RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Cardeña es la primera cerveza trapense elaborada en España para la abadía de San Pedro de Cardeña (Burgos), uno de los cenobios más antiguos de España cuya existencia está atestiguada desde el siglo IX. Elaborada de forma artesanal con una cuidada selección de malta de cebada, lúpulo, levadura y agua, con segunda fermentación en botella, siguiendo la centenaria tradición de los maestros cerveceros trapenses. Cardeña es una cerveza color ámbar claro con abundante corona de espuma, fino aroma, sabor afrutado y herbal con final largo y ligeramente seco.

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nybol (2374) - DENMARK - JUL 9, 2017
Spansk trappistøl, klar i smagen og god fyldig trappistsmag. Der er ikke så meget frugt i den.

fombe89 (4093) - Asturias, SPAIN - MAR 8, 2017
Botella. @Bar de, Burgos 03/03/2017 BBD:02/11/18
Color ambarino, el sabor es maltoso, bastante dulce, le sigue sabores a caramelo con esteres levadura, floja.

phfyysik (1463) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 25, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2017 Pours hazy amber with medium white head. Aroma is fruits, berries, caramel, black currant, plums, some herbs, light sweetness, fruits. Taste is fruity, black currant, red wine, oak, blackberry, red grapes, some yeast, berry juice, light bitterness, home wine. Very nice beer!

alomtnez (384) - SPAIN - OCT 21, 2016
Big frothy white head, long lasting.
Hazy orange light amber colour.
Fruity aroma (tropical, apricot), some banana notes, some yeasty ovr a malty base.
Dry taste, spicy fruity and some yeasty. Crispy and dry finish. somehow effervescent palate.
Pretty nice triple with a little less alcohol.

Jerre (3826) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2016
Taste with beerfriends on 13.09.’16 (thx Bierboom for the bottle)
Darkgolden color, with a white head.
Aroma: sweet, honey, citrus. Medium body.
Taste: sweet, honey, medicinal, citrus. Strange.

tderoeck (10343) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2016
30/VIII/16 - bottle from Gents Bierfestival @ home - BB: 29/VI/17 (2016-923)

Clear orange beer, creamy off-white head, pretty stable, non adhesive. Aroma: pretty fruity, peaches, apricot, apricot jam, little spicy, hint of bread yeast, some citrus. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, malty (no cow fodder though), caramel, bit sugary, some ripe banana. Aftertaste: very sweet, yeasty, sugary malts, some more ripe banana, not much else. Lacking complexity and depth.

teddybeer (4173) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 29, 2016
Golden color with a white head, medium duration. Aroma is slightly yeasty wit some alcoholic hints. Flavor is slightly sweet with notes of yeast. Light sweetness in the final. light malts on palate. Some watery mouthfeel.

undercurrent25 (2225) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2016
Pours a blonde colour. Taste is yeasty and spicy with caramelised orange also some bread like tastes and cookie dough

Alengrin (5779) - BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2017 One of the newest trappist beers, already tasted at GBF last year but now revisiting to see if it has evolved a bit since then; still brewed at MarPal (so not within the monastery’s own premises) so still no ’official’ trappist beer and not yet carrying the authentic trappist product logo, at least not the sample I have here in front of me. Egg-white, moussy, bit irregular head lacing in ’dots’ and leaving some flats islands in the middle, quite well-retaining on the edge; lightly hazy ’old gold’ robe with warmer peachy hue, haziness in part coming from a suspension of tiny yeast flocks, which turn into an equal ’mist’ as more sediment goes into the glass, with a more equal peach colour. Aroma of honey, dried apricot, banana, almond, some ’rusty’ oxidation setting in, even a whiff of chicken soup, gari, orange peel and even mandarin flesh, cheese spread, red raspberry, warm apple cake, marmelade, pear drops, white bread dough, sweetclover, honeysuckle, soap, popcorn, sugared tea. Sweet onset, lots of bubblegummy banana ester, apricot, ripe pear and candied orange accents, vague sourishness accentuated by quite pronounced carbonation, a bit numbing even, but sweetness still prevailing, to a honeyish extent - clearly ’sweet tripel’ was the aim here, with a residual sweetness best compared with classic Belgian honey beer. This sweetness, along with the banana ester and some spicy phenols, continues over a caramelly and lightly bready malt sweet middle; malt sweetness, traces of banana and honey keep ruling the finish, where only a light amount of somewhat grassy, bit earthy and even already very slightly ’cheesy’ hop bitterishness is put into play. Orange and banana flavors in the end alongside some warming, wodka-like alcohol which nevertheless manages to avoid wryness; spicy phenolic effects strengthen as more of the sediment goes in (as well as a bready, earthy yeast effect). Retronasally, I still get some of the onsetting ’rusty’ oxidation, making the whole thing less pleasant than it could have been. Residual honeyish-sugary sweetness remains and even sticks a bit to the throat - too much so even for a sweet-oriented tripel. Probably a bottle from one of the earliest batches, seemingly more ’orangey’ and sweeter than what I remember from GBF, but already suffering a bit from oxidation - too early so, I cannot imagine a white Chimay or Westmalle Tripel being so oxidated after one or two years. Apparently trappist monasteries throughout the western world are, one by one, joining the present-day beer craze, but none of these new ones are either capable of achieving the quality standards set by the classic Belgian ones, or finding connection with international beer trends in the modern world, therefore necessarily stranding in mediocrity. This is a sweet, soapy, banana estery and coriandered tripel like there are too many already in Belgium and the fact that it is almost a trappist beer, adds little to my appreciation. A bit pointless really (and this really is not Belgian beer chauvinism); see the young Spanish craft breweries for much more exciting creations.

mike_77 (7146) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2016
Hazy blond. Aroma has lots of caramelised oranges. Flavour features some raw bread dough. Orange zest.

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