Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 30
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikechance on 10-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by LiquidAmber:
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown amber, nice two finger light brown head that dissipates slowly leaving lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, light dark fruit and caramel malt. Flavor is a nice blend of sweet dark and light fruit, caramel malt, Belgian spicing. Finish a bit dry but with pleasant with nice residual sweet malt and maple syrup elements. Nice integrated and very pleasant to drink. Full bodied with some creaminess. I enjoyed this American quadrupel and hope to try it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SanFranJake
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.31/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of mikechance
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rdilauro
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice dark hue with little head. Malt was coming through the moment it was opened and while pouring into the glass. The aroma was all malt, I really didnt notice anything else standing out.
The first taste was big, perhaps a bit too big. The aftertaste was not nearly as big.
My second sip was much more enjoyable. Here, I tasted the barley and malt round and full, offset by a banana nose and some faint but noticeable hop/yeast bouquet.
This was a big round beer, enjoyable, not a summer beer, more for sitting around a fireplace snaking on some cheese and nuts

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip at the Toronado SF

A - slim to no head retention or lacing which was surprising for the style and for SN

S - Dates, raisins, figs and molasses, dark fruit infused in brown sugar.

T - Almost like prune juice when cold...as I feel Rochefort 10 does as well when this cold. Let warm up and there are all the qualities I mention in the nose but thin, lacking something. It's dry in the finish.

M - This is where it becomes very obvious that it just doesn't stack up against the best in it's style. It's thin, lacks body for the style. Very easy drinking though, the 10.4% is no where to be found but quaffing a quad in a few short minutes is not what I look for when I order one...

O - Good beer. Will not be buying another however, money better spend on a St. Bernardus 12 or Rochefort 10.

Photo of mudbug
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750 into a large snifter results in a deep reddish body with some clarity topped with a one inch tan head that recedes into a thin cap, some lacing apparent, pretty good looking beer.
Smells sweet like caramel apple, prunes and a slight astringency.
Taste is sweet upfront then gets a ripe fruity character, alcohol is noticeable with a spicy nose tingle.Just a hint of clove and banana but the booze is covering much of it up.
Very soft on the tongue with a creamy texture, carbonation is tight.
I like the Ovila Abbey beers, especially the Saison, going to put some of this away for a year to see what happens, if the alcohol gets subdued it will be a better beer. Right now, it is a little rough edged.

Photo of dacrza1
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glassware: Chimay chalice...
Occasion: celebrating the end of school year number thirteen!
Appearance: dark mahogany body with a zesty, retreating head that thins to a mist...
Aroma: fruity, cherry/sherry and pleasant esters mix together to seduce a sip....
Palate: thick, full-bodied, warming rush that impales the teeth--a visceral experience...
Taste: again, cherry and oken flavors--"Rich and complex" is repeated on the label, so it must be true, coming from an abbey...
Overall: as clean a high as one can derive from a beer--fulfills the expectations with a thick, powerful experience...bought this in December and shelved it for a special occasion...

Photo of tweeder263
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark brown beer 1 inch fairly white head.Sweet malty smell .At over 10 percent alcohol, i honestly cannot smell any alcohol.Very complex beer taste, there is a licorice type taste that i feel is predominant, everything else is vague to me,however the beer is good. Mouthfeel is very nice.

Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills 11/18/11.

Served in a Ovila chalice. Pours a dark brownish amber with a thin lacing of head. The nose is faint malt, apples, and yeast. The taste is fruity up front with a red apple note followed by a nice maltyness and a yeasty finish. The beer is warm and has some faint alcohol esters. The mouthfeel is full bodied, warm, and well carbonated.

This is delicious. The flavor is well balanced and at 10.4% is scarily drinkable. I could have probably quaffed the entire chalice in just a few quick minutes. It took a good deal of constraint to sip it.

Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ovila Quad pours a darker, mahogany brown color. It’s dark, but nowhere near opaque. Backlighting shows some really nice burgundy highlights throughout. A tan head tops it off. It stands about two fingers tall and is quite slow to recede. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume. Looks good.

The nose is alright. It’s a little weak and would benefit from more strength. It kicks off with a mix of caramel and chocolate malt notes. The chocolate scents are mostly cocoa and light chocolate. Smells a little sweet. It’s smells earthy and a little bread-like throughout. Belgian yeast is very light in the mix, but is noted. Secondary notes of dark fruit and spices emerge late. Smells like a mix of raisin, fig, nutmeg, and ginger. It smells a little like fruit cake. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t seem too strong. Not bad.

The flavor is likewise pretty good. Definitely a little better than the nose. The malt base is a mix of caramel and chocolate varieties. The caramel flavor is a little sweet, but isn’t overbearing. Cocoa and light milk chocolate come through just a little stronger. Belgian yeast is a little more noticeable, but still seems light. It does feature earthy and bready flavors throughout. Secondary flavors of nutmeg, ginger, light clove, raisin, and fig are all noted and add nice depth. Alcohol comes through a little stronger than expected. It’s not warm or hot, but it is a little boozy. Finishes spicy, yeasty, and raisin-y.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. It feels just a tad thin for the style. Carbonation is active, but doesn’t seem too buzzy. It goes down alright. Seems a little boozy, but I’ll finish off the 750.

