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Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad - New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Cascara QuadLips Of Faith - Cascara Quad

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BA SCORE
83
good

501 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-11-2013

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Ratings: 501 | Reviews: 89
Photo of Aimer
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate on nose. Cherry cola to taste.

Photo of JustinPStewart
4.79/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

New Belgium is my father

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a snifter to a ruddy brown with a finger and a half of dense white head that fades to a small mat and leaves good lacing
S: smells is alcohol, dark fruits and sugary sweetness
T: taste is dark fruits, candi sugar, cherry, tobacco and some alcohol. swallow is alcohol, dark fruits and some phenols
M: this beer is on the fuller side with soft and slightly prickly carbonation. the beer finishes just slightly dry
O: Not a bad quad and it definitely can't stand toe to toe with some of the best from Belgium. It's definitely well made and drinks well. Alcohol could be hidden better but the flavors meld fairly well.

Photo of dbossman
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Almost a mahogany hue with a big creamy and foamy head and okay lacing

S: Lots of fruits and candied sugars: cherries, dates, figs, brown sugar, raisins with some subtle coffee undertones; this smells quite good

T: Pretty boozy and not nearly the complexities as the aromas hinted at: dates, cherries, brown sugar, raisins, and coffee are all there but they just don't quite mesh

F: Medium body and sticky--pretty decent mouth feel

O: I like this beer; I just wish the flavors matched the amazing aromas

Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color - thick and cloudy unfiltered maple syrup.

Aroma- sweet nutty caramel.

Taste- Starts with a velvety dark cherry note mildly shifting to a buttery Belgian yeasty spiciness, finishing with a dark chocolate dry lingering beauty.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 5/4/13.

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up on clearance at College Liquors in Westminster, still months to best buy date and I tend to like quads. Unfortunately this beer is OK but nothing special, too much booze in both smell and taste, and I am typically a big fan of the big beers. This is not a beer I would grab again, but certainly not a bad beer. Basically, meh.

Have to admit the beer grew on me as I had my second glass, got used to the alcohol content, enjoyed it more and raised a few of my scores. may have to change my idea that I would not buy again if I found it at a good price

Photo of Furlinator
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy red rust color with 1 inch of off-white head that settles to a ring on top and leaves thick strands of lace.

Smell is of funky yeast, tart cherry and an unpleasant hint of ash aroma.

Taste is dominated by bready malt with hints of cherry and other assorted dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This effort falls far short of the template set by the classic Belgian quads. In fact, there are many examples of American quadrupels that are more worthy of any quad drinker's attention. Mediocre and forgettable.

Photo of aa911911
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

too much alcohol flavor not enough any other flavor. The coffee didn't make an appearance and the cherry was not in the forefront. The only thing that sold me was .... did i mention $2 14 oz drafts left over from tap take over at that price Im going to sample it all night long.... could be much tasiter!

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light reddish brown color with an off white head . Aroma of cherries, malt and alcohol. In the taste, much like a big quad with brown sugar, sherry, roast, alcohol and fruit. There is a very slight acidity. This reminds me of an aged Belgian quad. Full bodied mouthfeel and wel carbonated. Overall, this is a good example of the style with a few tweaks.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the stenciled, 22oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Emerges a caramel amber color with a nice sized, white fluffy head. There is generous lacing and the head retention is quite nice.

Aroma is filled with alcohol, cherries, figs, and alcohol. This one is quite boozy. Not quite to the cherry cordial stage, but close. I get NO coffee, so I detracted slightly from the score. I was really hoping for some coffee in this one. Some black pepper and coriander spice but very minimal.

Sweet cherries up front followed by alcohol and more dark fruits. I wouldn't say this one is overly complex, but there is nothing obtusely wrong with it. Again, no coffee at all. Not even one of those chocolate covered alcohol cherry candies that are popular around the holidays. Kind of a quad with cherries. There is some spiciness from the yeast I assume with more black pepper.

Definitely an alcohol warmth to this one. After the first sip i was afflicted with the "red ear" syndrome. Nice this time of year I suppose (although here in FL I can achieve the same by lounging outside with no sunscreen on the ole buds).

