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Ovila Quad - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 192
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:
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(Beer added by: mikechance on 10-29-2011)
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Photo of tdm168
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

tdm168, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +1%

HopStoopid120, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of danbar
4/5  rDev +1%

danbar, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

Gmann, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of PlinyBubbles
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

PlinyBubbles, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

TheWhiskerReview, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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!

DovaliHops, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of MasterMustace
5/5  rDev +26.3%

MasterMustace, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of impending
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%


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

impending, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of phichifiji00
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

phichifiji00, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of jimmy82063
4/5  rDev +1%

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!

jimmy82063, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%


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.

HopHead84, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%

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.

Mora2000, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Ghenna
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

Ghenna, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Served to me in a goblet on tap from BeerRevolution in Oakland.

Appearance: Dark waxy brown to black with a oily thin head. Almost full opacity.

Smell: Tannins, dark fruits. Particularly dates and raisins, tobacco. Big balmy esters. Nuanced dark malt aromas blend with nice noble hops. The oak barrels give off a nice white wine flavor.

Taste: Oak barrels. Mature belgian yeast.Deep malted flavors. Dark fruits, chardonnay, raisins. Tobacco, chocolate, black coffee. Alcohol creeps in the background to a nice warming effect. Reminiscent of a good old ale.

Mouthfeel: Oily and vinous. Lots of tannins. Leathery texture. Finishes malted with a spritzy grape flourish.

Overall: Pleasing and balanced quad with a lot of flavor variety and nice oaky characteristics.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of pleasewearpants
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

Deep brown color with ruby hues. Head is light tan and holds its form well. Nice caramel aroma, not much fruit save for a slight hint of baked plum. Flavor is again caramel with a little burnt sugar. Not too sticky - carbonation is really nice, very present but tight. Very warm finish, on the edge of hot but nice. Pretty nice for the style but nothing really unique jumps out at me. Not a good enough reason to join a monastery.

pleasewearpants, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of mikechance
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

A ---- beautiful deep dark ruby red. A cross between a porter and dark scotch/red ale - Thick 1/2 head

S --- dark fruits, malts, cloves

T --- smooth, complex and a fairly strong presence of alcohol on the backend

M --- medium body with a nice amount of carbonation

O --- This is a good beer. My favorite from the Ovila series

I will buy another bottle or two and let them sit for 12-18 months. This could be an outstanding beer for Christmas 2012.

mikechance, Oct 29, 2011
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Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.