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:
91
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.09%
 
 
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19
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47
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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep copper. Pretty clear. Nice off white head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Deep caramel. Earthy notes. Strong alcohol. Some dark fruits.

Taste - Harsh alcohol here too. Dark earthy, kinda coffee. Very bitter. Not really all that fruity, despite the description.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Medium carbonation. Overly bitter.

Overall - Interesting coffee flavor, but the effect is intense for a quad, even if the coffee flavor itself isn't that strong.

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New Belgium Lips of Faith Cascara Quad, Ale Brewed with date with coffee cherries added. 1 pint, 6 fluid ounces. Alc. 10% by Vol. "Best enjoyed by August 2014." Don't you worry about that.

Utterly hazed and opaque, plummy, magenta hue, 1/4 inch, dotted, lace-leaving, creamy toned. Nice looking beer here.

Aroma: sweet malt, rich fruit, plums, raisins, dates. plump berries, lovely stuff, utterly wonderful. Very nice.

Taste: BAM! Big Belgian malt flavor kicks it first, with alcohol kicking it next. Great balance, malt is king, with hops laying low, and booze not staying shy. Damn. This I love. I don't know what cascara is, but I love it when dates and coffee cherries meet a great big quad. Deee-licious. I'm liking this in all the right ways.

Let's take a moment and read the gobbledygook: " Local roasters Novo Coffee turned us onto Central America's cascara, the fruit or husk that surrounds coffee beans. When dried, it can be made into a tea with hints of cherry and tobacco. Blend that into a quad fermented with gorgeous malts and date sugar for a crazy complex beer to warm your winter nights."

It's April 11, and I still need my winter nights warmed. (Still snowing.) I find fault with the phrase "gorgeous malts", but can't quarrel with the truth. Minor quibble with "quad" as a style. People, you can say quadruple, it won't hurt you. And it is crazy complex, and like I said, terribly delish. Tobacco? Yeah. And brandy, and leather, and cherries, and yum.

One of the biggest, brashest, boldest, richest beers to come out of the Lips of Faith series in recent memory. Mmmm. Right up my alley, this one. Love it.

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