Not a great beer but not just a booze bomb. Kind of complex with the cherries and spiciness, but I would noT revisit this one.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Cascara Quad pours a reddish color with a small but lacing head. There is a sweet boozy aroma, with a dark tart cherry note. The taste has a nice boozy sharp malty backbone, with good hints of tart cherries, then the coffee flavors finish. Good body, coffee flavors don't mix very well, so funky aftertaste. Overall its funky, but enjoyable.

Photo of Mikecap
2.49/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Medium amber with a thin brownish head, splotchy lacing. Very light in color for a quad, resembles a dubbel more.

Smell: Dark fruits with a good amount of cherry, dates and raisin. Some malty sweetness, but no apparent roast or coffee.

Taste: Dark cherry at the forefront, not tart as I would've hoped for, and I get absolutely no coffee. Tastes reminiscent of cherry cough syrup...

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation and a slight alcohol burn. Getting through a whole bottle of this would be a chore.

Overall: Glad this is out of my fridge and I can't say that I'm a fan. Maybe it was a bad bottle, but I got none of the coffee and very little traditional Belgian quadrupel flavors...Unfortunately much of this bottle was a drainpour

Photo of kencarman
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This may be a hint off in color, but with all that's been added I'm not surprised. I can't knock it much for that. Plenty of malty, high abv. It's a quad alright.

Cherry with a hint of date: kind of fig-y. The coffee is in the background, but pleasant. A lot of malt provides heavy body. Lucious. Carbonation is light and supports all the aforementioned flavor. Malt is pale and some pils in sense.

A bit hazy. Head is pillow and solid.

I love this beer, but tis a sipper and not "candy" in any sense. Expect the darker, deeper side of cherry.

Abv at 10 is there, but not dominate in any sense.

Photo of Zach136
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

32 oz Counter Pressure filled growler from Barrel and Barley in Woodstock, GA poured into a snifter.

A - Deep copper, nice one finger medium beige head with steady carbonation, great lacing.

S - Booze and cherry cough syrup up front with dates, figs and plums in the background along with some other fruity belgian esters.

T - Dark fruit medley and coffee notes up front. A harsh alcoholic finish that leaves some black cherry and medicinal notes on the palate.

M - Spot on. Medium bodied, and refreshing if it weren't for the aforementioned lingering qualities.

O - This is a fine Belgian Strong Dark, but a real miss in the Quad department. Too light in color, too much noticeable alcohol and I'm still not even positive if the coffee cherries were a positive flavor profile to add...

Photo of TruePerception
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

3/13/13

New Belgium's Lips of Faith Cascara Quad: ale brewed with dates and coffee cherries, 10% ABV, just over a fingers worth of head; Appearance: very red amber; Smell: cherry/light coffee, light green leaf, fairly light scent overall, faint hazelnut; Taste/Mouthfeel: strong taste of mellow coffee, touch of hazelnut, bit of date, slightly cherry-like taste (but darker), mild aciditym bitter tang on finish; pretty good

Photo of shand
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What an interesting beer. This one definitely has stages on the tongue - First a slightly fusely, yeasty thing that kinda approximates a quad, then some cherry, then some chocolate, and then a finish that blends it all together with some coffee flavors that add a nice bitterness to the end. The aroma's a bit too yeasty, and doesn't work very well with the flavor, but otherwise this is an enjoyable drink that was fun to take apart.

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, "Best enjoyed by August 2014"

Hazed amber, soft tan head, stays nicely and leaves sheets of fine lacing.

Lite coffee in the nose with a muted fruit note.

Loaded with ripe fruit, muted chocolate and a hint of mint. Slightly sour in the finish adding to the complexity. Tasty and highly enjoyable.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, label says best enjoyed by August 2014. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a burnt orange/brown color with about a half inch light tan head. The head sticks around for a long time, and there's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells mostly like cherries and dates (really just a lot of dark fruit in general), along with pears, cloves, and some tobacco. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit (cherries, dates, plums), dark bread, caramel, candy sugar, pears, and peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and creamy with a good amount of soft carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, I liked it. $6.99 a bottle, definitely worth trying at that price.

