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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: 67 | 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 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%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of champ103
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red/brown color. A towering beige head forms, and finally settles. The pillowing foam has excellent retention. Sticky lace is left down the glass.
S: Yeast, burnt toast and bread, light dark fruits. Light fruity esters of banana.
T: Starts off sweet with some caramel malts. Then quickly turns to some dry burnt toast. Light dark fruits and the same fruity esters.
M/D: A medium body that is a bit light for my tastes. The alcohol is present and makes this a slow sipper.

Decent for the most part. I am not really digging this, or the other Ovila beers for what ever reason. Not to my tastes, but certainly nothing wrong with this.

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

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is dark reddish amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that left lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas in the nose along with notes of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste is quite malty with notes of sweetness, caramel and dark fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer makes for a good sipper because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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

A: Pours almost black with a fluffy white head that recedes but still leaves some pretty nice film

S: Lots of brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit, and some dark, sweet malts.

T: At first, a burst of dark fruit and sweet malt, followed by a slightly bittering hop character and just a touch of tartness, not sure what from.

O: This is pretty nice, but my quest for the ultimate quad continues.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle int my Westy chalice. It poured a darker, cola like color with a thin, fizzy head sticking mostly to the edges of the glass. The head faded rather quickly unfortunately.

The aroma has some sweeter malty notes of caramel, molasses and fig to it. I get just a hint of chocolate and some crisp, lighter fruits to it as well. Pretty decent aroma for the style.

In the taste I get some sweeter malty notes of caramel, molasses, plum and cherry up front with some crisp fruitiness helping to bring it some balance in the finish. A little tartness lingers in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a pretty solid beer of the style, but I just didn't find that it really stood out in it's class. It was a pretty flavorful, easy drinking and enjoyable beer to sip on this evening though.

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

A - Pours dark brown into my snifter, deep ruby when held up to the light, with a little over a finger of dense tan head that has excellent retention and splotchy lacing.

S - Lots of ripe banana and clove, deep caramel malts, dark fruit and yeast.

T - Caramelized sugar, banana and clove, raisin, dark berries and molasses.

M - Medium body and bright carbonation and rather dry.

O - Really good, just lacked the depth of some others in this style.

Photo of Jules11788
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of MaxSpang
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chimay goblet.


It looks like a typical quad, maybe perhaps a little darker than others. Pours a Coca-Cola brown with some slight red coming through from the light. The khaki head was about a finger and had very small bubbles. Overall looks true to the style.


The first thing I get is Belgian yeast character - some spice and black pepper. The alcohol comes through after it warms a bit, and some Cola-like aroma follows. There's a small amount of dark fruits dipped in caramel on the nose, too. Honestly, this is one of the most mild smelling quads I've had - but it is very pleasant.


Lots of maltiness hits the tongue first. It's slightly carmel-like, and surprisingly slightly Cola-like just as the nose was. The dark fruit notes come out, tasting like ripe plum and slight raisin. There isn't a ton of Belgian spice character, but there is a bit of black pepper and clove. There's a small bit of an almost artificial sweetener taste, which isn't great but somehow works in this beer. Like the nose, this is a mild version of a quad on the tongue.


This beer has a really nice mouthfeel. It's definitely full bodied yet drinkable. It's not as carbonated as other quads I've had, nor is it as sticky sweet. Very balanced and smooth mouthfeel.


Like the other Ovila beers, this one falls short of being anything to get excited about. It's good, don't get me wrong, but it just doesn't blow me away. I'd much rather have a St. Bernardus Abt 12 than another one of these to be brutally honest. It's good, but not great - much like the dubbel and the saison from the Ovila series.


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

I dug the other two in the "Ovila" series. We shall see...

Corked and caged, with the cork popping out relatively easy.

A: Totally looks like a quad with its dark brown color huge fluffy beige head that stuck around for a good bit following a hard pour. It had a crystal red translucence when I held it up to a light source.

S: Very Belgiany, with a good bit of brown sugar infused caramel coming to the forefront. It wasn't too overbearing, and it wasn't fruit heavy in the slightest.

T: Dangerously smooth, and with a tinge of dryness on the end wrapped up in a mildly sweet caramel kiss. Just like the nose, I didn't get much fruit...maybe a hint of plum when I held it in my mouth for a couple of seconds before swallowing. The Belgian funk was truly there from the get-go, but disappeared rather quickly as I got to the finish.

M: This enough, but not snot-like. Some may criticize this, but I think that actually serves as a much needed anti-syrup agent. The carbonation was just enough to give this a creamy feel, and the lacing was basically non-existent.

O: Was this really a quad? Answer to my own question - Why yes, it was! And a rather highly drinkable one at that!

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

A: Medium brown as it pours. In the glass it is very dark brown with some nice ruby hues when held to the light. The head is dense but soft looking, like a tan memory foam pillow.

S: Lovely fruity notes, with a nice yeasty scent. Dark berries with some burnt sugar smells. Touch of banana and clove. Nice.

T: Burnt sugar, caramel,and raison come out right away. Not too much banana, but certainly some clove, and some ripe dark berries in the finish. There is a nice almost champaign note in the finish as well as a touch of booze.

M: Medium with very high carbonation, and a touch dry finish. There is a bit of an oily afterfeel. (shut up it's a word. Look it up)

O: A lovely beer overall. But doesn't quite measure up to the exemplary beers of this style. Still very enjoyable, and I'm so glad that SN did this series.

(You looked it up right? Yeah it's not a word.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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