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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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678 Ratings
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Ratings: 678
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 28
Gots: 61 | 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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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet. 2012 vintage purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Murky dark brown with a rim of off-white small bubbles which leave no lacing.

S: Big blasts of dark fruit reminiscent of rum raisin with prune and fig and a nice earthy hoppiness completing the nose. No alcohol detected. The yeast esters are also fruity and a bit leathery and musty, but not in a negative way.

T: This really opens up as it warms with a cannonade of dark fruitiness -- fig, raisin, and plum -- steeped but not overwhelmed by light malty and medium caramel sweetness and countered with background earthy, herbal hopping that brings a low-moderate bitterness. It borders BDSA a little bit, but the sweetness does plunge it pretty well into quad territory.

M: Very smooth and easy to drink with low carbonation and medium body.

O: Ovila Quad is a really enjoyable beer where the maltiness dominates and is delivered in a readily drinkable package. It's not the most complex beer in this style, but it is one of the most approachable and drinkable. A very enjoyable and nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First...This 12oz.+ bottle was very cool looking. Corked with metal twisty holding it in, and the graphic of the monk, and associated text/description was nicely executed. (Thick glass used for this bottle too. Really thick.)

I poured in a tulip, and it had a nice dark brown with fat finger head. Medium carbonation.

The aroma had plum, raisin,caramel, and that funky Belgian yeast.

Taste is solid. Very complex flavors and a (too?) warming bit of alcohol in the finish. (I think this one ranked at 10.2% abv.

For the style, very well done, and I would buy again if the opportunity arose. So many different Belgian-style brews though...Gotta keep trying different ones.

Note of interest...The Plums used in this beer were grown on the grounds of the Abbey by the monks. A collaborative beer worth the price of admission!

Serving type: bottle

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a thin and wispy tan head.

Aroma consists of so many ripe fruits (plum, raisin, persimmon), grain, burnt sugar and caramel. Finely tuned and intriguing so far.

Smooth with prominent caramel followed by dark fruits, grain and yeast. The alcohol heat lingers just right.

Well-balanced, nearing delicate, but has a definite punch.

All beer politics aside, this one is underrated for sure.

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4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

NOTE: Poured from corcked bottle into Chimay Chalice and then re-reviewed from corked bottle into Delirium Tremens Chalice. Both had similar reviews... but one big difference was the fruity esters. I liked them more from the Chimay Chalice than the DT. But this is merely a personal thing. The head had better retention in DT.

A: True to style. Black, dank and murky. Light cream colored head that is half a finger and stays around as it sinks into a creamy sticky coating to the beer.

S: Fruit, spicy and dark. Belgian yeast, but with a twist... it is light and fruity. Oak. dark cherries.

T: Spice! much more than the scent. Dark fruit (plums). Dark candi sugar. Smooth into the burn of the alcohol. Not the greatest example of the style... but this is fantastic attempt.

M: Smooth as a 10% beer from the states is going to be. Medium bodied.

O: Worth a try. I bought a 4 pack and will have no problem keeping it to myself; hidden from my room mates. If it was a little cheaper a 4 pack... I'd be happier buying it. Otherwise, I'd rather spend a few more dollars and get Chimay, Hommel (Obviously... it is my last name! although... not a quad), or even T. Rochefort. Still, like I said... worth the try and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick, dark quad with no room for a head because of the overpour. Looks dark brown.

Rich raisiny nose with notes of plum, chocolate, and toffee. Smells rich and sweet with a burly strength that can only be masked by this mega-dark-fruit aroma. A good amount of roast is also evident. Fantastic.

Toffee, prune juice, rum raisin, brown bread, spicy alcohol, pressed grape, cough medicine, and a touch of dark chocolate. Really exquisite. Tons of complexity. Rather sweet, but decadently good. Mild bitterness that's aided by the booze. A liquory, fruity, Belgian dessert monster.

Very thick. Mouth-coating viscosity. Great body and a kick of gas, to boot. A sipper feel with big sipper strength.

Killer quad. One of the best American versions I have tasted. The best part is that it's not trying to be like the Belgian examples. Unique, and still top-notch.

Serving type: on-tap

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Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.