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RATINGS: 279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2754) - Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Dark Guardian. Clear amber pour with an off white head. Caramel malt and subtle cherry aromas. All kinds of malt, dark fruits, coffee, and whispers of cherries. A somewhat dry finish with a decent mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8472) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2013
Bottle. Cherry, date, tobacco, and brown sugar aroma. Orange brown with moderate head. Sweet date, tea, and caramel malt flavor. Moderately bitter herbal finish with tobacco notes. Pretty good - definitely unique.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
VT (1708) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
Bottle from Albatross at blind tasting. A clear, orangeish dark amber with a whitish-orangeish head. Aroma is....soap...and...lavender??? Flavor is lavender, caramel, brown sugar and...soap. Finish is disturbingly boozey, and somewhat hoppy. Light to medium body, low carbonation. Not a very balanced quadrupel...big disappointment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thewade (340) - USA - APR 27, 2013
Bomber poured in snifter. Slightly sweet. Cherries overpowered this ale. I personally didn’t get any coffee notes. With that said, I enjoyed and savored for about an hour. It was better as it warmed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - APR 26, 2013
22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy amber with a one finger off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is dark fruit and spice. Medium bodied. Taste is malty and sweet with dark fruit, spice, Belgian yeast, and a little alcohol.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EtTuCthulhu (1280) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2013
When in the head, this beer has no head to accompany its auburn color, and the aroma was very faint with some hints of fig and toasted malts coming through. Once sipped, this beer has a full body, slick texture, average carbonation, and a long finish, which complements the taste--quite sour, mildly sweet, and a touch sour--quite well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7260) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bomber. Poured clear coppery-orange with a creamy, well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up sweet figs, dates, and darker fruit with a spicy, peppery yeast accent.. there was a hot medicinal/herbal-ish kick right on the back of the nose.. pretty much every other sweet malt character you can think of was also in there. The flavor found sweet molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, and figs at the core, with spicy and fruity yeast plus herbal tea around.. cocoa and Belgian yeast on the long sweet and spicy finish. Heavier-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. just too heavy-handed with the sugarage.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
czar (5147) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2013
@ abt blind tasting. pours clear medium dark copper with a small off-white head, some retention. soapy, chocolate, hazelnuts, maybe even peanut butter, some spices, tobacco, phenols, boozy, peppery. soft carbonation, light to medium body, awkward spicy hazelnutty finish. the worst out of seven.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (2621) - South Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2013
$6 draft at USNWC in Charlotte. Poured with a small tan head over a hazy, dark amber body. Has more flavor than aroma, with the latter featuring dates, prunes, plum and fig as well as an (unfortunate) light tobacco flavor The high ABV is too obvious in both the taste and feel. Medium+ body is slightly astringent and harsh. Carbonation is about right for the style. O: some, but not enough malt profile, complexity or dark fruitiness. Not bad... but not real good either. Almost certainly would benefit from some aging.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jamiepiolin (7) - Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2013 does not count
04.20.2013 22 oz. bottle Pours a deep brown with a quickly disappearing sand colored head. Smells of boozy dark berries. Tastes hot with a layer of cherry undertones smoothing a dry finish.

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