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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Iphonephan (4626) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2013 On draft at the New Belgium Hub at the Denver airport. Pours a hazy amber with a thick off white head. Caramel and fruit aroma. Tart and astringent with notes of pie cherries. Sour bitter finish. If it were not for the fact that I had this at a New Belgium outlet, I would suspect the beer was skunked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3972) - - MAR 17, 2013
bottle. muddy amber with almost no head. fruity, estery, rich aroma of plum, honey, pear, maple syrup, and wet tobacco. flavors has a unique bitterness that is hard to identify. some sort of bitter fruitiness. black cherry, dark rum, plum, light roast coffee. full bodied. its a big, fruity, syrupy, bold beer that disconnects from the quad base idea. finishes with a comfortable warmth. novelty type.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
XaenDovet (1222) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
Beer share. Aroma of dates and cherries. Cherry dies out soon after initial sniff. Dark fruit and chocolate taste, with cherry tartness. Tangy. Decent beer, but crummy quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bomber into a tulip glass. Cloudy reddish hue with a cloud of cream head. Dotty lacing. Aroma is fruity and floral. Dates and cherry, spicy belgian yeast. Taste is juicy, cherries, dates, spice, smooth. Enjoying this a lot more than I expected (and thinking some of these other reviews are unfair). Dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
48FanInCali (817) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Dark iced tea pour slight off white head and a touch of lacing. Nose is bready malts and a little on the funk side. Taste is sweet with an abrupt tartness. Not getting much coffee but there is some fruit. Sweet on the back. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pailhead (5746) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2013 Bottle: The aroma consists of apple, cherry, raisin, and faint spice. It pours a slightly hazy amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a moderate chocolate and caramel. There’s some cherry in the background. The finish has raisin, alcohol, and light apple. It’s medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, too much going on and the flavors don’t mesh well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Tap at beer study. Hazy reddish brown with thin yellow white head. Nose is cinnamon, dates, prunes, rum raisins, brown sugar, and booze. Flavor is super ho-hum, dusty, dark fruits, but not really quad-like and the Belgian yeast is hard to pick up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
22oz bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Pours a cloudy amber-orange colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweeter and fruitier with plenty of black cherries, raisins, figs, and plums. Caramel with some bread, brown sugar, and hints of coffee. Flavor is again sweet with lots of caramel, bread, and brown sugar as well as plenty of dark fruits. Lots of plums, black cherries, raisins, and figs with some leather notes, Belgian yeast phenols, hints of chocolate, and a light coffee note. Finishes a bit syrupy, but dry and a bit spicy with a nice alcohol warmth. Lengthy aftertaste following a full body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent quad. A bit messy feeling at times, but the sweetness was pretty well balanced by all the fruits and yeasty spice. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10836) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Tap at Max’s Taphouse. Pours clear dark brown with a medium, frothy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is coffee, caramel and cookie malt, dates, cherries, and light spicy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a clear copper hued body with a thin off white head. Some lace and some alcohol legs. Some cascara in the aroma: dried cherries and tobacco. Also a lot of sweetness, brown sugar, plums, dates, medium isoamyl acetate, leather, chocolate and a boat load of alcohol. Flavors are sweet, biscotti like bready malt profile, lots of alcohol and sweetness, almonds, dried fruits, dates, figs and cherries. Quite a strong hit of fusel alcohol as well (which I’m sure is contributing to the perceived sweetness). Earthy, rustic, decent mount of cascara (caveat: I would not know what cascara tasted or smelled like had I not added some to a firkin at work a few weeks ago). Lively bubbles, boozy with a medium body. Odd almond biscotti taste up front and lingering in the finish. Very boozy though. Kind of messy, but not as bad as the ratings led me to believe.

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