Beer Review: NEW BELGIUM LIPS OF FAITH CASCARA QUAD

Beer Review: NEW BELGIUM LIPS OF FAITH CASCARA QUAD
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New Belgium Lips of Faith Cascara Quad: A Missed Symphony

New Belgium Brewing presents Cascara Quad, a daring dark ale that attempts to channel the Trappist tradition with a mix of dates and coffee cherries. Despite the promise of an ethereal malt bill and a spiced infusion of coffee bean fruit (cascara), the beer falls short of the lofty expectations set by its elaborate description.

Appearance: Cloudy Tea Brown Disappointment

Upon pouring the 22 oz. bottle into a goblet, Cascara Quad reveals a cloudy tea brown hue with an off-white cap. While the appearance is enticing, it becomes a metaphor for the disparity between expectation and reality.

Aroma: Bubble Gum and Banana Creme Illusion

The aroma, described as a symphony of dates, cherries, and pipe tobacco, falls flat. Instead, the nose is greeted with bubble gum and banana creme notes, further contributing to the disconnect between marketing allure and actual experience.

Taste: More Bubble Gum, Less Trappist Elegance

The taste profile continues the trend of unmet expectations. While the promise is a dance of clove, fig, and molasses, the predominant flavor is again bubble gum, accompanied by light clove and sweet ripe fruit. The alcohol level, though in line with the style, fails to rescue the brew from its underwhelming taste.

Mouthfeel: Full Bodied, Lively Carbonation Can’t Mask Disappointment

Despite a full-bodied presence and lively carbonation, the mouthfeel fails to salvage the experience. The anticipation of deep complexity and fleeting dryness is overshadowed by the persistent letdown.

Overall: New Belgium’s Overpromise and Underdelivery

In the grand tradition of New Belgium Brewing, the Lips of Faith Cascara Quad is another example of a product hyped with evocative language that fails to deliver on its promises. While the beer is not outright bad or tasteless, the conservative approach or perhaps an eagerness to over-promise leaves the consumer with a sense of disappointment. It’s a missed opportunity to create a beer that lives up to the poetry written on its label.