Ovila Quad | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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737 Ratings
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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)

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Added by mikechance on 10-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
737
Reviews:
201
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.91%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
75
For Trade:
0
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2.25/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cork almost nailed me in the face after about 2 hours of sitting. Pours a deep deep very hazy brown with an off white head. Head is huge and shows no signs of slowing.

This is a very dark beer.

Nose is subtle for such a big beer. Dark candied belgian fruits along with some charcoal and licorice, but only if youre really looking for it. Some alcohol is present as well. A minor bit of peat smoke makes itself known.

Flavor is big on raisins and figs with some spice presence as well.

body is MASSIVE. Hop presence exists which is good but i'm afraid it's not big enough to balance the huge sweet malt flavors.

Flavor profile is extensive though and this is a massive beer. As for now I can only see the extreme sweetness of it but for those of you who have killed your taste buds through years of tastings, then maybe this will brighten your day.

HUge Huge Huge.

Layers of flavor, complex but not blended. Phenolic yet dry?

This if for the battered tongue that needs woken up.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.31/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml bottle. Pours brown with a huge fizzy light tan head that retains well.

The aroma is pretty mild - some sweet caramel malts, cola and dark fruit.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts with some dark fruit and cola. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, way too sugary sweet for me. A poor man's St Bernardus.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of harrymel
2.53/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks dentist

Pours unusually dark brown with fleeting yellow foam. Smells of apples skins, belgian yeast, dark cherries and some alchol. Flavor is sweet with lots of candy flavors and some molasses and cherries - not impressed. Thin with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. I am glad to have received this one for free. It's below avg IMO.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.8/5  rDev -28.9%

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2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light to medium bodied dirty raison brown in color with a beige one finger head. It appears thinner than most quads. The aromas consist of candied malts, Belgian yeast, bananas, cloves, sweet malts, and alcohol. It's pretty average. It actually smells more like a Belgian Dubbel. The flavors are quite bland and finish very quickly. You get sweet malt, light breadiness, some light dark fruit, and alcohol. It doesn't have much complexity and it drinks very watery. This is by far the thinnest quad I've ever come across. It just doesn't bring anything new or interesting to the table and is light years away from competing with Belgian quads. This Ovila series has been a string of disappointments. I just don't understand how a quality brewery could make such a mediocre line, mainstream or not.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in Tulip. Poured a clean, clear, barely translucent brown that had a slight reddish tint. There was about 3/4 inch of dark tan head that had OK retention and very light lace.

The aroma was mostly malts, just a trace of the expected yeast and stone fruit flavors that typify the style. On the tongue, those good malts were again the headliner, with some cherry/plum flavors showing through as well. There was however a distractingly strong alcohol flavor. Generally, this style hides the alcohol very well.

The body was good, fairly typical, full and smooth and had a lingering alcohol finish. Drinkability was good, for a big beer, as I usually find Quads to be. Overall, a pretty good, but not outstanding, example of the style. Worth trying if you see it, not really worth seeking out.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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