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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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706 Ratings
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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 29
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MacQ32
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.

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.

Photo of Zuidman
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of UncleAddie
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Ecolello87
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ovila Quad pours a darker, mahogany brown color. It’s dark, but nowhere near opaque. Backlighting shows some really nice burgundy highlights throughout. A tan head tops it off. It stands about two fingers tall and is quite slow to recede. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume. Looks good.

The nose is alright. It’s a little weak and would benefit from more strength. It kicks off with a mix of caramel and chocolate malt notes. The chocolate scents are mostly cocoa and light chocolate. Smells a little sweet. It’s smells earthy and a little bread-like throughout. Belgian yeast is very light in the mix, but is noted. Secondary notes of dark fruit and spices emerge late. Smells like a mix of raisin, fig, nutmeg, and ginger. It smells a little like fruit cake. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t seem too strong. Not bad.

The flavor is likewise pretty good. Definitely a little better than the nose. The malt base is a mix of caramel and chocolate varieties. The caramel flavor is a little sweet, but isn’t overbearing. Cocoa and light milk chocolate come through just a little stronger. Belgian yeast is a little more noticeable, but still seems light. It does feature earthy and bready flavors throughout. Secondary flavors of nutmeg, ginger, light clove, raisin, and fig are all noted and add nice depth. Alcohol comes through a little stronger than expected. It’s not warm or hot, but it is a little boozy. Finishes spicy, yeasty, and raisin-y.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. It feels just a tad thin for the style. Carbonation is active, but doesn’t seem too buzzy. It goes down alright. Seems a little boozy, but I’ll finish off the 750.

Ovila Quad is an okay collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Abbey of New Clairvaux. It’s not bad, but could be improved quite a bit. It needs a stronger Belgian yeast presence, more body, and less booziness. Those shortcomings keep it from really competing as a Quad. That might make it sound a little worse than it really is. It’s definitely worth picking up at least one 750.

Photo of Goobastic
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark mahogany/cherry color with a disappointing head that's off-white in color, even, but not thick and creamy like I would expect from a Quad.

S - Toasted bread crust and caramel malt, dark Belgian candy sugar, mild roasted nuttiness.

T - Taste is faded and seems to be a former shell of a Quad. Sweet caramel candy malt, cherries, mild alcohol, nutty, and raisons - there's also a mild spiciness to this beer which adds a nice touch. There's a slight touch of booziness to this beer as well,present, but not overwhelming in any way.

M - Medium thin body and mellow on the tongue.

O - Decent but I'm sure this was far better when in it's prime.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dense black in the chalice is topped off by a generous helping of frumpy khaki head that maintains its position well for quite some time. A heavy shower of effervesce is evident upon backlighting. Nice presentation.

S: Dark caramelized raisins, dark fruit of plums with a touch of chocolate roast. Subtle offering.

T: Sweet caramelized malt, dark munich toastiness with some dark fruit highlights. Spicy licorice and alcohol is warming, yet gentle and inviting. Touches of chocolate roast, figs compliment and balance the malty sweetness of this big bodied drink. Plums and a fruitiness from the Belgian yeast has instances of pear and melons similar to their other ovila styles with some caramelized raisins.

M: Light-medium bodied by weight, a bit frothy and creamy with a warm alcohol presence and chocolate morning roast. Beautiful leave of alcohol with sweet malty rum barrel hints.

O: Very nice complexity and complimentary warming of alcohol and Belgian yeastiness supports a rich sweet malty palate. A good drink with a good cause.

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in Tulip. Poured a clean, clear, barely translucent brown that had a slight reddish tint. There was about 3/4 inch of dark tan head that had OK retention and very light lace.

The aroma was mostly malts, just a trace of the expected yeast and stone fruit flavors that typify the style. On the tongue, those good malts were again the headliner, with some cherry/plum flavors showing through as well. There was however a distractingly strong alcohol flavor. Generally, this style hides the alcohol very well.

The body was good, fairly typical, full and smooth and had a lingering alcohol finish. Drinkability was good, for a big beer, as I usually find Quads to be. Overall, a pretty good, but not outstanding, example of the style. Worth trying if you see it, not really worth seeking out.

