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RATINGS: 275   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMerritt (1821) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (2708) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Pungent aroma right out of the gate; traditional Belgian yeast and candy sugar, dates, and fusels. Comes off as hot. Dark caramel colored pour with a finger of creamy beige head. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but silky. Pretty well the same song and dance as the nose, but without the warmth of the fusels. The modest amount of coffee flavors is a nice addition and isn’t distracting from the Belgian stock. As the glass warms the coffee becomes more evident in the nose, which is also nice. Faint bit of cherries too. Overall this is good, but not up to par for the $8.99 price tag.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettTaylor (521) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
poured as taster at Ft. Collins site - nose of applesauce, walnuts, taste caramel, toffee, malt, liquor, long finish

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
firstsip (490) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Tap at a New Belgium tap takeover. Cloudy dark red/brown. Lacing. Forgettable nose. Decent quad--mild bittering hops make it less sweet and a bit easier to drink. A solid attempt.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dEnk (3911) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is very sweet caramel and red fruit madness. Flavour is a tangy raisin liquorice madness. Meh. Not doing it for me.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
PorterPounder (5654) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 22 oz bomber. Hazy dark orange pour sticky off-white head, nice lacing. Muddled aroma, hints of alcohol, some blended whiskey soaked maraschino cherries. Flavor is where it really goes south. A booziness permeates it up front, some sour cherries, some ripening vegetables, a hint of dates. Mouthfeel is too slick. Back to the drawing board on this one.

3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Pours brown with Amber highlights. Astringent nose. Great head retention. Dried fruit, brown sugar, and alcohol on the palate. Tastes too much of alcohol to pick out the more subtle flavors, which is a shame.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (3840) - Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2013
22 ounce bottle poured a dark clear amber color with aromas of bananas, dark pitted fruit, light cherries, bread, and some yeast. Flavors were the same a lot going on in the flavor profile. The beer was OK I just think they tried to do too much to this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Heavy body and aroma of bananas. The flavor is ever changing. It includes a bread flavoring, coffee, the dates are there, dark cherry, and a alcohol bite. Smooth.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Smells delicious. Cherries, spice, wheat and breadiness. Taste is sour and an alcoholic flavor you taste in your nose. One and done.


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