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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

706 Ratings
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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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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Atyoungberg
4/5  rDev +1%

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

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.

Photo of awdturboiv
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of WassailWilly
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of azorie
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev +1%

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

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.

Photo of gford217
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of marchoftheclouds
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

It's not often I get an urge to spend $15-20 on a bottle of Sierra, so I was glad to see this on tap so I could copt a sampling before it disappears. Poured a mahogany brown color with a small cap of off-white head that retained as a ringlet. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, dried fruits. Taste of caramel malts, brown sugar, raisins, organic, with an apparent yeastiness, and an obvious hit of alcohol up front that mellowed out decently by mid-palate. Medium body, pretty smooth once you get past the initial alcohol bite. Not the best quad you'll ever have, but still pretty good overall.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear garnet color with a tight, white head that fades quickly leaving chunks of lacing.

Smells of rum raisins, fruity and boozy.

Tastes of solid fruit notes with some spice and alcohol. Fruits lead off with raisins, figs, and dark cherries. Notes of brown sugary and syrupy sweetness back this up. A bready middle note then comes through with some toffee. Some spice notes add in with a bit of clove and some pepper. Alcohol is noticeable with a little warming on the end.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very nicely made American quad that I find quite enjoyable.

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

A - This beer pours a dark ruby brown color. It has a almost 2-fingers of tan head on it. The head was a bit fizzy and didn't have the best retention. No lacing was left behind on the glass. The color is nice but the lack of retention and lace seems odd.

S - The nose has a nice bit of dark fruit aromas such as dates, figs, Blueberry, plum, and raisin. Belgian yeast is also present in the nose. Also, there are some aromas of clove, brown sugar, and some floral notes.

T - There is quite a bit going on here. The taste starts off with some dark sweet malty flavors and caramel. It is sweet, but not too sweet. All of the dark fruit notes from the nose are present, but I am getting a good bit of blueberry. Belgian yeast, clove, and pepper are present here also, and maybe even a little bit of anise. The finish leaves some lingering flavors of sweet caramel malt, belgian yeast, and a just a touch of alcohol.

M - This has a medium body and higher than average carbonation. It goes down easy and has a bit of a smooth chewy quality to it. There is some tingling on the mouth from the active carbonation and spice notes. This has a nice sweetness to it, but there is also a bit of roasted bitterness. There is some boozy warmth present in the finish.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy and and has a really nice flavor to it. It is a bit of a sipper due to the ABV, but it is still hard to put down. Overall, I thought this was a really nicely done beer. I haven't really had too many quads yet, and this makes me look forward to trying more. I really like the blueberry flavor in this that seemed to stand out. I recommend trying this one. I would definitely buy it again.

Photo of ejw127
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of tjseveryday
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of happy5930
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, served in a tulip. This brew appears a very dark brown color with a thin off-white film for a head. When held to the light, it displays some clarity around the edges and some reddish brown through the body. A swirl revives a finger of tan head and produces some spots of lacing on the glass.

The smell of this brew is spicy with phenolic notes including some yeasty clove. Dark candy sugar almost like molasses is present. Some fruited quality like raisins and over-ripe plum. It is herbal smelling with hops and a touch of mineral character also comes through.

The taste includes a bit of almost herbal molasses character mixed with dark candy sugar sweetness. Belgian yeast character tasting of cloves produces quite a spicy flavoring. Even though the brew hits with an initial surge of sweetness, the spiced profile seemingly dries it out to the finish. Dark fruited quality is present tasting of plums and raisins mostly with some mild chocolate malt and more yeast character as it warns up.

This is a full bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It has a solid warming factor from the alcohol that seems a big exaggerated by the yeasty soices but it is not overdone. Overall a solid brew, if I would change anything about it, I'd almost rather have more depth of malty flavoring and a little less spicy yeast character. Regardless, this perks my interest in trying the Ovila Saison. Worth a try if you get a chance.

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