Okay, okay. I know I’ve been woefully absent from this blog lately. There was a lot of traveling and a lot of wedding planning involved, so I’m choosing to feel justified in my abandonment.
I also know that it’s entirely past Craft Beer Week at this point, but my beer reviews during said week seemed to go over well, so I’m going right back to that wheelhouse with another stellar review.
This is Cascara Quad. It’s from the Lips of Faith series, courtesy of New Belgium Brewing (of Fat Tire fame, in case you’ve been living under a beerless rock for the last 10 years).
As you can tell from the name, it’s an quad ale in the trappist style, and at 10% ABV, it certainly packs a punch. I assumed this would be right up my alley, given the date and coffee cherries involved in the brewing process. I was rather giddy with anticipation over cracking this open. But all in all, I have to say, I’m a little underwhelmed.
The nose is unmistakably cherry. It overpowers everything else, which is not bad…it actually made me even more excited to guzzle/savor it. But the actual taste is a little unexciting. It’s not terrible. In fact, it’s pretty damn good. It’s just not spectacular. And after sampling some of the best that Dogfish Head, Rogue and Clown Shoes had to offer, it’s just not living up.
It has notes of cherry and date and even some tobacco in there, I think. Which is grand, and all. But the bitterness – trust me, I’m a big fan of bitter beers – is a little unsettling. Which definitely makes the aftertaste, well, a little gross.
To boil it all down, I just don’t think anything pops here. It’s a bit muddled. Besides the intense cherry nose, nothing really stands out. And I’m all for subtlety, but when an attempt at subtlety leads to something being less than spectacular, I’d say a mistake has been made.
Anyway, you can’t win ’em all. I promise I’ll be back next week with some more glorious beer reviews and probably some recipes too. Until then folks, Happy Friday. And Happy Birthday Mom!! 🙂