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RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2013
bomber pours hazy dark red brown with small fizzy grey head. Malty aroma of slightly tart fruit, cherry, caramel. Full bodied. Flavor is fruity, can certainly make out the dates and cherries, with a soft tartness that develops into a sweeter spiciness of a lingering finish. Pretty damn good for the price tag.

4
kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Cloudy copper with a big foamy caramel head. Abundant carbonation holds the head. The.flavor is too compiles to describe and I don’t like using food reference to describe anyway. All that matters is its better than the last 5 quads I can remember I had. Dang! This beer has so much carbonation it replenished the head. That’s awesome... haven’t seen a beer that does that before. This beer is smooth, complex and seems sessionable though it isn’t.

3.3
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Pours medium golden. Nice spicy yeast character and a good amount of sweetness. Some alcohol heat in the finish. The fruit notes were a bit muted and on the subtle side.

3.7
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Growler fill from Whole Foods, courtesy of the awesome spouse. Hazy amber, decent head fades to a slight film. Aroma is sweet, alcohol, undefined fruits. Flavor is a match - the flavor comes through on the finish, with dried cherry, fig, touch of apricot, and the faintest hint of coffee. Not bad, but with this much sweetness and alcohol present, a more complex flavor profile would have been welcome. Decent, but not spectacular.

3.6
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
22oz bottle served in a goblet. Pours a hazy amber with a thin off white head. Dark fruit in the aroma, also a bit of cinnamon. Medium bodied. A lot of malt sweetness. Some more dark fruit, a bit of cherry that comes out as it warms. Alcohol isn’t readily apparent. Decent, but nothing spectacular.

3.4
scooter520 (187) - - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle. Dates and cherries come thru on the nose making it a typical quad aroma. Taste is same with bananas coming in middle thru end. It's just okay. I won't buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
mmather (187) - Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2013
I think you folks are nuts. This is a very nice beer. It is obviously a higher alcohol beer, but its profile belies its 10%abv level. As I would expect from a quad, there is little hops, lots of malt and fruit galore. The coffee cherries I believe can be what can be attributed to an interesting slight sweet underlying spiciness and slightly raisiny (from the dates I presume). Would love to have a case of this to age for a few months, especially at the price point ($5.99/22 oz.). Much more of a quad than Avery’s Reverend (although I do love it).

2.1
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark reddish pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramelized sugars, lots of dark fruits, hints of yeast, spice, touch of grain, lots of booze. Taste is messy, lots of booze, dark fruits, hints of toffee, roast, slight dark chocolate but very hidden, touch of biscuit, finishing fairly sweet, lots of booze. Yikes.

1.8
CWoodsKilla (36) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Small cream-colored head on the pour, but it fades quickly. Pretty nice dark red tint to the beer. Smells like raisin bread- very sweet with a bit of yeast and dark fruit. Really thick, syrup-like mouth feel with so much sugary sweetness. Strange combo of bitterness from the coffee cherries and sweetness from dates and an overpowering artificial candy sweetness. The 10% ABV is very obvious, as the sweetness and alcohol level gives me a headache very quick. I wouldn't recommend this beer for any occasion

2.1
notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2013
The labels says this is made with coffee cherries, which is the fruit from which the coffee bean is taken - they aren’t particularly tasty and are rather mellow in flavor - not sure how they though they would add anything to a beer as big and bold as a quad - anyway - cloudy reddish purple - minimal lace - very sweet nose of all manner of dried and candied fruits - there is this candy I used to buy from Asian grocery stores back east - it’s essentially dried kumquat paste covered in sugar - this smells a lot like that, but there are also a lot of dirty, earthy phenols and a fair amount of alcohol, as well as a cherry cough syrup kind of quality - low carbonation - body is fairly thin for the abv and style - fairly sweet flavor, with a lot of apparent alcohol throughout, especially in the finish - some dusty, dirty yeast throughout - bubblegum esters - peppery phenols - mild bitterness - candied sweetness buried under all the mess - very messy and tough to palate - I always try really hard to find redeeming qualities in any beer I drink, but it’s tough with this one - not completely undrinkable, I guess - close, so, man, getting through this bomber is going to be rough - I don’t think I’ll be able to make it.


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