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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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.


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2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arondee (598) - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerdedDave (880) - - AUG 7, 2015
ale brewed with dates and coffee cherries; cloudy, reddish brown color; aroma is cherries and dark fruit; fruity, funky sweet malt flavor; sour cherry notes on a sweet malt base with Belgian yeast; dry, fruity finish

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (6241) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2015
On tap at D&T. Pours a dark brown with thick creamy beige head that lasts leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is yeast, brown sugar, figs. Medium mouth, strong yeast, sugary malt, toffee, lingering sweetness, very good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Carlisle (247) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Draft (10 oz.). Opaque dark caramel color with thin tan head and substantial lacing. Toffee and caramel aroma. Figs and cherries upfront with alcohol in the finish. Lighter body than expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lownote (327) - USA - MAY 10, 2015
Oh my gosh cherries. Tart beautiful cherry aroma. Pours slightly cloudy and a brownish read with a lacy head. Taste is super sweet, with cherries very present. Thereís some bitterness that lingers and I canít tell what from? Fruit? Really thin and bubbly. The problem(???) with this beer is that I canít taste the style. Itís just a delicious cherry ale. The alcohol burn starts asserting itself halfway in. Great otherwise.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2978) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep amber brown with a small off-white head. Aroma was malty with cherries, caramel and fruit. Flavor was quite sweet with dark fruit, dates, cherries, caramel and coffee.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6370) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Hazy amber color with ivory head. Fruit juice, berry fruit, Belgian yeast aromas. Medium bodied. Lightly tart citrus juice, berry fruit flavors with some caramel, spicy yeast---nicely sweet tart warming finish----good

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4677) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2015 Opaque, oakwood brown. Very thin head. Malty, toasted toffee aroma. Biotic, sweet, a little candied. Tastes a bit homebrewy. On tap, Growler Country.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bearislandbeer (15) - - DEC 20, 2014
It was all I could do not to open this from my cellar, but thankfully I made it 6 months and was able to do it. The flavors achieved and brilliance of the odd parings of them were wonderful. The aroma is reminiscent of a smokier sour, but the taste is earthy, subtle cherry and coffee with a very smooth lasting finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5116) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Dark in color with a thick aroma of fruit and whiffs of sour. Light toffee and fig like characters. This was a big Belgian Quad super nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1235) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2014
March 16th, 2013 - Are these llamas before my eyes? Llamas dancing around my bottle? I hope so, because this might be a first for llamas gracing a beer label, and I like what it suggests: nothing. I canít think of a flavor association between llamas and beer that makes any kind of sense, which raises the mystery factor considerably. The pour produces a fuzzy, fluffy looking head and a short, dwarfish tan head. Cinnamon and the signature childhood smell of Cinnamon Pop-Tarts are easy to pick out, adding brown sugar notes, but definitely a kind of artificial flavoring. Bubble gum and red grape appear in the nose too. The flavor trades some of the aromaís cinnamon for that sweet and umami rich yeastiness, and the fruit flavors here are less pointedly sweet. Pear makes an appearance with a louder voice than the accompanying cherry and blackberry notes. I donít recall ever having had a quadruple from New Belgium before, but I love what the llama has brought me.


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