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Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

458 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 11
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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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ikantspel

California

3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 03:25:06 | More by ikantspel
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
10% ABV,

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
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Troville1990

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-17-2013 23:17:55 | More by Troville1990
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Kuongming

California

2/5  rDev -44.9%

03-17-2013 17:20:56 | More by Kuongming
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Unchi

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-17-2013 14:40:24 | More by Unchi
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Zorro

California

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 00:12:10 | More by Zorro
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GTB

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

03-16-2013 23:36:48 | More by GTB
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admonster00

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-16-2013 06:20:41 | More by admonster00
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Dwtucker90

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +24%

03-15-2013 22:40:36 | More by Dwtucker90
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gbrill

Arizona

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-15-2013 17:27:28 | More by gbrill
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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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beer64nut

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

03-14-2013 21:01:12 | More by beer64nut
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-13-2013 23:46:05 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-13-2013 22:31:09 | More by Tiernan
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-13-2013 04:52:44 | More by Jason
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timothybarney

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-13-2013 01:17:27 | More by timothybarney
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-12-2013 01:15:04 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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Wrigfen

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-11-2013 19:07:45 | More by Wrigfen
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Bazaar

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A - Medium brown/reddish color, hazy, very little head with some bubbles, minimal head retention.

N - Some yeast esters, including banana and clove, malty, some coffee and dark fruit.

T - Very estery, candi sugar, some alcohol burn, tart cherries, pepper, slight coffee, tobacco. Alcohol burn in the after taste followed by dark fruit. I left about 6 oz to warm up to about 55 degrees, and, at that temperature, the beer was very, very boozy.

M - Properly carbonated for the style, lingering, medium body, bubbly, but allows flavors to meld well.

O - Decent offering. Good variation of the style with its hints of fruit, coffee and tobacco, but it's a little too subtle and the alcohol burn may be too present to make it great. Still, it was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 12:55:44 | More by Bazaar
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n2185

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 22:38:23 | More by n2185
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beertunes

Washington

3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
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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bexley10

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-10-2013 19:45:43 | More by bexley10
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MeisterMayhem

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-09-2013 17:16:13 | More by MeisterMayhem
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-09-2013 01:51:44 | More by jera1350
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 01:18:43 | More by homebrew311
Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad from New Belgium Brewing
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