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Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 508
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: 508
Photo of peabody
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 01/16/13. Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Pours a deep ruby hued brown with a gushing three fingers of manilla head. The head shrinks to a thin cap that leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells of over ripe earthy dark fruits, yeasty funk and carmelized sugar.

Tastes of bitter sweet cherries, dates, carmelized sugar, leather, yeast, muted citrus zest, burnt carmel and a decent amount of alcohol.

Medium full body. Slightly over carbonated for my tastes. Nice boozy cherry finish.

I'm not typically a fan of New Belgium but this was an enjoyable quad. I'm assuming it's the coffee cherries that add the pleasant bitter sweet dimension to an overall decent base quad. No problems finishing the whole bomber in one sitting.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, reddish-brown color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is packed with dark fruit aromas (dates, plums, raisins, figs). Light hints of cherry as well. Not really getting much of the coffee in the nose. To me, this one just smells like a Belgian-style Quad should smell. Very inviting aroma on this one. Taste is packed with the dark fruits as well. There is a nice alcohol warmth to it, as it is a bit boozy right now. Very tasty date and fig flavors come through, along with red grapes and black cherries. The coffee in this beer is VERY subtle. More booze in the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied and nicely carbonated. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, I think a bit of age may do this beer well. It is a solid quad, but doesn't stand out too particularly from other quads. This one is quite boozy as well.

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Photo of RickS95
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly thickish pour. Extremely rich, not a hint of clear in the dark brown beer. The head is mediocre, though it presents a thin lace. However, it's such a dark, rich color that it makes up for any other misgivings.

The scents are subtle, leading me to believe the beer was a bit too cold, but coffee and cherries are hiding in there, as well as a splash of alcohol.

Initially, there's a modest note of cherries which is very pleasant because it's not terribly overwhelming, mostly taking a backseat to the malt. However, there's a big punch of alcohol that masks just about every other ingredient. As it warms, a gentle taste of cherry flavored coffee emerges. Again, it's not overpowering at all, providing just the right amount of flavor to faintly flavor the beer. Impressive.

Unfortunately, that heat and burn from the alcohol beats down any other feel. It's sweet up front and hot and gently bitter at the end. Full bodied with a wet, hot finish.

Overall, I like that the coffee and cherries are supporting characters that don't taint the beer. I like the high ABV, I just wish the alcohol wasn't so obvious. Regardless, it's a nice tasting, sipping beer.

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Photo of Mikecap
2.49/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Medium amber with a thin brownish head, splotchy lacing. Very light in color for a quad, resembles a dubbel more.

Smell: Dark fruits with a good amount of cherry, dates and raisin. Some malty sweetness, but no apparent roast or coffee.

Taste: Dark cherry at the forefront, not tart as I would've hoped for, and I get absolutely no coffee. Tastes reminiscent of cherry cough syrup...

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation and a slight alcohol burn. Getting through a whole bottle of this would be a chore.

Overall: Glad this is out of my fridge and I can't say that I'm a fan. Maybe it was a bad bottle, but I got none of the coffee and very little traditional Belgian quadrupel flavors...Unfortunately much of this bottle was a drainpour

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Photo of AdamBear
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-reddish brown with a thin tan head

S-mix of caramel, dark belgian sugars, and cherries. has a bit of artificial Belgianess to it.

T-comes in with a bit of heat, belgian rawness, aged caramels, and a touch of bitterness. the beginning wasn't all too great but the after-taste is actually quite magnificent full of cherries and aged belgian sugars, but not too sweet. I like it.

M-low dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-it's actually not a terrible quad. it's definitely an american quad, but it has a certain lasting after-taste i really enjoy. also, the abv is barely noticeable.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

New Belgium Brewing's
Lips Of Faith Series: Cascara Quad

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Photo of chugalug06
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice looking brew. Awesome lacing, nice growing head into a foamy tan, brew is deep brown-red and clear.

Awesome clove notes, coffee aroma is beyond subtle, yet Cascara is awesome.

