Quadzilla (Cherry Quad) - Church Brew Works

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Quadzilla (Cherry Quad)Quadzilla (Cherry Quad)

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 33
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Church Brew Works visit their website
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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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 54
Reviews by unclecrappy:
Photo of unclecrappy
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mine was bottled in the spring of 2007 -- opened on New Year's Day 2008.

Appearance about what it should be -- brown with a ruby tinge, with a nice tan head that holds on pretty well.

Smell is exceptional -- the cherries are in there somewhere, but they mix nicely with some of the other components, like a little caramel, yeast and some alcohol.

Really liked the taste. Comparable to Ommegang's Three Philosophers, but just a touch sweeter. The cherries are there, but they're nicely balanced with a musty malt sweetness. There's a little alcohol sharpness at the end, but just a little. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. And it gets better as the beer warms.

I cruised through the bomber while watching a bowl game on TV. The beer was much better than the football.

I wish I had tasted some of the earlier versions of Quadzilla, because I'm curious about how the Church has rebounded from what I thought were a couple of bad years. It seems like the new crew has found a groove -- and this Quadzilla is a good example.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured up in a ten ozer tulip shaped glass, they must like to keep their patrons sober b/c this is a heavy hitter. Amber with a cherry red tinted head is nice and creamy in appearance is pleasant leaves behind even Belgian style fine lacing very nice. Aroma: Tart cherries swarm through the air a very nice with Belgian malts and authentic yeast strain subtly spiced I would like to mull this a bit to bring out more aromatics. Taste: Tart on the palate but a very sweet dessert like beer, the cherries aren't overbearing just right well done big beer from the Church these guys just keep doing it right. Excellent with a presence of alcohol and reserved hop profile the Belgian pale malts work their magic and there is a bit of a bready pie crust tone to it, not bad is the biggest understatement with this one. Mouthfeel: Fine soft carbonation medium bodied ale with a syrupy texture on the palate, nice. Drinkability: Wow, addicting good I may be speechless for this one in a way, who would have thought that the Church would be kicking it up a notch this year. I nod my head to the addition of Aran from the Foundry for I know his creativity has spurred some of these new creations excellent.

Photo of dirtylou
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged and very difficult to open...obtained in a bif somewhere along the way

appearance: split with the lady and poured into a hopleaf tulip, bright dark orange-amber body with a lovely beige cap and strong retention...very nice appearance

smell: dark belgian spices, strong dark cherries, oak, moderate booze presence, belgian malts

taste: i like this beer a lot...the black cherry puree adds a nice kick to the quad recipe and the belgian spices and yeast remain very key to the flavor profile. the presence of oak and booze make this one a sure sipper but the flavors work quite well...i'd love to try the blackberry version

mouthfeel: smooth, potent, perfect carbonation

drinkability: good

Photo of Chinon01
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is that of a hazy iced tea. Nose is candied with spice and hops aroma. Taste is similar; candied, spice, hops and a cherry kiss in the finish (not obvious though). Both the mouthfeel and drinkability are diminished by the size of this beer (i.e. BIG!).

Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of CruisaC
3.69/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle that's been cellaring since 2005...
Appears a transparent brown with a ruby red hue when held to the light. A small, off white head quickly crackles away into a whispy cap. Tiny spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of mild cherries, brown sugar, caramel, malt...a bit of oxidation in there with a hint of cardboard being found.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a cherry laden flavor becoming more evident right off the bat, leading into a caramel malt backing.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with gentle carbonation. I wonder if this plastic cork had anything to do with the touches of oxidation, and light carbonation?

Photo of claspada
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
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).

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to beerbeing for this via trade. Finally got a reason to drink this one after having it on my wants for quite some time.

A - Rich dark red with a huge billowy white head. Foamed up quite heavily.

S - Honey, belgian candi sugar and sweet cherries .

T - I drank this starting at approx 58 degrees. It start's off syrupy cherry sweet cut lighter by honey. With a bit of time the belgian qualitites start showing - classic belgian yeast spice, a touch of candi sugar and light malts.
M - light to medium bodied, strongly carbonated, sweet
D - Interesting as an after dinner beer. I'm not sure the age on this one, but it could use a bit more tartness to round out the brew.

Glad to have tried it. As a side note, interesting that this was the first beer I've ever tried with a plastic champagne cork in it. I was nervous at first - plastic - but I can say that cork was in there with a serious not letting go attitude.

