Ovila Quad
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
3.97 | pDev: 10.83%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Reviews: 203 | Ratings: 738 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BethanyB:
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: A deep, almost opaque coffee bean brown. The beige head is soft and creamy, and true to the Sierra Nevada trend, long lasting.

Smell: A bewitching bouquet. Dark stone fruit, spicy hops, and toasted malt come together to form a strong cinnamon raisin scent.

Taste: Very sweet--the light bitterness in the finish needs to be stronger in order to balance out the maraschino cherry taste. Notes of deeply toasted malt attempt to come to the rescue, but more dark fruit and the cinnamon, now mixed with sugar, keep the scale tipped towards cloying.

Mouthfeel: Thankfully, the mouthfeel is not at all viscous or sticky, overbearing qualities often present in a big, sweet beer. Instead, the body is silky smooth. Carbonation is a bit wanting, but the alcohol warming is just right for the style: noticeable, but not a distraction.

Overall: This beer has a lot of things going for it, but the great deal of promise is all but dashed out by the overt sweetness. It's good enough to have again, but only if you're in the mood for dessert.

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More User Reviews:
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's a great quad, no doubt, but doesn't hold a candle to some of the benchmark guys like St. Bernardus or Rochefort. Pretty solid taste of dark fruit and some spice, but the flavors aren't as diverse or as layered as I would like it. A little hot on the back-end.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - A dark mahogany colored brew with little clarity. One-finger head. No lacing left on my glass.

S - I got alcohol, cherry and a general tartness upfront. It was dry with a bit of mustiness that I think was coming from the yeast. I also got a slight almond and some faint cocoa.

T - I picked up that same alcoholic, cherry, tartness that I smelled. Star anise, clove and herbal/leafy like hop flavors followed. It finishes with subtle bitterness and lingering clove, cinnamon and alcohol. It tasted smooth and very soft.

M - Moderate crispness and a smooth feel. Around medium bodied.

O - Overall I thought the beer was well rounded, and very drinkable. It was a very simple beer to me, nothing really jumped out at me in the flavor, just a very mellow and balanced brew. For the price I probably wouldn't buy it again, but I'd drink it again for sure.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and opaque with plum/mahogany edges and a two finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

spicy, vinous aroma with lots of estery dark fruit notes and slightly roasted malt.  Slightly medicinal with hints of pepper, plum, raisin, dark cherry and other berries.  Faint caramel malt.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a nice balance of zesty spice, sweet and dark fruit and slightly roasted malt. Hints of pepper and clove followed by sweet vinous fruit especially grape, plum, raisin and dark cherry.  More prominent malt character than expected with some caramel, toffee and chocolate.  Subtle alcohol and rye spiciness in finish. Well balanced wih an excellently masked Abv making it deceptively drinkable.  Realy nice.  Wasn't into the dubble but this was very good.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer, nice head, pours like a dream. Love the smell, sweet and rich. A bit of a hint of yeast. A very good taste a I drank it just a touch warmer that I would have liked but the flavor is still very much present of sweet malt. A bit more carbonated than I would have liked but it does help to open up the flavors and and does feel very good going down. Over all I would say really good beer. I would recommend as a desert type.

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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky, rusty brown with a 2 finger tan head.

S - I'm not getting a lot besides caramel, candied sugars & dark fruits.

T - Candied malts, slightly bready, roasted caramel and a dab of dark fruits.

M - Medium bodied & carbonation.

O - Not a stellar quad but one that is above the median of the group, IMO.

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Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 738 ratings