Hum. I prefer the aroma. Carbonation is way too high. Sweet, grapey, dry, no heat, not a mess. A bit too thin and underwhelming.

I wish I could drink this brew through my nose. I think NB may have "borrowed" this brew from DENVER BEER CO.?.?.? Recommended @ $8/22oz. One of NB's more amusing LoF brews.

Can you say Cascara? Yes, please!!!!

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Photo of impending
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


22oz into a tulip. Pours a mid tone walnut, little head with an encouraging pour, minor lacing.

Aroma is dominated by a strong phenolic undertone. Yes, the promised cherries, dates and tobacco are delivered but they do not define as the phenolic note does.

Dates begin the flavor which is low in sweets. Dry sits in for bitter. Strongly pronounced dark cherries appear in the finish and is the highlight of the taste. A hint of solvent alcohol appears as the flavor evolves to an undefined sensation.
Slick bodied medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip. Was looking forward to this beer, based on its description.

A: Initially opaque dull gold body turns into a light chestnut that ends up being pretty clear...the frothy off-white head and lace is pretty nice.

S: I get a lot of yeasty esters, and dried fruit...a good amount of date and dried fig, dark cherry...very earthy in a way. No real coffee that I can detect but I wasn't really expecting any.

T: Some malty sweetness and bready notes...more Belgian here than on the nose, sorta Dubbel-ish. Yeast dries this one out...even the fruit component seems dry though there is an underlying sweetness. Date, fig, cherry, and plenty of earthy tones.

Pretty unremarkable.

MF: Feel is a bit sticky but mostly dry again, probably medium bodied, with appropriate carbonation by my estimation.

O: Just not impressed. You put 'Dates' and 'Cherries' and 'Coffee' on the label, thats what I'm going to expect to smell and taste. Call me crazy.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy red rust color with 1 inch of off-white head that settles to a ring on top and leaves thick strands of lace.

Smell is of funky yeast, tart cherry and an unpleasant hint of ash aroma.

Taste is dominated by bready malt with hints of cherry and other assorted dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This effort falls far short of the template set by the classic Belgian quads. In fact, there are many examples of American quadrupels that are more worthy of any quad drinker's attention. Mediocre and forgettable.

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Photo of daledeee
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found this one in the back of my frig. A 22 oz bottle.

Poured into a large wine type glass it is kind of a muddy brown with nice lacing and off white head.

Nose was promising with dates but also smelled very boozy.

The bottle says dates and cherries. Taste is full of dates and dark fruit. Medium sweetness and spiciness. Somehow the flavors just don't come all together. It seems like all the ingredients are there but overall not a very balanced brew. OK but not great. Mouth feel is the right carbonation but the booziness does something funny to the palate.

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Photo of dbossman
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Almost a mahogany hue with a big creamy and foamy head and okay lacing

S: Lots of fruits and candied sugars: cherries, dates, figs, brown sugar, raisins with some subtle coffee undertones; this smells quite good

T: Pretty boozy and not nearly the complexities as the aromas hinted at: dates, cherries, brown sugar, raisins, and coffee are all there but they just don't quite mesh

F: Medium body and sticky--pretty decent mouth feel

O: I like this beer; I just wish the flavors matched the amazing aromas

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Photo of cvm4
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours copper in color with an off white eggshell head and has pretty good lacing.

S - Dark fruits that seem ripe, along with toffee and sweet malts.

T - Cherry is there, though muted somewhat, with a coffee overtone. Has a fig/date/prune flavors throughout.

M - Lighter bodied with a high carbonation. Very wet finish.

O - Definitely a quad but the extra additions aren't extremely noticeable.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler via Jungle Jim's Fairfield. This FINE quad pours a reddish mahogany with one of the best heads I have seen that dissipates to a thin off white pool with a thick tightly beaded sudsy ring and fantastic lacing. Nose of dark tart cherries, Belgian candy sugars, and earthy yeast. I detect no coffee in the nose.....that is fixed by the taste with sweet Belgian candy sugars and cherries to all sides, followed by a tobacco and green coffee note that is prevalent on the back and aftertaste, blending nicely with a rich earthy yeast note. Moderately strong alcohol is seared in the back and sides with prickly but light carbonation. A substantial brew indeed. Very nice. New Belgium should be congratulated for making delicious hybrids that are not off the beaten path.


