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Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 509
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 33.61%
Wants: 14
Gots: 46 | 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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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 509
Photo of AgentMunky
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of StoutHunter
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a murky, sort of dulled looking brown color. A huge foamy cream colored head leaves some good lace.

S: A sweet cherry aroma mixed with Belgian yeast, tobacco, faint clove and a lot of dark fruit notes. Pretty good.

T: Yikes. It's like there are good flavors in here, but they all made the mistake of attacking your palate at the same time. An initial explosion of Belgian yeast, tobacco, brown sugar, molasses, dates and fig. But those all die as quickly as they showed up and you're left with a fairly unpleasant sour grain husk and faded earthy hop flavor. Some ash and cherry skins as well. I loved the idea of this one, but it didn't really turn out so well.

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Photo of Zach136
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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...

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Photo of srandycarter
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Going different format for this one. Cloudy dark caramel, not much head but pure white. Lots of sudsy lace. Smell is disappointing, not much going on there. A little clove and banana. Taste is malty, and pretty middle of the road. Mouth is good carb, fair balance, medium to full weight. Overall, just not interesting to me. Most of the Lips of Faith have been disappointing to me, but I keep trying!

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Photo of homebrew311
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass, looks like a berry fruit juice with a thin layer of white head that retains nicely. Heavy layer of lacing left behind. Near features heavy wave of Belgiany esters up front with notes of banana, clove , and bubble gum. Next comes a bit of bright and sweet cherry notes. This is my first foray into a concoction with coffee cherries. The taste is all Belgian quad up front with notes of candi sugar, banana, and grapes. The coffee cherry comes through next and provides a sweet fruity characteristic that has almost a chocolatey finish. Mouthfeel is light with mellow carbonation. Overall, a very sweet quad without a whole lot of depth and complexity. I'm not sure that the cascara style really adds anything new to this style aside from some added sweetness.

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Photo of harrymel
2.31/5  rDev -36.4%
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

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Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best enjoyed by August of 2014.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with some ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and about two fingers of off white head that slowly recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good of amount of clinging lacing.

Smell: A sweet, yeasty, and fruity Belgian tinged aroma with lots of cherries. Belgian yeast with some hints of funk, pepper, and cloves. Toasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, chocolate, coffee, and grains. Sweet candied sugar and molasses. Lots of fruit with big hints of cherries and dark raisin, figs, dates, plum, and prune. Also some hints of bananas, apple, tea leaves, tobacco, and leather. Subtle presence of earthy hops in the background. A nicely complex aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a complex and sweet taste of yeast, dark fruit esters, and toasty malt. Belgian yeast upfront with notes of clove, pepper, and funk. Toasted malts with bready notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, and grain. Belgian candied sugar and molasses sweetness. Big fruit taste with some notes of banana, apple, and lots of cherries throughout. Dark fruit notes of figs, dates, raisin, plum, and prune juice. Also some notes of tea, leather, and tobacco. Taste is sweet and somewhat tart but not cloying. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, chewy, and somewhat slick. A little alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: A pretty interesting and good beer. Good cherry flavor with a good presence of spicy yeast and toasty malt. Sweet and rich but not too sweet.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$6.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with Pale, Munich, Caramel Munich, Biscuit, and Black malts, as well as Belgium Amber Candy Sugar, Date Sugar, and Cascara Tea (coffee cherries). Hopped with "Hallertauer Hersbrucker-Nobel", and "Styrian-Golding-Nobel" per the website. Nobel? Noble? No-one knows:)
22 IBU, 10% ABV.

Pours out to a cloudy medium amber, forming a tall mousse-like light yellow head with excellent retention and nice lacing owed in part to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.25 carbs or so. The nose opens with brown bananas, cloves, biscuit, slight pink bubblegum, distant burnt rubber, candy sugar, and peppery alcohol. The mouthfeel is firm, almost syrupy if it weren't for the carbonation, with a big body. The taste is a recap of the aroma, with the addition of booze and some hot estery fusels. The finish is leathery. Bitterness is mild. No hop flavor to speak of. A touch oxidized in the finish, like wet newspaper. Finishes too sweet for a quad, inadequate attenuation.

