Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MaxSpang:
3.25/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
12-04-2011 01:11:06 | More by MaxSpang
More User Reviews:
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
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
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.
01-08-2012 16:38:39 | More by lordofthewiens
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
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
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
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
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
Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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