Ovila Quad | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila QuadOvila Quad
737 Ratings
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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mikechance on 10-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz corked and caged bottle, no freshness date.
Found this at Costco of all places for around $9.

A- Dark brown, almost opaque. Got a one finger bubbly head that didn't last very long but leaves a rim of foam that coats the glass.

S- Dried fruit and vanilla with a carmel sweetness with some yeast and then alcohol.

T- Cherries... starts sweet and then finishes a bit tart. My wife liked it and she is not a beer drinker. I'm not getting the yeasty esters that many Belgian ales have but this works for me.

M- For something this sweet it avoids being syrupy. The body is medium and despite the healthy pop when I opened the bottle, the carbonation seems a bit weak.

O- I am pleased to see SN adding Belgian ales to their formidable list of beers. Ovila Quad is an excellent addition to the growing number of American breweries that have gone Belgian. This is a very tasty interpretation of a quad and I would not hesitate to serve it with a dessert course.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the caged, corked 25 ouncer stamped 1265610:54. Sampled on May 3, 2012. The color is a beautiful dark brown with ruby red hues and a moderate, short lived fizzy head. The aroma is powerful with dark malts, dark fruits, a little yeast, and alcohol. But at 10+ ABV I kind of expected some alcohol. The body is bold and full. The taste is explosive with dark sweet malts, Belgian sugar, and nasal-passage clearing hop bitterness. It was a nicely done Quad with a lot of oomph! What I would really like to do is cellar one for about two years and see how it tastes then.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a dark opaque brown, slight reddish tint, two plus inch tan head dissipates pretty slowly. Retains as a film.

Smells slightly toasty with some brown sugar malts and fig like fruitiness.

Tastes of brown sugar malts and dark fruit sweetness. A bit of buttered bread in there too. And some slight bourbon notes.

Full body, with fluffy carbonation.

A pretty good quad, well rounded and flavorful, hits all the right notes, but not quite top shelf. Still worth trying and I would have it again.

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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste of a Quadrupel. Friend is a big Sierra Nevada fan so after alot of recommendations, I splurged.

A: Deep rich brown with a faint hint of red. It only lets a VERY small amount of light thru. Less then a fingers worth of head, gives way to a very thin veil of lace.

S: Surprisingly there isn't much going on thru the nose here. Dunno if its the bottle I picked or if they are all like this, its not giving off alot of aromas. Picking up on some Belgian yeast but mostly all I can detect are some dark fruits, raisins and some darky cherry, maybe some apple and figs. The sweetness is nice, its almost teasing because there isn't much of it, however they changes a bit as it warms. Not exactly as aromatic as you'd expect (Or would like it to be) but it gets better. You can def pick up the alcohol aromas as well.

T: Very strong malts here. Can taste the fruits too but they are not overly sweet. Picking up some of the dark fruits from earlier. Raisins, figs, apples. Its kind of nice though, the mild sweetness and the fruit tastes come thru late and in the after taste, not up front as you'd expect. Alcohol taste is def there too.

M: Not much carbonation here, leaves a rich feeling on the palette. Alcohol is def. noticeable on the back of the palette and in the throat.

O: I was impressed. Def complex scents and tastes. I wouldn't say you'd have to let this brew "Breath" but it def helps to bring the temp up towards room temperature to bring out all the complexities. Looking forward to trying the other Ovila brews.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes... This was another gem I procured in Duluth.

A - Pours a nice dark ruby red colour, reminiscent of a red wine, two fingers of big bubbled head with solid retention and spotty lacing.

S - Musty cloves, leafy hops, rich caramel and toffee, dark fruits, prunes and figs.

T - Quite rich with the dark roasted malts coming through, hints of coffee, cocoa and espresso alonside the dark fruit, plums, figs and a bready caramel lingers on the finish.

M - Lighter bodied ale, reminiscent of champagne, but goes down smooth and creamy.

O - An intense brew that is designed to secretly get you smashed. The ABV is very well hidden and the flavours are bold for the style. I'm looking forward to another one of these one day.

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle into Chalice.

A. Pours a full finger head. Great retention. Moderate lacing. Color is a very dark brown, with some amber hues.

S. Candy sugar, dark fruit, raisins, a little grape. Belgian yeast, figs, caramel. Nice quad smell.

T. Taste is a pretty nice balance of caramle malt sweetness with dark fruit flavors. Caramel, raisins, figs. Pretty decent American made quad. A little dryer than I personally like, but a good attempt.

M. Medium/full bodie. Medium carbonation. Finishes with just a bit of lingering sweetness.

O. I liked this much better than the Ovila Dubbel. This is a pretty good American made quad. Not overly complex but good.

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