Ovila Quad | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 737 |  Reviews: 201
Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.9/5  rDev +23.7%
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 RobDB
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.39/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shiverstar
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

2012 corked and caged 750 mL bottle stored on its side at 54 degrees F. Opened 01/24/2015 almost exactly 3 years after I bought it. Awesome bottle presentation and labeling. SN is giving the best Belgians a run for their money in the presentation department.

Smells rather like a toned down classic Belgian quad. Dark malts and somewhat "mature" yeasty notes with a small side of dried fruit. Inviting and balanced.

Calm and mature flavors are the theme. Lightly aged dark malts pair up with some fruity yeast notes, but lacking (from age most likely) is the ripe banana and spicy clove part of the spectrum. In its place is a hint of dried apple, a noticeable pear flavor, and a touch of raisin and dry dates. The malts and fruit are nicely balanced, and the overall effect is high drinkability.

Conclusion: This is not changed greatly from my memories of the already calm and poised fresh version. Many people ding this beer for not being assertive enough, but I commend SN for not making it overly "in your face". A highly drinkable and nicely flavorful tame BSDA is always welcome in my book, and this is a nice one. Sorry to see it is retired, but there are more masterful options coming from Belgium every day which cost less, so it isn't as if I would buy this much anyway.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of double2chin
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jmryan8
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.08/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of spinrsx
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

750ml Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY- 2012 edition - $9

Appearance – Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and a bit of chocolate. There is also some raisins/plums and a peppery spice mix,

Overall – Had some hints of a barley wine mixed in.. maybe due to the age of the bottle. Either way, I really enjoyed this one. It was sweet but not over the top and the booze is incredibly well hidden. This beer can compete with belgian quads for sure.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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