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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 28
Gots: 66 | 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:
Beer added by: mikechance on 10-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 718 | Reviews: 195
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
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
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
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of rkcrozier
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured down the middle of a 20 oz Duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark ruby, with a giant almost five inch tan head with red highlights, a little lace is left, and the disappeared fairly slow. The smell is banana, clove, fig, prunes, brown sugar, and some alcohol. Taste is all of those things a little bitterness that kind of surprised me, almost like it was huge hit of hops, Belgian style. I kind of like it, but not something I expect out of the style. Body is big, but not out of hand. Nice amount of life for it's abv and also amazingly approachable for its girth. This isn't even close to my favorite style, but it keeps forcing me to take another sip, because of its uniqueness. Trying to figure out what that finish is, I like it and not sure why.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had not much experience in tasting quads, but there is always a beginning.
This one poured a deep clear mahogany/brown and build a tan/beige creamy head about two fingers high. the retention was ok, and there was good lacing throughout the tasting.
The smell was not as strong as I expected. I detected yeast and malt, mixed with some citrus flavors.
Tasting this beer, there are dark fruits like plum and fig up front. In the middle, a variety of malty flavors, as well as some caramel will liven up the palette. The end balances the beer with a good dose up citrusy hops.
I really liked beer, the alcohol is present, but well hidden. The overall feel was very pleasant and this is certainly a very drinkable beer.

Photo of Treadinfree
3/5  rDev -24.2%

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

A very dark and obscure brown with hints of purple. Pours some head that quickly dissipates but leaves a thin everlasting head.

Dark fruits and raisin smell.

Dark fruits and malts with a hint of booze. I also get an occasional raising taste.

Very little carbonation and a smooth, velvety feel.

A fairly good quad. I recommend just chilling this a little but not for too long. I've certainly had better but I won't turn it down if it's offered to me. I think aging the quad might yield a better taste.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, opens with a big Champagne like pop,

A: Pours a dark brown with a medium off-white head, some spotty lace, not real sticky.

S: Raisins, dark fruit for sure. Malt heavy.

T: Rich dark malt flavour with that classic play of raisins, dates, mission fig especially, a medley of dried fruit.

M: Medium to full-bodied. Soft elegant carbonation which I love in American made Belgian-style beer. A tad cloying at the end which is rough, but a lot better than I get with a ton of American examples.

O: This is good stuff. A tad cloying as I said but I think that will go away with 2-3 years of aging. I've always love the soft mouthfeel, true Belgian feel of these Ovila beers. The Dubbel was the best of the 3, this may be the 'worst' of the 3, but it's still in the upper echelon of American quads easy. When I say the worst of the 3 it's in pretty good company. This is good beer, simple as that. I'd love to see where it goes.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I also picked this beer up at theKirkwood Spec's a week or so ago. Let's see what the Quad has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a very deep dark garnet color that you can really only tell it is red based when held to the light. There is a 1/2" head of creamy tan foam that is maintained by tons of bubbles rising. A couple minutes after the pour, the head was still the same size.

Aroma: In the very cold beer there are lots of sweet caramel and toffee notes mixed with some liquorice and plums. There is some plums in there and some mild Citrusy hops.

Taste: The flavor is also very malt based with lots of complexity in the malt department. There are also lots of yeasty notes and hops in here to contribute to the whole ensemble. Overall the beer is well balanced with malt being the victor by a nose, but the hops, attenuation and carbonation are doing a lot to keep it in check. The alcohol is very well masked in this beer and is adding some spicy complexity as the beer warms. As the beer warms further, there is some acidity noticeable on the back of the throat after the sip.

Opinion: Overall this is probably my favorite in this series. It has enough going for it in a seriously tough category that it actually hangs. With this in mind I will probably end up picking up a couple more of these to age for a couple years before I try them. If you like KoenigsHoeven, you will probably like this beer.

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

Purchased at 2nd St Liquors in Casper for $8.99.

A huge pop when the corked was removed, it pours a very dark brown/chestnut with a +1 finger head of foam.

In the smell, I'm getting dark fruits and caramel malt with some noticeable alcohol.

The dark fruits are the first thing I notice in the taste; strong flavour of plums and raisins along side a caramel sweetness that doesn't go overboard and keeps the beer relatively dry. Man, especially in the finish.

The alcohol is pretty much in my face,(drinking this at room temp; the store just got it in and their supply hadn't made it to the cooler yet) but at 10.4 %abv, I kind of expected it.

Medium body, same for the carbonation, it has a smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is okay, considering. This *might* be a good one to enjoy now and stash away in the cellar.

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

Deep ruby brown hue with dark amber highlights when held toward the light, beautiful appearance. Light beige head forms silky and smooth above the dark nicely carbonated body fine bubbled, true Belgian style fermentation. Aroma has dark fruits with ripened tart apples, pretty solid nose, dark caramelized sugars are petty tasty. Flavor is sweet upfront sugar coated malt driven flavors with plums, tart apples, and a dry nutty Belgian yeast finish. Alcohol is apparent with the flavor and mouthfeel leaving a bit of warmth on the palate bewteen sips, fuller bodied Belgian ale with a healthy malt bill. Overall a decent quadrupel that will get better with age, keeps things more balanced than most quads out there but it also has a nice aging potential.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a rich, opaque dark chocolate brown with a fine-bubbled tan head. Strong aroma fills the nose with fruity, chocolate and caramel notes. Flavor has firm tones of chocolate, apple, banana and caramel plus a hint of toffee. Full-bodied texture is smooth as almond milk and fairly tingly, leaving a lip-smacking fizzy, fruity, slightly candy-bar finish. What a great way to raise money for a good cause!

Photo of boudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.