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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 200
Hads: 729
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 31
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
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.

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Reviews: 200 | Hads: 729
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a huge beer. feel the burn! it pours a nice darker than brick red color, opaque and frothy. the nose is sweet malts, rotting wood, and alcohol. maybe some molasses in there as well. any subtleties are knocked over by the alcoholic nose. the flavor is really nice, complex and sweet. malt profile is caramel and cereal, yummy. there is a touch of interesting yeast about to make a statement, but then the alcohol comes in and wipes it out before it can get going. the finish is fire, maybe some time in the cellar would chill this out a bit. mouthfeel was a little heavy because of the sugar, and a little harsh because of the alcohol, but i like it still. this is a monster quad, even as quads go. id like to revisit it after some time, but this is a bottle to share by any standards.

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Photo of arizcards
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a caged and corked 750ml bottle in mid-April from Total Wine for $8.99.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a nice off white head.

Nose is a strong dose of dark fruits.

Taste is almost wine like, figs and raisins lie over a nice malt layer, hints of chocolate, and a distracting bitter orange peel finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth from the belgian yeast strain.

Overall this is a pretty solid beer. The orange peel bitterness is a detraction to what could be a spectacular beer.

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Photo of One2Remeber
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Pours a mild brown color forming a creamy layer of tan/leather head. Body is a dark, murky brown with a hint of dark red hue.

S: Caramel, toffee, Belgian yeast smells like creamy banana pudding. Heavy baked grain aroma.

T/M: Smell all over in the taste. Crisp, sharp flavors are pronounced but the body is slippery smooth. Hardly any boozy feel until after swallow; leaves a hint of burn expected for style.

O: Light body, heavy yeast, low alcohol feel. Extremely clean and refreshing. Tastes like a fresh beer, I plan on grabbing a bottle to age for a couple years. Highly recommended, but needs some aging.

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Photo of CopeTech
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely Belgium Quad, I am revisiting the Ovilas after an initial bad experience.
The most out standing characteristic was the taste, clearly a nice dry quad traditional to the abbey ale houses (no surprises).
Nice deep color, rich and dark.
The carbonation is light, head is not distracting from the flavors.
An excellent addition to the available quads here in California.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice aan amber infused deep chesnut brown with a sticky light tannish colored head atop.a very complex and appetizing nose with dark candied fruit,toasty bread,deep brown sugar,and spiced phenols in the nose,very well rounded with not one element dominating.Flavors of candied dark fruit and yeasty spiced phenols dominate,it's not overly sweet as the alcohol is not overly big, and it has a nice bready malt base.A real nice quad wich is my favorite "Belgian" style,alot going on but in good balance.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Opaque brown color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and alcohol nose and flavor is malty raisin, caramel and some alcohol. $10.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big up to my BA in crime andrenaline for including this in our last cross canada trade
A - clear, deep dark bubbly brown, thumb of head retained very respectably
S - a mix of both estery and phenol yeasty aromas, candied dark fruits, pears, and molasses
T - strong phenols of grape and plumb flavor, spice, molasses, burnt sugars, and light sweet alcohol
M - relatively light, creamy smooth, rich and a little sticky, high octane quality is very well hidden
O - a big ass beer that any full blooded beer advocate should try, bravo Sierra Nevada, and thanks again to andrenaline for giving me a chance to enjoy this!

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Photo of tut2528
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of gtermi
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Star80
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of mschind
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Suds
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.43/5  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.


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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.