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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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639 Ratings
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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%

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:
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(Beer added by: mikechance on 10-29-2011)
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Photo of Hoplomachus


3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought two bottles about a month ago. The first I drank right away and was not impressed; alcohol smell and taste was too prominent and the beer was very sweet. I'm drinking the second bottle (it was left in my mini fridge) and the sweetness is not as strong and the alcohol has blended in better with the rest of the beer. It's a pretty good beer and agreat bargain. However I don't feel the need to go out and buy another.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 02:04:10 | More by Hoplomachus
Photo of JDT2003


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darker Trappist Belgium. I had with wife with Sonic Chicago dogs and Mozzarella sticks. Amazing buzz. Will buy again. Smells deep like a true Belgian. Pour smells great with a small head. Dark fruity and thickish feel. Goes down smooth. Bravo Sierra Nevada you have put out a winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 00:21:36 | More by JDT2003
Photo of cvm4


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky, rusty brown with a 2 finger tan head.

S - I'm not getting a lot besides caramel, candied sugars & dark fruits.

T - Candied malts, slightly bready, roasted caramel and a dab of dark fruits.

M - Medium bodied & carbonation.

O - Not a stellar quad but one that is above the median of the group, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 02:14:01 | More by cvm4
Photo of SanFranJake


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 14:18:59 | More by SanFranJake
Photo of KickbacksSteve


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Khaki head with moderate retention. Mahogany body. Aroma includes raisins and dates, old dark fruit and a touch of alcohol vapor. Taste includes caramel malt, brown sugar, dates, raisins and a bit of molasses. Very nice interpretation of the style for an American version but what else would you expect from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 02:54:42 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of LeRose


4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled. Aroma is toffee, malty, sweetness, very inviting (come hither and drink me...), whiff of alcohol. Some fruity, raisin, prune aroma. Dark mahogany color. Rich, tan lingering head that persists but not too thick. Very toasted tasting, bready, malty, dark fruit. Nice sweetness, tingle from the alcohol. Thick on the tongue (my initial comment was "chewy" on first sip), but not much aftertaste, lingering malty/yeasty sweetness. Very suitable as a hearty meal accompaniment. Enjoyed and would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 16:09:16 | More by LeRose
Photo of ngeunit1


4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with just a touch of ruby mixed in and a finger of frothy tan-khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with dark fruits, candi sugars, Belgian yeast, spices, and booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet dark caramel malts, dark fruits, some spices, and some candi sugars. Through the middle, some Belgian yeast comes through with some more spices and dark fruits. The finish is a mix of dark fruits, candi sugar, dark caramel malts, Belgian yeast, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced Quad. Good fruity flavors and yeast character.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:48:13 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours dark brown with a quick-lived thin head of tan. A partial skim coat and errant dots of lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with rich, juicy, malt, apples, nougat, raisins, and cocoa. Hints of dark rum and grape jam follow through.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a slickish, slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Ripe fruit running under plump malt starts the palate. A mild booziness with rum-soaked raisins, figs, purple grapes, and caramel continue on.

Finishes with a mild sweetness, rich ester-riddled malt, and warming alcohol.

Very nice quad. A bit boozy for the style, slightly thinnish body, and not as velvety and lush as a great quad though.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 01:43:04 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of draheim


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a chalice. Pours a clear mahogany w/ a thin khaki head that settles to a thin film.

Aroma is dark fruits, molasses, prunes, spice, booze.

Taste is dark sweet malt, candi sugar, figs/dates, grapes.

Mouthfeel is light, well-carbed, finishes bone dry.

Overall a solid if unremarkable rendition of the style. A worthy effort.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 06:11:17 | More by draheim
Photo of superspak


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled 9/21/2011. Pours crystal clear extremely dark brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass, small amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, molasses, pear, toast, candi sugar, pepper, clove, earth, and yeast spiciness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of raisin, pear, molasses, caramel, apple, toast, chocolate, bread, toffee, candi sugar, earth, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, pear, caramel, toast, molasses, chocolate, earth, toffee, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; mostly roasty and malty flavors with minimal spiciness; minimal cloying sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation an fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good quad. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. I was hoping to be more impressed with this one; but it was still nicely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 04:47:21 | More by superspak
Photo of BrownNut


3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - 3.5 - Cloudy dark brown. A fizzy tan head that settles down to nothing in under a minute.

