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Quadzilla (Cherry Quad) - Church Brew Works

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.82%
Wants: 31
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: beergeek279 on 04-06-2004)
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Reviews by unclecrappy:
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3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

unclecrappy, Jan 02, 2008
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3.72/5  rDev +0.3%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of dirtylou
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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

dirtylou, Sep 20, 2008
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Seaba, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Chinon01
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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!).

Chinon01, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of thagr81us
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

thagr81us, Nov 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

dexterk1, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of CruisaC
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

CruisaC, Nov 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

verceman, Jul 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

mendvicdog, Dec 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +28%

jnolan, Jun 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

dannyfayy, May 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

BGsWo22, Jun 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

lisahope27, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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?

weeare138, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

claspada, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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).

DavoleBomb, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

DrDemento456, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

barleywinebrewer, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of mrbeery
4.75/5  rDev +28%
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.

mrbeery, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of meathookjones
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

meathookjones, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of DaveHS
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

DaveHS, Mar 20, 2011
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Quadzilla (Cherry Quad) from Church Brew Works
84 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.