Ovila Abbey Quad With Cherries
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila Abbey Quad With CherriesOvila Abbey Quad With Cherries
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Quadrupel (Quad)
4.04 | pDev: 7.92%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Ovila Abbey Quad With CherriesOvila Abbey Quad With Cherries
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old bottle, notes of fruity molasses, dark caramel, toasty toffee, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, fresh cherries, dark dried fruits, with a hint of drying spice and earthy floral hops

Mar 16, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Poured out a dark burgundy color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of dried dark fruits, cherry, roasted malt and toffee. Sweet maltiness with toffee, cherry, fig and plums.

Jan 12, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Caged and corked, cork comes out with a definite pop. Stamped bottling date is '021616'.
Dark brown colored body, with cherry red back lit highlights. Small off white head reduces to a partial cap and high ring. Leaves behind some rings of lacing.
Soft aroma with sweet candy, dark fruit, malts, and woody.
Taste is sweet with dark fruit (cherry, raisin, and prune), cocoa malts, Belgian yeast and woody.
Fuller mouth feel, with a slightly syrupy sweet texture. Very amenable to swirling around in the mouth. Very good carbonation.
Very enjoyable mouth feel, with the taste more expressive than the smell. Flavors are a blend of sweet cocoa and dark fruit, along with a base of woodiness and yeast. All components work together as a blend rather than one flavor rising at one point and another one at a later point.

May 21, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pulled from the cellar, bought in a gift pack several years ago.

A - Dark brown body, largely opaque, with some subtle red highlights and transparency around the edges. A head that pours moderate but quickly fades to a rim at the glass edge. Lacing is small bubbled and forms up in patches.

S - Strong hit of booze, hints of wine and barrels, fruit and Belgian ester-based goodness.

T - Follows that nose, with a base of malt and yeasty goodness, followed quickly with bright cherry notes particularly as the beer begins to warm, a close more tart joined with a bit of wood and bitterness.

M - Extraordinarily jaunty, mild carbonation and medium weight, acidic sprightliness on the tongue, and a lingering touch on the tongue after the finish.

O - A well-built Quad with great use of fruit and great feel. Loved it.

Jan 19, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Box Set Three Of Three

ABV: 9.2%

Poured into a goblet a pretty nice translucent dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus light tan head, which also leaves a really nice medium size island/oil slick and some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with a nice touch of dark fruit complex (cherries, figs, raisins, plums, grapes). The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, with a pretty nice dark fruit complex (cherries, figs, raisins, plums, grapes). Medium body, ABV hidden very well, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very nice brew.

Oct 01, 2017
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Dewsby from Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L) Pours a lovely dark mahogany that really does not allow for much light infiltration. A creamy off-white head sticks around for a bit, but does not linger as long as hoped. Minimal lacing.

A) Bread and Belgian candies. Nothing too complex in the aroma. The cherries present are surprisingly dark and robust in nature, I was expecting light and crisp.

T) The cherries are definitely in the forefront, but they are more of a dark pitted fruit than an acidic zest. This works very well with the style. The malt is typical quad profile, lots of candy and light caramels with deep dark fruit.

F) Medium-Low carbonation with a silky mouth-feel. Lovely to the last sip.

O) Quite a nice cherry quad, I am thoroughly enjoying the rustic feeling I am getting drinking it paired with a turkey pot pie.

Jul 07, 2017
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Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Best SN Abbey Ovila I had. Very delicious stuff. I aged mine for about 18 months and although haven't had it fresh I'd say this is it's peak yet it could go another year if it were to happen. A perfect 4th of the July weekend beer poured into a wide glass goblet. The look is a dark chocolate, black cherry, Dr. Pepper Blue Chimay appearance. Smell is of cherry and smoked malt yet subtle scent.

The taste is similar to blue chimay but not as good imo but damn close. It's like blue chimay with cherries added and touch more of sweetness. Besides cherry and black cherry flavoring there is tasting notes of chocolate, prunes, plums, raisins, malt, Dr. Pepper, and mild booze. Medium mouthfeel and quite drinkable yet better as a slow sipper and sit back to enjoy. A very well done brew.

