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

P: Pours a vivacious nut brown with a taupe crown of froth that fades to a creamy film in top. Sloppy lacing grabbing for the sides.

S: Dark sugar malt, brown sugar, rich caramel, booze, the inside of an old leather boot, rye bread, plums, figs, prunes and a subtle spices.

T/M: Lots of rich dark malt, aged oak, apples, spiced rum soaked dark fruits, candied pecans, roasted caramel and earthy bitterness. Earthy and spicy hops round out the dry roasty finish. Hints of coffee in the midst of the bready belgian yeast. Full bodied with a prickly bite. Nice warming.

O: A spicy and rich quad that has multiple layers of flavors that keeps your palate guessing. I really enjoyed this because of the balance it achieved. I have enjoyed all the Ovila brews so far. Cheers!

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Photo of ypsifly
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle poured into a chalice.

Dark, heavy brown with a noisy foamy head of rich tan that settles down leaving a slight foamy ring. A nice island of carbonation forms in the middle with wispy tendrils.

The rich nose of dark fruits, belgian yeast with notes of spice fills the room. I'm really liking the nose. I get a faint whiff of the abv when sniffing up close, but you can smell those plums and yeast from a distance. They got the aromas right on this one.

The taste is, sadly, not as interesting. Malty upfront with some plum and then an astringent aftertaste with lots of alcohol. It was like I was going down the road and made an unexpected wrong turn into someplace unexpected and bad. That's the best way I can put it. I think this shouldn't be drank fresh. The alcohol flavors just knock everything off balance.

The mouth is a bit thin and the alcohol leaves a slight burn. Not liking the mouth.

Overall, this started out with much promise but went south quickly. The nose is amazing, but the latter atributes just didn't hold up. Having said all of that, I am buying another bottle or two as I think this might be a good candidate for cellaring. Once that heat dies back some other flavors may develop and be allowed to come through.

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Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good take on an American version of a Quad. SN got the richness, the dark fruit and yeastiness. A bit weak on the spices and overall complexity. Pours a dense brown with very little light getting in. Head is about right, delicate bubbles, fairly small with a quick fade (like most Quads). Minimal lacing.

Good aroma of dark fruit and malt. A bit light on the spices.

Taste is pretty good. It is rich, the dark fruit, presence of Belgian yeast and malts are just right. Could use more spices, a little candi sugar to add to the mix.

Mouthfeel is rich witha light alcohol bite. Just right

Overall not bad. I would drinkk this one again. Just not up there with the better Belgians.

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Photo of maximum12
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this recently at a beer dinner & went back for seconds, thirds, & fourths, so figured I better buy a bottle for myself & sample it under less trying circumstances...was it really that good? Huh. 12.7 oz. bottle consumed after a wild weather day - 99 today, 24 yesterday. Why, yes, I do live in Minnesota.

Pour is a respectably dark syrup color with adequate carbonation. Nose is aggressive & lovely: overbearingly sweet malts, squashed plums, deep Belgian candy. If you have diabetes, shy away.

Ovila Quad brings some life to what can be a quiet, staid style. The trappings of office are visible: heady sweet, candied sugar, lovely spiced yeast, fathomless malts that drift into the sphere of caramel. Plums accent the entire hot chuss with aplomb, slicing into its sugary heart & providing a lovely counterweight. Alcohol waggles its hips at me after several sips: wooo. Spiciness on the finish builds too, & provides a blanket of comfort after a sip is through. I'm curling this like I've been main-lining Creatine.

Put my name down as a fan. When I first saw 'quad' & 'plums' on the label my first thought was 'bloody fucking blasphemy'. Now it's 'yum'. This is an excellent beer, & I'll be tracking down a four pack for future consumption.

