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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, it’s 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (4587) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2013
22 ounce bottle pour. Somewhat murky copper appearance. Thin beige head. Aroma has some chocolate covered cherries and just the bitterness of coffee comes through lightly. Not much else coffeeish about this beer unfortunately. Fairly sweet and a little estery on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (6031) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 7, 2013
22 ounce bottle from Brusin Ales. Not so much a dark quad color as I expected. Sweet. Some mollasses and brown sugar. Little cherry. Raisin and fig. But not hitting all the notes I’d want.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
Medium brown pour, tan head. Aroma is dried fruits, bourbon, earth. Flavour is the same. Sweet and boozy. Not into it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (19929) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Draft. Clear amber orange color, medium white head. Aroma of figs, dates, cherries. Taste is sweet caramel, Christmas fruitcake, boozy finish. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
(22oz bottle) Pours a golden body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of dates, toffee, figs, chocolate, cookie dough, leather, and cherries. Flavor of cherries, dates, raisins, caramel, and earthiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3609) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle. Sweet sugary date, cherry, raisin, earthy/spicy, and alcohol aroma. Deep, slightly hazed amber with a small off-white head. Sugary date, vinous cherry, earthy spice, light molasses and alcohol flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radagast83 (6795) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Sample 4oz pour at Fire Works Pizza in Arlington VA. Poured a ruby amber color with a white head. Aroma was some sweet sugary toffee notes, dark fruits, alcohol definitely there. Flavor had plenty of toffee, sweet, boozy dark fruits, alcohol. Alright, but wish the alcohol was a bit more balanced with the flavors in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bule (1681) - California, USA - MAY 31, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a coppery brown color with not much head. Strong raspberry aroma and taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nearbeer (4675) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 27, 2013
650 ml. Clear darkish copper with a small covering of bubbles. Nose is cherry liqueur, toffee, raisin, cocoa and toasted grain. Taste is orange toffee, cherry liqueur, toast, and dates. Finishes with dried flowers, wood, alcohol, and a hint of cocoa. Medium body is sweet, but finishes almost astringently dry and boozy. Nearly too fizzy with a medium-high carbonation level. There seems to be a lot going on here, but it’s mostly covered up by the sweetness and booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 Pours a medium red amber with a fine two finger off white head with great retention and lacing. Fruit forward aroma of stone fruit and cherry, caramel malt. Flavor begins with rich estery fruit; cherry, apple and light stone fruit and then dries out abruptly and finishes very light and dry with a slightly astringent bitterness. Medium bodied with spicy carbonation in the finish. An interesting and odd take on the quadrupel style. The coffee cherries really do add a pleasant cherry flavor. I would have liked a bit more presence from the dates, which would have given a bit more body to support the sweet fruit flavors. Not a traditional quadrupel, but delivers the coffee cherry experience nicely. Warming and a bit alcohol forward. Kinda boozy and thin. Cherry stands out. Kind of like grandpa’s Dr Pepper. Vanilla soda. The alcohol saves it. Why why why!

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