Ovila Abbey Quad With Cherries
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila Abbey Quad With CherriesOvila Abbey Quad With Cherries
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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
4.04 | pDev: 7.92%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 119
Reviews by hickmancase:
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4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of oberon
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a variety 3 pack.

Pours a very dark brown with reddish highlights and a <1" head of tannish foam. After every sip, I see lots of lacing.

I smell a mix of dark fruits and cocoa with a mild tart note or 2. A little bit of spice. .clove. .peeks through.

The taste is sweet, spicy, and tart at the near same time. The cocoa and dark pitted fruit catch my immediate attention whilst the cherry tartness struggles to catch up. Mild clove adds to that "genuine" Belgian taste. Sweet comes from the cocoa and what I'd describe as candi sugar.

More sips in and I can feel the abv though, thankfully, it's absent in the taste.

Super smooth thanks to the great mouthfeel.

Excellent execution with this collaboration!

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Photo of arizcards
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!

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Photo of Billolick
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taking a moment to step out of the ipa and stout that populate the American craft beer scene, Sierra Nevada brewers put on their Ovila hat and brew up another batch of their Belgian quadruple ale. But this time, its the time-honored fruit of cherry that gives its robust taste a bit of whimsy and tang.

Ovilla Abbey Quad with Cherries pour the same dense darkness of other Ovila Abbey Quad variants- equipped with a deep and bright garnet hues and a dense blanket of taupe foam. Its scent is toasty, sweet and cake-like with overtones of dark cherry and spice cake. Bready, sweet and savory, the initial flavors reinforce a spice cake-like taste and texture.

Hard candy sweetness of grape, plum, fig, date and apple make their way into the dark sweetness of molasses and brown sugar. Seared poundcake offers a pastry-like base while a fast wash of tangy cherries offer their robust taste with blackberry, currant and cranberry esters and tartness in tow. Peppery spice with cinnamon and allspice trail with a vinous burngundy-like prickle to balance the fruit and malt and to keep the ale lightened and drinkable.

Full-bodied and richly textured, the ale prefers a creamy lushness rather than the expressive carbonation of more authentic versions of the Belgian Trappist abbey. Its long sweet finish provides a dessert-like taste and texture with high satisfaction but mild fatigue nearing the final sip. Spicy and brandy-like in warmth, the beer's tartness of fermentation and cherry additions are its saving graces.

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

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opens with a GENTLE POP. Pours an effervescent hazelnut with 3 fingers solid khaki colored head. Stellar head retention & good lacing

S: Figs, cherries, a little anise & booze once warm, a touch of sour cherry as well

T: Follows the nose, some sweet black cherry, a little yeastiness lurks under brown bread as well up front. A touch of green appleskin, figs & cherry as this warms, some fusel booze shows as well. Finishes with a little raisin, fig & prominent cherry, a little booze tingle as well, a little woodyness & vanilla as well, plus raisin; cherry tartness shows late

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, warming

A very nice quad that I would certainly buy again, ABV is well hidden

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Photo of Wasatch
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
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.

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

look: Very dark clear ruby. Sparse head.
smell: Yeast, ready dark fruits.
taste: Guess this isn't a stand out Quad what with complexity and such being a little missing but it sure is damn tasty. All the flavors of the nose and alcohol nonexistent.

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Photo of fehrminator
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Haybeerman
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
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.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of swierczt
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brauseboof
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
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.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
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.

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Photo of whatname
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Ovila Abbey Quad With Cherries from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 119 ratings