Townsite Brewing Inc. – Cardena Belgian Quad

Townsite Brewing Inc. Cardena Belgian Quad Review


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Townsite Brewing Inc. Cardena Belgian Quad ReviewWith Belgian tradition Powell River’s Townsite Brewing has one upped their triple to brew a Belgian Quad called the Cardina. In Anchorman style this beer is named after an old wooden ship. The SS Cardena was a union steamship which carried people up and down the BC coast well before the days of BC Ferries. In this case though the Cardena is a Belgian Quad which is a massive 10.5% alcohol. Opening the bottle and beginning to pour you will observe a deep, dark, copper brown colour with a thin finger of quickly dispersing head. From this rather dark beer comes well toasted, big Belgian malts and some sweet clove and dried fruit notes that add spice and body to the aroma. The flavour is big and boozy with apricot and prune notes adding a fruit-sweetness along side the big malts and alcohol flavours. In a smaller beer this may come across rather sweet but in a beer as big as the cardena the sweetness and intense flavour mellows the alcohol tones and balances the whole ordeal. This may not be the beer to enjoy by yourself on a Tuesday night but it is quite good. Gather a couple friends and savour this delicious Belgian tradition!

Alcohol – 10.5%
IBU – 30
Size – 650ml
Price – $10.50 (Craft Retailer)

Townsite Brewing Inc. Cardena Belgian Quad Review
Townsite Brewing Inc. Cardena Belgian Quad Review

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  1. mikescraftbeer
    mikescraftbeer 3 May, 2014, 16:29

    Sounds awesome. I will have to find a bottle soon before it disappears.

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  2. Townsite Brewing – Barrel Aged Cardena Quad | Beer Me British Columbia 26 February, 2017, 12:03

    […] Townsite Brewing’s Cardena is one of the better Belgian Quads to be on the craft beer market and they have released a second version of the beer that has been barrel aged. Coming in at 10.5% alcohol this beer is every bit as strong as the original brew. Pouring from the 500ml bottle the beer is a deep and cloudy chestnut-brown colour and has a thin finger’s worth of very dense head. The aroma is intense with bourbon-oak character, vanilla tones, and dried fruit character including cherry, raisin and prune. The texture of this beer is low in carbonation and very creamy-smooth. With the low carbonation comes a sweetness that cuts into the boozy character. The bourbon oak character is quite intense masking much of the dried fruit character. Still raisin, and prune notes come through giving a rich sweetness to the beer. Barrel Aging has changed this beer significantly and made it an even more intense beer. It is still every bit as good as the original though. […]

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