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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8332) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
651mL leftover in my fridge. Pours a clear, deep red to ruby. Large beige head. Good retention and webby lacing. Nose is prune, dark cherry juice box, Taste is very sweet, cherry juice box, finishing with some toothpaste and chalk. Palate is clean, but a bit chalky in the finish. A bit cloying and the odd toothpaste flavor is not pleasant, perhaps the cascara tea addition? No chocolate or tobacco in the nose.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3310) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle; poured a muddy color. Dull brown-amber-auburn with a fairly large khaki head; lacing. Aroma of candy sugar, yeast, cherries, bread, caramel and alcohol. Starts of smooth than a bit boozy. Very odd that the aftertaste was initially more complex. Some complexity and good flavor, but a bit messy. Dark fruit, sugar, with a bit of caramel and roasted/toasted. Some potential.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1496) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Tap. Brown with amber to red hues. Frothy off-white head. Nose is deep with fig, raisin, and plum that fades to toasted malt, glazed biscuit, mild spice, and faint peppery alcohol. Flavor is more of the fig/sugar plum and other mixed dark fruit (almost tropical) with toasted biscuit, brown sugar, and spice. Finishes lightly dry. Some residual canded and toasted malt. A little rough around the edges and a little heavy handed on the dark fruit aspect, but overall pretty solid.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RSRIZZO (1852) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2013
22oz bottle poured into a Trappist glass at 40°. Color is a murky orange brown with fizzy carbonation and a thin tight white head. Aroma is light with some sweetness, hint of fruit and some alcohol. Flavor starts sweet with a mild note of dried fruit and candy sugar. After taste is tart giving a sharp bite of alcohol. Overall its not as complex as they say and in the end the alcohol blurs out the flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6004) - 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 (1414) - 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 (1143) - 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 (1228) - 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 (7976) - 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 (774) - 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.


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