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RATINGS: 273   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, itís 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.


3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
UncleKorm (846) - 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 (568) - 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. Thereís nothing reminiscent of a Quad here, no coffee, just weird. Thereís 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 (2048) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours murky brown color with small ruby highlights. Aroma is cherries and dates but thereís a definite cough syrup aroma that throws it off. Taste is stale, the flavors just donít 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 4, 2013
This was a decent beer, though it certainly doesnít give the impression of an abt. It seems more like a slightly more thick golden ale. Itís just kind of boring, surprisingly.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3689) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy darker amber color with a slight reddish tinge and an off-white head. Nose has some dark cherry elements to it and just a hint of roasting. Taste is a little sour, but very light. Not bad...

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3789) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Sampled on draft at donít look back. Probably the worst possible pairing with tacos, but whatever. Even on its own, this is a very weird bird. Big and boozy and alcohol burn, but past that is fig and plum and medicinal cherry. Cough syrup finish. Really didnít care for it.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thetmaxx (751) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Poured from the bottle, poured slightly cloudy and red. Aroma is sweet and of alcohol. Flavor also shows the abv. There is some hint of the dates, but itís so sweet! Itís OK, but I donít enjoy these sweet beers.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
I was disappointed with this beer. It was pretty much aroma less. The flavors that were discribed on the bottle were not prevalent at all. I will give new Belgium tons of credit for the lips of faith line but they missed on this one.


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