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Quadzilla (Cherry Quad) - Church Brew Works

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Quadzilla (Cherry Quad)Quadzilla (Cherry Quad)

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56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 106
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 21.28%
Wants: 34
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beergeek279 on 04-06-2004

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Photo of ajm5108
2.77/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cherry flavor is muted; in fact, most of the profile is dominated by an astringent fenal alcohol taste. Boozey in a bad way. Some flat medium malt & the faint cherry is all that is there. Good brewery, but definitely not their best.

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Photo of EMV
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Poured a deep mahogany color with thick white head that leaves ample lacing.

S: Sweet candy malts and fresh fruits. Cherries and plums on the nose.

T/F: Sweet malts and cherries plus dark fruits from the quad. Lacking some of the complexity of the Belgian quads. Moderately carbonated and smooth.

O: Solid but unspectacular. A bit too sweet and fruity and not enough Belgian complexity to be truly satisfying. Still... a tasty beer that hides its ABV pretty well and an enjoyable sipper. Fun to sample.

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Photo of CruisaC
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this bottle in a BIF a couple of years ago, opening it tonight on a random Wednesday. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a caramel brown with a smidge of red as well. An inch of khaki head fades to a rim pretty quickly.

Smell is really malt heavy; super syrupy malty with a hint of sweet cherry flesh.

Taste follows with more sweet malt. Some medicinal cherry flavor comes on the back half.

This beer is probably past whatever prime it had. May have benefitted from some barrel aging to balance out some of the malty sweetness that dominates.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark honey colored with no head. Some bubbles.

S-smells like dark candied cherries dipped in alcohol with a small hint of cinnamon. Smells okay but slightly low quality.

T-comes in with a very decent taste of dark Belgian sugars and a pretty good hit of cherries. Much better than what I expected. Tastes a lot lighter than what the abv suggests. The after-taste is matching and quite warm in a smooth way. There's a certain authenticity and rawness to this American quad. With each sip, I find the flavors seem to bend from being more cherry to being more quad like. It's unpredictable really. The cherry flavor is dark and raw. I suggest you go out and try it for yourself. You won't regret it.

M-watery medium carbonation with a watery finish. Not disgusting, but definitely not impressive

O-one of the best quads I've ever had from a micro brewery. It really won't stand up or compare to many of the Belgian greats, but it'll blow away many American quads. It's drinkable and unique. It might even satisfy a Belgian fix.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to nhindian for this one in a recent trade! Shared this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured red-orange with a half finger very light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, cherry, dark fruit, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, bread, and dark fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The cherry definitely made its presence known throughout the glass in both the flavor and aroma. However, it was a case of a little too late. While this wasn’t a bad quad by any means, it didn’t really stand out from others that I have had in the past like I was hoping it would. The aroma was nice though with the kiss of cherry going on in it. I would suggest this to others if it were available but only for them to try it to see for themselves and hope that they enjoy it as it wouldn’t be a guarantee.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL capped bottle. no date. poured into goblet.

appears a clear reddish light brown color. no head whatsoever. smells malty, some alcohol. a little cherry, not overpowering though.

taste is sorta sweet, a touch of seemingly artificial cherry flavor. a bit boozy. not really quad like to me. body is thinner, lower carbonation, appropriate body.

overall - doesn't quite live up to the Belgian Quad style. not deep enough malt profile for me.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewery

Poured into a chalice, a cloudy reddish-brown color with a small tan head that receded quite a bit. Aroma of spices, dark malts, caramel, dark dried fruits, not too big on the cherry actually. The taste I found to be a bit disappointing, as I didn't get much cherry at all. My wife said I was crazy, but I tried and tried and just wasn't getting it. That aside, this was still decent as a regular quad to my taste buds. Caramel, bready malts, definite alcohol heat, and light notes of dark dried fruit that could be construed as cherry, but really weren't that different from some other regular quads I've had. I was expecting a Three Philosophers clone here, but I didn't get it. Which is good or bad depending on how you look at it. Medium body, not as full as others of the style, decently drinkable, but the ABV is definitely large and in charge.

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Photo of burnstar
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull reddish with a nice sized head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Smell is yeasty and malty very much like your typical quad. Lots of complexity. A little bit of cherries. Taste has some underlying sweetness but not too much. Well balanced. A little european hops. Some tart cherry notes but it's not a major aspect of the flavor, which I think is a good thing. Finish is dry. Well carbonated. Overall I like this way more than I thought I would mainly because I thought it would be much more cherry than it is. I think this is really great for an American quad.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet.

