Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 506
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 5.54%
Wants: 14
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-11-2013

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Photo of harrymel
2.31/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Bottled recently.

Toasted caramel color with a fleeting etched surface with light tan foam. Smells like cherry cough syrup with some bits of cocoa and coffee, a little marshmallow and yeast as well. Very sweet, cherry, some nougat, some medicinal syrup, not really feeling this. Medium on thin for the style with tight, clean carb and a semi dry finish. One and done here (372 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.44/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet toffee malts, with dark fruits and some roasted alcohol.

The flavor is sweet toffee malts and dark fruits with a lot of harsh alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a sweet boozy mess. It tastes a bit like their dubbel with a ton of alcohol. (398 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
2.49/5  rDev -31%
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 (774 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, I'll be. This one has a pink hue in the foam, which billows up nicely upon pouring, but settles to a collar with haste. Sticky lacing, sugary.

Aroma has a slight cherry cough syrup-ness to it. Some booze. Subtle sweet bread. Nothing powerful or interesting, really.

Flavor is cherry candy, too much of it. Sweet cherry and booze. Is this a quad or some sort of kriek? Perhaps a bit of spice from the yeast, but it is just beat up and left for dead. I can't get past the cherry. There are other flavors in there, but they are muddled.

Feels alright, still not zing or softness of some quads. One dimensional beer. Couldn't take this one, poured into the bushes. (670 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle, 22 oz. etched with some crazy stuff. Lips of Faith series. Poured into a large wine glass. Pour is a hazy brown and light mahogany in the light. A half inch of foam offers decent retention which settles to moderate lace.

Aroma of crystal malts to a degree, and a touch of cherry in the mix. Some yeast and hop notes are present yet are crushed by the added fruit. Taste follows the nose, with cherry licqueur being dominant. Lacks depth with regard to malt structure yet seems fairly well attenuated for q 10% brew.

Taste is sweet and a bit boozy. A Quad in strength but surely not in character. Even with warming and exposure this beer leaves a bit to be desired... (676 characters)

Photo of aa911911
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
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! (304 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had on tap.

Pours a hazy dark red with a thick white head. Great head retention as well as lacing that hangs around for a very long time.

The aroma is full of cherry and other dark fruit along with a bit of spice and herbs.

Tons of cherry up front in the aroma along with dates. It almost reminds me of cherry kool-aid at first that's how strong the cherry is. This transitions into a more herbal and tobacco taste as the flavor progresses. Banana and clove are faintly present in the background along with alcohol becoming more apparent in the finish.

Overall, there is just way too much going on here. It is a little bit messy with nothing seeming to meld just right. A nice attempt at a unique quad but I feel it is just too overdone. (741 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle opened on 3.14.13

A - Pours a murky, very dark amber-ruby with a two inch soapy-fluffy tan head that slowly fades leaving spots of lacing.

S - Sweet dark fruit-cherry, plum, some coffe also.

T - Sweet plum juice, alcohol, really ripe fruit, not great.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Super sweet and fruity, not impressed at all with this one. (369 characters)

Photo of impending
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

c+

22oz into a tulip. Pours a mid tone walnut, little head with an encouraging pour, minor lacing.

Aroma is dominated by a strong phenolic undertone. Yes, the promised cherries, dates and tobacco are delivered but they do not define as the phenolic note does.

Dates begin the flavor which is low in sweets. Dry sits in for bitter. Strongly pronounced dark cherries appear in the finish and is the highlight of the taste. A hint of solvent alcohol appears as the flavor evolves to an undefined sensation.
Slick bodied medium mouthfeel.
cheers
jd (547 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The body is a medium-brown hazy tea-like color, with a small tan and white head that fades away to a pad of large-sized bubbles. Some pock marks where the head manages to stick, but not really lacing. Much lighter than a traditional Quad.

S: Smell alcohol right off the bat. Even as soon as I opened the bottle. I get a few esters, raisin box, and some fig.

T: Alcohol, right off the bat. Then there's a toasty caramel sweetness, followed by a pretty strong bitterness. The alcohol flavor is very strong in this beer, and even when getting past that, the strong bitterness bites hard enough to make it difficult to identify any complexities. Despite this, it is certainly not one-dimensional.

M: The beer is a bit sticky, and has a rough bitterness that make it more difficult to drink than what a person might be used to in a traditional Quad.

O: Overall I was not a huge fan of the beer. It was very boozy and wasn't as smooth as I'd like. I did like that there was a uniqueness to the beer. I felt that the beer might be interesting to age, but that its current state is sub-par, and aging should not be used as a crutch. Belgian beer fans probably wouldn't enjoy this as much as drinkers who want to taste it for its unique ingredients (date sugar and coffee cherries). I would recommend it to those who want to try something different, and don't mind the taste of high-alcohol. For everyone else, I would recommend staying away. (1,440 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep copper. Pretty clear. Nice off white head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Deep caramel. Earthy notes. Strong alcohol. Some dark fruits.

