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RATINGS: 288   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2013
Bottle. Muddy brown pour with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is dark fruit notes (cherries and plums), yeast notes, candied fruit and watery chocolate. Taste is slightly boozy with dark fruit up front, sweet malt, light chocolate, candied fruit, yeast notes, soft spice and soft caramel. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation and mild warmth. Ends with more big dark fruit flavors, ripe fruits, booze notes, caramel, soft yeast notes, light tobacco and thin chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2013
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Wasn’t feeling especially quad-tastic, even though the lengthier than normal "winter" in NC made it intriguing. Handsome pour, ruby-to-brown with a small head. Nose immediately suggested an old ale far more than a quad, with leather, toffee, figs, tons of candy malts. Not much yeastiness or fruitiness that I associate with the style. And there occasionally crept in an odd dank or spoilt note. Another weirdly disjointed LOF beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 11, 2013
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours reddish brown with a rich tan head and a robust fruity aroma, There is a harsh dark fruit flavor with too much clove. This is a complex beer that, unfortunately, doesn’t taste as good as it smells or as good as it should be. Still, an interesting brew that deserves a taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Fruity and malt oriented aroma. Appearance is. Copper orange, minimal lacing and practically no foam. Taste is loaded with dried fruit, boozy, a bit harsh with some flavors that come off as acidic. Palate is medium bodied and heavy with carbonation. Overall, an interesting recipe but a end result that’s a B at best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 10, 2013
22 ounce bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Aroma has a sweet, sticky fruitiness present, with underlying butterscotch, diacetyl, and bandaids. Light banana esters are present retronasally. Moderately hazy amber body present with a medium light yellow head. Starts with significant carbonation, before a little sweet toffee is encountered. Becomes a bit astringent, bitter, and ethanolic in the middle. Finishes really dry, and pretty unpleasant. Seems like this was overfermented, and all of the sweet fruit sugars dried this out way too much. Another experiment gone bad. I’m gonna give the guys at the beer shoppe shit for recommending this one to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2013
Bottle. Sexy reddish-brown color, a bit of a thin tan head. Equally seductive aroma of tobacco and cherries. This drinks with an interesting character ... funny, I just now look at the commercial description and these guys nailed it! How do you pick out "leather" in a beer without making it sound gross? This is an amazingly complex and interesting beer. Well done! (#4979, 4/10/2013)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2895) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 9, 2013
Pours murky brown with average, creamy off-white head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma is figs, raisins, plums, woody notes, caramel, leather, dough, hops, and light spice. Flavor is heavy dough malts forward with supporting dark fruit esters, floral and grassy hops adding a touch of bitterness, dry wood, and faint yeast; dry, bready finish. Full body and medium carbonation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (5775) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 7, 2013
Aroma is dark fruit, malts and mild off-notes/astringency. The flavor is grapes/dark fruit, mild/medium sweetness and a tart/acidic finish. A lot milder than was hoping, it was decent but definitely not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2013
Light Fruity fig smell. Cloudy orange cider look. Fruity cherry figish taste with a spicy coffee finish. Crisp but a little spicy and bitter on the palate. Wouldn’t call It a quad

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Emeister84 (2084) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2013
Aromas of earth, subtle orange peel, and rum. Hazy, dirty brown with minimal, off-white head. Strong and boozy, off-dry, and raisiny. Medium body, average carbonation, and a boozy, fruity finish.

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