3.0 A: Hazed cherry plum color. Maybe a finger of fizzy head. It was gone before I could evaluate it.

4.0 S: Strong cherry and clove. Overripened plums and pepper next. Fig and dates after that. Caramel malts to finish. Clean overall.

3.0 T: Cherry and clove dominate the taste as well. Somewhat tart with a surprisingly present bitterness. Very little fig, date, and pepper. One dimensional, which is a bit of a shock considering the nose is somewhat complex.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. I wish this was a bit spritzier and creamier.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but doesn't match up with the best of Belgium (or the US for that matter).

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this to go at the CBW yesterday. Poured into a 12 oz snifter.

A- Body is a uniformly foggy cinnamon red color. Pours with virtually no head. The uniform fogginess of the body and how pretty it is makes the appearance "above average".

S- The main character here is spicy belgian yeast. Behind this is a healthy dose of cherry and a touch of cinnamon. Alcohol is third, and is not so well hidden in th background.

T- Taste is more complex than the nose. Upfront is a healthy dose of cherry, cherry pits with a lot of spicy belgian yeast in the background. The finish is similar but adds a nice, big alcohol warmth that lingers on for awhile along with all the initial flavors.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a full, smooth, moderately bready body, that starts off really smooth end ends slightly dry.

O- Overall-this is a very, good, well done brew. Definately more of BSDA than a classic quad. Don't look for anything like Three Philosophers here. This one actually reminds me a lot of Troegs Mad Elf. I'm going to have to pick up a few bottles to age-because this is likely fantastic with age.

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Photo of ccrida
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty sure this is the initial bottling from '05, but it might be a second run from '06, I just don't recall. No foil neck, plastic cork and red foil label. Nice bright amber color, a small off-white head.

Smell is pretty classic abbey spice esters, bread pudding, but there's a nice waft of cherry there as well. Very nice.

Taste is very nice as well. This one has aged beautifully! Super smooth, well integrated, but still clear quad flavors, perhaps light on the cherry, but certainly there if you're alert. Yummy! Enough oxidation to show it's age, but not in an egregious way, it's aging more like a distinguished gentlemen then a pretty women for sure, with a long life of intrigue left ahead for those so inclined!

Mouthfeel is slippery and soft, light bodied, leaning dry.

Drinkability is dangerously high. This is a killer beer, which has aged fantastically, and is a testament to how well those plastic champagne corks can seal (mind you this was the type with the very shallow ridges no less).
Just for fun, I dosed the last glass with Sailor Jerry spiced rum, which also includes cherries, and it was transcendent!!!

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Photo of KAP1356
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Giant Eagle in Canonsburg. 750 ml (gold foil) bottle poured into a pint glass (all that was available at my future sister-in-law's house)...

A - Poured an amber-copper color with a very small, unremarkable off-white head that forms and recedes quickly to a collar. No lacing.

S - Pretty one dimensional Quad aromas here. Nothing of note other than figs and dates with some slight cherry coming through. Bready malts with some caramel as well.

T - Mostly bready, caramel malts. Some dark fruits are noticed, i.e. figs and dates, but they are quite subtle. Very faint cherry notes, but more of an afterthought than a main component of the beer. Just a touch of fruit on the backend lets me know its there.

M - Medium bodied with a lower carbonation. Not the nicest feel I've had, expecially for a Quad.

O - Pretty disappointed in this one. Had such high hopes since Quads are my favorite style and cherry is my favorite fruit. Wanted a more solid quad base and much more in the way of REAL cherries.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewery. Do yourselves the favor and check it out!

A: Yellow amber in color without much head. What sticks around I almost pink in color.

S: Very sweet smell, cherries and Belgian yeast mostly, perhaps some alcohol.

T: Extremely sweet. Cherries, candied sugar, and Belgian yeast. A bit of alcohol and caramel maltiness finish.

MF: Light with a low amount of carbonation.

O: As it warms the flavors come out a little more. Just a little too
sweet for me though.

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Photo of claspada
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the brewery/restaurant while visiting my sister at college in Pitt.

Aromas begin with mild dark cherry fruitness and some maltiness; mainly sweet caramel carmelized honey. As it warms you get more of the doughy and spicy yeast and a more complex bready/cake qualty with the everpresent tart cherry notes.

The tastes begin with a nice slightly sweet biscuity/bready maltiness with initial slight tartness from the cherries. As it warms the tart cherries take a slight backseat to the spicy and doughy Belgian yeast flavors. Darker caramel malts also become more evident as it warms with some alcohol becoming more apparent as well.