Ovila Quad is an okay collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Abbey of New Clairvaux. It’s not bad, but could be improved quite a bit. It needs a stronger Belgian yeast presence, more body, and less booziness. Those shortcomings keep it from really competing as a Quad. That might make it sound a little worse than it really is. It’s definitely worth picking up at least one 750.

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is dark brown with hardly any head. It smells lightly of fermented dark fruits and alcohol.

Taste is similar to the smell... a mash-up of fermenting fruits with alcohol, similar to a good portion of wines, not sweet.

Feels almost creamy, carbonation is light with very tiny bubbles.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Ovila Chalace. Pours a deep brown color. Fairly clear but a little hazy. The head dissipated to nothing very fast. No lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits and a bit of Booz. Some caramel toasted sugar type smells. Not hugely aromatic.

Taste is pretty good. Not as sweet as other quads. Bit of dark fruit favors but a slight bite in the finish either from a hop or a sort of roasted grain. Bit of booz

Pretty dry mouthfeel. Little more than usual with a quad. High carb.

Overall a tasty quad. Not top 10 status in my mind but still very good. Gunna let one age for a bit to see how it does.

Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a chance to try this on tap in NC back in December, but passed to drink some more Olde Hickory Event Horizon

Pours mahogany with a thin tan head. Faint head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit & woody notes

TL Follows the nose, much figgynes & dryness, a a bit of carob up front. Some oaky notes along with boozey plum once warm, along with jammy notes, just a touch of treacle as well. Finishes with dryness, slight leafy hops & plums & just a little too much dryness for me

MF: Medium bodied, slick with subtle carbonation, warming

Not a bad quad, this one could stand a year or two of aging. Just too dry for me right now

Photo of HalfFull
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked 750 ml. bottle poured into a globe glass. The Quad opens with a robust pop of the cork and pours quite deep in color. Rather crimson when highlighted and with a firm carbonation which supports the iinch or so of creamy tan foam for some time. Offers nice lacing as well.

Aroma is 'creamy' as well in that it is fairly well integrated. Light fig with some cherry and blended with hints of brown sugar and a hint of alcolhol. Yeasty and perfumy with a distant berry/rum soaked banana aroma. Offers occassional notes of smoke as well.

Flavor is smooth and lightly berry sweet after a bit of agitation. With more brown sugar/molasses present after a bit of rest. Chocolate spice and some orange infused cherry on the finish along with a flash of alcolhol. Nice flavor though finishing a bit sweet and lacking a bit in the nuance you might get from a more digestible beer. Still pretty solid and dries up a bit with warming, offering a solid feel with a spot on bottle conditioned carbonation. Overall quite yummy, a bit sweet to offer the lingering finish of the best yet a bit more adventurous than thier Dubbel and Saison I would say. A great American Quad.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big up to my BA in crime andrenaline for including this in our last cross canada trade
A - clear, deep dark bubbly brown, thumb of head retained very respectably
S - a mix of both estery and phenol yeasty aromas, candied dark fruits, pears, and molasses
T - strong phenols of grape and plumb flavor, spice, molasses, burnt sugars, and light sweet alcohol
M - relatively light, creamy smooth, rich and a little sticky, high octane quality is very well hidden
O - a big ass beer that any full blooded beer advocate should try, bravo Sierra Nevada, and thanks again to andrenaline for giving me a chance to enjoy this!

Photo of Gmann
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a murky ruby brown color with a smallish khaki head. A bit small for the style; settled into a light ring.

The aroma is perfumey, with a good presence of clove and some light wild flowers. Very subtle hints of roasted meat. Nice profile for a quad.

The taste is a nice mix of a roasted/meaty malt with light chocolate notes, solid clove presence from the yeast, bright sweetness from honey/candi sugar additions. There is also a light prune sweetness and carob earthiness. Very flavorful and complex.

The feel is fairly light with prickly carbonation so it feels even lighter. It is quite dry on the palate yet it is a bit sticky in the finish. Not very smooth.

This is a good quad. Good aroma and flavor. It is a bit dry and thin. I must say I love the balance in this beer and I love that they bring earthy flavors to the style as some quads can be overly sweet.

Photo of KTCamm
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Champgane bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours dark chocolate brown. Thick. Light tan foam on top. Chocolate dark fruity nose. Raisins. Better yet, raisinettes. Rich fruity taste, very smooth. Figs. Plummy. Really boozy. Brown sugar (how come you taste so good?). cHOCOLATE SWIRLS IN. vERY COMPLEX AND FLAVORFUL. aND QUITE SMOOTH. hITS WITH A HAMMER. wONDERUL.

Photo of stormywaters
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark brown in color with a light tan foam head

smell - slightly sweet smell, but not overly sweet

taste - the smell is sweeter than the taste, a very well balanced quad

mouthfeel - the inital drink is greeted by the slight sweetness and carbonation rolling off of the tongue. The higher % is noticeable on the finish, but not offputing.

overall - this is a very decent quad, and even more so coming from SN. SN did an excellent job brewing this as a New Clairvaux beer and leaving out the signature SN style.

Photo of jimmy82063
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Chimay chalice....

A) Nice dark brown with a thin head, a little lacing on the glass.

S) Bready malts and fruits which leads to....

T) Plum, fig, raisins, cloves and grapes, just a little tartness to balance this out. The alcohol is well hidden. Cellaring this could be interesting. This may be best fresh.

M) Light carbonation

O) As some have said this is the best of the series and I agree. Will probably buy a few more!

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Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.