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RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Cascara Quad is a dark, strong and surprisingly delicate ale made with dates and coffee cherries. Channeling the Trappist tradition, itís brewed with an ethereal malt bill, and spiced with the fruit of the coffee bean (cascara). The aroma brings dates, cherries and pipe tobacco right to the nose and builds layers with hints of spice and fruity Belgian yeast. Once on the palate, Cascara Quad starts swinging clove, fig and molasses. Each sip offers sweet warmth, deep complexity and fleeting dryness.

Hops: Hallertauer Hersbrucker-Nobel, Styrian-Golding-Nobel
Malts: Pale, Munich, Caramel Munich, Biscuit, Black
Fruits/Spice: Belgium Amber Candy Sugar, Date Sugar, Cascara Tea
Body: Medium-Heavy
Aroma: Ripe figs, raisins, plums, black cherries, toffee, chocolate, pipe tobacco, rich Corinthian leather and leather bound books.
Mouthfeel: Starts big and smooth, finishes still smooth yet the cascara tea and higher ABV will bring a nice dry warm end to this epic novel.
Flavor: Sweet and rich, huge complex overall taste.
Visual: Brooding, dark, cloudy berry brown with tan head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krumbum (895) - truckee, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Dark brown beer that smells rich, sweet, malty and nutty. The taste comes on rich and nutty with a slight rich fig fruitiness, After taste of cherries. good and strong.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle poured into glass. I generally like most of the Lips of Faith beers but this one didnít wow me. Just sort of mellow and meh. Oh well, not every single one can be a winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Bomber from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a hazy red-copper color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee, toast, candied cherries, mild citrus and earth. The taste is tart fruits, stone fruits, earth, toffee, banana. Medium bodied, lingering tartness. Odd, but decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Super sweet beer on tap at daily pint, big white head, frothy, overall a decent ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 24, 2013
This is a very big, very sweet beer. Almost cloyingly. Pours a clean amber with one finger of white head. Did I mention it is sweet? Plums on the nose. Some alcohol evident.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5216) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 23, 2013
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours cloudy brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of spicy yeast, dark fruits and light chocolate notes, a nice toffee and caramel maltiness, some light alcohol, and floral hops. Flavor the same with a decent blend of everything. Average texture. Not a bad beer but not the best of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4403) - Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2013
22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled in 2/2013. Pours hazy reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, banana, toast, chocolate, dark candi sugar, brown bread, clove, herbal, leather, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity esters with dark malt notes; and good strength. Taste of raisin, prune, pear, apple, fig, toast, chocolate, brown bread, leather, banana, dark candi sugar, herbal, clove, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, toast, chocolate, banana, brown bread, leather, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity ester and dark bready malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Quadrupel style. Nice balance and complexity of fruity esters with dark bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. This improved a lot as it reached room temperature. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1007) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Cloudy light brown with an inch of tan head which fades at a moderate decay to a film. Aroma is in between Leffe and phenolic American quads, so zesty yeast, light phenols, spice, light brown sugar, hint of fresh bread dough (not enough in my opinion). Body is medium. Flavor is similar to the aroma (next-day review, sorry). I donít recall hops or caramel sticking out, and I could not pinpoint the coffee berries nor the dates, although the latter may have contributed to the clean light caramel/brown sugar sweetness. I think it deserves a higher rating than itís got.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (11785) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2013
Tap at Moon River, Savannah. It pours murky dark brown with pretty much no head. The nose is sweet, brown sugar, dark fruit, raisin, dried cherry, date and candy. The taste is sweet, brown sugar, dried fruit, fig, over-ripe plum, spice, sweet clove, warming booze, black tea and molasses with a sweetish finish. Medium body, low carbonation and a touch cloying as it warms up. A bit muddled and ultimately a let-down. Too sweet, flat and boozy...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Best by August 2014; Sampled June 2013
A vigorous pour into my teku glass produces a two-finger thick, light amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a rich red-amber hue that shows a light red / gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells a bit spicy, sweet, quite fruity and fairly alcoholic. Specific notes of cherries, touches of hibiscus, brandy like notes, and a touch of toasted and caramelized malt is noticeable here. There isnít a ton of complexity here and this doesnít have as much of a malt depth in the nose as I would expect from a Quad.

Up front this is lightly sweet, even a touch tart somehow, and the finish has a bit of an astringent bite, some alcohol heat, and a prickly carbonic bite to it. The body is perhaps a touch lighter than I was expecting from the pour, it is rich and satiating, but if not for the alcoholic heat would be dangerously quaffable for a beer of this strength. Cherry like notes, a rounded berry flavor, and a touch of hibiscus describe the fruit flavors here, while the malt, playing a distant role, contributes a soft toasted grain character, some brown grain touches, and a sweet whole grain cracker like flavor. There is a light tartness to this rich beer, and now that I have focused on that a date like flavor becomes more noticeable as well.

Not bad, definitely an interesting expression of an exotic ingredient, but in the end, it doesnít really seem to work that well. Still this is more than serviceable and may even age into something closer to wonderful after the heat gets tamed down a bit.

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