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Cascara Quad | New Belgium Brewing

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3.64/5
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516 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GilGarp on 02-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,131
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
516
pDev:
13.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 516 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of Ssippisam
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Theosphere
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Satan70
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of SaxmanRick
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle opened on 3.14.13

A - Pours a murky, very dark amber-ruby with a two inch soapy-fluffy tan head that slowly fades leaving spots of lacing.

S - Sweet dark fruit-cherry, plum, some coffe also.

T - Sweet plum juice, alcohol, really ripe fruit, not great.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Super sweet and fruity, not impressed at all with this one.

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Photo of impending
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

c+

22oz into a tulip. Pours a mid tone walnut, little head with an encouraging pour, minor lacing.

Aroma is dominated by a strong phenolic undertone. Yes, the promised cherries, dates and tobacco are delivered but they do not define as the phenolic note does.

Dates begin the flavor which is low in sweets. Dry sits in for bitter. Strongly pronounced dark cherries appear in the finish and is the highlight of the taste. A hint of solvent alcohol appears as the flavor evolves to an undefined sensation.
Slick bodied medium mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of teromous
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The body is a medium-brown hazy tea-like color, with a small tan and white head that fades away to a pad of large-sized bubbles. Some pock marks where the head manages to stick, but not really lacing. Much lighter than a traditional Quad.

S: Smell alcohol right off the bat. Even as soon as I opened the bottle. I get a few esters, raisin box, and some fig.

T: Alcohol, right off the bat. Then there's a toasty caramel sweetness, followed by a pretty strong bitterness. The alcohol flavor is very strong in this beer, and even when getting past that, the strong bitterness bites hard enough to make it difficult to identify any complexities. Despite this, it is certainly not one-dimensional.

M: The beer is a bit sticky, and has a rough bitterness that make it more difficult to drink than what a person might be used to in a traditional Quad.

O: Overall I was not a huge fan of the beer. It was very boozy and wasn't as smooth as I'd like. I did like that there was a uniqueness to the beer. I felt that the beer might be interesting to age, but that its current state is sub-par, and aging should not be used as a crutch. Belgian beer fans probably wouldn't enjoy this as much as drinkers who want to taste it for its unique ingredients (date sugar and coffee cherries). I would recommend it to those who want to try something different, and don't mind the taste of high-alcohol. For everyone else, I would recommend staying away.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.13/5  rDev -14%
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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Photo of n2185
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear ruby color with three fingers of beige head that fades into a frothy ring with great lacing.

S: Belgian spices up front with tons of bubblegum and candy sugar. Sweet fruits and breads follow with some alcohol notes.

T: Spices here as well with candy sugar, some bubblegum, and a lot of sweet bread flavors. There are some slight tea flavors along with notes of dark fruit. The finish is lightly boozy.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer isn't too thick of body, but needs a bit more carbonation.

O: an alright quad overall, but a bit simplistic and under-attenuated. I wish the coffee cherries came through a bit more. Not offensive by any means, though.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bomber into a chalice

Best by August 2014

Pours a honey brown with a 2 finger tan heAd

Basic quad nose of dark fruits, molasses, and some slight spice

Lots going on flavor wise. Dark fruits hit right away, some funkyness hits and it finishes dry but sweet with cherry flavor

Not too bad.

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Photo of robby23
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I picked this bottle up because I haven't had a Quad for New Belgium brewing company. As soon as i opened the bottle i was over whelmed with a smell of cherries. The appearance was a thin white head that just floats on the top of the beer with nice lacing. The smell was dominant ed by spices with the hint of cherries. The taste was just all over the place the flavors were not as balanced as they should of been. Overall not a bad beer is just decent to me.

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Photo of stevoj
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at 2013 Tour de Fat. Understand that they’re trying to compete with the motherland, but not quite there. too sweet and sugary. The fruit makes it bit too sweet and cloying.

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Photo of beertunes
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in tulip. Poured a cloudy amber color, nowhere near the deep, rich reds I expect in the style, with less than 1/2 inch of white head that low retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was fairly benign and neutral. Some grain, some yeast, none of the fruit, and a slightly odd tang. On the tongue, that odd tang/funk was dominant. A bit of the stone fruit aspects I look for in the style did show up. The flavors weren't bad, just way different than I expected.

