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Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 510
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 14
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-11-2013

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Charlie Jewell's in Redlands, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and brown sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's fairly boozy and strong.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I always rush to pick up new lips of faith stuff. its been a really impressive series of beers, always pushing the limits. this one was strange. pours way lighter than I thought, medium amber brown with a pinkish hue and a tall fizzy soda looking white head. the nose is like gummy bears or something, sweet and fruity, not artificial, with lots of cherry, yeast, and booze. not a coffee beer per se, as a different part of the plan is apparently used here, but there are some mild coffee notes nevertheless. the flavor is dominated entirely by the date sugar used, which from my understanding is just crushed up dates. it really does have that sort of middle eastern feel to it, sweet in that way, but with the fruit its almost too much. its also aggressively boozy in both nose and taste, certainly all of 10% abv. its punishing, impossible to drink the whole bomber, so good thing I had some mates on deck here. we all agreed it would have been much better coming in closer to 7% abv. anyway, the finish is long and sweet, not sure id call it a quad in the traditional sense, but its a tasty and creative beer that's absolutely worth a try. the feel is really light for the style, not too much body at all. the carbonation is like a pepsi, big active bubbles, persistent. its an odd mix, but that's what we expect in this series. I was challenged by this, and I like it for that reason, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - Some fairly strong cherry aroma with a touch of tobacco.

T - Cherry, tobacco, chocolate with a malty backbone. Just enough bitterness for balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale.

O - This is a very interesting beer. Very unique.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I'm not sure how sad it is, but beer teaches me more about the world than just about any other source. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset ruby-amber topped by over a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises medicinal cherry dust (which also kinda borders on plum at times...), Belgian candi sugar, light clove, banana, perfume-y flowers, and a smattering of honey. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a touch of coffee in the background and some lightly-toasted biscuit throughout. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda grainy feel. Overall, I don't feel the cascara really works all that well here, as it seemed to go sideways. Had that strange character not been there, ths probably could've been pretty nice, but c'est la vie, I s'pose.

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Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A brown-tinted amber in the tall Saxo tall tulip. Appealing creamy carbonation in the mouth. Some sugars but the Belgian character is really compelling in this one. Fruity aroma with a liqueur-like booziness.

Malty with a toasted fruitcake flavor. The dates are distinct but not overdone. I don't know what the coffee berries are supposed to taste like, but it's exotic and really rich. Fortunately the yeasty flavors are quite robust. A nice dry finish without being harsh, while the sweetness and fruit are still on the lips. Just a hint of hoppy aromatics, but it's hard to tell if there is some hop bitterness along with the yeast bitterness.

These Lips of Faith beers are always a leap, but this one is both extremely drinkable as well as peculiar. A sensational take on the Belgian style and worth From the 22 oz bottle bought at Royal Liquor in Encinitas.

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Photo of russpowell
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled in 2/2013. Pours hazy reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, banana, toast, chocolate, dark candi sugar, brown bread, clove, herbal, leather, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity esters with dark malt notes; and good strength. Taste of raisin, prune, pear, apple, fig, toast, chocolate, brown bread, leather, banana, dark candi sugar, herbal, clove, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, toast, chocolate, banana, brown bread, leather, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity ester and dark bready malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Quadrupel style. Nice balance and complexity of fruity esters with dark bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. This improved a lot as it reached room temperature. A very enjoyable offering.

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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 feloniousmonk
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, "Best enjoyed by August 2014"

Hazed amber, soft tan head, stays nicely and leaves sheets of fine lacing.

Lite coffee in the nose with a muted fruit note.

Loaded with ripe fruit, muted chocolate and a hint of mint. Slightly sour in the finish adding to the complexity. Tasty and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
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 Mebuzzard
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, I'll be. This one has a pink hue in the foam, which billows up nicely upon pouring, but settles to a collar with haste. Sticky lacing, sugary.

Aroma has a slight cherry cough syrup-ness to it. Some booze. Subtle sweet bread. Nothing powerful or interesting, really.

Flavor is cherry candy, too much of it. Sweet cherry and booze. Is this a quad or some sort of kriek? Perhaps a bit of spice from the yeast, but it is just beat up and left for dead. I can't get past the cherry. There are other flavors in there, but they are muddled.

Feels alright, still not zing or softness of some quads. One dimensional beer. Couldn't take this one, poured into the bushes.