Photo of Rocketman8911
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Very dark brown with a vibrant ruby glow along the bottom. Two fingers of thick, foamy cream/brown coloured head.

S - Dark fruit, raisins and sweet caramel aromas dominate the nose. The background has traces of brown sugar, clove and some yeasty notes.

T - Dark fruit, raisins and sweet caramel up front. Lighter notes of figs, dates, clove and brown sugar in the background.

M -Medium body with a good chew. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of lpotter
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Spider889
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opened this bottle at Winking Lizard. Poured into an Ovila chalice.

The pour produces a shorter head of cream color. The beer is dark, nearly black. Though I suppose in better lighting it would be a deep mahogany color. The head recedes slightly, but I am left with a nice perpetual cap of foam. No lacing though.

The aroma is of cocoa powder and fresh figs/dates. There's a hint of brown sugar and the kiss of molasses as well.

The flavor is very dark and malty for a quad. There's a little less sweetness and fruit flavor than in many other examples. Cocoa and molasses are as prominent here as in the aroma. Rich old leather and mild toffee notes also help set Ovila Quad above most of its American brethren. There are also some sweet maple esters on the finish.

Smooth and easy to drink. Soft carbonation. Full bodied with well-hidden alcohol.

Overall this is easily the best American Quad I have ever had, and what a great value to boot. Sierra Nevada has promised to re-release some of the series again in 2012 - I sincerely hope that Quad is on that list.

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

I got this bottle a few weeks ago as a gift from schuey1010, thanks buddy! There is a nice story to this beer. I met the guys from Sierra Nevada at the brewery of Saint Sixtus Westvleteren about 16 months ago. They were in Belgium to seek inspiration for the new Ovila beers and for that they visited a bunch of breweries.

Well...they succeeded with this very good quad. We drank the bottle at my daughters 17th birthday and we were all every impressed. This is a very drinkable qaud with a lot of similarity with the Pannepot of the Struise Brouwers! And that is a big compliment to you Ken Grossman!

Nice dark fluid with a dit nice lightbrown head. Very nice smell of spices and sweet wood.

Photo of pmarlowe
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours a very dark ruby mahogany red with a billowing, dense, and greasy tan head that slowly faded into a thick head. Sheets of lace were left down the glass.
S: Great notes of spicy Belgian yeast, pepper, and dark fruits. The double digit alcohol is faintly noticeable.
T: Much more fruit than the nose suggested. I get flavors of figs, dates, raisins, caramel, doughy yeast, allspice and brown sugar. The finish is sweet with candied and dried fruits, and the aftertaste is spicy and lingering.
M: Medium-full body with soft and bubbly carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and the alcohol is just barely noticeable.
O: A very good quad. Fruity, flavorful, and easy to drink. Not quite on par with the Belgian greats complexity wise, but not all that far off.

Photo of KidsDoc
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Arkamaic
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of JustinQ
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jonathaniler
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of biglobo8971
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

have passed this bottle several times, finally decided to snag it.
poured from bottle into tulip.
A - looks friggin amazing, nice 1/4 inch fluffy white head, with noticeable lacing the whole drink.
S - fig, soy, sweet, a lil caramel. Very inviting.
T - can not taste the ABV. Was quite shocked once I read after having. Taste everything I smelt, the fig and soy are prevelant.
M - easy to drink, like I said, can barely tell its a quad.
O - will definitely buy this one again. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Photo of videofrog
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. No date.

A: a deep mahogany brown color, nearly opaque. 1/2 finger light tan head dissipates immediately leaving no lacing.

S: Dark fruits, sugars, breadiness, slight alcohol.

T: Good malt character. Bread, dark fruits from the yeast, caramel, burnt sugars, and nicely hidden alcohol. Slightly vinuous tartness in the aftertaste.

M: High carbonation for the style, medium to heavy mouthfeel, dry finish.

O: Enjoyed this one, definitely a nice sipper. Above average, but not spectacular. I like 3 Philosophers as a better American interpretation of the style.

Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.