I love New Belgium's stuff, but this one is a stinker. It's not awful, but it's not up to their standards, which is a compliment. The fusels kill it. It's boozy and hot and oxidized. They either under-pitched the yeast, didn't oxygenate the wort, or fermented it too hot. Either way, it definitely doesn't stand up to other respected quads typical for the style. Wouldn't bu or recommend this one, even to my Belgian Quad friends.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brown to a reddish date like hue, this Quad presents itself nicely with a thick bubbly off brown head.

The scent is of Dates and a little cherry. Being that it is brewed with dates and cherries that makes sense. I got very little malt in the aroma.

The taste is of Dates and a little cherry. Being that it is brewed with dates and cherries that makes sense. See a pattern here. This beer really took the dates and cherries and made it it's own. Very little beer elements it was still better than average. Kind of a sweet alcohol aftertaste.

Overall, if this would have taken on more of a malt backbone and embraced some other Quad elements this would be much better.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.44/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for the bottle-share. It’s been too long, buddy.

This pours a ruddy ruby amber color with light foam. There’s a mild aroma of figs/stone fruit and some bubblegum, with hints of a phenolic sweetness that rounds it out.

The flavor is curious. There’s a lot going on here, like those same stone fruit and bubblegum notes reminiscent of a dubble more than a quad, in combination with a bittering that turns sweet, and this dry, dry, dry finish. It was like biting into pith, followed by an unexpected buttery note on the very end.
An interesting, challenging brew, not for everyone.

Took me a while to figure out what the aftertertaste/finish reminded me of. It was something that I’ve experienced before but I couldn’t name it… until I realized: unripe banana. Yes. That dry, mouth-smacking sensation from eating a still greenish banana. I didn’t care for that.

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Photo of n2185
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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Photo of GilGarp
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber served slightly chilled into a goblet.

Cascara Quad is a medium dark brown with good clarity. The head is thick at first but settles quickly leaving some slight lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet and malty with hints of roasted malt and some spice.

Flavor is full of depth and complexity. I've never had a quad with coffee added but it works well together. Strong malt body adds plenty of sweetness that is then balanced out with the coffee and subtle hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a pretty solid quad. It started off a little harsh but, as it warms, it begins to open up and soften into a nice cold night sipper.

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

22oz bottle.

Pours mahogany with a half inch head of beige. A few wisps remain on the surface with some dotted lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with raisins, caramel, dark rum, plums, and candied fruit. Hints of berries and coffee follow through.

Medium bodied with a sticky, syrupy mouthfeel.

Sweet malt with rum-soaked raisins and caramel coated candied apples starts the palate. Boozy fusels with hints of cherry cough syrup and roast follow through.

Finishes with a lingering sweetness, warming booze, and a roasty, cherry-like aftertaste.

Interesting beer but too sweet and undercarbonated. The roasty character doesn't mesh well either.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
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...

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.57/5  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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Medium brown. Pours a slight, bubbly, brown-white head. Dissipates quickly leaving a tiny smattering of bubbles, and ring around the rim. Spotty lacing.

S: Fermented raspberry and cherry are prominent. A little fresh flora and sourdough.

T: Pungent bready flavor, with some hints of fermented fruit.

M: Syrupy body, pungent, with a dry bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, decent head, and fair lacing. Nose is a great combination of sour bread accentuated with fermented fruit. Pungent and bready, accentuated with bitter fermented fruit. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of rangerred
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of shand
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

The beer is a hazy, murky toffee brown color. A cream colored head leaves a nice film with sheets of lacing. The aroma is very alcoholic, but dates, toffee, and a cherry-like note come in. The beer tastes boozy and syrupy at first. Malts laced with cherry tart come in, followed by a coffee grind dryness. A fruity date body hides underneath. The mouthfeel is full. This is a sipper.

Overall, I didn't know what to expect, but this is a nice interesting sipper for a Friday night. Or any night.

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Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.