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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2013
Draft. Clear dark amber body with medium beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, alcohol, some caramel, light bubblegum. Taste is sweet, caramel, some vinous, bubblegum, booze. Sticky full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2013
Bottle. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy yeast, dark fruit and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish with a small alcohol burn of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 21, 2013
Bottled. Poured into a large snifter. Dark copper pour with a fine tan head, which dissipated quickly, though a fair amount of lace remained on the surface and the glass. Nose is caramel malt, cherry, dates. Mot getting any coffee. A hint of alcohol. Flavor is a little boozy, cherries, cherry stone bitterness to the finish. A hint of almond in the end. A nice dry finish. Medium mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation. I really enjoyed this one. I think New Belgium is to be commended on their inventiveness with the Lips of Faith series. This marks my 500th review!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6010) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
22oz bottle, shared by tmoney99. Dates and cherries in the aroma. Very nice, rich and fruity. Coffee not noticeable in the nose, but it is in the flavor, really nice with the dark fruit, works well with the flavor. Hazy dark red / brown color. Good thin khaki head, good lace. Nice banana. Bigger body. Good smooth lighter carbonation. More dry in the finish. Sweeter taste, lightly tart, good light bitterness. Hint of belgian spice, not too sweet, candy sugar is in check here. Alcohol doesn’t even cross my mind. Impressively smooth and drinkable for a quad. A little creamy, even. Great quad. I really dig it. Appreciate the creativity, and the additions work well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ericdevin (668) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle from 16 Tons, Eugene. Pours a very cloudy brown. Nose comes off as dates, with a sharp booziness thrown in. Medium body; warming well-hidden. I guess I’m in the minority, but I rather liked this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TomTron (367) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2013
Pours a murky, deep red. Aromas of some alcohol and some fruits, but very faint. Flavor is perhaps the most dull quad I have ever had. All I’m really getting is some tobacco, alcohol, and what must be the coffee cherries, but it doesn’t come together very well at all. I don’t know what kind of experimentation NB went into in their thought process in making this but something went wrong. NB doesn’t ever blow me away with their beers, but I’m never this disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2013
Nose is fruit and plastic sweetened salad of fruit. Make sense? Flavor is doughy prune with a lightning bolt of dark fruit bread. Average mouthfeel. Forgettable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boozedude (1677) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2013
Bomber into class, murky dark brown pour with white head, aroma is strong alcohol, taste is prety dam smooth for the alc/vol.. impressed

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RespertFTW (517) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2013
Draft at crunchys. Not a pleasant experience. Smelled like plastic. Tasted like plastic and wouldn’t stop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mittenator (1237) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2013
Draft at crunchy's. dark caramel with an off white head. Dark fruit aromas. Dark fruit and cocoa nibs....and then terrible. If you could sip this and then immediately spit it out before the aftertaste kicks in then maybe.

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