Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours a dark, dark brown with a very nice one finger coffee colored head. Good lacing on the side of my CBS snifter- especially for the 10.4% ABV. The nose is that of molasses, caramel malt, cherry, dark fruit, and hops in the background. If this was stronger, it would be at least one if not two clicks higher- it's just on the weak side for me smell-wise. Taste is molasses, cherry, caramel, dark fruits, a hops bite, and spices. This beer is new, so it's a touch hot- I imagine this would age really well. Feel is full bodied, w/ super-malty creaminess that has a little bite on the backside. All in all- a good beer that I would drink again. Cheers.
12-22-2011 01:19:41 | More by jayhawk73
4/5 rDev +1%
Corked 750 ml. bottle poured into a globe glass. The Quad opens with a robust pop of the cork and pours quite deep in color. Rather crimson when highlighted and with a firm carbonation which supports the iinch or so of creamy tan foam for some time. Offers nice lacing as well.
Aroma is 'creamy' as well in that it is fairly well integrated. Light fig with some cherry and blended with hints of brown sugar and a hint of alcolhol. Yeasty and perfumy with a distant berry/rum soaked banana aroma. Offers occassional notes of smoke as well.
Flavor is smooth and lightly berry sweet after a bit of agitation. With more brown sugar/molasses present after a bit of rest. Chocolate spice and some orange infused cherry on the finish along with a flash of alcolhol. Nice flavor though finishing a bit sweet and lacking a bit in the nuance you might get from a more digestible beer. Still pretty solid and dries up a bit with warming, offering a solid feel with a spot on bottle conditioned carbonation. Overall quite yummy, a bit sweet to offer the lingering finish of the best yet a bit more adventurous than thier Dubbel and Saison I would say. A great American Quad.
12-21-2011 06:05:35 | More by HalfFull
3.55/5 rDev -10.4%
Picked up at the COOP... poured into my Cigar City snifter... decent tan head... okay lacing as the walnut colored brew drops.
Nose is complex, but not as much so as some of the best continental bottles, but still nicely done... dark toast crusts and raisins... fig and maybe a little pepper and light clove.
Big maltiness... dark toast... brown sugar essence... dried cherry and a bit of fig...
medium body with quite a bit carbonation.. perhaps a bit too much for given the body...
Gets significantly better with warmth.... seems to bloom and jump out of the glass much more as it approaches room temperature.
I am pretty stoked about this one... Will almost certainly buy some for the cellar.
12-20-2011 04:40:26 | More by JohnGalt1
3.43/5 rDev -13.4%
Bottle poured into a tulip
A: Pours a very dark brown and settles thick with a tan head.
S: Smell is darkly sweet with candi sugar, maple syrup, peach and figs, even a bit of cola.
T/M: Flavor is strong with alcohol up front followed closely by dates and plum. There's a strange hint of chocolate on the end, not typical of a Belgian, but it finishes pretty clean.
A little too sweet, but a good sipper.
12-20-2011 03:38:14 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
4/5 rDev +1%
From 12/17/11 notes. Had on tap at Rustico in Ballston, VA.
a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of cherries, oak, sherry, dark fruits, and bready malts. Lots of cherries, very nice.
t - Tastes of cherries, sweet dark fruits, oak, sherry, alcohol, bready malts, and toasted malts. Taste is quite sweet, and a little more alcohol comes out than in the nose. A tiny step down.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
o - Overall this is a pretty nice quad. Loads of cherries and sweet dark fruits in the nose and taste. A beer I'd have again, and probably my favorite of the "Ovila" beers SN has done so far.
12-18-2011 17:38:26 | More by mdfb79
3.5/5 rDev -11.6%
Looks nice. At first it appears deep brown, but on closer inspection it's dark, but clear, and a rich ruby/purple colour, kind of like the colour of a red grape. It's topped by a thin layer of fine, tan bubbles that are a bit sticky. Lots of dried and ripe fruit in the nose, earthy raisins and plums, backed by sugary and toasted malt, slight breadiness and alcohol, faint rose-like floral character. The flavour was less vibrant, but still decent. Heavy on malts, it had a sugary sweetness with bready yeast notes, sweet raisins and alcohol, banana. Full bodied without heaviness, lowish carbonation, mild warmth, nice texture. I enjoyed it, but would have liked a bit more variety in the malt presence, maybe just a hint of chocolate, which would have added more depth of character.