The mouthfeel is full with carbonation on the lower end. This is my biggest negative from this beer. I really like more carbonation in my Belgians to leave your palate with a clean crisp finish. High alcohol helps the drying finish but not enough for my preference.

Overall this is a pretty decent beer, although I probably would have liked it more without the cherries. Alcohol becomes a little more up front as it warms, would definitely be a good contender to cellar for a year or so for all the flavors to meld better together.

Overall this is an interesting beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked this today since I am tired of waiting for a special occasion to drink it!

A - Huh like others described it pours a hazy dark brown, kind of like a bock, a bit lighter. Just a mild lace ring an a 1/4 inch head from this. It is carbonated just not that much

S - Smells really like a Quad really. Evident alcohol, bit of figs and raisins, maybe a mild twang of cherry if there at all. Smells a bit lighter than most quads. More sweet base.

T - Well taste is everything and here goes. Huh really quite smooth. Alcohol is subdued which is excellent and bitter yeast low as well so pretty drinkable! As it warms the cherry does become more evident but I really never got much "tart" cherry taste. It's more of a sweeter side of the figs and raisins that the cherry brings out which is interesting. The alcohol is throughout but not really cloying as some quads I have sampled so it is complex. Finishes sweet as well.

M - I can feel the alcohol and taste it as well so it's indeed a sipper but for this review 6oz down!

Overall it's really quite a nice take on a Belgium Quad. Really wanted to drink it and expect fruit juice since "tart" is thrown around but I didn't get much. Really it's like walking down the middle of a road one side Quad the other Fruit beer. Really doesn't cross the line of either but is balanced pretty well. The only gripe I have with this beer is the price tag (14 dollars) but I can see it would take some time to craft something like this so I can justify that price. If you are in my shoes of getting a pour at the bar or finding a bottle cheaper than 10 bucks get it. You will not be disappointed if anything glad you got to try the best cherry quad.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Church Brew Works - Quadzilla (cherry) a blend of white topped and silver topped bottles.

Appearance: Appears a reddish amber in color, small fizzy head forms and retention is low.

Smell: A not so good aroma on this one, smells alittle funky and not so much in a good way. As it warms the cherry comes into play and redeems it somewhat.

Taste: Belgian yeast, brown sugar and a complimentary cherry presence making this bottle conditioned ale quite a delight. Nice depth of flavor, the whole range of cherry and belgian notes.

Mouthfeel is adequate, good carbonation on a light to medium body.

Overall I thought this was quite good and worthy of revisiting somewhat often. I feel that the overall effect of this beer is greater than the sum of its parts, and was the best Belgian style cherry beer Ive encountered thus far.

As other tasters have noted, this shares the style with Troegs Mad Elf, but I give credit to the Church Brew Works take on the style, as the alcohol was hidden alot more gracefully. Good beer.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

courtesy of trxxpaxxs.

A-Ruby red/copper with 1/4 inch of bubbly khaki head that fades quickly, leaving moderate lacing.

S-Estery fruit sweetness, raisiny malts, black pepper, cherry puree.

T/M-A fairly underwhelming quad. Lighter and drier than most examples of the style, with an abrupt finish and only the faintest trace of Belgian yeast. The cherry comes off like an afterthought, with just a touch of fruit acidity on the back end. Tastes artificial,like Robitussin, or cherry concentrate.

O-One and done, but glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

White Foil/Capped

Poured into a chalice a very nice hazy amber color, very nice carbonation, very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, with some nice islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, cherries, slight cinammon note, nice little dark fruit notes. The taste is very nice slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, slight tartness. Medium Body, nice crisp/clean finish. Very Drinkable, this is my first from Church Brew Works and it does not dissappoint at all. Thanks Ben!

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a hazy orangish amber color with a nice thick two finger tan foam head that dissipates quickly to a film. Some spotty lacing.

S: A decent amount of bitter cherry syrup with a nice whiff of bread and caramel malt. The cherry puree is the most noticeable.

T: Lots of tart cherry bitterness up front and throughout. As it warms the malt character, mostly caramel and bread comes through.

M: Leaves a bitter taste on the palate.

