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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   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, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3/1/2014. 22 oz. bottle. Pours hazy medium brown with an offwhite head. Nice lacing. Aromas are sweet, malty and nutty. Flavors have dried fruit, nuts, spices, sugars and a bit of alcohol burn on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (10472) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2014
22oz bottle. Poured an amber color with an off white head. Dark fruits, dates, toffee, and somewhat nutty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (3152) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - FEB 9, 2014
It pours a rustic brown color and leaves the same colored body with a one finger white foamy head that died within a half minute. Some lacing ends up trying to stick to the sides. The smell has a tart cherry with a slight coffee-ness trying to come through but honestly kind of comes through in an "ashy" sort of way - hmmmm... The taste has some tart cherry and some other dark fruits try to balance the coffee and ash. The ftertaste is somewhat a bland yet kind of tart cherry. It has a dry ashy and somewhat coffee finish. On the palate, she sits about a medium on the mouth and tongue, not really sessionable - though it seems like this one tries to be as the carbonation runs fairly smooth. Overall, I say this is a decent quad, because I have become more engaged in this style within the past year, I think I can honestly say that this is a mostly ok quad that I don’t think I’d have at my Easter meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2017) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Tap. Medium clear dark yellow pour, minimal carbonation and an aroma of strong boozy malt and raisins. Flavor is also boozy malt, Belgian yeast, and finished with a sweet sugary finish. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (7509) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2014
on draft .. . pours a 3 day old bruise brown purple .. . mild foam, big bubbles .. . quite sweet, muddled .. . has this odd kick on the end. . could never finish a whole glass .. . . question mark, office chair, question mark. where?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7760) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2014
22oz bomber pours with a clear amber body that has gold edges and supports a nice looking tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a mix of prunes and raisins and Belgian candi sugar as well as some yeasty spices and a dollop of molasses. The taste is similar with a big dose of sweet Belgian candi sugar, dates, raisins and prunes where there’s a modest smooth sweet malt and molasses note out at the periphery. Decent Quad but overall seems rough around the edges even though the ABV is pretty well hidden. It seems it could meld better with some cellar time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dresden (1262) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours a clear rusty amber. Smell is fruity cherries and mild coffee, some raisin. Taste is a bit off putting, some coffee but not good coffee, hot booze, tea, black currant. I dont know, I normally like the LOF a lot more than this. Oh well

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EamonTheGreat (157) - USA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours dark amber brown. The aroma is almost spicy with a strong malt flavor and date/cherry taste showing through. A decent quad with strong cherry/spice/coffee flavors shining through. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (4307) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
(Hé bien, on dirait que c’est arrangé avec le gars des vues: pour mon 2600ième rating sur cet espace débilitant, voici une évaluation oubliée dans le fin fond de mon téléphone depuis mon dernier voyage en Floride). Une bouteille meilleure avant 2014 et partagée avec Stefan, mon frère, ce grand bourlingueur. Donc, une bière ambrée sur laquelle vacille un petit anneau de mousse beige. Une dentelle tente, tant bien que mal, de s’éparpiller sur nos deux verres. Le nez m’apparaît d’abord assez sucré et fruité. Mon frère note la présence d’un alcool perçant et trouve également qu’elle dégage un ou des parfums épicés. Quant à mes narines, elles ne peuvent s’empêcher de penser que cette bière expire un souffle terreux et même un peu floral et herbacé. Quelques gorgées suffisent pour nous confirmer que cette quadrupel n’est pas, pour nous, terriblement réussie ni sincèrement ratée. Encore une fois, les saveurs douces et fruitées s’arriment bizarrement à cette levure belge/sauvage/épicée et aux quelques herbes qui finissent par traîner ici et là dans le fond de deux verres que nous ne finirons jamais. Au palais, j’ai l’impression que le corps devient un peu trop collant lorsqu’il se réchauffe totalement. La finale apporte encore une fois un lot de choses sucrées et fruitées qui, comme le dit si bien Stefan, manque un peu de subtilité. Décidément, une étrange bibitte qui n’est pas pour autant une monstruosité.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMerritt (1915) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Bottled. Pours a hazy dark red-orange bordering on brown. Head is medium in size, light brown, and mostly diminishing down to a very finely formed lace. Sweet brown sugar aroma with mild alcohol notes atop raisins, prunes, molasses, plum flesh, and a bit of lightly roasted coffee and earth at the tail end. The flavor is almost cloyingly sweet with a surprising amount of alcohol lending a medicinal grape-flavored cough syrup feeling. Finish is dry with flavors of dusty caramel malts and rich molasses (and more alcohol). Warming in character but lacking a bit in the complex ripened fruits I prefer in a quad and overly sweet.

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