RATINGS: 290   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, its 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drjay44 (3587) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2013
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, lasting ivory head, with Belgian style lacing, over a slightly hazy, reddish amber (SRM 13) body....nose is a melange of aromas, including cherry brandy, plum.....taste is sweet throughout, with cherry, plum, candy tones dominating, finishing with a sweet but lingering spice type bitter finish.....mouth feel light of medium, sticky, lingering alcohol burn (almost fusel) present, carbonation adds light foam. This is a very complex, but very disjointed beer. The many adjuncts are distorting the malt and yeast attempts to get to an Abt/Quad, and the malt backbone could use some help. BJCP 8/3/10/3/6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8952) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Bottle. Amber-brown beer with a dark cream head. Yeast and dried fruit aroma. Malt and cherry flavor with dried fruit, yeast, and light coffee. Medium bodied. Cherry and malt linger with yeast and dried fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Doofgoblin (513) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2013
A strong boozy brew. Some of the spice aroma youd expect from a Belgian, but the date and other fruit notes seemed a little out of place. At 10%, it brings the expected amount of alcohol notes, but I just cant help but thing that there is something slightly unbalanced. Overall, not a bad buy or brew just not a home run either...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2013
From the bottle. Reddish brown pour with an off white head. Aroma is figs, raisins, plums, taste is candied sugar and plenty of the dark fruits. Much better as it warms, but still just ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oRos (1642) - sacramento, California, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Bottle from ronher. Pours amber copper. With white head. Taste is sweet and syrup with a slight coffee taste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnstone (2964) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Nice amber-copper color with soft white head. A medicinal boozy, cherry-like aroma. Cherriers, booze, some bready-roast character; round and sweet ...perhaps a touch too much alcohol in the flavor but a fantastic beer regardless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (2573) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
Clear ruby with a small pale head. Aroma is sour cherries, dates, honey, marshmallow, hint of earthy barnyard. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, more sweet than sour on the palate, hint of booze on the finish. Taste is cherries, bittersweet chocolate, dates, Black Forest cake. Nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Iphonephan (6636) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2013 On draft at the New Belgium Hub at the Denver airport. Pours a hazy amber with a thick off white head. Caramel and fruit aroma. Tart and astringent with notes of pie cherries. Sour bitter finish. If it were not for the fact that I had this at a New Belgium outlet, I would suspect the beer was skunked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 17, 2013
bottle. muddy amber with almost no head. fruity, estery, rich aroma of plum, honey, pear, maple syrup, and wet tobacco. flavors has a unique bitterness that is hard to identify. some sort of bitter fruitiness. black cherry, dark rum, plum, light roast coffee. full bodied. its a big, fruity, syrupy, bold beer that disconnects from the quad base idea. finishes with a comfortable warmth. novelty type.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
Beer share. Aroma of dates and cherries. Cherry dies out soon after initial sniff. Dark fruit and chocolate taste, with cherry tartness. Tangy. Decent beer, but crummy quad.

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