New Belgium Lips of Faith Cascara Quad

New Belgium Lips of Faith Cascara Quad

Rated 3.507 by BeerPals
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Brewed by New Belgium Brewing Company

Fort Collins, CO, United States

Style:  Abbey Quadrupel

10% Alcohol by Volume

22 International Bittering Units

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Cascara Quad is a dark, strong and surprisingly delicate ale made with dates and coffee cherries. Channeling the Trappist tradition, it’s brewed with an ethereal malt bill, and spiced with the fruit of the coffee bean (cascara). The aroma brings dates, cherries and pipe tobacco right to the nose and builds layers with hints of spice and fruity Belgian yeast. Once on the palate, Cascara Quad starts swinging clove, fig and molasses. Each sip offers sweet warmth, deep complexity and fleeting dryness. Birthdate: January, 2013 ABV: 10% IBU: 22 Hops: Hallertauer Hersbrucker-Nobel, Styrian-Golding-Nobel Malts: Pale, Munich, Caramel Munich, Biscuit, Black Fruits/Spice: Belgium Amber Candy Sugar, Date Sugar, Cascara Tea Body: Medium-Heavy Aroma: Ripe figs, raisins, plums, black cherries, toffee, chocolate, pipe tobacco, rich Corinthian leather and leather bound books. Mouthfeel: Starts big and smooth, finishes still smooth yet the cascara tea and higher ABV will bring a nice dry warm end to this epic novel. Flavor: Sweet and rich, huge complex overall taste. Visual: Brooding, dark, cloudy berry brown with tan head.

ID: 51510 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 10 years ago

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Overall Rank3106
Overall Percentile94.1
Style Rank41 of 246
Style Percentile83.3
Lowest Score2.8
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.645
Weighted Score3.507
Standard Deviation0.339

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  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 3.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    This ale is more like a bock. Pours a pretty yellow tan head and is reddish brown in color. Aroma is fruity with a hint of cherry and dates. Mouthfeel is close to being thick. The taste is smooth of malt.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.9 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    On tap at CLips of Faith. Deep ruby amber pour, little head nor lacing due to high ABV. Rich aromas and flavors of sweet and ripe cherries, light cocoa and leather, Belgian yeasts, some caramel, light floralness. Big beer that is full of rich flavors.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Comes out of the tap a deep chocolaty brown with a thin but fine-bubbled buff head that leaves generous lacing. Aroma tempts with malt, chocolate and toffee notes. Flavor is better - caramel, sharp fruity - yes, cherry plus date - toffee, malt and semi-sweet chocolate tones that dance across the tongue, and, WHOA, an alcohol nip like a lap dog with an attitude! Texture has only average thickness, but good fizz and, yes, that alcohol bite. Add some faith to your lips - hell, add it to your tongue!

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    A dark ruby-amber colored beer with a big frothy textured light tan head rising robustly above. It settles eventually into a thick film aside the glass and singlet atop the body. The nose is roasty with dark fruit notes. The tasting of toffee, yeast and dark acidic fruit. Nice warming alcohol presence. Light-medium bodied and effervescent.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 3.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Not what I expected from a quad. Dark copper/brown pour with a big off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruit and alcohol. Sweet, yeasty taste with some coffee and dark fruits. A little too boozy.

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 2.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

    The aroma is sweet toffee malts, with dark fruits and some roasted alcohol.

    The flavor is sweet toffee malts and dark fruits with a lot of harsh alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

    Overall, a sweet boozy mess. It tastes a bit like their dubbel with a ton of alcohol.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 4.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Not a typical quad; pours a deep, rich mahogony with a very tight, slight head and nice lacing. Yeasty chocolate and cherry aroma carries over to the flavor with a slight note of the alcohol. Thanks, Chris - enjoyed it.

  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Very clear and very red. Extremely boozy aroma, sweet and yeasty with a little bubble gum. Good balance of bitter & sweet, cherry without being sour, richly open and bready, not too complex but pleasant. Big drawback, flavorwise, is that it tastes just as extremely boozy as it smells. I wanted to like this more. Smooth but not too thick, small bubbles.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    I dug this. Definitely not a traditional quad or anything else. Deep malts, chocolate covered cherries, spicy yeast character and some pipe tobacco for good measure. I. Hope to find one more o these before its gone for good. 2013 - on tap shows a LOT more booze than my bomber did, especially next to some more restrained beers. Gots ta dock it a little...

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Pours a reddish dark brown. Pretty light for a quad, not too much of a head, but really pretty.Smell is cherries, sweet yeasts, and a little chocolate. Taste is 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.

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