The body was way too thin for a Quad, it was pleasant and left a nice finish, but just didn't fill the palate the way I want. Drinkability was good, especially if you like an unidentifiable funk (and I do). Overall, this is one of those brews that I liked, but I didn't think fit the style. Worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a New Belgium Globe glass north of 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Fluffy, creamy off white head of a thick, creamy consistency. Body color is a deep mahogany amber with a medium haze and moderate carbonation, a bit lighter than my expectations for Quadrupel beers. Retention is above average, head thickens as it settles. Lacing is medium thick and sticky. A very nice appearance overall. 4.25

(Smell) Aroma consists of mildly tart cherry and banana phenols, light, mildly sweet, vanilla-heavy malt profile, yeasty fruit notes, figs and dates fruity sweetness quite evident, grape-laden mild vinous characters, grain alcohol. The aroma is decent, but a bit sharp and unfocused in places, not particularly the focus of the beer. 3.25

(Taste) A lot more coffee notes up front with a vinous, tart and sharp boozy finish. Missing a lot of malt body, and a grainy malt character. The preservation of coffee notes is actually quite unique and the potential is high for this beer but the overall concoction is distracting with sharpness. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mild chewiness and a faint slick syrupy tone to the body, still shallow for the potential depth of a Quad. Body is low/medium for a Quadrupel, medium/high overall. Alcohol presence is very high. Body is a bit too shallow on malt character and balance, alcohol is just way too noticeable, makes for a sharp imbalance. 3

(Overall) An interesting beer concept, but misses the mark in many places- it's really boozy, just too much alcohol presence for what's really here. The alcohol and grain notes combined just made for a difficult-to-drink beer throughout- not my impressions of a Quad, maybe with a lower alcohol presence it could have made a decent Dubbel. I'm thinking of keeping a bottle of this to see if time can remedy the off-characters. 3.25

New Belgium Brewing's
Lips Of Faith Series: Cascara Quad
3.16/5.00

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Photo of Furlinator
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy red rust color with 1 inch of off-white head that settles to a ring on top and leaves thick strands of lace.

Smell is of funky yeast, tart cherry and an unpleasant hint of ash aroma.

Taste is dominated by bready malt with hints of cherry and other assorted dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This effort falls far short of the template set by the classic Belgian quads. In fact, there are many examples of American quadrupels that are more worthy of any quad drinker's attention. Mediocre and forgettable.

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Photo of Rope
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-
Deep brown and red, cloudy, two fingers off white head.

Smell-
Slight alcohol, then a mingling of the cherries and coffee.

Taste-
Coffee surprisingly is the upfront flavor, but the alcohol flavor hits hard, a lingering of sweet cherries.

Mouthfeel-
Lighter then I was expecting, but a bit thicker than Belgian.

Overall-
The alcohol taste fades the more you drink, but there is still an presence no matter how much. Interesting, but definitely a one time.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the stenciled, 22oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Emerges a caramel amber color with a nice sized, white fluffy head. There is generous lacing and the head retention is quite nice.

Aroma is filled with alcohol, cherries, figs, and alcohol. This one is quite boozy. Not quite to the cherry cordial stage, but close. I get NO coffee, so I detracted slightly from the score. I was really hoping for some coffee in this one. Some black pepper and coriander spice but very minimal.

Sweet cherries up front followed by alcohol and more dark fruits. I wouldn't say this one is overly complex, but there is nothing obtusely wrong with it. Again, no coffee at all. Not even one of those chocolate covered alcohol cherry candies that are popular around the holidays. Kind of a quad with cherries. There is some spiciness from the yeast I assume with more black pepper.

Definitely an alcohol warmth to this one. After the first sip i was afflicted with the "red ear" syndrome. Nice this time of year I suppose (although here in FL I can achieve the same by lounging outside with no sunscreen on the ole buds).

Not a great beer but not just a booze bomb. Kind of complex with the cherries and spiciness, but I would noT revisit this one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BBD of Aug 2014...

Pours an effervescent chestnut with 3 fingers of tan/cream colored head head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Cherry & banana taffy in copious amounts with stiff booze

T: Follows the nose, then cherry & banana mix along with a booze laced juicy-fruit with rubber bands thrown in up front. Slight leathery notes, dryness, boozey banana taffy, boozeyness becomes harsher as this warms up, but not a major problem, then more cherry & dryness

MF: Slight carbonation, medium bodied

Not a good Quad, but interesting & would love to put a few back to age for a few years, this will pay dividends I bet. Give this at least a year, still too raw & off kilter, plus disjointed, in otherwords; pass for right now

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bdtva
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of beer64nut
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dvmin98
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Cascara Quad from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 516 ratings
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