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%
 
 
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19
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47
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Shatter
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of rangerred
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had on tap.

Pours a hazy dark red with a thick white head. Great head retention as well as lacing that hangs around for a very long time.

The aroma is full of cherry and other dark fruit along with a bit of spice and herbs.

Tons of cherry up front in the aroma along with dates. It almost reminds me of cherry kool-aid at first that's how strong the cherry is. This transitions into a more herbal and tobacco taste as the flavor progresses. Banana and clove are faintly present in the background along with alcohol becoming more apparent in the finish.

Overall, there is just way too much going on here. It is a little bit messy with nothing seeming to meld just right. A nice attempt at a unique quad but I feel it is just too overdone.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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 StoutHunter
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Cascara Quad from the Lips Of Faith series last month for $8.59 at The Lager Mill. It's been a while since I've had a quad, so I thought I would give this one a shot since the Lips Of Faith series is pretty solid, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a chalice.

A- The bottle looks really nice, it's got a nice and intricate design to it that reminds of some native Peruvian artwork, I'm really digging it. It poured a very hazy mahogany color that took on a bright amber color when held to the light with three fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left tons of lacing behind. This beer looked pretty good, the color was good with the head and lacing being very good.

S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of sweetness followed by a nice cherry like aroma. Up next comes some malts that impart a dark malt and a slight dark bread aroma with a good amount of dark fruits showing up, I get some of the date aromas, but there's also some figs and little bit of raisins in the background that take on a booze soaked raisin like aroma when mixed with a higher amount of a medium boozy aroma. The aroma is nice, i liked the cherrys and the dark fruit aspects, but it was a little on the sweet side and the alcohol could have been hidden a little better.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and less complex. It starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a slight candied sugar like flavor to it with some sweet malts that impart a slight caramel and brown bread like flavors. Up next comes a pretty dominate boozy taste that is fairly warming and it's followed by some dark fruits with a slight bit of cherrys, but it's the date and figs that seems to stick out the most but they are still on the lighter side. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness, just some boozy and warming alcohol. with a dark fruit, cherry, and boozy aftertaste. This was an average tasting quad, the flavors were pretty thin and it was the sweetness and alcohol that seemed to show up the most, I wasn't impressed.

M- Not that smooth, rich, warming, medium bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was just ok, it was too thin for the style and not that smooth at all.

Overall I thought this was a mediocre beer and an average at best example of the style, it wasn't that true to style and it seemed like the sweetness and the alcohol took the place of all those great malty quad flavors, it was really lacking balance. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't too smooth, it was boozy and the flavor couldn't hold my attention, I think it would be hard for me to drink the whole bottle, I'm glad i'm sharing it, half a bottle is more than enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, i thought this beer looked pretty good and it looked pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the balance, it was pretty off, the flavors that shouldn't stick out the most did and that made for a pretty harsh quad that wasn't very drinkable. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it might get better with age, but I'm not willing to risk it and I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, I don't think it's a good example of the style. All in all i was let down with this beer, it wasn't what I was expecting, I had high hopes after trying their Tripel that was released with this beer, but this turned out to be a let down. Better luck next guys, this one needs some work. So far this is my least favorite beer that I've tried from the Lips Of Faith series.

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Photo of BillyTWilliams
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of bigaltemple
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of mrwelk
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of daledeee
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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 DerwinWentworth
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of srandycarter
3.69/5  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!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a boozy, rich cloudy burnished amber-brown, with a very solid head of yellow-tinged white that stays solid and static for a long time, eventually settling to a creamy film. Lacing is pretty decent: patchy tiny points all over the glass. Body is ridiculously heavy, and the carbonation sits around for a long time before sauntering to the surface when the beer is tilted. Looks pretty intense.

Cinnamon and sharp booze to begin with on the nose. Some earthy, slightly sharp coffee tones come through, mingled with the booze. Did I mention booze? As it warms, oddly, the cinnamon comes through more strongly. It's sweet and rich, but always cut with that heady alcohol character.

Taste is spicy and boozy, but built on a very solid basis of rich sweetness. More of that cinnamon character, more booze—a strangely thinning, plaintive character that sharpens but weakens the flavour. Finish is very biting, phenolic, boozy: with a rather sharp acetone character ending the piece. Even after it's gone there feels like there's a vapourised alcohol sitting in my mouth. Intense.

Feel is rich to start with, but the booze comes forward quite heavily. Leaving it hot and sharp.

Pretty difficult to drink except perhaps in particularly small quantities. I didn't get a lot of the purported dates, cherries or coffee, and what's left is something of a pretty messy quad. There are certainly things to like in it, and it's an impressive beer no matter what I think of it personally.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of srhoadsy
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served slightly chilled in a tulip.

Pours a deep rich mahogany red with an inch of tan head that slowly recedes leaving moderate surface layer and lacing.

Amazing aromas as soon as you pop the cap. Caramelized sugars, dried fruits and a boozy alcohol background.

Flavors of molasses, dried fruits, some sourness from the cherries, a touch ashy bitterness from the coffee with a touch of banana and cloves.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sweet finish and aftertaste.

The nose on this beer is amazing, the flavor however is a little too busy for me. Complexity is good thing, but I can't help but think they went a little overboard with this beer.

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