Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
3.71/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
A - A bit lighter than most quads, Cascara Quad fills the globe with a somewhat tawny ruby amber color that's moderately hazed and caps the beer with a sturdy pile of light sand foam. Sticky bits of lace cling to the glass but not quite like the classic Belgian beers produce.
S - Cascara Quad has the classic nose of a quad from the get-go with it's subtle yeast and dark fruit notes but it also explores new areas with unique complexity. Tart cherry skin and a dusting of blonde-roasted coffee also contribute a Cavendish pipe tobacco aroma while date, prune, and fig develop as the beer warms. Also developing nicely as the beer warms are spicy yeast esters that suggest a pinch of nutmeg and clove, timidly peeking through the deep nose but beneath the fruit and spice is the lush backbone of the beer; bready Munich and caramel malt and crystal sweetness. Alcohol faintly emerges with shy warmth along the back end.
T - Subtle yeast qualities remain, filling the flavor with dark fruits and spicy yeast esters but rather bland instant coffee and shredded filler tobacco flavors jump in, overwhelming the delicate nuances resulting in the distinct aromas in the nose become muddled together in the beer's flavor, shifting focus from individually developing nuances to a somewhat thoughtless conglomerate of ingredients.
M -Malty starting, the beer is smooth through the journey but sugars all seem fermented out as this quad is considerably lighter in feel than most, really lacking in substance. Alcohol is strangely absent for it reaching the double-digits, though it faintly warms the stomach after it finishes bone-dry.
O - Cascara Quad sounds quite incredible on paper; a quad "brewed with date with coffee cherries added." The nose even fulfills the description and expounds on it nicely, really playing to the beer style's usual characteristics nicely but it falls flat in flavor and feel, abandoning the unique and compartmentalized, though harmonious, characteristics for a flavor that's just the opposite; muddled and underwhelming following the aroma. Cascara is by no means a bad beer though, and New Belgium's continued innovation is admirable. Plus, if you're looking for a beer with kick, this one provides it with subtlety.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2013 23:37:25 | More by BeerFMAndy
More User Reviews:
3.33/5 rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Found a date on the side that says: "Best enjoyed by August 2014." Now when this actually came out, I'm unsure of, however, I would say there are at least 10 bombers of this stuff sitting at the Breeze In, Juneau location that just showed up last week.
Anyways, I poured this into a chalice.
A: a rustic brown colored body with a one finger white foamy head that died within a half minute. Some lacing ends up trying to stick to the sides.
S: tart cherry with a slight coffee-ness trying to come through but honestly kind of comes through in an "ashy" sort of way - hmmmm...
T: some tart cherry and some other dark fruits try to balance the coffee and ash; aftertaste is somewhat a bland yet kind of tart cherry; dry ashy and somewhat coffee finish
M: she sits about a medium on the mouth and tongue, not really sessionable - though it seems like this one tries to be; carbonation runs fairly smooth
O: I say this is a decent quad, because I have become more engaged in this style within the past year, I think I can honestly say that this is a mostly ok quad that I don't think I'd have at my Easter meal.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2014 10:11:28 | More by BeerKangaroo
3.2/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2014 13:56:03 | More by Furlinator
Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad from New Belgium Brewing
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