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RATINGS: 272   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mensch (246) - 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 (4322) - 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 (5296) - 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 (2580) - 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 (5012) - , 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 (3822) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Interesting brew. Pours a dark brown color, small tannish head. Lots of flavors in this beer. Spices, cherries, leather, hay, dates, figs, herbal hops, vegetal flavors. Fun but a bit too much happening.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Medium tan color. Mild carbonation. Cherries very evident. Dates somewhat evident. Coffee not evident. Lighter and sweeter than anticipated. Not as good as expected.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (1886) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 26, 2013
On tap half pint at Gilly's Craft Beer & Wine in Rockville, MD. Clear, orange-red brown with small off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, cherries, berries, dates, brown sugar, raisins, yeast and spice. Taste of caramel, cherries, berries, dates, brown sugar, alcohol, raisins, yeast and spice. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (1882) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 26, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2014 Had this on tap at the East Nashville Beer Festival. Good aroma of raisins (which I like in quads). The flavors of rich malt and dark fruit are also welcome. Unfortunately the experience is tarnished by some hot alcohol in the finish. This beer will probably be fantastic with some age and time to smooth out. Maybe I will find a bottle to set aside for a while. 22oz bottle. less dark fruit aromas that I found so attractive, but also far less hot alcohol. seems both faded, but also smoother.


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