Jul 01, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice reddish brown, dark beer with a thin and quickly dispersing tan head. Faint cherries and cocoa in the aroma. The taste has the cherries, cocoa some raisin. The beer is a bit thin for me. Pretty good beer.

Apr 27, 2017
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quick Review: Looks good for a quad, dark brown with a thin head. Smell is typical, dark fruits some candi and then cherry. Taste brings the cherry really to the forefront. I mean really strong. The other traditional flavors are there as well, dark fruits being dominant. The feel seems a little thin for a quad, but overall the carbonation is about right.

Not a stunner, but a decent brew.

Mar 05, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SN Ovila Abbey Quad with cherries 750mL from spring 2016 three pack. Bought this fresh and cellared not quite a year. Poured in a Chimay chalice at 45 degrees.
Pours dark with the slightest red tint if held to the light. Beige head appears at the pour and then fades to a thin ring. Smell is faintly sweet. I have never used cola to describe a beer's taste, but that is the closest word I have. A little sweet with cherry and chocolate coming out at the end. Any alcohol taste fades as this warms. No perceived bitterness but that is to style. Mouthfeel is just a bit thin but still pleasant. Overall, wonderful. Everything comes together as intended and creates something unique. This wouldn't have replaced any of the Belgian classics, but it was never intended to do so. Cheers to Sierra Nevada for this one.

Feb 24, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large bottle, caged and corked, purchased as part of a three bottle holiday box. Aged one year in the store by the time I bought it.

Pours dark brown, medium mocha cap, leaving delicate strands of lacing.

Enjoyable nose filled with the expected cherries and some milk chocolate.

Tasty brew with more cherries and more milk chocolate..smooth on the tongue and generally delicious...Alcohol nowhere to be found...complex and quality night capper that went great with some christmas bouche de noel.

Dec 27, 2016
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Jraiona from Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Poured a very dark mahogany brown. A one finger head with fair retention left some fair lacing.

S- The aroma of cherries and candy like sweetness backed by roasted malt

T- The flavor of cherries is quite distinct but not overpowering and paired with a subtle sweetness reminiscent of a caramelized sugar but not cloying. The flavor of dark roasted malt is also very prevalent with a subtle hoppiness on the finish

F- Moderate carbonation with a rich mouthfeel.

O- Achieves a nice balance and is light on the palate. While not as complex as some of the quads I've tried but definitely a pleasant and welcome offering and one I would happily enjoy again.

Dec 10, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this seems like an entirely different quad than the one that blew me away in the little bottles with the plums. its lighter, less complex, and pretty taken over by the cherry, which is somewhat less of a natural match than the plums were in the other one. maybe age has done this one less well than the sage saison, its a out a year old, maybe a little more now. deep copper to light brown in color, a little viscosity, and a thick almost white head with great retention. aroma of tart and sweet cherries alike, red wine, and thick sweet malt that reminds me of molasses and brown sugar. the belgian yeast has some spice to it, but seems less of an influence than it usually is in the style. the flavor is sort of defined for me by sweet red cherries and attendant residual sugar. i like it well enough, but its hard to drink a lot of, especially with the exposed alcohol becoming increasingly pungent with temperature. its not one dimensional by any stretch, and is in fact a very well integrated brew, but the grain depth is not what i look for in a quad. subtle raisin note here, a little pepper from the yeast, and a toffee sort of finish with the juicy cherries. good carbonation and body too, helps cut the sweet just enough. overall a well made beer and a cool one in this little box set, but i think my least favorite of the three and a far cry from that incredible quad with plums they did a few years back...

Nov 26, 2016
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a half finger khaki head with good retention and lacing. Fruity aroma with cherries, plums, peaches, apple, pear, figs, and raisins, candi and dry malt. Flavor is mildly caramel malt, cherries, figs and plums; a both mildly sweet and tart. Finish is cherry and mixed fruit juice. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A big, fruity ale that does not reveal its Belgian yeast very strongly. Good cherry flavor with a little tartness that is well supported by the other fruit flavors. The malt and bright cherry flavors do not really fit the quadrupel style closely; this tastes more like a fruit forward American strong ale. However, it is quite appealing and flavorful with a good balance of a laid back malt and fruit. This was an interesting three pack from Ovila that went outside the envelope of their Belgian roots, but succeeded nicely.

