Ovila Quad | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ovila QuadOvila Quad

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mikechance on 10-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 201 | Ratings: 737
Photo of Ommy
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, smells like I'm pouring bananas! The beer is quite dark with a fine, almost creamy head. It looks to be deep red when shown to the light, and nearly opaque on the table.

The initial pop of bananas has been subdued a bit, but other smells, such as the hops, are coming through. A faint fruitiness can be rustled up with enough force.

The taste is incredibly smooth, especially at the ABV of 10.4%. This can't be that strong, can it!? The fruit on mid-palate really smooths the drink out and gives it subtle, but not subdued flavor.

Mouthfeel is pleasant and balanced. A great beer to sip on at the dinner table.

This is one of a few "pricey" beers that I would definitely recommend to my friends. The combination of all the senses really makes this beer special in my eyes.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I loved this beer. A 2012 bottle I found in a local bottle shop... The bottle is just pretty, there's no other way to put it.

The beer though, man, it's a simple Belgian Quad, nothing special. I love how simple it is though.

If I saw another bottle I'd pick it up.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My eager young cadet Beer Advocate shared this beer with me that he bought. I told him I am very hit or miss with quads so better to split a bottle then do a flat out trade as it might be risk of drain pour. So this one was a definite hit. For over 10% it is very smooth and not boozy at all. Very buttery mouthfeel. Lots of fruit complexity mixed in here with the usual raisin, fig flavor etc. I find this quad as well made as some of the best from Belgium. Very high caliber quad. Thanks for sharing with me my eager young Beer advocate!

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Photo of dacrza1
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glassware: Chimay chalice...
Occasion: celebrating the end of school year number thirteen!
Appearance: dark mahogany body with a zesty, retreating head that thins to a mist...
Aroma: fruity, cherry/sherry and pleasant esters mix together to seduce a sip....
Palate: thick, full-bodied, warming rush that impales the teeth--a visceral experience...
Taste: again, cherry and oken flavors--"Rich and complex" is repeated on the label, so it must be true, coming from an abbey...
Overall: as clean a high as one can derive from a beer--fulfills the expectations with a thick, powerful experience...bought this in December and shelved it for a special occasion...

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Photo of stormywaters
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark brown in color with a light tan foam head

smell - slightly sweet smell, but not overly sweet

taste - the smell is sweeter than the taste, a very well balanced quad

mouthfeel - the inital drink is greeted by the slight sweetness and carbonation rolling off of the tongue. The higher % is noticeable on the finish, but not offputing.

overall - this is a very decent quad, and even more so coming from SN. SN did an excellent job brewing this as a New Clairvaux beer and leaving out the signature SN style.

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Photo of LeRose
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled. Aroma is toffee, malty, sweetness, very inviting (come hither and drink me...), whiff of alcohol. Some fruity, raisin, prune aroma. Dark mahogany color. Rich, tan lingering head that persists but not too thick. Very toasted tasting, bready, malty, dark fruit. Nice sweetness, tingle from the alcohol. Thick on the tongue (my initial comment was "chewy" on first sip), but not much aftertaste, lingering malty/yeasty sweetness. Very suitable as a hearty meal accompaniment. Enjoyed and would definitely have again.

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Photo of CopeTech
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely Belgium Quad, I am revisiting the Ovilas after an initial bad experience.
The most out standing characteristic was the taste, clearly a nice dry quad traditional to the abbey ale houses (no surprises).
Nice deep color, rich and dark.
The carbonation is light, head is not distracting from the flavors.
An excellent addition to the available quads here in California.

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Photo of AMiz602
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is about the closest thing to a Belgian Trappist as you will get from America. It is a wonderful deep dark brew with a very heavy, creamy head. It looks more like an imperial stout than a Trappist though, as it is more black that a deep brown like its European cousins. It smells strongly of caramel and chocolate malts. It is a medium carbonated beer.

Taste wise it is very light, with a roasted malt, caramel-sweet beginning, with a strong alcohol aftertaste, but pleasant. A little nutty flavor pokes through. It is punctuated as it warms up and the sweetness declines a little bit and gives way to a creamy, roasty malt flavor. The hops in the beer are almost tasteless. It is a heavy feeling beer, and is a great way to end ones night on.

