Cascara Quad | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GilGarp on 02-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
516
Reviews:
92
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.09%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
47
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 516 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of RickS95
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
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 wogreen
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of csustar001
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bhawk1
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of pandow
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Bcarson7287
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip glass. Pours a medium red amber with a fine two finger off white head with great retention and lacing. Fruit forward aroma of stone fruit and cherry, caramel malt. Flavor begins with rich estery fruit; cherry, apple and light stone fruit and then dries out abruptly and finishes very light and dry with a slightly astringent bitterness. Medium bodied with spicy carbonation in the finish. An interesting and odd take on the quadrupel style. The coffee cherries really do add a pleasant cherry flavor. I would have liked a bit more presence from the dates, which would have given a bit more body to support the sweet fruit flavors. Not a traditional quadrupel, but delivers the coffee cherry experience nicely. Warming and a bit alcohol forward.

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Photo of Oelschlager
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rkarimi
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of snaotheus
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a chalice. I think I can find a date code on the bottle, but I can't read it, so fat lot of good that does us.

Pours murky amber with a smallish head that just sort of sits there. Slow, fine carbonation. Smell is musty, dark fruits (such as the dates mentioned on the bottle), some clove and banana.

Taste is fruity. More of the dates, some cherry, some overripe cherry flavor (which I think is from the cascara, which I've tried in a tea format before), a little bit of alcohol bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is thick without being all that sticky. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of kylemckinnis
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Mphis
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Cascara Quad from New Belgium Brewing
3.62 out of 5 based on 516 ratings.
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