S - 4.0 - Smells like chocolate, much more so than any other quad I've had. A little yeast.

T - 3.75 - After spicy wings and three other beers maybe wasn't the best time to evaluate this one. Not sure what I'm tasting. A little bitter chocolate and... other stuff.

M - 3.5 - Medium-light - lighter than the appearance would suggest. But really the whole style is that way for me. Ends somewhat dry, in a wood-like way.

O - 3.75 - It's nice enough. Doesn't really blow my socks off. I'd drink it if you gave it to me but wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 02:11:46 | More by BrownNut
Photo of russwbeck


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours wonderfully into my Ovila Chalice. Deep brown with a small light brown head. The retention is pretty decent, but I wish there was more lacing. 3.5

S: Big dark fruit hints with a nice roasty undertone lead to a pretty sweet aroma. The booze is not noted in any way. 4

T: The taste has the balance I would expect from these two breweries, just outstanding. The dark fruits provide the base for the roast and sweetness to explode. The booze really is not even there. Clean taste and finish as the fruits take you home. 4.5

MF: Heavy body with a lower than average amount of carbonation. The crisp, clean finish really bolsters the drinkability of this already well-balanced beer. 4.5

O: This beer almost certainly will age well. The sweetness is doing a lot of work here, and most likely would shine with a few years on it. Really glad I picked this up. I can't wait to try the barrel aged versions. 4

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 21:33:22 | More by russwbeck
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a huge beer. feel the burn! it pours a nice darker than brick red color, opaque and frothy. the nose is sweet malts, rotting wood, and alcohol. maybe some molasses in there as well. any subtleties are knocked over by the alcoholic nose. the flavor is really nice, complex and sweet. malt profile is caramel and cereal, yummy. there is a touch of interesting yeast about to make a statement, but then the alcohol comes in and wipes it out before it can get going. the finish is fire, maybe some time in the cellar would chill this out a bit. mouthfeel was a little heavy because of the sugar, and a little harsh because of the alcohol, but i like it still. this is a monster quad, even as quads go. id like to revisit it after some time, but this is a bottle to share by any standards.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 19:41:37 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of arizcards


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a caged and corked 750ml bottle in mid-April from Total Wine for $8.99.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a nice off white head.

Nose is a strong dose of dark fruits.

Taste is almost wine like, figs and raisins lie over a nice malt layer, hints of chocolate, and a distracting bitter orange peel finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth from the belgian yeast strain.

Overall this is a pretty solid beer. The orange peel bitterness is a detraction to what could be a spectacular beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 00:41:07 | More by arizcards
Photo of One2Remeber


3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Pours a mild brown color forming a creamy layer of tan/leather head. Body is a dark, murky brown with a hint of dark red hue.

S: Caramel, toffee, Belgian yeast smells like creamy banana pudding. Heavy baked grain aroma.

T/M: Smell all over in the taste. Crisp, sharp flavors are pronounced but the body is slippery smooth. Hardly any boozy feel until after swallow; leaves a hint of burn expected for style.

O: Light body, heavy yeast, low alcohol feel. Extremely clean and refreshing. Tastes like a fresh beer, I plan on grabbing a bottle to age for a couple years. Highly recommended, but needs some aging.

Serving type: growler

08-22-2012 02:57:52 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of CopeTech


4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely Belgium Quad, I am revisiting the Ovilas after an initial bad experience.
The most out standing characteristic was the taste, clearly a nice dry quad traditional to the abbey ale houses (no surprises).
Nice deep color, rich and dark.
The carbonation is light, head is not distracting from the flavors.
An excellent addition to the available quads here in California.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 03:03:41 | More by CopeTech
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 20:44:26 | More by oberon
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Opaque brown color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and alcohol nose and flavor is malty raisin, caramel and some alcohol. $10.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 22:12:23 | More by jdhilt
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big up to my BA in crime andrenaline for including this in our last cross canada trade
A - clear, deep dark bubbly brown, thumb of head retained very respectably
S - a mix of both estery and phenol yeasty aromas, candied dark fruits, pears, and molasses
T - strong phenols of grape and plumb flavor, spice, molasses, burnt sugars, and light sweet alcohol
M - relatively light, creamy smooth, rich and a little sticky, high octane quality is very well hidden
O - a big ass beer that any full blooded beer advocate should try, bravo Sierra Nevada, and thanks again to andrenaline for giving me a chance to enjoy this!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 02:49:02 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of tut2528


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark copper tone. Very little head formation, nice film remains throughout the duration of the brew. moderate lacing.

