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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DYCSoccer17 (3550) - 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 (6116) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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 (2747) - 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 (5061) - 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 (439) - 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 (1804) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2013
First of all, I’m not rating this beer "to style." Since they’re calling it a Quad they apparently used a Belgian yeast strain, but that really doesn’t come though here.

What does come though is a full-bodied malty sweetness that tastes like figs and dark fruit laced with caramel. I didn’t get a lot of heat in the taste or alcohol in the aroma, so they seem to have done a decent job of brewing it.

It’s just not a Quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2090) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2013
pours a cloudy copper with a small thick light tan head, and great lacing. smell is of fruit, a touch of coffee, cherries, and malt. taste is strong, dark pitted fruit, a touch of caramel, and a little sweetness in the back. ends smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
poisoneddwarf (2085) - 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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
maley1 (959) - 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.

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