Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad - New Belgium Brewing
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2.95/5 rDev -18.7%
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.
03-24-2013 04:48:27 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.36/5 rDev -7.4%
Pours out brown but a clear liquid with some effervescence. Some bubbles around the glass.
Aroma is belgian yeast and spices with a dark maltyness.
Taste is sweet at first then the spices and yeast bring out the Quad flavors. Then at the end you get the overwhelming cherries.
Mouthfeel is sticky as one would expect but the cherries leave a fruitness like christmas fruitcake.
Overall this isn't bad but it's not my cup of tea. Too much of the fruit takes over the yeast and breadyness.
03-20-2013 00:58:38 | More by peabody
3.14/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
03-18-2013 03:25:06 | More by ikantspel
3.71/5 rDev +2.2%
22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
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.
03-17-2013 23:37:25 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.28/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
03-17-2013 00:12:10 | More by Zorro
3.55/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
03-15-2013 02:04:32 | More by AlexFields
Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.