Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MaxSpang:
3.25/5 rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Served in a Chimay goblet.
It looks like a typical quad, maybe perhaps a little darker than others. Pours a Coca-Cola brown with some slight red coming through from the light. The khaki head was about a finger and had very small bubbles. Overall looks true to the style.
The first thing I get is Belgian yeast character - some spice and black pepper. The alcohol comes through after it warms a bit, and some Cola-like aroma follows. There's a small amount of dark fruits dipped in caramel on the nose, too. Honestly, this is one of the most mild smelling quads I've had - but it is very pleasant.
Lots of maltiness hits the tongue first. It's slightly carmel-like, and surprisingly slightly Cola-like just as the nose was. The dark fruit notes come out, tasting like ripe plum and slight raisin. There isn't a ton of Belgian spice character, but there is a bit of black pepper and clove. There's a small bit of an almost artificial sweetener taste, which isn't great but somehow works in this beer. Like the nose, this is a mild version of a quad on the tongue.
This beer has a really nice mouthfeel. It's definitely full bodied yet drinkable. It's not as carbonated as other quads I've had, nor is it as sticky sweet. Very balanced and smooth mouthfeel.
Like the other Ovila beers, this one falls short of being anything to get excited about. It's good, don't get me wrong, but it just doesn't blow me away. I'd much rather have a St. Bernardus Abt 12 than another one of these to be brutally honest. It's good, but not great - much like the dubbel and the saison from the Ovila series.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2011 01:11:06 | More by MaxSpang
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This pours a ruddy raisin brown color with light foam. There’s a bit of stone fruit and plums on the aroma, with an earthy estery profile. I find the flavor to be sweetish but not cloying, with some plums and figgy notes. Comes off smooth and almost velvety.
Serving type: on-tap
06-11-2014 16:55:52 | More by elNopalero
Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.