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RATINGS: 274   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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EtTuCthulhu (1102) - 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 (7172) - 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 (4602) - 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 (2050) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (11579) - 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 (10947) - 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 (6796) - 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 (867) - 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.

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