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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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678 Ratings
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Ratings: 678
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 28
Gots: 61 | 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:
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(Beer added by: mikechance on 10-29-2011)
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +26.3%

11-26-2011 20:18:45 | More by BernardusHo
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a short 1/4" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: loads of malt and fruit sweetness, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: nice maltiness up front. Molasses, brown sugar, prunes, a hint of spiciness, yeast,and a decent bitterness round it out. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and velvety at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very enjoyable quad that has a nice depth of flavor. It was very easy to enjoy the large bottle in one session in a shorter than usual timeframe for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 20:59:12 | More by Gavage
Photo of Ommy


4.93/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, smells like I'm pouring bananas! The beer is quite dark with a fine, almost creamy head. It looks to be deep red when shown to the light, and nearly opaque on the table.

The initial pop of bananas has been subdued a bit, but other smells, such as the hops, are coming through. A faint fruitiness can be rustled up with enough force.

The taste is incredibly smooth, especially at the ABV of 10.4%. This can't be that strong, can it!? The fruit on mid-palate really smooths the drink out and gives it subtle, but not subdued flavor.

Mouthfeel is pleasant and balanced. A great beer to sip on at the dinner table.

This is one of a few "pricey" beers that I would definitely recommend to my friends. The combination of all the senses really makes this beer special in my eyes.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 00:20:24 | More by Ommy
Photo of TheSacredRaritan

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-22-2011 23:30:08 | More by TheSacredRaritan
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

11-21-2011 15:58:30 | More by MLasoski
Photo of Tilley4


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

Picked up a bottle on Friday and had this last night while watching the glow of the Christmas tree...

Lots of sweet dark fruits present in the plentiful aromas wafting out of the glass... Raisins, dates, plums, Christmas spices.... Smelling good while getting into the Christmas spirit here... Smells just like I imagine a good English plum pudding would smell...

Sweet flavors of the aforementioned dark fruits and spices along with hints of the yeast and a touch of booze... Perhaps a little thin but nothing too distracting... Long slow and sweet burn at the finish with the raisin apects really shining through...

A good effort from the folks at SN here... Liked this better than the Dubbel...

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 15:50:39 | More by Tilley4
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Rhode Island

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

On-tap 11/13/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, dark fruit, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar and chocolate. Then there is some breadiness that comes in from the Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent strong Belgian-style beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 19:54:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4/5  rDev +1%

11-20-2011 05:04:41 | More by ales4baldo
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Dark reddish brown. Not a ton of color to it. 3 fingers of creamy head.

S- Earthy, yeasty, dark fruit. Plums? A little hot from the 10% abv.

T- Dark fruit is the main player. Some peppery spice. Some yeast. Nice, but like every American brewed quad that I've had, lacking in that big earthy, yeasty flavors that dominate the Belgian quads. Not sure why this can't be duplicated.

M- Pretty heavy. A simmer for sure.

O- A pretty good beer. I won't be looking for another at the price, but glad I got one. Again, quads brewed out of Belgium always seem to lack the spunk of the native versions. Not many styles that an American brewery hasn't nailed, but this is one of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 00:39:15 | More by fsvan
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

11-19-2011 21:53:06 | More by richbrew
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills 11/18/11.

Served in a Ovila chalice. Pours a dark brownish amber with a thin lacing of head. The nose is faint malt, apples, and yeast. The taste is fruity up front with a red apple note followed by a nice maltyness and a yeasty finish. The beer is warm and has some faint alcohol esters. The mouthfeel is full bodied, warm, and well carbonated.

This is delicious. The flavor is well balanced and at 10.4% is scarily drinkable. I could have probably quaffed the entire chalice in just a few quick minutes. It took a good deal of constraint to sip it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 16:36:32 | More by tdm168
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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip at the Toronado SF

A - slim to no head retention or lacing which was surprising for the style and for SN

S - Dates, raisins, figs and molasses, dark fruit infused in brown sugar.

T - Almost like prune juice when cold...as I feel Rochefort 10 does as well when this cold. Let warm up and there are all the qualities I mention in the nose but thin, lacking something. It's dry in the finish.

M - This is where it becomes very obvious that it just doesn't stack up against the best in it's style. It's thin, lacks body for the style. Very easy drinking though, the 10.4% is no where to be found but quaffing a quad in a few short minutes is not what I look for when I order one...

O - Good beer. Will not be buying another however, money better spend on a St. Bernardus 12 or Rochefort 10.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 16:36:23 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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4/5  rDev +1%

11-19-2011 15:01:00 | More by HopStoopid120
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4/5  rDev +1%

11-19-2011 04:28:04 | More by danbar
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a murky ruby brown color with a smallish khaki head. A bit small for the style; settled into a light ring.

The aroma is perfumey, with a good presence of clove and some light wild flowers. Very subtle hints of roasted meat. Nice profile for a quad.

The taste is a nice mix of a roasted/meaty malt with light chocolate notes, solid clove presence from the yeast, bright sweetness from honey/candi sugar additions. There is also a light prune sweetness and carob earthiness. Very flavorful and complex.

The feel is fairly light with prickly carbonation so it feels even lighter. It is quite dry on the palate yet it is a bit sticky in the finish. Not very smooth.