Photo of mrbeery
4.72/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Photo of meathookjones
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown body with a thick foamy head. Some nice lacing was left around the glass as well. Strong aroma of cherries and candy sugar. There were some other dark ripe fruity sweet scents as well. A little bit of caramel and light musty yeast. Sweet ripe figs and other fruits start of the taste. Light sour cherry notes. Some candy sugar and yeasty flavors along with a bit of spice round it out. Finishes with a sweet fruitiness. Overall pretty tasty but it seemed a tad too sweet at times. Pretty thick and creamy mouthfeel. Easy enough drinking brew for such a big one. An interesting twist to the quadruple.

Photo of DaveHS
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of garbercury
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

kudos to Church Brew works having the guts to brew up a Quad!

I had this in a 750ml bottle dated 2000. I was excited to have this beer and poured it into my newly purchased church belgian glass.

App-somehat light for a quad to me. deep ruby red tint to it. Some head, about one finger worth I would say

S-had a real cherry smell to it, thus the cherry quad title...clever eh?

T--Not bad, a bit tart and had a strong alcohol aftertaste. Again, I give Church props for brewing it up...

MF-bubbly and carbonated.ok, not great.

D-I was somewhat disappointed with this beer to be honest. I guess when you have St. Bernardus abt 12 still lingering in your mind every other beer has trouble comparing. This beer is similar to Ommegang Three Philosophers, about the same quality I would say. At least Church tried and it is better than another freaking IPA like every other beer co!! Worth trying if it is available

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (and I've had this on tap).

Poured a deep reddish / brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of cherry, woody, light alcohol, light yeast, and more cherries. Tastes of cherries, candi sugar, and caramel. The cherries were stronger in the aromas. Some alcohol in the finish but not 10.3%. Smooth body. Light lacing left on the glass.

Notes from: 10/9/06

Photo of sulldaddy
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SAmpling a litely chilled 750 corked and caged bottle in a tulip glass. Thanks soulfly967 for hookup.
THe beer pours a deep ruby color with several fine streams of carbonation rising to the surface. A fluffy off white head of 1 cm foams up and recedes to a sturdy yet frothy surface layer.
Aroma is biscuity yeast, dark fruit plums and raisins, some sugary sweetness and a bit of cherry as well. There is also some alcohol phenols that yet you know this is a big beer!
First sip reveals a soft silky textured beer with fine and tickly carbonation. The flavor starts off sweet with some dark fruit again, plums and raisins and also some tart cherry flavor. The yeast imparts a doughy flavor that passes quickly and makes way for some vinous hints and general red grape flavors. Finishes bold and assertive with some alcohol flavor and warmth and a bit of tartness again. A bit of a sipper but no need to hurry through this bottle.
This is an interesting beer that isnt what I expected. QUite well made and enjoyable.
WOuld definately try it again!

Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Golden, amber hue with thick heavy head. Strong, sweet sugary scents. This beer tastes a lot more like a triple. I can taste sweet sugary, candied flavors, some dark, mild flavored fruits. No cherries, more like plums, apples. Over all not to impressed by this beer. Alcohol is very relaxing.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of jmdrpi
2.92/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of KAP1356
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of bamadog
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of bjohnson
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerbeing for including this in my ba anniv. pacakage. Bronze foil on top. Caged and plastic corked. Thanks sucker is tight.

Pours a bronze reddish color with a one finger cream colored head. Bubbly on one side of the glass and smooth like algae on the other. Retention of thin bubbles dissipates rather quickly. Looks a bit carbonated to me. Champagne like aromas with a cherry infusion. Slight boozyness and red wine like notes. Slight grape aromas also. Yeasty notes come through towards the end of the bottle as you get the sludge off the bottom. Changes quite a bit from the beginning compared with the end--no consistency to this brew.

Fake cherry concentrate coupled with a thin body mouthfeel. Huge blast of figs hit the taste buds first leaving a thick malt coating on the tip of the tongue. Slight caramel notes coupled with the figs masquerade as a dubbel not a quad. As the beer warms and gets towards the bottom the brew becomes more drinkable. Yeastyness comes through in a bigger way and coats the palate more so then at first. Cherry fruit notes come through but only as a background player. Drinkable, but the consistency is absolutely terrible. Mouthfeel is damn nice as it warms, but at the outset it isn't good at all. I think I'd pass on this if had the chance again.

Photo of joepais
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to goryshkewych for sending this one my way
I poured the brew into a challis it produced a finger worth of off white head that trailed of to a thin lace. The body was a murky caramel brown color.

Of course the aroma of cherries is there. You also get some heat from the alcohol and some funk from the Belgian yeast. The flavor was a tad bitterer than I would expect and the alcohol did show itself. Some sour cherries and dark fruits arise in the flavor profile as well. The mouthfeel is full with light carbonation

This one is a one and done for me. I have had better blends of this kind out there. The drinkability was ok but the glass was quite enough for one sitting

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