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 CopeTech
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely Belgium Quad, I am revisiting the Ovilas after an initial bad experience.
The most out standing characteristic was the taste, clearly a nice dry quad traditional to the abbey ale houses (no surprises).
Nice deep color, rich and dark.
The carbonation is light, head is not distracting from the flavors.
An excellent addition to the available quads here in California.

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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 jdhilt
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Opaque brown color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and alcohol nose and flavor is malty raisin, caramel and some alcohol. $10.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of sailorastro
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Jason_Quad
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of AaronBurr
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Peller80
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big up to my BA in crime andrenaline for including this in our last cross canada trade
A - clear, deep dark bubbly brown, thumb of head retained very respectably
S - a mix of both estery and phenol yeasty aromas, candied dark fruits, pears, and molasses
T - strong phenols of grape and plumb flavor, spice, molasses, burnt sugars, and light sweet alcohol
M - relatively light, creamy smooth, rich and a little sticky, high octane quality is very well hidden
O - a big ass beer that any full blooded beer advocate should try, bravo Sierra Nevada, and thanks again to andrenaline for giving me a chance to enjoy this!

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Photo of wells9uk
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of LarryMyers
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of WritersBlock
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Hardcore
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Leftfield00
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of tut2528
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark copper tone. Very little head formation, nice film remains throughout the duration of the brew. moderate lacing.

S: Strong very large dark fruits, very sweet sugars, mild Belgian yeasts, very thin alcohol.

Taste: again, strong dark fruits, with heavier yeast than the nose. Alcohol is mild again but can be felt on the lips. Rich caramel creates a nice note.

O: decent beer, typical quad... nothing to get excited about. I find the yeast in this one toned down compared to other quads. However, this is a very filling brew and pretty rich.

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Photo of Vylo
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Kmccabe33
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

A-Pours a dark brown with a smaller tan head. Head is not frothy; it is more of a collaboration of individual bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S-Sweet and deep. Rich aroma. Figgy and raisiny. Plums and light spice. Yeasty. Light chocolate and brown sugar/molasses. Alcohol is fairly well masked.

T-Booze is hidden well. Does not taste like it is holding nearly 11% alcohol. Rich sweetness. Flavorful. Dried dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Spiced and sugary. Chocolate is very light. Does not have a single component of the flavor that really excites me, but in unison it tastes pretty good.

M-Lighter than I would expect from an 10.4% brew. Still rich and syrupy. Big bodied nonetheless, just not super-big. Mellow carbonation. Dry.

O/D-Overall, a good Quad. It isn't my favorite style, and this one is not stellar, but its tasty enough. I enjoyed the glass and it was quite potent.

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Photo of jaidenjb
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of gtermi
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amazingly dark copper, almost black, body. The head of the beer is very thin and quickly fades to nothing but a little ring of foam around the top of the head of beer. The head doesnt leave any lace on the glass either.

S: Has your typical "funky Quad" smell with a strong amount of sweetness and alcohol. Has sort of a Belgian Candi Sugar smell too it.

T: For a 10% Quad, it is really sweet and funky. The flavors quickly fade and sort of leave me wanting more from this beer.

M: There is a nice crispness on the tip and back of the tongue as this beer goes down. For such a high alcohol beer, it goes down rather easy.

O: This is another very solid beer from Sierra Nevada. I havent seen this beer is a year and when I saw another I quickly grabbed it. For the price, it is a very solid Quad.

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Photo of Star80
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out a dark mahogany color with a thin disappearing head. The bottle definitely was under pressure so I just think this is how the beer was made.

S: Smell floral, syrupy, caramel, spicey and some dark ripened fruits. Which fruits I don't know but it smells very complex.

T: Taste is fruity, spicey with a very hoppy aftertaste. Not much alcohol burn for a big beer, actually quite smooth.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty smooth as I mentioned before.Perhaps the disappearing head was done on purpose?

O: It's been a while since I've indulged in a quadrupel and this reminds me what I've been missing. Something decadent about a big bold quad with lots of deep caramel malts, big floral hops and spicy aftertastes. Reminds what I love about good beer.

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Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of dansmcd
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown in colour, with a cream coloured foamy head which is short lived, minimal lacing.

S - Quite bready, sweet raisins and chocolate, booze.

T - Raisins and prune combine well with fresh red grapes and blackcurrant. Caramel and bitter orange peel compliment.

M - Smooth medium body, low carbonation.

O - A fairly standard quad, which is just fine and dandy with me.

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Photo of gbrill
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of aflies
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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