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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

698 Ratings
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Ratings: 698
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 29
Gots: 65 | 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 brewskifan55:
Photo of brewskifan55
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Solid dark brown with a tan one finger head that hangs around. Enough lacing to make a curtain.

Smell: malts come through with cherries, figs, apricots and caramel.

Taste: Damn, this is good! Velvety smooth. Follows nose with a passion. Bourbon eases in on the finish, taking me to mellow out time. Let it warm for even more flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy; very creamy. Superior carbonation.

Overall: One of the five best beers I've had this year. A great quad. Well done, Sierra Nevada. Recommended.

brewskifan55, Dec 31, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

oberon, Jul 31, 2012
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.

SanFranJake, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of ricksrealm
4/5  rDev +1%

ricksrealm, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

lordofthewiens, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
2.28/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

Beaver13, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of mikechance
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

mikechance, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

iemailjack, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Beerswag
4/5  rDev +1%

Beerswag, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of reitzbrewing
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

reitzbrewing, May 01, 2013
Photo of KolbMarley
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

KolbMarley, Jan 28, 2014
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.

Mora2000, Nov 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Shankopotamus, Mar 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Chadster1975, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

jiffymon, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Janeinma, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Bike2work
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Bike2work, Apr 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Seattle_Suds, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

williamjbauer, Feb 06, 2012
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

Zonian1, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

deuce9259, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Auraan, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

TheLevi4000, Apr 05, 2013
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Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.