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, cherries, hops, slight spice, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Quadruple. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of cherries, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of spice. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and blend, but the body is sadly lacking in strength.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled in 2/2013. Pours hazy reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, banana, toast, chocolate, dark candi sugar, brown bread, clove, herbal, leather, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity esters with dark malt notes; and good strength. Taste of raisin, prune, pear, apple, fig, toast, chocolate, brown bread, leather, banana, dark candi sugar, herbal, clove, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, toast, chocolate, banana, brown bread, leather, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity ester and dark bready malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Quadrupel style. Nice balance and complexity of fruity esters with dark bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. This improved a lot as it reached room temperature. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of RickS95
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly thickish pour. Extremely rich, not a hint of clear in the dark brown beer. The head is mediocre, though it presents a thin lace. However, it's such a dark, rich color that it makes up for any other misgivings.

The scents are subtle, leading me to believe the beer was a bit too cold, but coffee and cherries are hiding in there, as well as a splash of alcohol.

Initially, there's a modest note of cherries which is very pleasant because it's not terribly overwhelming, mostly taking a backseat to the malt. However, there's a big punch of alcohol that masks just about every other ingredient. As it warms, a gentle taste of cherry flavored coffee emerges. Again, it's not overpowering at all, providing just the right amount of flavor to faintly flavor the beer. Impressive.

Unfortunately, that heat and burn from the alcohol beats down any other feel. It's sweet up front and hot and gently bitter at the end. Full bodied with a wet, hot finish.

Overall, I like that the coffee and cherries are supporting characters that don't taint the beer. I like the high ABV, I just wish the alcohol wasn't so obvious. Regardless, it's a nice tasting, sipping beer.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip glass. Pours a medium red amber with a fine two finger off white head with great retention and lacing. Fruit forward aroma of stone fruit and cherry, caramel malt. Flavor begins with rich estery fruit; cherry, apple and light stone fruit and then dries out abruptly and finishes very light and dry with a slightly astringent bitterness. Medium bodied with spicy carbonation in the finish. An interesting and odd take on the quadrupel style. The coffee cherries really do add a pleasant cherry flavor. I would have liked a bit more presence from the dates, which would have given a bit more body to support the sweet fruit flavors. Not a traditional quadrupel, but delivers the coffee cherry experience nicely. Warming and a bit alcohol forward.

Photo of snaotheus
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a chalice. I think I can find a date code on the bottle, but I can't read it, so fat lot of good that does us.

Pours murky amber with a smallish head that just sort of sits there. Slow, fine carbonation. Smell is musty, dark fruits (such as the dates mentioned on the bottle), some clove and banana.

Taste is fruity. More of the dates, some cherry, some overripe cherry flavor (which I think is from the cascara, which I've tried in a tea format before), a little bit of alcohol bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is thick without being all that sticky. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Translucent, reddish brown with an off-white head

S: Intriguing. Tropical scents. Banana? This beer is fermented with date sugar and brewed with the husk of coffee cherries, so it could be either. Very sweet, otherwise.

T: Initially, not as oppressively sweet as I'd feared. The banana tones are still here, but so is a much more bitter taste that I'm not sure how I feel about. Could it be the coffee? It is sort of in the same realm of bitterness. 'Tobacco' isn't far off either. This is really interesting...and I think I like it.

M: Sharp and demanding. A slight carbonation is outshined by the bizarre but gratifying bitterness in the flavor.

O: I would drink this again. And it's really interesting. Otherwise, not obviously great, but worth your time.

Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy mahogany with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy caramel and copper, with some wheat bread and nutty malt, and a little dark fruit.
T: It tasted like earthy wheat bread and cocoa powder, with some copper hops and nutty malt, and a little dark fruit. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with lots of carbonation. Lively body.
D: This was an ok quad but not great. The scent and taste were kind of bland, and the body wasn't right for the style. The alcohol was hidden pretty well, and the finish was smooth, so it was at least easy to drink. Missing any unique character from the dates or coffee cherries. Not worth aging, and hardly worth trying fresh.

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Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.