This is very similar to the "lesser Trappists" like Achel, and is very comparable to that beer itself.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a deep amber color that is perfectly clear with ample creamy light brown head that lingers for a long time and leaves a small amount of creamy lacing
S: dark fruits and a distinct sweetness that i would like to attribute to cherries
T: wow, really solid taste, really high quality is evident immediately, dark fruits but not in an overpowering way, a nice sweetness at the end really helps it to trail off gently, sweetness and licorice like notes linger on the palate nicely afterwards
M: very gentle carbonation, very smooth, just the slightest alcohol tinge
O: one hell of a brew, really hits the style on the nose, might be my new favorite for the style

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Photo of Spider889
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opened this bottle at Winking Lizard. Poured into an Ovila chalice.

The pour produces a shorter head of cream color. The beer is dark, nearly black. Though I suppose in better lighting it would be a deep mahogany color. The head recedes slightly, but I am left with a nice perpetual cap of foam. No lacing though.

The aroma is of cocoa powder and fresh figs/dates. There's a hint of brown sugar and the kiss of molasses as well.

The flavor is very dark and malty for a quad. There's a little less sweetness and fruit flavor than in many other examples. Cocoa and molasses are as prominent here as in the aroma. Rich old leather and mild toffee notes also help set Ovila Quad above most of its American brethren. There are also some sweet maple esters on the finish.

Smooth and easy to drink. Soft carbonation. Full bodied with well-hidden alcohol.

Overall this is easily the best American Quad I have ever had, and what a great value to boot. Sierra Nevada has promised to re-release some of the series again in 2012 - I sincerely hope that Quad is on that list.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a rich, opaque dark chocolate brown with a fine-bubbled tan head. Strong aroma fills the nose with fruity, chocolate and caramel notes. Flavor has firm tones of chocolate, apple, banana and caramel plus a hint of toffee. Full-bodied texture is smooth as almond milk and fairly tingly, leaving a lip-smacking fizzy, fruity, slightly candy-bar finish. What a great way to raise money for a good cause!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. L: deep garnet to chestnut with ruby notes, head dissipates o film S: Malt, spice, cola, fruit, prune. T: Malt attack and then almost immediately dissolves into fruit, plum, prune over caramel, some spice – possibly cardamom, faint cola, very faint banana and a suggestion of bubble gum F: Juicy, full body, very fine soft carbonation, warming. O: A big, beautiful quad.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Champgane bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours dark chocolate brown. Thick. Light tan foam on top. Chocolate dark fruity nose. Raisins. Better yet, raisinettes. Rich fruity taste, very smooth. Figs. Plummy. Really boozy. Brown sugar (how come you taste so good?). cHOCOLATE SWIRLS IN. vERY COMPLEX AND FLAVORFUL. aND QUITE SMOOTH. hITS WITH A HAMMER. wONDERUL.

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Photo of Giggy
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in a hurry. Large bottle with a cork. I knew it was a belgian but was surprised later when I found out it was brewed by Sierra Nevada.

A: a beautiful deep ruby brown with a nice off-white head with good retention.

S: dark fruits, cloves, yeast, alcohol

T: yum! Sweet dark sugars, raisins, plums, molasses

M: medium carbonation. Creamy & smooth. Dry finish.

O: impressed to find a domestic Belgian that tasted good.

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Photo of exodus1369
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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 JoanS
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This very unique. I was not expecting this taste, color, or texture at all. I was expecting something crisper like an Allagash Curieaux.

It is extremely smooth, mildly fruity but not sweet, not much carbonation. Normally, I love to sip and savor my beers. But I kept going back for more sips and before I knew it, it was almost gone.

It's supposed to be caramelly and the color is very brown and cloudy. No head to speak of. Very drinkable. Slight hoppy after-taste. It improves with more tasting.

My son, who has a better sense of taste, identified plum and hints of grape and caramel.
There is no alcohol smell and after drinking a mug, I did not feel the effects.
This is a very social beer. It would be very acceptable to a wine-lover since it tastes similar to a port.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is dark brown, lighter brown on the edges. A dense light mocha head leaves stays until the brew is finished.

Smell is apples, figs, and dates. Roasted malt and yeast, with a touch of booze.

Taste is deep and dark, fruity up front and lighter fruits in the finish.

Feels incredibly smooth, coats the tongue with a long finish that almost creamy and luxurious, very velvety. Medium bodied.

What a treat, plenty of fruit and complexity, a great attempt at the Belgian style.


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Photo of DoubleJ
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've gained much respect for the Ovila series so far, thus increasing my anticipation for the Quad, which will slowly decant from the bottle. 750 ml from a lovely corked and caged bottle. On to the beer:

There's no denying that as it sits in a Duvel tulip, it looks very sexy. The body looks like polished obsidian, and the beige two-finger thick head adds a little extra oomph, especially since it doesn't look like it's going down easy. The nose is soft, but quite tempting. Sugared and buttered pears, ripe flesh of assorted fruits, and even a hint of chocolate pudding.

