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RATINGS: 276   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
poisoneddwarf (1767) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 6, 2013
Bomber. Pours hazy orange-amber with a quickly collapsing off-white head. Aroma consists of doughy bread mostly, followed by hints of grain, dark fruit, earth. Taste is sweet, savory, hot alcohol, fruity; finishes pretty bitter. Full-bodied, oily mouthfeel. Way too boozy; still palatable though (we’ll see if I change my mind about this after it warms up).

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
maley1 (807) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
First off this is my favorite beer style. Murky amber pour with small off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, yeast, fruit and alcohol. Smells alright for a quad. Taste is the problem here. Burnt brown sugar, yeast and an overly strong boozy middle with a hop bitterness finish, nothing else there. Had this on tap and almost feel that this beer was infected even though it smelt alright. Big fail on this one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
freeofthoughts (668) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2013
Pours a dark burnt orange with lighter golden rim. Sweet grainy aroma with musty Belgian flair. The taste is murky sweet Belgian grains with a strange coffee like bittering and a quirky fruitiness. The yeast drives hard with a lot of flavors to contend with. Not bad but a bit smattering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhp40219 (319) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2013
22 oz bomber poured into imperial pint glass. Pours a dark copper with red hues. Large head that fades to a creamy foam on top of the beer, leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is amazing! Cherries, candy sugar, tobacco, dates, fig, liquorice. Very complex. Taste of Belgian candi sugar, cherries, tobacco, raisins, dark fruit, dates. Again, very complex. Alcohol is hidden well. Medium to full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Definitely a big beer, very filling. Overall quite enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mensch (259) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2013
Nice orange-amber color, a little cloudy,. Interesting sweet and prune, old ale kinda aroma. Thick mouthfeel, strong alcohol as well as esters and phenols. Tastes a lot like a homebrew fermented too warm. Plenty of juicy fruit flavor and spice -clove - in the finish. I’d like to age a bottle for a couple of years. It could be so much better, but still, not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2013
22oz bomber courtesy of Anndiesel. Unfiltered glowing orange-red body. Lacy, patchy off-white head. Sweet and mellow aroma, not harsh at all. Lots of date sweetness on top of some smooth brown chocolate tones. Overall, a smooth malty beer, really easy to drink for the ABV. A lot going on, comes together well, a little muddled maybe. The additives really aren’t a bonus at the end of the day, a "regular" Quad would probably be preferable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jredmond (5664) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 1, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Zach/k/c/zdk. Pours a deep amber red body. Aroma is strong spice and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of booze up front, followed by spice, malt, some faint dark fruit, and some some sweetness. Overall, pretty strong for my taste, I would like to see this dialed back a touch.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle at my parent’s with my dad. Pour is murky amber with a fluffy cream head and great lacing. Cheery juice, light spice, alcoholic, a touch of sherry, bread, and rotten fruits in the aroma. Taste is Cough syrup, heavy spice, cinnamon, dark fruits, and bread - very muddled. Syrupy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Not a very good quad, at all, I was really hoping for something good here. I wish they would go after one in a more traditional manner.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
On tap at Smoke & Barrel. Excessively sweet. Yuck. Dark fruits and a bit of dates. Then a lot of brown sugar and accompanying sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3888) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bomber from Imbibe Wine. Nose is cherries, fig newtons, and toffee. Clear rust with a smaller, lightly lacing, beige head. Flavor is tobacco, figs, cherries, and a hnt of white pepper and alcohol.


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