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Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a snifter to a ruddy brown with a finger and a half of dense white head that fades to a small mat and leaves good lacing
S: smells is alcohol, dark fruits and sugary sweetness
T: taste is dark fruits, candi sugar, cherry, tobacco and some alcohol. swallow is alcohol, dark fruits and some phenols
M: this beer is on the fuller side with soft and slightly prickly carbonation. the beer finishes just slightly dry
O: Not a bad quad and it definitely can't stand toe to toe with some of the best from Belgium. It's definitely well made and drinks well. Alcohol could be hidden better but the flavors meld fairly well.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: murky brownish color to this brew. Above average lacing on the edges of the glass. About a finger of head when delivered to the table but dissipated quickly and was only lightly present while drinking.

Smell: the nose is very one dimensional. Its mainly a spicy malt which isn't overly potent. Leaves room for other accents to pop up but nothing asserts itself. Some light fruits, banana and leafy greens.

Taste: did not expect this taste after the aroma. The front is wild yeast and earthy malt. That yields to a body or potent raisins and tobacco dryness. Riding throughout on the undertones is a fruity sweetness keeping the taste buds guessing. With all that going on, im not sure how well it all mixes together. Very distinct and sharp twists in the flavor. The finish is a funky malt which doesn't stick around long.

Mouthfeel: comes off slightly confused with so much going on here. Breads yeast stays out the most on the palette.

Overall: this isnt an elite beer but it is certainly a very interesting experience. Keeps the palette on its toes and does not bore the drinker. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a goblet. Pours a hazy amber with a thin off white head. Dark fruit in the aroma, also a bit of cinnamon. Medium bodied. A lot of malt sweetness. Some more dark fruit, a bit of cherry that comes out as it warms. Alcohol isn't readily apparent. Decent, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of teromous
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of midnitesun11
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky burnt autumn orange with a one finger white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles, and the head is short lived but leaves a nice lace trail.

Smells of bread with a cherry compliment to it. A little chocolate smell and alcohol as well too.

Tastes of fermented alcohol infused cherries. I got a slight coffee, chocolate like taste also.

Pretty good mouthfeel, lots of carbonation present. The bitter finish doesn't last too long either.

Overall it's a good beer. Not one of my favorites though because I'm not too much of a cherry fan. All in all, I think New Belgium nailed it with what they were going for, although not for me you have to give it a try!

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Photo of TruePerception
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)


New Belgium's Lips of Faith Cascara Quad: ale brewed with dates and coffee cherries, 10% ABV, just over a fingers worth of head; Appearance: very red amber; Smell: cherry/light coffee, light green leaf, fairly light scent overall, faint hazelnut; Taste/Mouthfeel: strong taste of mellow coffee, touch of hazelnut, bit of date, slightly cherry-like taste (but darker), mild aciditym bitter tang on finish; pretty good

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

ST: 22oz poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy amber, almost brown, with a good thick white head with nice lacing.

S: Odd light cherry (herbal anyway, possibly rose) dark fruit (plum) spice.

T: A bit of date, raisin, and almost coffee in the finish, but very, very green.

M: Heavy

O: Interesting flavor, not very sweet. The finish is very herbaceous. There is some spice as well, but the green flavor controls the finish.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.99/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of bigaltemple
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Best by August 2014

Deep amber with ruby highlights. Big and fluffy cream colored head leaves behind some sticky sheets of lace.

Smell is surprising, as I was not expecting the cherry to be so dominant. This blends well into the malt backbone, with some figs and dates in there as well. Very mild coffee underneath.

Cherry is a bit subdued in the taste. Rich maltiness ends with a lingering tobacco finish. Crisp, medium body. Wouldn't mind this being a little thicker.

Price can't be beat at $6/bomber. However, I don't feel all the components meld seamlessly enough to drive me to get more.

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