Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheWhiskerReview:
4.18/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours black with a 3-finger off-tan head. Retains a soapy ring with wet lace, but neither stay around very long.
The nose is simply beautiful, taking the malt, esters and phenols and wrapping them in wonderful florals- aromas of doughy dark bread, wildflower honey, foresty blueberries and ripe cassis, coffee, clove and hints of anise.
The med-full bodied palate starts malty and sweet- caramelly but never too syrupy. Despite the moderately hefty alcohol (and the corresponding hefty body this should possess), the brew manages to stay remarkably light on its feet. Maybe too light depending on who you ask. That sweetness is quickly balanced by a nice spice (brown sugar, clove) and a moderate bitterness- picking up more of that awesome blueberry flavor- before the spice and phenols take over at the beginning of the finish- also hiding the alcohol well as its peppery flavor is easily tucked into the spice and phenol flavors. Lastly, as all this wanes, the yeast has a good say on the finish with lingering coffee and bread dough flavors.
Overall, sort of torn on this one. I adore the nose with its prominent wildflower honey and blueberry vibe, and normally I can get behind the body which is so light on its feet. That character is what I call elegance and is what I ultimately want in a drink, but this is a Quad. I kind of expect a rich syrupy punch from this style. Although really delicious, the lightness made it a touch forgettable. Still a fan of the series tho, and absolutely can't wait for the barrel aged versions next year.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2011 17:40:46 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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 676 ratings.