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Photo of concealed
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an average quad, pretty high in alcohol content, so not a daily choice for me. Poured into a Leffe chalice, opaque brown, decent carbonation, minimal head/lacing. Nothing particularly blows me away, smell is lacking, but mouthfeel and taste are redeeming. Bought a single 375ml bottle as part of a mixed six pack for $3.50, so the value is there, but I will not purchase again.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 4/15/13

Appearance: Dark brown, with some medium brown clarity around the edges - pours without much of a head, but it slowly develops a dense, creamy, tan head - leaves a nice wall of lacing, nice head retention

Smell: Dark, cooked, caramelized malts - yeasty and spicy, but not too much - Belgian yeast, with some banana, clove, and phenols - some dark fruits, plums are quite obvious - some raisins as well - some sugary sweetness, including caramel and candi sugar

Taste: Cooked, caramelized malts and some spicy characteristics - earthy and grainy, with a bigger yeast component than was apparent in the aroma - clove, banana, and lots of phenols - malty and sugary sweetness, and some fruity sweetness - plums, raisins, and dark fruit juice - not particularly complex, but definitely interesting

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, nicely carbonated, smooth

Overall: Tasty, and might get better with age

This is better than I expected. This is a good take on the Quad style, definitely more solid than the Ovila Dubbel. The malts lack complexity, but the other aspects are quite tasty.

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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 ESPNman
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I can't find a bottled-on date, but I believe this one's been in my cellar for roughly 18 months. Poured into a Stone VE Glass.

A - Pours a deep, almost cola-brown. It looks relatively thin coming out of the bottle. Moderate khaki head with tiny bubbles and great retention. Very little lacing.

S - I'm not really getting a whole lot of nose from this beer. Perhaps it's incorrect glassware, but it's pretty underwhelming. Some candied fruit, Belgian yeast, and a hint of spice.

T - Much better than the nose would lead you to believe. The same character from the nose, but amplified. Also, good amounts of bitter earthy tones to balance out the candied notes of the standard quad. The flavors are all distinctive, and stand out on their own. This beer isn't too "big" for its own good. Dates, apricot, Belgian yeast, candy sugar, and a nice bitterness throughout.

M - Solid, but unspectacular. It finishes drier than I was expecting, given the sweetness up front. Great level of carbonation. Lively, but not distracting.

O - I wish I had reviewed or taken notes for the first time I tried this beer... I think it's gotten a bit better with age, though. The nose has faded, but all of the flavors were more muddled when I first tried it. It's not a much more drinkable and enjoyable take on the Belgian quad.

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Photo of macpapi
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark color. Dark as a late autumn night with a quarter-moon. Also a very thin purplish head to complement slight lacing.

Smell is very full and complex. Malty with a full dark-fruit aroma. Plums and raisins are notable on the nose. Very deep and full.

Taste is dominated by malt and a bit of somewhat cloying and syruppy flavor. Dark fruits join a bit of spicy finish to make this an interesting flavor.

In the mouth, this beer is full, deep, and rich-flavored. Low carbonation.

On the whole, this is an impressive beer. Full, deep, dark, (somewhat mysterious, as I like my quads), and a complex sipper. A very nice effort, up there with some of the best in the genre.

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Photo of monkbrewed
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer than has a sincere character yet lacks the substantive mouthfeel of the more sophisticated beers. Immediately hits with fruity and sweet flavors, yet lacks a significant melding of components. Roasty maltiness with slight hints of chocolate never develop. It is truly an American beer. No hop profile present which is surprising for ANYTHING Sierra Nevada makes. You won't be disappointed with this beer, however you might be let down. Does this make sense? Drink it and it will.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights - I think this is pretty clear but it's dark. Forms a thin brown head that fades quickly, and a mild amount of visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, fruity (dark fruit, candied plums), boozy, and brown sugar.

T: Follows the nose, with some apple, pear, figs and dates with candied sugar. Somewhat dry in the finish.

M: Thin body, average carbonation sensation, and moderate alcohol presence.

