Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad - New Belgium Brewing
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3.43/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
03-11-2013 12:55:44 | More by Bazaar
3.1/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
03-10-2013 22:38:23 | More by n2185
3.19/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
03-10-2013 21:22:06 | More by beertunes
3.59/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
03-09-2013 01:18:43 | More by homebrew311
3.03/5 rDev -16.5%
A: The body is a medium-brown hazy tea-like color, with a small tan and white head that fades away to a pad of large-sized bubbles. Some pock marks where the head manages to stick, but not really lacing. Much lighter than a traditional Quad.
S: Smell alcohol right off the bat. Even as soon as I opened the bottle. I get a few esters, raisin box, and some fig.
T: Alcohol, right off the bat. Then there's a toasty caramel sweetness, followed by a pretty strong bitterness. The alcohol flavor is very strong in this beer, and even when getting past that, the strong bitterness bites hard enough to make it difficult to identify any complexities. Despite this, it is certainly not one-dimensional.
M: The beer is a bit sticky, and has a rough bitterness that make it more difficult to drink than what a person might be used to in a traditional Quad.
O: Overall I was not a huge fan of the beer. It was very boozy and wasn't as smooth as I'd like. I did like that there was a uniqueness to the beer. I felt that the beer might be interesting to age, but that its current state is sub-par, and aging should not be used as a crutch. Belgian beer fans probably wouldn't enjoy this as much as drinkers who want to taste it for its unique ingredients (date sugar and coffee cherries). I would recommend it to those who want to try something different, and don't mind the taste of high-alcohol. For everyone else, I would recommend staying away.
03-07-2013 22:46:57 | More by teromous
3.16/5 rDev -12.9%
Served in a New Belgium Globe glass north of 50º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Fluffy, creamy off white head of a thick, creamy consistency. Body color is a deep mahogany amber with a medium haze and moderate carbonation, a bit lighter than my expectations for Quadrupel beers. Retention is above average, head thickens as it settles. Lacing is medium thick and sticky. A very nice appearance overall. 4.25
(Smell) Aroma consists of mildly tart cherry and banana phenols, light, mildly sweet, vanilla-heavy malt profile, yeasty fruit notes, figs and dates fruity sweetness quite evident, grape-laden mild vinous characters, grain alcohol. The aroma is decent, but a bit sharp and unfocused in places, not particularly the focus of the beer. 3.25
(Taste) A lot more coffee notes up front with a vinous, tart and sharp boozy finish. Missing a lot of malt body, and a grainy malt character. The preservation of coffee notes is actually quite unique and the potential is high for this beer but the overall concoction is distracting with sharpness. 3
(Mouthfeel) Mild chewiness and a faint slick syrupy tone to the body, still shallow for the potential depth of a Quad. Body is low/medium for a Quadrupel, medium/high overall. Alcohol presence is very high. Body is a bit too shallow on malt character and balance, alcohol is just way too noticeable, makes for a sharp imbalance. 3
(Overall) An interesting beer concept, but misses the mark in many places- it's really boozy, just too much alcohol presence for what's really here. The alcohol and grain notes combined just made for a difficult-to-drink beer throughout- not my impressions of a Quad, maybe with a lower alcohol presence it could have made a decent Dubbel. I'm thinking of keeping a bottle of this to see if time can remedy the off-characters. 3.25
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Lips Of Faith Series: Cascara Quad
03-07-2013 01:23:48 | More by Jadjunk
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
4.99/5 rDev +37.5%
This is one of the best beers I have ever tried. So sweet, malty, and fruity with the perfect smell AND mouthfeel. It might have to be my new favourite quad because on top of anything I would have expected, it's got this alcoholic "nastiness" to it. I'm not sure how to best describe it, but it's the perfect mist of musty earthiness and alcoholic bite. Basically, as a connoisseur of malt liquor (a rare specialty), this has everything a kickass malt liquor needs with everything a freaking awesome quad needs as well. It's the best of both worlds and is a top competitor for my personal favourite beer of all time (as those are my two favourite styles). It's super-light in body (for the style), very sweet, but has enough malty flavour crammed into that light body to make it very interesting.
Caution: This is a HOT brew. I'm talking hot, alcoholic flavour. So, if you don't want to taste that, don't put it into your mouth. If you're into that, go pick this up right now.
03-04-2013 07:19:35 | More by ElCommodoro
2.28/5 rDev -37.2%
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
03-04-2013 06:38:17 | More by harrymel
4.04/5 rDev +11.3%
I pass by this and I read "Ale brewed with date with coffee cherries added", yea I'm there!
Pours a blood orange red with a dense vanilla-cherry head. Lacing goes down all the way.
Aroma has some date sugar with trace acidic cherry. Sharp ground cinnamon. Also, smells like the inside of a spent clove cigarette box.
Ballsy brew. Acrimonious cherry with a semi-sweet chocolate malt. Dried fruit. It's got that cherries soaked in shelf rail whiskey taste going on hhnere.
Cocoa powder dry feel. Moderate carbonation with some stickiness. Cherry alcohol in the nose.
I'm torn on this, like a bad train wreck I have to keep looking at. I'm really impressed with the lacing. Yet, I have not mentioned anything about coffee-Where's the coffee? Would I buy this again-no, but dammit I just might.
03-03-2013 05:17:49 | More by joeseppy
Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad from New Belgium Brewing
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