RATINGS: 286   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, 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.

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SudsMcDuff (8541) - .....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?

Ibrew2or3 (8913) - 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.

dresden (1581) - 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

EamonTheGreat (164) - 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

SlovakSniper (5561) - 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.

jake65 (4033) - 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 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.

BrettTaylor (784) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
poured as taster at Ft. Collins site - nose of applesauce, walnuts, taste caramel, toffee, malt, liquor, long finish

firstsip (752) - 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.

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.

PorterPounder (8364) - 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.

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