O: This is good, but doesn't compare to the best in class by any stretch.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-dark red brown color with a nice off-white head and some lacing

S-caramel, fruit, malt, slightly spicy

T-dark fruit, caramel, sweet malt, slightly bready, hint of spice, alcohol slightly noticeable

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent Quad but not among my favorites

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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 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 Hoplomachus
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought two bottles about a month ago. The first I drank right away and was not impressed; alcohol smell and taste was too prominent and the beer was very sweet. I'm drinking the second bottle (it was left in my mini fridge) and the sweetness is not as strong and the alcohol has blended in better with the rest of the beer. It's a pretty good beer and agreat bargain. However I don't feel the need to go out and buy another.

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Photo of JDT2003
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darker Trappist Belgium. I had with wife with Sonic Chicago dogs and Mozzarella sticks. Amazing buzz. Will buy again. Smells deep like a true Belgian. Pour smells great with a small head. Dark fruity and thickish feel. Goes down smooth. Bravo Sierra Nevada you have put out a winner.

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Photo of cvm4
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of SanFranJake
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from whenever they first released these, poured into snifter.
Still retained the loud pop when the cork came off, so that's a good start.
Poured a deep amber/copper color with maybe a finger of head, which faded pretty fast.
Aromas of plum and raisin and some maltiness with flavors similar to the aroma but with caramel aNd some sweetness to it. Slight bit of lacing and moderate bubbles throughout the bottle (I don't share w wifey).
Refill was more of the same but gained a little more complexity as it warmed.
All in all about what you would expect from Sierra...a solid take on something (previously) outside of their realm.
Can't wait to try their Brandy barrel aged version tonight.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Khaki head with moderate retention. Mahogany body. Aroma includes raisins and dates, old dark fruit and a touch of alcohol vapor. Taste includes caramel malt, brown sugar, dates, raisins and a bit of molasses. Very nice interpretation of the style for an American version but what else would you expect from Sierra Nevada.

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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 ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with just a touch of ruby mixed in and a finger of frothy tan-khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with dark fruits, candi sugars, Belgian yeast, spices, and booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet dark caramel malts, dark fruits, some spices, and some candi sugars. Through the middle, some Belgian yeast comes through with some more spices and dark fruits. The finish is a mix of dark fruits, candi sugar, dark caramel malts, Belgian yeast, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced Quad. Good fruity flavors and yeast character.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours dark brown with a quick-lived thin head of tan. A partial skim coat and errant dots of lacing for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with rich, juicy, malt, apples, nougat, raisins, and cocoa. Hints of dark rum and grape jam follow through.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a slickish, slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Ripe fruit running under plump malt starts the palate. A mild booziness with rum-soaked raisins, figs, purple grapes, and caramel continue on.

Finishes with a mild sweetness, rich ester-riddled malt, and warming alcohol.

Very nice quad. A bit boozy for the style, slightly thinnish body, and not as velvety and lush as a great quad though.

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Photo of draheim
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a chalice. Pours a clear mahogany w/ a thin khaki head that settles to a thin film.

Aroma is dark fruits, molasses, prunes, spice, booze.

Taste is dark sweet malt, candi sugar, figs/dates, grapes.

Mouthfeel is light, well-carbed, finishes bone dry.

Overall a solid if unremarkable rendition of the style. A worthy effort.

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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 BrownNut
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - 3.5 - Cloudy dark brown. A fizzy tan head that settles down to nothing in under a minute.

S - 4.0 - Smells like chocolate, much more so than any other quad I've had. A little yeast.

T - 3.75 - After spicy wings and three other beers maybe wasn't the best time to evaluate this one. Not sure what I'm tasting. A little bitter chocolate and... other stuff.

M - 3.5 - Medium-light - lighter than the appearance would suggest. But really the whole style is that way for me. Ends somewhat dry, in a wood-like way.

O - 3.75 - It's nice enough. Doesn't really blow my socks off. I'd drink it if you gave it to me but wouldn't buy it again.

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