12-17-2011 23:10:33 | More by DrJay
4/5 rDev +1%
On-tap at Callahan's, San Diego.
Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. The head is a creamy tan color, but dissipates after a minute. Mild, but rich, aroma with dark malts, dark fruit, and sugar. The taste is similar, but with less of the fruits. (I couldn't really tell what the fruits were anyhow.) The sugars get a bit stronger towards the finish, and it finishes with a bit of sweet cream in the flavor. Smooth and fairly light-bodied, with a good amount of prickly carbonation. The 10.4% ABV wasn't apparent at all.
A solid and enjoyable American-brewed quad. Not very complex, but still pleasing, and there's a few unique aspects to the taste.
12-17-2011 20:59:13 | More by mithrascruor
2.3/5 rDev -41.9%
Cork almost nailed me in the face after about 2 hours of sitting. Pours a deep deep very hazy brown with an off white head. Head is huge and shows no signs of slowing.
This is a very dark beer.
Nose is subtle for such a big beer. Dark candied belgian fruits along with some charcoal and licorice, but only if youre really looking for it. Some alcohol is present as well. A minor bit of peat smoke makes itself known.
Flavor is big on raisins and figs with some spice presence as well.
body is MASSIVE. Hop presence exists which is good but i'm afraid it's not big enough to balance the huge sweet malt flavors.
Flavor profile is extensive though and this is a massive beer. As for now I can only see the extreme sweetness of it but for those of you who have killed your taste buds through years of tastings, then maybe this will brighten your day.
HUge Huge Huge.
Layers of flavor, complex but not blended. Phenolic yet dry?
This if for the battered tongue that needs woken up.
12-15-2011 05:18:24 | More by jtierney89
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Pours a deep ruby/mahogany color with about a fingers worth of head that quickly fizzles down to nothing
S: Dark fruits and malts dominate. Raisins, figs, plums, all the usual suspects. Some spiciness in there as well, as well as alcohol
T: Same as the smell, leads off with the fruits and goes into the malts, alcohol and spicy notes. It all works very well together and is very clean
M: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Again, very clean and easy to drink
O: This is a nice American-made quad. It doesn't really push boundaries, but the style is pretty cut and dry anyways. It could use a little more Belgian character, but that is simply nit-picking
12-15-2011 00:29:35 | More by BEERMILER12
3.53/5 rDev -10.9%
Sierra Nevada's thrid installment of their Trappist-influenced ales reveal much the same as the previous two: A firm and well constructed ale that's slightly over malted and quite conservative and clean for the style.
Quad pours with a weighted appearance of brown, burgundy, and garnet and perhaps a mild haze. A dense froathy head caps the beer with lightly tanned foam, good retention for half the session, and mild lace.
Flavors and aromas of heavy and sweet malt reveal flavors of brown sugar, molasses, plumbs, grapes, walnut, and raison. Only moderate carbonation keeps the sugary weight sitting on the tongue and provides a near cola-like flavor. Lingering sweetness prevents the dry malt character that classic Belgian varieties provide. A mild spicy bite of black peppercorn and moderate alcohol head help to dry the finish, but only to a moderate degree.
Ovila Saison is a very clean Quad, but it certainly lacks the depth of flavor, texture, complexity, and dryness of even average authentic Belgian varieties. However, it seems on par with most American attempts to the style as they are very simplistic and mundane.
12-13-2011 17:21:14 | More by BEERchitect
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
750ml cork and caged bottle.
Pours dark mahogany brown with a rocky tan head that recedes slowly and shows some copper hints around the edges.
Aroma is sweet with caramel malts, chocolate and lots of sugar coated dark fruits. There is also a noticeable fruity ester aroma from the Belgian yeast and even some faint peppery spiciness.
The taste is also really sweet with candi sugar and caramelized malts dominating from the beginning. Also, plenty of dark fruits with plums and raisins. There is a faint roastiness in the finish with some chocolate notes and a definite alcohol burn.
The mouthfeel is a tad watery for the style and not nearly in the league of the big boys in this style. Highly carbonation but not enough body to support it.
This is another solid effort in the Ovila series which has consistently provided good but not great Belgian style beers. Very sweet and not as complex as the best of the style.
12-13-2011 03:57:41 | More by gford217
Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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