I must say this is delicious. The overall flavor is well constructed, well balanced, and there is just a little fusel of alcohol interfering with this nectar. Asnwering the call are notes of candi sugar at the begining, followed by getnle waves of buttered pears. Additional gentler notes include red grape, semi-sweet chocolate, and a soft snap of pepper. Its body is insanely creamy and just as smooth. It's almost milkshake-like in that quality. The alcohol is pleasant, as it intially warms the throat and then my tummy. The entire process repeats itself over and over, and quickly, becuase this one is very easy to drink.

A masterpiece. That is all. Now to remind myself to pick up another bottle.

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Photo of stephens101
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a thin and wispy tan head.

Aroma consists of so many ripe fruits (plum, raisin, persimmon), grain, burnt sugar and caramel. Finely tuned and intriguing so far.

Smooth with prominent caramel followed by dark fruits, grain and yeast. The alcohol heat lingers just right.

Well-balanced, nearing delicate, but has a definite punch.

All beer politics aside, this one is underrated for sure.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was the one I anticipated the most out of the entire Ovila series. It met my expectations nicely I think. The beer poured out as a deep mahogany color that in low light almost looks black. The head is a very light tan color. The retention isn't too bad here, not much lacing though. The smell of the beer is sweet with some maple like aromas along with some dark sugary fruits. The taste of the beer is very nice also as it follows the same lines as the smell. The mouthfeel of this beer is very smooth with a nice medium body to it. Overall this beer was enjoyable in my opinion. I would drink it again in the future and I would choose it way before the the Saison and Dubbel from this series.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy reddish brown color from a 750 mL corked bottle.
Nice one finger off-white head that settles to a thin film. Very good head retention. The head stays forever.
Aroma is typical of a quadrupel; with dark fruits (raisins, cherries), sweet fruity esters and some bready yeast notes coming through.
Very tasty beer, lots of malt and sweetness on the palate with a slight tartness in the finish. Clean finish, with hint of sweetness that lingers around. Easy to drink with very good mouthfeel.
Overall, a solid Quad from Sierra Nevada. Not the best, but not bad either. Age will surely do good for the development of this beer. Can't wait to get my hands on the barrel-aged version of this quad.

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Photo of DJoe
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky, dark brown with a 2-3 finger tan head.

S - Very deep. Mostly caramel and malt.

T - Candied malts with roasted caramel. Didn't really get the fruits.

M - Medium bodied, but plenty of carbonation.

O - A very nice quad with a kick. You won't regret this.

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Photo of mschind
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz corked and caged bottle, no freshness date.
Found this at Costco of all places for around $9.

A- Dark brown, almost opaque. Got a one finger bubbly head that didn't last very long but leaves a rim of foam that coats the glass.

S- Dried fruit and vanilla with a carmel sweetness with some yeast and then alcohol.

T- Cherries... starts sweet and then finishes a bit tart. My wife liked it and she is not a beer drinker. I'm not getting the yeasty esters that many Belgian ales have but this works for me.

M- For something this sweet it avoids being syrupy. The body is medium and despite the healthy pop when I opened the bottle, the carbonation seems a bit weak.

O- I am pleased to see SN adding Belgian ales to their formidable list of beers. Ovila Quad is an excellent addition to the growing number of American breweries that have gone Belgian. This is a very tasty interpretation of a quad and I would not hesitate to serve it with a dessert course.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a goblet the beer was a very dark brown color with a small tan head.

Nice sugary/yeasty aroma. Dark fruit. Caramel.

Very malty taste, lots of caramel. Plums and raisins. Candy.

Medium-bodied but rich. Alcohol not at all noticeable.

Great beer.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with my wife, Witchsbrew. 750ml bottle poured into a white wine glass.

Appearance- Molasses brown with a tan head that ends in a film quickly. 4/5

Smell- Clove, dark fruits such as plumbs. Some banana and deep caramel malts 4/5

Taste- Muted tartness with dark fruit flavors. Banana and caramel sweetness round out the sip. Alcohol comes into play by warming the esophagus as this liquid coats your insides. I taste molasses as the beer warms. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Very nice. Medium getting thicker as it warms. Great carbonation! 4.5/5

Overall- Nice beer. I am kind of upset I let the others in this series get away. Maybe I will find them sometime. I really like this one and hope to get into this style a little more as I am a bit of a noob when it comes to Abbey ales. 4.5/5

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Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 737 ratings.
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