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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 27
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:
Beer added by: mikechance on 10-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a ruddy raisin brown color with light foam. There’s a bit of stone fruit and plums on the aroma, with an earthy estery profile. I find the flavor to be sweetish but not cloying, with some plums and figgy notes. Comes off smooth and almost velvety.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet. 2012 vintage purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Murky dark brown with a rim of off-white small bubbles which leave no lacing.

S: Big blasts of dark fruit reminiscent of rum raisin with prune and fig and a nice earthy hoppiness completing the nose. No alcohol detected. The yeast esters are also fruity and a bit leathery and musty, but not in a negative way.

T: This really opens up as it warms with a cannonade of dark fruitiness -- fig, raisin, and plum -- steeped but not overwhelmed by light malty and medium caramel sweetness and countered with background earthy, herbal hopping that brings a low-moderate bitterness. It borders BDSA a little bit, but the sweetness does plunge it pretty well into quad territory.

M: Very smooth and easy to drink with low carbonation and medium body.

O: Ovila Quad is a really enjoyable beer where the maltiness dominates and is delivered in a readily drinkable package. It's not the most complex beer in this style, but it is one of the most approachable and drinkable. A very enjoyable and nice example of the style.

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3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First...This 12oz.+ bottle was very cool looking. Corked with metal twisty holding it in, and the graphic of the monk, and associated text/description was nicely executed. (Thick glass used for this bottle too. Really thick.)

I poured in a tulip, and it had a nice dark brown with fat finger head. Medium carbonation.

The aroma had plum, raisin,caramel, and that funky Belgian yeast.

Taste is solid. Very complex flavors and a (too?) warming bit of alcohol in the finish. (I think this one ranked at 10.2% abv.

For the style, very well done, and I would buy again if the opportunity arose. So many different Belgian-style brews though...Gotta keep trying different ones.

Note of interest...The Plums used in this beer were grown on the grounds of the Abbey by the monks. A collaborative beer worth the price of admission!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a thin and wispy tan head.

Aroma consists of so many ripe fruits (plum, raisin, persimmon), grain, burnt sugar and caramel. Finely tuned and intriguing so far.

Smooth with prominent caramel followed by dark fruits, grain and yeast. The alcohol heat lingers just right.

Well-balanced, nearing delicate, but has a definite punch.

All beer politics aside, this one is underrated for sure.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

NOTE: Poured from corcked bottle into Chimay Chalice and then re-reviewed from corked bottle into Delirium Tremens Chalice. Both had similar reviews... but one big difference was the fruity esters. I liked them more from the Chimay Chalice than the DT. But this is merely a personal thing. The head had better retention in DT.

A: True to style. Black, dank and murky. Light cream colored head that is half a finger and stays around as it sinks into a creamy sticky coating to the beer.

S: Fruit, spicy and dark. Belgian yeast, but with a twist... it is light and fruity. Oak. dark cherries.

T: Spice! much more than the scent. Dark fruit (plums). Dark candi sugar. Smooth into the burn of the alcohol. Not the greatest example of the style... but this is fantastic attempt.

M: Smooth as a 10% beer from the states is going to be. Medium bodied.

O: Worth a try. I bought a 4 pack and will have no problem keeping it to myself; hidden from my room mates. If it was a little cheaper a 4 pack... I'd be happier buying it. Otherwise, I'd rather spend a few more dollars and get Chimay, Hommel (Obviously... it is my last name! although... not a quad), or even T. Rochefort. Still, like I said... worth the try and very enjoyable.

Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.