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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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1" of light brown/tan coloured head over a deep mahogany/brown liquid.

S: Yeast, sweet malt, dark fruit.

T: Sweet and bitter at the same time with a somewhat boozy aftertaste. Citrus, figs and sweet malt dominate the taste profile.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium/high level of fine carbonation. Somewhat drying.

O: This quad just isn't cohesive enough to really blow my socks off. Possibly it would be better with some aging.

Photo of mfreeman10
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10 oz draft, poured into a tall snifter at Cobblestone’s, York PA on Sunday, January 8th 2012.

Notes taken at bar.

Pours a big thick one finger head, which slowly reduces to a thin cap.
Very deep, dark brown/amber color.

Big huge aroma of wild Belgium yeast and candied malt. Could be a little more complex but what’s here is very enjoyable.

Very crisp and highly carbonated entry on the palate, followed by yeast, then rich chocolately candied malt. Delicious! Wonderfully balanced by the crisp acidity and champagne like carbonation.

Long finish of yeast and candied chocolate malt.

Wow! Never saw this one coming from SN. A very good Quad. Flat out delicious and a good example of the style. The 10% ABV is not even remotely noticeable. Needs to warm up to 50-55 degrees then everything really opens up.
Highly Recommended!, at least on draft.

Photo of Pencible
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a dark mahogany with some tan head.
S: It smelled like faint wet cardboard. Really not much there.
T: It tasted like raisin and molasses and currant, with some pumpernickel and wild yeast, and bit of banana and clove and copper. It had a mostly clean and slightly hot aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This had a generally weak scent, but ok taste and body. The alcohol was fairly well hidden, so it was reasonably easy to drink. But it really didn't have bold or rich flavors, or anything unique or memorable about it. It might improve with age, but it'll never be top tier. Not bad fresh, but not recommended either.

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ipcolling
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of THFCBeerBQ
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a goblet the beer was a very dark brown color with a small tan head.

Nice sugary/yeasty aroma. Dark fruit. Caramel.

Very malty taste, lots of caramel. Plums and raisins. Candy.

Medium-bodied but rich. Alcohol not at all noticeable.

Great beer.

Photo of haazer
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Loud cork pop and gunsmoke. Very well carbonated, the brew pours a condensed tan head, some audible fizzing can be heard. The brew is an opaque dark brown with plum accents. Head settles to a decent cap.

S- Smells of a few dark fruits, candy sugar and a sweet Belgian like yeast. There was strong scents of banana when I first opened this but that seems to have faded. No booze present but this smells very sweet.

T- A little bit of sweet plum upfront, before it transitions into the dominant bready malt. There's a bit of spice in here also. The alcohol isn't tasted but is felt in a heavy dose of heat on the backend. A bit of cellaring may do this good.

M- Mouthfeel is on the lighter end of medium bodied, with high carbonation. Though it makes for an easy drinking quad, I do like them between medium and full bodied, this is just a tad under.

O- A decent offering and a nice attempt at a difficult style. I could see some extended cellaring doing this some good, but I don't know if it would get THAT much better. I enjoyed this about as much as the saison. Nothing too special goin on with this series so far, but worth the purchase.

Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a fairly dark, ice tea brown color with good head retention and a decent amount of lacing. The nose is indeed reminiscent of a Beglian quad, showcasing brown sugar, sweet ice tea, light cherry and a hint of ginger. The flavor profile replicates the nose almost exactly in this fairly sweet beer, though I thought the mouthfeel a bit thin for the style and abv.

This is a tasty beer, no doubt, but as others have mentioned, the flavor profile is kind of simple and one dimensional. It's tasty enough, but I doubt I'd order it over an actual Belgian quad, unless it was a lot, lot cheaper (which I suspect, is unlikely).

... let the beer warm up a bit (the beer was pretty cold when I first got it), and it really didn't help. Oh well...

Photo of PintOHops
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - A dark mahogany colored brew with little clarity. One-finger head. No lacing left on my glass.

S - I got alcohol, cherry and a general tartness upfront. It was dry with a bit of mustiness that I think was coming from the yeast. I also got a slight almond and some faint cocoa.

T - I picked up that same alcoholic, cherry, tartness that I smelled. Star anise, clove and herbal/leafy like hop flavors followed. It finishes with subtle bitterness and lingering clove, cinnamon and alcohol. It tasted smooth and very soft.

M - Moderate crispness and a smooth feel. Around medium bodied.

O - Overall I thought the beer was well rounded, and very drinkable. It was a very simple beer to me, nothing really jumped out at me in the flavor, just a very mellow and balanced brew. For the price I probably wouldn't buy it again, but I'd drink it again for sure.

