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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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702 Ratings
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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 28
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikechance on 10-29-2011)
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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
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4/5  rDev +1%

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

DAVEnHOPS, May 02, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a dark opaque brown, slight reddish tint, two plus inch tan head dissipates pretty slowly. Retains as a film.

Smells slightly toasty with some brown sugar malts and fig like fruitiness.

Tastes of brown sugar malts and dark fruit sweetness. A bit of buttered bread in there too. And some slight bourbon notes.

Full body, with fluffy carbonation.

A pretty good quad, well rounded and flavorful, hits all the right notes, but not quite top shelf. Still worth trying and I would have it again.

Cylinsier, Apr 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

BillyTWilliams, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Stumpy29er, Apr 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

jsnoek, Apr 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

whatname, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of ChrisPratz
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste of a Quadrupel. Friend is a big Sierra Nevada fan so after alot of recommendations, I splurged.

A: Deep rich brown with a faint hint of red. It only lets a VERY small amount of light thru. Less then a fingers worth of head, gives way to a very thin veil of lace.

S: Surprisingly there isn't much going on thru the nose here. Dunno if its the bottle I picked or if they are all like this, its not giving off alot of aromas. Picking up on some Belgian yeast but mostly all I can detect are some dark fruits, raisins and some darky cherry, maybe some apple and figs. The sweetness is nice, its almost teasing because there isn't much of it, however they changes a bit as it warms. Not exactly as aromatic as you'd expect (Or would like it to be) but it gets better. You can def pick up the alcohol aromas as well.

T: Very strong malts here. Can taste the fruits too but they are not overly sweet. Picking up some of the dark fruits from earlier. Raisins, figs, apples. Its kind of nice though, the mild sweetness and the fruit tastes come thru late and in the after taste, not up front as you'd expect. Alcohol taste is def there too.

M: Not much carbonation here, leaves a rich feeling on the palette. Alcohol is def. noticeable on the back of the palette and in the throat.

O: I was impressed. Def complex scents and tastes. I wouldn't say you'd have to let this brew "Breath" but it def helps to bring the temp up towards room temperature to bring out all the complexities. Looking forward to trying the other Ovila brews.

ChrisPratz, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes... This was another gem I procured in Duluth.

A - Pours a nice dark ruby red colour, reminiscent of a red wine, two fingers of big bubbled head with solid retention and spotty lacing.

S - Musty cloves, leafy hops, rich caramel and toffee, dark fruits, prunes and figs.

T - Quite rich with the dark roasted malts coming through, hints of coffee, cocoa and espresso alonside the dark fruit, plums, figs and a bready caramel lingers on the finish.

M - Lighter bodied ale, reminiscent of champagne, but goes down smooth and creamy.

O - An intense brew that is designed to secretly get you smashed. The ABV is very well hidden and the flavours are bold for the style. I'm looking forward to another one of these one day.

andrenaline, Apr 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

tln13, Apr 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle into Chalice.

A. Pours a full finger head. Great retention. Moderate lacing. Color is a very dark brown, with some amber hues.

S. Candy sugar, dark fruit, raisins, a little grape. Belgian yeast, figs, caramel. Nice quad smell.

T. Taste is a pretty nice balance of caramle malt sweetness with dark fruit flavors. Caramel, raisins, figs. Pretty decent American made quad. A little dryer than I personally like, but a good attempt.

M. Medium/full bodie. Medium carbonation. Finishes with just a bit of lingering sweetness.

O. I liked this much better than the Ovila Dubbel. This is a pretty good American made quad. Not overly complex but good.

siradmiralnelson, Apr 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

kew, Apr 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Bike2work, Apr 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

blandle12, Apr 19, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and opaque with plum/mahogany edges and a two finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

spicy, vinous aroma with lots of estery dark fruit notes and slightly roasted malt.  Slightly medicinal with hints of pepper, plum, raisin, dark cherry and other berries.  Faint caramel malt.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a nice balance of zesty spice, sweet and dark fruit and slightly roasted malt. Hints of pepper and clove followed by sweet vinous fruit especially grape, plum, raisin and dark cherry.  More prominent malt character than expected with some caramel, toffee and chocolate.  Subtle alcohol and rye spiciness in finish. Well balanced wih an excellently masked Abv making it deceptively drinkable.  Realy nice.  Wasn't into the dubble but this was very good.

corby112, Apr 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

tafkajp, Apr 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

DrFunkenstein, Apr 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Ablackbrew, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

BugTownPub, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark brown beer 1 inch fairly white head.Sweet malty smell .At over 10 percent alcohol, i honestly cannot smell any alcohol.Very complex beer taste, there is a licorice type taste that i feel is predominant, everything else is vague to me,however the beer is good. Mouthfeel is very nice.

tweeder263, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

RyanGustner, Apr 10, 2012
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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.

Suds, Apr 08, 2012
Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.