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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thick, full, sumptuous quad...very nice. From a 750 ml bottle, the beer pours a dark brown color that shows a reddish hue when held to the light. It has a fizzy tan head that falls a little too quickly. The aroma is earthy, malty, and has a modest spice scent. There is a bit of dark fruit...plum and berries. The beer's alcohol is very well hidden. It's warming and slightly tongue numbing sensations are the only aspects that betray the ABV. The taste has a lot of malt...intense and sweet. Some spice, and a lot of earthy, roasted malt and sweetntess. Full in body and very smooth. I really enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 18:55:55 | More by Suds
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy reddish brown color from a 750 mL corked bottle.
Nice one finger off-white head that settles to a thin film. Very good head retention. The head stays forever.
Aroma is typical of a quadrupel; with dark fruits (raisins, cherries), sweet fruity esters and some bready yeast notes coming through.
Very tasty beer, lots of malt and sweetness on the palate with a slight tartness in the finish. Clean finish, with hint of sweetness that lingers around. Easy to drink with very good mouthfeel.
Overall, a solid Quad from Sierra Nevada. Not the best, but not bad either. Age will surely do good for the development of this beer. Can't wait to get my hands on the barrel-aged version of this quad.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 21:53:23 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of MarkyMOD


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

04-06-2012 04:52:32 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of smi

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

04-06-2012 01:40:55 | More by smi
Photo of jculler82


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

04-04-2012 13:58:49 | More by jculler82
Photo of Jhatwig

4/5  rDev +1%

04-03-2012 04:15:19 | More by Jhatwig
Photo of Drinkerofales


4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is dark brown, lighter brown on the edges. A dense light mocha head leaves stays until the brew is finished.

Smell is apples, figs, and dates. Roasted malt and yeast, with a touch of booze.

Taste is deep and dark, fruity up front and lighter fruits in the finish.

Feels incredibly smooth, coats the tongue with a long finish that almost creamy and luxurious, very velvety. Medium bodied.

What a treat, plenty of fruit and complexity, a great attempt at the Belgian style.


Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 03:28:09 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of bh123


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-01-2012 07:29:49 | More by bh123
Photo of KevdoggNasty

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-30-2012 06:13:18 | More by KevdoggNasty
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Ovila Chalace. Pours a deep brown color. Fairly clear but a little hazy. The head dissipated to nothing very fast. No lacing.

Aroma of dark fruits and a bit of Booz. Some caramel toasted sugar type smells. Not hugely aromatic.

Taste is pretty good. Not as sweet as other quads. Bit of dark fruit favors but a slight bite in the finish either from a hop or a sort of roasted grain. Bit of booz

Pretty dry mouthfeel. Little more than usual with a quad. High carb.

Overall a tasty quad. Not top 10 status in my mind but still very good. Gunna let one age for a bit to see how it does.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 02:50:25 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of zoso1967


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ovila Quad pours a dark rosewood colored brown that has some nice deep red hues to it. The head is a medium tan color and densely packed. It has great retention and leaves very nice lace.

The aroma is rich, fruity and chocolaty. It sort of smells like a cherry cordial with the first few sniffs. After taking a few more sniffs some spicy yeast comes out as well as some bready notes. This is not as complex as some of the other quads I have had, but it does smell damn good.

The chocolate is pretty much lost in the flavor, but the fruit and dark bread notes come through very strongly. There are notes of cherry, raisin and molasses mixed in with plenty of spicy Belgian yeast. There is a bit of roasted flavor at the end of each sip as well.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium and amazingly smooth and rich. The carbonation is right on for style and it finishes effortlessly.

Overall this is an enjoyable and drinkable take on the style. What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for with strong and compelling flavors. I can’t say I will grab this over most of the true Belgian styles, but that does not mean it isn’t worth the price of admission.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 20:32:34 | More by zoso1967
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 04:26:59 | More by harrymel
Photo of Phelps


3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a tall taster glass at Tops.

Dark cherry-caramel in color, mostly clear. Half a finger of fuzzy tan head dissipates to a ring after a minute.

In the aroma, a base of sweet dates, figs and a little banana has been lightly spiced with maple, cinnamon and brown sugar. Some toasted wheat is in there as well. Not intense, but smooth.

The flavor is much more raisiny and toasty-bitter. Some alcohol; a little cinnamon; the lightest hints of strawberry and banana. Not much depth.

Light, pinching carbonation. The velvety medium body is nice and creamy. Some booze comes through the nose.

It's okay. Drinkable, but without complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2012 21:37:06 | More by Phelps
Photo of dgilks


3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark murky brown colour with a creamy, off-white head. Good head retention.

Rich, dark fruits and sugar. Lots of golden syrup and raisins. Plump. Mild spicing. Really nice but almost simple.

