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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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686 Ratings
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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 28
Gots: 61 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikechance on 10-29-2011)
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Reviews by Hojaminbag:
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3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

I couldn't resist trying a glass of this when one of my local bars had it on the tap list, even though I have avoided buying a bottle so far. The body is brown with cherry and ruby highlights in it. The tan head is thin, but solid looking. The retention is fairly good, but there isn't a ton of lacing.

The nose has layers of rich malt and dark fruit.

Sierra Nevada's Ovila Quad has a ton of dark fruit flavor that is balanced by a lot of malt. Figs, plums, dates and dark cherries all come together, woven into a background of rich caramel sweetness. Just a hint of phenolic flavor floats around the outside, but it is definitely understated. The finish has a bit of warmth to it.

The mouthfeel is well done, being about where the style should be for both body and carbonation.

I love Sierra Nevada, but I haven't loved any of their Ovila offerings yet. With that said, each beer has been well-made and true to style. I think the quad may be my favorite so far.

01-14-2012 00:50:01 | More by Hojaminbag
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured into a chalice aan amber infused deep chesnut brown with a sticky light tannish colored head atop.a very complex and appetizing nose with dark candied fruit,toasty bread,deep brown sugar,and spiced phenols in the nose,very well rounded with not one element dominating.Flavors of candied dark fruit and yeasty spiced phenols dominate,it's not overly sweet as the alcohol is not overly big, and it has a nice bready malt base.A real nice quad wich is my favorite "Belgian" style,alot going on but in good balance.

07-31-2012 20:44:26 | More by oberon
Photo of SanFranJake


4.08/5  rDev +3%

750ml bottle from whenever they first released these, poured into snifter.
Still retained the loud pop when the cork came off, so that's a good start.
Poured a deep amber/copper color with maybe a finger of head, which faded pretty fast.
Aromas of plum and raisin and some maltiness with flavors similar to the aroma but with caramel aNd some sweetness to it. Slight bit of lacing and moderate bubbles throughout the bottle (I don't share w wifey).
Refill was more of the same but gained a little more complexity as it warmed.
All in all about what you would expect from Sierra...a solid take on something (previously) outside of their realm.
Can't wait to try their Brandy barrel aged version tonight.

11-30-2012 14:18:59 | More by SanFranJake
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4/5  rDev +1%

01-26-2012 14:17:51 | More by ricksrealm
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

In a goblet the beer was a very dark brown color with a small tan head.

Nice sugary/yeasty aroma. Dark fruit. Caramel.

Very malty taste, lots of caramel. Plums and raisins. Candy.

Medium-bodied but rich. Alcohol not at all noticeable.

Great beer.

01-08-2012 16:38:39 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews


4/5  rDev +1%

12-22-2011 07:18:29 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
Photo of Beaver13


2.28/5  rDev -42.4%

750ml bottle. Pours brown with a huge fizzy light tan head that retains well.

The aroma is pretty mild - some sweet caramel malts, cola and dark fruit.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts with some dark fruit and cola. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, way too sugary sweet for me. A poor man's St Bernardus.

01-14-2012 07:36:53 | More by Beaver13
Photo of mikechance


3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

A ---- beautiful deep dark ruby red. A cross between a porter and dark scotch/red ale - Thick 1/2 head

S --- dark fruits, malts, cloves

T --- smooth, complex and a fairly strong presence of alcohol on the backend

M --- medium body with a nice amount of carbonation

O --- This is a good beer. My favorite from the Ovila series

I will buy another bottle or two and let them sit for 12-18 months. This could be an outstanding beer for Christmas 2012.

10-29-2011 02:13:31 | More by mikechance
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

12-21-2011 03:08:24 | More by iemailjack
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4/5  rDev +1%

02-18-2013 05:28:36 | More by Beerswag
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-01-2013 01:35:37 | More by reitzbrewing
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-28-2014 14:30:27 | More by KolbMarley
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4/5  rDev +1%

The beer pours a dark, clear brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is full of dark fruit and candy sugar. I get a lot of prunes and dark cherries, as well as quite a bit of sweetness from the sugar. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of cherry, raisins, prunes and grape notes, as well as some toffee malt and a lot of candy sugar. There is also a Belgian yeast component in the flavor which goes well with the other flavors. The alcohol is noticeable and is warming. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice, easy to drink American-made quad.

11-06-2011 05:27:58 | More by Mora2000
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

03-26-2013 02:43:11 | More by Shankopotamus
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-23-2012 23:51:41 | More by Chadster1975
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New York

4/5  rDev +1%

11-24-2012 09:18:29 | More by jiffymon
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-20-2013 17:19:57 | More by Janeinma
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

04-19-2012 19:18:36 | More by Bike2work
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-19-2014 20:25:31 | More by Seattle_Suds
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -19.7%

On tap served in a sampler 4 oz glass

A - Dark mahogany brown with a one finger tan head with minimal lacing and moderate head retention

S - Smells of dark fruits, caramel malts

T - Figs, raisins, plums, with caramel sweetness, just not as rich as I'd hope. A nice smooth finish with decent alcohol taste.

M - Medium body, and moderate carbonation

O - I had big expectation and felt like this was a really average beer. I'll try it again just to confirm my suspicions.

02-06-2012 17:29:20 | More by williamjbauer
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%

Deep ruby brown hue with dark amber highlights when held toward the light, beautiful appearance. Light beige head forms silky and smooth above the dark nicely carbonated body fine bubbled, true Belgian style fermentation. Aroma has dark fruits with ripened tart apples, pretty solid nose, dark caramelized sugars are petty tasty. Flavor is sweet upfront sugar coated malt driven flavors with plums, tart apples, and a dry nutty Belgian yeast finish. Alcohol is apparent with the flavor and mouthfeel leaving a bit of warmth on the palate bewteen sips, fuller bodied Belgian ale with a healthy malt bill. Overall a decent quadrupel that will get better with age, keeps things more balanced than most quads out there but it also has a nice aging potential.

12-26-2011 21:12:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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4/5  rDev +1%

02-21-2014 01:54:50 | More by Zonian1
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4/5  rDev +1%

02-05-2013 15:48:21 | More by deuce9259
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4/5  rDev +1%

12-23-2012 21:28:51 | More by Auraan
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

04-05-2013 13:33:28 | More by TheLevi4000
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Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.