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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 28
Gots: 66 | 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.

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Ratings: 718 | Reviews: 195
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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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.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fsvan for gifting this to me a couple months back for my son's birth.

A: Pours a deep, rich brown that's pretty much opaque. A not so aggressive pour still yields a three finger head. Not a lot of lacing, but good film.

S: Bready, yeasty, figs, spices..has almost a banana quality to it as well. Has just a bit of burn from the alcohol.

T: Follows the nose to tee except I don't get the banana from the smell. Has a really nice aftertaste that lingers for quite a while. Alcohol is just slightly present.

M: Thick and a bit syrupy which probably contributes to the lingering aftertaste.

O: Not bad, nothing spectacular...certainly would not have a problem drinking again. Thanks Sean.

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

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a nice deeep Mahogany colour with an off white, two fingered head that reduces to a film.

S - Nice dark fruits and burnt sweet caramel.

T - Up front some nice burnt sugar, some nice dark stewed fruits follow. Yeast and raisins also present. A little bit boozy on the finish and hot.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

O - Much better than some Quads I have tried from the U.S. It has some authentis belgian notes. Nothing spectacular though.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
10.4% ABV, 1263613158 (bottled Sept. 19, 2011) printed in black on bottle shoulder

A - Damn near opaque, it's possible to see tawny mahogany slivers of color with light behind the beer. The effervescent tan head lovers slowly but leaves no classic Belgian lacing behind.

S - Heavy, thick sticky brown malts give Ovila Quad a big heft that waits behind the flourishing fruity esters patiently. An eruption of fruit aroma came and went with the quick and loud pop of the cork. Mellowed in the tulip, dense, bready fig newton blends with empty raisin box and prune juice. Pleasant until it warms a bit when charred cocoa brings unwelcome bitterness into the mix.

T - Biding it's time though the aroma, the dense malt profile really comes out in the flavor. Rich complexities of bakers chocolate and singed biscuits blends very well with the hearty fruit esters from the Belgian yeast. Light raisin and fig pave the way for delicate spice attributes of white pepper and light coriander.

M - Full-bodied, Ovila Quad keeps the feel livelier with a spritzy carbonation and delicate finish that brings you back for more. Alcohol is almost completely absent from this brew save for a faint thinning aspect in the mouthfeel.

O - Deep and complex, but not as much as it's Belgian counterparts, Sierra Nevada did a good job trying to recreate a difficult Belgian "style". Smooth and rich, Ovila Quad, with it's nearly invisible alcohol traits, is good but just feels like it's missing something. I'd wager that this will age well and become a bit more complex and enjoyable with time.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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