This is a good quad. Good aroma and flavor. It is a bit dry and thin. I must say I love the balance in this beer and I love that they bring earthy flavors to the style as some quads can be overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 04:08:09 | More by Gmann
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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Draughts in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Caramel brown, with light quickly dissipating head. Rich and heavy. Doesn't carry the alcohol as well as the best quads, but still has enjoyable flavors of dark fruit, and caramel. Good, and glad to have tried, but probably won't revisit often.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 20:39:30 | More by PlinyBubbles
Photo of TheWhiskerReview


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a 3-finger off-tan head. Retains a soapy ring with wet lace, but neither stay around very long.

The nose is simply beautiful, taking the malt, esters and phenols and wrapping them in wonderful florals- aromas of doughy dark bread, wildflower honey, foresty blueberries and ripe cassis, coffee, clove and hints of anise.

The med-full bodied palate starts malty and sweet- caramelly but never too syrupy. Despite the moderately hefty alcohol (and the corresponding hefty body this should possess), the brew manages to stay remarkably light on its feet. Maybe too light depending on who you ask. That sweetness is quickly balanced by a nice spice (brown sugar, clove) and a moderate bitterness- picking up more of that awesome blueberry flavor- before the spice and phenols take over at the beginning of the finish- also hiding the alcohol well as its peppery flavor is easily tucked into the spice and phenol flavors. Lastly, as all this wanes, the yeast has a good say on the finish with lingering coffee and bread dough flavors.

Overall, sort of torn on this one. I adore the nose with its prominent wildflower honey and blueberry vibe, and normally I can get behind the body which is so light on its feet. That character is what I call elegance and is what I ultimately want in a drink, but this is a Quad. I kind of expect a rich syrupy punch from this style. Although really delicious, the lightness made it a touch forgettable. Still a fan of the series tho, and absolutely can't wait for the barrel aged versions next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 17:40:46 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, reddish-brown color with a large, very light tan head that goes down very slowly. Scent is candied dark fruits with crystal and caramel malt. Slight clove aroma with some nice spiciness as well. A bit of alcohol. Taste is initially heavy with delicious dark fruit flavors and a bit of chocolatey notes. A bit of banana lingering in with the dark fruits. Lots of tongue-tingling spices complexly balanced in with subtle Belgian yeast flavors. Finishes with lovely raisin and date flavors with a bit of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is full bodied and nicely carbonated. Drinkability is high. Overall, this was better than I was expecting from what I'm to believe as SN's first attempt at a Quad. Outstanding beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 06:00:15 | More by DovaliHops
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

11-16-2011 20:56:53 | More by MasterMustace
Photo of impending


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a slick deep dark copper mahogany, towering café au lait colored head with an encouraging pour recedes slowly, ok lacing.

Aroma is spicy high notes, complex within a narrow range. Smells of a belgian noël accented with a touch of roastyness. Excellent

Big flavor. Vinous qualities dominate, a spicy figgy port. Fairly sweet, zero bitter, tiny dry at the beginning of the finish. A strong phenolic aftertaste evaporates slowly. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel. Warms well.

best of Sierra's belgian trio

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 05:20:06 | More by impending
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: deep brown. Pours minimal head that fades very quickly. Almost no lacing.

Smell: cloves, banana, sugar, malty, caramel

Taste: cloves, estery, candi sugar, sweet, malty, caramel

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Minimal carbonation. Crisp.

Overall: fairly high drinkability. A bit too much sweetness. Moderately complex.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 03:15:33 | More by phichifiji00
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Chimay chalice....

A) Nice dark brown with a thin head, a little lacing on the glass.

S) Bready malts and fruits which leads to....

T) Plum, fig, raisins, cloves and grapes, just a little tartness to balance this out. The alcohol is well hidden. Cellaring this could be interesting. This may be best fresh.

M) Light carbonation

O) As some have said this is the best of the series and I agree. Will probably buy a few more!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 01:22:31 | More by jimmy82063
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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at URGE.

A: A brown that borders on black with a huge beige head.

S: Rich bready malt with brown sugar. I get a lot of prune, date, plum, and grape. Dark toasted bread notes accompany a subtle peppery spiciness. This smells really nice.

T: Dark fruits remind me of plum, grape, and prune. There's a perfumy sweetness accompanying rich bread and soft alcohol notes. Light pepper notes. Malt is very complex.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 19:00:37 | More by HopHead84
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark, clear brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is full of dark fruit and candy sugar. I get a lot of prunes and dark cherries, as well as quite a bit of sweetness from the sugar. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of cherry, raisins, prunes and grape notes, as well as some toffee malt and a lot of candy sugar. There is also a Belgian yeast component in the flavor which goes well with the other flavors. The alcohol is noticeable and is warming. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice, easy to drink American-made quad.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 05:27:58 | More by Mora2000
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3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from corked and caged bottle into NB snifter.

Black with a tinge of scarlet around the edges, though only noticeable when holding it to light. Very creamy of white head, bubble size reminds me of a nitro stout.

When cold I get a lot of the roast malt in the nose, with a little dark fruit and alcohol. As the beer warms up though booze makes itself more known, as do the dark fruit notes

Flavor is, a lot lighter than I expected. With all the booze and fruit in the nose I was expecting something full of heavy flavor, not so. Flavors. Belgian yeastiness, dark fruit esters, dryish roast finish. MF is light, creamy.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 04:20:13 | More by Ghenna
Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.