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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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698 Ratings
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Ratings: 698
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 29
Gots: 65 | FT: 2
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:
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(Beer added by: mikechance on 10-29-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Brianito, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Peyton5410
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Peyton5410, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep dark red, one finger head

S-Nice dark fruits and clove

T-Lots of dark fruit, a little nuttiness, not much else though.

M-Medium bodied but lacking in carbonation.

O-The weakest Ovila so far. Lacked the complexity found in others and st the end of the day was dull.

rlee1390, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

ricksrealm, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Afufnuh
4/5  rDev +1%

Afufnuh, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of exodus1369
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer, nice head, pours like a dream. Love the smell, sweet and rich. A bit of a hint of yeast. A very good taste a I drank it just a touch warmer that I would have liked but the flavor is still very much present of sweet malt. A bit more carbonated than I would have liked but it does help to open up the flavors and and does feel very good going down. Over all I would say really good beer. I would recommend as a desert type.

exodus1369, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of DaveBlack
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, some slight reddish tints at the side. Only about a 1/2 finger of off-white head, and that doesn't stick around for more than a few seconds.

S: Dark fruits, Belgian Yeast, candied sugar. Not a huge aroma on this beer.

T: The taste very closely matches the smell, except that it's not quite as underwhelming in terms of strength. Same dark fruits, not as much of the yeast as I was expecting, a nice candied sweetness and a heavy hit of the alcohol that kind of overwhelms the rest of the flavors.

M: medium body, pretty heavy on the carbonation, and slightly oily in the mouth.

O: A pretty decent quad. I would be interested to see what a few years would do to this. As of right now, it is pretty good, but has a ways to go to really deliver anything special.

DaveBlack, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1044th Review on BA
Growler to Snifter
½ Gallon

Thanks to my buddy Jeremy for bringing this home from Chico for me.

Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- More of a dark brown/reddish pour, I got a good bit of an off tan head that was about a finger thick and receding quite quickly.

Smell- A very standard quad note, nothing over the top but was almost a bit sweet and sticky. Warm sugars with some brown sugar and then envolpes a bit of plum and dark cherry.

Taste- A very nice quad. Smooth, assertive and mellow at the same time. It's not overly malty which I personally perfer with a good mix and layer of dark fruits.

Mouth- A bit thin on this one with a small mouthfeel. Leans towards a medium feel but a bit too bubbly.

Drink- Overall, One of the better American quads I have had. I think the finish is a tad lacking but the nose and taste are quite good on this one.

FosterJM, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FosterJM for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head that fades to wisps on film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and some dark fruits. Taste is pretty much the same but it's a bit muddled. There is an alcohol burn with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good quad but it's slightly watery and muddled in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've gained much respect for the Ovila series so far, thus increasing my anticipation for the Quad, which will slowly decant from the bottle. 750 ml from a lovely corked and caged bottle. On to the beer:

There's no denying that as it sits in a Duvel tulip, it looks very sexy. The body looks like polished obsidian, and the beige two-finger thick head adds a little extra oomph, especially since it doesn't look like it's going down easy. The nose is soft, but quite tempting. Sugared and buttered pears, ripe flesh of assorted fruits, and even a hint of chocolate pudding.

I must say this is delicious. The overall flavor is well constructed, well balanced, and there is just a little fusel of alcohol interfering with this nectar. Asnwering the call are notes of candi sugar at the begining, followed by getnle waves of buttered pears. Additional gentler notes include red grape, semi-sweet chocolate, and a soft snap of pepper. Its body is insanely creamy and just as smooth. It's almost milkshake-like in that quality. The alcohol is pleasant, as it intially warms the throat and then my tummy. The entire process repeats itself over and over, and quickly, becuase this one is very easy to drink.

A masterpiece. That is all. Now to remind myself to pick up another bottle.

DoubleJ, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark sherry hue which leaves a two finger head and sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is dark malts,sherry,dark fruits and treacle,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with a touch of syrup too and could be a little fuller for a quad and has tastes of dark candied plums,a hint of warming booziness,sherry,dried apricots with the finish being a nice sweet twist of sticky treacle and chestnuts and overall i like the nutty finish but its not exactly the most true to style quad ive ever sampled as its easy enough to drink with the lighter than expected feel but i like my Quads fuller and even though its better than average i wouldnt go out and buy it again but wouldnt knock back if offered cheers.