Taste - Harsh alcohol here too. Dark earthy, kinda coffee. Very bitter. Not really all that fruity, despite the description.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Medium carbonation. Overly bitter.

Overall - Interesting coffee flavor, but the effect is intense for a quad, even if the coffee flavor itself isn't that strong. (494 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear ruby color with three fingers of beige head that fades into a frothy ring with great lacing.

S: Belgian spices up front with tons of bubblegum and candy sugar. Sweet fruits and breads follow with some alcohol notes.

T: Spices here as well with candy sugar, some bubblegum, and a lot of sweet bread flavors. There are some slight tea flavors along with notes of dark fruit. The finish is lightly boozy.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer isn't too thick of body, but needs a bit more carbonation.

O: an alright quad overall, but a bit simplistic and under-attenuated. I wish the coffee cherries came through a bit more. Not offensive by any means, though. (682 characters)

Photo of ikantspel
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bomber into a chalice

Best by August 2014

Pours a honey brown with a 2 finger tan heAd

Basic quad nose of dark fruits, molasses, and some slight spice

Lots going on flavor wise. Dark fruits hit right away, some funkyness hits and it finishes dry but sweet with cherry flavor

Not too bad. (292 characters)

Photo of robby23
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I picked this bottle up because I haven't had a Quad for New Belgium brewing company. As soon as i opened the bottle i was over whelmed with a smell of cherries. The appearance was a thin white head that just floats on the top of the beer with nice lacing. The smell was dominant ed by spices with the hint of cherries. The taste was just all over the place the flavors were not as balanced as they should of been. Overall not a bad beer is just decent to me. (459 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in tulip. Poured a cloudy amber color, nowhere near the deep, rich reds I expect in the style, with less than 1/2 inch of white head that low retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was fairly benign and neutral. Some grain, some yeast, none of the fruit, and a slightly odd tang. On the tongue, that odd tang/funk was dominant. A bit of the stone fruit aspects I look for in the style did show up. The flavors weren't bad, just way different than I expected.

The body was way too thin for a Quad, it was pleasant and left a nice finish, but just didn't fill the palate the way I want. Drinkability was good, especially if you like an unidentifiable funk (and I do). Overall, this is one of those brews that I liked, but I didn't think fit the style. Worth trying when you see it. (790 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a New Belgium Globe glass north of 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Fluffy, creamy off white head of a thick, creamy consistency. Body color is a deep mahogany amber with a medium haze and moderate carbonation, a bit lighter than my expectations for Quadrupel beers. Retention is above average, head thickens as it settles. Lacing is medium thick and sticky. A very nice appearance overall. 4.25

(Smell) Aroma consists of mildly tart cherry and banana phenols, light, mildly sweet, vanilla-heavy malt profile, yeasty fruit notes, figs and dates fruity sweetness quite evident, grape-laden mild vinous characters, grain alcohol. The aroma is decent, but a bit sharp and unfocused in places, not particularly the focus of the beer. 3.25

(Taste) A lot more coffee notes up front with a vinous, tart and sharp boozy finish. Missing a lot of malt body, and a grainy malt character. The preservation of coffee notes is actually quite unique and the potential is high for this beer but the overall concoction is distracting with sharpness. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mild chewiness and a faint slick syrupy tone to the body, still shallow for the potential depth of a Quad. Body is low/medium for a Quadrupel, medium/high overall. Alcohol presence is very high. Body is a bit too shallow on malt character and balance, alcohol is just way too noticeable, makes for a sharp imbalance. 3

(Overall) An interesting beer concept, but misses the mark in many places- it's really boozy, just too much alcohol presence for what's really here. The alcohol and grain notes combined just made for a difficult-to-drink beer throughout- not my impressions of a Quad, maybe with a lower alcohol presence it could have made a decent Dubbel. I'm thinking of keeping a bottle of this to see if time can remedy the off-characters. 3.25

New Belgium Brewing's
Lips Of Faith Series: Cascara Quad
3.16/5.00 (1,877 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.19/5  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. (553 characters)

Photo of Rope
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-
Deep brown and red, cloudy, two fingers off white head.

Smell-
Slight alcohol, then a mingling of the cherries and coffee.

Taste-
Coffee surprisingly is the upfront flavor, but the alcohol flavor hits hard, a lingering of sweet cherries.

Mouthfeel-
Lighter then I was expecting, but a bit thicker than Belgian.

Overall-
The alcohol taste fades the more you drink, but there is still an presence no matter how much. Interesting, but definitely a one time. (470 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (1,257 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BBD of Aug 2014...

