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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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693 Ratings
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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 28
Gots: 64 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikechance on 10-29-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

FrankyLikesIt, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of djmichaelk
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%

750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A - Pours a deep auburn-brown, with reddish highlights. Largish off-white head, which fades to a thin ring around the collar. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Wow, smells great. The requisite-for-the-style raisins, brown sugar, Belgian candi, and some toffee. Very nice, even up against the Trappist examples.

T - Bit of a letdown. The sweetness from the nose isn't quite there. It's definitely on the spicy side, with some white pepper around the edges, which is a surprisingly good thing for me.

M - Nice, even carbonation, although it's maybe on the aggressive side. After having some of the top quads in the world, I'm used to that velvety feeling.

O - This is a solid entry in a crowd of legendary offerings. It definitely has some potential over time, and I hope this becomes a regular brew since they went so far as to build the monastery in CA. Better than most American quads, but reminds me why I keep drinking the Belgian options of this style.

djmichaelk, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
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.

jayhawk73, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of JimmyTango
3/5  rDev -24.2%

JimmyTango, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
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.

HalfFull, Dec 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

iemailjack, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

sweatervest27, Dec 20, 2011
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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.


JohnGalt1, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

Rusty18, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
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.


TheBeerAlmanac, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

Biketopia, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

2dogbrew, Dec 18, 2011
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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.

DrJay, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

Atyoungberg, Dec 17, 2011
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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.

mithrascruor, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

awdturboiv, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

Lawnboy33, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

WassailWilly, Dec 15, 2011
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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.

jtierney89, Dec 15, 2011
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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

BEERMILER12, Dec 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

azorie, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

avaldivia, Dec 14, 2011
Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.