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 Libeertarian:
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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No date on the bottle or 4 pack from what I can tell.

Fairly clear, very dark shade of cola with wine-red hues. Medium-retaining cap of fine, brownish tan. Smells very sweet, of alcohol, darker and dried fruits, and faintly chocolatey toasted malts. Palate-enticing! Mildly tart up front, with dark fruity character and pinch of cocoa throughout. All this overtaken in the back by strong, boozy, syrupy molasses-like finish. Aftertaste, after finish cleans up and warmth clears out, is light-roasted coffee. Medium to full in body, not unpleasantly sticky, with presence of fine, prickly carbonation soon giving way to smoother suds. Medium astringency and warmth at the end. Very decadent beverage. Needed this after a long day of garage-saling (buyer, not seller). Goes well with lounging in bed listening to old-school metal.

Here is an updated review for 09/02/16, same batch, so over a year of aging since the first review:

Clear dark ruby color, brown to black in indirect light. Fine foamy to almost creamy golden brown head of decent retention. As I near the halfway point, I can see deposits of chunky sediment dancing around on bottom of the goblet. Dark fruit, booze, cat pee or wet cardboard aromas. Bit of molasses. Interesting, and really, actually, not nasty, despite sound. Still, not as enticing as it was a little over a year ago when I last reviewed this from the same four pack. Flavor-wise, throughout, it is toffee, raisin, sweet chocolate, plum, slightest wet paper, black spiced rum-like booziness. Sweet, dare I say too sweet, right into aftertaste but some peppery notes with finish, clearly from alcohol. Full-bodied, chewy, fine abundant suds, considerably mellowed compared to last time I think. Still, combination of extreme alcohol heat and fizzing up of carbonation make the swallow quite exciting. Overall, not quite as good as it was a little more fresh (smell and flavor being most important here), but that might yet change. Point is, it does keep for a year if not years, and is still quite good. The three fruit flies that died in it agree, or at least at first they did. And I’m only halfway through it.

I'd rate this aged version 4.75, 3.75. 4, 4.75, 4

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BranfordBound
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%

Photo of SethK
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Dreamer
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Mgm54
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moodyxc9
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of PintOHops
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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Photo of dorkinajeep
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Wiz99
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of I_heart_beer
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of IPAaron
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of NateMac13
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%

Photo of exodus1369
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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Photo of cvm4
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