Nov 21, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Very dark ruby body from the 750ml corked bottle into a becher. A thick and frothy foamy cap rises up to an inch high with good retention and lace forming immediately. Webs and sheets are plentiful.

S- Big Trappist yeast off the top making up most of what is found in the aroma besides some fruits from the cherries. Large spicy phenolics, dried raisins, plums and figs, general Belgian yeast spices, a touch of roasty cocoa, bananas, cardamom and medium dark candi sugar sweets.

T- Sweetness and candia sugar take over substantially compared to the aroma. The yeast, malts and fruits balance out smoothly with cherry, dried spiced raisins, fig, spicy phenolics, medicinal warmth, a touch of orange zest, cocoa, toasted nuts and toffee. A bit cloying with warmth.

MF- Medium bodied with a slick and oily texture combining with the alcohol to thin it out some. Moderate level of carbonation with a foamy consistency on the palate. Ends slightly warm.

A fairly good base quad that becomes too sweet and somewhat medicinal as time goes on.

Oct 27, 2016
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


The beer has a pretty good look and is actually appealing. The beer has a nice dark brown color with a purple and reddish hue that closely resemble a dark cherry. It is opaque. The overall look is nice but it sometimes can come off as a slightly darker abbey ale, which isn’t a bad thing even for the style.

The smell is good. It has a nice strong dark fruit and cherry note with a light wood note to it. The smell also has a nice toffee smell running through it as well and seems to be the strongest note there.

The taste is very good and interesting. It still has some dark fruit notes created by the dark malt notes and the Belgian sugar. However, there is also a nice and light fruity and tart cherry note and adds a nice contrast that works very well. The malts also create a good toffee note that contrasts well with the cherry. The taste also has an interesting light wood note with a bit of vanilla. I wouldn’t call it decadent but it is definitely interesting and the notes work perfectly to create a delicious beer.

The feel is good. It is a heavy bodied beer that is fairly smooth with a surprisingly strong showing by the carbonation. The beer is pretty smooth with some nice biting carbonation to give it an interesting texture you don’t normally find in the style.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer and decent quad. It would definitely pair well with a nice chocolatey dessert because of the cherry notes. The various notes are fairly balanced to create a wonderful experience. Go for it.

Aug 22, 2016
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty much picked this up since I will drink anything with cherries added. Only time I ever had a cherry quad was Church Brew Works "Cherry Quadzilla" and I really hope this one is better.

A - Cork popped quite loudly. Color is a very deep brown almost black with slight ruby hues at the base. Head is minimal but slowly dissipates with a slight opaque color.
S - Cherries and sweet malts smell nice with the yeast the cherries almost smell candy like rather than tart. Very little fusel ethanol smells is always nice with no dry yeast on the nose.
T - First taste is sweet caramel malts then it rounds to some yeast somewhat dry and stingy but ow wow the cherries subtle but there I got some very good macchiato cherries taste sweet but not candy just sugary cherry goodness. Finish is a bit hoppy and sweet and each sip is pretty similar dry sweet gone.
M - For the style is is pretty on point you can feel the ABV but not taste it and it is a bit dry which I expect in a quad.

Overall I am very impressed how good this beer is and got the cherry flavor I wanted and expected. Those assuming it would be sour and tart should seek out other beers.

