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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (8296) - .....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 (8493) - 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 theres 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 (1566) - 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 (5467) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
(H bien, on dirait que cest arrang avec le gars des vues: pour mon 2600ime rating sur cet espace dbilitant, voici une valuation oublie dans le fin fond de mon tlphone depuis mon dernier voyage en Floride). Une bouteille meilleure avant 2014 et partage avec Stefan, mon frre, ce grand bourlingueur. Donc, une bire ambre sur laquelle vacille un petit anneau de mousse beige. Une dentelle tente, tant bien que mal, de sparpiller sur nos deux verres. Le nez mapparat dabord assez sucr et fruit. Mon frre note la prsence dun alcool perant et trouve galement quelle dgage un ou des parfums pics. Quant mes narines, elles ne peuvent sempcher de penser que cette bire expire un souffle terreux et mme un peu floral et herbac. Quelques gorges suffisent pour nous confirmer que cette quadrupel nest pas, pour nous, terriblement russie ni sincrement rate. Encore une fois, les saveurs douces et fruites sarriment bizarrement cette levure belge/sauvage/pice et aux quelques herbes qui finissent par traner ici et l dans le fond de deux verres que nous ne finirons jamais. Au palais, jai limpression que le corps devient un peu trop collant lorsquil se rchauffe totalement. La finale apporte encore une fois un lot de choses sucres et fruites qui, comme le dit si bien Stefan, manque un peu de subtilit. Dcidment, une trange bibitte qui nest pas pour autant une monstruosit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMerritt (1941) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (3511) - Meridian, 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 isnt 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettTaylor (763) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
poured as taster at Ft. Collins site - nose of applesauce, walnuts, taste caramel, toffee, malt, liquor, long finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
firstsip (733) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dEnk (4200) - 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.

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