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Ovila Quad - Brandy Barrel Aged - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 39
Gots: 13 | FT: 3
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 10-30-2012)
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4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

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4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on draught at Bittercreek Ale House in Boise.

Aroma: vanilla and toffee with a hint of hot alcohol. Banana esters detected, but they were subtle and complimentary. I don't usually enjoy belgian style yeast byproducts.

Color: Reminded me of a dark cherry wood, clear but tinted. I would have wanted it to be slightly brighter.

Head was moderate, lightly tinted as well. Lasted a long time, much longer than the other 2 beers I sampled, but not as long as a nitro beer.

Flavor: Hints of vanilla in the lightly sweet/maltiness, accompanied by ethanol, which is to be expected at 10.1%. Strong flavor of butterscotch throughout. Belgian esters present, but not overpowering unlike many banana/clovey beers. Highly complex interaction from the brandy barrel aging, which solidified it as a beer-like equivalent of a tawny port.

Mouthfeel: surprisingly not syrupy. It flowed more like a port, and was quite good and nicely carbonated.

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4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine grabbed a growler of this for me at a local Barrel Aged beer tasting, many thanks.

It pours a clear brown with ruby edges, very little carbonation but the growler opened with a distinct hiss.

The aroma is huge. Brandy is the first thing you notice. Huge notes of brown sugar, alcohol, raisins, yeast, figs, and oak. The flavor is sweet initially with a charge of brandy. Then a big rush of dark fruits and dark belgian candi sugar. Smooth, sweet, alcohol is well hidden. Flavors are integrated perfectly. It's never too sweet and mouthfeel is never too heavy. Insanely drinkable for the abv and style. Medium body with proper carbonation.

Overall, a delicious beer. The whole is greater than the sum of it's part. A beautifully balanced, big beer.

Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at max's for their rare and obscure beer festival during BBW.

The beer pours a dark brown color with light head retention and light lacing. The nose, however, is amazing in this beer, as there's a huge brandy presence, which intermingles well with the chocolate, milk duds and brown sugar I'm getting. The flavor profile replicates the nose and is just dreamy and creamy in this rich, sweet beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, softly creamy finish. Alcohol is amazingly well integrated into the flavor profile, especially considering the abv. and level of sweetness. There's something of a hint of prune juice in this beer as well, which actually goes quite well with the chocolate and brown sugar.

Great beer, but the high alcohol and richness makes this very much a sipper.

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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Ovila Quad - Brandy Barrel Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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