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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of tut2528
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

tut2528, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Vylo
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Vylo, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Kmccabe33
4/5  rDev +1%

Kmccabe33, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

VelvetExtract, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jaidenjb, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of gtermi
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

gtermi, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Star80
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Star80, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev +1%

WynnO, May 30, 2012
Photo of dansmcd
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

dansmcd, May 30, 2012
Photo of gbrill
4/5  rDev +1%

gbrill, May 29, 2012
Photo of aflies
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

aflies, May 29, 2012
Photo of cwd
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

cwd, May 28, 2012
Photo of TheResidentialOP
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

TheResidentialOP, May 28, 2012
Photo of JoshuaGoins
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

JoshuaGoins, May 27, 2012
Photo of Saltee
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Saltee, May 26, 2012
Photo of Havion383
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Havion383, May 25, 2012
Photo of Chadster1975
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Chadster1975, May 24, 2012
Photo of TwinLightTap
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

TwinLightTap, May 20, 2012
Photo of mschind
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

mschind, May 20, 2012
Photo of Jsmitty1967
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Jsmitty1967, May 18, 2012
Photo of Piason
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Piason, May 11, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

brotherloco, May 05, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the caged, corked 25 ouncer stamped 1265610:54. Sampled on May 3, 2012. The color is a beautiful dark brown with ruby red hues and a moderate, short lived fizzy head. The aroma is powerful with dark malts, dark fruits, a little yeast, and alcohol. But at 10+ ABV I kind of expected some alcohol. The body is bold and full. The taste is explosive with dark sweet malts, Belgian sugar, and nasal-passage clearing hop bitterness. It was a nicely done Quad with a lot of oomph! What I would really like to do is cellar one for about two years and see how it tastes then.

puboflyons, May 03, 2012
Photo of 2neardead
4/5  rDev +1%

2neardead, May 03, 2012
Photo of DAVEnHOPS
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

DAVEnHOPS, May 02, 2012
Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.