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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   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, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2013
22 oz bottle - pours cloudy orange-brown-red with bubbly white head, medium volume. Big fragrant nose of plum, dates, vanilla, cherry and malt. Taste is vanilla sweet, dark fruits, grain and cookie notes. Medium body, sticky finish, bit of cocoa at the end. Finishes abrupt on the palate, not as fully integrated as it could be.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
sthlm (1280) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2013
[Bottle] Pours deep red with a small, off-white head. Aroma is cheap cherry popsicle and alcohol. Taste is not very pleasant upon first sip, particularly since it strongly reminds me of cough syrup. Hopefully that will change with warming. ... After significant warming, the beer has still not improved at all. There is still that weird artificial cherry cough syrup with the alcohol not well hidden. The only time I donít get cherry cough syrup is in the finish, where there is a strange aspect I canít quite peg. Decent mouthfeel, and finish length is average. Overall, this is pretty dreadful. Not quite a drainpour, but close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (4680) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Tap at New Belgium Hub. Very complex flavor. Sweet, rich, roasted flavor. Full bodied. Smells like dates and figs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (5043) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Tap. Pours murky brown with average, creamy off-white head; decent retention and lacing. Aroma is figs, raisins, plums, woody notes, caramel, leather, dough, hops, and light spice. Flavor is heavy dough malts forward with supporting dark fruit esters, floral and grassy hops adding a touch of bitterness, dry wood, and faint yeast; dry, bready finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle. Brown with tan head. Smells chocolatey. Tastes chocolatey, thick, hint of cherries on finish, coffee finish, high carbonation. Heavy, full beer. Good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (1663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Picked up tonight at Brewforia Meridian on the way home from work for $6 ... Poured into my HotD goblet... the light tan head dies back pretty quickly leaving fantastic lacing... the brew is clear chestnut brown. Nose is not very "Belgian" ... A lot of something that I associate with vanilla... Light coffee... sorta plummy element... smells more sweet than malt prevalent.. Flavor has some minor Belgian qualities... a sorta peppery and lesser background clovey spiciness... with warmth a minor cigar wrapper emerges... so does plenty of alcohol... really too sugary sweet and not enough malt profile.. Carbonation and body are about right for the style... All and all... Not bad... just not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (5431) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a decent biege head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is malt, yeast, cherries, spice, and alcohol. Didnít taste any coffee. Not sure about the dates either. Interesting.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickyleepotts (100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2013
OK, so I was excited about this beer. The bottle says they use dates and coffee beans... but you never smell nor taste either. But let me start with the aroma. Urine. That is what this beer smells like. I am serious, this beer smells like urine. Glad it doesnít taste like that. It has a nice flavor, a great thick mouthfeel, and a semisweet finish. Glad it was only $5.99. Oh, and itís 10% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (13254) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bomber poured a hazy amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas o carmel, earthiness, tobacco, mint, fruittiness and spice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, tobacco, earthiness, light fruittiness and a hint of spice with a smooth lingering tobacco finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber with two fingers of fine off-white head. Settles to thick pillowy cap with lots of thick lacing. Aroma is stone fruit with caramel malty tones and significant alcohol, hint of soap. Flavor is sweet up front, stone fruit and cherry fading into caramel finish with banana and alcohol tones. Nice flavors from the belgian yeast. Alcohol is quite noticeable but not necessarily unpleasant. That said, this is a strong beer. Soft carbonation, smooth texture, and medium light body. An interesting, strong, mildly fruity quad. Has some good belgian flavors but seems a bit rough. Could tone down the alcohol a bit to start.

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