Ovila Quad | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Ratings: 737 |  Reviews: 201
Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FosterJM for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head that fades to wisps on film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and some dark fruits. Taste is pretty much the same but it's a bit muddled. There is an alcohol burn with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good quad but it's slightly watery and muddled in my opinion.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a huge beer. feel the burn! it pours a nice darker than brick red color, opaque and frothy. the nose is sweet malts, rotting wood, and alcohol. maybe some molasses in there as well. any subtleties are knocked over by the alcoholic nose. the flavor is really nice, complex and sweet. malt profile is caramel and cereal, yummy. there is a touch of interesting yeast about to make a statement, but then the alcohol comes in and wipes it out before it can get going. the finish is fire, maybe some time in the cellar would chill this out a bit. mouthfeel was a little heavy because of the sugar, and a little harsh because of the alcohol, but i like it still. this is a monster quad, even as quads go. id like to revisit it after some time, but this is a bottle to share by any standards.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is dark reddish amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that left lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas in the nose along with notes of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste is quite malty with notes of sweetness, caramel and dark fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer makes for a good sipper because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada's thrid installment of their Trappist-influenced ales reveal much the same as the previous two: A firm and well constructed ale that's slightly over malted and quite conservative and clean for the style.

Quad pours with a weighted appearance of brown, burgundy, and garnet and perhaps a mild haze. A dense froathy head caps the beer with lightly tanned foam, good retention for half the session, and mild lace.

Flavors and aromas of heavy and sweet malt reveal flavors of brown sugar, molasses, plumbs, grapes, walnut, and raison. Only moderate carbonation keeps the sugary weight sitting on the tongue and provides a near cola-like flavor. Lingering sweetness prevents the dry malt character that classic Belgian varieties provide. A mild spicy bite of black peppercorn and moderate alcohol head help to dry the finish, but only to a moderate degree.

Ovila Saison is a very clean Quad, but it certainly lacks the depth of flavor, texture, complexity, and dryness of even average authentic Belgian varieties. However, it seems on par with most American attempts to the style as they are very simplistic and mundane.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The bottle opens with a huge "pop" and pours a cola color with quite a head; the retention is decent and a few dots of lace linger in the chalice

Smell: Caramel, spicy Belgian yeast, raisin and date elements; perhaps a trace of cinnamon

Taste: Fruit forward, with raisin and date flavors presenting the dark fruits and pears adding a light fruit character; at mid-palate, the fruits are joined by spicy Belgian yeast elements; after the swallow, the caramel makes a brief appearance, with the finish comprising the fruity flavors found at the outset

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with a creamy character; moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty darn good stab at a Quad for an American brewery; not cloying and though it lacks some complexity, it is really rather nice

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on-tap at Max's. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany with a layer of fluffy off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Lots of banana up front with some sweet caramel malt showing up as well. The smell of this one reminds me a bit of bananas foster.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. Sweet malt with some caramel, dark fruit, and banana. The alcohol in the finish is a bit hot.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side and a bit syrupy. There is a lot of carbonation and the finish is dry.

Overall: This was a good beer. The alcohol in the finish might calm down with some age. I definitely enjoyed the banana notes.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled 9/21/2011. Pours crystal clear extremely dark brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass, small amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, molasses, pear, toast, candi sugar, pepper, clove, earth, and yeast spiciness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of raisin, pear, molasses, caramel, apple, toast, chocolate, bread, toffee, candi sugar, earth, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, pear, caramel, toast, molasses, chocolate, earth, toffee, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; mostly roasty and malty flavors with minimal spiciness; minimal cloying sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation an fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good quad. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. I was hoping to be more impressed with this one; but it was still nicely enjoyable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a moderate brown color with a good light tan head. Nice lacing on the way down and a thin cap throughout. The nose carries some dark fruits and a bit of malt sweetness. Not too much there. The flavor carries Belgian yeast, but is a bit muted without much complexity. Medium body with a smooth finish. Pretty good, but not great.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice aan amber infused deep chesnut brown with a sticky light tannish colored head atop.a very complex and appetizing nose with dark candied fruit,toasty bread,deep brown sugar,and spiced phenols in the nose,very well rounded with not one element dominating.Flavors of candied dark fruit and yeasty spiced phenols dominate,it's not overly sweet as the alcohol is not overly big, and it has a nice bready malt base.A real nice quad wich is my favorite "Belgian" style,alot going on but in good balance.

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Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly darker colored fizzy small head that fades semi quickly, no lacing, very dark mahogany cola colored with hints if ruby light barely sneaking through.

Nose brings plenty of phenols and esters, fruity plum skin, the esters and phenols from the yeast and some phenolic booze come out strong, some sweet candi sugar, earthy tannic molasses, caramelized biscuits, a hint if a cherry with the plum fruit.

Taste brings fruits, dark plum and again hint if cherry juice, plenty of esters again and phenolic booze, light chemically flavor from the phenols and plenty of warming tingly booze. Candi sugar and syrup, light toasted biscuit, caramelized brown sugar, chewy malt. Hint of chewy earthy hop but barely. tannic plum skin and little fig. Finish is still fairly sweet and sticky syrupy, lingering plum skin, chewy malt, phenolic booze, light chemical like and candi sugar.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, sticky syrupy, decent carb, plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall not bad but def needs a couple years to mellow and for the phenolic chemical thing to drop out.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/13/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, dark fruit, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar and chocolate. Then there is some breadiness that comes in from the Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent strong Belgian-style beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

It's not often I get an urge to spend $15-20 on a bottle of Sierra, so I was glad to see this on tap so I could copt a sampling before it disappears. Poured a mahogany brown color with a small cap of off-white head that retained as a ringlet. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, dried fruits. Taste of caramel malts, brown sugar, raisins, organic, with an apparent yeastiness, and an obvious hit of alcohol up front that mellowed out decently by mid-palate. Medium body, pretty smooth once you get past the initial alcohol bite. Not the best quad you'll ever have, but still pretty good overall.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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