Ovila Quad | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila QuadOvila Quad
BA SCORE
3.96/5
737 Ratings
Ovila QuadOvila Quad
BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mikechance on 10-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
201
Ratings:
737
pDev:
10.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
75
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 737 |  Reviews: 201
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown color, falling away from clarity aside from the color. Carbonation held in check, I would say maybe a 1/3" off white head. Aroma is dark fruit, sugar, alcohol, mild bubble gum yeastiness.

Taste, strong, brown sugar, prunes, fig, raisin. A mild hop spice presence. Keeps dropping alcohol, but relatively easy going given its double digit abv. The yeast is nice, you get that bubble gum in a small way mixing with dark belgian candy sugar kind of vibe. Keeps an unsweetened brown malt and toffee edge throughout. I enjoyed it more than I expected to.

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Photo of fearfactory
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Uniobrew31
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GlennWB
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of golf4collet
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJ64
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rootscipio
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samying
4.74/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Original ovila aged about 4 years. Still great.

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Photo of bnes09
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kidzord
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crow
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mgm54
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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 twage04
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminded me a lot of three philosophers with more of a bubblegum chimay yeast profile. Complex and fruit with some booze and raisins going on. I'd pick three philosophers over this but it was still pretty good.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of Libeertarian
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of SGerrard
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BethanyB
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Photo of BostonPhilly
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brainfock
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThaJokerWild
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerNW
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hoppy91
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 737 ratings
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