Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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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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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3.88/5  rDev -2%
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap served in a sampler 4 oz glass

A - Dark mahogany brown with a one finger tan head with minimal lacing and moderate head retention

S - Smells of dark fruits, caramel malts

T - Figs, raisins, plums, with caramel sweetness, just not as rich as I'd hope. A nice smooth finish with decent alcohol taste.

M - Medium body, and moderate carbonation

O - I had big expectation and felt like this was a really average beer. I'll try it again just to confirm my suspicions.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a chance to try this on tap in NC back in December, but passed to drink some more Olde Hickory Event Horizon

Pours mahogany with a thin tan head. Faint head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit & woody notes

TL Follows the nose, much figgynes & dryness, a a bit of carob up front. Some oaky notes along with boozey plum once warm, along with jammy notes, just a touch of treacle as well. Finishes with dryness, slight leafy hops & plums & just a little too much dryness for me

MF: Medium bodied, slick with subtle carbonation, warming

Not a bad quad, this one could stand a year or two of aging. Just too dry for me right now

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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a chalice. Cork came out with a pretty solid pop. Poured a surprisingly dark brown with a finger of light tan head. Belgian spice in the aroma initially. Some burn sugar came out as it warmed. Lots of caramelized sugars in the flavor, some more Belgian yeast spice. Some chocolate in the finish. Alcohol is not apparent, pretty easy drinking for 10%. Fuller side of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very drinkable beer.

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4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is about the closest thing to a Belgian Trappist as you will get from America. It is a wonderful deep dark brew with a very heavy, creamy head. It looks more like an imperial stout than a Trappist though, as it is more black that a deep brown like its European cousins. It smells strongly of caramel and chocolate malts. It is a medium carbonated beer.

Taste wise it is very light, with a roasted malt, caramel-sweet beginning, with a strong alcohol aftertaste, but pleasant. A little nutty flavor pokes through. It is punctuated as it warms up and the sweetness declines a little bit and gives way to a creamy, roasty malt flavor. The hops in the beer are almost tasteless. It is a heavy feeling beer, and is a great way to end ones night on.

This is very similar to the "lesser Trappists" like Achel, and is very comparable to that beer itself.

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of dark fruit, yeast, spices and some malt.

T: Tasted of yeast, dark fruit (plums, etc.), caramel, spices (pepper), and malt. This is a big, bold flavor that is complex and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the better examples of an American version of a Belgian style. Very drinkable.

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4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in a hurry. Large bottle with a cork. I knew it was a belgian but was surprised later when I found out it was brewed by Sierra Nevada.

A: a beautiful deep ruby brown with a nice off-white head with good retention.

S: dark fruits, cloves, yeast, alcohol

T: yum! Sweet dark sugars, raisins, plums, molasses

M: medium carbonation. Creamy & smooth. Dry finish.

O: impressed to find a domestic Belgian that tasted good.

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