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Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

476 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 11
Gots: 35 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

GraduatedCashew, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

$17.99 for the 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep garnet colour, 2" head of foam, nice lacing.

S- Aromas of sour cherries, medicinal notes, almost cinnamon like. Weird but not off putting, except for what the style is supposed to be.

T- Sour cherries taste that reminds me of a cough syrup, some cinnamon zing in there, plenty of booze. Not close to the style by my book..

M- Nothing wrong with it; medium body, good carbonation.

O- One and...done. Forking over $18 for this is just crazy on my part but that is what I do. See new beers, buy them.

Bitterbill, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

KAF, Jul 24, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

chippo33, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, label says best enjoyed by August 2014. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a burnt orange/brown color with about a half inch light tan head. The head sticks around for a long time, and there's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells mostly like cherries and dates (really just a lot of dark fruit in general), along with pears, cloves, and some tobacco. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit (cherries, dates, plums), dark bread, caramel, candy sugar, pears, and peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and creamy with a good amount of soft carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, I liked it. $6.99 a bottle, definitely worth trying at that price.

bluejacket74, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber pours a hazed brown color with an ample light tan head. Average retention but does leave some really nice looking lace.

Nose is brown sugared figs and sweet cherry juice...pretty damn good quad aroma - yeasty, cloves and sweet - whats wrong with that?

Taste has maybe a bit much on the toast and is not as rich as many a quad, but not too shabby actually. I have been totally unimpressed by all LOF offerings that are not sour, this one is fairly impressive though. I like the cascara, and I agree with the cherry and tobacco notes...maybe even add in a touch of coffee as well. Its not as sweet as most quads and mouthfeel not as thick, but still...I could see myself picking up another one or three of these. Not that I think it will age all that well, but a $7 quad bomber is a rare find indeed.

twiggamortis420, Apr 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

WOLFGANG, Jul 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Boone757, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 23, 2013
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.

Pencible, Jul 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jul 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Gagnonsux, May 25, 2013
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.

AgentMunky, Jul 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Whiskeydeez, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
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

AlexFields, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of harrymel
2.28/5  rDev -37.2%
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

harrymel, Mar 04, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

srandycarter, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

williamjbauer, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
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.

homebrew311, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

jera1350, Mar 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

stereosforgeeks, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Mitchster
3.34/5  rDev -8%
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.

Mitchster, Apr 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

jsanford, Mar 05, 2013
Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.