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Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad - New Belgium Brewing

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457 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 10
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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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 00:37:20 | More by twiggamortis420

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-03-2013 20:43:47 | More by WOLFGANG
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-03-2013 00:58:52 | More by iL0VEbeer
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

02-14-2013 22:40:17 | More by chippo33
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-31-2013 01:03:28 | More by Boone757
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-23-2013 21:17:18 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 19:06:04 | More by Pencible
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-29-2014 19:01:46 | More by atrocity
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 05:49:06 | More by AgentMunky
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

07-25-2013 02:58:14 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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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

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 06:38:17 | More by harrymel
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.


Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2013 02:04:32 | More by AlexFields
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-25-2013 20:37:45 | More by Gagnonsux
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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!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 05:20:18 | More by srandycarter
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-05-2013 15:12:31 | More by Whiskeydeez
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West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-15-2013 14:18:42 | More by williamjbauer
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 01:18:43 | More by homebrew311
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 23:56:21 | More by Mitchster
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-09-2013 01:51:44 | More by jera1350
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-05-2013 01:16:31 | More by jsanford
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-29-2013 18:24:38 | More by buckyp
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-22-2013 23:12:55 | More by Daniellobo
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

04-16-2013 19:46:27 | More by stereosforgeeks
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-13-2013 23:46:05 | More by RedneckBeerz
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-18-2013 05:39:29 | More by duff247
Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad from New Belgium Brewing
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