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

750ml bottle - $9.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. A pleasing package with a quality cork and cage yielding a good 'pop' upon opening.

Appearance: Pours a dark burgundy body with a medium-to-tall, off-white head, though it soon settles back down.

Smell: Finely spicy, sweet-scented, pungently fruity nose with malty touches of bread crust and semi-sweet chocolate. A delightfully harmonious mix of aromas present.

Taste: Deeply toasty, modestly chocolaty malts with a small inkling of roast enveloped by broad fruit flavors ranging from sweet cherries to prunes to figs back to ever-so-slightly tart cherries. Dark brown sugar stirred up with spices. Picks up a bit more sugared sweetness into the mid-point, also a hint of aniseed. The alcohol, while warming (and, thankfully, never hot), helps to dry things out approaching the malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-high carbonation keeping things moving well enough along the palate.

Overall: A fine big Belgian-style brew all around. I had the Stone 11.11.11., and there was a big, Belgian-esque beer I struggled through, comparatively, Ovila Quad was one that came together very nicely and, though big and bold itself, was a relatively ease to finish off.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a goblet at the San Diego Brewing Company. Color was black with a tint of brown. About an inch of head. Nice lacing on the top. Surprisingly light amount of film on the sides.

Smelled caramel, chocolate and toffee malts. Dark fruits like cherry and plum, too.

The first thing I noticed about the taste was how smooth it was. It was similar to the nose with caramel, chocolate and toffee malts leading the way, but I didn’t get as much cherry/plum as the whiff.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

It was a good beer to end the day with. The smoothness was the best part of this beer.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The bottle opens with a huge "pop" and pours a cola color with quite a head; the retention is decent and a few dots of lace linger in the chalice

Smell: Caramel, spicy Belgian yeast, raisin and date elements; perhaps a trace of cinnamon

Taste: Fruit forward, with raisin and date flavors presenting the dark fruits and pears adding a light fruit character; at mid-palate, the fruits are joined by spicy Belgian yeast elements; after the swallow, the caramel makes a brief appearance, with the finish comprising the fruity flavors found at the outset

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with a creamy character; moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty darn good stab at a Quad for an American brewery; not cloying and though it lacks some complexity, it is really rather nice

Photo of PacNWDad
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut/ruby color. Ok head on top. Raisen like, dried fruit aroma. More of the same flavor wise. Heavy dried fruit, caramel/raisen like flavors. Mild spice to it, probably from the high abv though it is not boozey. Body could use a kick in the pants-somewhat thin-could be a lot richer and fuller for my liking. Decent quad. Blows away the abbey dubbel they did. Some tweaking could really amp this up for my money and tastes.

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mikeg67
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Liberty in Charlotte. Pours dark amber-red with a thin off-white head. Aroma is of port, dark fruit, sherry and hints of alcohol. Medium, smooth, body. Taste is of Belgium yeast, brown sugar, dark fruit and alcohol. Long peppery finish. Not my favorite Quad.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Solid dark brown with a tan one finger head that hangs around. Enough lacing to make a curtain.

Smell: malts come through with cherries, figs, apricots and caramel.

Taste: Damn, this is good! Velvety smooth. Follows nose with a passion. Bourbon eases in on the finish, taking me to mellow out time. Let it warm for even more flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy; very creamy. Superior carbonation.

Overall: One of the five best beers I've had this year. A great quad. Well done, Sierra Nevada. Recommended.

Photo of Hut
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep brown, clear (not murky) tiny head, quickly dissipated - no lacing.

S- not as complex as expected. Some dark fruit, but not much discernable

M- nice, medium body.

T- a little carmel (not overly sweet, though) plum was more pronounced when it was colder; apple came out as it warmed. Alcohol was present, but not pronounced in the finish (and no discernable warming, per se). It had the typical Sierra Nevada hop presence at the finish - a benefit for some, but not for Belgian purists. Overall, the flavors weren't as distinguishable as I'd hoped.

Good beer, but not great.

Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on-tap at Max's. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany with a layer of fluffy off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Lots of banana up front with some sweet caramel malt showing up as well. The smell of this one reminds me a bit of bananas foster.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. Sweet malt with some caramel, dark fruit, and banana. The alcohol in the finish is a bit hot.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side and a bit syrupy. There is a lot of carbonation and the finish is dry.

Overall: This was a good beer. The alcohol in the finish might calm down with some age. I definitely enjoyed the banana notes.

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