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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Scopey (16526) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2013
Tap at Moon River, Savannah. It pours murky dark brown with pretty much no head. The nose is sweet, brown sugar, dark fruit, raisin, dried cherry, date and candy. The taste is sweet, brown sugar, dried fruit, fig, over-ripe plum, spice, sweet clove, warming booze, black tea and molasses with a sweetish finish. Medium body, low carbonation and a touch cloying as it warms up. A bit muddled and ultimately a let-down. Too sweet, flat and boozy...

FlacoAlto (4240) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Best by August 2014; Sampled June 2013
A vigorous pour into my teku glass produces a two-finger thick, light amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a rich red-amber hue that shows a light red / gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells a bit spicy, sweet, quite fruity and fairly alcoholic. Specific notes of cherries, touches of hibiscus, brandy like notes, and a touch of toasted and caramelized malt is noticeable here. There isn’t a ton of complexity here and this doesn’t have as much of a malt depth in the nose as I would expect from a Quad.

Up front this is lightly sweet, even a touch tart somehow, and the finish has a bit of an astringent bite, some alcohol heat, and a prickly carbonic bite to it. The body is perhaps a touch lighter than I was expecting from the pour, it is rich and satiating, but if not for the alcoholic heat would be dangerously quaffable for a beer of this strength. Cherry like notes, a rounded berry flavor, and a touch of hibiscus describe the fruit flavors here, while the malt, playing a distant role, contributes a soft toasted grain character, some brown grain touches, and a sweet whole grain cracker like flavor. There is a light tartness to this rich beer, and now that I have focused on that a date like flavor becomes more noticeable as well.

Not bad, definitely an interesting expression of an exotic ingredient, but in the end, it doesn’t really seem to work that well. Still this is more than serviceable and may even age into something closer to wonderful after the heat gets tamed down a bit.

cards04 (2949) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
Pours a deep brownish red. Aromas of bubble gum and banana. Dark fruit too. Coffee congress through in the flavour. But it overwhelms everything. Still pretty good though.

1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Smells like a rich sugary molasses laden quad with light clove and wood. Pours to a deep mahogany with a lasting tan head and nice lacing. The flavor is sweet but not sugary or cloying. Deep toasted malt with candied dates and coffee like components. The alcohol is noticeable, but this is 10%...

BVery (11488) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Tap at Pizza Luce. Nice looking murky light amber with a foamy head. Plum and candied sugar, quite cloying. Kind of a fail.

rayOfBeer (680) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Tap: cloudy copper pour with medium-sized beige head. Aroma is dried fruit, alcohol laced cherry, nuts, caramel, and yeast cake. Flavor is boozy bubblegum, lightly sweet-tart cherry, yeast, dried candied fruits and some honey. A lot of flavors here, but most do not seem to gel well, nice try.

hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2013
22oz bomber. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is sour wine with a funkiness. Taste is sweet (cloying actually) caramel malt, buttery maple syrup, and honey wine. Lots of warmth after the swallow. This is a little too sweet, but well balanced and very tasty. Just sip it and everything will be OK.

JohnnyJ (5572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Draft. Amber pour, off-white head. Sweet dark fruit, somewhat cloying, cherry flavor, plum, light yeast, and a bit earthy. Too sweet and not very complex.

icehawk (876) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Appearance: Dark amber
Aroma: Dark fruits
Taste: Mash up of earthy bitterness, sweet dark fruits.
Palate: Medium body, earthy bitterness sticks in the aftertaste and doesn’t go away.
Overall: Instead of being a really complex walk through all these different flavors, ends up being not all that drinkable nor enjoyable.

mcberko (20253) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out notes of dried fruits and spices - not very quad like at all. Flavour brings out a weird mix of notes - none of which seem to be the added ingredients stipulated on the bottle. There’s some cloyingly sweet maraschino cherries, barely any dates or any coffee at all. Weird stuff. Not very good.

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