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

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Ovila Quad - Brandy Barrel AgedOvila Quad - Brandy Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

75 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 39
Gots: 12 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 10-30-2012)
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KevSal

California

2.39/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 08:50:38 | More by KevSal
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scottfrie

California

3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

375ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours a deep cranberry red with a short lived light brown head that faded into a faint collar leaving wisps of lace down the glass.
S: Buttery notes of barrel, sweet brandy scents, plum jam, raisins and other dark fruits. Light volatile alcohol.
T: Sweet brandy, sherry, prunes, black pepper and spice, light cocoa, light vanilla, cola, red wine, toffee, and a touch of leather in the finish. Boozy and sweet aftertaste with spice following.
M: My least favorite part of the beer. The carbonation is soda-like, and the body is too thin and light. Slick, tingly, watery and greasy mouthfeel.
O: Not as good as the original or the plum version (which I thought was awesome). Pretty good flavor but nothing special in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 02:48:41 | More by scottfrie
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Burnhearts in Milwaukee.

Pours like any other quad, nice head, looks great.

From there on out, things were a touch down hill. Not sure if this was infected or not, but there were some light-moderate sour fruit notes. They were in competition with the darker, sweeter flavors you would expect in a quad.

Overall, not bad, even if slightly infected.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2013 16:12:18 | More by thebigredone
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n2185

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

12-20-2012 22:02:27 | More by n2185
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

07-09-2013 21:05:47 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

03-19-2014 04:19:26 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

02-14-2013 16:49:32 | More by drummermattie02
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

02-28-2013 21:03:51 | More by kscaldef
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

06-03-2013 04:31:36 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

02-22-2014 02:19:46 | More by mc4z
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

07-05-2013 16:05:20 | More by Atomicskis5
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

04-02-2013 17:55:55 | More by SalukiAlum
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Drink_LocalSD

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

11-05-2013 18:00:27 | More by Drink_LocalSD
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willhans8

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

04-24-2013 08:00:51 | More by willhans8
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chefduff2

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

04-21-2013 16:20:41 | More by chefduff2
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Zbeetleman

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

07-09-2013 07:03:28 | More by Zbeetleman
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brotherloco

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

03-18-2013 01:09:44 | More by brotherloco
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

12-22-2013 06:45:54 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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kwkurdziel

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

08-29-2013 01:51:47 | More by kwkurdziel
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

04-20-2013 03:44:40 | More by thegerm87
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 07:12:00 | More by yamar68
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troegaarden

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-17-2013 04:13:13 | More by troegaarden
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-23-2013 02:26:16 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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EliHammett


4/5  rDev -2.7%

07-21-2014 13:30:22 | More by EliHammett
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pcarney8

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-19-2014 00:57:51 | More by pcarney8
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Ovila Quad - Brandy Barrel Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.