Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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89
very good

721 Ratings
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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 30
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: mikechance on 10-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 721 | Reviews: 196
Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 4/15/13

Appearance: Dark brown, with some medium brown clarity around the edges - pours without much of a head, but it slowly develops a dense, creamy, tan head - leaves a nice wall of lacing, nice head retention

Smell: Dark, cooked, caramelized malts - yeasty and spicy, but not too much - Belgian yeast, with some banana, clove, and phenols - some dark fruits, plums are quite obvious - some raisins as well - some sugary sweetness, including caramel and candi sugar

Taste: Cooked, caramelized malts and some spicy characteristics - earthy and grainy, with a bigger yeast component than was apparent in the aroma - clove, banana, and lots of phenols - malty and sugary sweetness, and some fruity sweetness - plums, raisins, and dark fruit juice - not particularly complex, but definitely interesting

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, nicely carbonated, smooth

Overall: Tasty, and might get better with age

This is better than I expected. This is a good take on the Quad style, definitely more solid than the Ovila Dubbel. The malts lack complexity, but the other aspects are quite tasty.

Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly darker colored fizzy small head that fades semi quickly, no lacing, very dark mahogany cola colored with hints if ruby light barely sneaking through.

Nose brings plenty of phenols and esters, fruity plum skin, the esters and phenols from the yeast and some phenolic booze come out strong, some sweet candi sugar, earthy tannic molasses, caramelized biscuits, a hint if a cherry with the plum fruit.

Taste brings fruits, dark plum and again hint if cherry juice, plenty of esters again and phenolic booze, light chemically flavor from the phenols and plenty of warming tingly booze. Candi sugar and syrup, light toasted biscuit, caramelized brown sugar, chewy malt. Hint of chewy earthy hop but barely. tannic plum skin and little fig. Finish is still fairly sweet and sticky syrupy, lingering plum skin, chewy malt, phenolic booze, light chemical like and candi sugar.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, sticky syrupy, decent carb, plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall not bad but def needs a couple years to mellow and for the phenolic chemical thing to drop out.

Photo of ESPNman
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I can't find a bottled-on date, but I believe this one's been in my cellar for roughly 18 months. Poured into a Stone VE Glass.

A - Pours a deep, almost cola-brown. It looks relatively thin coming out of the bottle. Moderate khaki head with tiny bubbles and great retention. Very little lacing.

S - I'm not really getting a whole lot of nose from this beer. Perhaps it's incorrect glassware, but it's pretty underwhelming. Some candied fruit, Belgian yeast, and a hint of spice.

T - Much better than the nose would lead you to believe. The same character from the nose, but amplified. Also, good amounts of bitter earthy tones to balance out the candied notes of the standard quad. The flavors are all distinctive, and stand out on their own. This beer isn't too "big" for its own good. Dates, apricot, Belgian yeast, candy sugar, and a nice bitterness throughout.

M - Solid, but unspectacular. It finishes drier than I was expecting, given the sweetness up front. Great level of carbonation. Lively, but not distracting.

O - I wish I had reviewed or taken notes for the first time I tried this beer... I think it's gotten a bit better with age, though. The nose has faded, but all of the flavors were more muddled when I first tried it. It's not a much more drinkable and enjoyable take on the Belgian quad.

Photo of macpapi
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark color. Dark as a late autumn night with a quarter-moon. Also a very thin purplish head to complement slight lacing.

Smell is very full and complex. Malty with a full dark-fruit aroma. Plums and raisins are notable on the nose. Very deep and full.

Taste is dominated by malt and a bit of somewhat cloying and syruppy flavor. Dark fruits join a bit of spicy finish to make this an interesting flavor.

In the mouth, this beer is full, deep, and rich-flavored. Low carbonation.

On the whole, this is an impressive beer. Full, deep, dark, (somewhat mysterious, as I like my quads), and a complex sipper. A very nice effort, up there with some of the best in the genre.

Photo of monkbrewed
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer than has a sincere character yet lacks the substantive mouthfeel of the more sophisticated beers. Immediately hits with fruity and sweet flavors, yet lacks a significant melding of components. Roasty maltiness with slight hints of chocolate never develop. It is truly an American beer. No hop profile present which is surprising for ANYTHING Sierra Nevada makes. You won't be disappointed with this beer, however you might be let down. Does this make sense? Drink it and it will.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights - I think this is pretty clear but it's dark. Forms a thin brown head that fades quickly, and a mild amount of visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, fruity (dark fruit, candied plums), boozy, and brown sugar.

T: Follows the nose, with some apple, pear, figs and dates with candied sugar. Somewhat dry in the finish.

M: Thin body, average carbonation sensation, and moderate alcohol presence.

O: This is good, but doesn't compare to the best in class by any stretch.

Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-dark red brown color with a nice off-white head and some lacing

S-caramel, fruit, malt, slightly spicy

T-dark fruit, caramel, sweet malt, slightly bready, hint of spice, alcohol slightly noticeable

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent Quad but not among my favorites

Photo of dacrza1
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glassware: Chimay chalice...
Occasion: celebrating the end of school year number thirteen!
Appearance: dark mahogany body with a zesty, retreating head that thins to a mist...
Aroma: fruity, cherry/sherry and pleasant esters mix together to seduce a sip....
Palate: thick, full-bodied, warming rush that impales the teeth--a visceral experience...
Taste: again, cherry and oken flavors--"Rich and complex" is repeated on the label, so it must be true, coming from an abbey...
Overall: as clean a high as one can derive from a beer--fulfills the expectations with a thick, powerful experience...bought this in December and shelved it for a special occasion...

Photo of DJoe
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky, dark brown with a 2-3 finger tan head.

S - Very deep. Mostly caramel and malt.

T - Candied malts with roasted caramel. Didn't really get the fruits.

M - Medium bodied, but plenty of carbonation.

O - A very nice quad with a kick. You won't regret this.

Photo of Hoplomachus
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of JDT2003
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of cvm4
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.97/5  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.

Photo of LeRose
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of draheim
3.97/5  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.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of BrownNut
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of russwbeck
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of arizcards
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of One2Remeber
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snifter

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.

Photo of CopeTech
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.