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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Ratings: 737 |  Reviews: 201
Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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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Photo of russwbeck
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours wonderfully into my Ovila Chalice. Deep brown with a small light brown head. The retention is pretty decent, but I wish there was more lacing. 3.5

S: Big dark fruit hints with a nice roasty undertone lead to a pretty sweet aroma. The booze is not noted in any way. 4

T: The taste has the balance I would expect from these two breweries, just outstanding. The dark fruits provide the base for the roast and sweetness to explode. The booze really is not even there. Clean taste and finish as the fruits take you home. 4.5

MF: Heavy body with a lower than average amount of carbonation. The crisp, clean finish really bolsters the drinkability of this already well-balanced beer. 4.5

O: This beer almost certainly will age well. The sweetness is doing a lot of work here, and most likely would shine with a few years on it. Really glad I picked this up. I can't wait to try the barrel aged versions. 4

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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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