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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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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
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:
Beer added by: John_M on 10-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of KevSal
2.45/5  rDev -40.7%
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

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of scottfrie
3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of thebigredone
3.51/5  rDev -15%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of yamar68
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of troegaarden
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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