Pours an effervescent chestnut with 3 fingers of tan/cream colored head head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Cherry & banana taffy in copious amounts with stiff booze

T: Follows the nose, then cherry & banana mix along with a booze laced juicy-fruit with rubber bands thrown in up front. Slight leathery notes, dryness, boozey banana taffy, boozeyness becomes harsher as this warms up, but not a major problem, then more cherry & dryness

MF: Slight carbonation, medium bodied

Not a good Quad, but interesting & would love to put a few back to age for a few years, this will pay dividends I bet. Give this at least a year, still too raw & off kilter, plus disjointed, in otherwords; pass for right now (726 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I'm not sure how sad it is, but beer teaches me more about the world than just about any other source. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset ruby-amber topped by over a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises medicinal cherry dust (which also kinda borders on plum at times...), Belgian candi sugar, light clove, banana, perfume-y flowers, and a smattering of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a touch of coffee in the background and some lightly-toasted biscuit throughout. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda grainy feel. Overall, I don't feel the cascara really works all that well here, as it seemed to go sideways. Had that strange character not been there, ths probably could've been pretty nice, but c'est la vie, I s'pose. (836 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Cascara Quad from the Lips Of Faith series last month for $8.59 at The Lager Mill. It's been a while since I've had a quad, so I thought I would give this one a shot since the Lips Of Faith series is pretty solid, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a chalice.

A- The bottle looks really nice, it's got a nice and intricate design to it that reminds of some native Peruvian artwork, I'm really digging it. It poured a very hazy mahogany color that took on a bright amber color when held to the light with three fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left tons of lacing behind. This beer looked pretty good, the color was good with the head and lacing being very good.

S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of sweetness followed by a nice cherry like aroma. Up next comes some malts that impart a dark malt and a slight dark bread aroma with a good amount of dark fruits showing up, I get some of the date aromas, but there's also some figs and little bit of raisins in the background that take on a booze soaked raisin like aroma when mixed with a higher amount of a medium boozy aroma. The aroma is nice, i liked the cherrys and the dark fruit aspects, but it was a little on the sweet side and the alcohol could have been hidden a little better.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and less complex. It starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a slight candied sugar like flavor to it with some sweet malts that impart a slight caramel and brown bread like flavors. Up next comes a pretty dominate boozy taste that is fairly warming and it's followed by some dark fruits with a slight bit of cherrys, but it's the date and figs that seems to stick out the most but they are still on the lighter side. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness, just some boozy and warming alcohol. with a dark fruit, cherry, and boozy aftertaste. This was an average tasting quad, the flavors were pretty thin and it was the sweetness and alcohol that seemed to show up the most, I wasn't impressed.

M- Not that smooth, rich, warming, medium bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was just ok, it was too thin for the style and not that smooth at all.

Overall I thought this was a mediocre beer and an average at best example of the style, it wasn't that true to style and it seemed like the sweetness and the alcohol took the place of all those great malty quad flavors, it was really lacking balance. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't too smooth, it was boozy and the flavor couldn't hold my attention, I think it would be hard for me to drink the whole bottle, I'm glad i'm sharing it, half a bottle is more than enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, i thought this beer looked pretty good and it looked pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the balance, it was pretty off, the flavors that shouldn't stick out the most did and that made for a pretty harsh quad that wasn't very drinkable. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it might get better with age, but I'm not willing to risk it and I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, I don't think it's a good example of the style. All in all i was let down with this beer, it wasn't what I was expecting, I had high hopes after trying their Tripel that was released with this beer, but this turned out to be a let down. Better luck next guys, this one needs some work. So far this is my least favorite beer that I've tried from the Lips Of Faith series. (3,670 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells strongly of cherry and plum with cloying sweetness. Date isn't something with a definite smell just a sugar scent. and slightly musty. There is a certain musty sugar aroma present.. Some hints of pipe tobacco are present. After a bit yes this does smell something like cherry pipe tobacco.

Starts out sweet and complex with a tobacco flavor. Cherry and plum there is a strong fruit flavor here. Slight taste of ash there is a fair amount of alcohol in this one. Flavor is lighter than the smell.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall a strange mix of flavors. OK but I don't need another one. (657 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up tonight at Brewforia Meridian on the way home from work for $6 ... Poured into my HotD goblet... the light tan head dies back pretty quickly leaving fantastic lacing... the brew is clear chestnut brown.

Nose is not very "Belgian" ... A lot of something that I associate with vanilla... Light coffee... sorta plummy element... smells more sweet than malt prevalent..

Flavor has some minor Belgian qualities... a sorta peppery and lesser background clovey spiciness... with warmth a minor cigar wrapper emerges... so does plenty of alcohol... really too sugary sweet and not enough malt profile..

Carbonation and body are about right for the style...

All and all... Not bad... just not great.

3.75/3.25/3.25/3.5/3.5 (730 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

$17.99 for the 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep garnet colour, 2" head of foam, nice lacing.

S- Aromas of sour cherries, medicinal notes, almost cinnamon like. Weird but not off putting, except for what the style is supposed to be.

T- Sour cherries taste that reminds me of a cough syrup, some cinnamon zing in there, plenty of booze. Not close to the style by my book..

M- Nothing wrong with it; medium body, good carbonation.

O- One and...done. Forking over $18 for this is just crazy on my part but that is what I do. See new beers, buy them. (546 characters)

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Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad from New Belgium Brewing
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