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RATINGS: 268   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2013
On tap, orange color with no head, fruity plum aroma, Flavors of plums, candied sugarcane, malty sweet finish but a little light

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1368) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Aroma of sour cherries, dried fruit, malt, with hints of tobacco. A cloudy reddish brown amber pour with a rapidly dissipating white head and spotty lacing. The taste is slightly sweet - very similar to the nose. Cherries, malts, tobacco, and figs with a cherry/leather/woody finish and aftertaste. Medium body with minimal carbonatin. Smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol was subtle. Overall, while I’m not a big quad fan, I did enjoy this offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (1075) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2013
A dessert quad? Strong cherry aroma in the frothy ruby brown pour. Strong cherry flavor as well, with a good malty base. Not very carbonated. Cherry lingers afterwards. Hides its ABV well. This is the cherry bomb of Belgians! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1200) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Mostly clear reddish brown with a small tan head and modest lace. Dark fruit, mostly raisin and fig, aromas with plenty of alcohol, vanilla and red grapes. Caramel and dark fruit sweetness, toasted malt, earthy hop bitterness and booze. Medium to full body, little carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, and a lingering maltiness.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2013
bottle. lightly hazed amber copper with a small off-white head. dark fruits and nuts and brown sugar in the nose, little hop aroma, noticeable alcohol, some fusels as it opens up, light to moderate plaster yeast scent throughout. full body, low carbonation, medium sweetness, medium-high bitterness. sticky and sweet date chews, brined cherries, nuts and brown sugar finish. a bit brutish, the bitterness and round malt both scream barley wine. there’s no Belgian yeast character but hey they used a Belgian strain and called it a quad. that’s funny. the malt and hop bill have promise but both seem to have gone to waste in a thick wash of boozy Grand Marnier-like sugar.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
UncleKorm (731) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Bomber bottle poured a cloudy cooper hue w/ a frothy tan head mostly diminishing and good lacing. Big aromas of sweet rum raisins and chocolate. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a light acidic finish. Taste is chocolate, caramel, coffee, lemon, raisin, and vanilla. Medium to full bodied, dry texture, lively carbonation, and heavy alcoholic feel in the finish. It is a boozy beer almost to a fault.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arondee (544) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Pours a malty brown color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is cherry and malt. The taste is pretty gross to be honest. There’s nothing reminiscent of a Quad here, no coffee, just weird. There’s a flavor of dates I think. Syrupy and thick, sort of sweet, all sorts of gross. New Belgium failed on this one.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tlist (3) - - MAR 6, 2013 does not count
Good brew for a blizzard night. Strong alcohol will chase any chill. The coffee cherries and a unique and exotic taste. I wish that they lingered longer. A sipper beer that becomes more complex as it warms. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2013
The pour is a translucent, crimson color with a more than moderate, beige, foamy head which is mostly lasting and leaves some thick lace. The nose is flawed with some light bandaid and faint diacetyl, cherry, toffee, molasses, toasty and spicy, maybe faint coffee. The flavor is similar with a slight diacetyl note underneath molasses, cherry, candied raisins, earthy, some spicy phenols, and a coffee note into the finish. The palate is a bit flabby and syrupy with a less than lively carbonation, less than full, and none of the chewy or round characteristics typical in the style. The finish is syrupy with sticky fruit, coffee, and spice leading to a bit a of warmth. Typical from NB with a lackluster Belgian beer and flawed at that. Not worth a try.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
umich03jm (1769) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours murky brown color with small ruby highlights. Aroma is cherries and dates but there’s a definite cough syrup aroma that throws it off. Taste is stale, the flavors just don’t jump out at all. Light cherry cough syrup mixed with a touch of booze. Medium body and syrupy mouthfeel. This is just not very good at all. Not sure what they were trying for.


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