S: Strong very large dark fruits, very sweet sugars, mild Belgian yeasts, very thin alcohol.

Taste: again, strong dark fruits, with heavier yeast than the nose. Alcohol is mild again but can be felt on the lips. Rich caramel creates a nice note.

O: decent beer, typical quad... nothing to get excited about. I find the yeast in this one toned down compared to other quads. However, this is a very filling brew and pretty rich.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 06:23:24 | More by tut2528
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark brown with a smaller tan head. Head is not frothy; it is more of a collaboration of individual bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S-Sweet and deep. Rich aroma. Figgy and raisiny. Plums and light spice. Yeasty. Light chocolate and brown sugar/molasses. Alcohol is fairly well masked.

T-Booze is hidden well. Does not taste like it is holding nearly 11% alcohol. Rich sweetness. Flavorful. Dried dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Spiced and sugary. Chocolate is very light. Does not have a single component of the flavor that really excites me, but in unison it tastes pretty good.

M-Lighter than I would expect from an 10.4% brew. Still rich and syrupy. Big bodied nonetheless, just not super-big. Mellow carbonation. Dry.

O/D-Overall, a good Quad. It isn't my favorite style, and this one is not stellar, but its tasty enough. I enjoyed the glass and it was quite potent.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 22:24:17 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of gtermi


3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amazingly dark copper, almost black, body. The head of the beer is very thin and quickly fades to nothing but a little ring of foam around the top of the head of beer. The head doesnt leave any lace on the glass either.

S: Has your typical "funky Quad" smell with a strong amount of sweetness and alcohol. Has sort of a Belgian Candi Sugar smell too it.

T: For a 10% Quad, it is really sweet and funky. The flavors quickly fade and sort of leave me wanting more from this beer.

M: There is a nice crispness on the tip and back of the tongue as this beer goes down. For such a high alcohol beer, it goes down rather easy.

O: This is another very solid beer from Sierra Nevada. I havent seen this beer is a year and when I saw another I quickly grabbed it. For the price, it is a very solid Quad.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 03:44:12 | More by gtermi
Photo of Star80


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out a dark mahogany color with a thin disappearing head. The bottle definitely was under pressure so I just think this is how the beer was made.

S: Smell floral, syrupy, caramel, spicey and some dark ripened fruits. Which fruits I don't know but it smells very complex.

T: Taste is fruity, spicey with a very hoppy aftertaste. Not much alcohol burn for a big beer, actually quite smooth.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty smooth as I mentioned before.Perhaps the disappearing head was done on purpose?

O: It's been a while since I've indulged in a quadrupel and this reminds me what I've been missing. Something decadent about a big bold quad with lots of deep caramel malts, big floral hops and spicy aftertastes. Reminds what I love about good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 01:38:33 | More by Star80
Photo of dansmcd


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown in colour, with a cream coloured foamy head which is short lived, minimal lacing.

S - Quite bready, sweet raisins and chocolate, booze.

T - Raisins and prune combine well with fresh red grapes and blackcurrant. Caramel and bitter orange peel compliment.

M - Smooth medium body, low carbonation.

O - A fairly standard quad, which is just fine and dandy with me.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 02:47:21 | More by dansmcd
Photo of mschind


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz corked and caged bottle, no freshness date.
Found this at Costco of all places for around $9.

A- Dark brown, almost opaque. Got a one finger bubbly head that didn't last very long but leaves a rim of foam that coats the glass.

S- Dried fruit and vanilla with a carmel sweetness with some yeast and then alcohol.

T- Cherries... starts sweet and then finishes a bit tart. My wife liked it and she is not a beer drinker. I'm not getting the yeasty esters that many Belgian ales have but this works for me.

M- For something this sweet it avoids being syrupy. The body is medium and despite the healthy pop when I opened the bottle, the carbonation seems a bit weak.

O- I am pleased to see SN adding Belgian ales to their formidable list of beers. Ovila Quad is an excellent addition to the growing number of American breweries that have gone Belgian. This is a very tasty interpretation of a quad and I would not hesitate to serve it with a dessert course.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 23:21:01 | More by mschind
Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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