ADZA, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown/burgundy color with a thick frothy off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a rich caramel nose with hints of dark fruit and warm alcohol. It's dry with a touch of roasted character and wonderful fig aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth roasted malt and caramel flavor along with good deal of Belgian yeast fruitiness and a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a tasty beer that's not overly complex, but drinks well; another solid offering from Sierra Nevada's newest collaboration.

WesWes, Jan 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

outsider, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a chalice, the beer is a deep, dark, ruby-hued brown coloring with a thin, sparse film covering that is white and clingy along the glass. Aromas are roasted and darkly sweet, with notes of dates and fig, along with the toffee sweet malt. Flavors are bold and rich, although on a slightly thinner body than expected. Orange rind sweet highlights along with the dat sweetness and some roasted apple characteristics. Slight spicing from the yeast throughout. The aftertaste is mostly the malty sweet and a slight touch of the fruity notes, with a fairly clean, subtle finish. Decent brew.

GarthDanielson, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

cdwil, Jan 19, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark brown in color with a light tan foam head

smell - slightly sweet smell, but not overly sweet

taste - the smell is sweeter than the taste, a very well balanced quad

mouthfeel - the inital drink is greeted by the slight sweetness and carbonation rolling off of the tongue. The higher % is noticeable on the finish, but not offputing.

overall - this is a very decent quad, and even more so coming from SN. SN did an excellent job brewing this as a New Clairvaux beer and leaving out the signature SN style.

stormywaters, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +1%

July2Nov, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ovila Quad, on tap at Good Beer.

Appearance: Served in a 0.25-l chalice with a gold rim, the Quad comes with one finger of head that dies soon, leaving a rim and a mantle.

Smell: Quite subdued, with smooth dark-fruit, cherry and some toffee at the end. Yeast, glue, honey. Spice.

Taste: More of the same, with a bitter bite at the end.
Brown sugar, hard caramel. Spice around the edges. Raisin juice concentrate, smashed prune.

Mouthfeel: As with all the Ovila, a little thin and unremarkable but “OK”. Medium-low body, medium flavor, low carbonation. Could use a kick and an upgrade.

Overall: What’s the booze here? And where? Pretty damn drinkable for such a big brew. Not the best, for sure, but it does the trick. At least it’s not horribly sweet and boozy like many American quads… and always the good Ovila cause, which I support.

DoubleSimcoe, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

bluetrevian, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a moderate brown color with a good light tan head. Nice lacing on the way down and a thin cap throughout. The nose carries some dark fruits and a bit of malt sweetness. Not too much there. The flavor carries Belgian yeast, but is a bit muted without much complexity. Medium body with a smooth finish. Pretty good, but not great.

Thorpe429, Jan 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

AlaskanYoung, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of JayAre46
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml split with myself, poured into a duvel tulip. about as dark brown as you can get without being black the head is that light toffee color that sat for a while then later fell to a ring around the edges with moderate carbonation coming up from the etching in the bottom that is leaving a thin layer concentrated in the middle. not the lace and retention i expected. the aroma was very nice, healthy and rich with a caramel malt, dark cherries, toffee and subtle yeast. the taste follows the nose with again a very healthy dose of dark fruit, caramelized cherries touches of spice with the yeasty filling quality. a bit of alcohol comes through in the finish. the mouth feel is a heavy medium and the prickle from the carbonation is too high and keeps it from being creamy. overall this was a pleasant surprise and a very unorthodox purchase by myself on top of rochefort 10 8 and 6 sitting right next to it. i could put one one of these away for a while and im sure it would turn out nicely but i probably wont. well made and the only of the ovila series i made a point to try and it out lived its expectations. needs to be more creamy, deep and round the edges out while cooling the alcohol. not bad...for some americans. give it a swirl and drink.

JayAre46, Jan 18, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a duvel tulip

pours a midnight brown color with a slightly small head that is staying put for now

classic quad scents of dark druits, sweet belgian yeast and toasted malts. very subtle

dark fruit, brown sugar, plum/raisin taste. not too sweet but cant deny that sweetness

overall a very SOLID quad.

ikantspel, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

chrispoint, Jan 16, 2012
Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.