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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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695 Ratings
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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 193
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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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.

Beejay, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +1%

ColForbinBC, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of MADhombrewer
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with my wife, Witchsbrew. 750ml bottle poured into a white wine glass.

Appearance- Molasses brown with a tan head that ends in a film quickly. 4/5

Smell- Clove, dark fruits such as plumbs. Some banana and deep caramel malts 4/5

Taste- Muted tartness with dark fruit flavors. Banana and caramel sweetness round out the sip. Alcohol comes into play by warming the esophagus as this liquid coats your insides. I taste molasses as the beer warms. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Very nice. Medium getting thicker as it warms. Great carbonation! 4.5/5

Overall- Nice beer. I am kind of upset I let the others in this series get away. Maybe I will find them sometime. I really like this one and hope to get into this style a little more as I am a bit of a noob when it comes to Abbey ales. 4.5/5

MADhombrewer, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of mudbug
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750 into a large snifter results in a deep reddish body with some clarity topped with a one inch tan head that recedes into a thin cap, some lacing apparent, pretty good looking beer.
Smells sweet like caramel apple, prunes and a slight astringency.
Taste is sweet upfront then gets a ripe fruity character, alcohol is noticeable with a spicy nose tingle.Just a hint of clove and banana but the booze is covering much of it up.
Very soft on the tongue with a creamy texture, carbonation is tight.
I like the Ovila Abbey beers, especially the Saison, going to put some of this away for a year to see what happens, if the alcohol gets subdued it will be a better beer. Right now, it is a little rough edged.

mudbug, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Diomede, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of mycatsissy
5/5  rDev +26.3%

mycatsissy, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +1%

EasyReader, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +1%

bmur112, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of markman
5/5  rDev +26.3%

markman, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of aasher
2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light to medium bodied dirty raison brown in color with a beige one finger head. It appears thinner than most quads. The aromas consist of candied malts, Belgian yeast, bananas, cloves, sweet malts, and alcohol. It's pretty average. It actually smells more like a Belgian Dubbel. The flavors are quite bland and finish very quickly. You get sweet malt, light breadiness, some light dark fruit, and alcohol. It doesn't have much complexity and it drinks very watery. This is by far the thinnest quad I've ever come across. It just doesn't bring anything new or interesting to the table and is light years away from competing with Belgian quads. This Ovila series has been a string of disappointments. I just don't understand how a quality brewery could make such a mediocre line, mainstream or not.

aasher, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was the one I anticipated the most out of the entire Ovila series. It met my expectations nicely I think. The beer poured out as a deep mahogany color that in low light almost looks black. The head is a very light tan color. The retention isn't too bad here, not much lacing though. The smell of the beer is sweet with some maple like aromas along with some dark sugary fruits. The taste of the beer is very nice also as it follows the same lines as the smell. The mouthfeel of this beer is very smooth with a nice medium body to it. Overall this beer was enjoyable in my opinion. I would drink it again in the future and I would choose it way before the the Saison and Dubbel from this series.

Knapp85, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +1%

Lantern, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very deep mahogany. One and a half finger tan head wit great retention and decent lacing.

S: Big sweet dark fruits. Cherries, raisins, figs, and plums. Also getting some apples. Belgian yeast, light cloves, and a touch of spiciness. Alcohol is very faint.

T: Sweet and slightly tart dark fruits. Cherries, plums, figs, raisins. Decent clove spiciness. Belgian yeast is light. Again alcohol is very light.

M: Medium body. High carbonation. Crisp. Good mouthfeel. Very warming without being hot. Very warming in the belly.

O: Good for sure but I don't have a lot to compare to. I've only had a couple quads. Definitely good for a cold day to warm you up.

doughanson78, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of zachary80
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

zachary80, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of cameraman
5/5  rDev +26.3%

cameraman, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of johnhenryconway
3/5  rDev -24.2%

johnhenryconway, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of BernardusHo
5/5  rDev +26.3%

BernardusHo, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Nov 23, 2011
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.

Ommy, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of TheSacredRaritan
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

TheSacredRaritan, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of MLasoski
4/5  rDev +1%

MLasoski, Nov 21, 2011
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...

Tilley4, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of ales4baldo
4/5  rDev +1%

ales4baldo, Nov 20, 2011
Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.