this up in a growler from the Charleston Beer Exchange. Pours a semi-opaque golden with a faint white head.

S - The aroma is extremely subdued on this one, but is fairly complicated nonetheless. Sweet light sugars and wheat come through.

T - The base is a nice, yeasty-chalky wheat beer, but with this amazingly flavorful spice profile boosting it up a couple notches. Pepper and cinnamon are the most readily savored, but there are a number of other flavors blending in there, ending up with a really nice, extremely subtle chili warmth in the finish.

M - Light, just under medium bodied, decent carbonation.

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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 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 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 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 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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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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 indiapaleale
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a peachy golden color with a thin wispy head.

Smell is initially very spicy, similar to a saison. It becomes very aromatic, warm and inviting like a nice cup of chai. Definitely some cinnamon and nutmeg as well as coriander coming out.

Taste is a myriad of great flavors. Plenty of nice spices that come together so well. Cinnamon, coriander, pepper stand out, I know there are a lot more now that I've read the description of this beer but it was hard to pick out the more subtle flavors. Despite the spices sort of dominating this beer, its still a great stand alone Belgian Pale Ale with some nice yeasty characteristics and a smooth crisp finish. Very well balanced and altogether excellent.

I drank this beer with a plate of Caribbean pasta at Eli Cannons and they went very well together. I definitely think this would go perfect with any spicy dish! I had no idea of the ABV until I saw this on BA, wow! I never would have guessed. Great beer, one of the most original and amazing beers I've had.

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