Ovila Quad - Brandy Barrel Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
375 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a snifter.
10.1% ABV, no date.
A - Slivers of ruby color shine through the dark but clear brew that pours with a fleeting tan head that leaves archways of lace on glass in random patterns.
S - Strong Brandy and warm solvent alcohol provide a sharp bite to the otherwise deep and smooth aroma. Brown sugar coated plums and ruby port advance followed by burnt caramel and undertones of mocha. Oak is but an afterthought as this complex beer directs attention towards sweet malt and dark fruit yeast esters.
T - A little more quad-like in flavor, this beer refrains from being quite as assertive as the aroma and is decidedly more nuanced than in-your-face. Chocolate notes blend in exceptionally well from a hint of roasted malt while kettle caramelization offers some dark sweetness. Dribbles of molasses and brown sugar surface around deep, dark fruit reminiscent of plum, raisin, and dark cherries before the beer finishes out with a soothing warm alcohol bite.
M - This Brandy barrel-aged beer continues to surprise, though the straying it does from the aroma here doesn't quite do the beer justice. It's thinner mouthfeel is not reflected by the beer's big aroma and sweetness and with the lower carbonation level, it feels slightly flat. Brown sugar and caramel prolong their presence with a drying alcohol finish and slow gradually increasing warmth.
O - Brandy barrel-aging adds even more complexity and depth to an already deep beer for a rich and exciting take on a voluptuous Belgian style. The beer's thinner body keeps it from utter greatness but regardless, sweet, smooth malt, lingering fruits, and alcohol complexity make this special Ovila Quad release is one to keep an eye out for!
12-03-2012 23:47:35 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.34/5 rDev +5.3%
$6.00 for 10oz, served in a snifter
[A] Arrives with a half finger high medium light tan head with a loose foamy texture. Retention is short leaving only a thin but complete ring around the glass. The body is dark garnet and hard to see through. However, some transparency can be see when the glass is tilted and, towards the end of the glass, the clarity is magnifying. No lacing to speak of but the body leaves a clear residue after each sip.
[S] The nose is incredible. At almost the exact same time, the sweet, ripe, dark fruits and the brandy barrel hit the nose. The balance is perfect or close to it. Sweet dates, earthy prunes and bruised plums add another layer of complexity. Apple character comes through as well but I suspect that the brandy is responsible for this and not the yeast.
[T] The brandy comes through first on the palate - clean and well integrated with distinctive apple notes. Again, dates, prunes, plums. A little blackberry and currants. Butterscotch and caramel come through after the alcohol fades. Light tannic dryness on the tail end.
[M] The mouthfeel is not bad, but it's not impressive either. The carbonation is a touch high and the body a bit thin. If both of these area were improved, the flavor would linger longer on the tongue, and there would be very little room for improvement for the beer as a whole.
[O] Amazing beer. And a top 3 American-made quad in my opinion. Interestingly, this beer was listed at 12.4% on the beer menu - not 10.2% as indicated on BA (even though the lower number seems more likely). A bigger, fuller mouthfeel would have easily pushed this beer to world class limits.
02-23-2013 16:34:42 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.94/5 rDev -4.4%
Dirty, burnt mahogany capped with a centimeter of pale khaki head that leaves lace in a very big way. Any legging is buried by curtains of dense lace.
Dark sweet fruits - plum, fig... sour leather, some sweet and sour vinous presence, loads of rotten oak, merlot...
Brandy is right in the forefront. Acidic fruit character isn't quite as prominent as the nose would suggest. Some sweet yeast mellows out an otherwise rather one-dimensional flavor profile. Sour grapes, smooth caramel.
Typically I love any beer from a brandy barrel but I'm skeptical as to whether or not a quad like this belongs in one. Unique and certainly enjoyable... probably not a repeat purchase though.
01-20-2013 07:12:00 | More by yamar68
4.88/5 rDev +18.4%
On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head, moderate retention on a dark ruby body. Clear lacing, touch of suds. Aroma includes vanilla, raisins, prunes, dates, figs, caramel, butterscotch, molasses. No alcohol at all on tasting, silky mouthfeel, very smooth. Taste includes all of the above flavors. It's character and depths are pretty remarkable with flavors bouncing all over the tongue and mouth. No other way to say it...pure deliciousness.
01-27-2013 03:26:50 | More by KickbacksSteve
4.75/5 rDev +15.3%
I had this one on tap at Max's during Baltimore beer week. The beer was served in a tasting glass.
Appearance: The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a ring of off white head around the pour. The head goes away before the beer is done.
Smell: This one smells incredibly sweet. I'm getting tons of butterscotch and caramel. There is some dark fruit here too. Smells like candy.
Taste: This tastes just like a liquid Werther's Original candy. I'm getting loads of carmel, vanilla, brown sugar, and butterscotch. The brandy has done wonderful things to this beer. The finish is sweet, smooth, and warm. This is a perfect dessert beer.
Mouthfeel: The body is syrupy with just a few tingles of carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This is an awesome dessert beer. I had to go back and get another taste the next time I was in Max's. Just amazing!
11-07-2012 01:51:03 | More by oline73
2.39/5 rDev -42%
Been looking forward to this for a little while!
375ml poured into a tulip glass
A- looks as decent. Dark ruby hue with a slight head that disappears quickly. The bottle art and design are fabulous though!
S- uhh it's alright, it's goin places. I know it's Brandy barrel aged but this one immediately smells like a red wine! Alch up front, some apple, and finally a bit of brandy. Don't really smell the base beer much at all
T- crushing, the smell was leading my to at least something tasty, however this taste like cola mixed with red wine, and it's not working. Barrel vinous characters heavy on the flavor. It's all barrel and brandy and alch, pretty messy...
M- mouthfeel is heavy mixed with bubble cola.
O- I had huge hopes for this one, and was trying pretty hard to score one. Did I get a bad bottle? Will the dubbel be similar, and that was actually aged in wine. Huge dissapointment from one of my favorite breweries. This is nowhere beer a 93, glad it was cheap and in a small bottle. Go with the quad with plum instead.
Cheech my dog finished the last bit, he seemed to enjoy it at least.
May be a bad bottle, will keep my eyes out for tappinga and give it a second chance.
Edit: funny enough I had the ba dubbel the next day at work, split with a friend thinking it would be the same. Nope ba dubbel was stellar! Get that instead
02-23-2013 08:50:38 | More by KevSal
Ovila Quad - Brandy Barrel Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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