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Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Cascara QuadLips Of Faith - Cascara Quad

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BA SCORE
82
good

421 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 421
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-11-2013)
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aa911911

Michigan

2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2013 00:20:10 | More by aa911911
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: murky brownish color to this brew. Above average lacing on the edges of the glass. About a finger of head when delivered to the table but dissipated quickly and was only lightly present while drinking.

Smell: the nose is very one dimensional. Its mainly a spicy malt which isn't overly potent. Leaves room for other accents to pop up but nothing asserts itself. Some light fruits, banana and leafy greens.

Taste: did not expect this taste after the aroma. The front is wild yeast and earthy malt. That yields to a body or potent raisins and tobacco dryness. Riding throughout on the undertones is a fruity sweetness keeping the taste buds guessing. With all that going on, im not sure how well it all mixes together. Very distinct and sharp twists in the flavor. The finish is a funky malt which doesn't stick around long.

Mouthfeel: comes off slightly confused with so much going on here. Breads yeast stays out the most on the palette.

Overall: this isnt an elite beer but it is certainly a very interesting experience. Keeps the palette on its toes and does not bore the drinker. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 19:20:23 | More by KFBR392
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2013 02:05:07 | More by rangerred
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

$6 draft at USNWC in Charlotte. Poured with a small tan head over a hazy, dark amber body.
Has more flavor than aroma, with the latter featuring dates, prunes, plum and fig as well as an (unfortunate) light tobacco flavor The high ABV is too obvious in both the taste and feel. Medium+ body is slightly astringent and harsh. Carbonation is about right for the style.

O: some, but not enough malt profile, complexity or dark fruitiness. Not bad... but not real good either. Almost certainly would benefit from some aging.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 01:54:32 | More by chinchill
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Charlie Jewell's in Redlands, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and brown sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's fairly boozy and strong.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 06:34:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish dark brown. Pretty light for a quad, not too much of a head, but really pretty.

Smell is all sweet cherries. Maybe a little chocolate, really just dominated by cherry. Smells great.

Taste has a lot of sweet cherry too but not as one dimensional and not as awesome. Very sweet, mostly cherry, some chocolate, some candied sugar typical of quads, not nearly as complex as a real Belgian quad of course. Pretty tasty.

Carbonation is decent but this tastes pretty boozy, really shows the alcohol. Maybe would improve with age.

7.1/10

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2013 02:04:32 | More by AlexFields
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beertunes

Washington

3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 21:22:06 | More by beertunes
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

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
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Furlinator

California

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
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 18:25:34 | More by Stinkypuss
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 21:11:45 | More by SaCkErZ9
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:08:05 | More by vette2006c5r
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Mikecap

Louisiana

2.43/5  rDev -32.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 14:47:03 | More by Mikecap
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kencarman

Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 01:19:03 | More by kencarman
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Zach136

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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...

Serving type: growler

09-07-2013 18:12:09 | More by Zach136
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TruePerception

California

3.51/5  rDev -3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 07:37:58 | More by TruePerception
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shand

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 05:16:57 | More by shand
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Billolick

New York

3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 04:25:30 | More by Billolick
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 21:21:35 | More by bluejacket74
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Tone

Missouri

4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 01:18:58 | More by Tone
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 04:18:39 | More by superspak
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RickS95

Indiana

4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 03:32:03 | More by RickS95
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 03:27:09 | More by LiquidAmber
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snaotheus

Washington

3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 22:55:13 | More by snaotheus
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AgentMunky

California

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 05:49:06 | More by AgentMunky
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Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad from New Belgium Brewing
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