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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GilGarp on 02-11-2013

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Reviews:
90
Ratings:
513
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
33.43%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
47
For Trade:
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Photo of Bitterbill
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

$17.99 for the 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep garnet colour, 2" head of foam, nice lacing.

S- Aromas of sour cherries, medicinal notes, almost cinnamon like. Weird but not off putting, except for what the style is supposed to be.

T- Sour cherries taste that reminds me of a cough syrup, some cinnamon zing in there, plenty of booze. Not close to the style by my book..

M- Nothing wrong with it; medium body, good carbonation.

O- One and...done. Forking over $18 for this is just crazy on my part but that is what I do. See new beers, buy them.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of peabody
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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 notchucknorris
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a murky, sort of dulled looking brown color. A huge foamy cream colored head leaves some good lace.

S: A sweet cherry aroma mixed with Belgian yeast, tobacco, faint clove and a lot of dark fruit notes. Pretty good.

T: Yikes. It's like there are good flavors in here, but they all made the mistake of attacking your palate at the same time. An initial explosion of Belgian yeast, tobacco, brown sugar, molasses, dates and fig. But those all die as quickly as they showed up and you're left with a fairly unpleasant sour grain husk and faded earthy hop flavor. Some ash and cherry skins as well. I loved the idea of this one, but it didn't really turn out so well.

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Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

$6 draft at USNWC in Charlotte. Poured with a small tan head over a hazy, dark amber body.
Has more flavor than aroma, with the latter featuring dates, prunes, plum and fig as well as an (unfortunate) light tobacco flavor The high ABV is too obvious in both the taste and feel. Medium+ body is slightly astringent and harsh. Carbonation is about right for the style.

O: some, but not enough malt profile, complexity or dark fruitiness. Not bad... but not real good either. Almost certainly would benefit from some aging.

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Photo of Bazaar
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A - Medium brown/reddish color, hazy, very little head with some bubbles, minimal head retention.

N - Some yeast esters, including banana and clove, malty, some coffee and dark fruit.

T - Very estery, candi sugar, some alcohol burn, tart cherries, pepper, slight coffee, tobacco. Alcohol burn in the after taste followed by dark fruit. I left about 6 oz to warm up to about 55 degrees, and, at that temperature, the beer was very, very boozy.

M - Properly carbonated for the style, lingering, medium body, bubbly, but allows flavors to meld well.

O - Decent offering. Good variation of the style with its hints of fruit, coffee and tobacco, but it's a little too subtle and the alcohol burn may be too present to make it great. Still, it was enjoyable.

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Photo of midnitesun11
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Scotchboy
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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 brewandbbq
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours mahogany with a half inch head of beige. A few wisps remain on the surface with some dotted lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with raisins, caramel, dark rum, plums, and candied fruit. Hints of berries and coffee follow through.

Medium bodied with a sticky, syrupy mouthfeel.

Sweet malt with rum-soaked raisins and caramel coated candied apples starts the palate. Boozy fusels with hints of cherry cough syrup and roast follow through.

Finishes with a lingering sweetness, warming booze, and a roasty, cherry-like aftertaste.

Interesting beer but too sweet and undercarbonated. The roasty character doesn't mesh well either.

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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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Photo of KFBR392
3.51/5  rDev -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%
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 TruePerception
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

3/13/13

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 Stinkypuss
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light reddish brown color with an off white head . Aroma of cherries, malt and alcohol. In the taste, much like a big quad with brown sugar, sherry, roast, alcohol and fruit. There is a very slight acidity. This reminds me of an aged Belgian quad. Full bodied mouthfeel and wel carbonated. Overall, this is a good example of the style with a few tweaks.

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Photo of Zach136
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

32 oz Counter Pressure filled growler from Barrel and Barley in Woodstock, GA poured into a snifter.

A - Deep copper, nice one finger medium beige head with steady carbonation, great lacing.

S - Booze and cherry cough syrup up front with dates, figs and plums in the background along with some other fruity belgian esters.

T - Dark fruit medley and coffee notes up front. A harsh alcoholic finish that leaves some black cherry and medicinal notes on the palate.

M - Spot on. Medium bodied, and refreshing if it weren't for the aforementioned lingering qualities.

O - This is a fine Belgian Strong Dark, but a real miss in the Quad department. Too light in color, too much noticeable alcohol and I'm still not even positive if the coffee cherries were a positive flavor profile to add...

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Photo of AlexFields
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

7.1/10

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Photo of elNopalero
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for the bottle-share. It’s been too long, buddy.

This pours a ruddy ruby amber color with light foam. There’s a mild aroma of figs/stone fruit and some bubblegum, with hints of a phenolic sweetness that rounds it out.

The flavor is curious. There’s a lot going on here, like those same stone fruit and bubblegum notes reminiscent of a dubble more than a quad, in combination with a bittering that turns sweet, and this dry, dry, dry finish. It was like biting into pith, followed by an unexpected buttery note on the very end.
An interesting, challenging brew, not for everyone.

Took me a while to figure out what the aftertertaste/finish reminded me of. It was something that I’ve experienced before but I couldn’t name it… until I realized: unripe banana. Yes. That dry, mouth-smacking sensation from eating a still greenish banana. I didn’t care for that.

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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 ThickNStout
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
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 homebrew311
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This quad pours a fairly dark reddish brown color with a medium tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. There is a good amount of carbonation at first. The smell is yeasty and somewhat fruity, probably cherry. The flavor is quite intense. It has notes of date, coffee, and cherries as the bottle says and a big yeasty backbone. There is also a very detectable flavor of alcohol. This is common to quads, and not something that I normally mind, but it is a little more overpowering here than I would prefer. Although the flavors are nice, this beer lacks the complexity and some of the polish of a truly great quad. It seems like a beer that has some of the right things going for it, but just doesn’t totally come together in the end. It is somewhat enjoyable, and it will get you drunk at 10%, but if you want a really great example of the style this isn’t it.

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Photo of Chieftog
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bomber in a New Belgium goblet.

A- 4.75 A really nice looking beer. Dark but clear amber, small head (gentle pour). Really nice lacing, marking the level of each sip ... a foamy, tan curtain of foam.

S- 3.25 Not the best smell. Sweet tobacco & slightly metallic. I think I can smell the dates too.

T- 3.5 Taste follows the smell plus slightly dry. There's a slight coffee taste but not what you'd think. Boozy & metallic. Tobacco'ish taste is prominent but not in a bad way. Can really sense the alcohol content but, once again, not in a bad way.

M- 3.75 Good carbonation. A little dryness.

O- 4 Overall seems better than the sum of its parts. Nice carbonation, great look but a little lacking in taste. Didn't cure my "thirst" but my head got fuzzy after killing the botle. It did get more complex once it warmed a bit, but I'd probably grab the Heavenly Feijoa (radically different style, I know) instead next time if I had to choose between the two, but I prefer the bretty-funkiness & tartness in most of my faves anyway.

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Photo of cvm4
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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 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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Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad from New Belgium Brewing
3.62 out of 5 based on 513 ratings.
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