Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad - New Belgium Brewing
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3.79/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
04-18-2013 06:34:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.25/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
02-27-2013 02:45:42 | More by TMoney2591
3.93/5 rDev +8.3%
A - Poured out a burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.
S - Some fairly strong cherry aroma with a touch of tobacco.
T - Cherry, tobacco, chocolate with a malty backbone. Just enough bitterness for balance.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale.
O - This is a very interesting beer. Very unique.
02-28-2013 02:28:48 | More by zeff80
3.2/5 rDev -11.8%
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
03-05-2013 06:31:21 | More by russpowell
4.21/5 rDev +16%
New Belgium Lips of Faith Cascara Quad, Ale Brewed with date with coffee cherries added. 1 pint, 6 fluid ounces. Alc. 10% by Vol. "Best enjoyed by August 2014." Don't you worry about that.
Utterly hazed and opaque, plummy, magenta hue, 1/4 inch, dotted, lace-leaving, creamy toned. Nice looking beer here.
Aroma: sweet malt, rich fruit, plums, raisins, dates. plump berries, lovely stuff, utterly wonderful. Very nice.
Taste: BAM! Big Belgian malt flavor kicks it first, with alcohol kicking it next. Great balance, malt is king, with hops laying low, and booze not staying shy. Damn. This I love. I don't know what cascara is, but I love it when dates and coffee cherries meet a great big quad. Deee-licious. I'm liking this in all the right ways.
Let's take a moment and read the gobbledygook: " Local roasters Novo Coffee turned us onto Central America's cascara, the fruit or husk that surrounds coffee beans. When dried, it can be made into a tea with hints of cherry and tobacco. Blend that into a quad fermented with gorgeous malts and date sugar for a crazy complex beer to warm your winter nights."
It's April 11, and I still need my winter nights warmed. (Still snowing.) I find fault with the phrase "gorgeous malts", but can't quarrel with the truth. Minor quibble with "quad" as a style. People, you can say quadruple, it won't hurt you. And it is crazy complex, and like I said, terribly delish. Tobacco? Yeah. And brandy, and leather, and cherries, and yum.
One of the biggest, brashest, boldest, richest beers to come out of the Lips of Faith series in recent memory. Mmmm. Right up my alley, this one. Love it.
04-28-2013 08:39:38 | More by feloniousmonk
3.85/5 rDev +6.1%
I always rush to pick up new lips of faith stuff. its been a really impressive series of beers, always pushing the limits. this one was strange. pours way lighter than I thought, medium amber brown with a pinkish hue and a tall fizzy soda looking white head. the nose is like gummy bears or something, sweet and fruity, not artificial, with lots of cherry, yeast, and booze. not a coffee beer per se, as a different part of the plan is apparently used here, but there are some mild coffee notes nevertheless. the flavor is dominated entirely by the date sugar used, which from my understanding is just crushed up dates. it really does have that sort of middle eastern feel to it, sweet in that way, but with the fruit its almost too much. its also aggressively boozy in both nose and taste, certainly all of 10% abv. its punishing, impossible to drink the whole bomber, so good thing I had some mates on deck here. we all agreed it would have been much better coming in closer to 7% abv. anyway, the finish is long and sweet, not sure id call it a quad in the traditional sense, but its a tasty and creative beer that's absolutely worth a try. the feel is really light for the style, not too much body at all. the carbonation is like a pepsi, big active bubbles, persistent. its an odd mix, but that's what we expect in this series. I was challenged by this, and I like it for that reason, but I wouldn't buy it again.
02-15-2013 18:54:17 | More by StonedTrippin
4.08/5 rDev +12.4%
A brown-tinted amber in the tall Saxo tall tulip. Appealing creamy carbonation in the mouth. Some sugars but the Belgian character is really compelling in this one. Fruity aroma with a liqueur-like booziness.
Malty with a toasted fruitcake flavor. The dates are distinct but not overdone. I don't know what the coffee berries are supposed to taste like, but it's exotic and really rich. Fortunately the yeasty flavors are quite robust. A nice dry finish without being harsh, while the sweetness and fruit are still on the lips. Just a hint of hoppy aromatics, but it's hard to tell if there is some hop bitterness along with the yeast bitterness.
These Lips of Faith beers are always a leap, but this one is both extremely drinkable as well as peculiar. A sensational take on the Belgian style and worth From the 22 oz bottle bought at Royal Liquor in Encinitas.
04-01-2013 05:29:40 | More by mactrail
Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.