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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 Zorro
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells strongly of cherry and plum with cloying sweetness. Date isn't something with a definite smell just a sugar scent. and slightly musty. There is a certain musty sugar aroma present.. Some hints of pipe tobacco are present. After a bit yes this does smell something like cherry pipe tobacco.

Starts out sweet and complex with a tobacco flavor. Cherry and plum there is a strong fruit flavor here. Slight taste of ash there is a fair amount of alcohol in this one. Flavor is lighter than the smell.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall a strange mix of flavors. OK but I don't need another one.

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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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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up tonight at Brewforia Meridian on the way home from work for $6 ... Poured into my HotD goblet... the light tan head dies back pretty quickly leaving fantastic lacing... the brew is clear chestnut brown.

Nose is not very "Belgian" ... A lot of something that I associate with vanilla... Light coffee... sorta plummy element... smells more sweet than malt prevalent..

Flavor has some minor Belgian qualities... a sorta peppery and lesser background clovey spiciness... with warmth a minor cigar wrapper emerges... so does plenty of alcohol... really too sugary sweet and not enough malt profile..

Carbonation and body are about right for the style...

All and all... Not bad... just not great.


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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.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip glass. Pours a medium red amber with a fine two finger off white head with great retention and lacing. Fruit forward aroma of stone fruit and cherry, caramel malt. Flavor begins with rich estery fruit; cherry, apple and light stone fruit and then dries out abruptly and finishes very light and dry with a slightly astringent bitterness. Medium bodied with spicy carbonation in the finish. An interesting and odd take on the quadrupel style. The coffee cherries really do add a pleasant cherry flavor. I would have liked a bit more presence from the dates, which would have given a bit more body to support the sweet fruit flavors. Not a traditional quadrupel, but delivers the coffee cherry experience nicely. Warming and a bit alcohol forward.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, cherries, hops, slight spice, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Quadruple. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of cherries, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of spice. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and blend, but the body is sadly lacking in strength.

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Photo of beertunes
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
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 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 HuskyinPDX
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
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 bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, label says best enjoyed by August 2014. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a burnt orange/brown color with about a half inch light tan head. The head sticks around for a long time, and there's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells mostly like cherries and dates (really just a lot of dark fruit in general), along with pears, cloves, and some tobacco. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit (cherries, dates, plums), dark bread, caramel, candy sugar, pears, and peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and creamy with a good amount of soft carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, I liked it. $6.99 a bottle, definitely worth trying at that price.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
10% ABV,

A - A bit lighter than most quads, Cascara Quad fills the globe with a somewhat tawny ruby amber color that's moderately hazed and caps the beer with a sturdy pile of light sand foam. Sticky bits of lace cling to the glass but not quite like the classic Belgian beers produce.

S - Cascara Quad has the classic nose of a quad from the get-go with it's subtle yeast and dark fruit notes but it also explores new areas with unique complexity. Tart cherry skin and a dusting of blonde-roasted coffee also contribute a Cavendish pipe tobacco aroma while date, prune, and fig develop as the beer warms. Also developing nicely as the beer warms are spicy yeast esters that suggest a pinch of nutmeg and clove, timidly peeking through the deep nose but beneath the fruit and spice is the lush backbone of the beer; bready Munich and caramel malt and crystal sweetness. Alcohol faintly emerges with shy warmth along the back end.

T - Subtle yeast qualities remain, filling the flavor with dark fruits and spicy yeast esters but rather bland instant coffee and shredded filler tobacco flavors jump in, overwhelming the delicate nuances resulting in the distinct aromas in the nose become muddled together in the beer's flavor, shifting focus from individually developing nuances to a somewhat thoughtless conglomerate of ingredients.

M -Malty starting, the beer is smooth through the journey but sugars all seem fermented out as this quad is considerably lighter in feel than most, really lacking in substance. Alcohol is strangely absent for it reaching the double-digits, though it faintly warms the stomach after it finishes bone-dry.

O - Cascara Quad sounds quite incredible on paper; a quad "brewed with date with coffee cherries added." The nose even fulfills the description and expounds on it nicely, really playing to the beer style's usual characteristics nicely but it falls flat in flavor and feel, abandoning the unique and compartmentalized, though harmonious, characteristics for a flavor that's just the opposite; muddled and underwhelming following the aroma. Cascara is by no means a bad beer though, and New Belgium's continued innovation is admirable. Plus, if you're looking for a beer with kick, this one provides it with subtlety.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Lips Of Faith - Cascara Quad from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.