The sugar is out again with lots of dark toffee and invert sugar. The dark fruits are going nuts again. Mild, mild tartness. No hop, no bitterness.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

This is a decent Belgian style ale. The sugar is a bit intense and I really would like a bit more spice and dryness.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 10:01:39 | More by dgilks
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby/mahogany color with about a fingers worth of head that quickly fizzles down to nothing

S: Grapes, some light fig, prune and raisin with a light booziness to it

T: Starts with with a nice Belgian candy sugar sweetness with dark fruits, mainly grapes with a nice light but announced booze sting. Some nuances of figs and plums, light raisin. Not a lot of residual sweetness and sugar which is what I find in a lot of AMerican versions.

M: Full bodied, not overly sweet on this Quad and that is what I dig. Good carbonation, good flavor left on the palate

O: Very good, rather easy to drink for a Quad

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 00:47:41 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of DSlim71

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-12-2012 22:28:45 | More by DSlim71
Photo of SHODriver


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown, near black with ruby around the edges of the glass. A couple fingers of off white head do not stick around long but about a quarter of an inch has staying power
S: Very Belgian on the nose with some yeasty notes and some delicious fruitiness. Solidly sweet the whole way with a bit of caramel as well
T: Dark fruit at the forefront with a dose of malt sweetness which gives way to some alcohol soaked cherry. Some spicy yeast character comes next followed up with more fruitiness. Kind of bready flavor on the swallow with residual sweetness. Very nice complexity. Alcohol is hidden very well.
M: slightly thin but smooth on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation
O: A well done quad with excellent flavors and complexity. I hope this one comes out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 05:17:05 | More by SHODriver
Photo of SocalKicks


4/5  rDev +1%

03-07-2012 04:12:17 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of mntlover


3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark murky mahogany color with a smaller tan head only thumb sized on aggressive poor. Lacing is spotty at best.

Aroma is big on caramel with toffee notes, light chocolate malts mingled with dark fruits. Some light zesty spice and earthy yeast notes mingled in.

Taste is lightly burnt caramel malts mingled with chocolate notes. Some nice dark fruit notes plums sugar coated raisins ect. Finish is lingering sugars, yeast notes and spice. Alcohol is well hidden and just adds warming to the mix.

Mouthfeel is big medium almost full with nice per style carbonation. Feel on this is nice as I find lots of Quads little to fizzy for my tastes.

Overall pretty nice attempt at a style not done much in this country. Having said that believe the other two Ovila brews to be better then this one. Hard to top Westy 12.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:16:22 | More by mntlover
Photo of Hendral


4/5  rDev +1%

03-04-2012 21:28:51 | More by Hendral
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

Generic but pleasing take on a quad hitting a good US benchmark for the style.

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked and caged bottle. Old fashion label trying to look non-sierra and antique themed. Identifiable by now as the Belgian series form Sierra but again overall quite unremarkable image of faded abbey arches in muted cream orange. Back offers notes about the collaboration with the abbey, main characteristics of the brew, and how a part of the benefits will go to an effort to restore a transplanted medieval building in California. Shows 10.4% Alc. by Vol. Served in a chalice.

A - Deep dark brown pour, 1" frothy head, with moderate retention, fair surface memory, and minimal lacing.

S - Fruity and yeasty notes… softly fragrant sweetness with light floral touches.

T - Crushed sugar and some caramel predominate the flow over the fruity sense, prunes, figs… Malty caramel touch in the back with a nice yeasty sense adding a spicy touch, with soft pepper and light clove to the finish.

M - Medium body with generous carbonation adding a nice tingle in the tongue as it rests.

O - Pretty decent, not particularly remarkable but a nice offer.

Notes: Still not too sure that this SN brews will go far… They are all kinds of decent, but the price bracket is not particularly attractive, and the brews themselves not particularly memorable. Glad to have tried them all, and sure, depending on the choice available this is a solid option to pick up.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:21:14 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of hpthebull


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

03-01-2012 16:41:51 | More by hpthebull
Photo of Tumble


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-28-2012 20:18:30 | More by Tumble
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown with a tint of red a finger+ of fluffy mocha head. Ok lacing but disappears rather quickly;:OK retention.

S - lots of sweet chocolate malts and dark fruits.

T - surprisingly roasty, dark fruits, sweet chocolate, some of that Belgian funk and a bit dry at the finish;alcohol is well hidden. Very well balanced.

M - Medium to heavier bodied, appropriate carbonation, enjoyable.

O - very tasty brew, complex and nicely balanced, bold flavors that mix well together.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 06:22:46 | More by MacQ32
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown amber, nice two finger light brown head that dissipates slowly leaving lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, light dark fruit and caramel malt. Flavor is a nice blend of sweet dark and light fruit, caramel malt, Belgian spicing. Finish a bit dry but with pleasant with nice residual sweet malt and maple syrup elements. Nice integrated and very pleasant to drink. Full bodied with some creaminess. I enjoyed this American quadrupel and hope to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 04:27:07 | More by LiquidAmber
Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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