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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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710 Ratings
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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 194
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:
Beer added by: mikechance on 10-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +1%

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.

Photo of zachary80
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of cameraman
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of johnhenryconway
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of BernardusHo
5/5  rDev +26.3%

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.

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.

Photo of TheSacredRaritan
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MLasoski
4/5  rDev +1%

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...

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.

Photo of ales4baldo
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of fsvan
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.

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tdm168
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.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
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.

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of danbar
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Gmann
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.

Photo of PlinyBubbles
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.

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.

Photo of DovaliHops
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!

Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.