Aug 17, 2016
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Solid opaque. Dark brown, almost black. Mocha foam layer, pretty thin but seems lively.
Aroma is mostly dark, sweet fruits,big cherries, plums and a hint of chocolate. Subtle root beer , grity, earthy tones in the yeast.
Malt bomb! Wicked sweet upfront, chocolate cherries for sure. Malt feels heavy with big red, sweet fruit underneath. The yeast and hops add an earthy sour tone, but very subtle. The yeast flavor is simply not big enough for me. The balance is out weighed by malt and Cherrie addition. The flavor is not bad, just not what I'm looking for in a Belgian esque Quad style.
Big, full body, slightly jazzy but also very smooth and heavy.
Belgian Style Quad, not even close to an authentic Belgian Abbey Quad. Way off stylewise, but not a dull adventure. Americanized for sure, interesting, yes. But not anywhere near what I love most about this classic Belgian Style.

Aug 02, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This nice little quad from Sierra Nevada pours a deep muddled brown
with a fantastic head of off white foam that settles to a thick rich layer
with fantastic head in a snifter glass. Nose of mild sweet cherries, brown
sugars, and subtle plum notes. Flavors far exceed the taste with cherry
notes falling solidly on the middle, brown sugar and candy sugars fall nicely
onto the sides, front, and back with a touch of plum and warming booze on the
finish with a touch of bruised apple. Nice mouth feel, rich, smooth, warming, and
lightly carbonated. A delicious and welcome addition to the Ovila line.



Jul 16, 2016
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of the 3 pack offering from the Ovila Brothers in early April for $24.99. No visible bottle date.

Beer poured dark brown with a smallish head that has a bit of hang time.

Nose is dark plums and tart cherries, very nice.

Taste initially was lightly charred toast. Initial sips discovered dark plums, candied sugars, and a light touch of tart cherries.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a nicely brewed ale that does represent the Quad style pretty well. Definitely the best of the pack!

Jul 16, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 1, 2016.

The pour is deep dark amber with ruby red hues under an of-white head.

Lots of dark roasted characters in the aroma including Belgian sweetness, black licorice, musty cellar, vague chocolate, but not much in the way of cherries. No alcohol.

Medium to above medium body.

The cherries turn up more in the flavor as they add a slight tart finish to the otherwise dark roasted malt character.
No liquor in the taste either.

Jul 01, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Came a deep rich amber with a tight formed half finger light beige head that stuck around for quite awhile.Spiced cherries and brown sugar in the nose with milder notes of dark fruits and yeast.The yeast plays a bigger role on the palate but it provides a spiced "cakiness" that goes well with the slightly tart cherries a brown sugar-like sweetness.A complex palate with the cherries not overpowering but playing a big role,a very nice quad here.

Jun 05, 2016
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archyquaffer from Montana

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the magnum bottle into a clear glass chalice. A moderate pour produces a short, but creamy looking head that hangs around well. By using a bright LED light I can see that the beer is a deep, dark ruby-brown with a central stream of rising carbonation.

I detect a vegetal note right away, with phenolic, boozy vapors and cocoa adding complexity. The flavor seems heavy on the chocolate at first, but becomes more tart with sipping, bringing out the cherry and yeast notes. A puckering sourness is balanced by a velvety smoothness. An alcoholic, chocolate covered cherry is evoked, but the flavor is more complex than all that, with notes of oak, dark fruit, spice and carmelized sugar. The alcohol is well-hidden except for the boozy warming vapors.

This bottle was purchased as part of a three pack for less than $27. An excellent beer, particularly at this price point.

Jun 03, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 021716 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – plums and cherries
Head small (Maximum < 2 cm, aggressive pour), light tan, creamy with rocks, diminishing to two mm ring and partial layer
Lacing – no real lacing, just some drag from the ring
Body – dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – moderately sweet, plums and cherries; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – full, slightly syrupy, soft carbonation

Decent cheap quad. If I find any more, I’ll buy it.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

Jun 01, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 2/17/2016. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense and rocky tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, brown bread, toasted biscuit, cocoa, peppercorn, light banana/bubblegum, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, cherries, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, brown bread, toasted biscuit, cocoa, peppercorn, light banana/bubblegum, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness and slight fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, brown bread, toasted biscuit, cocoa, peppercorn, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, cherries, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from yeast spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly slick/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited quadrupel style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, cherries, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

May 19, 2016
Ovila Abbey Quad With Cherries from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 121 ratings