1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Ovila QuadOvila Quad

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

702 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 702
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 28
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikechance on 10-29-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 702 | Reviews: 193 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SlowWideTurns
2.25/5  rDev -43.2%

SlowWideTurns, Oct 09, 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 jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cork almost nailed me in the face after about 2 hours of sitting. Pours a deep deep very hazy brown with an off white head. Head is huge and shows no signs of slowing.

This is a very dark beer.

Nose is subtle for such a big beer. Dark candied belgian fruits along with some charcoal and licorice, but only if youre really looking for it. Some alcohol is present as well. A minor bit of peat smoke makes itself known.

Flavor is big on raisins and figs with some spice presence as well.

body is MASSIVE. Hop presence exists which is good but i'm afraid it's not big enough to balance the huge sweet malt flavors.

Flavor profile is extensive though and this is a massive beer. As for now I can only see the extreme sweetness of it but for those of you who have killed your taste buds through years of tastings, then maybe this will brighten your day.

HUge Huge Huge.

Layers of flavor, complex but not blended. Phenolic yet dry?

This if for the battered tongue that needs woken up.

jtierney89, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of spakman
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

spakman, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Ecolello87
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Ecolello87, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of harrymel
2.53/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks dentist

Pours unusually dark brown with fleeting yellow foam. Smells of apples skins, belgian yeast, dark cherries and some alchol. Flavor is sweet with lots of candy flavors and some molasses and cherries - not impressed. Thin with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. I am glad to have received this one for free. It's below avg IMO.

harrymel, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Shawner
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Shawner, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of Manuel_M
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Manuel_M, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of zachary80
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

zachary80, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Phonedog67
2.8/5  rDev -29.3%

Phonedog67, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of aasher
2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light to medium bodied dirty raison brown in color with a beige one finger head. It appears thinner than most quads. The aromas consist of candied malts, Belgian yeast, bananas, cloves, sweet malts, and alcohol. It's pretty average. It actually smells more like a Belgian Dubbel. The flavors are quite bland and finish very quickly. You get sweet malt, light breadiness, some light dark fruit, and alcohol. It doesn't have much complexity and it drinks very watery. This is by far the thinnest quad I've ever come across. It just doesn't bring anything new or interesting to the table and is light years away from competing with Belgian quads. This Ovila series has been a string of disappointments. I just don't understand how a quality brewery could make such a mediocre line, mainstream or not.

aasher, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Pensfan0782
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Pensfan0782, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Tpsauer
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Tpsauer, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of themind
3/5  rDev -24.2%

themind, May 31, 2014
Photo of Gschaf
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Gschaf, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of KidsDoc
3/5  rDev -24.2%

KidsDoc, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Treadinfree
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Treadinfree, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Adamostella
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Adamostella, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of j0hnc2468
3/5  rDev -24.2%

j0hnc2468, May 23, 2014
Photo of johnhenryconway
3/5  rDev -24.2%

johnhenryconway, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in Tulip. Poured a clean, clear, barely translucent brown that had a slight reddish tint. There was about 3/4 inch of dark tan head that had OK retention and very light lace.

The aroma was mostly malts, just a trace of the expected yeast and stone fruit flavors that typify the style. On the tongue, those good malts were again the headliner, with some cherry/plum flavors showing through as well. There was however a distractingly strong alcohol flavor. Generally, this style hides the alcohol very well.

The body was good, fairly typical, full and smooth and had a lingering alcohol finish. Drinkability was good, for a big beer, as I usually find Quads to be. Overall, a pretty good, but not outstanding, example of the style. Worth trying if you see it, not really worth seeking out.

beertunes, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -24.2%

BcOneSeven, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of JimmyTango
3/5  rDev -24.2%

JimmyTango, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of AlaskanYoung
3/5  rDev -24.2%

AlaskanYoung, Jan 18, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.