D: Not really a beer I can drink a lot of, it almost has a cherry cough syrup taste after a while which does not really excite me.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/15/10 notes. Had at a small DC tasting.

a - Pours an amber color with moderate carbonation evident and less than an inch of white head that has no retention.

s - Smells of spices, dark fruit, especially sour cherry, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of light cherry juice, spices, tart cherries and dark fruit, caramel malts, and bready malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An ok quad but a little disappointing. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of mrbeery
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The first question should be - is this really that high octane? It drinks like a session not a sipper which makes it very dangerous. The cherry makes itself known, but not in the pour this in the sink way, more in the "Hey that's pretty friggin' cool" way that hides all the alcohol. I let it warm up a bit and it stays the same as when it's cold which was great because it was delightfull with a good chill. As far as lacing and bubbles, I'd like have noticed - but we killed it to quick.

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Photo of mikeyv35
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly enough, being from Pittsburgh, PA, this is my first offering from the Church Brew Works. Sampling on the eve of the Captain Lawrence Cuvee De Castleton release.

Date: 07/23/2010
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glassware: Chimay Chalice

An aggressive pour produced a brew that was translucent red mahoghany in color, w/ a 1 finger bubbly head that dissipated quickly to only a skim coat. Good amount of lacing on the glass. The nose was of cherries obviously, and a yeast/breadiness. The taste was a little more complex, w/ cherries and breadiness up front, and a finish of light earthy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was thin and clean. A little too thin for a Quad. However, the drinkability was amazing! The cherry flavor to me was light enough to not deter from the drinkability, but it might catch up w/ some BAs. I polished off a 750ml. w/ ease and did not detect even a hint of alcohol.

Overall, not amazing, but a solid brew that I would definately drink again. This brew reminded me quite a bit of The Mad Elf from Troegs. Looking forward to sampling more offerings from this brewery which is in my hometown.

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Photo of bamadog
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of this on a recent trip back to Pennsylvania. Review is from notes taken on 7/15/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light toffee/caramel brown color and starts with a 1 finger off-white head with fair retention; body is a little murky and shows tons of carbonation; nice washes and spots of lacing are left behind -- overall I feel it could be darker and the carbonation looks a little too strong.

Smell: Nice tart cherries really pour out of the glass and it's pretty exciting; there is some Belgian yeastiness coming out as well; a slight tofee/caramel maltiness -- the smells are good and just about spot on, if they were just a little stronger it may have ranked a tad higher.

Taste: Not quite what I had hoped -- tart cherries run throughout the drink, but they don't really allow and of the malts to come through, just soft hints of toffee and caramel; definite presence of alcohol and a light spiciness hides behind it; perhaps this one would do better with some age -- maybe the malts would become a bit more dominant...

Mouthfeel: Body is kind of thin and watery - definitely a bit of a letdown and not what I had hoped for; carbonation is present and a bit foamy -- I would prefer this to be softer in a much thicker body; a dry and sticky finish is left behind.

Drinkability: Meh. This one really didn't do it for me as it's pretty far from a decent interpretation of the style; tastes were off the mark, the mouthfeel was way too thin and the carbonation was a bit much. As mentioned in the taste, perhaps some age would help this one.

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Photo of maximum12
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always excited to try a new brewery, especially one I've never heard from before. Considering how many boxes have arrived from the great state of PA, it's also rather shocking. Thanks to beerisheaven for yet another A+ box of brew arriving on my doorstep yesterday. This bottle is the first victim.

Pour is reminiscent of a New Glarus fruit brew, a clear, true red that any stepchild would be proud of. The packaging is nice too, 22 ounces with a lurid red label involving fire, falling buildings, & a dinosaur. The cherry is understated in the nose & mingles with other sweet notes.

Quadzilla! Great name for a beer. This is pretty standard effort for the genre, though. Sweet links up with sweet, sugar roughage, candy, sweet malts, all with a gentle cherry on top. The cherry carries itself much more quietly than one would expect from the name. It is nice to have a big, bad-ass quad that one can just put down like a rabid dog, the sweetness really jazzes up the drinktitude.

Overall a solid quad. There's one more bomber from Church in the basement!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a slightly hazy apple cider colored beer with a thin tan head.

S-caramel and doughy malts, bold yeast presence, hints of banana, cherries are present in back but do not dominate, light acetone notes.

T-similar to nose, doughy with caramel malts briefly up front, a strong yeast characteristic, lightly spicy with notes of fruity banana esters, the cherries lie in back with a touch of acetone and light lingering bitterness.

M-syrupy body, a little thin and lacking the carbonation i would hope to see with this texture. very smooth on the palate.

D-not overly complex, pretty straight forward and simple. very nice addition of cherries to add but not dominate, nor is it too muted. easy to drink and hides the huge abv extremely well.

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Quadzilla (Cherry Quad) from Church Brew Works
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.