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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Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2013 Bottle: The aroma consists of apple, cherry, raisin, and faint spice. It pours a slightly hazy amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a moderate chocolate and caramel. There’s some cherry in the background. The finish has raisin, alcohol, and light apple. It’s medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, too much going on and the flavors don’t mesh well.

TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Tap at beer study. Hazy reddish brown with thin yellow white head. Nose is cinnamon, dates, prunes, rum raisins, brown sugar, and booze. Flavor is super ho-hum, dusty, dark fruits, but not really quad-like and the Belgian yeast is hard to pick up.

Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
22oz bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Pours a cloudy amber-orange colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweeter and fruitier with plenty of black cherries, raisins, figs, and plums. Caramel with some bread, brown sugar, and hints of coffee. Flavor is again sweet with lots of caramel, bread, and brown sugar as well as plenty of dark fruits. Lots of plums, black cherries, raisins, and figs with some leather notes, Belgian yeast phenols, hints of chocolate, and a light coffee note. Finishes a bit syrupy, but dry and a bit spicy with a nice alcohol warmth. Lengthy aftertaste following a full body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent quad. A bit messy feeling at times, but the sweetness was pretty well balanced by all the fruits and yeasty spice. Not bad.

BeerandBlues2 (14401) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Tap at Max’s Taphouse. Pours clear dark brown with a medium, frothy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is coffee, caramel and cookie malt, dates, cherries, and light spicy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a clear copper hued body with a thin off white head. Some lace and some alcohol legs. Some cascara in the aroma: dried cherries and tobacco. Also a lot of sweetness, brown sugar, plums, dates, medium isoamyl acetate, leather, chocolate and a boat load of alcohol. Flavors are sweet, biscotti like bready malt profile, lots of alcohol and sweetness, almonds, dried fruits, dates, figs and cherries. Quite a strong hit of fusel alcohol as well (which I’m sure is contributing to the perceived sweetness). Earthy, rustic, decent mount of cascara (caveat: I would not know what cascara tasted or smelled like had I not added some to a firkin at work a few weeks ago). Lively bubbles, boozy with a medium body. Odd almond biscotti taste up front and lingering in the finish. Very boozy though. Kind of messy, but not as bad as the ratings led me to believe.

hopheadsbrew (143) - Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Brown and opaque. Thick head. Fruity and slightly sour smell. Bitter sweet. Some woodyness on the aftertaste. Not a great beer.

GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
651mL leftover in my fridge. Pours a clear, deep red to ruby. Large beige head. Good retention and webby lacing. Nose is prune, dark cherry juice box, Taste is very sweet, cherry juice box, finishing with some toothpaste and chalk. Palate is clean, but a bit chalky in the finish. A bit cloying and the odd toothpaste flavor is not pleasant, perhaps the cascara tea addition? No chocolate or tobacco in the nose.

alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle; poured a muddy color. Dull brown-amber-auburn with a fairly large khaki head; lacing. Aroma of candy sugar, yeast, cherries, bread, caramel and alcohol. Starts of smooth than a bit boozy. Very odd that the aftertaste was initially more complex. Some complexity and good flavor, but a bit messy. Dark fruit, sugar, with a bit of caramel and roasted/toasted. Some potential.

arkurzynski (2460) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Tap. Brown with amber to red hues. Frothy off-white head. Nose is deep with fig, raisin, and plum that fades to toasted malt, glazed biscuit, mild spice, and faint peppery alcohol. Flavor is more of the fig/sugar plum and other mixed dark fruit (almost tropical) with toasted biscuit, brown sugar, and spice. Finishes lightly dry. Some residual canded and toasted malt. A little rough around the edges and a little heavy handed on the dark fruit aspect, but overall pretty solid.

RSRIZZO (2034) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2013
22oz bottle poured into a Trappist glass at 40°. Color is a murky orange brown with fizzy carbonation and a thin tight white head. Aroma is light with some sweetness, hint of fruit and some alcohol. Flavor starts sweet with a mild note of dried fruit and candy sugar. After taste is tart giving a sharp bite of alcohol. Overall its not as complex as they say and in the end the alcohol blurs out the flavor.

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